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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

When a Build Choice is Not Really a Choice [#ESO]


One of the blogs I follow is For The Record (FTR), which is run by a gamer named SilentStalker (SS) who covers World of Tanks (WoT) news. SS recently posted his take on Elder Scrolls Online (ESO). There were a

Posted in Camelot Unchained, Elder Scrolls Online, Game Design, PVE, PVP, RIFT, Sage / Sorcerer, World of Warcraft

WildStar Advances the Action Combat Paradigm for MMORPGs


Disclaimer: I have not yet played WildStar in Beta, and as the NDA is still in place, even if I do start participating in Beta I’ll honor the NDA. So I won’t respond to questions about what I actually think

Posted in Game Design, Guild Wars 2, PVE, PVP, SWTOR, TERA, Video, WildStar, World of Warcraft

Threat-Based PVE is Lame and How I’d Fix It


The traditional model of PVE tanking, which revolves around the “threat” (aggro) mechanic, severely limits the gameplay experience of MMORPGs. I’ll share an alternative model that would provide a much more dynamic combat experience. PVE tanking and the “holy trinity”

Posted in Game Design, Guild Wars 2, PVE, PVP, World of Warcraft

Why PVE Content Shouldn’t Be a Coral Reef


Thanks to the rich analytics I have for this blog, I can see where traffic originates from. For my previous article on the two issues plaguing game developers, I found the following take by Zennia on the Old Timer’s Guild forums:

Posted in Business Analysis, Game Design, Guild Wars 2, PVE, World of Warcraft
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