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Join the MMO blogging scene with Blaugust 2019

For a few years now, the advent of August doesn't just mean hot weather and a countdown to school days: It also means that Blaugust is back. Blaugust is an annual festival of blogging created by MMORPG blogger Belghast, who has taken it upon himself to rally and encourage writers to get their thoughts out for everyone to...

The Stream Team: Happy second birthday, Albion Online!

What's better than a first birthday? A second! Albion Online is celebrating its second year, and Massively OP's MJ is on hand to join in the festivities. Said festivities include buffs to use and gifts to get! Who doesn't want an anniversary banner house item and three colors of fireworks? For your presents, you must log into an existing...

Neverwinter’s Summer Festival launches tomorrow – bring your swimsuit and get ready to ride a snail

Black Desert isn't the only MMORPG bringing the summer fun with a themed event this month: Neverwinter is launching its own Summer Festival tomorrowday and running it straight on through August 8th. "The Summer Festival returns to Neverwinter! Gather under the sun to celebrate Sune, the goddess of beauty with events and rewards to satisfy your water balloon,...
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Sea of Thieves patches in Black Powder Runs with its latest update

Sometimes a ship's cargo can be theoretically volatile, but the treasures unearthed in the new content for Sea of Thieves are very literally volatile. Players are tasked with taking on a hunt for gunpowder kegs in the new Black Powder Runs, risking both interference from pirate skeletons and from other players with a cargo that has a...

Meadow developer Might & Delight announces a new unnamed online RPG

Last year, I hopped on our podcast to talk about an obscure but long-running and adorable MMO: Meadow. It's one of those games that leans more on the social space side of MMOs, as it's not the kind of place where you go to craft or fight mobs. In fact, you are yourself a mob, as you...
Celebration of whatever.

Fortnite patches in a new shotgun, floating islands, and a birthday event

If you're following the Save the World portion of Fortnite's latest patch notes, you'll see that there's a second birthday celebration running for the game in the patch, complete with a birthday-themed skin and quests. If you're more interested in the Battle Royale portion, of course, what's front and center is new tactical shotgun. No time for...

Champions Online’s new serial story continues with a city-wide search

In this, the bizarro timeline of the real world where Champions Online actually produces new playable content on a weekly basis, Cryptic pushed out the second part of the superhero MMO's serialized story for players to solve. And we mean "solve," because it sounds as though you'll be on a case to track down a mysterious foe: "Ladyhawke...

Co-op action RPG Killsquad is in early access and already topping Steam’s sale list

OARPG fans, it's been a good week for you, and it's gotten even better with the release of Killsquad. It's a co-op action RPG that just hit early access and has already rocketed to the top of Steam's global top seller list. Bounty hunter fans, this one's right up your alley. "Killsquad’s quick session-based gameplay means action is fast...

The Stream Team: Taking the Taris datacrons in SWTOR

Once again, Massively OP's Larry and MJ must venture into both Republic and Imperial territory in SWTOR to try to take all the datacrons. This time, they'll be on Taris. Can they manage to nab all nine, or will Larry get them too lost along the way? Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. for the latest installment of Datacron...

EVE Online is handing out skill points like candy and planning a second huge Aether Wars playtest

CCP Games has been pushing out so many promos and events for EVE Online the last few weeks that it's hard to even keep up. With barely time to breathe since this past weekend's comms blackout, the studio's now announced two more initiatives. First, there's the new "season of skills" promo, which essentially builds on the...

Desert Oasis: Taking a swing with Black Desert’s Tamer and her bō staff

When I first started playing Black Desert, it was because I wanted to play a Dark Knight. From her animations, armors, and that sweet giant knife of hers, the kriegsmesser. (And yes, it's actually a giant knife.) Her swings felt heavy and every strike had weight to it. I like these edgy "crawling-in-my-skin-these-wounds-they-will-not-heal" types. Ripping into enemies because...

Gamer-oriented ‘Gamer Goo’ lotion vows to ‘banish sweaty palms for good’

I didn't think it was possible to top game-branded Pop-Tarts or candles or bubble tea or Cheez-It, but I was wrong. Today, we got a press release for gamer lotion, and these people are all-in on how ridiculous it sounds. It's called - wait for it - Gamer Goo, and the company is marketing...
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Perfect Ten: How Final Fantasy XI shaped my MMO preferences forever

Your first experience with something has an outsized importance. This feels like one of those statements people really want to argue with sometimes but is also more or less undeniable. If your first interaction with a dog is with a black lab licking your face while you fall over and laugh, it's just going to lead to a different...

Persistent world VR MMO Neon Exile is slated for Steam early access this summer

So here's a brand-new MMO we'd never heard of until today, thanks to its feature on the SpatialOS blog: It's called Neon Exile, and Vancouver-based developer Mythical City calls it a "persistent VR MMO set in an open world" with an emphasis on player agency and storytelling that could potentially scale to "support hundreds or thousands of...

Star Citizen opens Patch 3.6 public testing to all backers and seeks feedback on quantum travel issues

Testing for the latest Star Citizen content update has made it next logical step forward as the game's PTS will now let backers of all tiers in to the new build and kick its tires, though testers might want to first pay close attention to quantum travel and note what they see. Features in this build include...
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Albion Online looks over the past year of development and improvements

The second anniversary of Albion Online has arrived, and... well, that in and of itself is significant, that's two years' worth of updates. The game has even started its celebration of that milestone by looking back over the past year of updates to the game, marking numerous improvements and changes including factional warfare, dynamic dungeon spawns, and...

Black Desert beats the heat with six weeks of Termian Waterpark festivities

I dunno about you folks, but where MOP is headquartered, we're on our third straight day of "extreme heat" warnings, bad enough for the township to cancel today's festival in the park. But it's OK because we have festivals inside video games! Water festivals! Yes, the Termian Waterpark has once again returned to Black Desert's PC version as...

Dauntless begins its latest season and opens up Trials in the Fortune and Glory update

It's time to earn your sassiest new pirating gear and run your way up the leaderboards for respect. The Fortune and Glory update for Dauntless went live as of yesterday, bringing along with it the features that were unveiled earlier this month to PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Most of the information here is the same as we...

Ashes of Creation is bringing back battle royale, demos mayoral caravans

Development continues apace on Ashes of Creation as the crowdfunded MMO creeps toward its Alpha One test. To help get there, Intrepid Studios said that it will be reactivating its Apocalypse battle royale test on August 20th to gather more feedback and test critical systems now that the team has had time to improve the game as...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO offering is filling your summer hours?

We're only now in the middle of July, but so far it feels as though summer 2019 has been a non-stop rollercoaster of great MMO patches, expansions, and events. The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr and Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers both enjoyed strong releases and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite came onto the scene rather abruptly. Then there are...

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