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Massively on the Go: Pokemon GO Fest 2021 might be the last great GO Fest

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Still cleaning out your pokemon collections, trainers? I know I still need to! Pokemon Go’s recent Go Fest 2021 was a return to form...

Massively on the Go: How Jackbox Games helped gamers stay social through COVID

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For some people, Jackbox Games' Party Packs were a COVID lifesaver. While many of us have a lot of virtual connections thanks to our...
Mean elf.

Vague Patch Notes: Hating an MMO isn’t the same as having a personality

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There was a friend I had at one point who had a particularly annoying habit. Whenever I would bring up something obnoxious that was...

Camelot Unchained boss rebuts theory that its studio finances are in disarray

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Dedicated readers of MassivelyOP already know that Camelot Unchained has become an MMO saddled with controversy over the last couple of years. Originally Kickstarted...

Hands-on with Monster Hunter Stories 2: Teasing out the multiplayer content

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So Monster Hunter Stories 2 is out in the wild now, and to be honest, the demo does the game no justice for MH fans, and...

Four Winds: MassivelyOP’s guide to getting started in Swords of Legends Online

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It's a strange trend whenever new MMOs launch that there's a deluge of tutorial videos on a bunch of topics but a shortage of...

First impressions: Monster Hunter Stories 2’s demo raises new multiplayer questions

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When Monster Hunter Stories 2 was first announced, I ignored it. The original had no appeal to me whatsoever. I actually felt bad when a friend tried...
Big.

Vague Patch Notes: Playerbase size doesn’t have to be everything in MMOs

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I'm already worried about Crowfall. Not because of personal experiences, mind you; I haven't yet played it or anything, and all I have to...
Oh snaps.

Vague Patch Notes: MMO players are a bad substitute for professional testers

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Test servers are, let's face it, kind of a terrible idea that just keeps getting trotted out there in the MMO space. And the...

Massively on the Go: Pokemon Go’s July events start with Bidoof and ends with a mystery

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Pokemon Go’s previously mentioned Bidoof events in June are actually spilling into July with Bidoof Breakout event. While Bidoof will be taking over all levels of...

MMO Burnout: Retro-inspired games offer a sense of accomplishment with a side of nostalgia

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For someone who absolutely abhors the mere mention of paying a monthly sub for a game, I am totally sold on the Xbox Game...
Please get out of my yard.

Pokemon Go Fest 2021 brings back most legendaries plus new raid achievements

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Remember how we reported on Pokemon Go’s next Go Fest's reveal, but we had only Day 1 and general information? Well, Niantic's Released Day 2's raid...

The Soapbox: Abusing MMO community reps over design decisions is not only toxic but futile

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Recently, an online video game community rep was run off Twitter by "fans." The CM's fellow game dev shared how upset she was that...

Massively on the Go: Niantic is partially rolling back Pokemon Go’s COVID bonuses

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Almost a month ago I argued that Pokemon GO's COVID changes should not be rolled back. I was under no illusions that Niantic would...

Massively on the Go: Revisiting Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge’s ARG

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A former coworker and I recently went to Disneyland, incidentally on the same day. We were talking about our days there, and she wondered...
Schwing

Vague Patch Notes: Bugs are hard in MMOs

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So apparently it's been pretty hard to play Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis. I don't know from personal experience (fool me once, shame...

Four Winds: Everything you need to know about Amazon’s Lost Ark

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Raise your hands if you've been eagerly waiting for Lost Ark. Now give me a high five because as announced earlier today, it's finally...

Stick and Rudder: Launch impressions of Elite Dangerous Odyssey

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On June 3rd, 2020, Frontier Developments made an announcement that had fans of the Elite franchise excited for new possibilities. After decades of being...

The Soapbox: MMO monetization that complements poor game design makes us all losers

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I have a problem: As much as I enjoy games, I can see that many online and multiplayer games are becoming designed more poorly...
Burn.

Vague Patch Notes: The specter of MMO burnout and what it means

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Lately, I've been thinking a lot about burnout. This is due in no small part to the fact that I am majorly burnt out...

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