economy

Desert Oasis: A guide to getting started with Black Desert’s lifeskill system

For pretty much all of my MMO-gaming career, I avoided anything involving crafting, gathering, and cooking. If the problem can't be solved with a...
Ah yes, teamwork.

Massively Overthinking: How are MMO players faring through the pandemic?

This week's Overthinking is going to be a bit different from normal. As we've been covering extensively for more than the past two...

EVE Online details management of the sandbox ecosystem and explains the intention of resource distribution

The one constant in EVE Online is that things are always changing, but sometimes it's not always clear why things are changing.

Valorant’s closed beta starts next week, while Runeterra improves its economy

In a bid to make all of the video games in the known universe, Riot Games is juggling several major projects right now. Its...

Massively Overthinking: What do you hoard in MMORPGs?

Last week, online gamers made headlines for hoarding toilet paper. No, not in real life - in Fallout 76. Way to embrace...

Life Beyond’s latest patch makes some economy fixes and ironwood beetles less angry

It's not a particularly large patch as these things go, but Life Beyond has made some noteworthy adjustments in its latest release...
That was a real laugh!

Vague Patch Notes: Ambition is not delivery in MMOs

So Chronicles of Elyria is dead in the water. Or... wait, that's not actually accurate; let me start again. Chronicles of Elyria...
Goodbye dignity.

Phantasy Star Online 2 alters the rewards of its Xbox Game Pass Ultimate perks

If you'd somehow managed to miss this fact, Phantasy Star Online 2 is currently live in North America as an Xbox One exclusive....

Working As Intended: Deep-diving Star Wars Galaxies’ endgame crafting

When I leaped back into Star Wars Galaxies via the SWG Legends rogue server mid-2018, I didn't really truly think I'd stay...
Up, up, up.

Wisdom of Nym: Impressions of the second set of Ishgard Restoration in Final Fantasy XIV

All right! So this is not actually the column topic that I announced last week, but in my defense, I legitimately did not know...

Prosperous Universe lets players rent warehouses and design mushrooms in the Presence update

Of the myriad things players can do in the economy-minded sandbox of Prosperous Universe, one thing they couldn't do was create their own...

Albion Online’s 2020 roadmap promises more solo and small group content, improved faction warfare

The remainder of 2020 in Albion Online looks to be an important one for a number of different playstyles in the game if...

Woodpunk MMO Last Oasis sails into Steam early access on March 26

For the past year and change, we've been covering survival MMO Last Oasis, which developer Donkey Crew calls a "post-apocalyptic clan-based nomadic...

The MOP Up: Red Dead Redemption’s puke rope saves the day

Puke may have ended Elvis Presley's life, but it could save yours -- if you're playing Red Dead Redemption 2, that is. Polygon posted...

EVE Online tours offices as fans debate potential coronavirus impact on Fanfest

MMO players will recall that all throughout 2019, EVE Online studio CCP Games changed up its usual Fanfest in Reykjavik, Iceland, opting instead...

Hegemony promises its economy is ‘truly equal in playing field’

Worried that coming in late to the crafting and economic game of Hegemony will put you at a disadvantage to those who have...

The Daily Grind: Does an MMO’s economy ever stop you from going back?

I've written before about MMO economies and how badly handled inflation can wreck them because it's one of my pet favorite topics, but the...

Saga of Lucimia may be moving toward a hybrid business model

While the topic of lockboxes, cash shops, and business models isn't anything new -- which is an understatement -- Saga of Lucimia's...

Wolcen muddles through ongoing online server issues to mixed reviews and an active playerbase

The optional co-op (co-optional?) ARPG Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem, which released on Steam last week, has had a bit of a rough...

Life Beyond’s economy gets a boost, plus its studio snags an Epic Mega Grant

MOP's Bree once argued that the economy was the central core of MMOs, the one element that truly bound an online game together and...

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