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.

The Enclave Interstellar Initiative wraps up in Elite: Dangerous

The latest Elite: Dangerous Interstellar Initiative, which are those strings of in-game events that end up with some sort of promised galaxy-affecting change,...

Elder Scrolls Online’s Elsweyr soundtrack and dragon dungeon walkthrough

Just how exceedingly foolish -- or monumentally brave -- do you have to be to willingly venture into the lair of a fussy dragon?...
Living with you is a chore and a half.

The Daily Grind: Have you ever written off an MMO early on and been proven totally wrong?

When The Elder Scrolls Online first launched, I did not have high hopes for it. Indeed, I figured it was trafficking hard on...

Guild Wars 2 announces a new 2v2 PvP map and a fashion-minded art book from the Artist Collective

We've got a couple of Guild Wars 2-related news stories to share today: one about PvP and one about an art book full...
Orc-esque?

The Elder Scrolls Online brings back the Orsinium Celebration on August 8

It's been too long since you've been back to Orsinium in The Elder Scrolls Online. Or perhaps you're in Orsinium now and you'd...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 232: Girl Dwarves rock our world

Justin and Bree discuss WoW, LOTRO, DDO, Guild Wars 2, Star Trek Online, Skyforge, City of Heroes, SWG Legends, and Marvel Heroes.

Flameseeker Chronicles: Chairs and other oddities in Guild Wars 2’s cash shop

I love MMO cosmetics, and Guild Wars 2 has a great selection, from armor skins and outfits to gliders to minipets to mount...

Not So Massively: Why ARPGs, not MMOs, are where pet classes truly shine

I noticed something odd when I started playing Grim Dawn aways back: I went straight for the pet builds. This is interesting because...

NCsoft Q2 2019 financials: Guild Wars 2 may be eyeing a mobile version (again)

Those with long memories might recall that way back in 2010 prior to Guild Wars 2's launch, ArenaNet made a (small) bit...

Massively Overthinking: Thoughts and predictions on Guild Wars 2’s next big thing

Last week, Guild Wars 2 put an end to the whining about info droughts by promising a big reveal of living story...

Destiny 2 delays its Shadowkeep expansion and F2P New Light into October

Excited over the Solstice of Heroes event in Destiny 2? Hope so, and you'd better get comfy, because Destiny 2's big expansion -...
Yes, you all meet in a tavern.

Perfect Ten: Why people create alts in MMOs

I have alts in Final Fantasy XIV. This is absurd for two reasons. First, the statement makes it clear that I have alternate...

The Solstice of Heroes returns once again to Destiny 2

It's an annual tradition to Destiny 2, one where the Guardians of the world celebrate and remember the triumphs they have won. If...

The Elder Scrolls Online is changing Undaunted Keys, guild trader bidding, and crafting

A number of pursuits in The Elder Scrolls Online are going to be seeing some tweaks in Update 23, the free update to...

Desert Oasis: A guide to open PvP and grindspot etiquette in the world of Black Desert

Back in my classic Guild Wars days, I was so happy to have the scrimmage system. It was a great way to solve...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 231: EverQuest and Secret World prognostications

Justin and Bree discuss Elder Scrolls Online, Pagan Online, EverQuest 3, Guild Wars 2, and Worlds Adrift, with adventures in WoW, SWG, and Villagers & Heroes, plus mailbag topics on The Secret World and MMO fashion.

Guild Wars 2’s Festival of the Four Winds is live once again, along with the legendary upgrade event

It's patch day for Guild Wars 2 today and the new event is live. "Festival of the Four Winds has returned to Tyria!"...

Tamriel Infinium: Everything we learned from Quakecon 2019’s Elder Scrolls Online panel

On Saturday, president of ZeniMax Online Studios Matt Firor and creative director of The Elder Scrolls Online Rich Lambert took the stage at...

The Daily Grind: Has there ever been MMO loot you desperately wanted but never got?

Throughout the course of my MMO play, I've found that some loot I've craved is simply never meant to be. Sometimes it's an expensive...

MMO Week in Review: Wouldn’t it be awesome if Guild Wars 2’s next season were Cantha

It was a surprisingly solid week for Guild Wars 2, not so much because of one specific thing but because of the deluge:...

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