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The Stream Team: Searching for Skritt in Guild Wars 2

There is currently a multi-week event happening where finding a certain number of Skritt will grant a new bag slot. How could Massively OP's...
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The Daily Grind: Do MMO cash shops usually have things you want to buy?

My recent return to Guild Wars 2 for the Secrets of the Obscure expansion resurrected one of my old gripes: The cash shop almost...

One Shots: Just a minute, Mom, I’m playing with my virtual dollhouse!

If playing with physical dollhouses is your entry-level and full-on interior decorating your advanced mode, then video games offer a middle ground to those...

Guild Wars 2’s Secrets of the Obscure performed ‘even better than expected,’ ArenaNet says

So, how well did Secrets of the Obscure do for Guild Wars 2? We're not getting hard numbers in ArenaNet's blog post this afternoon...

The Stream Team: Specializing in Skyscale in Guild Wars 2 Skywatch

Now that Massively OP's MJ has started Guild Wars 2's Secrets of the Obscure, she needs to use the Skyscale often. Unfortunately, she never...

Guild Wars 2 kicks off Fractal Rush event through September 19 with today’s update

Today's Guild Wars 2 patch isn't going to dazzle anyone already preoccupied with Secrets of the Obscure, but it's a nice addition all the...

Vitae Aeternum: The pros and cons of New World’s transmog

In my very first Vitae Aeternum two years ago, I criticized some of the ways New World lacks character customization. It took a while,...

One Shots: Dragons don’t come with windshield wipers

Every time I see someone flying on top of a dragon or other winged mount, all I can imagine is a huge bundle of...

LOTRO Legendarium: Coping with Lord of the Rings Online’s Mount Everest of content

I vividly remember back when Lord of the Rings Online launched its first legendary server, Anor, in 2018. Like many of you, I got...

Massively Overthinking: The dumbest deaths in MMORPGs

This past week has been amusing for everyone in the MMO community and beyond who loves to watch people die stupid deaths in video...
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Vague Patch Notes: The specter of racially locked classes in MMOs and before

One of the things I've taken on multiple times in this column is the concept of gender-locked classes, which are bad, and if you...
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Massively OP Podcast Episode 436: Rise of the Angry River Hobbits

Colin, Justin, and Bree discuss Guild Wars 2 SOTO, LOTRO River Hobbits, New World Rise of the Angry Earth, Gloria Victis' impending sunset, and the impact of MMO currencies: {url}

The Daily Grind: Which MMO has the best cosmetic system (not the best cosmetics)?

The other day I was mucking around with my outfit on SWG Legends and having some conflicting emotions. First, I was grateful that the...

Massively Overthinking: Does reused content in MMOs bother you?

One of the big complaints I saw on the Guild Wars 2 subreddit right before Secrets of the Obscure launched was the grump that...
New World ROTAE

New World’s first expansion, Rise of the Angry Earth, launches October 3 with mounts, flails, new housing, and more

New World's 2023 roadmap promised its first expansion, but until now, we had few details on what that meant. Recently the folks at Amazon...
Crypts and bloods.

Guild Wars 2 finally removed Valdhertz Crypts from Wizard’s Vault objectives after SOTO’s first week

Those darn Valdhertz Crypts! No one in Guild Wars 2 likes them! That's why people were kinda miffed about having Valdhertz Crypts (and other...

The Stream Team: Guild Wars 2’s Mother of Stars

Massively OP's MJ has discovered she's not in Kansas anymore! Not that she ever was; she was in Guild Wars 2's Garenhoff investigating the...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 435: Guild Wars 2’s secrets revealed

Justin and Bree discuss Gamescom, Nightingale, Crimson Desert, WoW Classic's hardcore servers, ArcheAge's devastating merge, and TennoCon's Warframe and Soulframe news, with adventures in LOTRO, Baldur's Gate 3, and Guild Wars 2 Secrets of the Obscure, plus a mailbag topic on WoW's latest teases.

The Daily Grind: Does a quarterly content cadence work for MMORPGs?

I've been mulling over Guild Wars 2's new content cadence for a while now, but last week's roadmap of what to expect in the...

One Shots: The flute that launched an MMO empire

Who would have ever thought that a little girl skipping around looking for her musical instrument would be the gateway to a long-running beloved...