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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...

Massively Overthinking: Is the age of the $15 subscription coming to an end?

Massively OP's own Justin Olivetti penned a blog post this week in which he muses on the lifespan of the $15 MMO sub...
Bart, stop creating a diversion!

Vague Patch Notes: Do video games really need trade shows anymore?

The past few years have seen some really big seismic shifts in the game industry. In the time that I've been working here alone,...

The Stream Team: Catching Corellia and Korriban datacons in SWTOR

There you viewers go, suggesting the next stop on the SWTOR datacron hunt again. Massively OP's MJ is even more skeptical now, but Larry...

Anthem launches Cataclysm’s final week, abandons Acts structure for future updates

Today marks the final week for the Cataclysm event in Anthem, so if you've among the few who have been playing along, you're...

Ultima Online’s publish 106, Forsaken Foes, is live on the eve of its 22nd birthday

Would you believe we're just a week away from the seminal game of the MMO genre's 22nd birthday? We are indeed, and Ultima...

Choose My Adventure: Accidentally naked adventures in Legends of Aria

It would probably stand to reason that my rise in confidence in Legends of Aria would take a hit this week. But mercifully,...
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...

The MOP Up: Plants vs. Zombies goes multiplayer

Do you remember that quirky personality-filled Plants vs. Zombies lane defense game from way back when? Popcap has been expanding that series franchise ever...

Predictably, the ESA rebuffs UK call to ban lockboxes, citing nebulous transparent lockbox plan

Yesterday, we covered the UK government’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee panel report on addictive technologies: Readers will recall that the...

Anthem is added to the list of free games for EA Access subscribers

It continues to appear that a sword of Damocles with an EA logo emblazoned on it hangs over the head of Anthem. After...

Massively Overthinking: Let’s ban a word from the MMORPG lexicon

A while back, an MMO player I follow on Twitter who also happens to be super into sports retweeted something fun into my feed:...
We're going to be here for a very long while, princess.

Vague Patch Notes: Timesinks, sunk time, and MMOs

Here's a fun question I asked myself a lot back in the day: Why, exactly, did leveling take so long in Final Fantasy XI? The obvious...

UK parliament committee calls for ban on selling lockboxes to kids, deems games industry ‘wilfully obtuse’

As gamers will recall, the UK government's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee panel has been investigating addictive technologies for the better...

Star Wars The Old Republic’s Charles Boyd talks up Onslaught’s first planet, Onderon

The planet of Onderon has a much more vast story history than I was aware of, with the location used in comic book form,...
It doesn't stop.

Perfect Ten: The many modes of social experience in MMOs

There are two statements frequently made with regard to MMOs that seem like linked clauses, but they're not. "MMOs are social games" is a...

Path of Exile cancels new lockboxes-within-lockboxes after ‘intensely negative’ feedback

So let's play a little round of bad news, good news with Path of Exile. Yesterday, with the Blight expansion not even a...

Working As Intended: What it means to be an MMORPG

I am amused and somewhat bewildered to admit that I have my very own pet troll. He follows me around on Reddit to hassle...

EA’s infamous ‘sense of pride and accomplishment’ post now holds a Guinness record – for Reddit downvotes

By now, we're all familiar with the 2017 comment by EA about how lootboxes provide "a sense of pride and accomplishment." The remark...

Battle Bards Episode 152: Main Themes 3

Back for a third round, the Battle Bards examine a slew of main themes from MMORPGs! Considering how essential these themes are in making...

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