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The Mog Log: Final Fantasy XIV's buffet effect

A little under a year ago, I wrote a column about how Final Fantasy XIV needs to generate a wow factor. It needs to surprise people, have something unique and special to offer. There was a lot of stuff that felt distressingly rote, and that wasn't good. So what's changed since then? Well... not ...

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The Daily Grind: How versatile do you like your characters?

Breadth of utility is one of those concepts that rarely gets brought up in MMO discussions, but we still think about it. In some games, such as City of Heroes, most of the individual character archetypes are pretty one-note -- for all the customization you can give him, your Blaster is still fund...

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Storyboard: All about the lore train, like it or not

In tabletop roleplaying, through all of the various supplements for a given game, there are usually overarching plots, which players could either interact with or ignore. This is the metaplot -- not the plot that necessarily concerns your game, but the plot that the designers are keeping an activ...

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Champions Online previews the new Archetype system

When Champions Online first announced that it was joining the ranks of other games offering a no-subscription option, it included a mention that free members would be locked into archetypes. Archetypes were described in broad strokes as a chance for players to develop along the lines of famous hero...

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Storyboard: To flow like water

After having heard about a small explosion of RP drama earlier this week (not within my immediate sphere, but relayed to me anyway), I was initially going to make this week's post all about that most hated of all interactions. Then I found myself thinking about it a bit more, and I realized that re...

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Anti-Aliased: Microtransaction mayhem

You know, I would be quite amiss if I didn't take the time to weigh in on the microtransaction and subscription argument that has been going around town lately. It seems to be the buzz on everybody's lips. For those of you not in the know as to what I'm talking about, here's the deal. With the upc...

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Anti-Aliased: Microtransaction mayhem pt. 2

Plus, it's not like this has never happened before Many complaints about this format seem to stem from the notion that this is a new practice. However, keen observers of the industry will note that this practice is absolutely nothing new. The first introduction of this format is, amazingly enoug...

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