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Massively Overthinking: Are there any ‘blue oceans’ left in the MMO market?

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Level Up Labs' Lars Doucet recently penned a blog post practically begging people not to try to compete with ROBLOX by remaking it as...
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MOP’s quick and dirty guide to finding the perfect MMORPG for your tastes

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Probably one of the most commonly asked questions both here on Massively OP and in various MMORPG discussions everywhere else too is simply, "What...

A Tale in the Desert starts its tenth ‘telling’ since 2003 today

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Seasons come and seasons go, and no MMO knows this better than A Tale in the Desert. Ever since the non-combat, crafting-centric game went...
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Combatless MMORPG A Tale in the Desert reboots later this month

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A Tale in the Desert, which MUD creator Richard Bartle called the "most innovative MMO from the last decade," is starting all over. Yet...

The Game Archaeologist’s ultimate MMO archives v4.0

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By far, my favorite column to write here at Massively OP (and the one that always takes the longest) is The Game Archaeologist. I've...

Battle Bards Episode 181: Around the world

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Stuck at home? Denied a vacation this year? The Battle Bards are here to help! In seven songs, the cross-continental crew travel all around...

Massively Overthinking: No-thank-you bites in MMO gaming

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One of the things I always try to have my kids do is take a no-thank-you bite of new foods. They have to at...

The Game Archaeologist’s ultimate MMO archives v3.0

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Behind history are people and stories, some of them well-known and some of them obscure. It has been my mission in The Game Archaeologist...
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A Tale in the Desert begins its ninth Telling today

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It's time to open a new chapter for A Tale in the Desert when the game kicks off its ninth Telling today. Yes, everything is...

Here’s what’s coming with A Tale in the Desert’s 9th telling at the end of August

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The Egyptian-themed crafting game A Tale in the Desert is currently winding down its eighth "Telling," with the final weeks offered for free to...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 230: A tale of geeks and gamers (and the Legends of Aria interview)

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Justin and Bree are joined by Legends of Aria's Derek Brinkmann for a deep-dive into the launch patch, plus we discuss Villagers & Heroes, SWTOR, Neverwinter, DCUO, and WoW, with a mailbag topic about City of Heroes' spiritual successors.

The Daily Grind: Has a free trial ever convinced you to buy an MMO?

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Many years ago when my guild was between home games, we decided to conduct a little experiment to entertain ourselves while we waited for...

A Tale in the Desert prepares for its ninth iteration

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Aside from being a social/crafting MMO with absolutely no combat, A Tale in the Desert's biggest claim to fame is its sporadic reboot of...
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The Game Archaeologist’s ultimate MMO archives v2.0

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While The Game Archaeologist columns take up the most time of any project I do here at Massively OP, I absolutely love doing them...

The Game Archaeologist: Raph Koster on MUDs and Privateer Online

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The release of Raph Koster's monster book of game essays, Postmortems, was of high interest to Bree and me for different reasons. For her,...

The Game Archaeologist: A Tale in the Desert

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Once asked what he thought was the most innovative MMO from the last decade, Dr. Richard Bartle, the creator of MUD, gave a succinct answer: "A...

Global Chat: Avoiding MMO activities

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Have you ever noticed that you play it way too safe in your MMOs, especially when it comes to interacting (or not) with others? Aywren...

A Tale in the Desert has launched its eighth Telling since 2003

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Last summer, we included classic sandbox A Tale in the Desert in our Whatever Happened To column as one of those games that had...

Raph Koster on MMO ecosystems, the balance of power, and tennis

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Most MMORPGs have the core sandbox problem: Whoever gets there first, controls all the toys and has the power to drive everyone else away....

Whatever happened to PlanetSide 2, A Tale in the Desert, and Istaria?

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Ever pause during your day and find yourself wondering, "What ever happened to that game?" With hundreds upon hundreds of online titles these days, it's surprisingly...

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