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Sea of Thieves offers a prop for anyone who writes some piratical graffiti

The sets for every single Sea of Thieves video update are elaborate to the point of almost being unnecessarily so; you get the sense that the developers are telling themselves that if this video game thing doesn't work out, maybe they could make a new film because they've got all the props. So, would you like one of...
No one weekend should have all that power.

Global Chat: Is it time to get rid of MMO factions?

Factions in MMORPGs are a "love 'em, hate 'em, or largely ignore 'em until the studio remembers it has 'em and decides to shove 'em in your face all of the sudden" affair. Tyler over at MMO Bro certainly is not the first to deem them irrelevent, especially in PvE games, and call for their dissolution. "Factions really don’t...

EVE Vegas 2018: Project Nova pre-alpha is playable with alpha signups open now

Two years ago at EVE Fanfest 2016, CCP Games showed off a demo of a new first-person shooter codenamed Project Nova that rose from the ashes of the defunct MMOFPS DUST 514. A new updated demo of the game was playable this weekend at EVE Vegas 2018, and CCP gave a talk delving into its future plans for...

One Shots: Waifu dreams

Make no bones about it, MapleStory 2 is as anime as they come. Need proof beyond the huge eyes, overdone expressions, and ultra-saturated cuteness? How about the fact that you can grab a waifu body pillow and use it to zoom around the landscape. 'Tis true. "I got a new mount," said reader Line. "Yes, it’s a body pillow with...
No, you can't be quite this evil.

The Daily Grind: Do you use Steam for MMOs?

Steam took a hold of my PC lifestyle so gradually I barely knew it was happening. I installed it when a friend bought me The Orange Box as a birthday present, and then it started getting more of the games I wanted on it... and the next thing I knew I would frequently ignore console releases because hey, I...

Make My MMO: Elite Dangerous’ exploration reveal, Star Citizen’s $1650 ship

This week week in MMO crowdfunding, Frontier has been showing off what's coming in Elite Dangerous' Beyond - Chapter Four, specifically the exploration bits as promised in the studio's schedule. Thanks, Colin! In that other Kickstarted MMO, meanwhile, CIG has released the Kraken, at least to those of you with way too much money: The highest-tier...

EVE Vegas 2018: Player-built stargates and co-op Abyssal Deadspace coming to EVE Online this winter

CCP Games delved into detail on this winter's upcoming EVE Online expansion this weekend at EVE Vegas 2018, and it sounds like it will contain everything we expected and more. Following on from the success of EVE's first ever solo instanced PvE combat gameplay, a new co-op form of abyssal deadspace site will be added that lets...

The Stream Team: Hanging out at RIFT’s Harvest Festival

RIFT's Autumn Harvest festival is back up and running, and that means Massively OP's MJ is heading in to partake! She's going to eke out as much celebrating of the season as she possibly can. How many of the festive events can she manage to do? Tune in live at 6:00 p.m. and party along with her. What:

MMO Business Roundup: Discord’s new TOS, Steam China, EA vs Actiblizz, Dota 2’s transparent lockboxes, WASD

Welcome back to another roundup of businessy things of interest to MMO players this week! Discord If you're one of the bajillions of MMO players who use Discord, heads-up for you: Discord made unilateral changes to its terms of service this week, effectively revoking your legal right to sue Discord as part of any future class action. Any issues you...

LOTRO Legendarium: Wait a minute, LOTRO, you lost me

If WildStar will go down in gaming history as the MMO with the consistently shortest quest text, then Lord of the Rings Online has to take home first place for the longest. And not just the longest text boxes, either, but the most dense as well. It can actually be a shock for the average MMO player who...

The Stream Team: Wyvern hatching in ARK Ragnarok

Have you hatched a wyvern lately? Massively OP's MJ hasn't, even though the gang collected some eggs a little while back. With Extinction coming soon, it's now or never, so she's going to help crack these things open and see what's inside. And who knows, maybe the team will need to go find some more. Easy peasy, right? Join...

EVE Vegas 2018: EVE Online is finally getting a fair wardec system

In my latest EVE Evolved column, I looked into the unfair nature of highsec war declaration in EVE Online. This feature bypasses police protections against PvP and is typically used by powerful corps to effectively grief small non-military organisations. CCP recent revealed that it had stats showing that corps hit by wardecs are likely to collapse in...
There's no relief.

WRUP: The third shade of Sycamore House edition

The third shade evaded us for weeks. It looked small and vulnerable, more like the suggestion of something small than an actual small person; Joanne and Henry both said it looked smaller, but when pressed Henry said it looked to be Joanne's size. Either way it was a slight wisp of a thing, running down hallways and clearly obeying...

The Daily Grind: Why don’t players use emotes more in MMOs?

The other day I was reading up on Fallout 76's emote wheel -- brought to you by Bethesda's console tunnel vision -- and was ruminating on just how rarely I see other players emote in MMOs these days. I seem to recall witnessing more emotes back in the day, especially in games like City of Heroes and LOTRO,...

The Stream Team: Seeking the Spectral Dragon in Dungeons and Dragons Online

Were you looking forward to doing DDO's Halloween dungeons this year? Well too bad! They are... well, challenge quests instead. But still there. You just get more rewards for accomplishing things in the dungeon. Also, the Spectral Dragon is back, and Massively OP's MJ is excited to face it. maybe faceplant near it? Join us live at 9:00 p.m....
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Betawatch: Ashes of Creation briefly removes its NDA

The NDA for Ashes of Creation is gone! Quickly, everyone, take the time to post as many screenshots as possible... aaaaand it's back again. Seriously, the game did very briefly drop its NDA this past week, but the permanent drop is scheduled for next week once the designers iron out a notorious recurring bug. You hear that, bug?...
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Aion is rebalancing its economy (and removing a lot of money) with Awakened Legacy

You there! How much money do you have in Aion? Because it might just be too darn much. One of the things being done for the Awakened Legacy update involves "rebalancing" the in-game economy, which means that a lot of your existing Kinah (the main currency) will be replaced with Gold Bars (a new type of currency)....

EVE Vegas 2018: EVE Echoes, EVE Online’s mobile adaptation, is launching in 2019

When CCP Games started shifting some of its focus to the mobile games market recently, we heard rumblings of a mobile version of EVE Online being developed in conjunction with NetEase codenamed Project Galaxy. Today at EVE Vegas 2018, CCP confirmed that the game is now in full production under the name EVE: Echoes and...

Chronicles of Elyria will let players choose their game worlds in upcoming map voting

It's virtually every MMO player's dream to be able to shape the worlds they inhabit, but Soulbound Studios is allowing backers of its in-development title Chronicles of Elyria do so in a very literal way by letting them vote on the maps that will be used to create the worlds on each of the game's servers. The...
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EVE Vegas 2018: Watch CCP Games’ keynote right here at 4:30 p.m. EDT

MOP's Brendan Drain is on the ground at EVE Vegas this year, and we're expecting all the best coverage from him because he's Brendan and that's just what he does every year. But those of you who can't make it to Vegas this year might want to at least stream the keynote, which CCP is putting on...

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