carbine studios

An NCsoft studio known primarily for WildStar.

WildStar’s Nexus Forever emulator previews a mostly functional housing system

Sure, WildStar had some endgame things like high-level Adventures, dungeons, and raids, but for many players (self included), the real endgame was housing....

Battle Bards Episode 156: Feeling blue

Is blue a color? An emotion? A song? An overused alien skin tone? One thing is for certain: Blue shows up an awful lot...

One Shots: Earth, water, fire, air… and heart!

We all know that a great and terrible power is summoned when you gather together the elements of earth, water, fire, air, and heart....

The Daily Grind: If you could bring back an MMO for a single day, what would you do in it?

Here's the good news: You've been handed a device that has the power to resurrect a sunsetted MMORPG and activate servers for you and...

The Game Archaeologist: The day Dungeons and Dragons Online dropped the free-to-play bomb

By 2009, the MMORPG genre had firmly established a norm for its business model. For over a decade, a monthly subscription -- usually $15...

The Daily Grind: How much does an MMO’s art style determine whether you’ll try it?

I am not much of a Borderlands person, but the franchise has been impossible to ignore the last couple of weeks with the launch...
It can later become unreal, of course.

The Daily Grind: Are you a fan of dodge and joust mechanics in MMOs?

Deep in the bowels of a Reddit thread about WildStar vs. WoW Classic a while back, several people mentioned WildStar's combat as being...

Massively Overthinking: Problematic faves in MMOs

A while back, a reader suggested that it was impossible for a fan who loves something to recognize its shortcomings, and I was taken...
SELF-DESTRUCT

Vague Patch Notes: Lazy MMO developers don’t exist (at least not the way you’re thinking)

The other night, I was reading the Final Fantasy XIV subreddit and came across that gem of all gems for people who love...

WildStar composer Jeff Kurtenacker’s second Q&A talks unfinished music, the end of OST sales, and NCsoft

The always generous and lovely Jeff Kurtenacker, composer of WildStar's outstanding score, has uploaded the second episode of his JK Q&A series of...
We all live on a ship of heroes

Into the Super-verse: How Ship of Heroes is winning the superhero race

When it came to the explosion of spiritual successors to City of Heroes, there's definitely something to be said about being first on...

WildStar composer Jeff Kurtenacker answers fan questions about the game’s soundtrack

WildStar is dead and gone, but we will always have the soundtrack, which is all over YouTube for those who perhaps missed out...
Listen up.

WildStar composer Jeff Kurtenacker asks fans for their soundtrack questions

While WildStar may be gone, its memory still looms large in the minds of many fans, especially when it comes to the game's...

One Shots: Dark beauties

I think that there's a lot of dark beauty to be found in MMORPGs, but hey, when I ask the One Shots community to...

Massively Overthinking: Our favorite MMORPG zones of all time

I once heard it said that a popular studio - I think it was Blizzard - made it a point of asking prospective developers...
Sorry, guy.

The Daily Grind: Which MMO would’ve benefited from early access?

In our mailbag podcast a few weeks back, we answered a question about Wildstar, specifically about whether early access might have helped...

The Daily Grind: Which online game has a personality that mirrors yours?

Intentionally designed or not, every MMO and online game exudes a personality, and no two are exactly alike. It might be the cheerful anarchy...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 227: Your letters, our answers!

Justin and Bree dip into the mailbag for a full clean-out! Topics include City of Heroes and sunsets, offensive names, player housing, returning to MMOs, MMO associations, memorabilia, Hytale, modding, and whether early access would've saved WildStar.
This was not the worst, but we will buy the bus.

Perfect Ten: The most poorly managed MMO sunsets of all time

MMOs shut down. This is just kind of a reality. It's an unpleasant one, but we also are collectively aware that it happens and...

Battle Bards Episode 146: More vocals

In another theme sequel, the Battle Bards return to the notion of vocal tracks in MMORPGs. Does singing hold a special place in online...

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