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EVE Evolved: Three exploitable game features

If there's one thing EVE Online players are good at, it's finding ways to get an advantage over each other. The hyper-competitive PvP sandbox breeds players with an investigative streak who will constantly figure out ways to bend and abuse new features to make ISK or get an edge over other players...

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Flameseeker Chronicles: When good Guild Wars 2 commentary goes bad

I'm aware that not everybody who reads this column loves Guild Wars 2, and I'm cool with that. Occasionally I'm baffled by a comment or two left by people who apparently just swung by to give a brief, negative review of the game, completely independent of the topic of the article they left it on,...

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Not So Massively: New Star Citizen column, Path of Exile Season Two, and MOBA news

If you've been following the development of upcoming crowdfunded sci-fi sandbox Star Citizen with interest, Massively has a brand-new column you might enjoy. The Diablo III test realm hinted at upcoming boosts to life regeneration and the damage output of a few spells, but Blizzard also suggested...

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MMO Family: Why safe chat isn't so safe (and why that's OK)

One of the toughest issues that game developers have to treat when it comes to kid-friendly MMOs is chat. I touched on this in a past column, but it's worth further discussion. If you're making a game where lots of players are interacting and doing stuff together, you need to allow them to...

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NCsoft scrambles to reduce server queues: Private store tweaks incoming

If one thing has marred the otherwise polished launch of Aion it is the extremely long server queues players face when trying to log in and play what they paid for. NCsoft responded a couple days ago saying that they are aware of the problem and working on solutions such as increased server caps and...

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Chinese game addicts seek help in progressive Internet addiction centers

As the Chinese race ahead to catch up with the West, they do so with the intent of creating better lives for themselves. The past several years have been characterized by rapid progression, but all those perks of modernization come with a price, which some of China's citizens are beginning to pay. ...

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The Daily Grind: Which MMO should go away?

People love to hate things. Whether we're talking about sports, religion, politics, lifestyles, or goulash recipes, there are always at least two sides in opposition to each other, and frequently many more. Those on one side will sing the virtues of their choice, and decry the faults of the other...

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Scott Adams gets kicked repeatedly in the groin

Scott Adams of Dilbert fame held an in-world book signing event for Second Life residents on October 30, to promote his new non-Dilbert book Stick To Drawing Comics, Monkey Brain! From all accounts of those who attended, it was a huge success, though I hadn't realized exactly what went on there...

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