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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...

Make My MMO: Star Citizen drops alpha 3.7 as it turns 7 itself

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Star Citizen went absolutely mad with infodumps, and I almost feel sorry for it because it got half...

ArcheAge Unchained’s test server throws its doors open to you – yes, you

Are you ready for next week's launch of ArcheAge's new buy-to-play server, or are you still on the fence about the whole deal?...

Pseudo-historical multiplayer RTS War Selection arrives free-to-play on Steam Early Access

If you're looking for some multiplayer RTS gaming in what looks like a sort of Civilization-esque setting with nods to human history, then you...

Fight or Kite: Impressions of Ashes of Creation Apocalypse, a solid fantasy battle royale nobody is playing

A mere fortnight ago, the team behind Ashes of Creation took its MMO combat testing ground known as Apocalypse and opened the doors...

Dofus Retro revives a classic version of the Ankama MMORPG for its 15th birthday

The 15th anniversary celebration lined up for MMORPG Dofus has begun with Dofus Retro, the game's own classic server for those who...

Ember Sword is an upcoming MMORPG with a blockchain-based monetization scheme

By Ember Sword's reckoning, the MMORPG genre is in decline thanks to insidious monetization practices like lootboxes and pay-to-win items. So what do...

Make My MMO: Ashes of Creation Apocalypse is review-bombed, again, as Fig throws shade on Kickstarter

If Ashes of Creation Apocalypse thought it could avoid a review-bomb with a new Steam portal as Apocalypse hit early access this...

Interview: ArcheAge Unchained’s Merv Lee Kwai on housing, RMT, and the future of the game

The announcement of ArcheAge Unchained and its buy-to-play, no-pay-to-win ruleset has been one of the big surprises of the season for the five-year-old...

SuperData August 2019: WoW Classic drives a massive subscription surge

Alright, all you armchair business analysts, it's time to look over SuperData's sales research report for August 2019. Get your best arguments ready...

Make My MMO: Survival sandbox Day of Dragons soars past $325,000 Kickstarter funding

This week in MMO crowdfunding, MOP reader Winterskorn alerted us to the Kickstarter for Day of Dragons. It's not a pure MMO, but...

The Game Archaeologist: The day Dungeons and Dragons Online dropped the free-to-play bomb

By 2009, the MMORPG genre had firmly established a norm for its business model. For over a decade, a monthly subscription -- usually $15...

Steam users in France should be allowed to resell their games according to French court ruling

The Union fédérale des consommateurs (Federal Union of Consumers or UFC Que Choisir), a French consumer group, has been pursuing litigation against Valve over...

Astellia Online is launching into its first headstart tonight – are you playing?

If you picked up the Legendary Pack for Astellia Online, then launch day is tonight for you, as the headstart begins at...

Legends of Aria implements optional premium sub, drops base game price permanently

If you remember the beginning of 2019 - yes, it's been like 100 years this year, but try - you'll recall that the

Massively Overthinking: Is the age of the $15 subscription coming to an end?

Massively OP's own Justin Olivetti penned a blog post this week in which he muses on the lifespan of the $15 MMO sub...
Bart, stop creating a diversion!

Vague Patch Notes: Do video games really need trade shows anymore?

The past few years have seen some really big seismic shifts in the game industry. In the time that I've been working here alone,...
Old and busted.

Someone in RuneScape spent $62K on microtrans according to UK Parliament report

Remember last year when we polled our readers on how much money they'd spent on their Steam accounts? Most people seemed to track...

Global Chat: Fallen Earth, Asheron’s Call, Albion Online, and Project Gorgon

Is it ever too late to take a look back at old MMORPGs -- even ones that have passed away? Not when there are...

Lawful Neutral: Examining Ashes of Creation’s controversial referral program

I have a really hard time taking anything seriously that refers to money as "bucks." You'll recall that I opened the Lawful Neutral...

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