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The Nostalrius team on hopes for a legacy World of Warcraft server

For those who can't get enough information about what led to the creation and maintenance of the Nostalrius World of Warcraft server, the site...

The Daily Grind: Do your MMO choices actually reflect your playstyle?

Massively OP reader Leiloni tipped us off to a great blog post by MMO blogger Ethan "Isarii" Macfie, in which the author questions his...
Screenshots are hard to come by. For reasons which should be obvious.

Starmourn, a new commercial MUD, is arriving in 2017

The DNA of MUDs is deeply entrenched in MMORPGs. It would be fair to say that games like MUDs, MUSHes, and the like led...
You have to be really bad to get kicked out of here, that's the takeaway.

League of Legends bans popular streamer for troll behavior

Once upon a time, there was a popular streamer for League of Legends who went by the handle of Tyler1. His streams were popular...
This is the way we won't.

Former City of Heroes artist hosts an impromptu Reddit AMA

People always get nostalgic for City of Heroes around the time of its anniversary, even though it's gone. It's not just players, either. Former...
What if WoW looked like everything else.

Check out a fan-made recreation of World of Warcraft’s Duskwood in Unreal Engine 4

A lot of graphical improvements have happened for World of Warcraft over the years, but the game is still using the same fundamental graphical...

EVE Evolved: Fixing EVE’s New Player Experience (again)

It's become almost a running joke in the comments of articles that EVE Online is a great game to read about but not nearly...
Not gignatic: the remaining workforce.

Community manager Troy Hewitt departs from Gigantic developer Motiga

Troy Hewitt had been serving as community manager for Motiga since before the company even announced Gigantic, but all good things must come to...

One Shots: Guild meeting

Guilds... assemble! Because there's nothing like logging into a vast virtual world and then plunking your virtual butt down in a room, am I...

The Daily Grind: What could get you to love a MOBA?

I am very admittedly not a fan of MOBAs, despite the fact that I quite liked the map type that birthed the genre in...

Fragmented patches in better optimization and more skill points

Early access is the perfect time to start optimizing your game's client after internal testing; you finally have access to computers that aren't dedicated...

Leaderboard: What must a classic WoW server have to make you play it?

Word yesterday that Blizzard has invited the "progressive vanilla" Nostalrius emulator team to Blizz HQ, presumably to discuss World of Warcraft and not the...
This was entirely unsafe even in the planning stages.

WRUP: Congratulations to the winners of a personal deathtrap and their next of kin edition

Back in July of last year, we promised our dear What Are You Playing readers that they would be entered to win a personal...

The Daily Grind: What MMORPG has the best personality?

A while back I came to the realization that, for me, a game's personality can be just as much of a make-or-break factor as...
In hindsight, this was a bad decision.

Black Desert turns to its playerbase to hunt down cheaters for prizes

Daum EU is asking for help cracking down on cheating in Black Desert -- from you. "We invite each of you to join us in...
Yes, this is harder than having a fortress.

H1Z1: Just Survive outlines upcoming experimental servers and improvements

Your goal in H1Z1: Just Survive is stated right there in the title, but survival is pretty easy when you have a well-fortified base...
Build down.

PlanetSide 2 guides players through the new construction mechanics

The good news for PlanetSide 2 fans is that the game now allows players to construct things as they wish, thus freeing you from...
Try try try.

Ubisoft says it’s heard Division players’ anger over cheating ‘loud and clear’

Ubisoft has addressed the ongoing cheating concerns in The Division with a blog post to players today. "We have great plans for the future...
Next year in Lion's Arch.

Guild Wars 2 kicks off its first World vs. World poll

Are you a dedicated WvW player in Guild Wars 2 with strong views about what project the developers should be working on next to...

Global Chat: What can MMORPG devs do to foster community?

One of the neat aspects of the MMO blogosphere is how writers will often interact and collaborate with each other. Recently, four bloggers ganged...