buy to play

‘Buy-to-play’ is a term that refers to games that have box or download fees associated with them but do not incur a mandatory subscription. Some have optional subscriptions and are more properly referred to as hybrid B2P. Most have cash shops and microtransactions.

One Shots: Five easy steps to dragon enslavement

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Step one: Find a dragon that's been shunned from the rest of its pack. Step two: Befriend the dragon with copious amounts of ripple-striped...

The Daily Grind: Have you tried anything new in MMOs since January 1?

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Not to be too mean to January, but it always feels like a month that's a hangover from the holiday excesses of the last...
That's not a Dolyak.

Guild Wars 2 previews the changes coming to WvW with the update on January 31

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Despite your continued practice of wearing a t-shirt in Guild Wars 2 proclaiming you as "CHIEF DOLYAK DESTROYER STILL THE BEST SINCE 2013" and...

Destiny 2’s day-long outage this week was the result of… a config error in a dev tool

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Destiny 2 suffered a nasty outage earlier this week that took the game down more than 24 hours and even caused a rollback. Now,...

Tamriel Infinium: Elder Scrolls Online’s Necrom is more fanservice, but I don’t hate it

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In my last column covering Elder Scrolls Online, I came to two conclusions based on the very rocky year of 2022 for the game:...

Guild Wars 2 will allow jade bots to be piloted outside of Cantha next week

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Have you unlocked the mastery track for the jade bot in Guild Wars 2 but were a little sad that the tiny green friend...
But what awaits...

Vague Patch Notes: Floaty, samey, and janky – a treasury of MMO terms for bad combat

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Any time you bring up The Secret World or Secret World Legends's bland, floaty combat, at least one person is going to chime in...

Massively Overthinking: What will be your three most-played MMOs in 2023?

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Last week in Massively Overthinking, we discussed our three most-played MMOs of 2022 - and whether we'd guessed right at the top of that...

Guild Wars 2 prepares previews of balance changes and WvW quality-of-life ahead of its 2023 roadmap

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There are likely a fair number of Guild Wars 2 players at the edges of their seats for the MMORPG's 2023 content roadmap. Unfortunately,...

The Stream Team: Backseat streaming acquires secondary professions in Guild Wars

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In an era of armchair warriors, we bring you Backseat Streamers! Here, Massively OP’s Chris and MJ get to take a backseat and watch...

Elder Scrolls Online reveals Shadow Over Morrowind, the Necrom chapter, and the Arcanist class

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Latest updates are at the bottom of the article! ZeniMax Online Studios is just about to begin its big reveal showcase stream for Elder...
Fighty fight fight.

Perfect Ten: Tutorial topics every MMO really needs to cover

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Tutorials are important in MMOs. No MMO has a great one, unfortunately. I don't just mean in the cases where returning players could use...
We can buy things too!

Destiny 2’s borked patch has already caused a day and night of downtime – and a rollback

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Destiny 2 players are... actually probably playing something else right now, if my own spouse is any guide, as the game suffered a nasty...

The Stream Team: Meeting the Molten Alliance in Guild Wars 2

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MMORPGs are notorious for having folks run around helter skelter. (That and killing rats!) And that's exactly what Massively OP's MJ needs to do...

Choose My Adventure: Landing on a stable character in the original Guild Wars

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Last week in Choose My Adventure, Nightfall proved to be the more suitable starting experience for classic Guild Wars. This week, the Dervish won...

Fight or Kite: HEROish is blend of MOBA and card game aimed at both PvE and PvP players

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I’ve always wanted to really get into some meaty card games. Swords, sorcery, and high fantasy were always my favorite things. My family knew...
Halo

Xbox CEO tells workers gaming division job cuts ‘were painful choices’

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As readers know by now, last week Microsoft cut 10,000 people from its payroll, many of whom were part of the Xbox gaming division...

The Daily Grind: Has an MMO’s launch ever made you turn ’round and play something else?

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When Diablo Immortal launched last year, MOP's Carlo was... not a fan. He actually recommended that folks just go buy six sourdough jacks from...

One Shots: Make sure you sign a waiver before jumping

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If MMORPG worlds were anything like our own, you have to imagine that there'd be all sorts of waivers and legal restrictions before allowing...

Elder Scrolls Online’s latest Season of the Dragon event invites players back to Elsweyr

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While players of Elder Scrolls Online already returned to Elsweyr for dragon slaying in a unique charity event back in 2019, the MMORPG's newest...

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