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.

LOTRO Legendarium: What I want from Amazon’s Lord of the Rings MMO

While my primary interest and focus in this column continues to be Lord of the Rings Online, I'm not so stubborn as to...
Sparks will fly.

Check out some of the art from the Diablo III that never was

The development and release of Diablo III happened without Blizzard North, because at that time Blizzard North no longer existed. If you're a fan...

Elder Scrolls Online outlines upcoming adjustments to the Vampirism skill line

We already know that the Greymoor chapter of The Elder Scrolls Online will be making some fundamental adjustments to the Vampirism and...

NCsoft Q1 2020: Double YoY revenue thanks to Lineage 2M, Tencent to pub Guild Wars 2 in China

Business is booming over in NCsoft's world, though it's not because of its western holdings. In this first quarter of 2020, the South Korean...

The Daily Grind: If you had your way, what one MMO patch in history would you roll back?

Rollbacks are in the news lately, and not for great reasons - some Guild Wars 2 players did indeed lose hours of time...

PSA: But seriously, don’t buy vampirism cures in the Elder Scrolls Online cash shop

The Elder Scrolls Online Reddit community has been ablaze this week over a recent in-game promotion in the cash shop that appeared to...
Because you've got nowhere to go.

Guild Wars 2 hands out free mount skins to players who lost playtime in the EU rollbacks

Earlier this week, Guild Wars 2 players in the EU were dismayed to realized that an unintentional rollback of their server cluster...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 271: Population Zero plus three

Justin, Bree, and Sam discuss Population Zero, Blizzard's Q1 2020 report, Trove Delves, ESO's Greymoor prologue, and Guild Wars 2's rollback, with adventures in Fallout 76, Starborne, LOTRO, and SWG Legends, and mailbag topics on MMO reward hoarding and whether SSG's business model is predatory.
Blaugh!

The Elder Scrolls Online previews the writing behind the upcoming Greymoor story

The problem in writing vampires in The Elder Scrolls Online is not that you have to invent a reason for them to exist;...

MMO Business Roundup: Guerilla Collective, PlayStation Studios, XLGAMES’ new MMO, ChinaJoy, and NCsoft’s baseball team

Welcome back to another roundup of business stories relating to MMOs - or adjacent to them. Adjacentness! Funcom: The Norwegian MMO company will be...

Guild Wars 2 has restored the EU servers to Monday morning after multiday rollback

Yesterday, we covered the Guild Wars 2 community's many reports across Reddit and the official forums that the game had suffered a...

The Stream Team: Getting through Elder Scrolls Online’s Greymoor prologue

With Greymoor on its way to fill out ESO's expansion list, another story opens up to experience. That story starts in the prologue...

Elite: Dangerous’ second fleet carriers beta begins today – here are the patch notes

The next round of beta for fleet carriers in Elite: Dangerous is fast approaching, and with it comes a number of confirmed changes...

Guild Wars 2’s EU server cluster suffered a multiday rollback this weekend

Back when I first started in MMOs, rollbacks were a daily occurrence, quite literally. Not only was the server likely to crash at least...

The Daily Grind: What’s your favorite empty, neglected zone in an MMORPG?

Since dipping my toe back into classic Guild Wars last month for the anniversary fun, I took myself on a wee tour of...

The MOP Up: War Thunder helps the US Army train in quarantine

How is the US Army training during this era of COVID-19? By playing video games, of course! War Thunder said in a press release, "We...

The Game Archaeologist: The rise and fall of Landmark and EverQuest Next

The year was 2013. Sony Online Entertainment was still a functioning and seemingly robust MMORPG studio, and its yearly SOE Live convention was a...

Destiny’s got an official cookbook now, so now you know what to get the fam for Christmas

Why not turn your looter shooter into a fancy feast? Because nothing about gaming has to make sense any more, Bungie collaborated with Victoria...

COVID-19 gaming impact roundup: Studios working from home, War Thunder as an Army training tool

The global novel coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the gaming industry - here's the latest. Warhammer Online fans will remember well the name Carrie...
Bleak!

Here’s what The Elder Scrolls Online thinks you should do while awaiting Greymoor

If you just cannot get enough Skyrim in your life until The Elder Scrolls Online releases its Greymoor DLC, you're just going to...

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