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Animal Crossing New Horizons adds cooking and island design in major update and paid DLC

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If you thought Animal Crossing: New Horizons was effectively dead lately, you're not alone: The updates for the last six months were unhappy times even...

Massively on the Go: Pokemon Go’s latest interview is light on answers and heavy on spin

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In our many years of coverage of Pokemon Go, we've found it's been pretty common for Niantic to issue unclear announcements, and one-on-one interviews...

Massively on the Go: Dealing with virtual harassment and stalking in MMOARGs

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Gamers have been discussing the real-world issues that arise in augmented reality games, especially Pokemon Go, for years. In fact, Raph Koster himself addressed...
Not the point.

Vague Patch Notes: All MMO play and no work makes Jack a dull boy

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Here is my hard-hitting New World review: I haven't played it and don't have any urgent impetus to do so, but maybe it's great. It...

Stick and Rudder: Recapping everything Star Citizen showed at the latest CitizenCon

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The digital CitizenCon event has, for all intents and purposes, come and gone, lining up a series of seven different video panels that were...
For SOME REASON

Vague Patch Notes: Anonymity is not why people are awful online

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One of the intentions of the Vague Patch Notes column is to have a place to share things that we're going to need to...

Working As Intended: Brute-forcing the MMO industry

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If you're a music fan, and you probably are since you're a human, you've probably come to grips with the sense that somehow the...

Massively on the Go: Pokemon Go’s October events bring both tricks and treats

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Our last Massively on the Go column of September has a very good treat for you pokemon fans: Pokemon GO's October events begin tomorrow with...
I can show you the world.

Vague Patch Notes: The problem with flight and flying maps in MMOs

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The other night, I found myself inevitably funneled into a mistake. There wasn't much I could do about it, sadly; Guild Wars 2 had decided...

Massively on the Go: Pokemon Unite mobile is a good port but better update

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So Pokemon Unite is now mobile and cross-platform. Who'd have thought a traditionally Nintendo-only IP would do this? The update and dev team letter we mentioned is...

First Impressions: Revisiting memorable locales in Diablo II Resurrected

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What a time to be alive. I can't believe I'm playing a remastered version of one of my all time favorite PC games. And...

Massively on the Go: Tips for making a comeback in Pokemon Unite

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Another outlet recently published an article on how Pokemon Unite players don't like to give up and then proceeded to say they should surrender more with...

Massively on the Go: How to actually have fun in Pokemon Unite as a new player

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The mobile version of Pokemon Unite has landed as of today, and those of you who do not have a Nintendo Switch but wish to...
When the lights go down in the city.

Design Mockument: Fresh ideas for City of Heroes 2 in 2021

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Back in 2019, I had the idea to make Design Mockument semi-regular column because I like doing this sort of thing. I put out...

Stick and Rudder: Gaining traction as a newbie in EVE Online

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EVE Online has a reputation for being difficult for new players. The varied, complex systems, some of which are a product of the era...
Feelings felt

Vague Patch Notes: Returning MMO players need tutorials too

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One of the nice things about Final Fantasy XIV is that it is explicitly designed by someone who thinks that it's not just reasonable but expected...

The Soapbox: Single-player open worlds will never equal those of MMORPGs

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These days it seems like sprawling open worlds are becoming an ever more popular choice for single-player games, from the newer Assassin's Creed titles...
Those are people who lied, lied.

Vague Patch Notes: The taxonomy of liars in the MMO development space

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We have talked before in this column about lies and the lying liars who tell them. Those rotten, rotten liars. But the other day,...

The Soapbox: #DayOffTwitch illustrates how good intentions break under bad planning

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Those of you reading this probably know me as someone who wears one of three hats here at MOP: a news writer, the Choose...

Massively on the Go: Everything we learned from Pokemon Go’s post-backlash Task Force

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While Niantic already reverted its Pokemon GO gym and PokeStop nerf in late August, the company said that more changes would be announced on September...

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