john smedley

The former head of SOE and Daybreak. Affectionately known to gamers as “Smed.”

Global Chat: Revisiting all of SOE’s game history

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I'm always a sucker for a good timeline, which is why I perked up at seeing Wilhelm at Ancient Gaming Noob trace out the...

The Game Archaeologist: Free Realms

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Its very name was a declaration of rebellion against the status quo. In an era that had yet to shift from a subscription-only model...

Daybreak has been sold – again – this time to EG7 Global for $300M

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Who had this on the end-of-the-year bingo card? Apparently, Daybreak has been bought out - again. The company holding the hot potato this round is...

EverQuesting: A sweet sixteen EverQuest II anniversary retrospective

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Happy birthday, sweet sixteen! If you think I've waited 16 years to be able to sing that to EverQuest II, well, you aren't wrong....

Massively Uplifting: Shattering mental health and disability stereotypes while increasing gaming inclusivity

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Back to school? That quintessential September mantra may not be a given for everyone this year. However, what is still a given is the...

PAX Online 2020: Pantheon, Ashes of Creation, Amazon, and Crowfall devs on the future of online games

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What could online gaming look like going forward? That was the overall topic discussed by a number of devs as part of in a...

Amazon is apparently working on a new unnamed sci-fi MMO

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Former SOE and Daybreak boss John Smedley has been a fixture at Amazon Game Studios for the last few years, working on at least...

The Soapbox: Feeling the loss of an MMO community

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Back in 2012, I was almost a year deep into Lord of the Rings Online and enjoying my time both in the game and...

Amazon is hosting a game tech event for game devs tomorrow

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Amazon Games' John Smedley appears to be pretty fired up about an event that Amazon Web Services is hosting. It's called The Digital Download,...

The Game Archaeologist: The rise and fall of Landmark and EverQuest Next

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The year was 2013. Sony Online Entertainment was still a functioning and seemingly robust MMORPG studio, and its yearly SOE Live convention was a...

Obituary: EverQuest and Vanguard developer Mike Hutchins passes away

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It is always a somber occasion to bring to you word of the passing of another MMORPG developer, but it is also the opportunity...

The Daily Grind: Have you ever paid for MMO-related services like coaching?

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A few weeks back, MMO veteran dev John Smedley posted a tweet about paying for, of all things, coaching in a video game, and...

John Smedley and Scott Hartsman put out a call to help a former EverQuest II dev

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This story crossed our desk with some signal boosting from John Smedley and Scott Hartsman this weekend: A little less than a year ago, former...

The celebration of life event for Brad McQuaid will be rebroadcast tonight for those who couldn’t attend

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If you aren't in California, you probably missed the real-world memorial for Brad McQuaid, which was held in San Diego earlier this week. Fortunately,...

Ask Mo: The hits and misses of MassivelyOP’s 2019 predictions

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The day has come: the day when we look back at last year's predictions for this year and see how we did. Yep, this...

Massively Overthinking: What MMO were you hoping to hear much more about this year?

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Going through our coverage of 2019's MMOs, I realized there are a bunch of games that have previously been on our "anticipated" lists that...

Remembering the life and work of legendary MMO designer Brad ‘Aradune’ McQuaid

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When the news hit last night, it brought everything to a screeching halt in the Massively OP office: At the age of 51, veteran...

Former EverQuest, Vanguard developer passes away; colleagues raise money for his family

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Please be aware that this post contains discussions of suicide, which we realize may upset some readers. Please read with caution and comment respectfully. We're...
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Perfect Ten: MMOs that flirted with permadeath

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This month, Dungeons and Dragons Online will be venturing where many MMORPGs have feared to tread: into the realm of officially supported permadeath. The...

Former 38 Studios boss Curt Schilling contemplates run for Congress

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You folks remember 38 Studios, right? The studio at the heart of one of the most scandalous fiascos in the whole MMO genre? It's...

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