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Vague Patch Notes: Why do MMOs have randomness?

If there's one concept that is nearly universally reviled among MMO players, it's randomness. Yes, pretty much everywhere. You could make a little fairy...
Here we go.

Perfect Ten: The biggest MMO surprises of 2019

After 10 years of covering MMORPG news, I can assure you that I am still fired up to keep doing this. One of the...
What can I say except ''you're welcome''

Perfect Ten: How to show and share gratitude for your favorite MMO

So you've found an MMO you like. You're thankful that it exists. It's fun, it caters to your personal tastes, and it may not...
DULL SURPRISE

The Soapbox: Cross-play, console exclusivity, and why companies won’t play nice

Let me tell you something: As the columnist who writes about Final Fantasy XIV I am so damn tired of hearing about crossplay. Seriously....
Be better.

Vague Patch Notes: Sub-optimal play vs. just plain bad play in MMORPGs

Something we need to start reckoning with when it comes to MMOs is the fact that it really is a problem when you're playing...

Remembering the life and work of legendary MMO designer Brad ‘Aradune’ McQuaid

When the news hit last night, it brought everything to a screeching halt in the Massively OP office: At the age of 51,
For lore(n).

Perfect Ten: When MMO lore is at odds with the game

Lore is made up. We all know that. People who write the lore for games are not doing research into the real story and...

Fight or Kite: MMORPG PvP is about competition, not combat

Over the last month, Eliot has written a Daily Grind and Perfect Ten that really got me thinking about what PvP truly...
I want a milky way.

WoW Factor: A brief history of flight (in World of Warcraft)

Flight has been a part of World of Warcraft as long as the game has existed. No, not just flying mounts, even though you...

Massively Overthinking: Do MMO betas rob you of launch joy?

I use to think of betas as being unpaid labor for video game companies, but maybe I've been going about it all wrong.

Vague Patch Notes: MMO grind is good (except when it isn’t)

Some of my fondest memories of World of Warcraft involve Adam Sandler and the Badlands. My wife and I had a pretty steady tradition made...

Perfect Ten: Counting Fallout 76’s many post-nuclear flubs

I'll admit that I was the first one out of my seat, applauding wildly, when Fallout 76 was first announced at Bethesda's E3...

Tamriel Infinium: Our biggest Elder Scrolls Online pet peeves

This week, fellow Massively OP writer Justin published a post on his personal blog detailing a pet peeve with his...

Fight or Kite: PvP games to play if you’re still boycotting Blizzard

The past couple of weeks in the land of Blizzard have made for a wild ride. Some of us have extremely strong feelings and...

Massively Overthinking: The problem with MMO ‘dailies’

Longtime MOP Patron and friend of the site Avaera recently posed us an intriguing questions about daily login rewards in MMORPGs. "Recently my game of choice,...

The Game Archaeologist: A brief history of Multi-User Dungeons

You know that sinking feeling when you get into something that's way, waaaay over your head and you have no choice but to swim...

Lawful Neutral: What’s China really worth to the Western gaming industry?

You know what we never talk about these days? China and video games! We should do that more. For example, did you know that...
Sometimes it's... pretty clear.

Vague Patch Notes: Scammers, grifters, and amateurs in the MMORPG market

There are two apparent truisms about scams in the MMO marketplace. The first is that players are quick to call anything that vaguely stinks...
You will lose here.

Perfect Ten: The many flavors of MMO PvP

Not so long ago (so, at the rate news has come out since then, what feels like decades ago) I wrote a column about...

MMO Cartographer: World of Warcraft, then and now

A month before the whole Hong Kong Hearthstone debacle consumed the gaming industry - and blissfully unaware that this article would ultimately be held back because of it - I put my innocent money down on Blizzard for my MMO Cartographer column here on MassivelyOP. I jumped on the World of Warcraft Classic bandwagon. It was a combination of FOMO and curiosity that did me in.

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