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McQuaid: 'Vast majority' of early Vanguard players quit by level two or three

If you can't get enough of the sad saga that is Vanguard, IGN has published an interview with creator Brad McQuaid that might pique your curiosity. There are some interesting nuggets relating to McQuaid's early days as well as the relationship between Sigil and SOE that allowed Vanguard to release,...

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The Game Archaeologist: The rise, fall, and rescue of Vanguard

I have been wanting to do an article on the whole saga (small pun intended) of Vanguard for some time, and now that Brad McQuaid has returned with plans to make what appears to be a very similar game, I need no more prompting to do it. The significance of Vanguard's development, release, ongoing...

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The Game Archaeologist: A history of EverQuest expansions

This past week, EverQuest made history as the title published its 20th expansion, Call of the Forsaken. Seriously, I cannot get my head around that number: 20! It's even more astonishing when you consider that contemporaries that launched in that early generation have gone many, many years since...

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The Game Archaeologist: Origin stories of modern MMO studios

A good origin story always captivates me, especially when it gives me a new perspective on something I've come to appreciate over the years. I love looking back at actors' first few films or hearing about how, say, Atari and Microsoft got their start. With MMO studios, these origin stories...

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WildStar to support and encourage addons

While some fledgling MMOs may act coy or hesitant about including user-created addons for their game, WildStar is going the opposite route and embracing them full-on. Lead Client Engineer Jon Wiesman penned a dev blog explaining why Carbine is enthusiastically supporting addons for the game from...

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Brad McQuaid reminisces about the birth of EverQuest

Maybe you're a big fan of EverQuest. Maybe you were at one point, but your ardor has cooled. Maybe you never liked it. Whatever your opinion on the game, you can't deny that it had a massive impact on the face of MMOs as a whole. In a new interview, Brad McQuaid talks about the genesis of...

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The Game Archaeologist and the NeverEnding Quest: The highlights

To many veteran MMO players, the opening horns of EverQuest's score are enough to trigger vivid memories, violent hallucinations, and an unstoppable desire to leap through the computer screen to return to Norrath. It all depends, of course, on which MMO you first cut your teeth, and while many...

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The Game Archaeologist and the Star of the Galaxies: The history

Each month, the Game Archaeologist dusts off one MMORPG of yesterday and investigates while hanging on to his hat. From the ancient lands of Ultima to a galaxy far, far away, the Game Archaeologist is always on the move, looking for the next treasure trove to uncover. Some say that covering Star...

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One Shots: Druid on a stick!

Sure enough, we mentioned we're all about some old-school shots, and we got lots and lots of them! Today's One Shots comes to us from Grimthorn Redbeard, who sent this one along with the caption of "Druid on a stick." Technically, that's really not so much what it is, as it's a graphical bug in...

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One Shots: Kickin' it old school

To follow up on this morning's Daily Grind, where we asked what game you had originally fallen in love with in the MMO genre, I figured I'd follow up with this seriously old-school image sent in to us by Kilawhar! While he didn't send in the name of this location, I actually spent more than enough...

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