Monthly Archives: March 2012

Free To Not Play (Redux)

ArenaNet’s Mike O’Brien recently did an interview with PC Gamer about the microtransaction system for Guild Wars 2 (and we recorded a news hit on it this afternoon), and he made a very interesting statement regarding free-to-play, and ArenaNet’s model … Continue reading

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Throne For a Loop

A friend from college who worked for a bookstore, and whom I’d also gamed with occasionally, once pulled me aside while I was browsing the shelves, pulled down a thick silvery paperback and thrust it into my hands. “This is … Continue reading

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German Economy

No, this isn’t a post on the merits of the euro versus the deutschmark, though there is a fair amount of math. Rather, it’s spawned from a Twitter conversation which itself spawned from the announcement of Guild Wars 2‘s PLEX-like … Continue reading

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Irrational Perspective

Last night, I found myself playing my hunter in LOTRO. The one who’s still level 65. Who’s wearing armour he got around three years ago. The freakin’ hobbit! Now, for a non sequitur.

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March Buzz Index Answer: Guild Wars 2

It’s the answer to everything, don’t ya know?

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Are Release-Day Reviews Still Necessary?

The other seminar I attended at GDC was called “How Games Are Reviewed.” I don’t recall the name of the speaker, but he had spent six years at IGN and now works for a market-research firm, so he’s got some … Continue reading

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Rewarding Gameplay

I’ve got a fair amount of stuff to talk about regarding GDC… which you’ll have to wait until Monday for, since I’m still semi-exhausted and hey, I’ll get a few pennies for stories I post on Gamebreaker.tv :) But one … Continue reading

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Turn It Up To 80

Just about to head out to San Francisco for three days of GDC debauchery — OK, it’s not quite Las Vegas, but I’m sure there’ll be some debauching going on — so just some quick thoughts today on general MMO … Continue reading

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The Gaming Life #19: Star Trek Online

In which I take down David Koresh’s followers. Sort of.

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