Author: Julie Russell

Zug Zug and WAAAGH!: PC Gaming’s Best Orcs

March 12, 2018

From Tolkien to Thrall, we take a look at the best orcs around. ME ORC, ME ANGRY! J.R.R. Tolkien may have given us the idea of the modern orc, but it was gaming that raised them to maturity, turned them into recognizable pop culture icons, and, at times, instilled them with a sense of humanity […]

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WildStar and the Search for a Better Endgame

March 3, 2018

WildStar’s executive producer hints at an endgame that’s just as fun for solo players. Jeremy Gaffney, executive producer for the upcoming MMORPG WildStar, has had enough of traditional MMO endgames. His frustration is such that he’s even taken to distancing himself from the name, preferring to call the concept the “elder game” in his discussions […]

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World of Warcraft and the Case Against Open Tagging

February 20, 2018

WoW’s Lead Content Designer explains why WoW isn’t jumping on the bandwagon. Oondasta will be a mighty challenge in WoW’s Patch 5.2. Last year saw the rise of several innovative features in MMORPGs, but few held as much promise for future games as open tagging, which is perhaps best described as the chance for every […]

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Massivity: Final Fantasy XIV and The Double-Edged Sword of MMORPG Revamps

February 4, 2018

Can a rebirth save an online game that’s blown its first chance? You have to hand it to Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada: it took some guts to admit that Final Fantasy XIV had “greatly damaged” the storied franchise. The questing and crafting systems were the stereotypical MMO grind reduced to its quintessence; the UI […]

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