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Wisdom of Nym: No, Final Fantasy XIV reliability isn’t a bad thing

There's a common criticism of Final Fantasy XIV that I frequently see and agree with. The argument goes that basically, five years out from...

Mortal Online devs will launch Mortal Royale to Steam early access today

So here's a thing that did not exactly make my list of favorite trends this year: MMOs transparently courting the battle royale market...

LOTRO Legendarium: Lord of the Rings Online’s 2018 review

It was the best of years, it was the worst of years for Lord of the Rings Online -- but no matter what,...
Forgiven.

Vague Patch Notes: The taxonomy of corporate apologies in video games

Somehow, Bethesda managed to persevere after the Great Canvas Shortage of 2018 to replace the Fallout 76 CE bags that were essentially plastic...
This was all funny until it happened to us!

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is now being review-bombed on Steam

We all know how Valve (owner of Steam) hates moderating things, right? Especially down to more or less fighting review bombing simply by telling...

Make My MMO: Legends of Aria’s rocky early access, Ashes of Creation’s Apocalypse

This week week in MMO crowdfunding, Legends of Aria rolled into early access after postponing its Steam-specific early access into the new...

Lord of the Rings Online offers an everything-in-one $200 bundle

There's a pretty strong opinion out there that Lord of the Rings Online's lifetime subscription was one of the best such subs in...

Dungeons & Dragons Online offers a two-year season pass for $299

There was a time when lifetime subscriptions seemed like they were a bridge too far, but Dungeons & Dragons Online is breaking into new...

Make My MMO: Former Dogma Eternal Night CM blasts studio over stymied White Wolf partnership

This week week in MMO crowdfunding, DDOCentral pointed us to a thread on the Dogma Eternal Night website that sheds light on what's gone...
THIS IS NOT FINE! THERE WAS NO REASON TO LET IT GO THIS LONG OR GET THIS BAD!

Perfect Ten: The biggest MMO news stories of 2018

With the turn of every new year, I know we are entering unexplored territory in the field of MMO news. No matter what...

Hyperspace Beacon: Five things you need to do before SWTOR’s 5.10 update

Update 5.10 for Star Wars: The Old Republic is coming very soon, possibly next week, but more likely the week after. That's not...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 197: Crawl out through the fallout

Eliot, Justin, and Bree discuss FFXIV's Fanfest, Fallout 76, Hellgate, WildStar, plus patches for Black Desert, EVE, Secret World Legends, ArcheAge, TERA, and EverQuest II, with mail on MMO difficulty settings.

Saga of Lucimia’s creative director debates the merits of MMO business models

The debate over MMO business models is constantly ongoing: There are those who swear by monthly subscriptions, those who prefer strictly free-to-play, and those...

Massively OP’s 2018 gift guide for the MMO fan

Hello, readers! It's pre-holiday-shopping-season sale time again, and our sales team has put together a selection of artisanal hand-crafted MMOs and not-so-MMOs for the...
Let's see... no, all of my decisions were good ones, it must be the children who are wrong.

Digital card game Artifact hurries to address player consternation over its business model

You may remember Artifact as Valve's entry into the digital card game market, with plans to have no moderation and no way...

Make My MMO: Star Citizen hits $200M in crowdfunds, Reddit drama ensues

This week week in MMO crowdfunding, Star Citizen officially broke the $200 million barrier for total funding collected from the proverbial...
When you realize that your Hunter has turned into an FFXI Dragoon.

WoW Factor: The smart World of Warcraft stuff from BlizzCon

Let's get something out of the way first and foremost. I am not going to count Warcraft III: Reforged as a smart thing for...

Check out the trailer for Torchlight Frontiers’ Forged class

Oh yeah, you know a game is about to start really moving with its alphas when it starts dropping keys, business model blogs, and...

The Daily Grind: Are special MMO servers worth a subscription?

With all of the special legacy and progression servers being started up across the MMORPG genre, I've noticed that there's an interesting factor that...

Torchlight Frontiers’ free-to-play model rejects pay-to-win and gambling schemes

Given that Torchlight Frontiers is being published under Perfect World Entertainment, you're probably not going to be shocked to hear that the MMO...

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