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Fight or Kite: Spellbreak’s epic combat and classes set it far apart from the battle royale pack

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Another week, another battle royale arrives at my doorstep, this time with a subtle but sweet note attached: Please kind sir, take it in,...
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Wisdom of Nym: So… what if our last expansion is Final Fantasy XIV: Nextpack?

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Oh, yes, that's confirmed. The next Final Fantasy XIV expansion is entitled Nextpack, leading players to adventures in Land Mass, encountering the beast tribes First...

Jukebox Heroes: LOTRO’s Great Wedding soundtrack

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One reason why I keep highlighting Lord of the Rings Online patch soundtracks in this space is that the studio actually makes an...

One Shots: Unholy abominations

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We may view them as horrible monsters who are standing between us and our precious loot, but have you ever considered life -- such...
This is really what you're going with, huh.

The Daily Grind: Is personal challenge or group challenge more important to you in an MMO?

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In any kind of MMO, there are a lot of different challenges to endure. They do, however, tend to split a fair bit between personal...

The Soapbox: The joys of MMO collecting

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I’ve often sat and pondered exactly what it is that I enjoy about the MMO experience. After all, being educated about your own likes...
Icy Hot, but a game.

Betawatch: Frozen Flame burns its way into a cool closed beta

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Survival action RPG Frozen Flame announced this week that it was heading into closed beta with a single-player mode, a new event, and...
Eightfold path up ins.

WoW Factor: No, Shadowlands is probably not going to be terrible

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I've noted many times at this point that World of Warcraft does not seem to have done a great job with Shadowlands, at least from what...

Massively Overthinking: How to deal with cheater scum in MMORPGs

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I'm sure it was a random coincidence, but last week two different Star Wars Galaxies emulators posted about steps they were taking against...

LOTRO Legendarium: Is LOTRO getting greedy with its fall content update?

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Boars. Beets. Battlestar Galactica. OK, let's talk about one of those things, at least in a roundabout way, because there's no escaping the fact...
It's actually fine.

Wisdom of Nym: Speculating on the newly announced Final Fantasy XVI

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So, uh... hey! Final Fantasy XVI! That's a thing we learned about yesterday, huh? I'm sure we're all shocked that Naoki Yoshida's very specific dismissal of...
Boosh.

The Daily Grind: What common MMO developer reassurance doesn’t reassure you at all?

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At one point, I was tossing an idea around for a Perfect Ten column about a Kickstarter drinking game. It didn't go anywhere,...

Desert Oasis: Black Desert Mobile is not just a mobile copy of Black Desert

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Last week, I taught my freshman classes basic email etiquette. In a time of distance learning, it's an important skill to teach. We looked...

Perfect Ten: 10 amazing hidden quests in World of Warcraft

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Finding quests in World of Warcraft is not exactly what you would call "difficult," as the game famously stuck giant floating exclamation marks...

Flameseeker Chronicles: Hands-on with Guild Wars 2’s new Sunqua Peak fractal, live today

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While Guild Wars 2’s Cantha-centric End of Dragons expansion may not be coming until next year, players eager to visit The Empire of...

Not So Massively: The dos and don’ts of stealing from MMOs

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Recently I played through the new PC port of the open world RPG Horizon Zero Dawn. While playing it, I was struck by...
Holla back.

Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV’s second Ishgard season is a touch underwhelming

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In the days of my youth, you usually got introduced to a new band via the radio. (The radio was like YouTube, but no...

Jukebox Heroes: The best of MapleStory 2’s soundtrack

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The death of MapleStory 2 earlier this year is seen as somewhat tragic in the Massively OP offices. Many of us got time...

One Shots: When nerfing goes too far

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We've all seen classes and gear hit with the nerf bat from time to time in MMOs -- hey, it's a fact of life!...
Fly.

The Daily Grind: Do you try to be patient with new players in MMOs?

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Patience is a virtue. It is also something not everyone is very good at - and I include myself in this particular batch because...

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