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MMO Week in Review: E3 actually didn’t suck for MMOs this year

E3 2019 dominated the headlines this week, even for MMO players, which isn't always a given. We got news on Elder Scrolls Online's next DLC, Black Desert's PS4 launch, Phantasy Star Online 2's westward journey, Dauntless' record numbers, and Final Fantasy XIV's Shadowbringers trailer, plus Guild Wars 2 dropped its next big...

AdventureQuest 3D slaps you in the face (with dueling)

Can someone explain to me the appeal of dueling in MMOs? Does it step from a childhood steeped in Harry Potter's one-on-one confrontations? Is it a pleasant distraction while hanging out in town? Does it settle whose epeen is the greatest, once and for all? Or is it something else entirely? While I contemplate that question, you can try out...

The MOP Up: Project Torque revs back up for another race

Car racing MMOs have endured bumpy runs in the genre, including the late Project Torque (also called Level R and HEAT Online). Torque ran from 2006 through 2014, after which it was quietly taken offline. Offline, that is, until now. A bunch of fans are attempting to resurrect the racing game as an emulator with what seems like...

MMOs You’ve Never Heard Of: World of Dragon Nest, Echo of Soul RED, and Dawn of Isles

Welcome back to another quick roundup of MMOs and MMO-adjacent titles you've probably never heard of (or at least have entirely forgotten about!). First up: World of Dragon Nest. MMO Culture reports that Nexon's Thai branch is working with Eyedentity Games' Actozsoft to publish the game in the region. I had forgotten this game existed; apparently it was originally...

Jukebox Heroes: The best of vanilla World of Warcraft’s soundtrack

With half the MMO community in a frenzy about the coming of World of Warcraft Classic this summer, many a gamer's mind has turned back to ye olde dayz of vanilla WoW and the memories from the first go-around of that era of the game. Other than playing the beta itself, there are few more sure ways of yanking...

Here’s what Steam’s new Library overhaul is going to look like

It's been hard to gauge whether Valve is feeling any pressure from the likes of Epic and Discord when it comes to its Steam presentation, but regardless, the company is working on enhancements for the platform's app all the same. In a new post this week aimed at developers, Valve showcases exactly what the new Library panel's going...

One Shots: Deep diving

Can't say that I approve of the flagrant disregard for deep diving safety protocols that are on display in our spotlight picture from Final Fantasy XIV, but at least reader Frank knows how to grab an arresting screenshot when the situation calls for it. Glug glug. "Diving a thousand thousand fathoms below the surface of the Ruby Sea, Axelay...
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The Daily Grind: Do you check out sunsetting MMOs on their last days of operation?

I've never played Worlds Adrift, and in the near future I will never be able to do so. Despite this fact, I'm in no particular rush to try the game out before it shuts down. It definitely had some interesting ideas, but it spent so long with open PvP as the only option that any interest in the game...

Make My MMO: Temtem’s alpha, Destiny’s Sword Kickstarter midpoint

Last year's big crowdfunded MMO of the year, Temtem, officially rolled into alpha 0.2 this week, boasting "character customization, trading, new battle mechanics, minimap, new Temtem, new techniques," and an economy reset to boot. Destiny's Sword's Kickstarter is marching along as well; the game has raised half of its $22K ask to date. Meanwhile, Dual Universe...

Battle Bards Episode 146: More vocals

In another theme sequel, the Battle Bards return to the notion of vocal tracks in MMORPGs. Does singing hold a special place in online games, or is it immersion breaking? In some cases, it can be both. Join Syl, Steff, and Syp for a romp through a widely diverse array of sung tunes — and beware the pigs!

Warframe dares you to pop its boil in Operation Plague Star

It's ooey. It's squishy. And it's just begging to be lanced by expert boil poppers. If you have the stomach for it, you might want to jump into a reprise of Warframe's Operation: Plague Star, which is running from now through June 26th. "The infested boil that once threatened the Plains has grown back, uglier and more putrid...

The Stream Team: Building a better PixARK base

Massively OP's MJ needs to take a breather from breeding (dinos, folks, breeding dinos!), so she's going to focus on building a better base. There are many improvements and renovations she has in mind for her hodgepodge abode, and she just discovered the many other building styles and decorations she has to look forward to. Can MJ come up...

LOTRO Legendarium: The bounty of adventuring options in Lord of the Rings Online

I can't recall the last time I felt pulled in two different directions in an MMORPG, but over the past couple of weeks, Lord of the Rings Online has done just that to me. First, Update 24: Vales of Anduin arrived (rather abruptly, I thought) and gave us a new zone and plenty of content to chew...
Time is on my side, after a fashion.

WRUP: How to say hello edition

When coming back home from work: "Honey, I'm home!" When coming back home from work but you are not married and live alone: "Honey, I'm home!" When coming into work after a night of being alone at your residence: "Not-honey, I'm not home!" When seeing an old friend you haven't seen for many years: "Hey, Brandon, I know you're upset about going...
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Final Fantasy XIV’s last pre-Shadowbringers live letter discusses crafting adjustments and a deep well of spoilers

Fear not, spoiler-averse Final Fantasy XIV fans, the last pre-expansion live letter was not replete with spoilers. In fact, it actually didn't show a lot of things just because apparently so many parts of the expansion just can't help but be massive spoilers. It's why the dungeon preview video that started the letter was particularly short (showing off...

The Daily Grind: What is your favorite MMO enemy faction and why?

One of the more bits of brilliant design in City of Heroes is that there is such a diverse and distinct array of enemy factions. Over the course of the game, you really do get a feel for each group's "personality," and at least in my case, I became affectionate toward some of them. I guess when you...

The Stream Team: Plowing through Warframe’s planetary missions

The Second Dream packed quite a punch, and now Massively OP's MJ is even hungrier for more Warframe story missions! However, The War Within is just out of reach: She needs to work her way through both Neptune and Pluto to open the Sedna junction first. Join us live at 8:00 p.m. as MJ tries to make it across...
There's a thing with this game and redheads, huh?

Betawatch: It’s a Crowfall sort of week in alpha-beta-land

Considering that this past week was the fabled E3 week, you might have expected something else to just keep throwing out beta updates, but between item rewards, food, and warfare imbalances? Crowfall just would not drop out of the news cycle in the beta sphere. Good for you, Crowfall! Seriously, none of it is bad news, so...

Lineage 2: Revolution releases new battle royale mode with its latest update

Be the last person standing. Fight against the most dangerous prey. Try to stifle your yawning. Yep, it's battle royale, and it has arrived to Lineage 2: Revolution with the most recent update to the mobile MMOARPG. Battle royale in Lineage 2: Revolution looks like this: Up to 25 players face off, selecting from one of four pre-built characters...

Chronicles of Spellborn’s rogue server releases a new update and a new launcher

The rogue server for Chronicles of Spellborn has made a pretty significant update today. Not necessarily in the form of its latest bug-fixing patch, though that's certainly nice to know, but in the form of an all-new launcher that will make keeping the emulated MMO updated a whole lot simpler. This new launcher features automatic patching of new builds...

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