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.

PSA: No, Gina Bruno is not leaving Elder Scrolls Online or Bethsoft

Last night, Elder Scrolls Online Community Manager Gina Bruno's Twitter account began blurting out a series of awful tweets that usually means only...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 187: The raid in our stars

Justin and Bree discuss Guild Wars 2's new living world episode, Boundless, EverQuest II, Blizzard, Warframe, EVE Online, SWTOR, the petition to save WildStar, and our big site revamp.

Flameseeker Chronicles: First impressions of Guild Wars 2’s A Star to Guide Us

We've had just enough time to digest that epic trailer, and now A Star to Guide Us is live. This is the fourth episode...
Less than a sister act.

The Daily Grind: Do you think you’ve aged out of MMOs?

There's this particular template for covering MMORPGs on mainstream gaming websites that I cannot stand: the old "haha, MMOs are weird and old, let's...

Guild Wars 2 narrative: ‘It’s like working on a television show’

Just ahead of the launch of Guild Wars 2's next living story episode, GIbiz has a fun interview with multiple members of...

MMOARPG Lost Ark will finally launch in South Korea on November 7

Lost Ark is finally hitting open beta, MMO Culture reports. Smilegate's media conference this morning revealed that its soft launch open beta will...

Sea of Thieves progress update warns of possible Forsaken Shores delay

As the projected release of Sea of Thieves's latest major content update, Forsaken Shores, creeps ever closer, Executive Producer Joe Neate has...

The Daily Grind: When do you know it’s time to return to an MMO?

I swear to you, the other night I had a dream in which I was sorting out which MMOs I was going to return...

Diablo III’s 15th season, Boon of the Horadrim, launches September 21

Holy crap, Diablo III is up to season 15. I think the last one I actually played through was 7. Maybe I'll be...

Get ready to be flushed down Guild Wars 2’s mystic toilet raid in S4E4

Whether you love the new info format or hate it, ArenaNet is committed to a series of videos dishing out the details of...
Sorry, guy.

Vague Patch Notes: WildStar deserves its shutdown, even though we loved it

Last week, when we heard that WildStar was being shut down, I penned a truthful, heartfelt eulogy for the game as it...

Guild Wars 2 previews the minipet that makes its next legendary weapon so unique

If you just skimmed through Guild Wars 2's living world season 4 episode 4 announcement video yesterday, fixated on the new zone...

ZeniMax outlines everything coming in Elder Scrolls Online’s Murkmire DLC

Murkmire cometh to The Elder Scrolls Online, and ZeniMax has a preview of the DLC up today to entice players into the...
Here we go again.

BlizzCon reveals the first digital freebie and prepares for more pre-show build-a-panel fun

Begun, the BlizzCon has. Sort of. Yesterday's video reveal of what promises to be the first of several virtual freebies from the Virtual Ticket...

Guild Wars 2’s next living world episode, A Star To Guide Us, launches September 18 – here’s the trailer

It's a bit weird for this to be coming out on a not-Tuesday, but who cares, we'll take it: ArenaNet just dropped the...

Elite Dangerous’ mission server change puts an end to board-flipping (but not table-flipping)

Board-flippers, am I right? Yeah, unless you play Elite Dangerous, you probably have no idea what I'm talking about. Basically, if you don't...

Massively Overthinking: Massively OP’s PAX West 2018 awards and poll

Most of this year's PAX West content is finally finished, and while we're about to give MOP reporter Larry Everett a much-needed breather,...
How do I start to say goodbye.

A eulogy for WildStar – a marvelous MMORPG and avoidable tragedy

Friends, readers, genre fans, lend me your eyes; I come to bury WildStar, not to praise it. But just like Marc Antony, I'm...

PAX West 2018: Every mobile game should play like Elder Scrolls Blades

I don't usually report on mobile games, but I do play quite a few of them. Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, Mario Run, and...

The Soapbox: I have a bad feeling about Anthem

As I watched Nick Tarabay stand on stage hype up the audience in the Main Theater for PAX West 2018, I thought...

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