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Gamer, Blogger, Poet

Lukewarm [SWTOR]

A few weeks ago, I made some predictions regarding EA’s Earnings call. In particular, I suggested that it would make for an interesting temperature-gauge of the performance of SWTOR. As I mentioned at the time, the health of an MMO … Continue reading

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Second-guessing EA [SWTOR]

The 30th of January 2013 sees EA’s first earnings call since Star Wars: The Old Republic went free-to-play. This is significant for the MMO industry for several reasons: 1)      SWTOR is believed to have cost $200+ million to develop, making … Continue reading

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Mediocritas

Doone, ever the originator of interesting debates, has spurred me into writing with his latest piece on the ethics of game design. In the comments section of his post, I allowed myself to indulge in nit-picking, selecting the odd sentence … Continue reading

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If A Tree Falls In a Forest… [LOTRO]

Another day, another F2P controversy. Syp has engaged in the debate concerning a $50 hobby horse mount being introduced to LOTRO. Turbine went to the unusual lengths of asking for targeted feedback whilst demanding that this excludes all derision. The … Continue reading

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A Weak Imagination [GW2]

In September, ArenaNet heralded the age of a new kind of MMO. One that eschewed the leveling game/raiding distinction in favor of horizontal progression. This was lauded as “the endgame reimagined”, an escape from the skinner box carrots of old. Many … Continue reading

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The ROI of One Time Events [GW2]

Summary Ever the contrarian, Azuriel has recently been evoking strong reactions with his criticism of Arenanet’s use of one-time events. The Guild Wars 2 Lost Shores event currently being previewed on the PTR, like its predecessor for Halloween, contains a … Continue reading

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Room for 2 [Link of the Day]

Despite recently focussing on WoW, I am still convinced that there is room in the market for many more themepark MMOs of different types. In that sense, I consider myself a ‘pluralist’,  as opposed to a number of bloggers who … Continue reading

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