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The Soapbox: How Pathfinder killed World of Warcraft for me

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World of Warcraft: Shadowlands launches today. I will not be playing. Once upon a time, a new WoW expansion would be a...
Older times.

Vague Patch Notes: Players aren’t the only people who should prepare for their MMO to die

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There are certain realities that developers need to reckon with that start with acknowledging a certain degree of reality, and one of those bits...

Niantic just announced Pokemon Go Beyond, the game’s biggest content update ever

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Pokemon GO has already had an overwhelming number of events since late September, with both hits and some misses, but Niantic’s...

Massively on the Go: Pokemon Go’s quality-of-life changes aren’t half bad

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So, Niantic's pushed out a few more changes to Pokemon GO, and it's not all doom and gloom! In fact, a few changes have...

From dockyard disaster to sailing success: How World of Warships learned from the Puerto Rico event fiasco

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Gamers tend to harp on game companies for the very public mistakes they make. While most of the criticism is clearly deserved, occasionally a...

Why I Play: Exploring World of Warcraft as a free-to-play game

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A few weeks back, the Massively OP staff discussed, among other things, whether World of Warcraft's leveling revamp coupled with its continued...
As in close your mouth and stop talking.

Vague Patch Notes: Managing the MMO message, volume two: How to shut up

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It wasn't so long ago that we talked about managing the message when it comes to fans and the like, but today I...

Massively-on-the-Go: Gotta cash’em all in Pokemon Go

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In the last few editions of the Massively-on-the-Go column, I've been covering the deluge of events and updates Pokemon Go has...
Time is a flat circle.

Vague Patch Notes: The wax and wane of MMOs and genres

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I started writing for Massively-that-was in October of 2009. That was 11 years ago. Oh... oh my word, no, that was so long ago....

Massively-on-the-Go: Niantic’s ‘Mega’ missteps in Pokemon Go

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Previously in our Massively-on-the-Go column, we covered the deluge of events and updates Pokemon Go has seen this season, with a bit...

Massively on the Go: All the events and promos coming Pokemon Go this fall

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Pokemon Go has received a sudden influx of new events, updates, partnerships, and "heads-ups" from Niantic in the past few days. Most are...

Massively on the Go: Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Dynamax Adventure dungeons for the fan and MMO player

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Helping to bring the Pokemon main-series games closer into the MMO realm, Pokemon Sword and Shield's new expansion, The Crown Tundra, introduced Dynamax Adventures, a...

MMO Burnout: Red Dead Redemption 2 succeeds in spite of itself

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I have very little experience in the Red Dead world. I can recall wandering around Best Buy nearly two decades ago and encountering...
Ah ha.

Vague Patch Notes: Kickstarter shouldn’t be your investor demo funding

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There are a few things that kind of make me see red about indie game studios. Generally speaking I'm of the philosophy that indie...

First Impressions: OARPG Torchlight III just hasn’t click-clicked with me yet

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Since it never hurts to be honest, I should say upfront here that Echtra Games' decision to radically retool Torchlight III from a...

Explaining Genshin Impact’s impact: Is it actually worth your time?

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In Explaining Genshin Impact’s impact: The reinvention of gachapon, I went into the nitty-gritty of the gacha system and how it's actually pretty...
Burn me bro.

Vague Patch Notes: Managing the MMO message – and when to piss off your fans

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Remember at the beginning of this year when Mark Jacobs managed to basically enrage everyone with his announcement of another game his company was working...
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Vague Patch Notes: What we mean when we talk about MMO success – and failure

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Yesterday, aside from love being such an easy game to play, MOP's Justin graced us with a Daily Grind asking about why it...
ha ha moneymaking go brrrrrrrrrr

Vague Patch Notes: Why stan an MMO with nothing to show for itself?

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We need to talk about Star Citizen, folks. But maybe not in the way you might be thinking. Not about the game's development, which...

The Soapbox: The joys of MMO collecting

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I’ve often sat and pondered exactly what it is that I enjoy about the MMO experience. After all, being educated about your own likes...

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