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Initial Thoughts on SWTOR’s F2P Model – TaugVlog Ep. 4


I share my initial feedback on the planned F2P model for SWTOR, based on the FAQs and the subscription-vs-free comparison chart provided by BioWare: http://www.swtor.com/free/features http://www.swtor.com/support/helpcenter/6449 This is a huge transition for SWTOR, BioWare, and EA, so hopefully they get

Posted in Business Analysis, Game Design, PVE, SWTOR, Video, Vlog

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

WTF Happened to SWTOR – TaugVlog Ep. 2


The big news for SWTOR this week was the 2nd round of layoffs at BioWare and the exit of Executive Producer Rich Vogel. I break down what’s happened to SWTOR from a business perspective and the gamer’s perspective since the

Posted in Business Analysis, Game Design, League of Legends, SWTOR, Video, Vlog

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
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