The Chicken Little Blogger MMO

Dang you guys! I go away for a week and apparently the MMO genre dies, or is in the process of dying. Maybe I’m just overly relaxed from my vacation but I’m sensing a lot of strum und drang going on out there right now and I feel like I’ve missed something. While I realize that part of the nature of being an industry blogger is worrying about stuff possibly more than the average enthusiast, it seems to me that the...

My Awesome Diablo 3 Experience

I wasn’t going to buy Diablo 3 for a few weeks, but as it turns out today is payday and I’m working from home, and.. oh what the hell, right? I’ll just pay for this, install that, create an awesome lady barbarian and … GEE ALWAYS ONLINE SINGLE PLAYER SURE IS AWESOME. Share this:TwitterFacebookGoogleTumblrMoreEmailPocketRedditStumbleUponLike this:Like...

Finding Peace With Massively Single Player Games

In the wake of last week’s beta there has been a lot of interesting criticism being produced about Guild Wars 2. Milady wrote about her concerns that the event system in GW2 is cooporative, but not particularly social. Azuriel published a piece arguing that Guild Wars 2 in fact encompasses many of the elements that fans usually attribute to the death of the MMO genre, such as overly easy world travel and a lack of guild...

High Level Blogging Tips for Newbies

I am on a mission to play more of the newer free-to-play MMO offerings on the market, and so tonight I am installing Everquest 2! Are you playing EQ2? Would you recommend your server? I’d love to hear newbie suggestions! —————————— There is a theme going on in my feed reader this morning, and that theme is the Newbie Blogger Initiative! Apparently May is for encouraging...

A Dumb Article About Smart Games

Earlier today The Brainy Gamer took a well-placed swing at an insufferable article in The Atlantic Monthly with the insufferable Jonathan Blow, creator of Braid. The article starts out with a sideways insult (“video games are juvenile, silly, and intellectually lazy”) and doesn’t get much better. One of my pet peeves is anti-intellectualism, and I’ve been known to rail at length against the attitude that...

My Ex-Guild Leader Shame Cycle

Way back in the day, maybe at the end of TBC, the cats were raiding 12 hours a week. It seemed pretty easy to pull off at the time. Early on in WotLK we decided that the content was easier and less time was needed, so we dropped to 9 hours a week. Near the end of WotLK, as people lost interest in WoW, we dropped a day and went down to 6 hours a week. That dropped again in SWTOR. The content was casual, and so were we, at a robust 4...

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