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Official Site: ArcheAge
Studio: Trion Worlds
Launch Date: September 16, 2014
Genre: Fantasy Hybrid Sandbox
Business Model: Hybrid F2P (Optional Sub, Cash Shop)
Platform: PC

Leaderboard: What kinds of MMORPG purchases do you consider pay-to-win?

I know I’m not alone in noticing that MMO gamers of late seem to have become sharply divided on how to define the term pay-to-win – indeed, the debate raged last week in threads about Black Desert’s player protest, Elder Scrolls Online’s cash shop prices, and the general consensus that ArcheAge is whale heaven. Recently Massively OP commenter Pepperzine recently wrote to us suggesting that we address it and try to sort it out.

“While there are proponents for all sides of the argument, I think it would be interesting to see where the bulk of people draw the line,” he wrote. “At the end of the day, individual perceptions are important but what is most important when it comes to this topic is what the majority perceives as pay-to-win.”

So let’s turn his proposal into the requisite Leaderboard poll, shall we? And yes, you can click as many as you want!

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ArcheAge Begins debuts its regional championship mode

Gamevil’s mobile spinoff of ArcheAge, ArcheAge Begins, pumped out its fourth content update this past week. The focus this time around was the debut of the Regional Championship, a 4v4 PvP arena.

By participating in the championship, players can fight cross-server as they claw, blast, and power their way to the top of the rankings. This championship is an evolution of the established annihilation mode.

Right now, Gamevil is running a pre-season event with prizes for the server that places first from now through February 19th. All players on the winning server will receive 1,000 gems and an ancient rune selection ticket regardless of participation.

Source: Press release

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ArcheAge Q&A session covers DDoS compensation, ice fishing, and fresh start servers

When there’s ice, you go ice fishing. And when there’s an ArcheAge developer livestream, you ask any and all questions that are on your mind about this MMO.

Trion Worlds recently sat down for a 52-minute Q&A session, covering topics such as the ice fishing event, Metallic Auroran crates, compensation for DDoS attacks, the fresh start servers (don’t expect too much in this department just yet), and new marketplace tokens.

Players who were affected by the DDoS attacks and the delay of the 4.0 public test server are being compensated as well. Every account will be receiving 5,000 labor, 3,000 honor, 4,000 vocation badges, 100 gilded stars, a chest full of random items, 30 gift coins, and more. These should be coming this week through the Glyph client.

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ArcheAge has a yummy fortune for you this January

ArcheAge has a small but beneficial event running this month for those characters level 40 and above (level 39? You are scum of the earth and don’t belong here!). It’s New Year’s Fortune, and the whole concept behind it is pretty simple. Cook a dumpling in-game and trade it in for a fortune cookie. Break open cookie for delicious results.

“After serving this delectable dish Pairan will give you a fortune cookie,” the team instructed. “Crack it open and be granted an hour long buff that gives you an increase to money and loot drops, and be sure to check back with her each day for another attempt at the quest!”

The daily quest can pay out in several different types of rewards, including snowflakes (because you are a special one), majestic trees, goblets of honor, and serendipity stones, among others.

Source: ArcheAge

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 153: It’s a whole New World

On this week’s show, Bree and Justin sift through early 2018 news, including a possible leak of Amazon’s New World, a touching player memorial in RIFT, warnings of alien attacks in Elite: Dangerous, and more!

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

Listen to the show right now:

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ArcheAge says new fresh start servers coming later in 2018

Now that all of ArcheAge’s fresh start realms have been converted to legacy servers, the community is burning with the question of when — if ever — more fresh start servers will be added to the game.

One player took it upon himself to compile pertinent information from Trion’s recent livestream and put it into a helpful video that addresses this very topic. The answer? We could be seeing some fresh start servers later in 2018. Another consideration for the western version is how the Korean version is working on “remastered” servers instead of more fresh start shards.

