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‘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.

Battle Bards Episode 156: Feeling blue

Is blue a color? An emotion? A song? An overused alien skin tone? One thing is for certain: Blue shows up an awful lot...

Global Chat: EverQuest II’s 15 years of being in WoW’s shadow

For just a few short weeks of its now 15-year lifespan, EverQuest II existed apart from a launched World of Warcraft. Then late November...

One Shots: The miseries of camping

Isn't camping wonderful? Reconnecting with nature, smelling like smoke, and sleeping with a canvas wall between you and predators? Obviously, it's not for everyone,...

Guild Wars 2 talks about Strike Mission bosses in Whisper in the Dark and confirms more Mastery Points

Curious about the Whisper in the Dark episode coming to Guild Wars 2 next week? Do you have roughly 30 minutes of...

LOTRO Legendarium: First impressions of Minas Morgul

To kick off this early look at Lord of the Rings Online: Minas Morgul, I want to start by taking a step...

Elder Scrolls Online posts an update regarding fixes to the Activity Finder

Remember that Undaunted event in The Elder Scrolls Online? The one that had to be shut down after only a few hours...
...huh.

Rumor: A complete overhaul is in the works for Anthem

So, you know how Anthem scaled back its content updates and seems to have started moving into quiet acceptance of being at a...

Massively Overthinking: Do MMO betas rob you of launch joy?

I use to think of betas as being unpaid labor for video game companies, but maybe I've been going about it all wrong.
Sans daunts.

The Elder Scrolls Online begins its dungeon-delving Undaunted event [Update: Now disabled]

Do you consider yourself generally lacking in daunts when it comes to The Elder Scrolls Online? Resistant to being daunted? Undaunted, if you will? Because...

NCsoft Q3 2019: Another flat financial quarter as NCsoft pumps money into NCWest

Given the strange financial quarters that Blizzard, Funcom, Square-Enix, and Nexon had, you're surely wondering how NCsoft fared. And the answer...

Guild Wars 2 details Whisper in the Dark’s Essence Manipulation mastery track mechanics

Gonna be honest, I am really excited to see this dev blog that went up on the Guild Wars 2 website today, not...

Blizzard says it’s listening to Diablo 4 feedback on items and stats

If you're grumpy about the way Diablo IV's items and stat system was shaping up, you're apparently not alone - and there are...

Guild Wars 2 has lost yet another developer, this time to Bungie

Even if you disregard the poor community reception of some of ArenaNet's recent initiatives, it's been a rough couple of months for Guild...

Flameseeker Chronicles: The best of Guild Wars 2’s Living World soundtrack

One of my earliest impressions of the Guild Wars franchise, before I even owned it, but had only played it at a friend’s house,...

Check out the trailer for next week’s Guild Wars 2 episode, Whisper in the Dark

Next week is poised to be a big one for Guild Wars 2, as the first full episode of the current Icebrood Saga...

The Elder Scrolls Online introduces new cash shop pet that increases your inventory and raises some eyebrows

Generally speaking, The Elder Scrolls Online has some pretty good and adorable pets, but all they really do is just look cute. The...

One Shots: Earth, water, fire, air… and heart!

We all know that a great and terrible power is summoned when you gather together the elements of earth, water, fire, air, and heart....

The Daily Grind: What older MMO’s graphics still hold up today?

The other night I was playing with some friends in Dungeons and Dragons Online, and the discussion turned to -- oddly enough --...

The Stream Team: Which way to Elder Scrolls Online’s Witches Festival?

Massively OP's MJ can't let the Halloween season go by without a trip to Elder Scrolls Online's Witches Festival. And thanks to an event...

Massively Overthinking: The best and worst of BlizzCon 2019

BlizzCon 2019 is behind us, finally, and we're winding down our coverage and trying to put a capstone on the experience. In this...

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