Columns

Enjoy a run-down of our recent long-form pieces, both game-specific and more general. You might also be interested in our list of all of our columns and recurring articles. [Follow this category’s RSS feed]

WoW Factor: Will most WoW Classic players genuinely move on to The Burning Crusade?

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So as much praise as I had for the WoW Classic side of the World of Warcraft equation last week, there's something that was interesting as...

Massively Overthinking: ‘Dead games’ in the MMO space

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I had a laugh a while back when I spied this tweet in my feeds from a Bungie CM who was suggesting people mute...
Elegy.

Vague Patch Notes: MMO sunsets and the myth of meritocracy

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A few weeks back, I talked about why a given MMO might have failed even when it possessed good qualities. It was a response...
So close, and yet...

The Daily Grind: Are there MMOs you love to look at but hate to play?

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For those of you who have forgotten my experiences with DC Universe Online, I found it one of the most obnoxious and unpleasant games to...

Massively on the Go: Getting the most out of your Animal Crossing Warp Pipes

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As I mentioned in our Nintendo Direct February recap, the Mario-item crossover in Animal Crossing: New Horizons included functional warp-pipes, bringing fast travel to...
And again.

Perfect Ten: The top 10 things to love about Elder Scrolls Online

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Having finally clicked hard with Elder Scrolls Online this winter, I find that it's difficult to restrain myself from gushing about pleasant discoveries (and...

Choose My Adventure: The combat is the sauce in Wizard101

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It’s only been a little bit of time, but I am already mightily impressed with Wizard101. The game has a pretty rich and involved following,...
It's classically something.

Casually Classic: What’s the point of playing WoW Classic in 2021?

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Welcome to Casually Classic, a new column here on Massively OP dedicated to examining World of Warcraft Classic from the vantage point of a...

Massively Uplifting: Love and generosity in Sea of Thieves, Guild Wars 2, SOTA, and more

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February is often known as the commercialized month of love (Happy Hallmark Day!), but that doesn't mean there wasn't genuine love abounding throughout the...

Not So Massively: A eulogy for Anthem and Defiance

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Last week was a bloodbath. In a single day, we saw Electronic Arts consign one game to eternal maintenance mode, and Gamigo announced closures...
Bring the light

Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV’s Island Sanctuary and the descent of peace

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If you look at it from an obvious thematic standpoint, the whole Island Sanctuary idea makes no sense for this particular expansion for Final...

Jukebox Heroes: The best of DK Online’s soundtrack

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I don't have much familiarity with DK Online, although I doubt that you do too. But that's not going to stop me from swimming...

The Game Archaeologist: EA’s Motor City Online

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When we use the shorthand "MMO" for online games, it's always assumed that we're talking about swords-and-sorcery or sci-fi RPGs. However, the massively multiplayer...
Yes, this is one of the few cases wherein EA kinda gets to be the good guys.

Global Chat: Grieving over Anthem’s demise

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Belghast over at Tales of the Aggronaut is going through several stages of grief over the news that Anthem has ceased active development. It's...

One Shots: Hug a jellyfish today, why not?

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Now personally, I don't do a whole lot of scuba diving or anything, mostly because I have a healthy fear of everything that lurks...

The Daily Grind: What’s your favorite weird cross-promotion with an MMO?

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So the Genshin Impact thing with KFC is weird, but let's be real, it's not even the first online game to have some tie-in...
Leaving the test server.

Betawatch: Dual Universe opens a test server

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A test server! A server wherein one may test! Such a thing has been built for Dual Universe! Albeit not using the in-game building tools, but...

Perfect 10: Ten features I want to see in Splatoon 3

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The announcement of Splatoon 3 has actually shown me that I know more Splat fans than I thought I did. Like, people who are still playing despite the lack of...
Herp to the derp.

WoW Factor: WoW Classic is doing everything right in the wake of BlizzCon

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In the wake of BlizzConline 2021, I have some criticisms about the WoW Classic presentation. Specifically, the first part of the panel about The Burning Crusade...

Massively Overthinking: Are MMO chat bubbles the best thing ever or an interface eyesore?

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One of the more unassuming threads to blow up on the MMORPG subreddit lately was one that asked about - wait for it -...

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