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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.

The Soapbox: If you want innovation in MMOs, stop worshiping polish

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Gamers often lament that the world of MMORPGs lacks innovation. It's a frustration I share; this a genre that could be much more than...

The Daily Grind: Do you even like classless MMOs, bro

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Let's talk about classlessness. A few years after World of Warcraft took off, there was a push in the MMO industry to revive earlier...

Jukebox Heroes: Guild Wars 2’s Icebrood Saga soundtrack

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It's been far, far too long since I've dipped into Guild Wars 2's soundtrack. I feel deeply shamed for this neglect, especially considering how...

One Shots: Collect flowers 1/9000

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"I think there’s a storm brewing above the land of halflings," Lethia said. "I started playing an ungodly amount of Lord of the Rings...

Star Citizen outlines the month ahead, addresses radar, plus one fan’s development retrospective

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The merry, merry month of May has a number of events and updates coming up for Star Citizen according to an outline posted on...

Elder Scrolls Online explains the ins and outs of Blackwood’s companions

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Without a doubt, the most exciting feature coming with this summer's Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood chapter is the addition of companions -- combat NPCs...

Guild Wars 2 deep-dives the what and why of next week’s balance patch

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Earlier this week, Justin and I were noting that the problem with Guild Wars 2 balance patches is that the patch notes are often...

First impressions of Elyon’s western closed beta: Day one and a dungeon run

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I can't believe I'm actually playing Elyon on local servers. People have been excited for this game since it was called Ascent: Infinite Realm, and just...
No, saying that you don't care is not actually an answer.

Massively Overthinking: Is there an MMO you’d never be caught dead playing?

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So today's Massively Overthinking question is entirely the fault of fanny packs. I don't care how hard retailers and fashion gurus push fanny packs...

Elder Scrolls Online drops a new companions trailer ahead of next month’s Blackwood launch

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We're less than a month away from the PC launch of Elder Scrolls Online's Blackwood chapter, and you know what that means: hype time....

Destiny 2 brings new activities, the Vault of Glass, and armor transmog with Season of the Splicer on May 11

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Next Tuesday, May 11th, will introduce yet another season to the multiplayer looter shooter of Destiny 2. This season is known as the Season...

Activision-Blizzard Q1 2021 financials: Blizzard has lost almost 29% of its overall active playerbase in three years

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Welcome back, my friends: It's time for another Activision-Blizzard investor report, and we're expecting this one to be a ride. Readers will recall that...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 320: Guild Wars 2 shakes and stirs

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Justin and Bree discuss Guild Wars 2, EG7 and Daybreak, Soulworker's sunset, and the patch parade of PlanetSide 2, Wizard101, Fallout 76, SWTOR, and Dungeons and Dragons Online, with adventures in WoW Classic, LOTRO, City of Heroes, and SWG Legends, plus mailbag topics on perpetual content in MMOs and toxic positivity in the genre.

The Stream Team: One final flight in the Elite Dangerous Odyssey alpha

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With the alpha testing of Elite Dangerous' Odyssey expansion drawing to a close, MOP's Chris is keen to get some flight time in the...

The Elder Scrolls Online provides a closer look at Blackwood’s companion system

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Walking the wilds of The Elder Scrolls Online by yourself is perfectly fine, but sometimes you need a friend to come along with you...

Flameseeker Chronicles: Recapping the entire Guild Wars 2 The Icebrood Saga

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When looking back on Guild Wars 2's The Icebrood Saga, I think the most noticeable feature was its many ups and downs. If I’m...

Destiny 2 discusses the Vault of Glass raid launch and weapon changes, confirms collection of transmog feedback

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The usual weekly newsletter for Destiny 2 has a number of nuggets for players to chew on in anticipation of the game's next season....

Fight or Kite: Foxhole is the ideal sandbox military war simulator for MMO gamers

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I have played a ton of games that attempted to capture the effort and feeling of playing in a virtual war, but none of...
Sure. Fine.

The MOP Up: Halo Infinite’s cross-platform pledge

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For those looking forward to Halo: Infinite's multiplayer shooty action, you should be pleased to hear that Microsoft has confirmed that the game will...

Global Chat: Destiny 2’s horrible, no-good, very bad transmog

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Hey kids, Destiny 2 is finally getting a cosmetic system! And it looks to be as user-friendly and appealing as having your mother dress...

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