MOBA Category

MOBAs are multiplayer online battle arenas, PvP-centric, non-persistent online games that share some but not all mechanics in common with traditional MMORPGs. We formerly categorized MOBAs as “Not So Massively” games. You may also be interested in our Multiplayer category for other multiplayer online games that aren’t fully massive. [Follow the MOBA category’s RSS feed]

The Daily Grind: How long should refund grace periods for video games be?

Over the weekend, Redditors began claiming that Valve is intermittently allowing people to request and be granted Steam refunds for No Man’s Sky well past the usual two-hour marker. There are now claims of people with 30, 40, 50 hours in the game getting full refunds, and while I’m not yet convinced the reports are entirely above board, there is a dropoff showing that at least some people are getting refunds, and Valve has posted, “The standard Steam refund policy applies to No Man’s Sky. There are no special exemptions available.”

In No Man’s Sky’s case, I think some refunds are justified since the game is clearly not working as advertised and teased for these past years. But 50 hours of play? If true, that’s absurd, abusive even. You had fun for 50 hours! Refunds shouldn’t be about buyer’s remorse after you’ve thoroughly exhausted a game. Even for an MMO that backloads content, you probably know within a few hours whether you’re going to be in it for a while. Don’t think it applies to MMOs? Think again: Developers like Mark Jacobs have famously granted requests to refund donations for in-development games, and anyone remember Black Desert’s chargeback fiasco?

How long do you think should refund grace periods for video games be? What extenuating circumstances would you allow for different types of games or marketing scenarios?

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The MOP Up: Going on a pirate hunt (August 28, 2016)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week we took to the seas with a few new titles, including The Pirate: Caribbean Hunt. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Black Desert,  OverwatchArcheAgeLord of the Rings Online, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Leaderboard: Which gaming genre do you play most often besides MMORPGs?

My earliest PC games were space sims, 4X games, and then, naturally, RPGs — especially sandbox RPGs. MMORPGs seemed like a natural evolution for my inclinations (never mind my weird obsession with roguelikes).

But it seems like a lot of MMORPG players come from other corners of the gaming industry entirely. I see a lot of folks whose gateway drugs to MMORPGs were shooters, and much more recently, MOBAs, and they often have very different ideas about what an MMO is compared to RPG players.

Where did you come from — and which gaming genre(s) do you play most often besides MMORPGs? To the pollmobile!

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Superdata’s July 2016 data show Guild Wars 2 surging, Pokemon Go on top

Superdata’s July report on online gaming revenues is in, and there are some predictable bits and some surprises. On the P2P MMO front, the lineup is exactly the same as last month, with World of Warcraft coming out on top, followed by the popular-in-China Fantasy Westward Journey II, Lineage I, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and TERA’s western version.

What’s new to the lists is Guild Wars 2: It showed up this month as #4 for “top-grossing premium PC games by revenue” behind Overwatch, CS:GO, and Minecraft. Whoa. Apparently the new seasonal content was a big draw.

Pokemon Go also debuted in the mobile lists this month as literally the most successful mobile launch in history. Sorry, other mobile games. And Overwatch dropped down to fifth place on consoles, what the firm calls “an expected result of pay-to-play games’ upfront monetization strategy.”

As always, we must point out that Superdata’s categorization will likely not align with most MMO players’ definitions; for example, it considers games like SWTOR and TERA pay-to-play rather than free-to-play like League of Legends, and it lists games like LoL and World of Tanks as MMOs.

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Master X Master’s next alpha test includes minigames and Guild Wars 2 stage

Master X Master’s third alpha playtest kicks off tomorrow, and according to the game’s developers, it looks to be a significant milestone for the game. Guild Wars 2 players, you might want to pay attention to this.

“We’re inviting everyone to come experience Master X Master,” NCsoft said, “including new European servers, German and French localization, the same great PvE stages and PvP modes, and a first look at the minigames mode and the Guild Wars 2 Ascalon event stage!”

Minigames? Yes indeed, there will be bunch of crazy stages to complete in this mode, including candy rush, jump rope, and bullet hell. The Alpha 3 playtest will run from August 25th through the 31st. To whet your appetite for this weekend’s alpha playtest, we’ve got a host of screenshots and a trio of videos for you below!

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League of Legends community clashes with Riot over e-sports, patches, and money

It’s no surprise when drama crops up in a gaming community of millions, especially when professional e-sports and money are involved. So it goes this week, as Riot Games’ response to a new round of criticism about League of Legends has sparked widespread dissent among pro players and watchers from the threads of Reddit to the columns of ESPN.

Team SoloMid owner Andy “Reginald” Dinh publicly dinged Riot for releasing big patches just ahead of a major competition — in this case, the LoL World Championships, which kick off about a month from now. “Imagine like the players in NBA before playoffs had their basketball taken away and had to shoot a bowlingball,” Reginald said in an interview earlier this week, explaining that pro players’ efforts to adjust to new game rules caused burnout.

