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Is It Worth Your Time to Alpha Test?


Let me start by sharing with you what I don’t do: I don’t buy every new MMO on the market I no longer feel a strong interest in playing on the first day of Alpha Much of this has to

Posted in Aion, Allods Online, Armored Warfare, Camelot Unchained, Game Design, Guild Wars 2, League of Legends, PVE, PVP, RIFT, SWTOR, Warhammer Online, WildStar, World of Tanks, World of Warcraft

Is Class Customization Going the Way of the Dinosaur?


In MMOs, on opposite ends of the spectrum there are two models for class design: Each class supports very high customization, where the player can invest in particular skill trees / talents / abilities to support their preferred playstyle and capabilities. E.g.

Posted in Game Design, PVP, RIFT, SWTOR, WildStar, World of Warcraft

How Ready are You for WildStar?


We’re less than a month away from the most anticipated MMORPG launch since Guild Wars 2. WildStar! As I wrote earlier this year, WildStar game developer Carbine has thoughtfully diverged from traditional combat mechanics. They’ve been savvy about taking the

Posted in Elder Scrolls Online, Guild Wars 2, PVE, PVP, RIFT, SWTOR, Warhammer Online, WildStar, World of Tanks

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

The Two Big Issues Plaguing MMORPG Game Developers


Here are the two most common, critical issues of game developers in the MMORPG space: They’re unable to contain scope and go “big game hunting” They’re lagging behind broader industry trends I’m going to unpack these in detail. The good

Posted in Business Analysis, Camelot Unchained, Game Design, League of Legends, PVE, PVP, RIFT, SWTOR, Warhammer Online, World of Tanks, World of Warcraft
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