Category Archives: MMO design

The broken promise of the MMO genre

Could you imagine playing the same videogame for a decade? Ten years, one game? If this question was asked in the 90s, it would seem silly. That would be at least two generations of consoles, and PC hardware was changing … Continue reading

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Old Blizzard teaching New Blizzard the same old tricks

There are two ways to take the news that New Blizzard is finally learning from Old Blizzard about how to make an MMO. On the one hand, maybe it gives you hope that New Blizzard can turn Retail around and … Continue reading

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WoW Classic: New Blizzard removes layers with New Blizzard execution

My motivation to blog about Classic is obviously down thanks to the whole Bliz/China issue, which sucks on multiple levels that I’ve already written about. Blogging today because New Blizzard continues to screw up Classic, which at this point is … Continue reading

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WoW Classic: The game-changer expansion

I posted my initial thoughts on what a Classic expansion might look like. It was basically ‘more of the same’, and avoiding what WoW gets wrong with WotLK and beyond. But the more I think about it, a lot of … Continue reading

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WoW Classic: Nostalgia or Design?

What Blizzard feels is the correct answer to the question “Why are people playing and enjoying Classic” will go a long way in determining the game’s future direction. If the answer is heavily towards ‘nostalgia’, then the key to Classic’s … Continue reading

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WoW Classic: Alt-itis

One of the big surprises related to WoW Classic for me has been my enjoyment of playing alts. Back in Vanilla I only had my Orc Warrior, and later had a lvl 19 twink undead Rogue. But I never got … Continue reading

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WoW Classic: First month and the game is still growing, but for how long?

We are a month into WoW Classic and a few things are shaking out. The biggest IMO being that the population hasn’t gone down since launch, and if anything is still growing, as Blizzard continues to open new servers. Of … Continue reading

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