free to play

‘Free-to-play’ is a term that refers to games that do not have box or download fees associated with them and do not incur a mandatory subscription. Some have optional subscriptions and are more properly referred to as hybrid F2P. Most have cash shops and microtransactions.

Battle Bards Episode 160: MMO cover songs vol. 2

For the first time since Episode 50, the Battle Bards crew returns to the theme of cover songs of MMO tracks. Several extremely musicians...

The MOP Up: Funcom delays Moons of Madness’ console release

For those starving in the Secret Worlds Legends content wasteland of 2019, there was at least the single-player spin-off Moons of Madness to enjoy....

The Game Archaeologist: Super-early versions of MMORPG websites

One of the absolute best things the internet ever generated has been the Internet Wayback Machine. Through this site, snapshots of millions of...

One Shots: Abusing emote spam

Emotes: They're a privilege, not a right. Well, they actually come pretty standard in most online games, so I guess they're more or less...
Multi-digit division.

Global Chat: Why player representation in games matters

The recent flap over Escape from Tarkov's public pronouncement of "no icky girls" (my paraphrase) as playable characters in its game elicited...

The Stream Team: Warm melodies at LOTRO’s Winterstock

What better way to spend a Friday night at a concert with friends? LOTRO's annual Winterstock is this weekend, and Massively OP's MJ is...

MMOs You’ve Never Heard Of: Agonia Lands, Decentraland, Fable Valley, Bloodstone Online, Hunter’s Arena Legends

Welcome back to another roundup of MMOs and MMO-adjacent games you’ve (probably) never heard of - or have totally forgotten about until now! First up...

Warframe roundup: Empyrean on Switch, Digital Extremes philanthropy, and a 1M follower celebratory livestream

All right, there's a whole lot of Warframe stuff going on right now, so let's get right to it, bullet point style. Nintendo...

Lord of the Rings Online players remember Christopher Tolkien

Kites soared and fireworks burst overhead last night in Lord of the Rings Online, as the player community gathered together to pay tribute...

The Stream Team: Barging through Neverwinter’s Blackdagger Ruins

While completing a campaign in Neverwinter last time, Massively OP's MJ and her team ventured into Blackdagger ruins. Now, they are setting their...
Not the chess maneuver.

Massively Overthinking: Our favorite MMORPG bugs ever

This week's Massively Overthinking discussion topic is inspired by Crowfall's J Todd Coleman, who last fall tweeted about the time playable spiders...
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? No. You smell bad.

ArcheAge Unchained offers players another shot at the Diligence Coin Compensation Package

All right. So back in the long long ago (meaning a couple of months back, obviously) ArcheAge Unchained had a bit of a problem,...

Neverwinter shares the lore of Infernal Descent’s Vallenhas and hosts a systems team AMA

So we already got a look at Neverwinter's upcoming Vallenhas from a visual standpoint, but you have to figure that an entire...

Star Trek Online shares anniversary Task Force Operation details and some new mysteries

The 10th anniversary of Star Trek Online is coming soon and so have the reveals for what players can do in-game to mark...

Over a million people subbed to RuneScape in 2019, with ‘many millions’ more playing F2P

Ah RuneScape - the MMO everyone seems to be playing, but nobody you know. It's made our "underrated" lists repeatedly over the years...
Comptrollers.

PlanetSide 2 patches in weapon changes and major shifts to continent lockdowns

The latest patch for PlanetSide 2 does not contain some of the database migration that was originally planned for the title. That's the bad...
No, this one... this one's certain.

Perfect Ten: The MMOs with the most uncertain futures at the start of 2020

This annual column always inspires a certain amount of debate, which is intentional. Outside of the office, a good chunk of that...

Neverwinter previews its hellish Vallenhas transformation in Infernal Descent

We've been teasing Neverwinter for the over-the-top hellishness of its Infernal Descent campaign, and we're pleased to say that will not end...

Path of Exile’s community fiercely debates what to do about trading

It was a quiet morning. Quiet, that is, until one Path of Exile player posted a lengthy criticism of the game's trading...

The Stream Team: To the rescue in AdventureQuest 3D

Storytime in AQ3D continues! The mayor of Darkovia, Gottfried Granemore, needs Massively OP's MJ to rescue his children, who were kidnapped by the vampires...

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