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The Daily Grind: What are your expectations from buy-to-play MMOs in 2019?

Because I am old I still remember the halcyon days when the original Guild Wars shocked the world with its plan to serve as...

Perfect Ten: Totally rad ’80s cartoons that would make bodacious MMORPGs

In another reality where our passion for MMORPGs is matched only by the power of nostalgia for the greatest era of cartoons, we would...

Choose My Adventure: Running for my life in Legends of Aria

Welp, we're in the deep end now. Legends of Aria definitely is the sandbox that's giving me the hard knock schooling on sandbox...

Massively Uplifting: Black Desert’s lantern memorial, a gift of sight in Wizard101

Gamers get a bad rap. Studios are seen as heartless villains. Mainstream media is quick to demonize us, and we can be quick to...
Collide.

Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV’s Shadowbringers overhaul jobs, part two

It's a testament to how well the balancing on Final Fantasy XIV works that none of the jobs discussed this week or last week...
It goes clicky.

Global Chat: Off-the-cuff impressions of Anthem

If you like BioWare, high tech eye candy, blowing crap up, or riding the current wave of Hot New Game Releases, chances are that...

One Shots: Event horizon ahoy!

Just a word of neighborly advice, but if you ever find yourself this near to a black hole, you might as well take screenshots...
Yay, sort of?

The Daily Grind: What would it take to get you to try a battle royale game?

The big thing these days is Apex Legends, which is the sudden success story to mirror Fortnite's overnight success, which itself mirrored...

Into the Super-verse: Taking a closer look at City of Heroes’ Paragon Chat

Welcome to Massively OP's brand-new column covering superhero MMORPGs -- past, present, and future! One might even say it's a continuation of our past...
Betacular.

Betawatch: The Elder Scrolls Blades gets a closed beta before early access

It always seemed like things along the way to launch could head down the route of early access or beta testing. But no, it seems 

Massively Overthinking: Reconsidering the all-in-one MMO

One of the forever-arguments MMORPG players seem to enjoy having is the one about niche MMOs. There are quite a lot of gamers out...
Whoops.

WoW Factor: Why people are mad at Battle for Azeroth, part two: The Heart of Azeroth

We're continuing on in our tour of why people are upset about the current World of Warcraft expansion, and I think it's important...

The Survivalist: When survival sandboxes are more MMO than actual MMORPGs

Ever since Life is Feudal announced at the end of last month its dedication to developing a deep roleplay-focused server, I haven't...

Reverse Engineering: Predicting Fortnite’s earthquakes… with science!

It looks like things are literally shaking up in Fortnite. We are currently tracking a series of changes coming to the game leading...
Yo.

The Daily Grind: Which MMO subgenres need better names?

There are an awful lot of games falling under the broad header of "not quite an MMORPG but still multiplayer shooter with strong influences...
Sometimes the issue comes back to a failure to launch.

Perfect Ten: Ten steps for understanding MMO systems

As I write this, I'm in the middle of putting together my first impressions for Anthem. This takes some doing and would probably be...

Choose My Adventure: So long The Elder Scrolls Online, hello Legends of Aria

It's been a refrain in this edition of Choose My Adventure, but I still have to say it again: I have had a...
I am not throwing away my shot.

Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV’s Shadowbringers overhaul jobs, part one

There are four jobs that we know of which are getting some major reworking in Shadowbringers. For a game with fifteen jobs, that's not so...

Jukebox Heroes: Mabinogi’s six best music tracks

When evaluating an eastern MMORPG that boasts a huge soundtrack, I am often filled with a mixture of dread and anticipation at the start...

One Shots: Don’t look behind you!

Oh man, you did it. You clicked on this column and brought a curse onto your head. Right now, something terrifying has materialized out...

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