Category Archives: EQ2

Finally MMO genre is free of Smed, at least for now

Back from vacation, and this reentry Monday is ROUGH. After every vacation I question whether actually going on vacation is ‘worth it’, because coming back to 500+ emails to dig through isn’t a lot of fun, especially then all 500+ … Continue reading

Posted in EQ2, EQNext, Random, Rant, RMT, SOE being SOE | 12 Comments

State of the MMO genre, 2015 edition

First things first, it’s now 2015, and just like in 2014, 2013, and really since the beginning of time, we still haven’t seen an as-successful F2P MMO as we have sub MMOs (WoW/FFXIV/EVE). Until we do, this isn’t a debate. … Continue reading

Posted in Age of Conan, Aion, Asheron's Call, Camelot Unchained, EQ2, EVE Online, Final Fantasy XIV, Life is Feudal, Lord of the Rings Online, MMO design, Pathfinder Online, Rift, RMT, Star Citizen, Warhammer Online, World of Warcraft | 64 Comments

Looking back at 2014, looking forward into 2015

Time to review 2014 and make some 2015 predictions (I don’t get as fancy as some people and do two posts!) Here are the 2014 predictions: EQNL will have everyone loving it the first month of release. Shortly after just … Continue reading

Posted in ArcheAge, Camelot Unchained, Clash of Clans, Darkfall Online, EQ2, EQNext, EVE Online, Final Fantasy XIV, Guild Wars, League of Legends, Lord of the Rings Online, Star Citizen, SW:TOR, The Elder Scrolls Online, Trion being Trion, WildStar, World of Warcraft | 43 Comments

Subtraction by addition

One of the lazier strawmen in MMO blogging land is to dismiss the success of an older MMO by stating that fewer people play it today. I’m sure you have read some version of “If UO did so many things … Continue reading

Posted in Dark Age of Camelot, Darkfall Online, DDO, EQ2, EVE Online, Lord of the Rings Online, MMO design, Ultima Online | 6 Comments

SOE: All of the great MMOs are F2P, like…?

Dave “Doctor Creepy” Georgeson, fresh of his “MMOs should live on forever, so we are shutting down four SOE MMOs!” declaration, is back trying to cram more foot into his mouth, this time trying to defend the minor league MMO … Continue reading

Posted in EQ2, EQNext, FreeRealms, Mass Media, Rant, RMT, Vanguard | 31 Comments

SOE being SOE, take 9431

Jenks at TAGN about SOE’s latest bout with logic: Wait. They are going to give you the 500 spacebucks, but only if you log in… So we can we reasonably conclude that there are people who forgot to cancel their … Continue reading

Posted in EQ2, Rant | 22 Comments

MMO Future: Understanding old memories

Almost all of the original MMOs worked. UO, EQ1, AC1, DAoC; all of those games had solid populations and growth in their prime. In contrast, most of the recent MMOs (AoC, WAR, LotR, SW:TOR, Aion, Rift, etc) have not. Either … Continue reading

Posted in Age of Conan, Aion, Asheron's Call, Dark Age of Camelot, EQ2, EVE Online, Guild Wars, Lord of the Rings Online, MMO design, Rift, Ultima Online, Warhammer Online, World of Warcraft | 52 Comments