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Personal Stories in Guild Wars 2

As I mentioned in my earlier article, I’ve recently dipped my feet into the MMO waters again by purchasing Guild Wars 2. Although I feel the game is a fine successor to World of Warcraft, it ultimately failed to hold my attention for longer than a month. It was initially difficult for me to deduce the reason for my disinterest, but I’ve concluded that what I’ve found off-putting about ArenaNet’s...

What’s Next for EverQuest Next?

As someone who writes about video games on a weekly basis, I rarely find myself blindsided by a piece of industry news. But John Smedley managed to throw me a curve ball from the podium of the annual SOE Live convention last week. The infamous President of Sony Online Entertainment announced to a half raucous, half bewildered audience that the next installment in the watershed EverQuest...

Guild Wars 2: First Impressions

There’s been a lot of huffing and puffing on the internet about Guild Wars 2. It seems all summer long message boards and blogs have been extolling the game as a revolution of its genre. The boldest of these pundits have even labeled it a World of Warcraft killer (a moniker that officially lost all meaning after it was applied to Star Wars: The Old Republic). At best these comments can be deemed...

WildStar Weflections: The Nexus Housing Initiative

Ah, player housing. Of all the wonderful trinkets promised to us during an MMO’s development cycle, player housing is the most often to be cast to the wayside. Even World of Warcraft, a game that found the time to include a fully functional replica of Plants vs Zombies in their past expansion, has never followed through on adding this feature. Newer games scoff at the premise, deeming housing a...

Wildstar Weflections: How to Market Your MMO

There’s a grand total of two MMOs in development that I hold the slightest interest in: Guild Wars 2 and WildStar. While the former is a sequel to an established MMO franchise, the latter is a lesser known foray into the genre. I’ve maintained a peripheral interest in WildStar since the game’s announcement at GamesCom 2011, but recent events have thrust it back into my field of vision. WildStar...