The Continuing Adventures of Pay-to-Win Apologists: Black Desert Edition

A few months ago I briefly touched on the troubling and frustrating trend of gaming consumers becoming increasingly accepting of pay-to-win systems in MMORPGs following my reading of a terrific op-ed on the subject at MassivelyOP. The most ubiquitous pay-to-win defenses trotted out by its apologists center on whittling away at the scope of its definition with the introduction of…

Hobo Gamer: Black Desert vs ArcheAge

After finishing my recent Hobo Gamer posts on Black Desert and ArcheAge, I couldn’t help but find myself comparing the two games in what turned out to be a challenging struggle to crown a victor, and it sounds like I’m hardly alone in attempting to make the comparison. This comparison was inevitable. Both games share strong similarities in objective, but…

The Massive Identity Crisis

I often hear complaints about the ever expanding definition of an MMO, with sites like Massively using the term so loosely as to include basically any game with online multiplayer. Now I’m not overly concerned with what Massively chooses to call an MMO. From their perspective, the more they can cover, the better, and that…

Hobo Gamer: Black Desert

The first entrant to my Hobo Gamer series is Black Desert, an upcoming sandbox MMO being developed by Pearl Abyss, a new studio formed specifically for the game’s creation. Set in a beautifully crafted world inspired by the middle ages, its low-fantasy trappings really resonate with me as a virtual world I could potentially call home. What I…