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Diablo III’s 18th season arrives on August 23 and StarCraft II opens its BlizzCon 2019 War Chest

The lesser-loved Blizzard titles are back in our spotlight. Regrettably, I'm not talking about The Lost Vikings, but instead I'm referring to Diablo...
No fighting.

PlanetSide 2 updates players on future plans like a social hub and mandates

There's more development arriving for PlanetSide 2, and one of the plans includes a version of Sanctuary to serve as a social hub....
whee summer is miserable

Blade & Soul kicks off its summer celebration on August 21

All right, someone has to ask this question: Why does Blade & Soul's Hongsil Summer Blast involve collecting ice cubes? Why is...

Dungeon and Dragons Online’s permadeath server opens its grisly doors

Prepare to die. That's the mentality that Dungeons and Dragons Online players should be in should they dare step foot onto today's new

MapleStory opens an online ‘university’ to help players learn about August 28 server merges

Whenever an MMO announces plans to merge servers, it can either mean you've got a few things to prepare for or the process will...
Guns and funs.

Fortnite addresses the importance of the B.R.U.T.E. and its actual impact

The latest season of Fortnite has added a big stompy mech in the form of the the B.R.U.T.E., and some people are really...
Huh. That... huh.

Shroud of the Avatar hosts a livestream about fishing in fetid water

If you want to watch a community livestream about Shroud of the Avatar's community team hosting a fishing contest in fetid water, gosh,...
It feels faintly telling, yes.

World of Warcraft dataminers find character boosts and recruitment rewards as Classic prepares for an AMA

The latest mining for data in World of Warcraft offers some fascinating hints about the future, largely because of what the presence of...
My expectations weren't that I would be jumping into this right away, but...

The Soapbox: No, the MMO genre is not dead – but it could use a little positivity

One of my favorite idioms is "dead as a doornail." It always reminds me of the time I got sent out of my 10th...
Let 'em all go to Hell except Cave 76!

Fallout 76 shows off its upcoming Vault 94 raid

It's hard to know how to feel about the preview of Fallout 76's upcoming raid on Vault 94 as a long-time MMO player....

Here’s how Discord says it’s been addressing toxicity and spam

It's nearly impossible to be a gamer in 2019 and not be at least familiar with Discord, the ubiquitous chat program that's replaced, in...

The Daily Grind: How much should an MMO’s source material restrict player customization?

MOP reader Tanek recently pointed us to a thread on Lord of the Rings Online forums where players have been debating the merits...
Vogue.

Albion Online removes tons of items from its marketplace in advance of its wardrobe system

The latest patch for Albion Online is a bit frustrating in the sense that most patches add things. Today's patch is mostly
Similar to teamwork.

Black Desert Online recaps its PlayStation 4 beta issues and performance

The beta testing for Black Desert Online on PlayStation 4 has come to an end for now, but there is in fact

Guild Wars 2 players raise eyebrows over new cash shop sword similar to one found in Gamigo MMO RIFT

Guild Wars 2 dropped a new cosmetic sword in the cash shop this week that's caused a ripple of fuss on the...
Very mature.

WoW Classic’s PvP server community is already at war over streamers

Browsing the subreddit for World of Warcraft: Classic will pretty quickly reveal something about the community as it exists now. Specifically, a lot...

Fight or Kite: Guild Wars 2’s best PvP mode isn’t what you think it is – it’s minigames

One could certainly argue that Guild Wars 2’s primary focus is that of a PvE, story driven game. Hell, I’d make that argument....
SELF-DESTRUCT

Vague Patch Notes: Lazy MMO developers don’t exist (at least not the way you’re thinking)

The other night, I was reading the Final Fantasy XIV subreddit and came across that gem of all gems for people who love...

Uproar over a reskinned Fortnite pet that costs 1000 V-bucks causes Epic to issue refunds

This is where we're at now: companies attempting to sell barely reskinned content at a higher cost and people getting mad at a digital...
Opposition.

The Daily Grind: What’s the MMO with the biggest anti-fandom?

When an MMO gets big enough, you get its anti-fandom. This is not the same as people who don't particularly like a game; some...

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