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The Daily Grind: Are you planning to buy a next-gen console?

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So at this point, we've now seen PlayStation 5 preorders go live, in a clusterfudge Sony has already apologized for, and we've...

The MOP Up: Razer accidentally exposes 100,000 consumer accounts

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Razer, a popular provider of gaming hardware, joined the notorious list of companies that accidentally exposed their consumer's personal information to the world. While...

Massively Overthinking: How to deal with cheater scum in MMORPGs

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I'm sure it was a random coincidence, but last week two different Star Wars Galaxies emulators posted about steps they were taking against...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 288: ArcheAge again

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Justin, Bree, and Mia discuss ArcheAge 2, TERA, LOTRO, Wizard101, Corepunk, Raph Koster's new MMO, and Star Citizen, with adventures in WoW Classic, SWTOR, Black Desert, Echo of Soul, SWG Legends, and LOTRO, plus a mailbag discussion on the Final Fantasy XI mobile remake.

Torchlight III is working on a UI scaling slider, according to its latest state of the game address

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With repeated patch delays and a lot of last-minute adjustments, you'd be forgiven for harboring suspicions that Torchlight III isn't quite ready...
Team play.

For science: New UK study finds that video games improve the mental health, reading, and writing skills of kids

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So this one's fun. The results of a study performed in the UK between November and December of 2019 have just been released. The...
It's a... you know.

First impressions: Small World of Warcraft is a fun boardgame with a touch of Azerothian flavor

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One of the interesting things about this job is that I am pretty regularly presented with a new set of things to review and...

Wizard101 is getting an Amazon Prime documentary. Yes, really.

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If you live and game outside of the Spiral, you may not have noticed that Wizard101 just celebrated its 12th anniversary this year....

Kickstarted multiplayer RPG Swords ‘n Magic and Stuff goes into Steam early access

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Maybe it's time to take a break from looking for the next big thing -- and look at the next small thing. It may...

Massively Overthinking: How we deal with burning out of MMOs

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Back in August, MOP's own Justin wrote a piece on his Bio Break blog about moderation in gaming that resonated with me. He...

Kids MMO developer Age of Learning must pay the FTC $10M to settle ‘dark patterns’ complaint

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The US Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on the purveyor of kids game ABCMouse this week, having alleged that the company "made...

The Stream Team: A magical 12th birthday for Wizard101, complete with gifts

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Being 12 years old is magical, especially if you're Wizard101! This cheery game filled with fun pets and mounts is celebrating its 12th anniversary...

Sony invites you to register to preorder the PlayStation 5 price-unseen

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My kids don't know it yet, but they are probably getting a PlayStation 5 within the next year. It's likely to be a big...

The Stream Team: Missing kids is the thing in Dungeons and Dragons Online’s Ravenloft

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Being a kid is never easy, but it's downright life-threatening in DDO's Ravenloft. From scattered journal entries to a death house, Massively OP's MJ...

Astroneer’s second big automation update is live – here’s the new trailer

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If you had asked me a year ago what game my whole family would be playing together this summer, I probably would not have...

The Soapbox: Stubborn MMO players are sleeping on autoplay mechanics

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Autoplay, huh. What is it good for? Absolutely something! I'll say it again: There is value in autoplay. It's got such a bad reputation...

GDC Summer 2020: Better living, climate awareness, and citizen science through games

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Way back during GDC 2018, I covered several panels relating to gaming for good. Things like citizen science projects, games...
How are you this way.

Wizard101 talks up the arrival of Karamelle, Pirate101 collects community guides

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The August 2020 newsletters for both Pirate101 and Wizard101 are both live, each with their own little tidbits of information and community...

Trove interview: Gamigo on console’s future, Bomber Royale, and the next class for a revamp

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With Trove's fifth birthday and its Delves expansion now behind it, we're curious about what's next for the game. Gamigo's Cornelia and Coby...

The Game Archaeologist: Clone Wars Adventures, the Star Wars MMO everyone kinda forgot

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Whenever the topic -- the argument -- of Star Wars MMOs arises, the debate is usually between the merits of the sandboxy Star...

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