carbine studios

An NCsoft studio known primarily for WildStar.

I hate everything about you.

Vague Patch Notes: Unpacking the Riot MMO’s group-centric philosophy

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Well! It has been a week, that's for darn sure. And amidst everything else going on this particular week, it would've been easy to...

Massively Overthinking: Hopes and fears for MMOs in 2022

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For our first official Massively Overthinking of 2022, we're following tradition: We're talking all about our hopes and fears for the genre in the...

Jukebox Heroes: Your favorite MMO holiday music

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Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and a festive Life Day to you all! As you hopefully enjoy some down time with family, friends, and video...

Massively Overthinking: Our MMO predictions for 2022

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OK folks, it's that time of the year again: the time when we cast our eyes ahead and try to pinpoint what's going to...
Take care.

Battle Bards Episode 206: Warping back to WildStar

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It’s been a long, long time since the Battle Bards have ventured down to the surface of Nexus — at least, as a full...

Massively Overthinking: The best and worst MMO developer quotes of 2021

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One of my favorite traditions every year is to put a spotlight back on some of the wild things MMORPG developers said every year....

WildStar’s Nexus Forever allows for basic combat, leveling, and housing

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The next phase of WildStar resurrection project Nexus Forever is kicking in this week, with the team's leader warning testers that they may lose...
THIS IS NOT FINE! THERE WAS NO REASON TO LET IT GO THIS LONG OR GET THIS BAD!

WildStar’s Nexus Forever rogue server project pushes new build, warns fans to ‘not expect a full-featured experience’

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Just the other day, we were talking in the office about why WildStar hasn't seen a rogue server yet -- and wondering the only...

One Shots: Burn baby burn!

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If you so happen to crest a ridge and look down to see that the world is literally on fire, don't panic. Not only...

The Daily Grind: Which dead MMOs do you hope will come back some day?

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Last week, Fallen Earth returned to service, which delighted me to no end. When you have favorite MMOs that end up being shuttered or...

Massively Overthinking: Our favorite MMORPGs of all time, 2021 edition

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Five years ago this week - back in 2016 - the MOP team and readers did an epic Massively Overthinking picking out their top...

The Daily Grind: How prone are you to being distracted in an MMO?

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When WildStar first came out, I remember reading (and even personally sharing) a whole lot of praise for how many things that the game's...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 343: Mysterious and spoopy

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Justin and Bree discuss Halloween MMOs, Path of Exile, Star Trek Online, Book of Travels' early access, DDO's freebies, LOTRO's latest patch, and the FFXIV Endwalker media tour, with adventures in Elder Scrolls Online, LOTRO, New World, and Book of Travels, plus a mailbag question on orbital video game enjoyment.

The Daily Grind: Do you like building your own MMO house or having the shell created for you?

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One thing that I very much like about the current state of Fallout 76 is that the game gives you two options in regards...

Massively Overthinking: Overcoming barriers-to-exit in MMOs

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About a thousand years ago, I wrote an article on Old Massively called "but I already have that game" about barriers-to-exit: the difficulty of...
La la la.

Battle Bards Episode 200: Battle Bards Bicentennial!

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Can you believe it? The Battle Bards have hit 200 amazing episodes! Join Steff, Syl, and Syp as they take a victory lap around...
Sorry, guy.

The Daily Grind: Should double-jump be an MMO standard feature?

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I don't care if it's not realistic, I love double-jumping. Ever since the days of Metroid, getting that sweet extra air time made me...

Flameseeker Chronicles: Hands-on with Guild Wars 2’s new Harbinger, Virtuoso, and Willbender elite specs

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One of the most anticipated features of any Guild Wars 2 expansion is unquestionably the addition of new elite specializations. We got our first...
If I had known then what I know now, I... would have felt no different, really, but it might have mitigated stuff.

WildStar’s Stephan Frost shares the depressing ‘flat circle’ of MMO development

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Former WildStar lead Stephan Frost piped up on Twitter this past Friday to share a story. This isn't just any story, but rather all...
Effing OOPS

Perfect Ten: MMORPGs that would actually benefit from a Classic server

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Here's the thing about having a classic server for a lot of MMORPGs: It doesn't actually do much. In order for a classic server...

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