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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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?

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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...
Team play.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

The Daily Grind: Which MMOs do you let your own kids play?

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A while back, in the long long ago when we could still talk to humans in person, I was chatting with the mom of...
Damn you!

Vague Patch Notes: The ESRB is not your friend, gamers

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So, hey, the ESRB is taking action about lockboxes! Well, sort of. It's adding a notification about lockboxes that doesn't expressly mention or...

Wizard101 lets you play as your pet, Pirate101 conforms to MacOS Catalina

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There's plenty to love about our in-game pets, but it's the rare MMO where they're much more than something cute to look at. With...

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