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One Shots: Playing favorites

Oh sure, we all say that we're impartial and we love all our alts the same... but admit it, there is one race that...

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...
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...

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...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 229: Adventures in Albion Online

Justin, Samon, and Bree discuss Daybreak, the new LOTR MMO Amazon is co-developing, EVE Online's comms blackout, Caravan Stories, and City of Heroes, with a sponsored segment on Albion Online's Percival update.

One Shots: How to lose a staring contest

I suppose we all need to accept the new reality, which is that we're only starting to see the tsunami of Final Fantasy...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO suffers the most from powercreep?

Last month, an MOP reader named Swifty replied to our Daily Grind about the last MMO he'd quit by calling out EverQuest...

Guild Wars 2 brings back the World Boss Rush and a Halloween in July sale

There's no big patch in Guild Wars 2 today, but it looks as if ArenaNet has its eye on an event starting next...

Flameseeker Chronicles: Guild Wars 2’s Living World is a barrier to entry

I have really liked Guild Wars 2’s story in the last few years. Quite honestly, I wasn’t crazy about a lot of the...

Massively Overthinking: Do you even *like* MMO expansions?

This seems like an absurd question on its face, right? MMO players are supposed to like MMO expansions. They're progress. They're content. They're fresh...

The Stream Team: Celebrating with fireworks in Guild Wars 2’s Dragon Bash

It's a bit of a holiday in the states, full of fireworks and explosions (hopefully of just more fireworks!). Massively OP's MJ will be...
Weapon of Dogwhistles.

Guild Wars 2 offers players the chance to vote on the next competitive weapon set

Are you eager to name the new competitive weapon set in Guild Wars 2? Hey, you, wait a minute. The people designing...

Massively Overthinking: Always be achievin’ (in MMOs)

A while back, my husband and I were idly chatting about MMO achievements. Neither one of us is much of an achievement hunter, or...

Shake things up with Guild Wars 2’s skill-swapping Core Swap WvW event

ArenaNet will be bringing a touch of Highlander influence to Guild Wars 2's world-vs-world PvP battles at the beginning of July with...

Flameseeker Chronicles: A guide to Guild Wars 2’s revivified Dragon Bash

Dragon Bash is an event that first ran in Guild Wars 2 in 2013, less than a year after the game launched. It...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO has the most satisfying ‘massively’ content?

A while back, I saw a great thread on the MMORPG subreddit about "massive team PvP." The writer was looking specifically for games...

Massively Overthinking: The worst MMO cash shop trickery

Last week, games psychologist Jamie Madigan tweeted an underrated comment about how psychological tricks used in restaurant menu design are also found in...

Guild Wars 2 resurrects Dragon Bash events from June 25 to July 16

Surprise! Dragon Bash is returning to Guild Wars 2 next week. Even our columnists were stunned at this announcement, as the event
Misty.

Guild Wars 2 is removing language restrictions on linking worlds with the upcoming WvW restructure

30We don't mean to blow anyone's minds, but there are a few different languages spoken in the EU. At least three. This poses a...

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

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