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Wisdom of Nym: The first preview of Final Fantasy XIV patch 5.4

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Here we go, here we go, here we go again. The hype cycle for patch 5.3 felt like it lasted too long, probably because...

Jukebox Heroes: Six great Runes of Magic tunes

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Welcome back to Jukebox Heroes, the column that dares you to close your eyes and unplug your ears. Well, after you're done reading this...

The Game Archaeologist: Deadlands Legends, the western MMO that never saw the light of day

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The saying goes that there is nothing new under the sun. So while you probably can't write an original setting that's never been seen...
I circle the waterfront, I'm watching the sea.

WoW Factor: The problem with World of Warcraft’s storytelling

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Back a long while ago, when I reviewed the prequel novel for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, I noted that my general policy has...
I'm definitely an elf!

Perfect Ten: What gamers need to understand about MMO mages

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So the first two times I tackled this type of topic for the Perfect Ten column here on Massively OP, I had the advantage...

Choose My Adventure: How Spellbreak kicked my butt

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So, you’re first of all likely all wondering what happened to the voted-for Fallout 76 that was supposed to be part of this...

Massively Uplifting: Shattering mental health and disability stereotypes while increasing gaming inclusivity

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Back to school? That quintessential September mantra may not be a given for everyone this year. However, what is still a given is the...
No up, no down, no forward.

Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV leaves the Deep Dungeon for now

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We don't quite have patch 5.35 here yet, but we do know that the patch will add the Bozjan Southern Front to Final Fantasy XIV...

Fight or Kite: Small changes (and one big one) to improve Spellbreak’s balance

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An inordinate amount of my time has been spent playing Spellbreak recently. I’m honestly not a gigantic fan of battle royale as a...

Jukebox Heroes: The best of SWTOR’s launch soundtrack

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I got so excited when Star Wars: The Old Republic included its soundtrack in the collector's edition back at launch. However, we all...

LOTRO Legendarium: Speculating on the Brawler class

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You have to imagine that there's some frustration over at Standing Stone Games this past week. The studio wants us all to be focused...
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WoW Factor: Shadowlands’ delay is a genuinely good thing – for everyone

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Well, this was a big old shocker for a Thursday night that's going to screw with a bunch of data! Also, it's a majorly...

Desert Oasis: The worst week I’ve ever had in Black Desert Online

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This week, I was planning a third entry on my adventures in Black Desert Mobile, but a few very exasperating incidents happened to...
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...

Perfect Ten: 10 tools MMOs use to tell stories

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While some players like to rebel against the notion that MMORPGs are storytelling experiencies, that narrative is exactly why I show up to these...
FAREWELL!

Wisdom of Nym: What awaits Final Fantasy XIV’s Norvrandt in the future?

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I don't want to spoil Final Fantasy XIV's most recent patch here before the cut, but it is not exactly a spoiler to say...

Not So Massively: The dos and don’ts of stealing from single-player games

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In my last Not So Massively column, I looked at the right and wrong ways for other genres to steal from MMOs. But...

Jukebox Heroes: The best of Granado Espada’s soundtrack

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So here's an impossible task that lies before me right now: picking one musical genre that defines Granado Espada's score. I can't. It...

The Game Archaeologist: The short ride of Auto Assault

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When you think of post-apocalyptic video games, what comes to mind? Most likely it's a crawl through a bombed-out or zombiefied landscape as you...
All over again.

WoW Factor: The stuff I’m genuinely excited for in World of Warcraft Shadowlands

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For the first time in the past three expansions, I am not in the beta for World of Warcraft's next expansion. This is fine....

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