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“ARG” stands for “alternate reality game” or “augmented reality game.”

GDC Summer 2020: Creating kinder digital communities outside of online games

I don't know about the rest of you, but I've found that being familiar with online communities and tech has really helped me survive...

GDC Summer 2020: Accessibility shouldn’t be a dirty word in online gaming

I don't know about you readers, but one of the first things I always do when starting a game with voice acting (or movie)...
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GDC Summer 2020: How Astroneer’s crafting balances cognitive load for the player

Long time followers of Astroneer may recall that the game's early development crafting felt cute but incomplete. Despite the game already being in the...

GDC Summer 2020: Roblox, player-generated content, and the ‘metaverse’

Roblox VP of Product Deepak Chandrasekaran held a skill-building talk at GDC Summer 2020 this week titled Building the Metaverse through User...

GDC Summer 2020: Gachapon reward models in (mostly) free-to-play games

Let's be real: Some of the panel titles at GDC Summer 2020 are unintentionally misleading. For example, the "Evolution of Gacha Systems in...
PUNCH! YOUR FRIEND! PUNCH, PUNCH YOUR FRIEND!

GDC Summer 2020: Pokemon Go’s Niantic offers augmented reality design advice

I was really looking forward to Niantic's AR Game Design 101 panel at GDC Summer 2020 this week because for all my criticisms...

GDC Summer 2020: What online gaming can (and should) learn from social media’s trainwrecks

The circle is now complete: Social media has mastered skills MMOs and online games haven't, not that social media was paying much attention to...

GDC Summer 2020: Immersive multiplayer storytelling with Disney’s Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge

Prior to this whole virus thing, one thing that I was enjoying about MMOs was how they (along with ideas taken from social media)...

GDC Summer 2020: How Niantic adapted Pokemon Go gameplay in the time of COVID-19

GDC Summer 2020 is running all this week, and I'm, well, at home. But much like Pokemon Go, the convention adapted, and while...

Massively on the Go: Fun ideas for online play in Animal Crossing New Horizons

I love sandbox gameplay. I'm pretty sure a lot of you readers do too, which is probably why a good deal of us have...

Massively on the Go: Exploring Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Isle of Armor expansion

I knew from the website shown at the initial announcement that Pokemon Sword and Shield's first expansion, The Isle of Armor, would be...

Chaos Theory: Secret World Legend’s third anniversary and the 2020 MEGAversary event

Another year has come and gone. (Though we might be glad this one's over.) Secret World Legends, the reboot of the beloved

Massively on the Go: How social media and accessibility blew up Animal Crossing

By now you all know that Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a thing. A popular thing, one that's been invading your feeds,...

Massively on the Go: Animal Crossing’s housing islands from an MMO player’s perspective

One multiplayerish game that we've talked about a bit as the MOP team's been quarantined on the Golden Yacht is Animal Crossing: New...

The MOP Up: Grand Theft Auto Online mugs its players

Here's a perfect example of irony. Grand Theft Auto Online tempted players to log in this month with the promise of a free $500,000....

Massively on the Go: How Pokemon Go is improving without all the ‘go’

We've briefly covered some of Pokemon Go's new changes in light of recent non-fun viral events, and in today's Massively on the...

The Stream Team: Never leaving Neverwinter’s Neverdeath Graveyard

Massively OP's MJ is a big fan of cemeteries, so there is a chance she may never leave Neverwinter's Neverdeath Graveyard. Of course, she...
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Massively on the Go: Why MMO players will love Animal Crossing New Horizons

Some of you may have noticed that several staffers and fellow MassivelyOP readers noted that they were playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons last weekend....

Fortnite introduces rival spy factions in the Top Secret second season

Well, that whole ARG thing about agencies turned out to be an allusion to more than one secret spy network. Fortnite has...

Fortnite uses a globe-spanning ARG to tease Chapter 2 – Season 2

We already know that Epic Games likes to pull off big stunts when the seasons in Fortnite premiere, but this one is pretty...

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