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The Stream Team: Flower picking and other Lord of the Rings Online Spring Festival fun

What is more spring-like than enjoying newly bloomed flowers? In LOTRO, it's picking them -- picking them all! The Spring Festival is back, and Massively OP's MJ is all set for some serious spring celebrating. That happens to involve plenty of flower picking. Those rewards won't earn themselves! Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. and help put winter behind...

Massively Overthinking: Designed downtime in MMORPGs

In a Daily Grind not long ago, MOP reader Armsbend said something I thought just cried out for discussion. After noting that he had a guild member who used to spend hours rescuing friends' corpses from in-game disasters, he criticized the way some MMOs seem to have intentionally built in these timesinks: "We long for yesteryear, but at...

Aion launches Ereshkigal’s Rage on March 27 with Veilenthrone raid

What does Ereshkigal have to be angry about in Aion? Lots of things, really. There's nothing good on TV, there were no more muffins in the kitchen, a bunch of player characters are going to wreck his stuff because he wants to accumulate power, and she can't find her favorite hairpin. The third one is something that you'll be...

RuneScape delays Firemaking updates and previews its Freedom camera mode

Bit of bad news, good news out of the RuneScape camp: The bad news is that the improvements to the Firemaking skill are being held back a bit. The good news is that a new camera mode is arriving next week, which should mean prettier screenshots at least. A number of planned updates to Firemaking -- including new...

Warframe staggers Operation: Buried Debts content for consoles due to bugs

An explanation provided by the folks at Warframe described bugs in Operation: Buried Debts as "fun-breaking," which is probably the best reason to hold something back in my view. Beyond that, though, the latest update also has some pretty gnarly bugs, so things are being done a bit differently for Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch players. The...

Population Zero fields questions about factions, breast sizes, and snoring

Whenever you open up a Q&A session for your developing game, you never really know what you're going to get. Case in point: The lines of questioning players offered to the devs of Population Zero ran the gamut from the mechanical to the....unique. On the sillier side of questions, the devs confirmed that player height, body type, and gender...

Age of Conan adds semi-permadeath mode, badges, and new race/class combos

It's time to pull Age of Conan out of "maintenance mode" status and back into active development, because Funcom just dropped an update that contains several exciting features for this 11-year-old MMO. We'll start with perhaps the most interesting of them all, a semi-permadeath mode called Unconquered (it's a cross-promotional thing with Funcom's upcoming Conan RTS). The...
This is wholly appropriate

PlanetSide 2 celebrates 20 years of EverQuest with a new objective line

Just because the big milestone anniversary this year is for EverQuest and not PlanetSide 2 doesn't mean that the latter title needs to be left out of the celebration. A new objective line has been added to the shooter giving players a chance to scour the face of the planet looking for collectible "shinies" scattered hither and yon....
All right, then.

Albion Online lays out its future roadmap with hideouts, hotspots, and customization

The Oberon update landed in Albion Online yesterday, along with news that the game is going free-to-play in just a few short weeks, but we're willing to bet money that no one has really cleared enough content in that update to say that they're done with it. It just got here, after all. But the developers...
Hooray, no shouting LFG for hours, that's enticing.

Anthem promises more loot changes and no more Forge loading screen in next week’s update

If you missed Anthem's developer livestream yesterday, you'll be forgiven; it's hard to find in between every dang site's constant barrage of Stadia news. Ahem. Anyway, it had a few tidbits worth noting! According to transcripts of the stream, BioWare is planning to roll out patch 1.0.4 next week if all goes well. It'll include fixes for several...

Perfect Ten: MMOs that set themselves up as spiritual successors

As with the larger video game market, sequels aren't unknown in the MMO space. We've seen studios take a stab at following up successful earlier efforts with follow-ups (such as Asheron's Call 2 or EverQuest II), and the modern trend of MMO-lites have produced sequels as well (just see The Division 2 or Destiny 2). But...

Superdata February 2019: EA’s Apex Legends and Anthem crushed it as Blizzard fumbled

If you were wondering exactly how Apex Legends stacks up against Fortnite since the former's debut earlier this year, SuperData's February 2019 global revenue report is where you want to point your eyeballs. EA's new shiny entered the PC list at #6, just behind Fortnite, and the console list at #4, just behind both Fortnite and...
I'm doing this why, exactly?

Vague Patch Notes: Finding motivation within MMOs

Here's a fun question to ask yourself when you're doing basically anything in an MMO: Why am I doing this? It's usually at once a very easy question to answer and a very difficult one. In one sense, for example, it's very easy to understand why you're in this Flashpoint in Star Wars: The Old Republic. In character terms, a...

RIFT’s eighth birthday celebrations are live today with Carnival of the Ascended

RIFT players are having a bit of a wild ride the last few weeks. First, Gamigo announced it was nuking the game's progression server, which had been running only since 2018 and never even made it past the first expansion. Then Gamigo confirmed that it's planning a battle pass, but it didn't tell anybody what's actually...

GDC 2019: Here’s how CCP’s 10,000 player battle tech demo went down

Developer CCP Games currently holds the world record for the largest PvP battle in gaming history, which was awarded in recognition of January 2018’s 6142-player Siege of 9-4 in EVE Online. The studio wants to push those numbers higher, and recently partnered with Hadean to put on an EVE-themed live demo of its Aether simulation engine...

Lady toons are finally in the current Star Citizen alpha test

Hellooooooo, ladies. I'm gonna set aside my rant about how I feel about online games that deprioritize female characters for years of testing and just get on with the fact that hey, they're here now in Star Citizen. In Star Citizen's alpha 3.5, that is, after quite a bit of delay, as they were meant to launch last year....
Teamwork!

Children of Ur and Eleven join forces to create the ultimate Glitch revival

The process of rebuilding the social and non-combat sandbox MMO Glitch has been a slow one. It's been one that attracted a deep well of talent, though, as multiple separate revival projects were in the works to bring the game back in a big way. Among them were Children of Ur and Eleven, both working separately to...

Pantheon delves into its philosophy of challenge in latest dev diary

What does it mean for a game to be challenging? That's the question that the Pantheon devs tackle in their latest dev diary. While many games choose to focus on technical challenge -- for example, testing players' reaction times or ability to input complex button combinations -- Pantheon is taking a different route, putting "less burden on nimble...

Project Gorgon opens microtransaction shop full of stuff you can’t use yet

Monetization is always a tricky topic in MMOs, especially when it comes to microtransactions, but that's just the territory that Project Gorgon devs are trying to navigate right now, as they've just opened up the first iteration of the Project Gorgon shop, and the current offerings are... interesting. As of this writing, there are three "Kickstarter-like" packages available for...
why would you do that

The Daily Grind: What’s the most jaw-droppingly absurd behavior you’ve seen in MMO group content?

Sometimes people do things that are dumb in MMOs. We know and accept this. Sometimes people think that dancing on a mailbox in World of Warcraft is still fine or Leeroy Jenkins jokes are still funny or whatever. Again, that's fine. And then sometimes you have your tank at level 120 and in decent gear stand in the obviously...

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