Just To Be On The Record
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 February 2013, 1:13 am
For the three of you who still have this somewhat comatose blog on RSS and don’t follow me on Facebook: This press release has set the new gold standard for one of the most loathsome public statements I’ve seen in … Continue reading


This Is Not A Love Song
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 December 2012, 1:55 pm
2000: I’m at E3. As it turns out, it was both my last E3 as a blogger, and my next to last E3 in general (the show went on hiatus shortly thereafter). E3 had just discovered what blogs were (though … Continue reading


Democratic Party SUPPORTS Terrorist Attacks On Theramore! Vote GOP!
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 October 2012, 2:47 pm
This one definitely goes in the oh-god-I-could-SO-not-make-this-up-file. Let’s hear it from the Maine Republican Party on one candidate for the state legislature, shall we? Colleen Lachowicz, AKA Santiaga, is a gamer in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft(WoW), … Continue reading


I Am Not Making Any Of This Up And Really Kind Of Wish I Were
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 September 2012, 12:36 pm
9/11/2012: The US Consulate in Benghazi is overrun by heavily armed militants during a demonstration and several people are killed. Among them are the US Ambassador to Libya and one of his aides, Sean Smith, better known among Eve Online … Continue reading


Sadly, Not A Gimmick To Reboot A Beloved Comic Series
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 September 2012, 10:53 am
NCsoft to close Paragon Studios and shut down City of Heroes due to “publishing restructuring”. As a recent NCsoft employee it would be inappropriate for me to express my inchoate rage in writing. Suffice to say that I have nothing … Continue reading


More on Funcom’s Secret World Woes And Why It’s All Your Fault
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 August 2012, 7:50 pm
Ryahl at TSWGuides (which TSW players are probably already familiar with as a site for build discussions) posts an in-depth analysis of why Funcom shot itself in the foot with The Secret World’s launch – covering both the missteps made … Continue reading


The Secret World kind of snuck out to the market in between all the loud explosions of SWTOR and 38 Studios collapsing and Guild Wars 2 ramping up to cover the world in fire or something. Which is a shame, … Continue reading


In case you’re wondering why Mark Pincus of Zynga is compared to Steve Jobs so much (maybe you hear voices in your head, I won’t judge) Slate publishes a four part ‘interview’ with Pincus where Jacob Weisberg answers that burning … Continue reading


Change Your WoW Password
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 August 2012, 8:23 pm
Blizzard joins the illustrious ranks of the hacked. Even when you are in the business of fun, not every week ends up being fun. This week, our security team found an unauthorized and illegal access into our internal network here … Continue reading


World of Tanks buys BigWorld
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 August 2012, 12:39 pm
$45M buys a lot of gold bullets.


Michael Pachter: SWTOR Will Have More Players Than World Of Warcraft
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 August 2012, 10:37 am
From GI: Specifically on the Star Wars news, Pachter noted, “We believe the free-to-play option and lower retail price will combine to significantly increase the number of Star Wars players by the end of the year as the two largest … Continue reading


EA announces they are suing Zynga for copyright infringement, claims “The Ville” is a clone of Maxis’ “The Sims Social”. This is kinda a big deal. Zynga’s somewhat loose respect for intellectual property of game design has been an open … Continue reading


I have occasionally gently mocked the budding cult of personality around MMO developer emeritus Scott Hartsman, but that cult exists for a reason: not only did he lead the effective resurrection of SOE’s flagship Everquest 2 after a disappointing launch … Continue reading


SWTOR Going Free To Play
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 August 2012, 12:42 am
It was foreshadowed for quite a while, and today EA finally made it official: SWTOR is going free to play. The matrix listed at first glance is fairly reminiscent of SOE’s offerings – theoretically, you could play the entire game … Continue reading


At GDC, You Can Now Engage In Concentrated John Smedley Study
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 July 2012, 4:14 pm
What sort of things are covered in the John Smedley Track? And who is giving the John Smedley Track Keynote? Inquiring minds want to know.


The Dopamine Business Isn’t What It Used To Be
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 July 2012, 9:17 pm
  Zynga loses over a third of its value in one day after a disastrous earnings call. But take heart! Zynga has a plan. Can you guess what it is? Hint: if you’re going to go evil, go full metal evil.


My Satori
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 July 2012, 6:08 pm
No matter how long my vacations from blogging may be, and no matter how hacktastic my writing can become, I will never write anything as awful as this.


And Now, The Finger Pointing
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 July 2012, 11:28 am
Boston Magazine has a recap of the 38 Studios meltdown, cast as some kind of dinner theatre, with Curt Schilling the amiable and clueless family patriarch who just holds his head in his hands sadly at a kid’s softball game … Continue reading


Precious Comments By Game Industry Executives, #19 In A Series
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 July 2012, 11:49 am
Eric Schiermeyer, a co-founder of Zynga, an online game company and maker of huge hits like FarmVille, has said he has helped addict millions of people to dopamine, a neurochemical that has been shown to be released by pleasurable activities, … Continue reading


Precious Comments By Game Industry Executives, #18 In A Series
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 July 2012, 10:19 pm
Our conclusion was we had a great product in Star Wars, but that the subscription model in the world of free-to-play was challenging. John Riccitiello At this moment still CEO, Electronic Arts Speaking on SWTOR immediately following yet another pre-earnings … Continue reading


More on 38
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 June 2012, 12:58 pm
Gamasutra has an excellent, sourced report up on the final days at 38 Studios.


The Week The Music Died
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 May 2012, 1:23 pm
It’s hard to overstate how difficult this week was for what remains of the MMO industry. First off,  Bioware took an axe to the Old Republic team. No official numbers on how many were let go, but most people I’ve … Continue reading


So, Yeah.
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 May 2012, 12:07 pm
I think it’s time to fire the blog back up.


A Programming Note
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 March 2012, 1:53 pm
As you probably noted I haven’t had a lot of time or inclination to post updates here. I frequently post on Facebook. Feel free to subscribe to my updates, they are 99.99% public and 85.32% irrelevant. (I did post a … Continue reading


It’s official: per CFO Eric Brown, during an earnings conference call, SWTOR is making a lot of money, with 1.7m subscribers (which Brown went to an unusual effort to quantify correctly as a mix of paying customers and customers with … Continue reading


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