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MechWarrior Online launches European servers and rolls out new machines

Yes, MechWarrior Online has rolled out an expansion. You didn't know about that? Probably because you were waiting for some huge new content drop,...

Choose My Adventure: Heart of the Cards in FFXIV Heavensward

Welcome ladies, gentlemen, and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri to the second installment of Choose My Adventure: Final Fantasy XIV Heavensward edition. Last week, I...

The Daily Grind: What was your first day in an MMO like?

Can you remember? Can you recall your very first day playing an MMO? Or has it been so long that time's made a mockery...

World of Warcraft Death Knight solos world boss

Has your group ever wiped on World of Warcraft's Supreme Lord Kazzak world boss? If so, you're bad and you should feel bad, because...
It almost makes you wish the server would be down every day, except that's a horrible idea.

EVE Online offers players a big gift of skill points for unexpected downtime

Server issues happen. They are inevitable. The development teams behind games do everything within their power to make sure that they don't happen, but...
Cats are cats all over.

RuneScape offers new cat companions to highlight the World Wildlife Fund

Are big cats important to you while but not quite important enough to make you log out of RuneScape? Then the game's latest charity...

Hyperspace Beacon: Everything you need to know about SWTOR’s Togruta

Since the launch of Star Wars: The Old Republic, there have been two human-like species that players have feverishly demanded be made into a...
Really, this game should specify its non-neon parts to save time.

Trove rolls out the neon dragons today

Trove has gone down for maintenance and isn't expected to be back up until 1:00 p.m. EDT. That's the bad news. The good news...
Don't be a dick, be a dude.

Sword Coast Legends shows off an hour of campaign creation

One of the big draws of Sword Coast Legends is that you aren't just limited to playing through the game that other people come...
Well, unfortunately...

Trove is hosting a player-run soccer tourney

What do you get when you unleash unfettered player creativity upon a game? Well, in the case of Trove, you apparently get player-run soccer...

Sword and Bored: Fishing

Mo finally finds something in his MMORPG that consumes all his time... all his time.
This was not actually complex.

Elite: Dangerous looks ahead to 1.4 ‘CQC Championship’ patch

Elite: Dangerous has held its first dedicated convention and is already racing ahead to its next major update. "We’re looking at weeks, rather than...
What happens next?

Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV’s Machinist needs a tune-up

There are three roles in Final Fantasy XIV, but you could argue that one of those roles has three sub-roles. Sure, they all fall...
Either die or don't.

Phantasy Star Online 2’s SE Asian version drops region-blocking

You can't play Phantasy Star Online 2 on US servers because they don't exist. But you could, in theory, play the Southeast Asian version,...

The Daily Grind: What’s your favorite MMO plugin?

When I went back to Lord of the Rings Online a couple of weeks ago, I spent a decent amount of time searching the...

Guild Chat: Coping with the loss of your guild

Welcome along to another installment of Guild Chat, my monthly delve into my mailbag in search of some tough guild-related issues that need solving....

One Shots: Holding a torch for City of Heroes

No, you're not seeing yet another ancient screenshot from the late, great City of Heroes. No, this is something far more recent and special....
Not today, old man.

The Daily Grind: Do you like being ahead of the curve or behind it?

When I play Final Fantasy XIV, I like to be... not on the absolute bleeding edge and rushing through everything, but I want to...

WRUP: Phrases that never sound ominous edition

Some phrases absolutely never sound ominous. You can have a black cloak billowing behind you, your face cloaked in nothing but shadow except for...

The Daily Grind: What’s most important to you in a space sim?

I am still waiting for my dream space sim to dock at my port, and I'm not sure if it ever will. It's a...