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Massively Overthinking: Revisiting sheep and wolves in MMOs

One of the meta discussions we've been having here on MOP this week has centered on PvP sandbox titles like Albion Online, specifically how Albion has made serious attempts to cater to non-PvP-oriented players to bring them into the gameworld - in fact, "synergizing" sheep and wolves has been one of the game's key philosophies for years,...

The Stream Team: Unraveling the mystery of AQ3D’s Arcangrove Tower

Massively OP's MJ has begun to unravel the mystery of the newly opened Arcangrove Tower in AQ3D, but she's suspecting that there's either a miscommunication or a setup! Will she exonerate the accused? Or must she mete out the prescribed justice and execute him? Join us live at 9:00 p.m. to continue the latest adventure. What: AdventureQuest 3D Who:...

Overwatch’s new role queue matchmaking system goes live on the PTS

In Overwatch, getting stuck with an imbalanced team can be rough, and good team composition can often make the difference between a hard-won victory and a crushing defeat. That's why the game is implementing the new role queue feature, which is now live on the public test server. Basically, the new role queue will require players to choose...

Monster Hunter: World celebrates a new sales record by handing out free stuff to players

While things in the world of Monster Hunter: World may have eased up a bit as the game prepares to launch its Iceborne expansion, it still appears to be selling like gangbusters. To wit, the game has officially hit 13 million units shipped worldwide, and that's cause enough to celebrate by giving players freebies. Those who log...
Do you have items, guy?

Blade & Soul outlines item changes arriving on July 24

The next patch for Blade & Soul is bringing some item changes when it arrives on July 24th, including the ability to send PvP items to other characters on your account. You'll need to re-seal weapons before sending them, since weapons are class-specific, but you can do that with Brilliant Sealing Charm Fragments, so players can help...
Sure, let's rip this off.

Z1 Battle Royale’s latest patch is adding in race cars

So maybe Z1 Battle Royale (formerly H1Z1, formerly King of the Kill, briefly known as High Lord Algernon Whipoorwill And His Amazing Whirlygig for some reason) doesn't have the most consistent tone, but you know what would help that? Race cars. In fact, why not add a whole mode of the game that's all about racing...

RIFT’s Summerfest 2019 drops surfboards, weapons skins, and masks

RIFT has not had the best run of things since Trion handed over the keys to Gamigo last year, from the premature end of its progression server to the mangled handling of the battle pass to the server merge and more recently the unsettling changeup of content cadence that seems to suggest the end...

PlanetSide 2 discusses the incoming DX11 PS4 update, the Mentor system on PTS, and a new social hub

A couple of days ago, the developers of PlanetSide 2 offered up a livestream that ran down some of the most recent matters for the MMOFPS, including new word on the DirectX 11 update for the game's PS4 version, the game's new Mentoring system, and an all-new Sanctuary social hub for players to hang out in should they...

A Tale in the Desert prepares for its ninth iteration

Aside from being a social/crafting MMO with absolutely no combat, A Tale in the Desert's biggest claim to fame is its sporadic reboot of the entire game. That's right, the studio performs a full wipe of all progress so that a new "Telling" may begin. The game's current eighth Telling began last year and is preparing to wind...
Cool, we'll meet the meat.

Fallout 76 promises quick fixes for the latest patch’s bugs ahead of Meat Week

So, the latest patch for Fallout 76 was... well, let's just charitably say that it had some major issues and leave it at that. Fortunately enough for players, Bethesda is well aware of the issues and has already pledged to quickly hotfix several bugs. The first should fix Legendary creatures not dropping Legendary loot, while the...

Warframe of Mind: TennoGen fosters player creativity and content, store now on Steam

With TennoCon 2019 in the rearview mirror, it's time for folks to buckle down and get back to work developing more awesomeness for Warframe. Oh, I'm not talking about Digital Extremes -- although with Empyrean and The Duviri Paradox, the devs certainly have plenty to do! No, I am talking about the player creators who...
THAT'S NOW HOW LAWS WORK

A lawsuit against Jagex for muting a player is thrown out in five days

Let's tell a story about one Amro Elansari, a player of RuneScape who was muted for undisclosed reasons (so almost certainly involving his being toxic to other players). Mr. Elansari filed a suit against the Chinese-owned UK company Jagex for this action in Pennsylvania court, arguing that the actions in question violated his constitutional right to free speech....

MMO Cartographer: Riders of Icarus is a very tame MMORPG

I have a few vices, and one of them is a mild to moderate obsession with game pets and mounts. I am pretty sure there’s a drug coming through the FDA pipeline for people like me, but in the meantime, there’s Riders of Icarus. It’s a Nexon MMO that can be played through the Nexon launcher or...

Starbase’s newest video provides a look at how to turn asteroid mining into money

The folks at Starbase have offered up yet another information-loaded look at gameplay in the galactic sandbox MMO, but this one's for all of us who like to nibble on rocks for relaxation, fun, and profit. Yes, it's all about mining. Not just any old mining, but the best kind of mining: space mining. Mining the asteroids of Starbase's...
Secrets?

Vague Patch Notes: Datamining, leaks, unforced errors, and messaging

So now that Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers has been released, basically everyone playing the game has completely forgotten that the expansion actually prompted some notable controversy before its release. Specifically because of, well, leaks from behind the scenes, datamining, and one notable case where the game itself accidentally spoiled a race reveal thanks to overzealous localization staff. People...

Torchlight Frontiers is hoping to keep you busy for a long, long time

On a recent episode of the Massively OP podcast, Bree and I both expressed how much we are looking forward to Torchlight Frontiers' release. When that day happens, we and all other hack-and-slash players are going to have a lot to do because Max Schaefer and his team at Echtra Games have laid out tons for us...
Hey, I duped that fair and square!

Fallout 76’s latest patch hit like an A-bomb (and not in a good way)

With an improved new player experience, balance changes, and better power armor, you would think that Fallout 76's latest patch would be received warmly by the community. Well it has, if by "warmly" you are angling for "red-hot tempers," because Patch 11 turned out to be the type of bug-riddled mess that is Bethesda's stock and...

World of Warcraft’s Classic global stress test delayed as Operation: Mechagon gets a difficulty nerf

If you were looking forward to jumping into the World of Warcraft Classic stress test next week, then I'm afraid I've got some bad news for you: Blizzard has announced that the game's Global Stress Test has been postponed until an unspecified date. According to the announcement post from Community Manager Kaivax, Blizzard has "reached the...

Daybreak filed for yet another studio trademark just a week ago

Last week, we covered some odd happenings over at the MMORPG company formerly known as SOE and now known as Daybreak, and today we've got a few more to add to the pile. Some backstory: In June, Daybreak filed for trademarks for Darkpaw Games and Rogue Planet Games, adding to the filing for Bronze Age Studios last year, which...
I would only play this with bots. So I don't play it.

The Daily Grind: How do you feel about bots in MMOs?

Let me be up-front with my own feelings: Bots are bad. Not robots, of course; we all know how I feel about robots. No, I'm talking about bots designed to automate playing an MMO in some way. Fishing bots in Final Fantasy XI? Bad. Skill-up bots in Ultima Online? Bad. If someone programmed a bot for

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