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Major gaming studio, responsible for World of Warcraft and the Warcraft franchise, Diablo III and the Diablo franchise, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and Overwatch.

World of Warcraft hints at delving deeper into Shadowlands in 2021

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I can't be the only person wondering about what World of Warcraft has up its sleeve for 2021. Now that Shadowlands is...

The MOP Up: Valorant welcomes Yoru to the roster

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With the new character of Yoru joining up in Patch 2.0, Valorant's getting more interesting by the day. The team's also helping

Jukebox Heroes: The best of Dream of Magic Online’s soundtrack

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One of the smaller resolutions that I'm striving to accomplish in 2021 is to attempt to pump out a new Jukebox Heroes column...

One Shots: The magical land of candy

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We would all like to think that, given the opportunity, we would be brave adventurers in fantasy lands, venturing forth to slay dragons and...

LOTRO Legendarium: It’s long past time to delete legendary items from Lord of the Rings Online

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Mines of Moria was easily the most ambitious expansion that Lord of the Rings Online created. Not only did it implement the...

The Daily Grind: Are you an MMO class crusader?

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The other night I was running a PUG in World of Warcraft (I'm a masochist, what can I say?), and I ended up...

PlanetSide 2 boss Andy Sites announces his departure and Rogue Planet successors

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Here's a huge Friday bummer for PlanetSide 2 fans: You're losing your much-loved lead dev. Executive Producer and Head of Rogue Planet Games Andy...
Give me hope that help is coming when I need it most.

Vague Patch Notes: In defense of easy fun, in MMOs and elsewhere

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I don't play video games to be challenged. I play them to have fun. This isn't to say that these are inherently separate propositions. People...

Blizzard prepares to roll out a major Battle.net upgrade

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The biggest upgrade to Battle.net in a long time is on the cusp of coming to players' screens everywhere. For those of you...

Overwatch celebrates its new Kanezaka map with a player challenge and community tourney

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Overwatch is very keen on letting people know that there's a new deathmatch map added to the game. Just in case it slipped...

MMO Business Roundup: ESA’s PAC, mail criming, Steam by the numbers, and Blizzard charity

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Welcome back to another quick roundup of MMO- and MMO-adjacent industry news in our first MMO Business Roundup of 2021! The ESA: The Entertainment...
Get back.

WoW Factor: The Shadowlands gameplay loop problem

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A friend and I were discussing World of Warcraft the other night, which is something we do fairly often. This is especially relevant for...
No, the rest of your party is not your pet.

World of Warcraft kicks off the Beasts of Prodigum event in Torghast

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There's already a fair amount of randomness in Torghast runs in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, but the new Beasts of Prodigum event adds a...
A journey into complexity.

Perfect Ten: The 10 tiers of MMO system complexity

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MMOs can be complicated things, as I am pretty sure we have discussed on multiple occasions now. There are no known means to prevent...
We're a team, let's fight like one.

Massively OP Podcast Episode 304: League of MMORPGs

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Justin and Bree discuss Riot's new MMO, RuneScape, Neverwinter, Crowfall, and Path of Exile, with adventures in Warhammer Online, World of Warcraft, Torchlight II, and SWG Legends, plus mailbag topics on losing hype and legal complexity in MMOs.

The Daily Grind: Which game made the biggest contribution to killing MMORPGs in 2020?

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Here's a sobering but fun tradition we've done at the top of the year ever since MOP commenter deekay suggested it back in
There is actually quite a lot of this.

Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV’s community is better – and worse – than you think

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If you are not actually playing Final Fantasy XIV, you probably have an impression of the community for this game being an amazing...

The MOP Up: Red Dead Online gives free haircuts and booze to all

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It's a new year, pard'ners, and that deserves a round of drinks. And haircuts, too! Yeah, you're looking a little shabby there! Red Dead Online...

The Game Archaeologist: Free Realms

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Its very name was a declaration of rebellion against the status quo. In an era that had yet to shift from a subscription-only model...

Massively Overthinking: Hopes and fears for MMOs in 2021

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Welcome to 2021, folks. It's not even going to have to try all that hard to be better than 2020! For our first official

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