The F-Words Of MMOs: Faucets26 by Simon Ludgate[07.21.11]
In this, the second part of a three-part series, MMO economy expert Simon Ludgate examines the concept of faucets -- how money comes into the game and goes back out again, making some surprising revelations about what's truly crucial to a healthy game economy.
The F-Words of MMORPGs: Fairness29 by Simon Ludgate[07.05.11]
In this first installment of his look at how MMO economies function, Simon Ludgate speaks to Richard Garriott and other notable developers to hone in on the concept of fairness: how have developers preserved or destroyed it, and what effect does it have on players?
Unsocial 'Social' Games37 by Greg Costikyan[05.24.11]
In this feature, veteran game designer Greg Costikyan unpacks whether social games are truly social or they are not -- and having dissected the form, then leaps in with some suggestions on how to make the games more rewarding for players and developers.