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Interview: Camelot Unchained lays out its innovative alchemy system

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One of the major slices of content being worked on in this current 90-day quadrant of Camelot Unchained development is its crafting system, specifically...
Elegy.

Vague Patch Notes: MMO sunsets and the myth of meritocracy

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A few weeks back, I talked about why a given MMO might have failed even when it possessed good qualities. It was a response...

Massively on the Go: Getting the most out of your Animal Crossing Warp Pipes

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As I mentioned in our Nintendo Direct February recap, the Mario-item crossover in Animal Crossing: New Horizons included functional warp-pipes, bringing fast travel to...

Massively on the Go: Everything notable – and potentially multiplayer – from Pokemon Presents

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Well Pokemon fans, I'm sure a few of you saw yesterday's Pokemon Presents presentation. While I don't think many people were surprised that a long-rumored remake...

Massively on the Go: Pokemon Go’s Season 2 is Legendary

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Not only do Pokemon Go players still have a Rocket Event and Bird Trio raids coming up on February 28th, but the next seasonal...
In a world of human wreckage

Vague Patch Notes: Considering the soloer’s experience in MMOs

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I sized him up from where he sat across from me. He was intelligent, that much I could tell just at a glance -...

Stick and Rudder: Seven player-made Elite Dangerous tools that you should check out

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Since beginning my Elite Dangerous journey, I’ve been impressed and delighted to find many community-supported tools available to aid Elite players in navigating the...

Massively On The Go: Pokemon Go’s Kanto Tour failed to Meet Go Fest 2020’s high standards

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So Pokemon Go Kanto Tour has passed, and we're currently in the middle of the "week-long wrap-up event." I'm using quotes because, frankly, the Kanto...

Massively on the Go: Your complete guide to the Pokemon Go Kanto tour

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The Pokemon GO Kanto Tour is almost upon us! On Saturday, February 20th, ticket holders will have an opportunity to collect most of the 151 Kanto...
Bored now.

Vague Patch Notes: The challenge of the average MMO player

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Pick an MMO, any MMO you know pretty well. Pick an MMO where you have a good sense of how much content there is...
Bad people.

Vague Patch Notes: Emergent gameplay in MMOs isn’t a defense of awful behavior

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To the surprise (or at least disappointment) of many, it turns out that some players in Elite: Dangerous found an exciting and fresh way to...
So here's the deal.

Vague Patch Notes: If this MMO was so good, why didn’t it succeed?

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Your mission today, should you choose to accept it, is to participate in an experiment. I want you to write up a nice long...
Mouselook

Vague Patch Notes: The difficult value of MMOs

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If given the option, I would probably get a lifetime subscription to Final Fantasy XIV. But the key word there is probably, and this is a...
Not riding a dinosaur.

Vague Patch Notes: What makes MMO leveling feel good?

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A shine of light, a sound effect, a screen graphic. Sometimes you get more fanfare than elsewhere. In Final Fantasy XIV, the game's victory fanfare...
Give me hope that help is coming when I need it most.

Vague Patch Notes: In defense of easy fun, in MMOs and elsewhere

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I don't play video games to be challenged. I play them to have fun. This isn't to say that these are inherently separate propositions. People...

Massively on the Go: Monster Hunter Rise’s demo is merely a less pretty taste of Monster Hunter World

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I have to admit, from the demo, Monster Hunter Rise isn't what I was expecting. Having played Monster Hunter World on both PS4 and on...

MassivelyOP’s complete 2020 awards debrief and annual recap

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As we did in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 (whee!), today I'm going to recap our annual awards and other meta articles from the...
I see.

Vague Patch Notes: Yes, Virginia, that counts as an MMO

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There is a particular comment we get on a semi-regular basis, and it is always wrong. It shows up on a wide variety of...

Working As Intended: The MMOs we lost in 2020

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I'm happy to report that the list of MMOs that sunsetted in 2020 was shorter than in previous years, but I'm sure you'll join...

You could be a Pokemon Go NPC trainer in Kanto, plus Mega Ampharos, Machop and more news

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Ever wanted to be in an NPC in a Pokemon game? Well, Niantic is giving you a very slim chance to do so in Pokemon...

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