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Four Winds: Everything you need to know about Amazon’s Lost Ark

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Raise your hands if you've been eagerly waiting for Lost Ark. Now give me a high five because as announced earlier today, it's finally...

Four Winds: Exploring Swords of Legends Online’s mindblowing world

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Have you ever played a game knowing exactly what you're going to get, only for it to impress you because it did exactly that...

Four Winds: Final thoughts on Elyon’s first closed beta test

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Elyon's closed beta test came and went, and boy am I happy with what I played. It was unfortunate that the test fell on...

First impressions of Elyon’s western closed beta: Day one and a dungeon run

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I can't believe I'm actually playing Elyon on local servers. People have been excited for this game since it was called Ascent: Infinite Realm, and just...

Four Winds: Why are Asian MMOs monetized the way they are?

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Welcome to Four Winds, Massively OP's newest column, dedicated to Asian MMOs and the culture around it. As the resident Black Desert columnist, I'm...

Academics argue WHO’s ‘gaming disorder’ classification could cost South Korea billions

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Over the last couple of years, we've been covering the science behind gaming addiction and more specifically the World Health Organization's attempt to insert...

Academics argue WHO’s ‘gaming disorder’ is arbitrary, criticize lack of evidentiary transparency

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Researchers and self-regulatory bodies are continuing their denouncement of the World Health Organization's plan to classify "gaming addiction" as a "gaming disorder." The Entertainment...

Academics debate WHO ‘gaming disorder’ classification and global political implications

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Remember how the World Health Organization is angling to classify gaming addiction as a "gaming disorder"? Researchers and self-regulatory bodies have been pushing back...

No, exploitative gacha mechanics are not a good idea for western devs

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We've been talking about exploitative gacha games and related business models on Massively OP for a long time, most recently and notably in depth earlier...

Marvel Heroes super jumps over to South Korea

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Marvel Heroes has gone live today... in South Korea. Gazillion announced this morning that it's teamed up with Taiwanese cloud-gaming tech firm Ubitus, Inc. for...

Wizardry Online to sunset in Japan

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Hardcore perma-death MMORPG Wizardry Online just can't catch a break: MMO Culture reports today that the game is shutting down in Japan, five years...
Egi me on.

Leaderboard: Are you playing Blade & Soul?

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Blade & Soul formally launches in the west next week, with its headstart period for preorder buyers opening up today. MMORPG players talk a...

The Daily Grind: Would you try a pay-per-hour MMO model?

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Massively OP Kickstarter donor SoMuchMass offers an intriguing business model question for your consideration in this morning's Daily Grind: Would a pay-by-hour model work as a MMO...

Nexon, Smilegate top eastern revenue charts

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Last year was a very good year indeed for Nexon, which made $393M in revenue in 2014. However, Smilegate clambered up to second place...

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