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First Impressions: Perfect World

Time for another episode of 'First Impressions'! The show that asks the question "Where has Akela been playing lately?" Today's installment: Cubizone's Perfect World. Remember, kids, this is not a guide, this is not an in-depth look. It's a post about how the first hour or so of a game strikes me,...

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Exactly when did you get hooked?

Starting a new game is exciting, especially if it's one you know nothing about. When I look at the long, long list of MMOs available on the right-hand side of Massively's page, inwardly I give a little squeak of joy -- so many new experiences! I manage to forget how many of those experiences will...

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The Anti-ding

I've written before about how easy it is to become addicted to that leveling-up ding, and suggested that it's the main reason we play MMOs. But the Penny Arcade guys wrote on Monday about two types of gamers -- those who play to beat the challenges, and those who play to see new content. Both of...

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Slave to the 'ding'

The other day I was considering dropping back into WoW after an absence. I can't remember now why I've been away, though I do know why I'm thinking of coming back: the ding. You know, that lovely, orgasm-like lightshow that tells you when you've gained a new level. Sure, it's fun to whack things...

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The pros and cons of instant leveling

Keen took an interesting look at a strange little MMO game mechanic last weekend: instant leveling. I first encountered this in Mythic's Dark Age of Camelot-- after you get one character to a certain level, the game would let you use the "/level" command to pop any character you created up to a...

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