b2p

‘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.

My expectations weren't that I would be jumping into this right away, but...

The Soapbox: No, the MMO genre is not dead – but it could use a little positivity

One of my favorite idioms is "dead as a doornail." It always reminds me of the time I got sent out of my 10th...

Bungie’s weekly update touches on Destiny 2’s Armor 2.0, cross save, and ‘Dresstiny’

When you look good, you feel good, and no more is that true than playing dress-up with your favorite MMO avatar. The folks at...

Massively Overthinking: The first 10 minutes of an MMO

So here's the thing about Elder Scrolls games: Most of them start out with the same hook. From Morrowind to Oblivion to Skyrim, you...
leave my dagron alone

Legends of Aria explains the new professions system it launched with Steam early access

Still fresh off its Steam early access launch last week, Legends of Aria has posted a new dev blog all about the...

Guild Wars 2 players raise eyebrows over new cash shop sword similar to one found in Gamigo MMO RIFT

Guild Wars 2 dropped a new cosmetic sword in the cash shop this week that's caused a ripple of fuss on the...

Fight or Kite: Guild Wars 2’s best PvP mode isn’t what you think it is – it’s minigames

One could certainly argue that Guild Wars 2’s primary focus is that of a PvE, story driven game. Hell, I’d make that argument....

Destiny 2 talks sustainable development, cheese content, and monetization

One of the prevailing assumptions that came to many minds when Bungie decided to go "indie" was that communications between the devs and...
but your acronym

Guild Wars 2 players organize a raiding tourney for August 24

Seeing player-run tourneys in Guild Wars 2 isn't exactly unusual, but this one is something a fair bit different. On August 24th, six...
Just play along.

Guild Wars 2 tweaks skills and Fractals while adding in a 2v2 map

It's two teams of two facing off in the latest addition to Guild Wars 2 via patch: The latest update adds a...

Guild Wars 2’s seventh anniversary gifts are being wrapped for you

What's the oldest character you have on Guild Wars 2? That's a more pertinent question than in other MMORPGs, as elderly characters benefit...

The Daily Grind: Is the MMO genre dead or dying – or something else entirely?

PC Gamer made waves across the MMO genre this week with an article provocatively titled "For MMO diehards, there's only one conversation: is...
leave my dagron alone

The Elder Scrolls Online’s Scalebreaker DLC is officially live for PC and Mac players

Dragons, right? What is their deal? You can find out today in the newest DLC for The Elder Scrolls Online. Scalebreaker is...

First impressions of Elder Scrolls Online’s Moongrave Fane dungeon, launching with Scalebreaker today

Moongrave Fane is the name of an ancient Khajiit temple ruin - and it's also one of the dungeons releasing with The Elder...

One Shots: The secret life of NPCs

What goes on with NPCs when you're not looking? Egocentric adventurers think that they're sitting around, sharpening blades, and preparing their spellbooks for encounters,...

Battle Bards Episode 150: The great plains

It may not be the most sexy or exotic of biomes, but plains tend to pop up in pretty much every MMORPG — and...
A whole new wait, no, not doing this song, never mind.

The Daily Grind: How should MMOs handle flying mounts in future content?

A couple of weeks ago on the Massively OP Podcast, Justin and I derailed into a discussion about flight in MMOs and how...
Sir.

Elder Scrolls Online is offering free sub access and perks for everyone until Tuesday

Moonsugar? No... no moonsugar here. Just some Elder Scrolls Online. Yep, if you've ever wanted to know what the paying customers in ESO get...

Massively Overthinking: Morality and compelling choices in MMOs

The most recent episode of The Psychology of Video Games podcast touches on a subject we don't tackle very much: moral choices. It's...

The Enclave Interstellar Initiative wraps up in Elite: Dangerous

The latest Elite: Dangerous Interstellar Initiative, which are those strings of in-game events that end up with some sort of promised galaxy-affecting change,...

Elder Scrolls Online’s Elsweyr soundtrack and dragon dungeon walkthrough

Just how exceedingly foolish -- or monumentally brave -- do you have to be to willingly venture into the lair of a fussy dragon?...

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