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An NCsoft studio known primarily for WildStar.

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...
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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...
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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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Global Chat: Is Animal Crossing New Horizons an MMO?

One trend that we have noticed over the past decade or so is the blurring of lines between "regular" video games and MMORPGs. It...

Massively Overthinking: What MMO topics have you changed your mind on over the years?

On last week's Massively OP Podcast, Justin and I took a stab at answering a fun question from MOP reader and listener Pieter...

Choose My Adventure: The end of the breadcrumb trail in Albion Online

Well, that didn’t take long. This week was all about following the rest of the breadcrumb trail in Albion Online to see where it...

Massively Overthinking: How could MMOs combat endgame rushing?

Rushers, content locusts, world-firsters: Whatever you want to call them, these folks are both a boon and a bane for MMORPGs. They buy the...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 261: PAX yay, GDC nay

Justin and Bree discuss PAX East, GDC, the coronavirus' impact on gaming, Magic Legends, Population Zero, Marvel Future Revolution, LOTRO and DDO, Funcom and Dune, and City of Heroes, plus adventures in AQ3D, CoH, and SWG Legends, with mailbag topics on everything MMOs and the doom of WildStar.
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Massively Overthinking: How essential are hardcore gamers to an MMO’s health?

Last week, there was a positively eyebrow-raising thread on the Guild Wars 2 subreddit that tied neatly into the overall MMORPG meta discussion...
We got it back, after all.

Perfect Ten: Dead MMOs resurrected via rogue servers

Last December, the Massively OP 2019 Awards gave its "Best Trend" nod to the rise of rogue servers in the MMO genre. Preservation...

Battle Bards Episode 162: Mystery abounds

Do you love a good mystery? A hidden secret? A riddle wrapped in an enigma and presented on a platter of puzzle? Then you’re...

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