classic mmo

Generally used to describe MMOs from before World of Warcraft’s launch in 2004, though sometimes shortened to describe just the first few MMOs launched prior to 2000.

Massively Overthinking: Thoughts on the holy trinity in MMOs

One of MOP's bright new columnists, Tyler Edwards, blogs over at Superior Realities, and he recently brought to my attention his pieces...

Desert Oasis: Reframing player perceptions of Pearl Abyss’ MMO Black Desert

Hello and welcome to our revival of the Black Desert column! The Desert Nomad decided it was time to reroll for the new...

RuneScape sparks up its Firemaking skill in latest game update

We didn't start the fire, but that might change with RuneScape's latest update, which brings a massive overhaul to the game's Firemaking skill....

Choose My Adventure: The almost-zen of crafting in Legends of Aria

Funny how this run of Choose My Adventure arrives after we've had a discussion about designed downtime, because the crafting and gathering...

Astellia provides a general rundown of its crafting system

It might not burn many barns, but Astellia will indeed have crafting, something the devs feel is an important part of the overall...
It was cute.

The Daily Grind: Is it possible for an MMO to make you feel like a kid again?

Last month on /r/mmorpg, there was a thread about finding MMOs that will make you feel like a kid again. You can probably...

Old School RuneScape talks player behavior, improving PvP, and fixing old content in a Q&A

A beefy Q&A video from the devs of Old School RuneScape offered up an opportunity to discuss a variety of matters relevant to...

Massively Overthinking: Designed downtime in MMORPGs

In a Daily Grind not long ago, MOP reader Armsbend said something I thought just cried out for discussion. After noting that he...

RuneScape delays Firemaking updates and previews its Freedom camera mode

Bit of bad news, good news out of the RuneScape camp: The bad news is that the improvements to the Firemaking skill are...

Perfect Ten: MMOs that set themselves up as spiritual successors

As with the larger video game market, sequels aren't unknown in the MMO space. We've seen studios take a stab at following up successful...

Ultima Online’s Rising Tide update launches today with improved ship combat, vet rewards, and kitchens

At the beginning of 2019, Broadsword announced big things for Ultima Online: an entire year of content on the high seas, inspired by...
Sand!

Old School RuneScape improves its quest panel while providing plenty of sand storage

Do you need help storing sand in old school RuneScape? Good news, then, as the game's latest patch adds in a new Sandstone...
Everyone likes hunting, everyone likes bounties! Why didn't this work?

RuneScape is yanking the Bounty Hunter system, consolidating shape-changing, and more

Sometimes the best way to improve content in an MMO is to throw it away, remove it from the game, and then pretend it...

The MOP Up: MapleStory goes to the arcade

If you're playing MapleStory, chances are that you're not too prim and proper to enjoy some goofy fun. So pop in a quarter...

Jukebox Heroes: Eldevin’s soundtrack

I can't say that Eldevin has ever risen very high on my MMO radar, but over the past year or so I've noticed...
SO many things.

RuneScape’s lady devs host AMA on getting started in the industry, stream abuse, and rocks

In honor of International Womens' Day, the ladies (and at least one dude) who work at RuneScape studio Jagex have graciously teamed...

The Daily Grind: What’s the best MMORPG for getting your character super drunk?

Fallout 76's dev blog a few weeks ago about its upcoming brewing and distilling skills - which are actually surprisingly detailed - got...
All right, I can sort of see it.

Anarchy Online’s first-ever progression server, Rubi-Ka 2019, is now live

As promised, Funcom has rolled out Anarchy Online's first "fresh-start" progression server today. The studio's calling it Rubi-Ka 2019, and yes, you...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 210: The spice must flow

Justin and Bree discuss Funcom's Dune, Anarchy Online's prog, Elder Scrolls Online's Wrathstone, Atlas' wipe, Guild Wars 2's layoffs, DDO's Sharn expansion, and Outlaws of the Old West, with adventures in Eldevin, LOTRO, Paragon Chat, Trove, and SWG; a mailbag question on finding laid-back MMOs; and a sponsored segment on Black Desert.

The MOP Up: Space Engineers jury-rigs a release

Everyone knows that engineers are the unsung heroes of civilization, and space engineers doubly so! So join us in saluting Space Engineers, the...

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