Bow Before the Worm-Slayer

Jeff reminds me that I never mentioned, here, an article of mine that The Escapist published an issue or so ago: Bow Before the Worm-Slayer. The issue’s about achievements in games — or more accurately, achievement systems. For me, it was largely an academic matter, because I don’t get much fun out of the achievement […]

Peter Sagal's Childish Things

Posted by on Mar 24, 2009 in MMOs, Musing, Story | One Comment

Peter Sagal, who you know from Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, recently recorded a new commentary on the imaginary people we grow up with. Some day, alas, Viggo Mortensen will (presumably) pass away, but the Aragorns we know through Lord of the Rings games (Sagal mentions LOTRO) don’t have to. And, of course, we can […]

EVE Online, Insanity IRL

Posted by on Mar 18, 2009 in MMOs, RPGs, Sci Fi, Video Games | 3 Comments

At Ten Ton Hammer, a member of the notorious/infamous/renowned Goonswarm writes about EVE Online: There is a jagged fissure of insanity which runs through the heart of the EVE playerbase, a kind of feverish bad crazy that you simply don’t find in other online games. […] Sleep was sacrificed, work was skipped, and as each […]


Posted by on Feb 19, 2009 in MMOs, Musing, RPGs | 2 Comments

This post by Christian Lindke, in reaction to my “Noob’s Lament” post last week, got me thinking again about the value of noobs. This started as a comment to Christian’s post, but expanded into more musings once I got the Matrix metaphor in mind, so I’m sharing it here to see what you think. So, […]

Noob's Lament

Posted by on Feb 10, 2009 in MMOs, Musing, RPGs, Video Games, Websites | 4 Comments

This thing’s been sitting in my drafts for a couple of weeks, hoping for some blast of insight that would turn this post into a serious analysis revealing some essential kernel of the gaming experience. With Jimmy Fallon as our proxy noob. But who the hell’s got the time to wait for me to roll […]

Machinima: Blind

Posted by on Feb 3, 2009 in Fantasy, MMOs, Movies, RPGs, Video Games | 3 Comments

Machinima isn’t typically my thing… but tell me this isn’t story + game: The Craft of War: BLIND from percula on Vimeo. Wonderfully done. Fight scenes this complicated can be headaches to choreograph and cut, but the elaborate layers of action here are somehow never confusing and are often downright lovely. [via @feliciaday]

The Winning Lesson

Posted by on Jan 26, 2009 in Board Games, card games, MMOs, RPGs, Video Games | 9 Comments

This was tough, but we’ve got the winner in our Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria contest. We had some great entries submitted to us in comments and via email, but there can be only one winner. Some submissions were wonderfully provocative, some cut to the quick. I had it down to three […]

Realism Isn't Good

Posted by on Jan 19, 2009 in Board Games, Design, MMOs, RPGs, Video Games | 8 Comments

Krist Novoselic, bassist of Nirvana, tries out Rock Band: More recently, while walking through a one-stop shopping center, I encountered the Rock Band 2 video game. It was set up on display for customers to try. I know about Rock Band, because Nirvana has some songs on it. I had never tried the game before, […]

The Wealth of Moria: For Free!

Posted by on Dec 22, 2008 in Fantasy, MMOs, Promotion, RPGs | 5 Comments

The game I’ve been playing the most, without a doubt, and for something like the past year, is Lord of the Rings Online. I’ve written about it around here before, and I’ll write about it again soon. More fun than reading about the game, though, is playing it. So let’s get you started. We’ve got […]

A Halloween-themed Twitter-based MMORPG

Posted by on Oct 31, 2008 in MMOs, Musing, RPGs | No Comments

At first, I just thought it was Jay Bushman tweeting The War of the Worlds in honor of the holiday, but I see I was wrong. It’s actually a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game taking place via Twitter: see it in action here. Participants are playing themselves in a shared, imaginary world based on The […]