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.

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Global Chat: Anthem makes first contact with gamers

The game on everyone's mind this month definitely has to be BioWare's Anthem. The studio's first new IP in a long time is...

The Stream Team: Timber goes the ARK forest titan

Last time on Live and Die with Dinos, Massively OP's MJ experienced summoning the giant green forest Titan on ARK's Extinction map. Now,...

Activision Blizzard expected to slash jobs after flat sales, loss of Destiny 2

Storm clouds are gathering above Activision Blizzard, a portent of bad sales and dire predictions: The publisher is expected to cut "hundreds" of jobs this...

More MMO Valentine’s Day events: Black Desert, EverQuest II, Destiny 2, MapleStory 2, Revelation Online, and Wizard101

Hearts and chocolates and flowers continue to invade MMOs all around us. Bree here, reporting from the front lines of the invasion. Here are...

Elder Scrolls Online is handing out 500 cash-shop currency to current players

If you're an existing Elder Scrolls Online player who's logged in between the start of 2017 and now, heads-up: ZeniMax is handing out...

Perfect Ten: Hit franchises that were almost made into MMORPGs

For my money, there are few more tantalizing and agonizing thoughts than the great "What Ifs?" of the MMO genre. What if one title...

Elder Scrolls Online loses its beloved loremaster, plans new free trial event

Elder Scrolls Online is losing a key developer: Loremaster Lawrence Schick, the man whose fatherly drawl and broad knowledge of the Elder...

Classic Guild Wars just got another quality-of-life update and new Complete Collection edition

Although often overshadowed by its more modern little brother, ArenaNet's classic MMO Guild Wars is still trucking along in maintenance mode,...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 207: Bunny girls throughout Eorzea

Justin and Bree discuss Final Fantasy XIV, Guild Wars 2, Legends of Aria, RuneScape, Elder Scrolls Online, LOTRO, and Warframe, with mailbag topics on MMO endgames and battle royale modes in MMOs.

Elder Scrolls Online is celebrating Morrowind with special drops and sales

Antsy for the launch of Wrathstone? Elder Scrolls Online has an idea: send ya back to Morrowind! No really, it's all part of...

Choose My Adventure: Stunning vistas and snotty elves in Elder Scrolls Online’s Summerset

Choose My Adventure is slowly becoming a source of delight for me, especially if I'm able to play games like The Elder...

Elder Scrolls Online class reps discuss upcoming racial changes, itemization, and more

A few days ago, the folks at ZeniMax Online Studios held a call with their Elder Scrolls Online class reps, and some...

Steam’s Lunar New Year Sale is offering a discount on your first $30 in purchases

Sure why not let's do a Lunar New Year sale on Steam. Any excuse for a party! Valve and co. has done more...

One Shots: Time for the chicken dance

Ever found yourself suddenly in the midst of a surreal and even hilarious experience in your MMORPG? Delightful surprises is the theme of this...

The Game Archaeologist: Dungeon Runners

Where do you rest on the spectrum of humor? If you find yourself giggling and snorting at dumb jokes, groan-worthy puns, and satire so...

The top winner of this year’s Guild Wars 2 Friend/Ships contest is getting a trip to Gamescom 2019

Fancy a free trip to this year's Gamescom in Cologne, Germany? Then you're gonna want to take stock of ArenaNet's latest Guild Wars...

Elder Scrolls Online is handing out extra race-change and name-change tokens with balancing update

If you were one of the Elder Scrolls Online players a bit concerned over the game's upcoming race/class combo balance, take heart:...
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Battle Bards Episode 137: League of Legends’ hero themes

What’s your hero’s theme? If you play League of Legends, you know the answer to that already, because every hero in that game...

Elder Scrolls Online’s Wrathstone dives back into Oblivion for dungeon inspiration

One of the dungeons launching in next month's Elder Scrolls Online Wrathstone DLC is Depths of Malatar, a four-man romp featured in...

Elder Scrolls Online players run extensive tests to highlight character race disparities

Do you ever worry that you chose poorly when it came to picking an MMO race? For some Elder Scrolls Online players, this...

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