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Just marking time after all.

World of Warcraft kicks off the last season of Battle for Azeroth item level increases

We're all still up to date on the fact that World of Warcraft's Visions of N'zoth patch is a bit of a mess, right?...

The Daily Grind: What MMO teammate behavior drives you nuts?

Like many of you, I have had my fair share of pick-up group experiences in MMOs. These haven't been all great or all terrible...

EVE Online spools up the hype for EVE Fanfest 2020

It's nearly time to "party at the top of the world" as EVE Online puts it. EVE Fanfest 2020, probably the greatest time...
We wouldn't want to assail your dignity.

Fortnite bans certain actions in competitive play to avoid cheating

Good news, Fortnite players, you can be issued a ban for jumping during competitive play! Sort of, anyhow. See, Fortnite really doesn't want players...

Choose My Adventure: Villagers & Heroes on mobile feels like a true themepark MMO (for better or worse)

Choose My Mobile Adventure has changed locales from the Black Desert on over to the world of Villagers & Heroes, a game...

Chronicles of Elyria dev blog’s ‘mood piece’ turns out to be ‘photobashed stock art’

The idea of a mood board, which collects a variety of images from various sources to bring inspiration, isn't exactly a foreign one. Perhaps...
Bring out your something.

Albion Online hot-fixes a Hideout issue while acknowledging issues with the Battle for Caerleon event

Every big patch has some issues, and Albion Online's Queen update, which landed yesterday, was no exception. It turned out that Hideouts were...
This is someone else's problem.

UK NHS director calls out lootboxes as ‘under the radar’ gambling

As much as the developers who make lockboxes would probably like for the random packs of items to start slipping back under the radar,...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO studio had the best communication in 2019?

I am in the weird position lately of finding that my favorite live MMOs are not necessarily made by my favorite studios. I find...

Guardians of Ember is sunsetting once again as Gameforge and Runewaker drop contract

Do you folks remember a few years ago when Guardians of Ember launched? It was an isometric hack-and-slash MMO built by Runewaker (you...
Space me out.

Star Trek Online previews its new anniversary ship, the hybrid Khitomer Alliance Battlecruiser

The newest anniversary ship for Star Trek Online is not a Klingon ship. It is also not a Federation ship. It is, instead,...
It's a new thing.

Wisdom of Nym: Gunblades across Final Fantasy XIV

I think we can all agree that the explanation given for where the name "gunblade" comes from in Final Fantasy XIV is very...

The Daily Grind: Who was the MMORPG gamer of the year in 2019?

One of the awards we considered doing this year but decided not to is one for gamer of the year, specifically MMORPG gamer of...

Battle Bards Episode 160: MMO cover songs vol. 2

For the first time since Episode 50, the Battle Bards crew returns to the theme of cover songs of MMO tracks. Several extremely musicians...

Albion Online AMA talks 1v1 PvP, quality-of-life, and preventing mega-alliances

As you'd expect from a good AMA, the folks from Albion Online covered a lot of ground and touched on a variety of...

One Shots: Abusing emote spam

Emotes: They're a privilege, not a right. Well, they actually come pretty standard in most online games, so I guess they're more or less...
You may leave school, but it never leaves you.

The Daily Grind: Are there MMOs you can’t admit you’re not playing any more?

I'm still playing Final Fantasy XI! No, really, I am. Sure, I haven't logged into the game in... well... months, at least. Maybe...
Multi-digit division.

Global Chat: Why player representation in games matters

The recent flap over Escape from Tarkov's public pronouncement of "no icky girls" (my paraphrase) as playable characters in its game elicited...

Guild Wars 2 subreddit goof helps re-confirm new ArenaNet game

A thread posted Friday on the Guild Wars 2 subreddit apparently went awry as players panicked under the mistaken belief that ArenaNet's Jennifer...
It's a car.

WRUP: Advanced street-crossing techniques edition

The Backwards Banana: The... the what? What the heck is this? What do you want me to type here? Are you supposed to backflip...

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