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Whatever happened to Mark Kern’s crowdfunded Firefall-successor Em-8er?

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We're taking a trip back to the halcyon days of Firefall to set the stage for this piece, so hop aboard the esports bus...

Perfect Ten: 10 notable MMO developers that shut their doors

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When En Masse Entertainment announced that it would be closing its doors this fall, we here at Massively OP came to the realization that...

Mark Kern didn’t just quit WoW Classic: He accused his old Firefall studio of Chinese corruption

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Earlier this week, we reported that former World of Warcraft Team Lead Mark Kern had very publicly posted that he was quitting WoW over...

Massively Overthinking: MMOs, challenge, and flow

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A couple of weeks ago, MMO developer Mark Kern tweeted a controversial claim about how challenge and interactivity is the point of games (and...

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...
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Mark Kern’s crowdfunded MMO shooter Em-8ER has ‘nearly’ finished its demo characters

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It's been a while since we checked in on Em-8ER, Mark Kern's frustratingly named "massive planetary wargame," so we're rectifying that today. MMO players will...

Em-8ER lands Firefall’s composer, works on demo

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So what has Mark Kern's Em-8ER been up to these past couple of months? The team shared the latest news about the giant mech...

Firefall will officially sunset tomorrow

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Did our article yesterday on MMOs in limbo knock one loose? Probably not, but one of them is sunsetting all the same: Firefall. Late last...
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Perfect Ten: MMOs in limbo

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The one thing that I thought we could all count on forever was that the MMO life cycle was pretty easy to understand. A...
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Em-8ER funds on Indiegogo and adds new stretch goals

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If you were worried that Mark Kern's Em-8ER (properly pronounced "eem-eight-er" for those willing to die upon snarky hills) wouldn't fund on its latest...

Mark Kern will share Em-8ER’s design vision – for a price

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Em-8ER, Mark Kern's attempt at subverting game naming conventions (and also something about giant mechs), is launching its next limited fundraiser on Monday to...

Em-8er creates 20-page ‘pitch’ book to sell the game concept

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Mark Kern's Em-8er project has reached another internal milestone, with the team achieving a few small (and decidedly quirky) goals such as creating an...

Mark Kern’s Em-8ER on omniframe classes, THMPR animations

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Mark Kern's crowdfunded MMO-shooter Em-8ER has a slew of new videos out this week featuring animations for the THMPR, finishing off the mech's "basic...
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The Soapbox: What the Mass Effect Andromeda kerfuffle ought to teach us about games criticism

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Today is the official release of Mass Effect: Andromeda, which was preceded by the frankly baffling decision to allow people access to an early...
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Mark Kern’s Em-8er lore combines Nazis, ghosts, and terraforming

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"Welcome to the world of Ember, or as star charts designate it, Em-8ER ('E-M-Eight-E-R')," says a new dev blog from Mark Kern's Em-8ER MMO...

Em8er steps gingerly across its fire and ice tiles

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Virtual landsapes are made up of thousands of tiles that are shaped and forged into landmarks and obstacles. The first steps to making Em8er's...

Mark Kern offers Em-8ER credit to Firefall players and founders

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If you're a former Firefall player -- or a current one, since technically it's still alive -- and you are looking forward to Mark...

Mark Kern’s Em-8ER posts a new THMPR modeling video

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Em-8ER, the Mark Kern-led "massive planetary wargame" shooter formerly known as (and still pronounced like) Ember, has a new video out today showing off...

Firefall: The dead game that won’t die

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2016 was not Firefall's year. I'm not sure which year was its year, honestly, what with the e-sports bus fiasco and suspension of PvP and former CEO Mark...

MMO Year in Review: WoW’s legacy server snarl (April 2016)

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This year, we’re taking a time-machine back through our MMO coverage, month by month, to hit the highlights and frame our journey before we...

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