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Battle Bards Episode 173: Down on the farm

Seeking a simpler and more quaint life? Then come on down to the farm with the Battle Bards, as the video game music crew...

Massively Overthinking: How much should MMOs cost in 2020?

MOP reader Castagere recently wrote to us with a nod to the growing sentiment across the gaming industry that might indicate a shift in...

Wizard101’s avatar overhauls and Pirate101’s rewarding trivia

KingsIsle's kid-friendly MMORPGs are cranking out the summer fun, so let's touch base with them today and see what's going on in the magical...

Massively Uplifting: Speech therapy, a college class in WoW, and the Ian Holm tribute that crashed LOTRO

Inside or outside? Like a cat at the door, June had many of us unsure if we wanted to go out or stay in;...

New UK parliament report recommends regulation of lockboxes as gambling

Remember last month when UK lawmakers started making fresh noise about classifying lockboxes/lootboxes as gambling to protect children following multiple

A new crafting and work order feature has come to horse MMO Star Stable

There's no way I'm letting a chance to talk about online horsies pass me by, especially when crafting's involved. Yep, kid-friendly equestrian-themed MMO

Class action lawsuit alleges Apple promotes gambling via lootboxes through its storefront

Legal moves are being made against the practice of lootbox monetization against one of the largest targets possible. A class action complaint filed...

The Daily Grind: When was the last time you played a ‘dead’ MMO

Earlier this week, I trolled myself by picking up the charity Itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality. I say I trolled myself...

Massively Overthinking: Do you keep MMOs installed for the login freebies?

MOP reader Styopa proposed this fun topic for Massively Overthinking this week, prompted, he said, by Standing Stone Games' recent promotions for

The Game Archaeologist: Were sequels ever a good idea for MMOs?

From movies to books to video games, sequels (and all related spin-offs) are a common sight when a property is sufficiently successful enough. Even...

Co-op roguelike Minecraft Dungeons is live today on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and the Switch

Don't tell my kids, but I'm getting them Minecraft Dungeons this week. I mean, really I'm getting myself Minecraft Dungeons this week, but...

One Shot: Wedding bells

The other day I showed my kids our wedding video, and while we watched it I was reminded how much sheer work it took...

The Game Archaeologist: McDonalds’ McWorld MMO is a thing that existed

If you thought that it was strange for MTV to create its own virtual world, then you probably are forgetting how desperate companies...
It lurks.

MMO Business Roundup: Tencent facial recognition, Chinese gaming regulation, anti-cheat, and hackers

Welcome back to another roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news bits that just didn't fit in anywhere else. First, Tencent has spent part of...

The MOP Up: Bossa Studios releases World War AI

Bossa Studios, the team behind the late Worlds Adrift, just rolled out a new prototype game for you to check out for free:

The MOP Up: War Thunder helps the US Army train in quarantine

How is the US Army training during this era of COVID-19? By playing video games, of course! War Thunder said in a press release, "We...

Working as Intended: Sparking joy in MMOs

On this week's podcast, I mentioned that I'd just finished off Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, something that superficially...

Massively Uplifting: Communities and companies bolster COVID-19 relief and mental health support

April showers of good deeds bring May flowers of comfort and hope. And after the last couple of months, we sure could use a...

One Shots: Day of the Cats

As the reluctant owner of a slightly deranged cat, I have nightmares of when felines grow into towering, snide monstrosities and roam the planet...

Bored during lockdown? Elder Scrolls Online and New World suggest MMO coloring books

I need some wholesome MMO stuff to start the month: Why not join in the coloring book fun with MMOs? This is a real...

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