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Storyboard: Roleplaying hasn't gone anywhere

Certain phrases just tend to stick in my craw. For example, the idea that back in the day MMORPGs really supported roleplaying, but now they don't any more. You can't really lose yourself in modern games. You get the idea; I've talked about this before. The calls that roleplaying is dead are...

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The Mog Log: Final Fantasy nostalgia

There's nothing quite like Final Fantasy XI. Nor is there anything quite like Final Fantasy XIV. The two are similar enough that you can use one as a substitute for the other in a pinch, but both possess a certain feel that just isn't found in any other game. That's neither good nor bad; it just...

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A Mild-Mannered Reporter: Remembering my time in City of Heroes

Not long after my first column on the City of Heroes shutdown, I received an email that contained several of the testimonials from this full-to-bursting thread on the Save CoH boards. And they're not the only ones out there. There are countless stories about what the game means to people, ranging...

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The Daily Grind: What's your favorite PvP memory?

It's hard to compare with the excitement of PvP. Sure, a well-scripted PvE encounter is exciting, but it's scripted. The same thing will always happen under the same conditions. But in a PvP battle, anything goes. Whether you're taking part in a battle over an open RvR objective in Warhammer...

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The Daily Grind: What's your favorite PvE memory?

Rare indeed is the game that allows players to avoid the PvE side of the game altogether. Of course, that's assuming you'd even want to. Fighting great beasts and horrid beastmen in Final Fantasy XI, hunting down villains and preventing dimensional incursions in City of Heroes, aiding the quest...

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The Daily Grind: What NPCs stick in your memory?

I'm not fond of a lot of the storytelling on display in the Prophecies campaign of Guild Wars, but I have to admit that, against all logic, I was happy when Gwen showed up again. I joked about her, I complained about her uselessness and her irritating habits, but the fact that she turned up alive...

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