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Perfect Ten: 10 ways that MMOs kind of used to be worse

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Believe you me, I know quite well the arguments that have been rehashed over the years about how the MMORPG genre and these online...

Vendetta Online pretty much just went free-to-play last night

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One of the first cross-platform MMORPGs ever just got even more friendly to the free-to-play PC crowd. Sci-fi MMO Vendetta Online announced last night...

Massively Overthinking: Do you keep MMOs installed for the login freebies?

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MOP reader Styopa proposed this fun topic for Massively Overthinking this week, prompted, he said, by Standing Stone Games' recent promotions for Lord of...

The MOP Up: League of Legends’ future looks bright

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Don't let games like Fortnite and Overwatch make you forget that League of Legends is still a thing. In fact, Riot Games' MOBA saw...

Prosperous Universe explains new free-to-play model, vows to avoid microtransactions

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So Prosperous Universe has officially gone free-to-play. But why? What makes a commerce-centric MMO open its doors to possible exploitation from free accounts? What...

Portal Knights is transforming into a full-fledged MMORPG as the original patches on PC and the Switch

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Like a blocky caterpillar spinning a chrysalis around it, Portal Knights is preparing to transform itself from a mere co-op sandbox to something far...

Ryzom’s summer promo rewards sub players with ammo in an epic water balloon fight

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Open source sandbox MMORPG Ryzom is still alive and kicking, following the last couple of years of interesting moves - including a Steam launch...

Darkfall Rise of Agon has officially soft-launched its hybrid free-to-play ‘freemium’ model

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Remember back when free-to-play was still a pretty rare thing, and we used to run polls on which MMOs would go free-to-play next? And...

GDC 2018: Yokozuna, big game data, and the future of MMO monetization

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GDC isn't E3. It isn't PAX. It's not even what I think stereotypical gamers can appreciate. But I think the Massively OP crowd is...

Darkfall: Rise of Agon pushes for crowdsourcing and a freemium model

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Do you have talent? Then Darkfall: Rise of Agon wants you to chip in and help out -- for pay, of course. The team...

The Soapbox: Evaluating gaming monetization through the lens of Nintendo’s mobile history

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Bloggers and journalists throughout the online gaming industry have been talking about monetization a lot lately. It's not just lockbox/gachapon scandals, or their relationship...

Ryzom transitions to a freemium business model

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As of May 31st, Ryzom (formerly Saga of Ryzom) has transitioned into a slightly different business model that will take a little explaining. Essentially, the...

The Game Archaeologist: Nexus: The Kingdom of the Winds

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I confess that I have a particular fascination for MMOs that came into existence in the 1990s. It's not only the fact that I...

Champions Online introduces a new archetype: The Witch

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Seven-year-old Champions Online has a reputation for being a neglected MMORPG, but it's actually had several updates in 2016, including Teleios Lair and Shadow of...
All of the ladies in this game seem to have an actual class of Clothing Avoider.

New report says South Korean MMORPG companies are ‘facing a crisis’

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The Financial Times blog has a doom-and-gloom report out this week on the gaming market of South Korea, specifically the MMO genre. "The country’s online...

The Game Archaeologist: Puzzle Pirates

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Up until this point in my life, Puzzle Pirates has always been that "Oh yeah, that actually exists!" game to me. Even when I...

Massively OP’s guide to MMO business models

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Not too long ago, there was all but one way that you would pay for an MMO, and that was as a monthly subscription....

The Game Archaeologist: Saga of Ryzom

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Every so often I get requests to cover such-and-such game in this column. These are often incredibly obscure titles, even to me, and when...

Guest Interview: Lusternia, MUDs, and the evolution of MMOs

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This guest interview was commissioned through Massively Overpowered's 2015 Kickstarter campaign by donor Brett Richards, who interviewed Lusternia Producer Robb French in lieu of a Soapbox. Any opinions here...

EVE Evolved: The right way to reboot DUST 514

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This week we heard the news that CCP Games will be officially shutting down PS3 online shooter DUST 514 in May to start work on...

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