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WoW Factor: All right, so we’re going to speedrun to Dragonflight after all

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Well all right, then. This was unexpected. I honestly did not expect that Blizzard's need for content would overwhelm basic needs of testing and...
Same old story, same old song and dance.

Global Chat: Hot takes from the MMO community on Diablo Immortal’s release

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The latest iteration of the Diablo franchise is here with Diablo Immortal, but it doesn't seem to be stirring as much interest among the...

Not So Massively: First impressions of Diablo Immortal on PC

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There was a time when the release of a new Diablo game might have been a big deal for me. But I've never been...

Not So Massively: First impressions of V Rising, launching into early access today

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I'm still searching for a survival game that fits me. I enjoy a lot of the survival experience, but the games as a whole...

LOTRO Legendarium: Remembering 15 amazing years of Lord of the Rings Online

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Server performance issues aside, Lord of the Rings Online's 15th anniversary has been a smashing success. It's been far greater an event than I...

Global Chat: Who gets to decide what is ‘fun’ in MMORPGs?

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In a thought-provoking essay, MMO blog Parallel Context wrestled with the question, "Who gets to decide what is fun in multiplayer games?" This is...

Desert Oasis: Black Desert Mobile has a little something for every playstyle

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It's amazing how fast two years flies by. It didn't seem that long ago that I was doing my first impressions piece of Black...

First impressions of Lost Ark’s new Battle for the Throne of Chaos update

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While I have to admit that my playtime in Lost Ark has waned a bit in light of a bunch of other games capturing...

Flameseeker Chronicles: First impressions of Guild Wars 2’s restored Living World Season 1 Flame and Frost

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Where were you nine years ago? I don't know about you, but my life looked very different in 2013 when Guild Wars 2 first...

Choose My Adventure: The point of a community-guided MMO column

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We interrupt your regularly scheduled Choose My Adventure programming for something of a meta discussion on what this column is meant to be and...
I can't see what's happening. Are we boned?

First Impressions: Babylon’s Fall is an unpolished and underwhelming collection of almost good ideas

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I'll be perfectly honest: Babylon's Fall was almost never on my radar. A packed few weeks of MMO and multiplayer releases pretty much saw...

Massively Overthinking: Initial thoughts on Guild Wars 2’s End of Dragons

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We're just a few days into the launch of Guild Wars 2's End of Dragons, one of the highlights of the year and sandwiched...

Global Chat: How is the actual story of SWTOR’s Legacy of the Sith?

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To kick off this week's parade of MMO essays by bloggers in the virtual trenches, SWTOR site Going Commando gave us an honest review...

LOTRO Legendarium: Exploring LOTRO Update 32’s Angle of Mitheithel

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Even after a decade-and-a-half of constant expansion, Lord of the Rings Online's Middle-earth has more left to show us than is currently on the...

Why I Play: Examining why Lost Ark has me so hooked

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Lost Ark has hooked me pretty deeply. I’m just over 30 levels and five or so days into the game right now, which sometimes...

Perfect Ten: Ten reasons your MMORPG creates a bad first impression

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While MMOs may ask us to experience them for the long haul, first impressions still count. And if those impressions aren't favorable right out...

Choose My Adventure: Zenith opened me to new dimensions of MMO interactivity and weirdness

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After picking up an Oculus Quest 2 in the interest of expanding our coverage (and as a present to myself and others in my...

Hands-on: Lost Ark is a solid MMO that falls just short of true greatness

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After years of waiting, the MMOARPG Lost Ark launches in the west today, at least for those who bought founder's packs. The rest of...

First Impressions: Monster Hunter Rise on PC enhances an already excellent stew

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I’m not here to tell you that Monster Hunter Rise on PC is somehow a different game. It’s a port; you already can guess...

Into the Super-verse: A look back at superhero MMOs in 2021

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Superhero fans were not lacking in news, games, and events this past year, and there's always the promise of much more to come in...

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