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WRUP: This post was not written by a neural network edition

Well, folks, I'm sorry. I strongly hinted in the last intro that the next installment of What Are You Playing would be written...

The Daily Grind: Does law and order add to MMORPG worlds?

As of late I've been going through the Thieves Guild DLC in Elder Scrolls Online. The result of this has taught me that...
Hooray, or something?

Betawatch: Anthem has begun to sing

It'd be nice to say that nothing in beta can stay there, but that would be a lie. There are lots of games that stay...
Not red, nor falling.

ZeniMax Media is hit with a trademark dispute over a filing for ‘Redfall’

What is "Redfall?" We don't know just yet, beyond the fact that it's a trademark filed by ZeniMax Media (the parent company of Bethesda...
There was something beautiful and wonderful and it destroyed itself.

Jukebox Heroes: The 10 greatest MMO soundtracks of all time (as voted by you)

A few weeks ago we witnessed the showdown of the ages (or at least the epoch known as "late January 2019"), as Massively OP...
Looking closer.

WoW Factor: Why people are mad at Battle for Azeroth, part one: Combat

One of the complicated challenges of writing about World of Warcraft is sorting out the stuff that's happening now from the stuff that's been...
YOUR MONEY IS NOW OUR MONEY, AND WE WILL USE IT TO BUY DRUGS

Fortnite touts $100M prize pool for World Cup and 2019 esports, new 7.6M player concurrency record

Howsabout a slice of $100,000,000? That's the total prize pool for Fortnite's 2019 esports lineup, with a significant portion of that going to the...

Massively Overthinking: Contending with the MMO genre’s ‘wowfugee’ crisis

Last week on the MOP Podcast, we read a letter from a listener named Megan who pointed us to a blog post on...
If you come to San Francisco...

Final Fantasy XIV prepares for Little Ladies’ Day while Naoki Yoshida talks about the design of Blue Mage

The latest edition of Final Fantasy XIV's annual Little Ladies' Day event will get you properly equipped for a trip to San Francisco,...
Oh, yeah, this is fine. It's fine. It's fine! This is fine.

Tencent introduces strict rules for streamers playing its games

Good news for Chinese streamers, as gaming giant Tencent has introduced a new set of rules about what streamers can and cannot...
Time is on my side, after a fashion.

The Elder Scrolls Online previews the upcoming Eld Angvar battleground

Eld Angvar is a locale in the Ayleid world between worlds, a space where boundaries of space break down and you can easily teleport...
I'm on a mount!

Dark and Light drops its price as it promises it’s moving toward a full release

Gosh, we really hope you didn't buy Dark and Light last week because the title's price has just been dropped to $17.99. The...
A very short marathon.

Vague Patch Notes: Online games are a marathon, but they still need to start running

One of those phrases we like to use a fair amount here is the fact that running an MMO is a marathon, not a...
Yarr, cut out all carbs, got much lighter.

Atlas takes aim at offline raiding and land ownership while delaying its next major patch

The bad news for Atlas fans is that the game's next major patch will be delayed until mid-March or late March. The good...
Memorial.

The Daily Grind: Are there party roles you will not fulfill in MMOs?

We all know the big three roles in most MMO design at this point: tanks, healers, and DPS. But these are not the only...

FFXIV recaps Fan Fest Paris and FFXI announces a Doll Festival

What do a fan expo for an MMORPG and an in-game event featuring dolls have in common? They're both Final Fantasy-related events! Obviously. How...
Let the wrong ones in.

Valve is getting rid of Steam’s non-gaming video service because you probably didn’t know it existed

Sorry, Steam fans, but the platform's non-gaming video section is being retired. Yes, you will no longer be able to buy hit movies like...
We all float down here.

DC Universe Online launches game update 92 today and preps for St Patrick’s Day

If you woke up just now and are eagerly planning to jump right into DC Universe Online, we've got some bad news for you,...
Less than heroic.

Heroes of Newerth gets its final major patch on February 26

The last patch for Heroes of Newerth arrives next week, at which point the game's live support will be scaled back to nothing...
Build it up.

LOTRO fan starts petition for Standing Stone to rehire a beloved world builder

Here's something you don't see every day. It's a fan petition, yes, but it's a fan petition for Standing Stone Games to offer...

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