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Perfect Ten: The MMO studios that keep whiffing on new projects

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Everyone makes mistakes, and that's all right. That's not necessarily a big deal. Yes, this is true when it comes to MMO studios too....
It is also not the same as a box in which a lady shows a great deal of skin. No idea how Dr. Skinner would have felt about that.

Massively OP Podcast Episode 380: A TERAble way to go

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Justin and Bree discuss TERA's sunset, Secret World's maintenance mode, Red Dead Online's maintenance mode, Heroes of the Storm's maintenance mode, Skull and Bones' November launch, Elder Scrolls Online's Lost Depths DLC, EverQuest II's prison server, Blizzard's Proletariat buyout, WoW's crafting overhaul, and the return of BlizzCon in 2023, with adventures in LOTRO, Fallout 76, and SWG Legends, plus a mailbag lightning round.
HELLO FROM THE OTHER SIIIIIIIIIIDE

Blizzard shifts Heroes of the Storm into maintenance mode, gives lizards to all

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Quick: What's the one live service Blizzard game that nobody ever talks about, thinks about, or apparently plays? The correct answer is, of course,...

GDC 2022: Control, revenue, scarcity, ethics, and the human challenges of the gaming ‘metaverse’

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While some panels at GDC 2022 have been deeply disappointing, the panel titled "A Brave New (Virtual) World: Ethics and Governance of XR and...
Sulking.

Vague Patch Notes: Blizzard may live on, but it will never be Blizzard again

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If you want to chart the moment when Blizzard stopped being Blizzard, you got a really nice data point when J. Allen Brack stepped...

Massively on the Go: Pokemon Unite is genuinely fun – for new and casual MOBA players

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When Pokemon Unite was first announced, I had severe doubts I'd even give it a shot. I know I'm the local Pokemon guy, but there are many games in the...

Four Winds: Everything you need to know about Amazon’s Lost Ark

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Raise your hands if you've been eagerly waiting for Lost Ark. Now give me a high five because as announced earlier today, it's finally...

Overwatch celebrates five years as Heroes of the Storm finally releases a hero-rework update

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Blizzard's had its hands full with WoW Classic this week, but not so full that it hasn't been able to crank out content for...

Heroes of the Storm players lament Blizzard’s neglect and slow development

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While Blizzard's all-star character-filled MOBA Heroes of the Storm isn't shuttered or being completely ignored yet -- in fact, there have been a couple...

Interview: Camelot Unchained lays out its innovative alchemy system

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One of the major slices of content being worked on in this current 90-day quadrant of Camelot Unchained development is its crafting system, specifically...

MMO Business Roundup: Morhaime is back with Dreamhaven, plus NCsoft’s parking lot and Epic’s Manticore ambitions

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Welcome back to another quick roundup of video game industry news relevant to MMOs and MMO fans! The Morhaimes: When Mike Morhaime announced he was...

Heroes of the Storm adds a new Nexus Anomaly and a StarCraft vs. Warcraft event

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You know, it's been some time since we've had some patch notes news to write about for Heroes of the Storm, so consider this...

Warhammer Online’s Return of Reckoning linked over 2200 accounts in Twitch

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We were pretty amazed last month when we heard that Warhammer Online's rogue server, Return of Reckoning, was getting Twitch drops. It turns out...
Masterful.

NCsoft MOBA Master x Master should’ve turned three years old in the west this month

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Way back in 2014 on Old Massively, our team began covering Master x Master, a new MOBA by NCsoft, then in beta in South...
Make them fight.

Vague Patch Notes: MOBAs, battle royales, and shallow genre pools in the online gaming space

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This past week, Nintendo announced Pokemon Unite, and then I had to go to see a doctor because I rolled my eyes so far...
Snoooooow

There are multiple heroes planned for Heroes of the Storm this year, and there’s snow falling now

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It's been a quiet first half of the year in Heroes of the Storm, but players have been promised that there are multiple new...

Heroes of the Storm adds new Dark Nexus skins and a tests a new feature for defensive towers

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Hey look at that, Heroes of the Storm has had a couple of new updates! Neat! Blizzard's MOBA is kicking off another Dark Nexus-themed...

COVID-19 roundup: GameStop, unions call foul, Square-Enix, race cars, Blizzard, Skyforge, and Ultima Online housing

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Welcome back to another quick roundup of news bits all about how COVID-19 has impacted even our MMO corner of the gaming world. Also...

Overwatch tests Echo while Heroes of the Storm preps ancient Greece event

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It's been a homecoming long in the making, but finally Echo is arriving in Overwatch. The game's 32nd hero is currently on the test...
Not the chess maneuver.

Massively Overthinking: Our favorite MMORPG bugs ever

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This week's Massively Overthinking discussion topic is inspired by Crowfall's J Todd Coleman, who last fall tweeted about the time playable spiders almost became...

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