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Leaderboard is a weekly feature in which the Massively Overpowered staff pitch a poll to the readership. [Follow this feature’s RSS feed]

Leaderboard: How many concurrent players must a title support to be called an MMO?

I’ve been playing a lot of GTA Online here lately, and while the recently released PC version ups the multiplayer ante over its console counterparts by supporting 30 avatars and a couple of spectators, that’s still a far cry from the number that I’ve arbitrarily assigned as the cutoff for calling something an MMO.

I say arbitrarily because of course “MMO” has no universally accepted definition. What say you, Leaderboard readers? How many concurrent players must a title support before you deem it an MMO? Vote after the cut!

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Leaderboard: Which style of MMO PvP do you prefer?

MMO PvP comes in a lot of different flavors, and while all of them involve sticking the pointy end into the other man to some degree, there’s a lot of variation in terms of how and where that sticking is accomplished.

You can get your PvP fix in small dedicated arena instances or huge zones like Elder Scrolls Online’s Cyrodiil or one of ArcheAge’s various conflict areas, all of which feature PvE activities right alongside the PvP. Or you can opt for one of those free-for-all games like Darkfall or EVE, where the PvP switch is basically “on” at all times. And don’t forget about those realm-vs.-realm titles either!

How about you, MOP PvPers? Which style of MMO PvP do you prefer? Vote below!

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Leaderboard: Which of the big four MOBAs is your favorite?

OK, MassivelyOP MOBA fans, it’s time to vote for your favorite game. We’re going to keep it simple for today’s Leaderboard, though. There are dozens of MOBAs, but there are basically four that get all the press (and presumably all the players).

Assuming you’re a MOBA fan, which of the big four is your favorite? League of Legends? SMITE? Dota 2? Heroes of the Storm? Vote after the cut!

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Leaderboard: Have you talked someone out of buying a game you like?

So here’s something that doesn’t happen very often: I talked a friend out of buying Star Citizen’s Vanguard LTI concept. In the past I’ve spoken enthusiastically about Cloud Imperium’s space sim sandbox and I’m still looking forward to it, of course. But in this particular case I advised my buddy to either spend $250 bucks on a ship he could tool around with immediately or just save the cash and see how (or if) the release-day virtual world appeals to him.

What about you, Leaderboard readers? Have you ever talked someone out of supporting a game you like? Vote after the cut and don’t forget to tell us which game in the comments!

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Leaderboard: Did you back Crowfall?

Crowfall’s Kickstarter ends this week. In fact, it ends tomorrow. By all accounts it’s been enormously successful, both in terms of the funds received as well as the total number of backers and the positive word of mouth.

I didn’t pledge because I’m not sure I’ll play it very much, though I am interested in several of its individual selling points. What about you, MassivelyOP readers? Did you support Crowfall financially? Vote after the cut and don’t forget to tell us why (or why not) in the comments.

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Guild Wars 2 starts second PvP ladder test season tomorrow

When we were kids, playing on ladders was a good way to get a scolding or a trip to the E.R. Now, they’re the exciting focus of online PvP seasons, such as Guild Wars 2’s upcoming second PvP ladder test season.

The new test season starts tomorrow, March 20th, and will go through Thursday, May 14th. By participating, players can take a shot at winning a mini llama or armor and helping the team iron out the bugs for the system. Players who amass a stable of mini llamas will subsequently be able to throw them into the mystic toilet and get out a much more dapper version.

[Source: Dev blog]

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Leaderboard: Are you playing Elder Scrolls Online this week?

Last week I patched up Elder Scrolls Online. Remember? We chatted about how the game’s launcher is an expletive that rhymes with kitty. Over the weekend, though, my desktop took a dump, so instead of mingling with the droves of pretty people flocking to Tamriel, I’m waiting on a shipment of parts and cursing that 20 GB download all over again.

What about you, MassivelyOP readers? Are you playing ESO this week? Vote after the cut!

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Leaderboard: Heavensward vs. Heart of Thorns

Two big MMO expansions are on tap this year, and you know what that means, right? Yep, Massively OP is going to pit them against each other in our Leaderboard column for fun and profit page hits.

In this corner, we’ve got Heavensward, the first expansion for Square’s Final Fantasy XIV. And in the other corner, we’ve got Heart of Thorns, ArenaNet’s first expansion for Guild Wars 2. Which is your favorite?

Vote after the cut!

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Leaderboard: How much MMO time have you had in recent weeks?

I haven’t had a whole lot of time for MMOs lately, what with MassivelyOP’s reboot and a bunch of other life crap that’s neither here nor there. Sure, I’m dabbling and staying current for professional reasons, but I haven’t enjoyed one of my typical 30-hour gaming weeks in quite a while.

What about you MassivelyOP readers? How much time have you been spending on MMOs in recent weeks? Vote after the cut!

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Leaderboard: Camelot Unchained vs. Crowfall

It’s a good time to be a fan of MMO sandbox PvP, as Camelot Unchained and Crowfall are both poised to bring AAA production values and a wealth of industry experience to bear on that particular playstyle.

I’m interested to see how they both turn out, but in terms of which one I’ll be playing, it’s probably Camelot Unchained (not a fan of Crowfall’s resetting world mechanic, sadly).

What about you, Massively readers? Assuming you’re interested in fantasy MMO PvP, which game do you plan on playing, Camelot Unchained or Crowfall? Vote after the cut!

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Leaderboard: Which Daybreak MMO is most vulnerable?

Are you over the Daybreak Game Company layoffs shock yet? Nope, neither am I. But my shock is compounded by dread over the fate of the studio’s games. While Daybreak has reassured players that it’s still got teams working on most of its MMOs (and I myself argued yesterday that most of the games are probably safe), some of the studio’s titles seem more vulnerable than others, especially given last year’s infamous purge. Of course, getting H1Z1, PlanetSide 2, and Landmark players to agree on who’s in the most trouble is a daunting task. Let’s put it to a vote in our shiny new poll: Which Daybreak title’s future seems the most in jeopardy to you?

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