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Dauntless changes course on vault cosmetics with rotating reward cache and Slayers Club

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Goodbye vaults, hello reward caches: Dauntless is changing how it offers items from seasonal passes to players. Instead of the traditional "vault" format, whereby...

LOTRO Legendarium: How much value does a VIP subscription offer these days?

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Probably the biggest question any Lord of the Rings Online player has to ask him or herself is whether to go subscription or free-to-play...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 311: The day the MMOs died

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Justin and Bree discuss Anthem Next's demise, Defiance and Gamigo's MMO purge, DDO's big news, Black Desert's free-play, Riot's MMO, and mobile Warcraft, with adventures in LOTRO, City of Heroes, WoW Classic, and Elder Scrolls Online, plus mailbag topics on post subs, Valheim, and MMOs as they used to be.

Choose My Adventure: The combat is the sauce in Wizard101

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It’s only been a little bit of time, but I am already mightily impressed with Wizard101. The game has a pretty rich and involved following,...

The Game Archaeologist: EA’s Motor City Online

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When we use the shorthand "MMO" for online games, it's always assumed that we're talking about swords-and-sorcery or sci-fi RPGs. However, the massively multiplayer...

Make My MMO: Roadmaps for Camelot Unchained and Chronicles of Elyria

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This week in MMORPG crowdfunding was all about roadmaps for Kickstarted MMORPGs. Camelot Unchained posted its latest 90-day plan with work on RvR zones,...
A journey into complexity.

Perfect Ten: MMOs of the ‘internet spaceships’ genre

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It's at once the most important and most underserved genre in MMOs, aside from gigantic robots - it's the valuable genre of internet spaceships. They're...

Preserving Worlds documentary chronicles the histories and communities of ancient MMOs

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While most of the writers at MOP support online games preservation through responsible methods, the ideal situation would be the ability to visit shutdown...

Gamigo is merging down ArcheAge and ArcheAge Unchained’s servers, and yes there will be new land rushes

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ArcheAge's misery just compounds lately: Gamigo has announced that it's merging many of the gamers servers servers under the "server evolution" catchphrase. Across both...
I am very amusing.

Allods Online opens up pre-orders for collector’s editions of its upcoming Desert Dreams update

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Why wait for an update to arrive when you can pre-order a collector's edition of an update before it even lands? This is the...

Elite Dangerous arrives to Xbox players as part of Game Pass on February 25

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Is your Xbox Game Pass subscription missing some internet spaceship sandbox gaming? Not for long, friend, because the next batch of games coming to...

The Daily Grind: What MMORPG would’ve performed better had it launched in a different year?

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I was chit-chatting with longtime MOP reader Bruno the other day when we starting yawing about RIFT and EverQuest II and which one was...

Global Chat: Does permadeath mode in MMOs have merit?

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Whenever you're stuck for an MMO topic to talk about on a blog, you can never go wrong with chewing on the concept of...

ArcheAge Unchained just launched two new ArchePasses, including one with no end date

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Gonna be honest, ArcheAge Unchained's business model has flipped and scooched so many times now that I can't even keep track of it -...

Ingress announces an optional subscription, sparking speculation among Pokemon Go players

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It's been some time since Ingress, the MMOARG from the same company that brought us Pokemon Go, has been in the news, but this...

Make My MMO: Chronicles of Elyria backers lodge lawsuit, Wagadu snags more funding

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This week in MMORPG crowdfunding, the backers of Chronicles of Elyria have officially lodged their class-action lawsuit against Soulbound Studios and Xsolla in a...

First impressions of Skyforge on Nintendo Switch: A messy port of a solid MMORPG

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I played Skyforge briefly when it first launched on PC in 2015, but only put a few hours into it. My short stay there...

Blizzard celebrates Lunar New Year in World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and Hearthstone

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Blizzard is no slouch when it comes to Lunar New Year celebrations: Its largest online titles have all gotten updates for the season. In World...
So here's the deal.

Vague Patch Notes: If this MMO was so good, why didn’t it succeed?

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Your mission today, should you choose to accept it, is to participate in an experiment. I want you to write up a nice long...
Yes, you kind of need to.

Vague Patch Notes: The difficult value of MMOs

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If given the option, I would probably get a lifetime subscription to Final Fantasy XIV. But the key word there is probably, and this is a...

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