Gender Roles in MMORPGs versus MUDs

Playable Siren race from Achaea MMORPG

Skimpy armour and sexy dance animations aside, do MMORPGs reinforce gender stereotypes? What about MUDs?

How to switch your MUD character's faction guilt-free.

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One MUD player explores the psychological impact of leaving friends behind when joining a new guild.

IRE Asks: How did you discover MUDs?

A dwarf from the MMORPG Achaea

 MUDs are like secret societies - small fanatical communities, hard to find if you aren't looking, and your friends think you're crazy when you tell them they exist.

IRE Asks: How many classes have you tried, and which was your favourite?

MMO assassin class

Changing classes can be important to MMORPG players who want to try something new.

IRE Asks: Should MMORPG quest NPCs have voice actors?

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A debate has sparked recently in the MMORPG community regarding voice acting and NPCs. Share your opinion!

IRE Asks: If emotes earned experience, would your grin become a grind?

Roleplay rooster meme

The concept of grinding hasn't progressed very much for MMORPGs, but could there yet be an alternative?

IRE Asks: Would you play a hardcore character?

Permadeath MMO game

Death is never a permanent thing in any of the Iron Realms games, but what if the opposite were true?

IRE Asks: How do you define player driven?

Minecraft game

Provide your opinion on the ultimate definition of the player driven MMORPG experience.

IRE Asks: How do you deal with internet downtime?

Dwarf warrior

When the internet goes down, the MMO gamer frowns. Tell us your sadface stories about internet downtime in this IRE Asks!

IRE Asks: What unique artefact would you own?

Dwarf Priest

What unique artefact would you own to give you an advantage in your favourite MMO? Answer in this IRE Asks!

IRE Asks: What was your favourite promo item?

Iron Realms logo

Iron Realms makes the habit of running monthly promos as encouragement and incentive to both new and existing players.

IRE Asks: When was your last MMO meltdown?

Rage face comic

IRE Asks readers to share the details of their last video game induced meltdown.

IRE Asks: What client do you connect to your favorite MMO with?

A screenshot of a MUD client.

How do you connect to your favourite MMORPG? Answer in this IRE Asks!

IRE Asks: What's your Bartle Quotient?

Richard Bartle

The Bartle Test of Gamer Psychology has long been a favourite among MUD and MMORPGs fans.

IRE Asks: Which MMO artefact would you find in your cereal?

RPG video game cereal

In many American supermarkets, the cereal aisle can be a nightmare.

IRE Asks: Have you met MMO friends IRL?

MMO Cosplay group

One of the best things about MUDs are the tight-knit communities. With the smaller playerbase, everything becomes a little more personal.

IRE Asks: What Class Would You Create?

RPG Occultist

Last time you were asked to fill the role of an Iron Realms MUD Producer, with the task of chopping a class completely out of your game.

South Korea MMORPG Gaming Curfew Law Goes into Effect

MMO Curfew

South Korea recently passed a law prohibiting underage gaming during certain hours overnight. This article discusses both its merits and disadvantages.

IRE Asks: What MMO Mob Would You Own as a Pet?

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IRE Asks players to share their opinion on hot topics to the MMO industry, as well as current happenings in the IRE games.

Best RP Communities: Roleplay in MMORPGs


Where are the best roleplaying communities? Right here at Iron Realms, says player Rean Moliuvia!

Where are the Thief Classes in MMORPGs?

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Article contributor Rean Moliuvia talks about the non-existence of thief classes in popular MMORPGs, in this article that will steal your attention.

Are Microtransactions the MMO Item Mall Killers?


Virtual goods can be either a boon or a bane to an MMORPG. This article explores both sides of the coin when it comes to buying or selling intangible items using real world commodities, and the effects it has on an MMORPG.

Top Item Mall Costumes in MMOs

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Player costumes in MMORPGs become a hot topic every Halloween - did you design a costume for your MMO character this year? Read on and share your comments!

Five Potential MMO Movies

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More and more games and comics are making it to television and cinema. This article discusses the topic and explores a possible movie based on a popular Iron Realms MMORPG.

Player Housing in MMORPGs - Is it here yet?

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Player housing is important to many online gamers - but it's something developers keep putting on the "to-do" list. Read this article and share your comments!

Tearing Down Language Barriers in MMO Games

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Alex Carlson offers his opinion on the seperation of gamers into region-specific servers, and how developers should tear down language barriers.

What if the MMO Item Mall Was Never Invented?

Item Mall

In this opinion piece, Tony Celentano wonders what the MMO industry would be like if the pioneers of the pay-for-perks model launched with a subscription fee.

Why True F2P Sandbox MMOs are a Niche Market

themepark game

More and more gamers are demanding MMOs with sandbox gameplay, but run screaming from the best toolkit of all - their brains.

The Real Cost of F2P MMO Item Malls versus P2P Video Games

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In this article, long-time player Tony Celentano breaks down and compares his videogame investment versus his Iron Realms investment, both in time and money. Read on and share your opinion in the comments!

Top 5 Console Gamers' Excuses for Not Trying Sandbox MMOs

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It's difficult getting someone to try text role playing games - see if you've heard any of these common excuses to not play!

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