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The Game Archaeologist’s ultimate MMO archives v3.0

Behind history are people and stories, some of them well-known and some of them obscure. It has been my mission in The Game...

Ask Mo: The hits and misses of MassivelyOP’s 2019 predictions

The day has come: the day when we look back at last year's predictions for this year and see how we did. Yep,...

The Daily Grind: What was the best new zone added to an MMO in 2019?

Thanks to MOP reader Agemyth's suggestion way back in 2016, we’ve been debating the best new zone added to an MMO for the...

Massively Overthinking: Our favorite MMO stories of 2019

Earlier this week, we granted our formal award for the biggest MMO story of the year. But biggest doesn't necessarily mean best or most...
Set sail, etc.

Perfect Ten: The healthiest live MMOs at the end of 2019

Everyone is healthy! Good news! Every game is super healthy and absolutely no one has a terminal playerbase disease that may result in the...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 250: Blue Mage Christmas

Justin and Bree discuss FFXIV, LOTRO, Guild Wars 2, ArcheAge Unchained, Temtem, Crowfall, Dual Universe, Elder Scrolls Online, plus the site awards, with mailbag topics on MMO controls and meaningful choices.
Ring-a-ding.

Guild Wars 2’s Wintersday arrives on December 17

Deck the halls with tiny golems, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la. Yes, Wintersday is arriving in Guild Wars 2 once again on December 17th, bringing all...

Flameseeker Chronicles: Guild Wars 2’s 2019 year in review, from the layoffs to Icebrood

It’s no secret that 2019 was a rough year for Guild Wars 2. There were some bright spots in there as well, however,...

The Daily Grind: How much do you mind loading screens in MMOs?

Maybe I'm showing my old-school nature here, but loading screens don't bother me all that much. I cut my MMO teeth on games like...
stuff

Global Chat: Crafting is just the worst, Britta!

Advance warning: If you like crafting in MMOs, then you best not read the latest post from Contains Moderate Peril, who is not...

Massively Overthinking: The best and worst MMO developer quotes of 2019

It's long-since become a multi-year and fun tradition on Massively OP to do an end-of-year recap of the best and worst...

Guild Wars 2 players are pretty bummed about this week’s fall damage trait nerf

When ArenaNet dropped Guild Wars 2's skill balancing update earlier this week, one change went a bit overlooked by a lot of observers:...

The Daily Grind: Do you ever pick a human skin tone other than your own in MMOs?

If we may tread lightly around the topic of race this morning, I'd like to ask an honest question to elicit honest answers. Assuming...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 249: Houses and Ponies Online

Justin and Bree discuss EverQuest, EverQuest II, Trove, Guild Wars 2, Book of Travels, Star Citizen, and LOTRO, with mailbag topics on temporary hardcore MMO servers and PvE vs. PvP sandboxes.

Guild Wars 2’s skill balancing update is live with weapon swap, dynamic HUD, and… capes

The latest Guild Wars 2 patch is officially upon us. As we noted yesterday, players players can expect multiple quality-of-life tweaks to...

The Daily Grind: Do you ever play MMOs in synergistic pairs?

I've noticed a pattern in my MMO play the last year or so. Ever since jumping into Star Wars Galaxies Legends last year,...

Massively Uplifting: MMO fundraisers, GW2 raid class, and saving trees and cats

Being grateful isn't relegated to just one month, but November is when many people -and gamers - double-down on the things they are thankful...

Fight or Kite: Archeage Unchained’s leveling PvP is a test of resolve and avoidance

Welcome back everyone! For those of us in the US, the Monday after our Thanksgiving holiday can be a brutal one. Sleeping in (getting...
This is fine.

Tomorrow’s Guild Wars 2 balance update grants weapon-swap to Elementalists and Engineers

So here's a fun thing that got utterly buried by the Thanksgiving holiday: Guild Wars 2 is dropping a lovely skill and balance...

One Shots: We are all bullies

Let us face the sad, sobering truth of our MMORPG experiences today. While we may like to think that we are noble heroes saving...

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