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World of Warcraft’s Visions of N’Zoth is kind of a ‘horrific’ mess – where’s the old ‘Blizzard Polish’?

One popular World of Warcraft YouTuber is calling this past week's Visions of N'Zoth Blizzard's "buggiest patch ever" as a result of the WoW dev team being rushed, understaffed, and behind schedule. Similar sentiments are rippling and rolling across the game community as players bemoan a poorly tested content drop. For example, the revamped auction house...

Tamriel Infinium: Elder Scrolls Online’s Rich Lambert on the Dark Heart of Skyrim

At this week's live reveal of the Dark Heart of Skyrim for The Elder Scrolls Online, I had the chance to sit down with creative director Rich Lambert to talk about the new chapter, some of the challenges the ESO team has recently faced, and how the devs plan to differentiate the Greymoor chapter from the
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WRUP: Advanced street-crossing techniques edition

The Backwards Banana: The... the what? What the heck is this? What do you want me to type here? Are you supposed to backflip over a car or something? Is that the plan you had in mind when you wrote this list? The Seven-Time "Flippy" Cross: Do you just... cross the street several times? Do you get up into the...

New World just took a hard turn away from a PvP slugfest, and hardcore PvPers are not happy

Even knowing it was slated to arrive, I was still surprised last night when Amazon Game Studios dropped New World's latest dev blog well after business hours on a Friday, the time for burying news, not for kicking off a hype cycle. But given the details of the release, maybe I shouldn't have been. Essentially, the blog lays...

The Daily Grind: Do you like standard MMO classes or abnormal ones?

Any time I hear about a new MMO or jump into an existing one, the first thing that I look at is its class lineup. A deep and heavy sigh escapes my lips if I see the standard roster of Mage, Fighter, Cleric, and Rogue. That's a sign to me that the developers took the path of least resistance...

The Stream Team: Warm melodies at LOTRO’s Winterstock

What better way to spend a Friday night at a concert with friends? LOTRO's annual Winterstock is this weekend, and Massively OP's MJ is going to chill out in the show and listen to player bands as she immerses herself in the wonderful world of Tolkien. Join us live at 8:00 p.m. for a highlight of the best player...
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Betawatch: Crowfall is heading on to beta land

Oh, Crowfall, you've missed many a milestone for your planned test phases, but there's good news. The next major patch is apparently when the developers consider the game to be in full alpha testing, and beta testing after that seems to be fully on track. Even more heartening is the fact that the next major patch is...

Albion Online reminds players what can and cannot be moved when the Queen update arrives

Are you ready for the Queen update in Albion Online? That's not a rhetorical question meant to build up hype, actually; that's a legitimate query into whether all of your belongings are in order; since the update is going to drastically change the Outlands PvP area, players are being reminded which items are being moved once Queen...

Dual Universe shows off how players can trade constructs to one another

I'm now officially intrigued by Dual Universe because it could now, potentially, allow me to live out my far-flung and wild dream of being an interestellar space car salesman. The developing game's third alpha will feature construct trading, which lets players trade built constructs like ships to one another. Wacky Wolfy's Spacecraft Superstore and Hot Wings House,...

Project Gorgon kicks off a new and improved Crafting Caravan event

The most wonderful time of the year for crafting-minded players of Project Gorgon is back once again. It's time for the Crafting Caravan seasonal event, and this time there are a number of noteworthy improvements. First off, Crafting Caravan 2.0 is bigger than before thanks to the quest system and NPC tech. There are five tiers each with...

MMOs You’ve Never Heard Of: Agonia Lands, Decentraland, Fable Valley, Bloodstone Online, Hunter’s Arena Legends

Welcome back to another roundup of MMOs and MMO-adjacent games you’ve (probably) never heard of - or have totally forgotten about until now! First up is Agonia Lands, a game we heard about through a now-deleted Reddit thread. It's a browser MMO with a focus on sandboxy survival adventure, but it's also a newish title that might...
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Bless Unleashed plans a stress test starting at the end of January

When is Bless Unleashed launching? It's a perfectly valid question, and the official answer is still a coy smirk and a vague "soon" even as the game plans a stress test for its servers starting on January 30th. Notably, players are told that progress will carry over from the current beta into the stress test, so you...

Elder Scrolls Online follows up Greymoor and Harrowstone announcements with ESO Plus free trial week

So Elder Scrolls Online is having a good week: Last night, ZeniMax laid out the year's theme, Dark Heart of Skyrim, and previewed its winter DLC called Harrowstorm and its big tentpole chapter coming in the spring, aka Greymoor. (We've got a complete recap of all the good stuff right here, with more on the way!) While Harrowstorm...

Warframe roundup: Empyrean on Switch, Digital Extremes philanthropy, and a 1M follower celebratory livestream

All right, there's a whole lot of Warframe stuff going on right now, so let's get right to it, bullet point style. Nintendo Switch players, your time to shoot for the stars and shoot at enemies in a spaceship has come. Empyrean has finally launched with all of the bells and whistles that every other platform has...

Last Oasis details how to find safety in the deserts of the survival sandbox

In any survival sandbox, finding safety is pretty important, whether you happen upon some form of shelter or cobble some together yourself. The in-development survival sandbox Last Oasis is certainly no different, but there are a couple of unique wrinkles that might make finding safety stand out from other games in the sub-genre, especially since the sun...

Pokemon-esque MMO Temtem is down to two last stress tests before early access next week

So, who's keeping an eye on Temtem? The Pokemon-but-better MMO has been in alpha since late 2018 and announced its pre-launch plans way back in December, but we're inching closer to the date now: The early access is set to kick off on Tuesday, January 21st, and you'll be able to pick it up on PC via...

Leaderboard: Have you ever failed MMO events on purpose – like for roleplaying’s sake?

Earlier this week, MOP's Sam Kash came into the MOP writing room cracking up over a thread on the Guild Wars 2 subreddit and the shenanigans some players can get up to when they're bored or having a laugh. According to the Redditor in question, people in Guild Wars 2 are intermittently roleplaying that they've been...
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Final Fantasy XIV puts up its patch site, previews its next tomestones, and welcomes back old players

The next Final Fantasy XIV patch is scheduled for mid-February, but right now it's still shrouded in mystery. Usually the launch of the patch special site offers some additional insight, but this time the special site is... well, devoid of anything save a list. So the mystery remains. We do, however, know that the patch is...
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WoW Factor: There is (not) much to do in World of Warcraft

Here's a fun question for you: How do you count discrete activities in World of Warcraft? It's a more complex concept than you might think. Obviously, for example, "queueing for a battleground" is distinct from "doing world quests." But it doesn't take long before you start getting into the weeds. Is running a dungeon for a world quest distinct...
Order from disorder.

The fun when some dude yoinks an airport map screen to play Apex Legends

Look, sometimes you just need to play video games real bad. The original story appears to be gone from the radio station's blog, but the pickup on The Oregonian, as reported by Kotaku, is still up. Apparently, a man decided it would be a super great idea to plug his PS4 into one of those big ol'...

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