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‘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.

LOTRO Legendarium: Second breakfasts and the importance of food

Here's an esoteric tidbit for you today: Way back in 2010 when I took over the Lord of the Rings Online column at...

ArcheAge brings the ArchePass Compensation Box back after the ArchePass fails to launch a second time

There just doesn't seem to be any winning with ArcheAge Unchained and its ever-bellyflopping ArchePass. Readers will recall that it attempted to...

The Daily Grind: What is the worst-designed MMO quest?

The other night I was working my way through a fairly typical quest in Lord of the Rings Online in which I had to...

The Stream Team: Friday night fun mocking the king in SWTOR

Mock the king! Mock the king! If ever there were a motto for Massively OP's Larry and MJ's Onslaught adventures in SWTOR, this is...

PSA: Warframe and Path of Exile hand out free goodies to Twitch Prime members

What do a grimdark MMOARPG and a hyper-futuristic action combat MMO shooter have in common? Lots and lots of adjectives! Also, they're giving away...

Warframe of Mind: First impressions of Railjack (plus our guide to building your own)

When Digital Extremes first teased Codename: Railjack back at TennoCon 2018, it was exciting to say the least. Fly through space itself...

Riot Games opens Riot Forge to publish ‘bespoke’ League of Legends IP games

If you watched Riot Games' presentation of its upcoming titles this past fall and wondered why it wasn't branching out into every genre...

Rumor: Daybreak was working on a Marvel MMORPG until last year

If there are two constant news stories about Daybreak Game Company that we handle, it's that the studio keeps going through rounds of layoffs...

The Stream Team: It’s Neverwinter night!

Massively OP's MJ and her band of adventurers are continuing their Neverwinter exploits tonight; they've completed their first dungeon and they are thirsty...

Massively Overthinking: The best and worst MMO developer quotes of 2019

It's long-since become a multi-year and fun tradition on Massively OP to do an end-of-year recap of the best and worst...

ArcheAge Unchained’s ArchePass is back as XLGAMES reveals the next mega patch [Update: Aaaaaand it’s gone again]

You know what I would love to not have to type anymore? The word "ArchePass." The loyalty system that launched with ArcheAge's Unchained...

Fans are invited to a real-world memorial for Brad McQuaid later this month

MMORPG fans have been in mourning for the last few weeks following the death of Brad McQuaid, one of the most popular veteran...
Everything old is... well, it's actually still old.

Star Wars: The Old Republic plans eighth anniversary and Life Day festivities

It is perhaps mildly ironic that Star Wars: The Old Republic is now getting rather old in and of itself, since the game is...

Here’s some gameplay footage of Vindictus’ latest character, Belle

Hey, you know what? We haven't had a look in the direction of Vindictus in a while, and that's actually rather timely considering...

The Stream Team: Q-uality Christmas celebrations in Star Trek Online

Oh, the shenanigans of Q at Christmas. Star Trek Online has its own brand of holiday cheer for players to participate in, and Massively...
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...
The back end.

Star Trek Online makes Phoenix Packs permanent while removing a daily free pack

The biggest problem you can get with exchanges between real-money currencies and in-game currencies in MMOs is when one is far more valuable than...
It was a thing.

EverQuest Online Adventures emulator updates fans on the state of the project and how fans can help

While the original EverQuest and EverQuest II are still running, the game's console edition of EverQuest Online Adventures shut down back...

Wurm Online shows off a number of in-progress updates

Wurm Online popped up during this past Thanksgiving holiday weekend to let its players know that it's still doing stuff and to
Happy something or other.

RuneScape shows off its holiday armor, the Christmas event, and smoother movement for December

Merry Christmas, RuneScape fans! Your holiday award this year is movement not looking horribly janky! Well... all right, your actual holiday event...

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