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The Daily Grind: Which old MMORPG deserves more love?

Last week, MMO designer Raph Koster made a Twitter comment that's stuck in my mind: https://twitter.com/raphkoster/status/682380531934322688 Hell yes it has. It's getting mainstream and indie...

Massively Overthinking: Let’s play with the Gamer Motivation Model

Over the winter holidays, we wrote about game analytics consulting firm Quantic Foundry, which has published what it calls its "Gamer Motivation...

Final Fantasy XIV players hold a vigil for Sian Blake in Limsa Lominsa

Players are holding a vigil following the death of Final Fantasy XIV voice actress Sian Blake (the voice of Yugiri). The...
A bigger and blacker... oh, god, the jokes are really accidental.

Final Fantasy XIV devotes a full trailer to Lord of Verminion’s strategic pet battles

If you've never played Final Fantasy XIV or stopped playing some time ago, you might not be aware of the fact that there's...

Chaos Theory: Looking over your shoulder at The Secret World’s 2015

We've finally left 2015 behind. And while it is perfectly natural to want to glance back in the rearview mirror over the last 12...
mmm whatchu saaaaay

Perfect Ten: Our favorite MMORPG articles from 2015

The first year of Massively Overpowered had its ups and downs, like anything does, but I think we had some pretty great content in...
Party hard.

Black Desert is keeping energy potions out of the cash shop

The first Black Desert beta test has happened, and the developers are taking in feedback and making changes. What does that mean? Well......
Rumormongering

Bless Online launches a new website with a countdown to the announcement of open beta

The new website for Bless Online is not hosting the final countdown. It's hosting a countdown to a countdown. The game has a...
Blood's good. You need blood to live.

ArcheAge previews the central dungeon of the Bloodsong

When a whole bunch of people start following a mysterious song to their deaths, you know that something is wrong, even in a setting...
Classic.

The Daily Grind: Are you ever reluctant to get involved in MMORPG group content?

I have a very difficult time doing group content without group finders. This may come as a surprise to readers, but I'm actually a...
At last, good stuff.

EverQuest II’s time-locked expansion servers reach the Kingdom of the Sky

Get ready for another expansion in EverQuest II on the game's time-locked expansion servers! Players voted to move the timeline along once again,...

‘Father of MMORPGs’ Richard Bartle is publishing new books on the genre

"Father of MMORPGs" Dr. Richard Bartle, author of the pioneering research that spawned the Bartle test, is publishing two new books about our...

Choose My Adventure: Trying on the Shroud of the Avatar

Hello friends, and welcome to the new year's first installment of Choose My Adventure. As you may have noticed, I took a bit...
Be it ever so... whatever this is, there's no place like home. Thankfully.

Trove offers players the ability to unlock multiple cornerstones

In Trove, your Cornerstone is your home away from home. Also your home at home. It's your home, in other words. But just...

Popular Guild Wars 2 YouTuber team banned for cheating

Protip: Don't cheat in video games, especially always-online MMORPGs where the devs are actively seeking out cheaters and have a reputation for humiliating...
Just whenever you get around to us, it's cool.

World of Warcraft’s Legion testing will return with a new build and new content

There's still no word on exactly when the test servers for World of Warcraft: Legion will come back online following the...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO are you rooting for this year?

While the booing section of the internet might get loud and almost suffocating at times, I believe that there's quite the large crowd of...
I LOVED YOU LIKE A BROTHER, ANAKIN!

WildStar challenges players to hunt world bosses this weekend

WildStar's world bosses are big, ornery, and the general sort of thing that lots of players need to band together to defeat. Nothing...
Prettiness!

The official guide to Blade & Soul’s January 19 launch

Are you ready for Blade & Soul's launch on January 19th? Are you really ready? I mean, you might have played a lot...
Good thing kobolds never get boring or annoying!

Final Fantasy XIV voice actress goes missing, possibly murdered

Tragic news for Final Fantasy XIV fans this afternoon: The BBC is reporting that actress Sian Blake and her two children are...

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