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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.

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Massively Overthinking: How essential are hardcore gamers to an MMO’s health?

Last week, there was a positively eyebrow-raising thread on the Guild Wars 2 subreddit that tied neatly into the overall MMORPG meta discussion...
Phun phor the phamily.

Vague Patch Notes: Phantasy Star Online 2 might be in a better place than you think

A couple years back (this being the definition where "a couple" means "I can't remember precisely how many"), I was talking with a friend...
We all float down here.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands has an encrypted alpha build out now

Blizzard would probably like it if people stopped talking about how the latest World of Warcraft patch is not very good, or
We got it back, after all.

Perfect Ten: Dead MMOs resurrected via rogue servers

Last December, the Massively OP 2019 Awards gave its "Best Trend" nod to the rise of rogue servers in the MMO genre. Preservation...
Testing 1, 2, 3~ ♪

Blizzard appears to have quietly launched a WoW Classic PTR

We're all very accustomed to the test realm for World of Warcraft usually showing off every facet of a patch well in advance, sometimes...
More like Dia-BLOWs, right?

A LinkedIn profile adds more fuel to the Diablo animated series fire

The rumor about a Diablo animated series has been running for ages now, and the latest bit of evidence that this is a real thing...

The Daily Grind: Does an MMO’s economy ever stop you from going back?

I've written before about MMO economies and how badly handled inflation can wreck them because it's one of my pet favorite topics, but the...
Doom approaches.

Blackwing Lair’s first kill in WoW Classic happened less than an hour after the raid went live

Technically, there was another race for a world first clear last week in World of Warcraft, specifically in WoW Classic with the...

Acti-Blizzard games vanished from GeForce NOW over a ‘misunderstanding,’ Nvidia says

Last week we reported on the sudden removal of Activision-Blizzard titles from GeForce Now, the streamed games service offered by Nvidia, with barely...

Wolcen muddles through ongoing online server issues to mixed reviews and an active playerbase

The optional co-op (co-optional?) ARPG Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem, which released on Steam last week, has had a bit of a rough...

Global Chat: How fares WoW Classic at the six-month mark?

The phases (i.e., patches) for World of Warcraft Classic continue to roll out, and as the endgame takes form and Darkmoon Faire arrives,...
We're fine.

World of Warcraft unveils changes to the Mythic Dungeon Invitational and Arena World Championship

The race to a world first kill of the last World of Warcraft Mythic raid of this expansion is over, so it's time to...
Through the fire and the flames

WoW Factor: How could World of Warcraft restore confidence ahead of Shadowlands?

The last opportunity that Blizzard had to really restore player confidence was Warcraft III: Reforged. And... Yes, that's very good, please stop laughing. I know....

The Daily Grind: What’s the best MMO for duoing in 2020?

Appropriate topic for Valentine's Day, right? I mean, sure, you could go get reservations and pay through the nose for expensive dinner along with...

Massively Overthinking: Which MMORPG do you wish got a glow-up?

No matter how much we love mechanics, even our most cerebral writers and readers still admit to being graphics snobs. It's human: We...

Multiplayer-optional ARPG Wolcen just launched on Steam with a huge day-one patch

It's not an MMO, but you might want Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem on your wish-list anyway. It's a new ARPG from WOLCEN Studio,...
Marketing!

Vague Patch Notes: How to read games industry investor reports as a player

The old adage goes that diplomacy is the art of saying "nice doggy" until you can find a rock. By extension, marketing is the...
NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOU, BUT EVEN IF THEY DID YOU SUCK

World of Warcraft: Classic is now inviting players into Blackwing Lair for the next phase of content

It's time to raid Blackwing Lair in World of Warcraft: Classic all over again. Of course, people have a slightly better idea of...

Activision-Blizzard has apparently yanked its games from GeForce NOW

If you were subbing to NVIDIA GeForce Now for your streamed games, we genuinely hope it wasn't for Activision-Blizzard's games. That's because yesterday

NCsoft Q4 2019: It was a rough quarter for MMORPGs, especially Guild Wars 2

NCsoft corporate had a solid financial quarter for the last three months of 2019, with increases in revenue quarter over quarter and year...

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