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‘Buy-to-play’ is a term that refers to games that have box or download fees associated with them but do not incur a mandatory subscription. Some have optional subscriptions and are more properly referred to as hybrid B2P. Most have cash shops and microtransactions.

Jukebox Heroes: Exploring World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth’s patch music

One of my favorite modern trends of MMORPGs is that studios are no longer saving the entirety of a soundtrack for the base game or expansion releases. Oh sure, those usually get a great album push -- especially if it's one of the bigger games -- but for a while now, many studios have also been releasing new music on a steady basis with significant content patches.

Bungie partners with shoe brand to release $140 Destiny 2 boots, sure why not

Let's be honest, Destiny 2 makes some very weird merchandising choices, whether it's Pop-Tarts, energy drinks, or scented candles. By comparison,...

ArcheAge Unchained delays Steam, beholds mighty queues during launch rollout

Gamigo's touting it as a "successful launch," but ArcheAge Unchained's slow rollout yesterday was more like a typical MMO launch, beset by...

Elder Scrolls Online previews Dragonhold’s drama and destinations

Elder Scrolls Online's Dragonhold DLC is less than a week away now on PC, and for those who are curious - maybe...
It knows you sinned.

Massively OP Podcast Episode 242: And then Blizzard said, ‘Hold my beer’

Justin, Bree, and Eliot discuss the Blizzard boytcott and fiasco, the Daybreak layoffs, Shroud of the Avatar's sell-off, the Guild Wars 2 hacker piece, and a few happier stories too.

Destiny 2 accidentally confirms the return of the Haunted Forest Halloween activity

Maybe it was an accident of programming, or maybe it was a little intentional tease of what's to come. Whatever the case may be,...

Guild Wars 2’s Shadow of the Mad King has returned once again through November 5

It's Halloween time in Guild Wars 2 as of today, as Shadows of the Mad King has returned as promised. The gameworld...

Flameseeker Chronicles: Is it time for Guild Wars 3?

Earlier this month, ArenaNet announced that President Mike O’Brien, former game director on both the original Guild Wars and Guild Wars...
We also like making you get dumb things!

The Daily Grind: Where do you go to get your World of Warcraft fix?

Following last week's nasty Blizzard Hong Kong mess, many players publicly stepped away from the studio and its games, in some cases deleting...

The MOP Up: Star Trek Online’s thorny patrol

Cryptic is really hot to trot with Star Trek Online's new patrol system, and this past week the studio highlighted the third new one:...

One Shots: Bring me a shrubbery!

When has something as mundane and nondescript as a bush ever been a helpful hero? And when have we ever featured a MapleStory...
Let us pray.

The Daily Grind: Are there MMOs you’ve wanted to quit, but you couldn’t?

Very few of us are in a situation wherein large men are perched behind us claiming that something horrible will happen to our loved...

Destiny 2 kicks off Nightmare Hunts, tweaks 3v3 matchmaking, and counts PC as its biggest platform

Destiny 2 has had a pretty big few days on account of its Shadowkeep launch, so naturally things will keep on changing and...

Global Chat: One MMO gamer is trying to finish Fallen Earth before it’s gone

When you know that your beloved MMORPG is about to be shut down, what do you do? If you're the blog 24 Hours...

Guild Wars 2 studio ArenaNet chased the 2016 Gaile Gray account hacker all the way to Germany – and lost

Back in 2016, MassivelyOP covered an odd story about the Guild Wars franchise and a hack that seemingly involved the account of then-ArenaNet...

Perfect Ten: Kickstarter MMOs that raised the most money

The rise of crowdfunding in the mid-2010s swept a large wave of MMORPGs our way that might never have happened otherwise. For a while...

Tamriel Infinium: Which province will The Elder Scrolls Online explore in 2020?

As the Season of the Dragon begins to wrap up for The Elder Scrolls Online, community speculation has begun to turn to what...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 241: The MMO industry reshuffles its deck

Justin and Bree are joined by Gamigo's Merv Lee Kwai aka Khrolan for a sponsored interview on ArcheAge Unchained, plus news on Guild Wars 2, Funcom's Tencent investment, Red Dead Online on PC, Raph Koster's new MMORPG, and adventures in WoW and City of Heroes.

Guild Wars 2’s Shadow of the Mad King Halloween festivities return October 15

Look, folks, as far as I'm concerned, Halloween season started September 1st. My porch pumpkins went up the instant August ended. So figure that...
We should really go somewhere specific.

Elder Scrolls Online’s Dragonhold DLC launches October 21 on PC, but the prologue questline is live now

We are barreling on to Elder Scrolls Online's last big DLC of 2019, Dragonhold, and as of today, we have an official date...

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