Jeffrey Steefel on LOTRO Expansion, MMO Culture

Rock, Paper, Shotgun has a nice interview up with Turbine producer Jeffrey Steefel, mostly centered on the Lord of the Rings Online » 9/27/08 3:30pm 9/27/08 3:30pm forthcoming Mines of Moria expansion — also discussed are things like how Steefel perceives 's performance, expansion features, and issues of designing for a license. While is wide open, …

The MMO Showdown: CoH, WoW, and EVE

'Tis the season for non-MMO players dipping their toes in the vast MMO waters » 9/21/08 12:30pm 9/21/08 12:30pm; the guys at Man vs. Horse have done a bang up look at , , and the ubiquitous . It's always looking at veteran gamers coming to a new genre, and the series is a quick, funny, engaging read. It's also given me an idea of what MMOs I be…

Speaking of Loot: the Ancient Roots

Yesterday, we mentioned the fact that game designers often walk a fine line when figuring out how best to dangle a nice, looty carrot in front of their audience » 9/14/08 1:30pm 9/14/08 1:30pm; somewhat on the same subject (loot!), Roger Travis goes back to the and even further to illustrate some ancient roots of the same thing we see in modern…