Columns

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Guild Chat: Fitting a character to a new roleplaying guild

Welcome along to another issue of Guild Chat, my cozy wee corner of Massively OP in which we get together to help readers...

The Game Archaeologist: Meridian 59

A colony founded through a magical nexus, Meridian 59 had it all going on -- until, that is, the portal to the colony...
A world of trees.

Betawatch: Tree of Savior is going international soon (February 26, 2016)

Good news, Tree of Savior fans - the game is slated to hit the international stage soon. How soon? That's still up...

Chaos Theory: The Secret World really needs player music

Sing us a song, you're the piano man. Except, you can't -- not in The Secret World. That's because there is no player...

Choose My Adventure: Crafting catastrophes and dungeon doldrums in Blade & Soul

Hello, friends, and welcome to the fourth and final installment of Choose My Adventure with Blade & Soul. Last week, as...
I know Gridanians hate moths.

The Daily Grind: What MMO had the best revision to an existing system?

There have been very few total relaunches in MMO history, so marking Final Fantasy XIV as having one of the best isn't exactly...

Perfect Ten: Ten weapons that should be in more MMOs

Swords, spears, axes, maces, and bows for fighters. Wands and fancy-looking staves for mages. Wolverine-style claws and double daggers for thieves. Some useless trinket...
I know, I usually don't reuse these so quickly, but come on. This time it makes perfect sense.

Wisdom of Nym: Analyzing Final Fantasy XIV’s patch 3.2 notes

It's patch day, ladies and gentlemen! All right, so it's the day before patch day. It's close to patch day. It's patch day adjacent....

EVE Evolved: Citadel stats revealed, theorycrafting begins

EVE Online's Citadel expansion is due to launch this spring, transforming the way many of us play the game through the introduction...

EverQuesting: A guide to EverQuest II’s monthly and yearly events

Anyone familiar with EverQuest II knows that Norrath likes to celebrate. The game is filled with so many holidays and festivals that it...

The Game Archaeologist: 1988’s Monster

"You're in the middle of a vast hall stretching out of sight to the east and west. Strange shadows play across the high vaulted...
It's... Christmas somewhere? That can't be right.

Betawatch: The Division opens up for beta testing (February 19, 2016)

It's that wonderful time again, ladies and gentlemen, when a long-awaited title goes into open beta. The Division has opened up its...

Choose My Adventure: Blade & Soul’s questing, PvP, combat, and impractically revealing outfits

Hello friends, and welcome back to Choose My Adventure, where I'm in my third week of exploring NCSoft's martial-arts MMORPG, Blade...

Jukebox Heroes: Six forgettable MMOs with unforgettable soundtracks

I have often thought it grossly unfair that a video game soundtrack is linked, for better and for worse, with the popularity of the...

Hyperspace Beacon: What SWTOR’s latest chapter, Anarchy in Paradise, is really about

If you think that SWTOR’s chapter 10 Anarchy in Paradise is about Kaliyo Djannis, you’re wrong. Kaliyo stars in the chapter, and she can...

MMO Mechanics: Eight annoying MMORPG mechanics that grind my gears

The inspiration behind this edition of MMO Mechanics is a recent conversation I had with my housemates about the column and the inner...
A time to be so small.

Betawatch: Gigantic’s developer undergoes further layoffs (February 12th, 2016)

This week has brought some pretty terrible news for fans of Gigantic, as developer Motiga has had to lay off a significant...

Chaos Theory: In The Secret World, membership has its benefits

By now, you've probably heard me mention a time or three that The Secret World overhauled its membership benefits and loyalty rewards....
You may be my old favorite, but you don't get a free pass.

WoW Factor: Being positive vs. being honest in games criticism

Today's column is about the time I tackled my father and stormed out of the house. It is also about World of Warcraft....

Perfect Ten: MMO problems we don’t really have these days

The weird thing about our perception of time is that we don't always realize just how much things are changing around us unless we...

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