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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.

Guild Wars 2 preps tournament week, while community website Dulfy.net disappears

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Guild Wars 2's PvP scene is a lot like hanging out at the pool. Some players are content to sit on the sidelines,...

Perfect Ten: 10 tools MMOs use to tell stories

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While some players like to rebel against the notion that MMORPGs are storytelling experiencies, that narrative is exactly why I show up to these...

Elite: Dangerous elaborates on how Odyssey moves careers and missions to NPCs, stations, and settlements

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Most of the time, getting a mission in Elite: Dangerous involved docking into a spaceport and navigating a UI from the seat of...

The Stream Team: Avenging dragons in Guild Wars 2

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Have you heard of Guild Wars 2-sday? Well now you have! Massively OP's MJ has decided that it's the perfect day to continue her...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 290: African expedition

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Justin and Bree discuss Ultima Online New Legacy, Phantasy Star Online 2's New Genesis, LOTRO's new class, WoW and BlizzConline, The Wagadu Chronicles, and Secret World Legends, with adventures in WoW, Guild Wars, and City of Heroes, plus mailbag topics on representation in MMOs and favorite jumping puzzles.

Global Chat: Why is LOTRO charging for its fall update?

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Roger over at Contains Moderate Peril recently ducked into the upcoming DLC for Lord of the Rings Online to see what it contained...

Elite: Dangerous makes the Horizons expansion part of its base edition in October

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The base game of Elite: Dangerous has just gotten a little more interesting for those who didn't buy in to the Horizons expansion...

The Daily Grind: What MMO has the best login screen?

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You might think this is a trivial thing, but I heartily disagree, and all I have to do is point to a login screen...

The Stream Team: Delving Elder Scrolls Online’s Skyrim and finding lost treasures

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In Elder Scrolls Online, you can delve into dungeons, or you can delve into delves. ESO's current Western Skyrim event has three options, and...

One Shots: Amnesia and shipwrecks at level one

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Utakata's shot of a "quiet earth" in Blade and Soul here is not from the starting area (I'm assuming!), but it definitely makes...

The Game Archaeologist: The short ride of Auto Assault

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When you think of post-apocalyptic video games, what comes to mind? Most likely it's a crawl through a bombed-out or zombiefied landscape as you...

Guild Wars 2 fractal event seeks to bond the community together

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Fractals: Either you get them or you don't. Either you do them or you don't. Either you flunk out of fourth grade math or...

Massively Overthinking: MMO voids that haven’t been filled

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I swear, so many of the posts I bookmark on Reddit to muse on later wind up deleted, and today I've got another one,...

Not So Massively Roundup: Destiny 2, Spellbreak, Vigor, Valorant, Frostpoint, Shadow Arena, and PUBG’s BLACKPINK collab

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Welcome to a quick roundup of some news from the Not-So-Massively world! Destiny 2: Bungie posted a trailer and a detailed dev blog on...
Dig?

The Elder Scrolls Online starts the collective countdown for the Lost Treasures of Skyrim

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No one ever seems to have much interest in uncovering found treasures. That is probably explained by the premise, really; once the treasure isĀ found,...
We should really go somewhere specific.

Massively OP Podcast Episode 289: Microsoft and Bethesda sitting in a tree

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Justin and Bree discuss Microsoft's acquisition of ZeniMax and Bethsoft, Fallout 76, Conan Exiles, Elder Scrolls Online, Echo of Soul, Phantasy Star Online 2, Final Fantasy XVI, and Crowfall, with adventures in WoW and SWG Legends, plus a mailbag topic on FOMO marketing tactics in MMOs.

Dungeons and Dragons Online postpones its level cap increase

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In a year of many game and project delays, one more isn't surprising -- even though it isn't welcome to hear. So bad news,...

Destiny 2 outlines customizable Ghost boons arriving with Beyond Light

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Most Destiny 2 players are familiar with their Ghost, the helpful little robot friend that mostly helps players respawn when they die and...

Microsoft just bought ZeniMax, Bethsoft, and Elder Scrolls Online’s ZOS for $7.5B

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Here's your Monday bombshell: Microsoft announced this morning that it has acquired ZeniMax Media - and therefore Bethesda Softworks and ZeniMax Online Studios and...

The MOP Up: Razer accidentally exposes 100,000 consumer accounts

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Razer, a popular provider of gaming hardware, joined the notorious list of companies that accidentally exposed their consumer's personal information to the world. While...

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