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Not So Massively: The dos and don’ts of stealing from MMOs

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Recently I played through the new PC port of the open world RPG Horizon Zero Dawn. While playing it, I was struck by...
Balancing.

Crucible’s designers explain how the game’s balance is achieved

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So, how does balance work in Crucible? As in any competitive game, balance is important, but it's kind of a vague and nebulous...

Not So Massively: Delving into builds and endgame in Wolcen Lords of Mayhem

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A few weeks ago in the Not So Massively column, I gave my initial impressions of Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem. I found...
Let's protest by playing!

Final Fantasy XIV buffs up job potencies in patch 5.08

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The latest patch for Final Fantasy XIV has arrived, but it's not one of the game's immense content patches. No, this one is all...
Guns and funs.

Fortnite addresses the importance of the B.R.U.T.E. and its actual impact

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The latest season of Fortnite has added a big stompy mech in the form of the the B.R.U.T.E., and some people are really...
Spend!

Albion Online changes its land auctions to collect more from winning bids

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There's a notable change arriving to Albion Online's land auctions, and while it might seem like a little thing it has far-reaching implications...
Let's protest by playing!

The Daily Grind: What in-game leveling methods do you dislike in MMOs?

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I really like the Deep Dungeon content in Final Fantasy XIV, but I kind of dislike people who spam it relentlessly to level...
Oops?

World of Warcraft developers are working on changes for rare spawns and the Battle for Nazjatar

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The launch of patch 8.2 for World of Warcraft was just about a week ago, but it turns out there are some lingering...
It's actually fine.

Wisdom of Nym: Why you should be cautious speculating on Final Fantasy XIV’s expansion balance

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Whew. All right. So we've gotten the media tour information for the next Final Fantasy XIV expansion, and that means that people have gotten...
Mouth.

RuneScape improves the quality of life for those who delve into dungeons

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The latest update for RuneScape is all about improving the quality of life for players, especially around dungeons. Elite Dungeons in particular have...
Try this again.

EVE Online dials back repairs and rebalances capital and subcapital ships with its newest patch

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The most recent patch to EVE Online is all about balance, and part of that balance is about reducing the effectiveness of...
Taaake ooooon meeee

Crowfall examines the issues of changing scoring rules mid-campaign

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The nature of time-limited Campaigns in Crowfall has given rise to an interesting question of whether or not it's a good idea to...
Let's protest by playing!

The Daily Grind: How much should fan communities influence MMO designers?

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The other day I saw a comment on an MMO subreddit that I quite liked; to paraphrase, it basically stated that the system designers...
Sure, great, thanks.

Atlas promises players that things will be better in the new year

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It's been kind of a mess thus far, but Atlas is sailing into the new year after kicking off early access in 2018....
Straight shot.

MapleStory 2 prepares for its headstart with a massive patch

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The headstart period for MapleStory 2 is arriving today, and that means players are being treated to a nice big patch reflecting...
You're tricked.

Neverwinter explains its upcoming balance changes for all classes

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The next major update for Neverwinter is bringing some pretty major changes, especially for Trickster Rogues and Control Wizards. Not exclusively those...
Light it up.

Path of Exile outlines balance changes for Delve League

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The Delve League for Path of Exile should be out on Friday, but players who love examining patch notes will have to wait...
This is going to be a running theme, isn't it.

Bless Online patches in a new battlefield while weakening attacks and buffing defense

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Players of Bless Online seem to be a little upset due to the whole lack of PvP at the top level. It's only...
There are no spoilers in this image.

Guild Wars 2 previews upcoming PvP/WvW skill splits

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A skill is going to have the same general effect in all arenas of Guild Wars 2, but there are a lot of...
It's FINE it's ALL FINE

EVE Online balances ships and adds the Monitor to its March patch

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Even if you're not familiar with how battles work in EVE Online you can probably still guess at what "headshotting" means for the...

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