Editorials

ArcheAge’s Descent Into Madness Continues, and I’m Leaving the Trion Worlds Train

It's sometimes difficult deciding what to write up for the site. With Jason and myself being the primary writers for our daily content, we...

Thoughts And Musings On Civilization Online’s Information Reveal

Civilization Online is a tasty carrot, tantalizingly dangled in front of fans of Sid Meier's classic series like a defenseless city on your nation's...

Darth Times Ahead: Our SWTOR: Shadow of Revan Preview

Shadow of Revan is shaping up to be quite the nostalgia trip. For players of the original Knights of the Old Republic single-player game,...

Did Apple Take The First Step In The Erosion Of The Free-To-Play Name?

There are no more “free” games on the App Store any more.Now, “free,” “free-to-play,” “freemium,” or whatever-you-want-to-call-them games are still there, but they're not...

The Whole F2P vs. P2P Argument Summed Up In Two Comments

I read a piece today about a mobile developer trying to make his game less about F2P consumable purchases -- like energy -- and...

Class Is In Session: 6 Not-Quite-Legit Free-To-Play Course Offerings

It's cool that a college in China is offering classes in Dota, and it would be neat to see the same sort of thing...
Dawngate Defunct: Do MOBAs Have To Be Huge To Succeed? 1

Dawngate Defunct: Do MOBAs Have To Be Huge To Succeed?

So Dawngate is going away. Judging by most of the comments I've seen, it wasn't exceptionally bad or exceptionally great. Some people liked it,...

Awful Idea: Get Rid Of The Open World

You know how it goes in a typical MMO: You level through a variety of zones, usually at breakneck speed, just so you can...

The Inquisition: Do You Mind The Leveling Grind?

We touched upon it in the last Free-To-Play Cast, and later Magicman and I discussed grinding in TERA. After I obliquely accused him of...

Awful Ideas: The Limited-Time MMO

What I'm about to suggest is a terrible idea and no MMO developer should implement it... probably.Suppose there was an MMO that limited your...

ArcheAge’s Labor Points Are A Good Idea, With So-So Implementation

ArcheAge has had its share of problems, but while many of them are technical in nature – queues, hackers, botters, DDoSes, etc. – some...
Does F2P “Kill” Games? Or Is That Just Another Old-Timer Myth? 3

Does F2P “Kill” Games? Or Is That Just Another Old-Timer Myth?

“I've been playing since beta, but I'm going to quit now because the devs killed the game!”We hear that, or something like it, when...
How To Make Lockboxes More Fair (And Maybe More Profitable) 3

How To Make Lockboxes More Fair (And Maybe More Profitable)

Could the government really regulate lockboxes effectively? Do we even want them poking around in our MMOs in the first place? Or is there...
Keep On Truckin': H1Z1's New Ride And Some Thoughts On The Early Access Silence 3

Keep On Truckin’: H1Z1’s New Ride And Some Thoughts On The Early Access Silence

A little vehicular manslaughter is always nice – unless you're the one stuck to the grill of a speeding 4x4. Yesterday, we got a...
Lockboxes Locked Up: Singapore's Dangerous New Law 3

Lockboxes Locked Up: Singapore’s Dangerous New Law

At least one person is freaking out over a new anti-gambling bill that's up for debate in Singapore that would put a major crimp...
5 Free-to-Play Games We'd Like To See Made Into Movies 6

5 Free-to-Play Games We’d Like To See Made Into Movies

A Tetris movie was just green-lighted. No, seriously. Tetris. A movie.Now, just because a few contracts have been signed and hands shaken doesn't mean...
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Word Play: Albion Online Alpha First Impressions

Albion Online is innovative, challenging, diverse, and frustrating, all at once. In my time in the alpha, I never lacked for something to do,...

Is the idea of the “Big MMO” Dead?

Blizzard's Titan is no more. And with it could go the last hope for the resurgence of the “next big” MMORPG. Sure, EverQuest Next is...