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Tamriel Infinium: Immersion matters in Elder Scrolls Online and every other MMO

I'm fully on board with all of the changes ZeniMax listed in its latest state-of-the-game update. My only concern has more to do with personal OCD issues than it does with any long-term effects on Elder Scrolls Online. See, as I mentioned in a previous piece, I love the fact that ZOS allows me to p...

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The Daily Grind: What are your four pillars of MMO gaming?

A few weeks ago, Massively's Star Wars: The Old Republic expert Larry Everett proposed that "ownership" or perhaps the broader term "immersion" should be considered one of the real four pillars of MMO gaming instead of the four that BioWare picked (combat, exploration, progression, and story). This...

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The Daily Grind: Would you like more client-side customization options?

Lord of the Rings Online's latest patch brings some interesting client-side changes to the long-running fantasy MMO. Namely, the update gives you the ability to turn off other players' cosmetic pets. Turbine's announcement post mentions that this will help if you're having performance problems, but...

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The Daily Grind: What's your favorite fast travel gimmick?

Fast travel is ubiquitous in MMOs nowadays, but not every game goes the extra mile to make it an immersive experience. Star Wars: The Old Republic does, at least in my opinion, and I rediscovered as much when I logged in for a few minutes over the weekend. I picked up my Imperial Agent on Corell...

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Free for All: Can roleplay rise above the sexy stuff?

Recently I logged some time in Velvet Sundown, a new pseudo-MMO that places players into small, instanced roleplay groups of 11 characters aboard a ship in order to solve a mystery or to otherwise "win" a roleplay session. It sounds strange, but it really is a very interesting idea. Each character ...

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The Daily Grind: What zones feel 'real' to you?

Let's face it: Some MMO game zones seem as real as a set on the stage of a high school play. They check off all of the fantastic features that give art directors goosebumps, but when you're in those areas you can't quite shake the feeling that it's a façade put on for your benefit. Then t...

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Free for All: Five ways to create immersion in MMOs

Immersion. I've used the word so much over the past several years that it has almost lost all meaning. I've played around with my Immersion Project, a set of rules designed to force me to play in a way that creates an almost physical connection with my characters. I've written about immersion and w...

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Latest stretch goal speaks to Star Citizen's 'immersive, world-building experience'

Earlier this week Cloud Imperium released both a brochure and an in-engine video devoted to Star Citizen's Anvil Aerospace Hornet. Apparently the info dump was well-received, as the crowdfunded space sim passed the $24 million mark shortly thereafter. As per usual with each $1 million milestone,...

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The Daily Grind: What little things does your favorite MMO do well?

I'm enjoying Final Fantasy XIV quite a bit, and it's not just because of the spiffy multiclassing system or Square's gorgeous fantasy trappings. It's also the little things like the fact that my avatar emotes while sitting down as well as the addictive fishing minigame with its nifty animations and...

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Ask Massively: Taboo topics

In the US, we have a joke about how you never discuss politics or religion with friends if you want to keep those friends, which is a shame since those are usually the most interesting subjects, especially when it's three in the morning and you're out of jello shots. Today's topic might seem as if ...

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