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Posted: Oct 12th 2011 3:17PM Raikulxox said

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Nice list. Mine would be something like:

Mabinogi
Vindictus
Glitch
RuneScape
Ryzom

Posted: Oct 12th 2011 3:24PM (Unverified) said

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I feel like these articles are an elaborate prank.

Posted: Oct 12th 2011 3:36PM Raikulxox said

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@(Unverified) I feel like you don't understand the word opinion ;)
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Posted: Oct 14th 2011 12:44AM (Unverified) said

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@(Unverified)

I know, I wish every writer on Massively liked the exact same games and didn't spend time with a variety of writers covering a variety of different types of games.

It's way too hard to just skip the columns I don't like.
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Posted: Oct 12th 2011 3:37PM DeadlyAccurate said

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You guys convinced me to try out Glitch, and I'm addicted, even if I can't quite figure out why.

Posted: Oct 12th 2011 7:22PM Irem said

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@DeadlyAccurate
I love Glitch. I was not expecting to, but I have seriously spent more time in this game than any other MMO over the past six months or so.
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Posted: Oct 13th 2011 2:13AM Jeromai said

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@DeadlyAccurate

Glitch unabashedly uses many of the known design tricks/gimmicks for creating compulsive behavior. They layer it with a degree of clever writing, a slick art style and nice-looking UI that creates that feeling of "polish." That's why it's "addicting" and you don't know why.

Eg. Easy to level at the beginning, harder as you go along. Every time you level, note all the complimentary cartoony words that pop up and compliment you and create that positive feeling (like winning a jackpot.)

Progress bar grinds, shiny achievements and collections, currencies to earn, energy resources to manage...

The unexpected surprise lotteries of new quests, of a gem while mining, of some gifts when donating favor (aka itemsinks).

Offline skilling and auctions encourage positive commitment to the game even when you're not actively playing. The more you play, the more you justify to yourself what a good time you're having in the great game.

When you quit the game, they pause you and say "Wait, you're about to win the game!" Then ask you how much you're likely to recommend this to your friends. Even if you don't actually recommend it to anyone, they are asking for your opinion of the game so that you will reinforce yourself with your opinion that the game is nifty.

They've done a good job of creating "make work" to keep players constantly busy and doing stuff.

...Ironically, despite knowing they're doing this, I'm still playing.
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Posted: Oct 13th 2011 11:49AM Ocho said

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@Jeromai Haha true. Even if you see through all the smoke and mirrors, you can still enjoy it. It doesn't mean you've fallen for any trick, it just means you accept the trick. We let ourselves be fooled all the time, but thats okay because you get the enjoyment out of it, you get the fun from playing, you get the endorphin drip. I like Glitch, too. It really is a fun little game.
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Posted: Oct 12th 2011 3:39PM Dratyan said

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The only one of those I've ever played(and the only I've ever heard about) is RuneScape, which sucks beyond any limit.

Posted: Oct 13th 2011 3:54AM Fibs said

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@Dratyan Frankly, I'd ungracefully agree to some extent.. due to its 'hardcore' nature. It's... satisfaction is based off 'achievement'.. endless loophole, I dunno. It's like, not a game while being a game at the same time.
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Posted: Oct 12th 2011 4:05PM mael said

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Sometimes you need these types of games ,like Glitch or wizard 101 i dont
care what i play in my room am not trying to impress anyone or need to for that matter , all i need is some fun and smiles and these games pretty much fall into that category .

am pretty much like beau , i like to try everything without ever really sticking to one thing for too long .

:)

Posted: Oct 12th 2011 4:12PM dudes said

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Interesting that Runes of Magic or Conan never made the list.

Posted: Oct 12th 2011 4:40PM Lenn said

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@dudes Because Age of Conan is a game that can be played on an average laptop or mobile device, right?
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Posted: Oct 12th 2011 6:18PM DoctorSmart said

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@dudes Interesting that you completely missed the fact that these are the 5 games that the writer is playing the most recently, not a "Best 5 free games evarrr!" article. Although, with Beau, would probably equal the same thing.
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Posted: Oct 12th 2011 4:29PM Valkenr said

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I have to take away 1,000,000 credibility points for backing up your opinion with John 'the uber hypocrite that ruins games, says he knows it was a bad idea, but then goes and makes that idea a worse idea' Smedley

i know it's kind of a long nick-name, but i just had to get everything in there

I mean, if you can't post his quotes on any SOE board, there's a big problem.

Posted: Oct 12th 2011 7:57PM Saker said

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Milmo looks very cute! I'm giving it a try now!

Posted: Oct 13th 2011 1:30AM Niieh said

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I'm curious though Beau, if you did not take ANY technical issues into consideration (imagine all the MMOs in the world would be able to run perfectly on your basic laptop ;-)): What would be your top 5 games then? Still the same or not?

Posted: Oct 13th 2011 8:52PM Beau Hindman said

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@Niieh Still the same. I have two gaming desktops, and only crack them open so I can stream other games. Don't get me wrong, I play the heck out of some LotRO or Vanguard occasionally, but for some reason the laptop works, feels and plays better for me.

If I had a better laptop, would I play more graphics-intense games? Again, just depends on my mood. I guess it depends on your mood.


Beau
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Posted: Oct 13th 2011 4:04AM Fibs said

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Thinking people care about what you play is an illusion. People put themselves in your shoes (to a limited extent) and think, "I wouldn't play that." I don't know, reason is ignored in the process.

And statements and opinions are in effect, somewhat different. Statements work kind of like claiming something ("I know enough to be dangerous"). Opinion.. nonobligatory offering. I made a statement in the above because I claim to know.. 'enough'. Statement, you either ignore, accept, fight off, or it's considered or whatever..

Post = philosophy!

Posted: Oct 13th 2011 4:05AM Fibs said

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@Fibs "Thinking people care about what you play is an illusion." -- Ungraceful harsh opinion! :\
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