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The former lead designer of Ultima Online and Meridian 59 is braving a brutal brain tumor

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The universe has been hungry the past couple of years, and now it's threatening another member of the extended MMORPG developer community. This morning,...

Playable Worlds’ Raph Koster on gaming’s social design problems masquerading as technical challenges

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In case you hadn't noticed, Playable Worlds' Raph Koster is basically handing out a free 101 course in how video games work in his...

Massively Overthinking: Would you play your favorite MMO without its IP?

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Nonameplease recently posed us an interesting topic, inspired by a thread on the Star Trek Online subreddit. "It seems most people don't think the...

Raph Koster’s plan is to build the metaverse tech, build a sandbox MMORPG on it, then open it all up

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If Raph Koster's metaverse talk has you more confused than before, then don't worry; his new more technical blog is going to scramble your...

Black Desert launches PC season+ server, offers next-gen console support and roadmap

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It's Wednesday, which means another weekly deluge of Black Desert news. First, over on the PC servers, where the game is celebrating 2000 days online...
Bricks.

The Daily Grind: Which MMOs begin as they mean to go on?

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In Eliot's open letter to new players and vets of Final Fantasy XIV last month, he noted that Final Fantasy XIV's endgame is not...

Profane proudly showcases a suit of metal armor and beats the FFA PvP drum once more

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Some people like cloth armor, some like leather armor, but some like the big, bulky, and (ideally) secure feeling of metal armor. Unsurprisingly, Profane...
BURNS

The Daily Grind: What’s the best way to maintain immersion in an MMO?

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Klei Entertainment's Kris Ruff once tweeted about game design term I've never heard before but whose description I most definitely recognized when another dev...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO is the worst when it comes to invisible walls?

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Woo boy. If you want to get my dander up out of nowhere when I'm playing your MMO, then just toss in an invisible...

The director for Riot Games’ Runeterra MMO turns his mind to character customization

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Mark Yetter, the director for the in-development MMO set in the world of Runeterra, has character creation on the brain, at least according to...
Eat it, eat it, put it in your mouth and eat it.

Massively Overthinking: The curious cycle of MMO refunds, tutorials, and reviews

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MOP reader Steve recently posed us an intriguing question about the state of tutorials in MMOs and other games - and how those tutorials'...

Nexon CEO talks games industry innovation, venture capital, and crypto

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Innovation used to be a major buzzword in the online gaming industry, to the point that its saturation made it pretty tired. The term's...
Easy sell.

The Daily Grind: What sort of character options do you gravitate toward in a new MMO?

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Look, I consider myself a simple person with straightforward tastes. Give me a new MMO and I am going to go for dual-wielding swords....

The Soapbox: MMO monetization that complements poor game design makes us all losers

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I have a problem: As much as I enjoy games, I can see that many online and multiplayer games are becoming designed more poorly...
This is expensive.

Star Trek Online staff members explain why ships and boxes get released faster than missions

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If you've played Star Trek Online either casually or consistently for a while, you've probably noticed that the game puts out a lot of ships...

Black Desert offers a video preview of the upcoming Atoraxxian co-op dungeon

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From the outside looking in, Black Desert appears to be a game about grinding, Conquest and Node Wars, and (in my personal case) logging...

The Game Archaeologist: Dragon Empires, Codemasters’ abandoned MMO

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The name "Codemasters" is far more familiar to European players than North American ones, as the British developer and publisher was active on the...

Path of Exile issues a fix-filled patch, talks about the creation of the Trialmaster and game sounds

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Grinding Gear Games is just chock-full of information related to Path of Exile. In terms of game-related details, the game's next upcoming patch will...

TitanReach shows off more animals, props, weapons, and koblin animations

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The latest development blog out of TitanReach once more is all about showing off 3-D artwork, so at least players of the game's early...

EVE Echoes optimizes its market board in latest update, won’t have skill injectors until at least late 2022

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If you've perhaps forgotten that EVE Echoes, the mobile version of the venerable spaceship sandbox MMO, is a thing, then perhaps we can help...

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