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The Daily Grind: What bit of MMO lore bothers you more than it probably should?

Pandaren in World of Warcraft have always bothered me. Not because the expansion that introduced them was bad (it was certainly better than the...

The Game Archaeologist’s ultimate MMO archives v3.0

Behind history are people and stories, some of them well-known and some of them obscure. It has been my mission in The Game...

The Daily Grind: What is the best written MMO character?

In the past couple of Lord of the Rings Online expansions, I've noticed that the writing team has kind of created a breakout...
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MMO Burnout: Pokemon Sword and Shield is fun but not innovative

I have a vivid memory from when I was younger - about 12 or so - of walking through the local Walmart with my...

Ask Mo: The hits and misses of MassivelyOP’s 2019 predictions

The day has come: the day when we look back at last year's predictions for this year and see how we did. Yep,...
In homeboy's defense, he really was a harbinger of doom.

WoW Factor: How WoW’s Corruption system breaks the redeeming features of Titanforging

Last time around in WoW Factor, we took a nice healthy look back at how itemization has evolved in World of Warcraft...

The Daily Grind: What was the best new zone added to an MMO in 2019?

Thanks to MOP reader Agemyth's suggestion way back in 2016, we’ve been debating the best new zone added to an MMO for the...
Cool eats.

Wisdom of Nym: Impressions of Final Fantasy XIV’s first Blue Mage extension

Here we are. The newest Final Fantasy XIV patch is as much a proof of concept as the original Blue Mage launch was, showing...
Are you a door or not?!

The Daily Grind: Do sealed doors in MMOs bother you?

I am well aware of the reasoning behind why there are several doors in Final Fantasy XIV on buildings you cannot enter. The point...
Set sail, etc.

Perfect Ten: The healthiest live MMOs at the end of 2019

Everyone is healthy! Good news! Every game is super healthy and absolutely no one has a terminal playerbase disease that may result in the...

Warframe of Mind: Previewing Empyrean and Railjacks with Digital Extremes

Last Friday's dev stream showed off more about Warframe Railjack - more as in flight and in fights! The devs detailed the...

The Daily Grind: What place in MMOs you wish you could explore – but can’t?

I don't know how high I'd rate on an MMO explorer scale, but I have been known to go off-track and wander around in...

Flameseeker Chronicles: Guild Wars 2’s 2019 year in review, from the layoffs to Icebrood

It’s no secret that 2019 was a rough year for Guild Wars 2. There were some bright spots in there as well, however,...

The Daily Grind: How much do you mind loading screens in MMOs?

Maybe I'm showing my old-school nature here, but loading screens don't bother me all that much. I cut my MMO teeth on games like...
Make me.

Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV’s crafting class utility

There are eight crafting classes in Final Fantasy XIV, and in all likelihood we're always going to have eight crafting classes at this...

Not So Massively: Kingdom Under Fire 2 is ambitious, unique, and deeply flawed

When I first heard about Kingdom Under Fire II by publisher Gameforge, I wasn't sure what to expect. I'd heard that it...
I'm not sure which set of CGI looks better. That's not good.

The Daily Grind: What MMO deserves its own movie or TV show?

In going through our annual posts ahead of our December awards and whatnot, I noticed a bunch of stories about movies and TV shows...
I like the way you move.

The Daily Grind: How much does value matter to you in MMOs?

Value is a weird concept. It makes sense at face value; for example, it's pretty easy to sit down, list exactly the features I...

LOTRO Legendarium: Second breakfasts and the importance of food

Here's an esoteric tidbit for you today: Way back in 2010 when I took over the Lord of the Rings Online column at...

The Daily Grind: What is the worst-designed MMO quest?

The other night I was working my way through a fairly typical quest in Lord of the Rings Online in which I had to...

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