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.

Elite Dangerous takes its cash shop offline for this week’s currency revamp

It's an odd sort of day for Elite Dangerous, as the Frontier Store has gone dark - but only for a bitsy:...

Guild Wars 2 money-making video for the ‘middle class’ prompts calls for economy transparency

As we stand on the brink of Guild Wars 2's fifth living story season - I mean, Saga - players are nervous for...
It can later become unreal, of course.

The Daily Grind: Are you a fan of dodge and joust mechanics in MMOs?

Deep in the bowels of a Reddit thread about WildStar vs. WoW Classic a while back, several people mentioned WildStar's combat as being...

One Shots: What a view!

When you're visiting a California-class planet like Risa, you definitely need to bring along a few things. You'll want to pack sunscreen, a surprisingly...

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...

Guild Wars 2 talks up 2v2 PvP, Swiss tourneys, and the future of ‘expansion-tier features’

Guild Wars 2 PvP. It seems that you either like it, or you think it's missing a whole lot. But what does ArenaNet...
roar?

The Daily Grind: What MMOs are in your backlog?

Most all gamers know the bittersweet feeling that is to have a huge backlog of unplayed games thanks to seasonal sales and impulse purchases....

Destiny 2 shares its Season of the Undying release calendar and plans to buff every weapon type in the game

Bungie's weekly report is once again all about Shadowkeep's looming arrival to Destiny 2, though this update has lots of details that may...

Elder Scrolls Online’s Dragonhold DLC hits the PTS on September 16

Elder Scrolls Online is pushing onward to the biggest release of the season: the Dragonhold DLC. And today's blog post from ZeniMax...
It's a good plan, Bront.

Guild Wars: RPG Maker is currently available in demo form

It's time to go back and play the original Guild Wars, but in far more single-player format than before! If you'd forgotten about the Guild Wars:...

The Stream Team: Exploring Elder Scrolls Online’s Imperial City celebration

The Elder Scrolls Online's Imperial City Celebration has returned, and Massively OP's MJ is excited to join in with the help of the free...

Guild Wars 2 hypes Bound by Blood, loses a pair of devs, and sees Pink Day return

Time to bundle together some Guild Wars 2 headlines! Also I get to play with a bulleted list some more. Yay formatting! Let's...

PAX West 2019: Examining mental health and community in upcoming MMO Destiny’s Sword

Eager players packed the Washington State Convention Center at this year's PAX West, each greeted with games ranging from high-profile triple-A titles to more...

Tamriel Infinium: The Elder Scrolls Online’s economy needs a casual friendly option

A few years ago, I was introduced to the concept of trading guilds. Trading guilds are unique to the The Elder...

Sea of Thieves offers a preview of the wares for sale in the Pirate Emporium cash shop

So, Sea of Thieves is getting a cash shop with the release of the Smuggler's Fortune update on September 11th. Before you get...
Oh, please be all right.

Massively OP Podcast Episode 237: Fallen Earth’s final glorious sunset

Justin and Bree tackle Fallen Earth's sunset, WoW Classic, going back to Guild Wars 2, LOTRO, Astellia Online's monetization, CCP's new MMO, City of Heroes, and a mailbag question on swatting.

Working As Intended: What it means to be an MMORPG

I am amused and somewhat bewildered to admit that I have my very own pet troll. He follows me around on Reddit to hassle...

The MOP Up: Catching up with Runes of Magic

It's been a while since we've checked in with Runes of Magic! So what's going on with this fantasy MMO these days? For...

Guild Wars 2 submits a list of potential WvW-centered balance adjustments

It's time for the PvPers of Guild Wars 2 to maybe get worried and very possibly get upset to the point they make...

Astellia Online offers $10 subscription as an alternative to buy-to-play

With Astellia Online coming out in a few weeks on September 27th, two questions sit on the table. Will you be playing? And...

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