Riot co-founder Marc “Tryndamere” Merrill fired back by suggesting the burnout experienced by Reginald’s team after game-changing patches would be better rectified if he spent “more of the millions he has made / makes from League of Legends on paying them instead of investing in other e-sports where he is losing money.” Merrill also claimed Riot is focused on minimizing player exploitation by team owners and that while the studio agrees patch timing is important, this year it “intentionally prioritized game health and viewer experience (cool bot lane fights and early game aggression) over the ability for teams / coaches to field ‘safer’ comps by lane swapping.” (Merrill edited his comments afterward to remove the insinuations about money.)

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Heroes of the Storm tweaks Auriel and Gul’dan with a new patch

Balance tweaks are a regular thing for Heroes of the Storm, and not all of them are just there to prevent a character from being overpowered or underpowered. Gul’dan, for example, has seen some tweaks with the most recent patch, but the biggest set of tweaks wasn’t to reduce his power but to raise the power of his level 16 talents to be competitive with Ruinous Affliction. If you still pick Ruinous Affliction, you won’t notice any change; the point is that picking something else should be a viable option as well.

Auriel, on the other hand, has been tweaked to be less powerful, dropping the effectiveness of her Sacred Sweep talents and transferring some of the damage back into her basic attacks. Greymane has seen his burst damage toned down, while Tyrael has generally dropped in power a bit while some of his underused talents have gotten a slight buff. Check out the full patch notes to see how every individual hero has been tweaked in the hopes of a more balanced and competitive environment.


‘Micro-MOBA’ One Tower is coming next month

Looking for a MOBA that trims the fat and excess company, leaving just you and one other player to battle it out with minions and heroes on the battlefield? Then you might find it in One Tower, a self-proclaimed “micro-MOBA” that is launching next month.

One Tower gets players into the action as quickly as possible with a streamlined interface and tight gameplay. The devs promise that the MOBA is “quick to play, easy to learn, and insanely fun to play against one another.”

This project received an injection of funding via Kickstarter earlier this year. When One Tower comes to Steam in September, players will be able to give it a whirl for free. You can watch the game trailer below.

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The MOP Up: EverQuest II says hello to Kunark (August 21, 2016)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week EverQuest II unlocked the next chapter of its time-locked expansion server. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Final Fantasy XIV, City of Titans, Path of Exile, Age of Wushu 2, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Paragon has entered open beta on PC and PlayStation 4

Has Paragon piqued your interest enough to keep you following the game, but not quite enough to shell out for a founder’s pack? That’s totally understandable. You’ll be happy to know, then, that the game has entered its open beta phase on both the PlayStation 4 and the PC, meaning that you can jump in and start playing the third-person MOBA right now for free. All of the heroes are unlocked, all of the cards are earned through play, everything that you could need for play is right there in the game proper.

If your interest hasn’t yet been piqued, however… well, now’s the perfect time to start, you can dive into the beta test for free. There’s even a collection of screenshots and an open beta trailer to ramp up your excitement.

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Heroes of the Storm extends its first ranked season until September 13th

Do you feel an icy hand on your back as you play a match of Heroes of the Storm? If so, there are two possibilities: You have a remarkably specific lich following you around and touching you inappropriately, or you know that you’ve got only a little bit of time until the first ranked season ends and you’re struggling to advance until the end arrives. But there’s good news in that department; following community feedback, Blizzard has extended the end of the first ranked season until September 13th.

The change will also apply moving forward, with the future seasons following a three-month pattern rather than a ten-week one, giving players a bit more time to fight for the best possible rank. So be happy if you wanted a little more time to rank up; you’ll have it now. On the other hand, if it turns out that icy hand is a problem of having a lich following you, that’s a personal issue that you’re going to have to deal with.

Meanwhile, Blizzard released a slew of Machines of War videos today; you can check them out below.

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International eGames Committee discusses e-sports championships and the Olympics

If you’re looking for e-sports at the Summer Olympics, you have your wish… sort of. The International eGames Committee is hosting the 2016 eGames Showcase in Rio this year, but a recent interview with CEO Chester King makes it clear that there is no cooperation between the Olympics and the IEGC. The IEGC wants to just make the point that e-sports competitions are not simply about money, showing off the best players and distributing medals for the most worthy players.

King goes on to say that he doesn’t see much potential for a future cooperation between the Olympics and the IEGC, with both organizations unaffiliated and the Olympics facing enough logistical issues without housing and supporting players for e-sports events. He does note that a Korean organization is seeking to affiliate the two, but the IEGC is not connected with that push. If you’re interested in the nature of the competition and the partnership with Hi-Rez Studios for SMITE, check out the full interview.

Source: Alist Daily


The MOP Up: The Dota 2 forum hack (August 14, 2016)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week we learned that Dota 2’s forums got majorly hacked back in July to the tune of two million accounts. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Neverwinter, Age of Conan, World of TanksHearthstone, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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