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Cecil Adkins

Cecil Adkins is a fiction writer and covers MMORPGs for Examiner.com.  He is an active player of City of Heroes, World of Warcraft, and several other MMOs.  He can be found on the web at www.ceciladkins.com.

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Latest World of Warcraft patch will destroy the game... again Latest World of Warcraft patch will destroy the game... again
Blizzard Entertainment recently released World of Warcraft Patch 4.0.1, one of the major precursors to the upcoming Cataclysm expansion. This patch brought with it revisions to classes, talent trees, and the game's user interface. It will also bring about an end to the game, just like every patch since 1.0.... >>more
Fri Oct 22 09:53:13 2010

MMOs and Microtransactions MMOs and Microtransactions
For most modern MMOs, making money purely from monthly subscription fees is pretty old school. These days, even more and more subscription MMOs are supplementing their income with the use of microtransactions (usually relatively small charges for items you can’t get through normal gameplay).... >>more
Thu Sep 09 17:39:57 2010

Reinlisting in Starfleet Reinlisting in Starfleet
Back in March, I reviewed Star Trek Online, which had been out a little more than a month at that point. I stopped playing the game shortly after I wrote my review but recently started up my subscription again. Atari and Cryptic Studios decided to have a free play "welcome back" weekend for anyone who had ever purchased a copy of the game, and I guess it had its desired effect on me since it got...... >>more
Mon Aug 23 02:12:56 2010

City of Heroes Forum Changes Elicit Strong Responses City of Heroes Forum Changes Elicit Strong Responses
Two years ago, the moderators of the official City of Heroes message boards announced impending changes to the forum rules and guidelines. Among these changes was the introduction of non-CoH MMO discussion to the list of forbidden topics (already on the list were religion and politics, which most know aren't things that polite people enter into conversation about anyway). There was a pretty big uproar...... >>more
Sun Aug 15 19:33:10 2010

City of Heroes: Through the Years Part II: Tough Times City of Heroes: Through the Years Part II: Tough Times
In my last article, we took a look at the first six content updates (or issues) of City of Heroes and highlighted just a few of the major changes the game went through in its first 18 months. When the game was released, there was no player-versus-player combat, no player villain characters, no capes on costumes, no badges. By its sixth content update, all of these things were an important part of the...... >>more
Wed Apr 28 02:49:58 2010

City of Heroes: Through the Years Part I: From Heroes to Villains City of Heroes: Through the Years Part I: From Heroes to Villains
It was something of an aberration among MMOs. Until City of Heroes was released on April 28th, 2004, most MMOs – and nearly every one that could be considered at all "successful" – had been based in a more or less traditional fantasy genre (EVE Online is a rare exception to this). Why it was this way is a matter of some debate, but despite more and more non-fantasy MMOs in recent years, developers...... >>more
Fri Apr 23 18:18:00 2010

Hope for the future: The good and bad of Star Trek Online Hope for the future: The good and bad of Star Trek Online
Well, I've never before hit the level cap in an MMO within a month of its release. The fact that this has been the case with Atari, Cryptic Studios' Star Trek Online could mean that the game's pretty easy to play, or that it's designed to get you to the bigger and better ships quickly, or that I've played it too darned much. All three of these, as it turns out, are probably true.... >>more
Sat Mar 13 07:20:12 2010

Five MMO Holiday Gift Ideas Five MMO Holiday Gift Ideas
Have you prepared some gifts for your friends or family who play MMOs? If not yet, you can follow our columnist Cecil Adkins' suggestions.... >>more
Wed Nov 18 23:20:25 2009

Issue 16 Reinvigorates 5-year-old City of Heroes… or Does It? Issue 16 Reinvigorates 5-year-old City of Heroes… or Does It?
I've said elsewhere that I was prepared to dismiss the latest update to City of Heroes, Issue 16: Power Spectrum, as a light, perhaps even disappointing issue. I know, I know. Powers customization is a big deal, and it's inarguably the biggest requested feature since the beginning of the Paragon Studios superhero MMO. It also required a massive amount of work to implement, some of which is detailed...... >>more
Wed Sep 23 03:32:24 2009

Children and MMOs Children and MMOs
If you're a parent and you spend a lot of time playing MMOs, your child will inevitably become interested in them as well. There is a lot to be said about balancing quality time with your family with work and an active MMO life so that your kids don't feel neglected, but that's beyond the scope of this article. Not that I won't get around to writing about that, because I probably will, but it's not...... >>more
Thu Sep 10 01:33:53 2009

Clockwork Symphony Releases Path Info & Concept Art Clockwork Symphony Releases Path Info & Concept Art
Clockwork Symphony, the steampunk MMO being developed by a group of ambitious developers calling themselves the Clank Crew, recently released more information on the varied and exciting "paths" that players can take as they play through the game. Additionally, they've released the game's first pieces of concept art. You can see these images, done by graphic artist Kyle Vana, within this article, but...... >>more
Wed Aug 26 04:32:07 2009

Alganon Preview: Standing Out from Other Fantasy MMOs Alganon Preview: Standing Out from Other Fantasy MMOs
If you start looking into Alganon, the upcoming fantasy MMO from QuestOnline, it doesn't take long before you discover that there are a lot of things that make it unique among games of its kind. I touched on a couple of these aspects over at Examiner.com last week, but that was only the tip of the iceberg. Alganon doesn't just have a few unique features; the entire game was designed from the ground...... >>more
Tue Aug 11 00:44:41 2009

Why City of Heroes SHOULD Be Worried Why City of Heroes SHOULD Be Worried
In my previous article, I ruffled some feathers by saying that City of Heroes had nothing to worry about concerning the impending release of Champions Online, its first competitor in the superhero MMO market. Maybe "nothing to worry about" is a little too strong. There are lots of valid reasons for the developers of City of Heroes to keep an eye on Champions Online, and I have no doubt Champions...... >>more
Tue Aug 04 23:46:57 2009

Champions Online? City of Heroes Has Nothing to Worry About Champions Online? City of Heroes Has Nothing to Worry About
What about soon-to-be released Champions Online, developed by the original developers of City of Heroes and based on a popular pen-and-paper RPG? Can five-year-old City of Heroes stand up against this game, which is going to be using up-to-date technology and be available on not only for the PC but also for the Xbox 360?... >>more
Wed Jul 29 19:17:25 2009