Posts Tagged "MMO Games"

World of Warcraft: Showing Its Age

World of Warcraft: Showing Its Age

World of Warcraft wants you to get off its lawn. The massively multiplayer online RPG (MMORPG) is almost seven years old, which is something like a hundred years old in MMORPG years. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but World of Warcraft is definitely getting a little creaky in its joints. During a recent earnings conference call, Blizzard admitted that there has been a bit of a gradual decline in the game’s subscriber numbers. “[W]e experienced a...

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Can Nintendo Create a Massive Single-Player Experience?

Can Nintendo Create a Massive Single-Player Experience?

Is there a more compelling way to scuff around in an MMO’s virtual world in real-time and actually feel like your presence has greater consequence? It seems like Nintendo might be trying to think of a way. In 2010, the company filed a patent application for what might be described as a “single-player online game”–a virtual world wherein the player’s presence alters the environment accordingly. Kotaku summed up one of the examples...

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Can Star Wars: The Old Republic Last Decades?

Can Star Wars: The Old Republic Last Decades?

Star Wars: The Old Republic has been in the works for a long time. If you’ve been tapping the end of your lightsaber impatiently while counting down the minutes, good news: Your wait will reportedly be coming to an end this Holiday season. If you’re still irritated over the wait, cheer up. BioWare wanted to get The Old Republic just right, because you’ll supposedly be playing the game for a long, long time. Years. Decades, even. James Ohlen, the...

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Valve Goes Free to Play: Bad Choice?

Valve Goes Free to Play: Bad Choice?

Valve’s famous team-based shooter, Team Fortress 2, recently went free-to-play. Everyone should celebrate by repeating this good news to themselves in the voices Valve has bestowed upon the game’s colorful cast. Start with Scout (“Yo!”) and end with Pyro. (“Mrfrrfrff!”). This isn’t the first instance of a subscription-based online game going free-to-play. Dungeons & Dragons Online has done it, as has Lord of the Rings...

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What Single-Player Plus Means for Gamers

What Single-Player Plus Means for Gamers

Those of us who enjoy gaming in dark solitude got a bit of a scare earlier this month when Valve insinuated that Portal 2 might be the last completely single-player experience that the studio will develop. Valve’s dad, Gabe Newell, assured fans through an interview that Valve is by no means abandoning the single-player experience. Instead, Valve will simply be focusing its energies on games that are “single-player plus.” “Single-player is...

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