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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 142: Sunrise, sunset

In MMORPGs across the world, days are beginning and days are ending — and with them come the catharsis of the sunrise and sunset....

One Shots: Band practice went long today

Fred and Wilma's parents always wondered what happened to them. One day they stayed after school for a little extra band practice... and they...

After two months, Shroud of the Avatar has removed its controversial cash-shop buff bonuses

Back in February, Portalarium raised eyebrows when with Shroud of the Avatar's release 62 it added a controversial cash shop item: a buff...

The Daily Grind: Do you have a ‘port in the storm’ MMORPG?

Yesterday, we covered the news that Elder Scrolls Online is actually implementing queues and adding more capacity and new hardware to handle what...

Elder Scrolls Online implements temporary queues for EU megaserver thanks to burgeoning playerbase

Generally speaking, all MMORPG developers seek more players. More players means more money, right? Except when it means server problems. That's exactly what's been going...

The Stream Team: Concluding Elder Scrolls Online’s Elsweyr prologue

When you are listening to Khajiiti legends in Elder Scrolls Online, you never get the whole story at once! And Massively OP's MJ needs...

Desert Oasis: Understanding and critiquing Black Desert’s RNG systems

One of the main critiques readers made about my first Desert Oasis column last month was that I did not mention...

Elite Dangerous announces April 23 update with newbie tweaks and new pilot modules

Frontier has just announced Elite Dangerous' next big update is launching on April 23rd. "As mentioned in the beginning of March, this year's initial...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 215: Anthem exposed

Justin and Bree discuss Anthem and BioWare, Guild Wars 2, DCUO, RIFT, Albion, DDO, Dragon Quest X, and Black Desert, plus a mailbag topic on event fatigue in MMOs.

RIFT Prime character transfers were delayed over ‘unforeseen circumstances’ as Trove loses CM

When Gamigo announced that it was closing down RIFT Prime, the game's progression server, it told RIFT players that their characters would...

Guild Wars 2: Dragon mounts in War Eternal, living world mini-event, Ritualist outfit datamining, and new short story

Guild Wars 2 is getting yet another mount: the Skyscale. As detailed by Eurogamer today, what sets this particular dragon (yes, sorry...

PAX East 2019: Elder Scrolls Online Elsweyr makes playing the bad guy feel very good

During this year's PAX East, freelance games journalist Sam Prell - you might remember him from his time at Joystiq and GamesRadar -...

Diablo III’s Season 17 content hits the public test server

Considering the last Diablo III update's round of public testing reportedly went over so well, the devs have continued the trend with Patch...

Week three of Guild Wars 2’s welcome back campaign unlocks Long Live the Lich

Over the past few weeks, Guild Wars 2 has been enticing lapsed players with its return to Tyria program, which has offered up...

Fight or Kite: Falling in line with Crowfall

"Everyone group up! Keep the formation tight. Line up and do not let anyone through that door." We know that they have a siege weapon...
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The Daily Grind: Which MMO handles PvE – not just PvM – the very best?

There's a thing we do a lot when we're talking about MMOs: We elide PvM and PvE. I suppose we do it with different...

One Shots: Beauty in profile

Let me be clear on this: You guys always post absolutely amazing pictures. One of the toughest tasks I have every week is picking...

Cool your jets: Destiny 2’s ‘Crucible isn’t going anywhere’

We've never known the internet to take things to extremes. I have only ever know the internet to be a measured and thoughtful place,...

Albion Online is getting so popular ahead of its F2P launch next week that it’s already bracing for queues

Oberon has been kind to Albion Online. The March 20th update has apparently driven a big spike of users for the not-quite-two-year-old...

The final episode of Guild Wars 2’s fourth season of living story is called War Eternal

If you can tear your eyeballs away from Super Adventure Box for a minute, ArenaNet has some Guild Wars 2 living world content...

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