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Dual Universe update introduces barter and talent systems

Novaquark's Dual Universe may still be in alpha testing, but the sci-fi title took one giant leap forward this month in becoming a...
Money talks, but what it says isn't engaging sometimes.

EVE Online releases its monthly economic report for April 2019

It is possible that you are not the target audience for the EVE Online monthly economic report. If you aren't looking forward to...

Fallout 76’s Pioneer Scouts and vendors roll out as players debate taxes and the game’s MMO feel

Fallout 76's latest Wild Appalachia update rolled out this week, implementing the Pioneer Scouts faction and quests, new backpacks that boost carry...
no mad lizert

Perfect Ten: Disney movies are all MMO experiences

As a general rule, I feel about Disney films the same way other people feel about the MCU films: They're fine, I'll watch one...

Academics argue WHO’s ‘gaming disorder’ classification could cost South Korea billions

Over the last couple of years, we've been covering the science behind gaming addiction and more specifically the World Health Organization's attempt to insert...

City of Heroes’ Homecoming rogue servers will offer character transfers after all

The business of saving City of Heroes has now stretched on three weeks since our first article, but it hasn't slowed down a...
Not so ugly now.

The Daily Grind: How useless does an MMO drop need to be before it’s vendor trash?

Vendor trash is a weird idea in lots of games. There are usually even specific categories of it; any gray item in World of...
So, bye.

Vague Patch Notes: MMOs are not the same as your single-player games with servers

Recently, I've been trying to get into Bloodborne. This isn't a result of my disliking the Souls franchise as a whole, just that it's never...

TERA is rolling back all progress since yesterday’s patch thanks to a nasty economy exploit

Yesterday's TERA Skywatch: New Heights update brought along a bit more than En Masse bargained for, and now the servers will see...

Pantheon devs discuss LFG tools, disposition, leveling up, and other design tenets

Back in March, Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen's Visionary Realms studio announced its plan to begin releasing roundtable videos that were formerly...

Novaquark’s JC Baillie talks about Dual Universe’s vision of the metaverse

Those who play online titles that act like a separate world like Second Life or VRChat are likely familiar with the concept of a...

Massively Overthinking: If an MMO item is buyable with gold, does that excuse its presence in the cash shop?

This week's Overthinking topic comes from longtime MOP reader and commenter Sally Bowls. It's about monetization, but it's a nuanced argument we don't...

Indie hacking MMO Spycursion admits defeat on Kickstarter, but game development will continue

We've been tracking the Kickstarter for upcoming hacking MMO Spycursion for several weeks now, and it's coming down to its last two...

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...

Space MUD Starmourn adds Bounty Hunters, new zones, and more

How is it that there's a gigantic new space MMO with a dozen playable races, starship combat, exploration, trading, and even hacking on the...

MMOs You’ve Never Heard Of: Astroflux, Star Sonata, and Mankind Reborn

Welcome back to another brief roundup of MMOs and other online games you've (probably) never heard of. Astroflux is an interesting one that...

The Daily Grind: If MMOs scaled back on combat, what should fill that space?

I know that I'm not the first or the last person to accuse modern MMOs of being far to combat-centric in their design, but...

Warframe’s Operation Buried Debts, Hildryn ‘frame, and melee combat revamp are live

Digital Extremes is keeping the pressure up with Warframe's incessant content rollouts, and we are not mad about it at all. Last night,...
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...

Red Dead Online’s testers grump over patch issues as Rockstar updates with Fool’s Gold event

During MOP's last podcast recording, Justin and I discussed Snail Games' upcoming Outlaws of the Old West survival sandbox MMO-lite, and naturally we pointed...

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