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The Daily Grind: Do you have any MMO resolutions for 2019?

So here we are in 2019. It looks a lot like 2018, really. But it's a new year, and this is usually the point...

LOTRO Legendarium: Eight tips for leveling up in Lord of the Rings Online

Typically around this time of the year, I'll offer up my wish list of features and changes that I'd like to see happen in...

One Shots: Dance like the moon is watching

As we digest all of those Christmas hams and cookies while replacing our bloodstream with eggnog, it's a good time of the year to...
Strawberry fields forever.

The Daily Grind: Do you have any MMO regrets from 2018?

We talk a lot about how we feel about the year that's past and our resolutions for the next year, but we don't tend...
This is duuuuumb

WoW Factor: The zones that changed the most from Classic, Kalimdor edition

Yeah, so Kalimdor has changed a bit in World of Warcraft. I'm going to be honest and say that I've never actually liked Kalimdor very...

EVE Evolved: How mass surveillance is improving EVE Online

When developers get on stage at an event and start talking about things like big data, artificial intelligence, and cloud solutions, it often sounds...
Oh, right, you.

Vague Patch Notes: The complexity of classic preservation for MMOs

Here's a fun question to kick things off. Should old black-and-white films be colorized? The key word there is "old," because there are a...
gonna dress me up

The Daily Grind: Do you feel the need to do MMO holiday events on every character?

Every new holiday event in Final Fantasy XIV prompts the same reaction from me, a question of which of my characters will be sad...

Choose My Adventure: Star Citizen’s missions and their bugs

Before I begin, a bit of a program note for this edition of CMA: I kind of had to break from the voting selections...
That is definitely a thing.

Perfect Ten: The biggest MMO surprises of 2018

Everyone loves surprises, right? Not always. Even good surprises can be a disruption of our comfortable routines, and bad ones can downright ruin a...

Battle Bards’ 2018 roundup of MMO soundtracks

Every other week here at Massively OP you might see a post go up promoting the Battle Bards podcast. While not an official...

Wisdom of Nym: Analyzing the last live letter before Final Fantasy XIV patch 4.5

The last letter from Naoki Yoshida didn't really drop much in the way of bombshells on the Final Fantasy XIV community, especially as there...

Jukebox Heroes: More MMO Christmas tunes

Merry Christmas everyone! As you hunker down for family time, presents, eggnog, or simply a quiet day off and some gaming time, chances are...
Like this deli. Not only this deli.

The Daily Grind: What trivial MMO grievances will you air for Festivus?

Friends, it is December 23rd, and that means that it is the traditional date of Festivus! My wife and I celebrate Festivus every year,...

The Game Archaeologist’s ultimate MMO archives v2.0

While The Game Archaeologist columns take up the most time of any project I do here at Massively OP, I absolutely love doing...
Yes please.

Betawatch: Crowfall’s test campaigns have arrived, City of Titans delays Issue 0

Good news, Crowfall fans, the first full campaign patch is here! Of course, this is just a test campaign; the first sanctioned...
There's a lot of death here.

WoW Factor: The great Superdata fall-off

The one down side to working ahead is that sometimes your schedule gets nudged around more than expected. I promise that a further look...

EverQuesting: Why I’m hesitant to jump on Daybreak’s lifetime membership deal bandwagon

Well there's something I wasn't expecting, and I admit it: I am not really sure what to think about it. Daybreak just jumped on...
Fences!

Vague Patch Notes: Understanding systems before you talk about them

Here's a fun question to consider. What were Emblems of Valor and Emblems of Heroism designed to do in World of Warcraft? Yes, they...
Now we've got problems, and I don't think we can solve 'em.

The Daily Grind: How consistent are your MMO character names?

I seem to be something of an abnormality among MMO roleplayers, because most of the time I play the same character across multiple games....

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