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Mana Bars: Good or Bad Game Design?


Mana bars are the long-standing resource implementation for casters in MMORPGs. In this article, we’ll look at the implications of mana bars on game balance and mechanics. But first, let’s consider why mana bars were (probably) created. I’ll use the

Posted in Cleric, Game Design, Guild Wars 2, Mage, PVE, PVP, RIFT, Warhammer Online, World of Warcraft

Top 5 PVP Design Flaws – TaugVlog Ep. 3


I discuss my top 5 design flaws for PVP combat of MMORPGs. In reverse order, they are…drum roll please… #5: 50% healing debuffs E.g. Mortal Strike for pre-Cataclysm Arms Warrior in WoW. When 50% healing debuffs are part of a

Posted in Game Design, PVP, RIFT, SWTOR, Video, Vlog, Warhammer Online, World of Warcraft

The Business Models for MMORPGs Must Evolve


Let’s review what we’ve seen in recent years. In 2008, we witnessed the failure of 2 hugely-hyped titles: Warhammer Online and Age of Conan. Mythic cut 4 of the 6 capital cities and 4 of the 24 classes just before

Posted in Aion, Allods Online, Business Analysis, Game Design, Guild Wars 2, League of Legends, PVE, RIFT, SWTOR, Warhammer Online, World of Warcraft

SWTOR Has Repeated RIFT’s Mistakes in Endgame PVP


It’s been a few weeks since I last posted, as I’ve been busy with corporate work and leveling up my Gunslinger to 50. I just played my 83rd warzone at level 50 on my Gunslinger, and I wanted to share

Posted in Commando / Mercenary, Game Design, Guardian / Juggernaut, Gunslinger / Sniper, PVP, RIFT, Sage / Sorcerer, Scoundrel / Operative, Sentinel / Marauder, Shadow / Assassin, SWTOR, Vanguard / Powertech

GDC as a Bellweather: the Gaming Industry is Shifting Towards F2P and Cross-Platform


The Game Developers Conference is the world’s largest and longest-running professionals-only game industry event. As the target audience is not the gaming public, the focus and feel of GDC is very different from other recent conferences that we attended, such

Posted in Aion, Allods Online, Business Analysis, Guild Wars 2, LOTRO, RIFT, SWTOR, World of Warcraft
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