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WoW Factor: Why Legion 2 wouldn’t win back the World of Warcraft crowd

Let's talk about fan expectations and naked fanservice for a bit. In fact, let's start with the Power Nine from Magic: the Gathering, and...

Massively Overthinking: Super wrong snap judgments of MMORPGs

The year was 2004, and the month was May. My guild was growing increasingly frustrated with Star Wars Galaxies' slow development pace, so...
So, bye.

Vague Patch Notes: MMOs are not the same as your single-player games with servers

Recently, I've been trying to get into Bloodborne. This isn't a result of my disliking the Souls franchise as a whole, just that it's never...
I AM SO GREAT! *clap* I AM SO GREAT!

The Daily Grind: What do you think about ‘gear peacocks’ in MMOs?

Every so often, usually when it comes to World of Warcraft, I hear what I've always thought of as the Peacock Defense for making...
TI-header-necromancer

Tamriel Infinium: ‘Dying’ to know more about Necromancers in The Elder Scrolls Online

One of the most exciting features included in The Elder Scrolls Online's Elsweyr chapter update is the addition of a new playable class,...
Black Desert

Perfect Ten: Tips for fighting an MMORPG boss for the first time

Ahh! That header scared me, and I'm the one who picked it! But that's where adventure leads you, right into the maw of something...

Choose My Adventure: The simple joys of RuneScape and duo gameplay

I've often wondered to myself why there seem to be so many in-development MMORPGs that stubbornly and desperately cling to the idea of the...

Flameseeker Chronicles: Guild Wars 2 needs real housing

There is no shortage of things to do in Guild Wars 2. Wandering around the world and exploring is a joy, and...

Not So Massively: Yearning for an MMO future free of loot

Throughout all of the Drama over Anthem's loot issues, I've just been rolling my eyes. Not because I think Bioware screwed up --...
Where are we and why.

Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood in review – side stories, part two

If I'm being entirely honest, I could probably stretch this series out even further from having two columns on side stories in Final...

MMO Cartographer: Exploring Richard Garriott’s Shroud of the Avatar

Since my last report from the field, I have been exploring Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues, a game developed by Portalarium, described...

One Shots: Cruising in the Batmobile

Nothing gives me genre whiplash more than seeing technology that's vastly more advanced from anything in our world existing alongside of an otherwise-medieval realm....
Fwoosh.

The Daily Grind: How much preparation do you do for big MMO updates?

There has never yet been an MMO expansion for a game I'm playing that has not prompted an elaborate plan to prepare from me....

Into the Super-verse: Six things that made Marvel Heroes great

With all of the City of Heroes revival talk lately, our office chat turned in the direction of other MMOs we'd love to...
Blessed not be.

Betawatch: Bless Unleashed enters beta testing on the Xbox One

If you own an Xbox One and would like Bless Online Without Quite So Much Bless Online In It, you're in luck! Bless Unleashed is...
enchantment!

Jukebox Heroes: Diving back into Aion’s soundtrack

While the game itself never fascinated me, Aion's soundtrack is easily in my personal Top Five in terms of quality and variety. The...

Warframe of Mind: Massively OP’s guide to finding your ‘Frame

When I first tried Warframe , I found that I enjoyed the movement system, and I discovered that I really loved headshots with...
Actually call it a comeback.

WoW Factor: What could win back the crowd for the next World of Warcraft expansion?

So the conclusion to the Azshara raid has been mined out, and I'm just going to link it to you here. I don't...
Please, just... potter less.

Vague Patch Notes: It’s all right for MMO studios to stop trying

Let me tell you about last year's NaNoWriMo project. If you've never taken part in National Novel Writing Month, it's a great reason to...

Tamriel Infinium: Dissecting the Elder Scrolls Online’s Elsweyr Necromancer class

I spent some time this week playing on the Elder Scrolls Online public test server. I've explored quite a bit of Northern Elsweyr....

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