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Mike Foster

Mike loves all MMOs, but is especially partial to those involving fireballs. Mike spends his free time storming throguh EVE Online and investigating free-to-play titles. Mike loves helping new players find their bearings.

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Dragon Nest Movie: New Trailer and Poster Released Dragon Nest Movie: New Trailer and Poster Released
The second trailer for the much anticipated Dragon Nest movie has been released! A new poster showing Geraint and Veskuld has been released as well.... >>more
Mon Jul 29 23:45:26 2013

Are Level-Based MMOs Played Out? Are Level-Based MMOs Played Out?
MMOSite readers: Do you prefer level-based or skill-based MMOs, and do you see much of a difference between the two game styles?Let me know in the comments. ... >>more
Wed Aug 29 01:23:20 2012

World of Warcraft Isn’t Going Free-to-Play, Stop Asking World of Warcraft Isn’t Going Free-to-Play, Stop Asking
Well folks, it’s finally here. Guild Wars 2. Just saying it (or typing it) makes the mouth water. And with ArenaNet’s hotly anticipated, free-to-play MMO hitting shelves within the next few days, it’s worth taking a look at the current king of the mountain, World of Warcraft. After all, Guild Wars 2 certainly aims to take a few dollars out of Blizzard’s coffers; or at least a few players from its...... >>more
Thu Aug 23 23:31:04 2012

Can Funcom Save The Secret World’s PVP? Can Funcom Save The Secret World’s PVP?
The Secret World launched to what most would consider critical acclaim. Fans of the MMO genre were excited to see an MMO that revolved less on Orcs and fantasy and more on real-world environment with creative combat mechanics, and non-MMO gamers were allured by its strong narrative and unique presentation. The Secret World was easily one of the most hyped-up MMO releases of 2012, and it seems to have...... >>more
Tue Aug 14 20:53:27 2012

What Exactly Is An MMO? What Exactly Is An MMO?
The world of the MMO is expanding rapidly. Publishers have their eye on the immense profits possible with a successful product, and developers are equally attuned to the idea of huge production budgets and years of continual improvements and upgrades (not to mention relative job stability). Put simply, MMOs have quickly gone from niche product to one of the hottest genres in the industry, mostly thanks...... >>more
Mon Jul 23 23:10:19 2012

Runes of Magic: Fires of Shadowforge Review by Mike Foster Runes of Magic: Fires of Shadowforge Review by Mike Foster
Runes of Magic is a free-to-play MMO based firmly in the realms of fantasy and magic. The game, developed by Runewaker Entertainment and localized by Frogster, has been on the market since early 2009.... >>more
Thu Jul 19 18:53:19 2012

The MMO Wish List: What Would You Choose? The MMO Wish List: What Would You Choose?
MMOs are a special type of game, one in which thousands of players help each other, grief each other and generally build some sort of oddball community of heroes, villains and legends. There’s something unique about the world of an MMO—something about the player engagement, the developer interaction and the continued evolution of a product over the course of a few years.... >>more
Tue Jul 10 22:42:25 2012

Is Free-to-Play the Future of All Games? Is Free-to-Play the Future of All Games?
Here on MMOSite, we’ve talked at length about free-to-play games and their impact on the industry. F2P, which once seemed like an anomaly, has over the last few years demonstrated its ability to be not only a successful business model for a game, but a more successful model than the decades old subscription-based setup. Though long-term data isn’t available quite yet, many games that switch from...... >>more
Tue Jul 03 19:26:28 2012

MMOsite Interview for Maestia: Rise of Keledus MMOsite Interview for Maestia: Rise of Keledus
Maestia: Rise of Keledus is an upcoming free-to-play MMORPG from Gravity Interactive, the developer of Ragnarok Online and Dragon Saga. The game, which revolves around a man named Keledus and his descent into power-hungry corruption, is set for launch in summer of 2012. Maestia poses one simple question to brave adventurers: Do you have what it takes to save a world on the brink?... >>more
Fri Jun 29 02:30:13 2012

SMITE Keeping Its Hindu Gods SMITE Keeping Its Hindu Gods
Here’s an odd story from the week—it appears that the Universal Society for Hinduism has taken offense to the presence of Hindu gods in Hi-Rez Studios’ next big MOBA, SMITE. If you’re unfamiliar with the game, here’s a bit of backstory: In SMITE, players take control over deities from a collection of world religions, including but not limited to Egyptian, Norse and Greek mythology. Oh, and then...... >>more
Thu Jun 28 19:46:37 2012

