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How to make ToonTown work with your router

Are you or your children getting the above message when trying to play ToonTown Online? When I first started playing, I was unable to play for more than 10 minutes at a time. Whenever I zoned, I only had about a 30% chance for actually staying in the game. I submitted many bug reports, but the...

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Gamer Interrupted: Making MMOs safe for your children

Each week, Robin Torres contributes Gamer Interrupted, a column about balancing real life with MMOs. I have a lot of hopes for my two year old daughter. I hope that she will be more athletic than I am (which, frankly, won't be that hard). I hope that she will continue to be sociable and friendly and...

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The Stonehenge Chronicles delayed for Hellgate: London

Hellgate: London's Patch 1.0 aka Stonehenge aka The Stonehenge Chronicles has been delayed until January. This will be the first major quarterly update and, if released in January, will still be on schedule. Bill Roper, in a letter sent to registered players, said that they want to take the time...

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Gamer Interrupted: Playtime Management Workshop

Each week, Robin Torres contributes Gamer Interrupted, a column about balancing real life with MMOs. Despite my chosen screenshot, I do not believe that money is the root of all evil. Nor do I believe that about video games. But if you're reading this blog, you are probably wishing you could spend...

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Gamer Interrupted: Playing together with different playstyles

Each week, Robin Torres contributes Gamer Interrupted, a column about balancing real life with MMOs. Last week, we talked about how Duos can help you balance your gametime with your relationship building time. The comments pointed out an obstacle to pure couple-gaming bliss which I like to call the...

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Gamer Interrupted: Duos are good for relationships

Each week, Robin Torres contributes Gamer Interrupted, a column about balancing real life with MMOs. Sharing your leisure time with a friend and/or loved one is a great way to strengthen your relationship. This is not a controversial statement. But if that leisure time includes video games, we are...

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More patches incoming for Hellgate: London

Patch 0.6 is on the test server and Patch 0.7 is on deck for Hellgate: London. The two most notable changes on Patch 0.6 are: The invisible group member bug has been fixed. The bug that unequips engineer pet weapons is improved, but not fixed. There's no official word as to when Patch...

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Gamer Interrupted: Gamers behaving badly

Each week, Robin Torres contributes Gamer Interrupted, a column about balancing real life with MMOs. Every time someone in the world does something horrible and is also a gamer, the media makes the most of it. I don't want to cite specific examples here because these acts don't need more press,...

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The Massively Guide to the Hellgate: London Mini-game

When I was reading the Patch 0.5 notes, I came across a couple of items about the Mini-game. I bought Hellgate: London the day after it came out and have been playing ever since. I even looked at the very small manual. I knew nothing about the Mini-game. Questions to friends produced the same...

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Gamer Interrupted: How to turn your wife into a gamer

Each week, Robin Torres contributes Gamer Interrupted, a column about balancing real life with MMOs. I aim to please. So, by popular demand, this week's column is about getting your wife or live-in girlfriend to enjoy playing MMOs with you. This advice will only apply to women who are non-gamers....

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