mop 2015 awards

Massively OP's 2015 Blooper Awards: Most Nonsensical MMO Title

Massively OP's end-of-the-year awards continue today with our blooper award for Most Nonsensical MMO Title. And the winner is...

Asker Online

Actual team conversation from the day we discussed this award:

Bree: What does asker even mean?
Justin: I don't know, why don't you ASKER.

And that's how this game won the blooper award. It does look really pretty, though.

Want to nominate another winner? Let us know in the comments, and don't forget to check out our serious MMO awards while you're at it.

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Massively OP's 2015 Blooper Awards: Most Predictable MMO Delay

Massively OP's end-of-the-year awards continue today with our blooper award for Most Predictable MMO Delay. And the winner is...

The Division

The Division was unveiled at E3 in 2013. In January of 2014, an anonymous Ubisoft employee said the planned 2014 launch date of The Division was "laughable," so the delay to 2015 wasn't unexpected. In May 2015, the delay to Q1 2016 wasn't particularly unexpected either. It began prepping for beta in June, and then the beta was moved to December. And now the beta has been moved to 2016 too. Ubi's clinging to that March 8th, 2016, release date, but be honest: Would you bet your Steam account on it?

Want to nominate another winner? Let us know in the comments, and don't forget to check out our serious MMO awards while you're at it.

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Massively OP's 2015 Blooper Awards: Longest MMO Newsletter

Massively OP's end-of-the-year awards continue today with our blooper award for Longest MMO Newsletter. And the winner is...

Camelot Unchained

You guys. These things are epic. I gave up counting when one approached 11,000 words. Teach us to ask for design transparency!

Want to nominate another winner? Let us know in the comments, and don't forget to check out our serious MMO awards while you're at it.

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Massively OP's 2015 Blooper Awards: Best MMO Milking Sim

Massively OP's end-of-the-year awards continue today with our blooper award for Best MMO Milking Sim. And the winner is...

Project Gorgon

What, did you think this award was just an excuse to pick on early access or crowdfunding "milking"? Not this time! Project Gorgon is the best MMO in which you can milk animals. In fact, Justin tells me you can milk other players too. Now that's a sandbox.

Want to nominate another winner? Let us know in the comments, and don't forget to check out our serious MMO awards while you're at it.

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Massively OP's 2015 Blooper Awards: Best Worst MMO Headline

Massively OP's end-of-the-year awards continue today with our blooper award for Best Worst MMO Headline. And the winner is...

Eliot's Masterpiece:
LEGO Universe died on the sword of dong-detecting software

Consonance, SEO, accuracy, and dongs. Games journalism!

Want to nominate another winner? Let us know in the comments, and don't forget to check out our serious MMO awards while you're at it.

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Ask Mo: Massively OP's 2015 awards debrief

Massively OP's formal 2015 awards technically ended on Friday, though we've got a few stragglers and roundups left to go. As I do every year, today I'll round up all the awards in one place, discuss the thought process behind the selections, and compare our staff votes to the popular votes (which are still technically ongoing for another week). Follow along for a deep-dive into our 2015 awards!

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Leaderboard: What was the best new MMO of 2015?

Yesterday, we announced our award for MMO of the Year -- it went to Final Fantasy XIV. But we deliberately expanded the category to include MMOs that launched before 2015, primarily in the hopes of avoiding a repeat of our 2014 "nothing" vote, which was depressing.

So what about just the new games of 2015? Which one is the best if we whittle it down to only those MMOs that actually launched -- either fully or into a paid early access or endless open beta version -- in 2015?

You can help us answer that question in today's Leaderboard poll below.

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Massively OP's Best of 2015 Awards: MMO of the Year

Massively OP's end-of-the-year awards conclude today with our award for MMO of the Year.

In 2014, we couldn't reach consensus on an MMO of the year. In fact, enough of us voted "nothing" that "nothing" is exactly what won, which was a depressing way to end the year. I'm pleased to say that this year, the choices were a bit easier, in part because we took readers' advice and opened this category up to all MMOs, provided they did something noteworthy this year.

All of our writers were invited to cast a vote, but not all of them chose to do so for this category. Don't forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end, and congratulations to all of this year's nominees and winners.

The Massively OP staff pick for MMO of the Year is...

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Massively OP's Best of 2015 Awards: Most Anticipated for 2016 and Beyond

Massively OP's end-of-the-year awards continue today with our award for most anticipated MMO for 2016 and beyond.

In 2013 and 2014, EverQuest Next and Landmark took home this award. In fact, it was a bit of an upset in 2013, as WildStar had won it several years running before that. This year, our future is filled with more well-funded indies than AAA-budget games, and choosing a most anticipated from that field proved extremely hard, one that we continued debating long after the votes were cast (and changed and cast again). Best expansion was close. This was even closer.

All of our writers were invited to cast a vote, but not all of them chose to do so for this category. Don't forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end.

The Massively OP staff pick for Most Anticipated MMO for 2016 and Beyond is...

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Massively OP's Best of 2015 Awards: MMO Expansion of the Year

Massively OP's end-of-the-year awards continue today with our award for best MMO update or expansion of the year.

Last year was a bit heavier on MMO updates and thin on expansions since that was the trend, so the award was expanded to include both, and it was won by Guild Wars 2's April feature pack patch. This year, we had expansions and patches aplenty!

All of our writers were invited to cast a vote, but not all of them chose to do so for this category. Don't forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end.

The Massively OP staff pick for Best MMO Update or Expansion of 2015 is...

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Massively OP's Best of 2015 Awards: Biggest MMO Blunder of the Year

Massively OP's end-of-the-year awards continue today with our pick for biggest MMO blunder of the year.

Last year, we called developer hubris and obstinance the biggest blunder of the year, as we criticized game development and business model decisions in WildStar, Destiny, The Elder Scrolls Online, and ArcheAge. This isn't an award we particularly enjoy giving, but I think it's a fitting complement to praising trends and big stories: We must consider the mistakes of the year so we don't make them again.

All of our writers were invited to cast a vote, but not all of them chose to do so for this category. Don't forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end.

The Massively OP staff pick for biggest MMO blunder of 2015 is...

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Massively OP's Best of 2015 Awards: MMO Trend of the Year

Massively OP's end-of-the-year awards continue today with our award for the best MMO trend of 2015.

Last year, we chose sandbox and social gameplay as the awardee in this category. This year, all trends were back on the table. All of our writers were invited to cast a vote, but not all of them chose to do so for this category. Don't forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end.

The Massively OP staff pick for Best MMO Trend of 2015 is...

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Massively OP's Best of 2015 Awards: Most Likely to Flop

Massively OP's end-of-the-year awards continue today with our most likely to flop in 2016 and beyond award.

Last year, Star Citizen took home this dishonor, leading to much discord in the comments. Star Citizen has yet to actually fully launch let alone flop, though, which is why we tack on the "and beyond." We also note that "flop" can mean lots of things, from outright sunset to financial ruin to simply not living up to insane hype. And we don't want anything to flop!

Don't forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end.

The Massively OP staff pick for Most Likely to Flop in 2016 and Beyond is...

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