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Vague Patch Notes: The myth of the days before MMO datamining

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For those of you who don't know, this column was named after Final Fantasy XI. Specifically, it was named after the practice that particular game...

No, Twitch’s move to investigate off-platform toxicity is not ‘novel’ for the industry

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Twitch is changing its hateful conduct and harassment policy once again, this time to allow moderators to take into account problematic activity that occurs...

Why I Play: Multiplayer sandbox Eco is so much more than just an ecology simulator

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I’ve been struggling to come up with a succinct way to describe Eco. The game was recently the subject of a Whatever Happened To...
Small steps.

Elite Dangerous Odyssey’s second phase of alpha testing is tentatively scheduled for Thursday

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Players of the Elite: Dangerous Odyssey alpha test appear to be ready to move forward with phase two of testing, and for the most...

The Daily Grind: How do you handle difficult MMO players?

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Social gaming means both the good and the bad of social interactions. And while there are a lot of incredibly enjoyable conversations and encounters...

Star Citizen promises that some ‘highly requested new features’ will be added to its roadmap this week

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Are you ready to watch some new goalposts move around? Or are you ready for some new features to be iterated upon? There really...

Choose My Adventure: Getting invested in RIFT’s Instant Adventures

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So, before we begin, this is what happened with one of the polls: a dead-even split between doing Instant Adventures and following the breadcrumb...

Casually Classic: Three things I’m anticipating (and three I’m dreading) for WoW’s Burning Crusade Classic

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With the Burning Crusade Classic beta underway, it's hard not to be dwelling on the near future of WoW Classic. Everyone's maneuvering their accounts,...

Lord of the Rings Online players create a video memorial for a fallen friend

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When one of Lord of the Rings Online's beloved community members passed away, friends and fellow players decided to do something in his honor....

Dual Universe has finally admitted JC Baillie is no longer running Novaquark, but it’s mum about who is

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This piece has been updated at the end; the original is as follows. The Dual Universe community has been churning over the last couple of...

The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG has the worst ‘wealth gap’ between old and new players?

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Folks, I want to talk about money - video game money. I was surfing the City of Heroes subreddit a while back when I...

Massively Uplifting: Gamestonk, gorillas, and giving in MMOs

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When it comes to feel-good stories in the general media, coming across a positive one about gaming seems harder than finding a four-leaf clover....

Valheim can now be played in VR thanks to a modder

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Bless the modder community, making games we enjoy even better. That could certainly be said for the VHVR mod, which lets players of Valheim...

The Daily Grind: What do you think about ‘exclusive’ zones in MMORPGs?

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I want to talk about exclusive zones today - specifically, Guild Wars 2's lounges, something I haven't seen in many other MMOs at all....

The MOP Up: Skyforge takes Switch players to the moon

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Earlier this year, Nintendo Switch users were treated to a full-fledged MMORPG with the launch of Skyforge on the platform. Now, Skyforge is taking...

One Shots: Riding the dino to the prom

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You think you were all decked out in finery and had a spiffy ride the last time you went to a formal dance? You...
Banjo music.

WRUP: How to make a giant mess out of the inside of your car if that’s your goal for whatever reason edition

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What you'll need: A box of plastic disposable forks. Four bottles of foaming shaving cream. Rubber bands. Glitter. A Roomba. One full set of...
So here's the deal.

The Daily Grind: What cancelled MMOs deserve a rogue server?

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As a historian, game preservationist, and general MMORPG geek, it does my heart good to see players do their best to restore and operate...

Dual Universe delays its missions system, opens tutorial portal

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The March newsletter for Dual Universe is out, containing a wrap-up of how this space sandbox fared over the course of the month. Update...

The Daily Grind: What argument does your MMO’s community have that would make no sense in other MMOs?

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I don't think it's possible to go a day on a City of Heroes server, back in the old days or now on the...

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