carbine studios

An NCsoft studio known primarily for WildStar.

I half-see.

Vague Patch Notes: Trying to salvage MMOs from bad launches

So I'm glad that Crucible got a "pull back to beta" instead of a complete shutdown. I'm surprised but still happy because that's...
Masterful.

NCsoft MOBA Master x Master should’ve turned three years old in the west this month

Way back in 2014 on Old Massively, our team began covering Master x Master, a new MOBA by NCsoft, then in beta...

The Daily Grind: What are the coolest MMO alien races?

OK, for today's topic, we're going to be limiting ourselves strictly to scifi MMORPGs (sorry fantasy, you'll have to settle for pretty much 95%...

One Shots: Reading rainbow

Last week we asked readers to share their favorite color in the form of a screenshot. But why pick one color when WildStar...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO are you most nostalgic for?

I'll admit it, I'm an absolute fool for nostalgia. Things that I loved in the past can still bring a warm glow to my...

Perfect Ten: The most fun pre-launch MMO runs

You know what's really fun? The build-up to an MMO's release, especially when you're really invested in that particular game. Some of my fondest...

Massively Overthinking: Deleting pieces of MMOs to save them

Two ideas floated across my virtual desk in recent weeks, neither directly relating to MMORPGs, but they put the nugget of an idea in...
Take care.

A happy posthumous birthday to the dearly departed WildStar

Today marks the six-year anniversary of WildStar's release. There are no in-game events planned for the game, however, due to the fact that the...

Perfect Ten: Unconventional MMORPG magic classes

Earth. Fire. Air. Water. These elements are all well and good if you want to summon Captain Planet for some reason, but they...

Battle Bards Episode 169: Wild Things

Do you ever walk on the wild side in MMOs? Do you have a penchant for beastly races that aren’t merely reskinned humans? Then...

Working as Intended: Sparking joy in MMOs

On this week's podcast, I mentioned that I'd just finished off Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, something that superficially...
Bye.

Vague Patch Notes: What causes the preponderance of disconnected MMO endgames?

Yesterday, I wrote a whole column about how WildStar had some really great stuff in it. I did not mention its endgame at...
Effing OOPS

Perfect Ten: The top 10 things we loved about WildStar

WildStar was a really neat game that was run by people who had no idea what was good about it. I'd apologize for...
There was something beautiful and wonderful and it destroyed itself.

The Daily Grind: Is there a specific point in an MMO’s development when you know it’s doomed?

I was tabbing back through one of my favorite Old Massively columns when I bumped into this quote and had to go look...

The Soapbox: The sunsetted MMORPGs I miss the most

I'm pining for the fjords. Not in the way that would assume I'm becoming some jaded and angry MMO fan; I'm never going to stop...
YOU WERE THE CHOSEN ONE!

Massively Overthinking: Would you play a housing-only MMO?

Last week, MOP's Justin put up a neat post on his personal blog about the potential for bringing back just the part of...

Massively on the Go: Animal Crossing’s housing islands from an MMO player’s perspective

One multiplayerish game that we've talked about a bit as the MOP team's been quarantined on the Golden Yacht is Animal Crossing: New...

The Daily Grind: Which MMOs have the best movement animation?

While it's not utterly necessary, an MMORPG that lets my character be very mobile and agile is a delight to experience. So many MMOs,...

The Daily Grind: What is your favorite memory from a shuttered MMORPG?

Free Realms. Warhammer Online. WildStar. Asheron's Call. We've lived through so these and so many other MMO shutdowns over the...
YOU WERE THE CHOSEN ONE!

The Daily Grind: How do you deal with jealousy and FOMO in your MMORPGs?

Earlier this week, Polygon ran a piece on Animal Crossing: New Horizons players who were not happy. It's not because of the...

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