MMO Life: Finding Innovation MMO Life: Finding Innovation
2012 is a big year for MMOs. World of Warcraft is getting what will likely be the expansion that makes or breaks it as an industry leader. Guild Wars 2 finally hits shelves, bringing with it the howls of a million fanboys. An army of free-to-play MMOs of varying themes will storm the interwebs, splitting attention from major releases.... >>more
Wed Jun 27 23:33:11 2012

EVE Online: Breaking the Myth EVE Online: Breaking the Myth
EVE Online is one of the most unique properties in the world of MMOs. Its dynamic player community, rough-and-tumble atmosphere and intricate economy make it very much the only game of its kind. EVE is, in many ways, the coolest MMO on the market. In what other game can you hold another player hostage, steal all of his stuff and then use your ill-gotten gains to pay your subscription fee?... >>more
Wed Jun 27 08:15:56 2012

Can Blade & Soul Defeat Diablo III? NCsoft Thinks So Can Blade & Soul Defeat Diablo III? NCsoft Thinks So
NCsoft, one of Blizzard's largest competitors, is well aware of this potential weak spot in Blizzard's armor. And, of course, it has a plan for demolishing Blizzard in Korea, and claiming the majority market share for itself. That plan? Blade & Soul.... >>more
Thu Jun 21 11:19:24 2012

How TERA Failed Me! How TERA Failed Me!
In the weeks approaching the official launch of TERA, I was nothing if not excited. A beautiful world, gorgeous characters and a compelling combat system-what's not to like, right?... >>more
Thu Jun 14 04:00:19 2012

What Lies Ahead - RIFT: Storm Legion What Lies Ahead - RIFT: Storm Legion
One thing RIFT hasn't seen quite yet is a full expansion. You know, one of those things that dramatically expands the game world of an MMO and introduces new mechanics and lore.... >>more
Tue Jun 12 07:24:24 2012

MMOs and the Problem of Time MMOs and the Problem of Time
MMOs take time. In fact, time commitment is one thing that all MMOs, regardless of genre and design, have in common... >>more
Sat Jun 09 20:04:14 2012

Big Changes Due for the Next Guild Wars 2 Beta Weekend Big Changes Due for the Next Guild Wars 2 Beta Weekend
If you missed the first beta weekend, don't worry; this week's looks to be bigger and better than anything we've seen so far.... >>more
Wed Jun 06 00:26:03 2012

[Exclusive]Maestia Boasting PVP Combat, Story-driven Quest lines Interview [Exclusive]Maestia Boasting PVP Combat, Story-driven Quest lines Interview
Maestia: Rise of Keledus is an upcoming free-to-play MMORPG from Gravity Interactive, the developer of Ragnarok Online and Dragon Saga. The game, which revolves around a man named Keledus and his descent into power-hungry corruption, is set for launch in summer of 2012.... >>more
Mon Jun 04 04:15:22 2012

Want a Little Sex in Your MMO? Want a Little Sex in Your MMO?
When you spend dozens of hours questing, grinding and slaying with people, it's inevitable that your relationships will grow and evolve. I've made a few real-life friends thanks to the presence of MMOs in my life, and I'm sure this isn't some sort of rare story.... >>more
Fri May 25 06:34:29 2012

What to Expect from EVE Online: Inferno What to Expect from EVE Online: Inferno
Next week, EVE Online fans will certainly have a reason to celebrate: Inferno, the game's next enormous content patch, finally goes live on Tuesday. The patch/expansion, which is free to all EVE subscribers, brings with it a bevy of important changes to the EVE universe. Some of these changes are large; some are small-but all represent some sort of improvement.... >>more
Tue May 22 08:36:25 2012

Reader Question: Do Guilds Matter? Reader Question: Do Guilds Matter?
As the MMO has developed, so has the guild. What was once a completely player-driven structure has become a fully functioning game mechanic. Guilds are no longer something run in forums and message boards by players, but integrated game features with a life all their own.... >>more
Fri May 18 07:05:16 2012

Premium Services Come to TERA(NA) Premium Services Come to TERA(NA)
TERA has been on shelves for a whopping two weeks, and with the game sailing comfortably along the sales charts, it was only a matter of time before En Masse looked for new ways in which to monetize its subscriber base. Microtransactions are, of course, the future, and no MMO would be complete without a bevy of small but ultimately unnecessary services and offers for players willing to part with a...... >>more
Thu May 17 05:13:24 2012

