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GDC’s State of the Games Industry survey once again demonstrates dev skepticism for metaverse and blockchain hokum

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This year's State of the Game Industry from GDC - its 11th since beginning the project - delivers a range of insights from the...

Interview: Annex is a ‘romantic gold-rush’ MMO set in a post-post-apocalyptic world

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Last November, we reported on a new Icelandic game studio and the hints of its upcoming MMORPG project by ex-CCP developers. Arctic Theory, as...
Time to learn.

Vague Patch Notes: MMO design is not value-neutral

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It's rare for me to find myself actively yelling at my computer screen while watching something, but it does happen every so often. The...
Are you for real, guy.

First impressions of World of Warcraft Dragonflight, part three: Combat, content, concerns

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Eventually, you are going to have to fight something in World of Warcraft: Dragonflight. Of course, by "eventually" I actually mean "more or less...

Perfect Ten: 10 things we’re thankful for in MMO gaming

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In my experience, people who invest heavily into being grateful and thankful for blessings don't have a lot of excess room for negativity and...
Well, that happened.

Reboot of 2005 MMO Rose Online plans early access for December 13

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All right, folks, time to get ready for a blast from the past: Rose Online is going to enter early access on December 13th,...

Embers Adrift promises changes to its questing and challenge level in reaction to player feedback

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With the launch month of October in the rearview mirror of Embers Adrift, the devs are now taking stock of the month that was...
This is shameful even by your standards.

Vague Patch Notes: The art of picking winners and losers in MMO design

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There's a meme that's gone around the Final Fantasy XIV community sphere for a while, and I'm going to try my best to explain...

Legends of Aria’s blockchain mess gets a new name – BRITARIA – as its token sinks

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The crypto shenanigans around Legends of Aria just keep getting weirder. Readers will recall that Legends of Aria, Kickstarted by MMO players as Shards Online,...

Riot Games sponsors design challenge centered on making online spaces safer

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Riot Games is not a gaming company most folks in our industry would consider a paragon of community in or off the court. The...
Gusts 'n' stuff

Vague Patch Notes: Mandatory content and game design in MMOs

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Let me tell you about my second roommate in college. He was named Kyle, and he was benefiting from the fact that I had...
Rewind!

WoW Factor: When your MMO design is hooked on a feeling

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To start this off, I want you to summon up a feeling. I want you think back to the first time you can remember...

Massively on the Go: Pokemon Go Fest’s Finale was a blend of comfort content and bad bugs

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Pokemon Go's yearly Go Fest was fairly rocky this year - so rocky that some of us old trainers had to remind people that we've...

Massively Overthinking: The real-world value of MMOs

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A while back on the MMORPG subreddit, there was a wildly contentious - one might even say transparently provocative - thread declaring that "f...

Last Oasis vows to improve the current ‘chore’ of traveling, readies Sleeping Giants map

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When a game's entire design forces you to always be on the move, you might rightly assume that getting traveling right would be of...
We have Thanos at home.

Massively Overthinking: What’s so bad about comfort zones in MMOs?

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If you've been following the MMORPG meta for a long time, particularly in World of Warcraft, you know there's corner of the industry convinced...
Unappealing!

Vague Patch Notes: No, Little Orbit has not solved the MMO blockchain problem

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It looks like we have indeed lived long enough to see the heroes become the villains: Little Orbit, which we once lionized for saving...
Load it up.

Little Orbit talks APB Reloaded’s 64-bit update and new blockchain online shooter STFU

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Little Orbit is getting quite chatty these days, which certainly benefits All Points Bulletin: Reloaded desperate to hear about the future of their title....

Massively Uplifting: WoW players break barriers, Bungie and ZeniMax raise money to help children

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Summer sweetness is not just for corn and watermelon! No, it's for all the kind and generous gestures of of our fellow gamers and...

Massively Overthinking: Is old-school MMO dungeon-camping ever coming back?

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A while ago on the MOP Podcast, Justin and I randomly wound up on the topic of camping in MMOs - not pitching a...

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