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The Daily Grind: What real-world lessons have you learned from MMOs?

Back in January, a Lifehacker op-ed chronicled six things the writer had learned from playing World of Warcraft -- useful, real-world things, not just how to spec out a frost Mage. For example, he learned that things you like can feel like a grind, and he learned how to quit something wonderful wit...

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A virtual economist's defense of the subscription model

ZeniMax Online and Bethesda's decision to release The Elder Scrolls Online as a subscription-based game unleashed a fresh wave of debate on the future of MMO payment models and the unique advantages and drawbacks offered by each. Virtual economist Isaac Knowles is the latest expert to offer his opi...

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Captain's Log: A Star Trek Online player uses math

On the heels of last week's revelation that Star Trek Online will be releasing its first ever expansion, Legacy of Romulus, many people were apparently waiting for the proverbial shoe to drop so they could rage when their expectations weren't met. That happened within seconds after the release of...

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GDC Online 2011: KingsIsle's Sara Jensen Schubert talks RPG math

I'm sure many of us have wondered how game developers decide upon item stats, experience amounts, damage per second, and all of the other numbers that we come across in our favorite games. Actually, it might sound more like, "Why the heck is my uber sword of uberness only doing X amount of damage...

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TERA releases Community Play Event numbers

If you're a TERA fan but not lucky enough to score an invite to En Masse Entertainment's recent Community Play Event (CPE), you can take heart in the fact that the company has released some information pertaining to all the players who did attend. We know, there's the potential for some salt in t...

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The Daily Grind: What still doesn't make sense to you?

We've got a pretty complicated hobby here, even by the frequently vexing standards of general gaming enthusiasts. There are more than a few elements that we have to wrap our heads around in order to play effectively, much less be on the forward edge. So it's kind of inevitable that we each find our...

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A look behind the systems of Champions Online

If you're good with numbers or would like to obtain some understanding of Champions Online's various systems, then this new systems dev blog is right up your alley. There's plenty of math happening here, so when you start to feel confused don't worry so much -- you're not alone. Actually, the ba...

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Making/Money: Auctioneer Wishlist

WARNING - MATH AHEAD! A few weeks ago, a reader e-mailed me with questions about some Auctioneer data that they have been collecting. Though the question was regarding trying to determine inflation patterns on their server, it got me to thinking about what Auctioneer actually captures. And what oth...

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Two chances left to enter WoW Insider's Dell notebook giveaway

We're really starting to get down to the wire now-- there's only two chances left for you to enter to win in WoW Insider's big Dell notebook giveaway. To enter, all you need to do is comment on that post (not this post-- commenting on this post gets you nothing but the satisfaction of making your ...

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