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The Extinction of the MMORPG

A few nights ago, I was playing Wildstar with my committed leveling buddy. We had just arrived at Malgrave, the zone where players on the Exile side spend their last ten levels. After collecting twenty cacti from sun-scorched dunes and reducing a species of space bears to nigh-extinction, I couldn’t help but make a offhand remark. “Man, this feels a lot like World of Warcraft.” This...

WildStar Weflections: Payment Models and MMOnogamy

Carbine Studios caused ripples last month when they finally announced the payment model for their upcoming sci-fi MMO, WildStar. Gaming pundits and prophets alike were caught off guard by the revelation that the game would require a monthly subscription rather than being free-to-play. Few things are as divisive among gamers as payment models. Some advocate downloadable content and online passes...

WildStar Weflections: Pitfalls and Hurdles

WildStar is my most anticipated game of 2013. Although there are a number of MMOs on my radar, WildStar is the only one that seems to possess that magic combination of innovation and rock solid production value I look for. Still, I worry. WildStar isn’t special. It’s not going to be ushered down from the heavens on its launch date, heralded by a cherubic chorus of angels. The game is...

WildStar Weflections: New Races, New Videos, and More!

The last thing anyone could accuse WildStar of being is boring. Since the game’s announcement at Gamescom 2011, developer Carbine Studios has trickled a steady stream of tantalizing details about their upcoming MMO to their eager fans. This has included a comprehensive AMA session on Reddit by WildStar‘s executive producer Jeremy Gaffney as well as a charming trailer describing the...

Pathfinder Online Kickstarter Postmortem

Well it happened. Pathfinder Online is being made. The project’s Kickstarter hit its million dollar goal just hours before the deadline rolled in last Monday evening, it’s success sealed by several substantial pledges at the last moment. Audible sigh. Anyone who reads The World is Square on a regular basis (all three of you) know that I have a storied history with Pathfinder Online. I...