MMO Blog Articles

Black Gold Offers a Steampunk Take on PvP
At E3 2013, we got to immerse ourselves in the steampunk world of Black Gold, a fantasy MMO by Snail Games, makers of Age of Wushu. In fact, the game is built in the FLEXI Engine, the very same engine that powers Age of Wushu. Black Gold features two factions -- Steampunk and Fantasy -- who are warring over a resource called Black Gold. This perpetual war sets the stage for what's aiming to be a very PvP-focused experience, which was clear in th...
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Jun 18 2013
soldier front 2 exclusive interview
A near-future cold war heats up in Soldier Front 2, the free mmofps developed by Dragonfly. Players take on the role of an elite combat specialist taking part in a shadowy war for domination. The game is currently on closed Beta with a planned release for this summer. We had the opportunity to ask Kennan Ho, Product Manager at Aeria Games, few questions about all aspects of the upcoming Soldier Front 2. Check it out:  What are some key feat...
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Jun 15 2013
Final Fantasy XIV Feels Surprisingly Good on PS4
During E3, we had a chance to swing by Square Enix's booth for a chance to play the PS3 version of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Going into this, the biggest question on our mind was how would the controls feel? After all, Final Fantasy XIV includes the traditional hotkey skill bar commands. How can that be translated to the PS3's DualShock controller without feeling completely awkward? Well, it's actually pretty simple. Instead of binding...
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Jun 13 2013
subscription or ftp
Over the years MMO developers have adopted many different strategies in an attempt to monetize their game. Subscription based MMOs represent some of the older successes in the genre. Within the past few years we have seen more free-to-play MMOs being released and within this past year a new type of MMO model has become popular with its hybrid free-to-play/subscription model.Subscription based MMOs have been around for a while; one of the most...
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Jun 12 2013
Can the PS4 Be Great for MMOs?
The PlayStation 4 is set to launch by the end of this year, and it's going to be quite the piece of hardware. But is it going to be a good fit for MMOs? Larry Liberty, executive producer of DC Universe Online, certainly thinks so. He recently told NowGamer: "I would expect that, with all of the amazing features that have been announced for the next PlayStation, that it will be a great platform for MMOs." Is this a valid assessment of the console...
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Jun 11 2013
tons of dragons in dragons prophet
Growing up, most little kids love rich lore like magic and dragons. From classic films to old folk songs, the idea of a traveling with a giant winged companion has always found a way to steal the imagination. However, the cartoon or silly depictions for children aren’t necessarily the real deal. Dragons are mostly depicted in tales as truly epic and legendary creatures. Their strength, size, and abilities are top of their class when it comes to ...
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Jun 10 2013
what makes a game pay to win
In recent years gamers are increasingly falling victim to pay-to-win games. Countless gaming sessions have been ruined when hapless gamers download and install a free-to-play game only to discover that their experience was limited because of the size of their wallet. I have witnessed it myself and there is no shortage of gamers willing to express their frustration online for falling for the same scheme. Although most developers proclaim that thei...
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May 29 2013
top 5 ww2 mmo s
World War 2 is a familiar theme in gaming. Several AAA gaming franchises have their origins in the theme, such as Call of Duty, Medal of Honor, and Battlefield. Many gamers, myself included, look at the World War 2 theme as being our introduction into gaming and hold it fondly. However, with all of the classics quickly becoming outdated and the original WW2 mainstream developers moving on to different titles, it is becoming increasingly difficult...
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May 28 2013
tips for creating a new character name
There you are: that moment when you are just about done completing the character creation in your favorite MMO. You’ve settled on your race, class, and those oh-so important cosmetic choices like hair color and nose width. Your cursor slowly blinks on the open space where you are supposed to put this avatar’s name, and you pause...Whenever a person creates a handle for a new online persona they might take a whole lot of things into consi...
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May 27 2013
twitch changes the mmo landscape
The ability to watch your favorite video games being played from anywhere in the world has changed the gaming landscape and exposure level forever. The website Twitch.tv is one of the more well known streaming sites and generates over 13 million viewers a month, broadcasting a wide variety of titles and gaming content. One genre in particular has seen a meteoric rise in popularity due to this new way of viewing and that is... you guessed it, the ...
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May 18 2013