The Secret World: What Lies in Store The Secret World: What Lies in Store
The Secret World, unlike the bulk of MMOs that have come out in the last five years, isn't set in some fantasyland packed with orcs and goblins.... >>more
Wed May 16 06:31:33 2012

The Future of Paid MMOs The Future of Paid MMOs
Players are naturally more likely to take a chance on a game when the initial investment is low. However, it's a large jump in logic to assume that because a few solid F2P games exist, all MMOs should be following that model. ... >>more
Tue May 15 21:55:01 2012

TERA Journal: Levels 20-25 TERA Journal: Levels 20-25
Upon hitting level 20, however, my entire perspective changed. Sure, there were still plenty of boring, seemingly inconsequential quests. However, there was also a brand new instance to explore, new lands in which to adventure and ridiculously over-powered monsters to destroy. 20 is where TERA takes flight.... >>more
Tue May 15 00:17:50 2012

TERA: An Exciting World with Familiar Fundamentals TERA: An Exciting World with Familiar Fundamentals
Your first few moments in TERA will likely be filled with confusion. The game's prologue, which aims to show you what your chosen character will be like at level 20, is a bit on the chaotic side. You're simply dropped into an intense battle with a wide collection of abilities and asked to fend for yourself.... >>more
Sat May 12 06:20:39 2012

Can ZeniMax Handle An Elder Scrolls MMO Can ZeniMax Handle An Elder Scrolls MMO
All of the right pieces are in place: Fan demand, a strong development team and years of lore and design from which to draw. The only remaining question is this: Can ZeniMax Online actually make a working, engaging Elder Scrolls MMORPG?... >>more
Fri May 11 18:00:10 2012

How BioWare Can Stop SWTOR's Bleeding How BioWare Can Stop SWTOR's Bleeding
SWTOR did surge to around 1.7 million players, but recent numbers indicate that it lost over 400,000 of them last month. Current tallies put SWTOR population at just 1.3 million—not too shabby when compared with other MMOs, but still a far cry from what EA and BioWare had been hoping for. 1.3 million players.... >>more
Thu May 10 06:30:37 2012

TERA Journal: Levels 10-20 TERA Journal: Levels 10-20
Since writing that article, I’ve pushed my Lancer even further into TERA’s early content and have reached level 20. Now that my experience with the game is a bit deeper, I felt it would be nice to check in again with you readers to let you know how (or if) my first impressions have changed.... >>more
Sun May 06 06:32:10 2012

All New MMOs Are "WoW Killers" All New MMOs Are
We're looking at the question from the wrong angle. No one game is ever going to kill World of Warcraft. Like an enormous raid boss, WoW simply cannot be downed by a single entity.... >>more
Sat May 05 10:02:36 2012

Building a Better MMO: Five Industry Trends Building a Better MMO: Five Industry Trends
There's never been a better time to be an MMO developer. And, coincidentally, there's never been a better time to be an MMO player. Modern MMOs, thanks to hot competition from their brethren, are evolving and changing at one of the most rapid paces in the industry-they have to if they want to keep their registrations up and their subscribers happy.... >>more
Sat May 05 03:59:54 2012

The First Ten Levels in TERA The First Ten Levels in TERA
Hotly anticipated action-MMO TERA has officially launched, and with it comes a slew of reviews, streams, videos and player comments. It’s nothing particularly new, especially when you consider the fact that the Korean version of the game has been available for months—we Westerners are just a bit late to the party... >>more
Wed May 02 01:15:45 2012

A Year of RIFT - Second Impressions A Year of RIFT - Second Impressions
RIFT, the massively multiplayer online game packed with dynamic world events and a constantly shifting universe, launched on March 1, 2011. Since then, the game has seen countless upgrades, tweaks, modifications, content patches and evolutions, thanks in large part to its passionate community and the active involvement of Trion Worlds. In short, the RIFT we played in 2011 is not the RIFT we're playing...... >>more
Sat Apr 28 01:19:32 2012

Three Things You Must Do in RIFT Three Things You Must Do in RIFT
RIFT is more than just your typical MMO-the game is packed with random, dynamic events than change the way in which you play your character. In RIFT, you don't spend your days seeking out rare quest drops and finishing NPC-given tasks, but in assisting to keep the world from ripping apart at its seams.... >>more
Fri Apr 27 03:04:08 2012