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Richard Garriott‘s avatar during and after the Ultima series, including Ultima Online.

Remembering the life and work of legendary MMO designer Brad ‘Aradune’ McQuaid

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When the news hit last night, it brought everything to a screeching halt in the Massively OP office: At the age of 51, veteran...

Shroud of the Avatar claims move from Portalarium to Catnip will bring ‘positive change’

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Honest-to-goodness hope or trying to put a brave face on things? We'll let you decide when you read Catnip Studios' letter following the recent...

Shroud of the Avatar finally admits the Kickstarter book is not happening, offers in-game items instead

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Yesterday, we covered the bizarre but perhaps expected news that Portalarium has transferred Shroud of the Avatar and other assets to Catnip Games, which...

Shroud of the Avatar changes hands as Portalarium transfers assets to Catnip Games

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Hey you know when's a good time to drop potentially bad news? Underneath somebody else's even bigger bad news. Apparently, today it's going to...

Perfect Ten: Kickstarter MMOs that raised the most money

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The rise of crowdfunding in the mid-2010s swept a large wave of MMORPGs our way that might never have happened otherwise. For a while...

Shroud of the Avatar dates next SotACon event, releases more Episode 2 bundles

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Sometimes you have to root around in the Shroud of the Avatar update digest to find the interesting stuff. Digest #352 kind of has...

Perfect Ten: Solo prequel games to MMORPGs

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When studios go about making MMORPGs, risk comes along with the effect as a matter of course. The only question is how to reduce...
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Shroud of the Avatar hosts a livestream about fishing in fetid water

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If you want to watch a community livestream about Shroud of the Avatar's community team hosting a fishing contest in fetid water, gosh, today...
My expectations weren't that I would be jumping into this right away, but...

The Soapbox: No, the MMO genre is not dead – but it could use a little positivity

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One of my favorite idioms is "dead as a doornail." It always reminds me of the time I got sent out of my 10th...

Massively Overthinking: Morality and compelling choices in MMOs

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The most recent episode of The Psychology of Video Games podcast touches on a subject we don't tackle very much: moral choices. It's an...

Shroud of the Avatar’s R67 has begun testing on the QA server

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Fans of Shroud of the Avatar will soon be able to hide cloaks and keep their doors fully open among a variety of other...

The Daily Grind: What does Destiny 2 still need before you’ll call it an MMO?

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With Destiny 2 back in the news thanks to its free-to-play relaunch, Stadia platforming, and new expansion, online gamers have once again returned to...

Shroud of the Avatar addresses CEO confusion, playerbase ‘re-engagement campaign’

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Remember back in the fall of 2018, when there was a flurry of speculation over Shroud of the Avatar as Portalarium's Richard Garriott shed...

Shroud of the Avatar’s upcoming patch will let you be the mother of dragons

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OK, we'll just admit outright that the above headline is a little misleading. But since everyone and their uncle is making Games of Throne...

R64 springs into Shroud of the Avatar with city buffs, player dungeon changes, and killer bunnies

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Developers of Shroud of the Avatar are still working hard on the Top-10 priorities they mentioned in the Q1 update schedule. Today, they released...

Perfect Ten: MMOs that set themselves up as spiritual successors

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As with the larger video game market, sequels aren't unknown in the MMO space. We've seen studios take a stab at following up successful...

Shroud of the Avatar studio Portalarium temporarily closes office in favor of remote studio

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It sounds as if Shroud of the Avatar studio Portalarium has uprooted its home office. "We are nomadic now," Portalarium's Starr Long told players on...

Perfect Ten: Hit franchises that were almost made into MMORPGs

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For my money, there are few more tantalizing and agonizing thoughts than the great "What Ifs?" of the MMO genre. What if one title...

The Game Archaeologist: Dungeon Runners

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Where do you rest on the spectrum of humor? If you find yourself giggling and snorting at dumb jokes, groan-worthy puns, and satire so...
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Perfect Ten: The MMOs with the most uncertain futures in 2019

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Working in this field has given me something of a sense of how a lot of the industry is going to play out. Take...

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