Massively OP Podcast Episode 424: Blue Protocol, red Diablo

Justin and Bree discuss Diablo IV, Elder Scrolls Online Necrom, Blue Protocol's delay, Swords of Legends Online's sunset, WoW Classic's WoW Token, PSO2 housing, Tarisland CBT, and Embers Adrift's new model, with adventures in LOTRO, plus MMOs for families.

Microsoft is hit with $20M fine for collecting the personal information of children on Xbox

Microsoft has earned the ire of the US Federal Trade Commission and has been slapped with a $20M fine by the government agency for...

Bobby Kotick decries ‘aggressive labor movement’ trying to ‘destabilize’ Activision-Blizzard

We're just a few days from the launch of Diablo IV, so naturally Variety has offered up a mushy interview with... Activision-Blizzard's Bobby Kotick,...

Pirate101 launches on Steam today with the Sinbad Chapter 2 update

It's launch day for Pirate101! OK, not exactly. Pirate101 launched in 2012. But it's launching on Steam today, as KingsIsle brings the family-friendly pirate...

The Game Archaeologist: Coca-Cola’s crazy virtual hangout

Part of the sheer joy and fun of the early online world of the late '90s and early 2000s was the experimentation that took...
How are you this way.

Pirate101 keeps up the hype for its May 31 Steam launch and Iron Lotus update

It wasn't too long ago that Pirate101 players were moving from worried to hopeful as the kid-friendly MMO seemed to be entering maintenance mode...
See, that's the joke of the name.

Perfect Ten: 10 old MMO promises that never happened

Developers like to talk a big game. It's expected, it's encouraged by all parties, and it's part of the fun. When a game or...

EG7 Q1 2023: EG7 pulled in a record $54M last quarter, and Daybreak is a huge chunk of it

Enad Global 7 aka EG7, the company that owns Daybreak, Standing Stone Games, and Piranha Games and is effectively still being run by Daybreak...

Interview: KingsIsle talks Pirate101’s Steam launch, Sinbad Chapter 2, and the future of the game

KingsIsle's Pirate101 is having a bit of a renaissance right now. The high seas-themed sibling MMO to the popular kids game Wizard101 has two...

The Daily Grind: Has there ever been an MMO that over time morphed into a game you no longer love?

The temptation with a title like that is to talk about World of Warcraft slowly and inexorably doubling-down on its least fun content year...

MGI’s 2022 financial report is bad news for RIFT and most of Gamigo’s remaining MMOs

Gamigo and KingsIsle parent company MGI recently posted its 2022 financial report, and things aren't looking great for interest and investment into current and...

Wizard101 plows through a bayou while Pirate101 readies the deck for its Sinbad update

It's time for a pair of KingsIsle newsletters, so let's break them down to see what's contained inside! First up with Wizard101, the magical...
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Vague Patch Notes: MMO players don’t talk about aging

I turned 40 this year. It's not something that I announced with any particular fanfare, due in no small part to the fact that...

2012 KingsIsle MMO Pirate101 is finally heading to Steam later this month

All right, let's be real, if you're interested in Pirate101 you probably are already playing it and don't need the game to be on...

Massively Overthinking: The MMOs you know you’re done with

A few podcasts ago, Justin and I fell into a discussion about MMOs we knew we were done with. Not games we hate or...

Vague Patch Notes: Can the gaming industry move on from high school, please?

So this weekend had at least one incident that was, I'm not remotely sorry to say, exceedingly funny. If you've been paying any attention...

Perfect Ten: 25 text-based MMOs and MUDs that are worth playing in 2023

Wanderlust hits even the most content MMO adventurer from time to time, and while there are worlds a-plenty to visit, sometimes it is easy...
Look how they massacred my boy.

Guild Wars 2 previews next week’s ‘outliers’ balance update

Lock up your kids and your spouses because Guild Wars 2 is moseying into town for another class balance showdown -- and there's no...

Guild Wars 2’s ArenaNet named Extra Life Partner of the Year for its 2022 April quest and $253K fundraise

File this one under Massively Uplifting in the best way: Guild Wars 2 studio ArenaNet was named as the 2022 Extra Life Partner of...

Bungie warns Destiny 2 players that it will be watching for cheating via the use of accessibility aides

Third-party peripherals and programs that are intended to make a game more accessible for certain players are a wonderful thing, but as usual, there...