MMOs are dead and I don’t feel so good myself

Every so often I get an angry message from a reader that can be boiled down to “well, like, that’s just your opinion man”. And it’s true! All posts here are totally my own opinion, including this one. A couple of weeks ago Ellyndrial wrote a post about how he’s been having a hard time getting into MMOs lately, WildStar in particular. He got a number of comments from folks who feel the same way, and...

WildStar: in defense of attunements

Jeromai and Syl have been looking at the attunement for 20-man raids in WildStar, and they are at best bemused and at worst concerned about what it all means for the game. I admit, I don’t really understand the problem. I am not planning on raiding in WildStar, but I sure will do the attunement chain because it looks like fun! I mean hey, to each their own, but that list doesn’t seem to contain anything terribly exotic....

Friday Five: Five Ways I’m Getting Ready for WildStar

It’s here! It’s here! It’s WildStar headstart day! Who knows what the future holds for the game, but for now I’m planning on stuffing my usual cynicism in a sock for a while and just enjoying the experience of a new game with my friends. Have a wondeful weekend, y’all! 1) Planning Meals I have to spend SOME time being a grown-up this weekend — dentists and laundry wait for no game — but I can...

Do Old Guilds Prevent Making New Friends?

Back when I started WoW, my first real MMO, I was on a mission to meet people and make friends. I didn’t know anyone in the game, so I hung around the official server forums and contributed to general chat in-game. I ran a lot of pugs, chatted with a lot of strangers, and always updated my friends list after with folks who seemed nice. Once I started a guild I spent the first year or two doing the same thing, although then it...

Early Access MMOs and Burning Out

There is a lot I dislike about paid early access / pay-for-alpha, much of which I’ve already written about here. One thing I haven’t mentioned yet is that I think these schemes encourage burning out before a game even launches. I’m worried about this particularly in relation to ArcheAge. I know a surprising number of people who bought the $150 alpha access pack. And on the one hand, I’m excited that so many...

Answering Questions about ArcheAge

Someone sent me an email with a whole lot of questions about ArcheAge, so I figured I would save it and my responses and turn it into a post. Ta-da! Liore’s ArcheAge FAQ 1) Are you still crazy about this game, Liore? Yes. Yes I am. However, I am also not playing it at the moment! I played enough to know that ArcheAge will be super duper fun and I want to play it obsessively, but I would rather not do that in Alpha. I want to...

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