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Known primarily for Second Life.

MMOs You’ve Never Heard Of: Decentraland, Monster & Me, and Grand Fantasia

Welcome back to another quick roundup of MMOs and MMO-adjacent titles you've probably never heard of (or at least have entirely forgotten about!). Up first:...

Playcraft is new indie multiplayer game-building game now on Kickstarter

So here's a fun new multiplayer toy that just landed on Kickstarter: It's called Playcraft, and it's being billed by Bebop...

One Shots: Band practice went long today

Fred and Wilma's parents always wondered what happened to them. One day they stayed after school for a little extra band practice... and they...

SpatialOS interview suggests tech can handle 20K MMO players in a ‘relatively low-fidelity but seamless world’

Even SpatialOS seems grim about the outlook for western MMOs. MMO players will recall that Improbable's SpatialOS is a "distributed computing platform for building...

The Daily Grind: Have you ever been to a concert in an MMO?

Slightly embarrassing story time: One of my favorite things to do in classic Star Wars Galaxies was sing. Yes, musicians and dancers were...

The best Massively OP community Daily Grinds of 2018

Assuming the archives are correct, the first Daily Grind ever was penned by Krystalle Voecks on November 3rd, 2007, a day after Old...

Ultima Online’s Raph Koster says Fortnite is more like an MMO than we might think

It's like people are discovering MMOs all over again. Ultima Online and Star Wars Galaxies creator Raph Koster recently expressed amusement at the...

Tad Williams’ Otherland MMO rebrands as Otherland Next with Fire Isle expansion, social sandbox mode

Way back in March, Otherland announced a big expansion called Fire Isle, themed around Chinese mythology and launching summer 2018. It didn't...

The MOP Up: Pagan Online slams ARPGs and MOBAs together

Tack this on your list of action-RPGs to watch. Mad Head Games announced that it is developing a blend of ARPG and MOBA with...
Planted.

Seed discusses the natural biases of worldbuilding and interaction

Here's a statement that should be rather uncontroversial but might be otherwise: You do not exist in a vacuum. The experiences that have shaped...

Perfect Ten: 10 MMO features that deserve widespread adaptation

You know what gets me excited about upcoming MMOs? It's certainly not the list of expected systems and features that have since become standard...

Shroud of the Avatar’s newsletter covers the mysterious comet and player-created dungeon tools

Strange sights abound in Shroud of the Avatar right now. "Astronomers across New Britannia have noted that the approaching comet has agitated the...

MMO business roundup: Virtual reality, Niantic, WoW emu hacking, and what Google’s up to

We've got some MMO industry topics you shouldn't miss, so welcome back to our MMO business roundup! • Last week, Pokemon Go company...
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EU’s Copyright Directive proposal has Second Life and Roblox players worried

A proposed law that's making its way through the European Union's legislative bodies has both players and studios worried that a wave of oppressive...

Global Chat: Dipping back into MMO underwater combat

Guild Wars 2's recent renovation of underwater combat has brought back some interest to this oft-neglected sphere of gameplay. Inventory Full's...

Global Chat: Giving Project Gorgon a try

With Project Gorgon now out on Steam early access, many first-time visitors to this strange game are feeling out the world and its...
I Am Jack's Total Lack of Surprise

Boss Key mostly gives up on Lawbreakers, moves on to ‘passion project’

Long after players had tried and moved on from the gravity-defying Lawbreakers, its studio has conceded defeat. Boss Key Productions put out a...

GDC 2018: Ready Player One Now, billion person gaming, and mitigating abuse

It's no surprise that Ready Player One was constantly being referenced at GDC 2018, especially in VR, AR, and MMO panels. It's not just because...

The MOP Up: Osiris New Dawn’s terrifying space ghosts (November 19, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some...

Virtual Earth Online looks like a Minecraft and Second Life mash-up

So you're tired of visiting far-flung post-apoc space stations, fantasy ghost castles, underground slime lairs, and zombie grottos on Mars. What's next? How about......

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