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The Soapbox: Hoping for Amazon to succeed where Lord of the Rings Online failed

It's not often I really get excited about an upcoming MMORPG. Partly this is because of the industry slowing down, and partly this is...

Fight or Kite: Albion Online’s Percival update is for the solo players out there

This week we saw a nice patch released for the world of Albion Online with its Percival update. It’s largely a general quality-of-life...

EVE Evolved: EVE Online’s comms blackout will lead to absolute anarchy

All hell is about to break loose in EVE Online for the territorial alliances waging wars in the depths of space following some...
Industry plunk.

Dual Universe is on-track for Alpha 2 on July 11

The latest video for Dual Universe should be good news for anyone eagerly anticipating the game's second alpha test because it confirms that...

Camelot Unchained talks spiders mobs and game design in latest updates

Arachnophobes, the latest Camelot Unchained update is definitely not for you. The star of the update is Charlotte, and she's not the...

EVE Evolved: NPC invasions wreak havoc across EVE Online

When CCP Games released a new EVE Online expansion named Invasion at the end of last month, players were readying themselves...
It's actually fine.

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

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...

EVE Evolved: Getting ready for the Invasion in EVE Online

EVE Online's Invasion expansion lands in just two days on May 28th, and there are plenty of things you can do now...

Massively Overthinking: Unpopular MMORPG opinions

Unpopular opinions: We all have them. In fact we have so many that it's a straight up meme. This week's Massively Overthinking is...

Massively Uplifting: Destigmatizing mental health in games, celebrating loved ones in LOTRO, Guild Wars 2, and Elite

Spring started splendidly this year. While all may not come up roses in the world at large, plenty of good deeds and uplifting stories...

Not So Massively: Yearning for an MMO future free of loot

Throughout all of the Drama over Anthem's loot issues, I've just been rolling my eyes. Not because I think Bioware screwed up --...
Jump around?

The Daily Grind: Do you prefer target locks or free aiming in MMO action combat?

In the world of active combat, the mechanics are split between two separate yet equally important combat styles. The first is the open free-aiming...
Above, you'll see the once-ominous portal...

Global Chat: Do you think you could design a better game than World of Warcraft?

Let's be honest: We all are so egotistical and opinionated that we totally think we could design a better MMO than World of...

Lawful Neutral: The future of MMO game design in a streaming gaming world

It’s been an interesting few weeks for gaming. We saw the announcement of Google’s game streaming service, Stadia, and then Apple’s subscribe-to-access game...

Valve pledges to fix Artifact’s ‘deep-rooted issues’ in attempt to salvage the game

Things haven't been going particularly great for Artifact. Valve's digital card game, which launched in November of last year, has been rapidly...

Massively Overthinking: Designed downtime in MMORPGs

In a Daily Grind not long ago, MOP reader Armsbend said something I thought just cried out for discussion. After noting that he...
All right, then.

Albion Online lays out its future roadmap with hideouts, hotspots, and customization

The Oberon update landed in Albion Online yesterday, along with news that the game is going free-to-play in just a few...

Not So Massively: Welcoming a new era of online games and gaming

Hello, Massively Overpowered readers! Not So Massively is back, with a new captain at the helm. My name's Tyler. If you're active in the...

EVE Evolved: EVE Online’s storyline is about to go off the rails

The most compelling stories that emerge from EVE Online are usually tales of player-based conflict, dastardly deals, and political intrigue, but the game's...

EVE Evolved: The war on bots in EVE Online

The news dropped recently that EVE Online will be adding some new limitations and restrictions to its free-to-play tier, which may seem odd...

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