MMO Blog Articles

How Blizzard is killing it with Overwatch hero backgrounds
There are a lot of elements that come together to make a good online game. First there are the underlying mechanics of the game, such as combat and character/class balance. An equally important part is the story and the characters that exist in that story. In this regard, an online game, even an mmofps like Overwatch, could be considered analogous to a movie, book, or TV series. Blizzard has devoted considerable resources to crafting some very in...
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Jul 25 2017
Star Trek Online Brushfire review
Season 13.5 for Star Trek Online has kicked off with a number of new features, but the main component that stoked my interest is the new featured episode - Brushfire. The continuing story arc for the online rpg has focused on a good bit of exploration, but there have been quite a few entanglements with the Tzenkethi. The new STO Brushfire episode takes a breather from the current narrative to focus on some Klingon politics, and by politics, I mea...
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Jul 21 2017
Foxhole hands-on preview
War movies have always been a particular favorite with me. Countless times growing up, I watched classics like The Dirty Dozen, The Longest Day, A Bridge Too Far, Kelly's Heroes, Patton, and Sergeant York, not to mention more modern fare like Saving Private Ryan and Fury. Sadly, the experience of fighting in a major conflict hasn't been really translated too well to the realm of online games. While there are plenty of mmofps games dealing with co...
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Jul 20 2017
How should MMO RMTs be handled?
From the dawn of time, man has always been looking how to make a buck. The virtual worlds of online games have provided a new area of opportunity for those seeking to barter virtual services for real life cash, made all the easier by modern technology like the internet. Of course, the exchange of goods and services for money is the foundation of any economy. We all know about mmo rmts (real money transactions) from the long-discussed issue of gol...
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Jul 18 2017
Top five reasons looking forward to Neverwinter Tomb of Annihilation
Fantasy adventurers are normally the powerful hunters of evil, but in the upcoming Neverwinter Tomb of Annihilation update, they may become the hunted. One of the more intriguing regions in the Forgotten Realms, Chult, is coming to the D&D-based online rpg in a few short weeks. If you like your fantasy questing peppered with aspects of The Lost World, the Arabian Nights, and Jurassic Park, then the Neverwinter Tomb of Annihilation update will...
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Jul 14 2017
How should mmo subscriptions work?
There was once a time where needing a subscription to play an online rpg was considered sacred and something that would never change. Game developers would have swooned at the thought of their games going the free-to-play route. Just a decade ago, most f2p games were considered massive rip-offs that nickel-and-dimed players to death. Now, the worm has turned as mmorpg subscriptions have gotten scarce, leaving World of Warcraft as the main standar...
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Jul 13 2017
Pathfinder: Kingmaker interview
The relationship between pen-and-paper role-playing games, computer rpgs, and mmorpg games is very strong. The first online games and single-player rpgs were inspired by tabletop rpgs, and eventually quite a few rpgs were inspired by the ongoing evolution found in computer and online games. Now one of the most popular narrative arcs from the most popular pen-and-paper rpg is becoming a single-player rpg in the form of Pathfinder: Kingmaker by Owl...
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Jul 11 2017
How should drinking in mmo games be handled?
The virtual worlds of online games allow players to do some fantastic things, such as cast magical spells or fight monstrous creatures. However, mmo games also reflect the real world in that many activities found in the regular world can be found online as well. Some examples include swimming, riding horses, and climbing. Eating and drinking are also a major component of online games in the form of buff-giving food and potions. Yet the consumptio...
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Jul 07 2017
Star Trek Online Kobayashi Maru Review
One of the most iconic scenes in Star Trek lore takes place in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. At the beginning of the film, it appears that the Enterprise is destroyed while attempting to render aid to the Kobayashi Maru. Of course, we find out that it was just a simulation, but the legend of the Kobayashi Maru had now been firmly planted in every Trekkie's heart. The new movie series even used this scenario in its reboot, and it has now return...
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Jul 06 2017
How the Star Citizen loan got blown out of proportion
To paraphrase an old saying, there's no drama like internet drama. One of the biggest magnets for drama nowadays is the ongoing development for Star Citizen. The virtual worlds mmo of interstellar travel and exploration has had more than its fair share of detractors, speculation, and controversy. The latest installment of the ongoing soap opera is of a Star Citizen loan that led many to begin saying that Cloud Imperium Games, the game's developer...
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Jul 04 2017