OnLive shutting down, sells Sony some of its assets

The OnLive cloud gaming service is shutting down, and the firm has sold Sony some of its assets, according to a dev blog. The OnLive team broke the news gently and said that players have until the end of the month to play for free: "It is with great sadness that we must bring the OnLive Game Service to...

RIFT turns a raid into an instant adventure playground

Raids are usually the purview of, y'know, raiders in MMOs, which is unfortunate as much of the game's population won't get to see all of the work that developers put into these spaces. RIFT is nothing if not thrifty in this department, however, first offering chronicles that give a solo tour of these instances and now opening...
It's the economy, stupid!

WildStar contract, wardrobe, and minipet patch hits the test realms

Ready to enjoy the wonders of an improved wardrobe system, the Contract mechanics, and an array of minipets in WildStar? The game's next major patch is not yet on the live servers, but it is on the test servers. So you can jump in and try out all of the changes on the test realm before they...
Does anyone know what this game is about, I can't decipher it.

Wakfu releases the second part of the island of Kelba

The island of Kelba is not a relaxing island vacation for Wakfu players. Instead, it's a place for players to meet and take on some of the characters from the title's connected television show and comic books. In the second part of the island region, players take on a villain from the first season of the show, far...
So it goes.

The button is not an MMO… but it’s sure something

Two days ago, Reddit launched its April Fools' Day prank. It's a button. A single button with a countdown timer next to it that's running for 60 seconds. Anyone can press the button to reset the countdown timer, but you can press it only once. That's it. No one knows what it does, what will happen when it...

The Daily Grind: Does FFA PvP reflect badly on players?

Today's Daily Grind question comes from Luxxicon, a donor to our Kickstarter campaign. Luxxicon just wants to talk about open-world PvP. In fact, his question is superficially simple: "Does participating in open-world PvP make you a bad person or are you a good person who does bad things?" Last year, psychologists found a strong correlation between displaying...

The Stream Team: Tag-teaming The Secret World’s Tokyo story missions

With The Secret World's Issue #11 release creeping ever closer, MassivelyOP's MJ has to finish up the story missions from Issues #9 and #10 on the double! She's enlisted the help of Justin to get her though more quickly... assuming he doesn't get her killed too much instead. Warning: There will be story spoilers! Join the pair live at 9:00...

Massively Overthinking: Crowd control in MMORPGs

Today's Kickstarter-begotten Massively Overthinking question arrives from donor Ravenwynd, who writes, I love control type characters in mmos. City of Heroes' Mind Controller could lock down entire groups; EverQuest Enchanters mezzed and controlled entire groups and trains. But as devs have added PvP and tried to balance classes in their games across the genre, it seems this playstyle has gone...
This is what it looks like.

Nexon acquires South Korean mobile developer

Nexon announced today that it is acquiring all outstanding shares of mobile maker Boolean Games. MMO Culture reports that "terms and details of the transaction were not disclosed." South Korea-based Boolean Games is notable for its Dark Avenger series which has topped 30 million worldwide downloads. The latest sequel, Darkness Reborn, has been downloaded more than 10 million times since its November...
Guns of Icarus

Guns of Icarus needs players with stamina this weekend

How would you like to help test a new feature of steampunk airship shooter Guns of Icarus? The latest Muse newsletter has all the details, and the long and short of it is that the devs need your assistance this Saturday, April 4th at 2:00 p.m. EDT. "We'll be pulling everyone into the dev app so they can...