“We’re interested in doing fresh start servers this year,” said Associate Producer Seraphina Brennan. “That is definitely something that’s on the table. We pushed it back off from December because it didn’t seem like the right time.”

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Global Chat: Love the farm, hate the farm

How do you feel about grinding in MMOs? What about farming? These questions can elicit a wide variety of answers, from shrieks of dismay to enthusiastic head nods. Depending on the situation, grinding and farming can be something to be enjoyed, to be endured, or to be avoided at all cost.

The Game Freak Show says that he has a love/hate affair with grinding and farming, and it presents all sorts of muddled emotions, especially when gated mechanics are thrown into the mix: “While I have forgiven the grind in many RPGs for sucking away my time, this disturbing trend of games that do not have a harsh grind because they’re flawed or made for a different audience, but to force people to drop more cash on the table is something I can’t.”

Continue on for a look at Kritika Online, Dungeons and Dragons Online’s Ravenloft, the best solo MMOs, and more!

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Massively OP’s 2017 awards debrief and annual recap

As we did in 20142015, and 2016, today I’m going to recap our annual awards and other meta articles from the end of 2017. We gave out 19 formal awards this past year, all in addition to dozens of other recaps, roundups, listicles, predictions, bloopers, oddities, polls, provocations, and retrospectives. It was by far our biggest content dump to date, even bigger than last year!

Following our deep-dive into our awards and the attached reader polls, I’ll be recapping all of the end-year articles in one convenient place in case you missed something over the holidays – enjoy!

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PSA: RIFT, ArcheAge, and Trove are reclaiming abandoned names, so save yours soon

Happy new year! You don’t need that old, musty name any more, do you? Especially if it hasn’t been used in a while?

While you’re probably stuck with that increasingly aging nomer you’ve been saddled with since birth, your Trion Worlds game character could be in for an identity change at the end of this month. The studio announced that it is planning to reclaim abandoned characters’ names soon, which means that if you want to preserve yours, you’ll need to log onto those characters by January 31st.

The name reclamation process is coming to RIFT, ArcheAge, and Trove (PC version only), and will affect characters that have not logged into these games since January 31st, 2017. Trion won’t be deleting these toons, mind you, but simply freeing those names up for active players to use. If you return to an abandoned character after the 31st, you’ll be given the opportunity to rename him or her.

Source: RIFT. Thanks Jake!

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The MMOs of the Steam winter 2017 sale

Another December, another Steam sale to entice you to spend money on games you don’t have time to play just to have them for a rainy day! Here’s a quick look at what’s on the list for MMO and survival sandbox players.

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Massively OP’s Winter Holiday 2017 guide!

It’s that time of year again where the airwaves of certain radio stations are clogged with the same songs from the 1950s, television broadcasts are filled with specials about the nature of giving, and dozens of people exclaim that Die Hard is a holiday film due to its timeframe. Yes, it’s the holiday season, and whatever you celebrate, you cannot retreat into your favorite MMO without seeing plenty of red suits, white trim, and all sorts of associated antics.

So, where will you hang your gaming hat this year? Probably in much the same place as usual, but if you’re curious about which games are running which events, we have you covered with our roundup just below.

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Perfect Ten: The MMOs with the best value at the start of 2018

Let’s talk about value. A couple of weeks back, I did an article on the healthiest games at the end of the year; today, I’m talking about the best value for the money. Isn’t that the same thing?

No, it isn’t. Because health is about “what games have the most robust community and are most likely to be around next year,” but value is about “where can you get the most for the least money on a reliable basis.” And while there is a fair amount of overlap, it isn’t a one-for-one comparison.

You may recall we did this last year as well. This year, there have been some pretty significant shakeups, due in no small part to the fact that the value-for-your-money in some titles has gone down, and at least one title from last year’s list has outright closed. So let’s take a fresh look at the games giving you solid value for your dollars. Let’s even say ten of them, arranged in list format.

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