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ArenaNet Executes a Deft Recovery for Heart of Thorns With F2P and Raid Annoucements


ArenaNet (AN) just executed one of the most deft and savvy recoveries I’ve seen in addressing player angst about an upcoming expansion. In January, AN announced the Heart of Thorns (HoT) expansion for Guild Wars 2 (GW2). There was much

Posted in Business Analysis, Game Design, Guild Wars 2, PVE

Tank Reviews and Gameplay in Early Access for Armored Warfare


I’m participating in the Early Access for the upcoming tanktical MMO shooter game Armored Warefare (AW). AW’s developer, Obsidian Entertainment, has taken the savvy approach of creating a better version of World of Tanks (WoT). In particular, AW is looking to

Posted in Armored Warfare, Game Design, Guide, PVP, Video, World of Tanks

WildStar (Finally) Going F2P


Two notable MMORPGs launched in 2014 with subscription models: Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) and WildStar. Four months ago, Bethesda Softworks announced that ESO was going B2P (buy-to-play). Today, Carbine announced that WildStar is going F2P (free-to-play). For whatever reason, game developers have been painfully slow on

Posted in Elder Scrolls Online, Game Design, Guild Wars 2, WildStar, World of Tanks, World of Warcraft

Sometimes Games Do Evolve For The Better (Guild Wars 2)


In February, I was pretty burned out from World of Tanks (WoT) and decided to take a look at Guild Wars 2 (GW2), which I hadn’t meaningfully played since 2013. Most of my 2014 gaming time was spent on WildStar

Posted in Game Design, Guild Wars 2, PVE, PVP

Two-Thirds of the Top-Rated Players in WildStar 2v2 Arena are Inactive


I’ve been wondering how accurately the WildStar PVP Leaderboards reflect the current meta and player activity, so I compared the 2v2 Arena Leaderboards from September 25th and October 10th. You can find my analysis in the following spreadsheet document: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1EwC3bmWEUWjK78hBZET5svynTnNrpGwkPDY9SIWgVIw/edit?usp=sharing

Posted in ArcheAge, Esper, Game Design, PVP, Warrior, WildStar, World of Tanks
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