Opinion

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The Daily Grind: Which MMO handles PvE – not just PvM – the very best?

There's a thing we do a lot when we're talking about MMOs: We elide PvM and PvE. I suppose we do it with different...

LOTRO Legendarium: Five fun secrets hidden in Moria

Making your way through Lord of the Rings Online's Moria can be a unique experience -- for both good and bad reasons...
It's right there.

The Daily Grind: What gives you cause to forgive MMO studios or publishers?

There are a lot of reasons people have to dislike NCsoft as a publisher. But oddly enough, if you're a fan of WildStar who has...
Above, you'll see the once-ominous portal...

Global Chat: Do you think you could design a better game than World of Warcraft?

Let's be honest: We all are so egotistical and opinionated that we totally think we could design a better MMO than World of...

The Daily Grind: Which underrated MMO would you recommend to friends?

So c'mon, we all know what the big MMOs are right now, the ones that always come up in conversation. You know, the ones...
We know what we know.

Storyboard: On the art of verisimilitude in MMO roleplaying

Those of you who remember this column from Massively-that-was are invited to take a shot, as was the running joke. Because it turned...

Lawful Neutral: The future of MMO game design in a streaming gaming world

It’s been an interesting few weeks for gaming. We saw the announcement of Google’s game streaming service, Stadia, and then Apple’s subscribe-to-access game...

Chaos Theory: Secret World is getting new story content, but it’s not in Secret World Legends

That feeling when something is so close yet misses the mark -- in a painful, how-on-earth-can-you-miss-that-giant-glowing-target way. The good news is that a Secret...

The Daily Grind: Where do you stand on difficulty modes in MMOs?

There's a meta discussion happening across games Twitter and elsewhere over the last week or so thanks to Sekiro: Shadows...

Massively Overthinking: If an MMO item is buyable with gold, does that excuse its presence in the cash shop?

This week's Overthinking topic comes from longtime MOP reader and commenter Sally Bowls. It's about monetization, but it's a nuanced argument we don't...

Hyperspace Beacon: I wasn’t going to talk about Anthem, but I think I should

Like everyone else working in or around the gaming industry, I read Kotaku's Jason Schreier's exposé on BioWare's development of Anthem. And like...

Wandering Wraeclast: A class guide to getting started in Path of Exile

Just because Path of Exile is more than five years old doesn't mean the influx of new players has dwindled. In fact, for...
What are we even doing here?

Wisdom of Nym: A measured response to Naoki Yoshida’s mystery project

Well hello there, news on April 1st. I really have a tendency not to put much stock in anything revealed on April Fools' Day because...
Zorch

PAX East 2019: Destiny’s Sword aims to take the ludonarrative into actual gameplay

They were called Failure Force, and they were the team that could never make a roll. My roommate, my wife, and myself were playing a...
Looks like home.

The Daily Grind: Are there any zones in MMOs you’d like to call home?

My wife has long had an affection for Nagrand in World of Warcraft, and that makes sense to me. The gentle rolling terrain looks...

Tamriel Infinium: The power of community in five-year-old Elder Scrolls Online

Given the volatility in today’s video game industry, it’s nice when an MMO is able to celebrate some longevity. Elder Scrolls Online has...

Perfect Ten: MMO celebrations that didn’t rip off real-world holidays

Does it ever slightly bother you that in these alternate fantasy and science fiction worlds that we explore there just so happens to have...

The Daily Grind: What does an MMO need to do right at the start to keep you playing?

I don't think it can be overstated enough that the introductory experience of an MMO is absolutely crucial to pulling in and retaining a...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 214: No fools we

Justin and Bree discus MMO April Fools' Day, Jumpgate's sequel, Funcom's new Secret World project, EverQuest 3, Rend's abrupt launch, Star Citizen's ladies, and Neverwinter and DDO's expansion dates, with adventures in Guild Wars 2, DDO, and Blade & Soul, and a mailbag question on MMO emulators.
We know it's going south.

Wisdom of Nym: Thoughts on the end of Final Fantasy XIV’s 4.x story

So now we've gotten the ending. And... gosh, sometimes these patches really do not merit splitting up, which is kind of the case for Final...

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