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The Stream Team: Stuck in Guild Wars 2’s Secrets of the Obscure grind

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It was a case of close, but no cig... er, skyscale. Last week, Massively OP's MJ excitedly finished up all the achievements to get...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 458: PlanetSide 2 in limbo

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Justin and Bree discuss Daybreak selling PlanetSide, Nightingale's early access, Islands of Insight's launch, and NCsoft's financials with Guild Wars 2 and Throne & Liberty, with adventures in Elder Scrolls Online, LOTRO, City of Heroes, and SWG Legends, plus a mailbag topic on features we want to see in features for Amazon's LOTR and ZeniMax's Star Wars MMOs.

Guild Wars 2 Secrets of the Obscure: The Realm of Dreams episode launches February 27

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The third quarterly chunk of Guild Wars 2's Secrets of the Obscure finally has a name and a date: It's called The Realm of...

The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG’s graphics hold up long past their due?

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When Dark Age of Camelot first hit beta a million years ago, I remember being super impressed with its graphics. Up until that point,...

Classic Guild Wars just count six straight years of uninterrupted uptime

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One of the admirable hallmarks of ArenaNet's Guild Wars franchise is that the studio is able to deliver hotfixes, patches, and even expansions without...

Massively Overthinking: The last great year of the MMO genre

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I was randomly reading an article about shitposting when I came across a phrase that haunts me. The author referred to 2015 as "what...

Guild Wars 2 previews pre-launch updates to its class weapons proliferation

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Guild Wars 2 studio ArenaNet dropped a fresh dev blog last night on V-day to herald the impending launch of the game's new weapon...

The Stream Team: The final steps for a Guild Wars 2 Skyscale

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It has been a long road, but Massively OP's MJ is finally on the last steps to getting her very own skyscale in Guild...

NCsoft Q4 2023: Guild Wars 2 is a bright spot for NCsoft as Throne & Liberty stumbles

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NCsoft's Q4 2023 financials weren't the perk-up that investors surely wanted to see: The Korean gaming giant reported a 31% drop in revenues in...

NCsoft updates EULAs for Lineage II, Aion, and Blade & Soul as part of move to Purple

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At the top of February we reported on NCsoft's decision to migrate many of its MMOs to its bespoke Purple platform, specifically affecting Blade...

The MOP Up: Fae Farm launches a free demo

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Was Fae Farm too rich for you blood? Now you can check it out for free on Nintendo Switch or PC thanks to a...
I HAVE TO RENEW MY HOUSE COME ON

Vague Patch Notes: MMORPGs and the PC gaming market

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I find myself thinking a lot about the MMORPG industry lately and the ways in which the gaming industry as a whole has changed...

Massively Overthinking: When the original MMO is better than the sequel

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A few weeks ago, two lovely gamers I follow on Bluesky were discussing how let down they felt by Diablo IV, less because Diablo...
Just barely avoided this fate.

Perfect Ten: The MMO franchises that can’t count past two

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Back in the day, there was a running joke about how Capcom had shown with Street Fighter that the company could not count higher...

The Stream Team: Going gangbusters on Guild Wars 2’s Skywatch meta event

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It's back to Skywatch for Massively OP's MJ. Specifically, she's heading to Guild Wars 2's meta event there. Why? Because she learned last time...

Jeff Strain’s indie studio Crop Circle Games lays staff, reportedly without severance

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Back in 2022 we saw former ArenaNet and Undead Labs co-founder Jeff Strain open his own indie studio called Crop Circle Games with the...
Shocking!

The Daily Grind: Would you be interested in a Guild Wars 3?

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Have you ever noticed how every MMO franchise seems to get to exactly two numbered installments and then stops, at most? Guild Wars 2...

The Stream Team: Guild Wars 2’s Year of the Dragon

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Lunar New Year celebrations are always fun in Guild Wars 2, but there's something special when it is the Year of the Dragon! What's...

Guild Wars 2’s Lunar New Year Festival arrives alongside latest round of profession nerfs

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Happy class balance day, Guild Wars 2 players! Also happy lunar new year! Yes, the January 30th update this afternoon offers both tears and beers....

One Shot: Surveying my domain

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Good day, captain! Now that you've been beamed down by your mutinous crew and marooned on an ice planet, you might as well enjoy...

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