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The Daily Grind: Is it possible for an MMO to make you feel like a kid again?

Last month on /r/mmorpg, there was a thread about finding MMOs that will make you feel like a kid again. You can probably guess the kind of discussion that followed: There was a lot of the usual chatter about how you can never really go back again, that what you're looking for is a time not a place,...
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MMO Week in Review: Albion free-to-play, WoW Classic, EVEsterdam, and FFXIV Tokyo

'Twas another huge week for the MMO industry: Albion Online announced it's going free-to-play, Blizzard teased news for WoW Classic, Daybreak's Columbus Nova ties resurfaced, and CCP brought in nearly 4000 combatants for its EVE Aether Wars stunt just ahead of EVEsterdam, from which MOP's own Brendan Drain has been reporting. MOP's Eliot...

Wurm Online introduces new capture points in Hunt of the Ancients zones

As I understand the way Hunt of the Ancients (HotA) zones work in Wurm Online, the whole point is to capture four points. If you like that sort of thing in your PvP battles, then you're very likely going to love the new stuff that's been added in the latest patch. HotA zones will now also have neutral Battle...

The MOP Up: Ring of Elysium gives out free adventure passes

Ever eye an adventurer or season pass in a shooter but feel too cheap to buy it? Reader Pasha tipped us off that the battle royale Ring of Elysium is giving out free Season 3 Adventurer Passes and Season 2 portraits to players who complete a number of challenges in the game. This tropical-themed title came out last...

Jukebox Heroes: Rappelz’ soundtrack

When you cover a metric ton of MMOs and other related games professionally, it becomes an interesting task to keep them all straight in your head. A futile task, I should say, which is why it is helpful to have all of these titles categorized and hyperlinked so that we can look them up and recall which obscure game...

Old School RuneScape talks player behavior, improving PvP, and fixing old content in a Q&A

A beefy Q&A video from the devs of Old School RuneScape offered up an opportunity to discuss a variety of matters relevant to the sandbox MMORPG's community. Before taking questions from fans, several of the game mods offered some responses to comments spawned from a blog post made last week, elaborating further on the team's plans for...

Here’s a quick glimpse of Star Wars The Old Republic’s new guild heraldry and character preview tools

When 5.10.2: Heralds of Victory launches in Star Wars: The Old Republic next month, it'll drop some quality-of-life tweaks that were originally promised in the update before. Among those are guild heraldry and character preview pane. Dulfy's put together a pair of videos showing off exactly how they'll look in-game. Guild leaders will be able to...

EVEsterdam 2019: EVE players intercept Triglavian war plans

The EVE Online community was surprised recently when billboards across the game were hacked and displayed a threatening video from the Triglavian Collective, a twisted faction recently discovered in Abyssal Deadspace. That was just the first step in a much larger story that is rolling out live right now in EVE Online, and it's starting to get...

One Shots: Selfish selfies

Hey! Hey man, what do you think you're doing? You're a bleeding Division agent, all right? You're the thin line that holds back anarchistic chaos while gluing back together society! This isn't the time to go all tourist on us and start taking your picture with astronaut mannequins! Or maybe it is. If you find yourself in The Division...
It can later become unreal, of course.

The Daily Grind: When does an in-development MMO become real to you?

Call me a cranky old person if you wish, but a game goes from "nice idea and/or tech demo" to "actual MMO" when it's letting people play for extended periods on a regular basis and not before. There are so many MMOs we've seen over the years that post promising development blogs, early previews, and so forth... and then...

Make My MMO: Project Gorgon’s cash shop isn’t horsing around, Star Citizen’s playable female characters are finally here

This week week in MMO crowdfunding, beloved indie MMO Project Gorgon raised a few eyebrows this week by announcing a microtransaction cash shop that vends Kickstarter-like packages with horse mounts and other bits that aren't technically usable in-game just yet. While some folks are excited for this, given that they'd like to see something back for the money...

Legends of Aria launches its experimental server with a new death system

One of my favorite mental images when I see the word "experiment" is some mad goblinoid scientist poking at things they have no right poking. I'm pretty sure this won't apply to Legends of Aria's new experimental server, but it's still a fun picture, isn't it? Unless, of course, the devs let us play goblins in-game. Anyway, early access...

Bless Online previews the changes and additions of its upcoming balance update

It's been about five months since the release of Bless Online, and aside from some fairly minor adjustments here and there, class balance hasn't really been touched since. That changes this month, however, as the devs at Neowiz have announced that on March 27th the game will be receiving a major balance update featuring "numerous changes requested...

The Stream Team: Revisiting red drops after an ARK boot camp

While trying to storm a red drop on ARK's Extinction server, Massively OP's MJ and her team discovered that the army of dinos could not traverse the terrain well enough to get to battle. So the team devised new strategies to deploy its troop. Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. for boot camp and a revisit to red drops.

Guild Wars 2 wants to bring former players back to Tyria with new initiative

Every MMO player in existence has almost certainly, at one point or another, taken a break from a game and come back to it later only to be left wondering what the hell's even going on anymore. It can be an overwhelming experience, and it can put off even the most perseverant of players from returning to a game...
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FFXIV Fan Festival Tokyo 2019: Travel to the First with Hrothgar and Dancers

The third and final Final Fantasy XIV fan festival for Shadowbringers kicked off on Friday evening in by North American time schedules. We even liveblogged it! But some of you would prefer to read a summary rather than a stream-of-events format listing all of the things that were being shown off, so let's do the full recap to...

EVEsterdam 2019: EVE Online explorer visits every star system without being killed

When people say that EVE Online is a game that lets you make your own path, they aren't kidding. While CCP Games builds gameplay and maintains the New Eden star cluster, it's the stories of players doing extraordinary things in the sandbox that are always the most compelling. Sometimes that means thousands of players cramming into one star system...
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WRUP: New drinks served at your local bar edition

The Frosty MacMurphy: Take one part Scotch, one part eggnog, one part motor oil, and one part expired eggnog. Put all of that stuff in the garbage. Pour some vodka on the rocks and drink it, you idiot. The Sparking Maladjustment: Add two parts vodka to five thousand parts fruit juice. Put an umbrella in it. Add some glitter (edible...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO do you wish you had come to years ago?

It is really one of the more bittersweet of emotions that a gamer can feel: coming late to the party on something fantastic. On one hand, it's fantastic to make a discovery that a game you had overlooked -- or even actively ignored -- actually ends up being a great time. Having that "click" moment is so dang exciting. On...
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FFXIV Fan Festival Tokyo 2019: Liveblog of the opening keynote

Here we are at long last. If you're anything like me, you've been looking forward to this event since Final Fantasy XIV first delivered its opening keynote in Las Vegas last year. This is the last chance for the developers to get up on stage in front of fans and deliver the last big reveals about the Shadowbringers...

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