The Case Against LFD

With a shiny new MMO out everything old is new again, and that includes discussions over the necessity of an automated Looking For Dungeon group-matching tool. I have seen a fair number of posts on other forums lately that start out saying something like, “Well obviously everyone agrees that a LFD tool is necessary…” and it makes me want to bang my shoe on a table or something. Perhaps we can all agree on some common...

Mea Culpa from Space

For months I have been telling everyone that SWTOR is going to be a bust. End-game is dubious, the graphics are cartoony, and themepark MMOs are so 2009. Plus, I’m not a huge Star Wars nerd. This game, I declared once, is not for me. And I still could be entirely right about all those things, but what I didn’t account for is that it would also be a wagonload of fun. I’m not saying it’s the greatest MMO ever, or...

RPG Review Bonanza, and Why I Didn’t Like Skyrim

For whatever reason lately — I think I blame the last SWTOR weekend — I have had a deep need to play games with dialogue trees. On Friday night I finally finished my first complete Mass Effect 2 playthrough, which took about 35 hours all told. I immediately bought Skyrim and played that on Saturday. Then on Sunday I had the opportunty to talk to someone about Saints Row: The Third and watch a few hours of their gameplay....

WHY ARE WE SHOUTING ABOUT PANDAS?

Hey guys! Anything interesting in MMO-land happen this weekend? Okay, okay, I kid. If you’re reading this, then you more than likely already know that on Friday Blizzard announced that the fourth expansion pack for World of Warcraft will be Mists of Pandaria. The reaction to this announcement has generally been derisive, and bloggers in particular have been deleting their characters in protest and declaring that they’re...

In which Liore has a hissy fit about the MMO genre

I am cranky at MMOs today! Despite the fact that I am still very much enjoying RIFT, I feel some dissatisfaction with the genre as a whole. I should probably just stay away from official forums, but it seems like everywhere I go people are demanding an end to scheduled, organized gameplay. It makes me feel like a buffalo in an ever-shrinking pen. Once we extended players roamed free on the plains, eating all the grass we wanted to and...

RIFT Owl Pet Giveaway! Here! Right now!

Oogh, I keep trying to write a post about how players seem to frequently demand less challenge from MMOs than they do from other games, but it is just making me cranky and really Syl already approached the ideas of challenge and restrictions in a much more even-handed way. I have sworn off Blizzard games for a while, personally, but if they offered a $5 forum-only account I swear I would get it just because there are so many PEOPLE...

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