Andrew Ross

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Andrew Ross usually covers E3, MOBAs, MMO-ish multiplayer games, and game related studies for Massively OP. He's a hardcore PvPer who delivered pizzas to shard defender supply runners in Asheron's Call's Shard of the Herald event, fried fish during Darkfall's World War 1 and 2, and killed many alliance members in World of Warcraft for picking "his" flowers. He is a terrible jungler, but he can usually stay on the road in Mario Kart.

Pokemon Go reneges on rewards after Russian players achieve company’s goal

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As readers may notice in our Pokemon Go coverage, we frequently ask PR for clarity on various announcements. While we can all appreciate not...

GDC 2021: Star Wars Galaxies was a complex game of corporate greed and fan love

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It was an MMO built in about three years, with a miserable launch, a depressing churn rate, and the most infamous patch in all...

GDC 2021: Are VR and AR companies liable for gamer content creation?

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One thing I love about a good GDC presentation is when devs bring up those issues that many of us get a funny feeling...

GDC 2021: How smarter AI could build characters and decks to help new MMO players

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There's a bit of a theme at GDC 2021 concerning online card games, especially TCGs, and smart tech/deep learning AI. At a panel this...

GDC 2021: Navigating player behaviors and cheating in online video games

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GDC 2021 has now offered several panels on player behavior and cheating that are aimed at devs but still provide some good information for...

GDC 2021: Research on online video game voice chat has come a long way

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Covering studies about video gamers often reveals a glaring problem with the science on the topic: Most of it looks has traditionally surveyed text...

Massively on the Go: Pokemon GO Fest 2021 might be the last great GO Fest

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Still cleaning out your pokemon collections, trainers? I know I still need to! Pokemon Go’s recent Go Fest 2021 was a return to form...
The rarest resource of all is body coverage for women, and they seek to steal it.

PAX East 2021: MMO community building – on a budget

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Any community managers or indie devs in the audience? This year at PAX East 2021, a few well-known community managers - Linda "Brasse" Carlson of...
Look at me accomplishing very little.

PAX East 2021: Gaming streamers are frontline workers, not mental health experts

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Since PAX East 2021 is virtual again due to that little virus that's been going around for over a year now, it should come...

Massively on the Go: How Jackbox Games helped gamers stay social through COVID

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For some people, Jackbox Games' Party Packs were a COVID lifesaver. While many of us have a lot of virtual connections thanks to our...

Hands-on with Monster Hunter Stories 2: Teasing out the multiplayer content

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So Monster Hunter Stories 2 is out in the wild now, and to be honest, the demo does the game no justice for MH fans, and...

First impressions: Monster Hunter Stories 2’s demo raises new multiplayer questions

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When Monster Hunter Stories 2 was first announced, I ignored it. The original had no appeal to me whatsoever. I actually felt bad when a friend tried...
Like a bridged over zone-wide conflicts

Launch impressions: Crowfall won me over, but it’s not for everyone

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So Crowfall's beta has finally ended and launch is upon us. As someone who backed the game but has played alphas of many games that never...

Here are the cities around the world that’ll host Pokemon Go Fest 2021

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Pokemon Go’s upcoming Go Fest 2021 event is officially going outside. In groups. Across the world. Your instinct is likely going to be to sign up...

Massively on the Go: Pokemon Go’s July events start with Bidoof and ends with a mystery

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Pokemon Go’s previously mentioned Bidoof events in June are actually spilling into July with Bidoof Breakout event. While Bidoof will be taking over all levels of...
Please get out of my yard.

Pokemon Go Fest 2021 brings back most legendaries plus new raid achievements

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Remember how we reported on Pokemon Go’s next Go Fest's reveal, but we had only Day 1 and general information? Well, Niantic's Released Day 2's raid...

The Soapbox: Abusing MMO community reps over design decisions is not only toxic but futile

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Recently, an online video game community rep was run off Twitter by "fans." The CM's fellow game dev shared how upset she was that...

Massively on the Go: Niantic is partially rolling back Pokemon Go’s COVID bonuses

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Almost a month ago I argued that Pokemon GO's COVID changes should not be rolled back. I was under no illusions that Niantic would...

Massively on the Go: Revisiting Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge’s ARG

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A former coworker and I recently went to Disneyland, incidentally on the same day. We were talking about our days there, and she wondered...

The Pokemon Unite MOBA launches on Switch in July and mobile in September

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Even though the best tortoise tank won't be there at launch, Pokemon Unite will be releasing sometime in July 2021 on the Switch as...

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