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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...

EVE Evolved: EVE Online has a gambling problem

The gambling debate has kicked off again in EVE Online, this time in response to the annual Guardian's Gala event that's currently running...

EVE Evolved: How working with NPCs could improve EVE Online

While EVE Online is primarily based around the conflicts that arise between groups of players competing in the same virtual universe, the New...

MMO designer Raph Koster runs down the key mechanics that drive retention in online games

If last week's "games as a service" conversation piqued your interest, hop on over to Raph Koster's blog. The veteran MMORPG designer...
Let's protest by playing!

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

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

EVE Evolved: Solving conflict avoidance in EVE Online

Back in October, I made the case that wars were literally ruining EVE Online for the huge number of players living in high-security...

Project Horseshoe’s design papers confirm decades of MMORPG lessons

Not everyone involved in game design is trying to squeeze every last penny out of you. Yes, a lot of them are, but many...

Shroud of the Avatar plans a hefty cash shop overhaul, includes $6999 package to support episode 2

Shroud of the Avatar's business model is apparently getting a bit of an overhaul. As the game's latest newsletter explains, Portalarium is changing...

EVE Evolved: Seven of the best EVE Online fan videos of all time

EVE Online has a long history of incredible cinematics and player-made videos, but that legacy has somewhat fallen by the wayside in recent...

EVE Evolved: How mass surveillance is improving EVE Online

When developers get on stage at an event and start talking about things like big data, artificial intelligence, and cloud solutions, it often sounds...

City of Titans delays Issue 0 launch into 2019 – ‘We’re still here. We’re still fighting’

You'd probably guessed it already, but Missing Worlds Media project lead Chris "Warcabbit" Hare has now confirmed the news: Kickstarted superhero MMORPG City...

EVE Evolved: Where can EVE Online go from here?

Ask a hundred EVE Online players when the game was at its best and you'll get a hundred different answers. For some older...

Hi-Rez Expo 2018: Realm Royale is coming to both consoles, plans more fantasy features

Back in August, Realm Royale was struggling. The free alpha game soared then fell, with players and stream coverage both dipping way...

EVE Evolved: Making the most of EVE Online’s Onslaught expansion

EVE Online's Onslaught expansion goes live in just a few days on November 13th, and it looks like it has a little...
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Crowfall shows off its new and improved lobby screen

Ah, the noble lobby! The place where you wait for something interesting to happen! Who doesn't love the lobby? The answer is probably just...

Blizzard talks Overwatch’s Echo character, big-screen ambitions, and crossplay potential

Most of the buzz coming out of BlizzCon's Overwatch reveals centered on the new playable bad-girl Ashe, who is totally not just...

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