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, positive.

Perfect Ten: MMOs I’m optimistic about in 2020

I didn't actually plan to make this an annual feature or anything; I thought of it last year as a fun list, and then...

Choose My Adventure: Nearing a point of Lahn mastery in Black Desert

In the last Choose My Adventure column, I mentioned how the Lahn in Black Desert felt an awful lot like a fighting...
These losers again?

Wisdom of Nym: Our last preview of Final Fantasy XIV patch 5.2

For a lot of people, patch 5.1 felt sort of like a breather. Obviously, it had a bunch of new stuff in it, but...

Fight or Kite: Examining the state of Guild Wars 2 PvP ahead of the big balance patch

About two weeks ago, ArenaNet dropped one of the largest - maybe the largest - balance patch previews for Guild Wars 2...

Jukebox Heroes: Elder Scrolls Online’s Elsweyr soundtrack and music boxes

While I wasn't that impressed with Elder Scrolls Online's launch soundtrack, the scores for both Morrowind and Summerset did much to win me...

One Shots: Star Butts – The Next Generation

I am sincerely glad that we have a mature and grown-up community here at Massively OP that does not abuse its posting power to...
All these moments will be lost, in time...

The Daily Grind: Do you enjoy speculating about the future of your favorite MMOs?

It blows my mind just a little bit when it runs out people really dislike speculating about games, but I also sort of get it....

The Game Archaeologist: The legacy of Guild Wars

Last week on The Game Archaeologist, we examined the exciting beginnings of Guild Wars, thanks to a trio of ex-Blizzard developers who...
You're so far away from me.

Betawatch: Phantasy Star Online 2 enters closed beta on the Xbox One

To have something so close, and yet so far away... that is the situation for North American fans of Phantasy Star Online...
Gosh kosh b'gosh.

WoW Factor: So why did people love WoW’s Wrath of the Lich King so damn much?

Sometimes, when I write something and note it would require an additional column, it is a preview of coming attractions and something I actually...

Massively Overthinking: Contemplating Colossus and Camelot Unchained

You had to know we were going to talk about Camelot Unchained in this edition of Massively Overthinking, right? Last week, City State...
Things you don't want.

Vague Patch Notes: If people aren’t raiding in an MMO, it’s not because it’s too hard

The start of the year, at least from my perspective, was dominated by Blizzard doing lots of dumb things. So it's kind of nice,...
It's not a costume. They found me inside a meteor.

The Daily Grind: Which MMO is just far too slow to be playable?

When you first start playing Final Fantasy XI, you are given a short cutscene and then... nothing. You are standing in a city and...

Perfect Ten: When celebs crossed paths with MMOs

Even as the world continues to turn to and normalize gaming as a respectable hobby, there's still a lingering stigma of playing online titles...

Choose My Adventure: Falling in love with the Lahn in Black Desert

As much as I was hoping for some time with the Guardian that I pre-made ahead of the class’ arrival, the Choose My...

Massively Uplifting: Saving lives and wildlife, studios and gamers start 2020 with compassion and charity

A new year has begun, and many folks are looking ahead to a better 2020. And who might be making it better? Gamers! Many...
And if you don't love me now, you will never love me again.

Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV has no addons and doesn’t seem to want them

So long ago I can't remember when, interviews with Naoki Yoshida had him talking about Final Fantasy XIV getting addon functionality. To his credit...

Not So Massively: Meet the new Torchlight, same as the old Torchlight

Last week brought the bombshell announcement that the MMOARPG Torchlight: Frontiers has been rebooted as simply Torchlight III, a more traditional ARPG...

Global Chat: Do you binge-play MMOs?

With TV streaming services that dump entire seasons of shows on us at once, we have become a society that is used to binging...

One Shots: Making a good thing look even better

We all like to look our very best, especially when we're taking screenshots of our favorite MMOs for public consumption. So why not use...

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