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Massively Overthinking is a weekly feature in which the Massively Overpowered writers take turns weighing in on a particular MMO-related topic before turning the discussion over to the readership. [Follow this feature’s RSS feed]

Massively Overthinking: The MMO dev brains we’d like to pick

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This week's Overthinking question comes to us from longtime Patron Roger. "If you guys could magically open a connection to any dev team, which team...

Massively Overthinking: Just how massive is massively multiplayer?

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Recent tweaks to the taxonomy structure of Massively OP and coverage of what we formerly called "Not-So-Massive" games prompted a resurgence of internal discussion about the types...

Massively Overthinking: Let’s play with the Gamer Motivation Model

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Over the winter holidays, we wrote about game analytics consulting firm Quantic Foundry, which has published what it calls its "Gamer Motivation Model" --...

Massively Overthinking: The MMO with the brightest future

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Imagine you have a friend who wants to play an MMO but doesn't want to get involved in a game that's in decline or...

Massively Overthinking: One MMO wish for 2016

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We gave out a lot of awards this month for things games did in 2015, and we talked about what we think will happen...

Massively Overthinking: The next big Star Wars MMORPG

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In honor of Star Wars week (and rumors that EA is working on another Star Wars game), let's talk Star Wars MMOs. Star Wars Galaxies...

Massively Overthinking: MMO predictions for 2016

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Now that we've all had a good laugh at the things we got wrong and marveled at the things we got right in last...

Massively Overthinking: Counting the hits and misses of our 2015 predictions

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Every year, we lodge our predictions for the next. Funny, strange, and deadly serious, these predictions are a glance back on the naïvetés of 2014 and...

Massively Overthinking: Is IP-blocking in online games a necessary evil?

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This past week, news about Black Desert's IP blocking has reminded me once again how IP-blocking, region-locking, and the resulting isolated MMO communities are...

Massively Overthinking: What to do when your MMO grows stale

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Earlier this year, Kotaku ran a piece on how to make your favorite games feel new again once they've gotten a bit stale. Since...

Massively Overthinking: Let’s take the classic Bartle test

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Here's something you probably didn't know: Online worlds researcher Dr. Richard Bartle didn't actually write the Bartle test. His original research explored, analyzed, and defined the...

Massively Overthinking: WildStar, Guild Wars 2, and MMO raiding in 2015

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Here we are in October, sandwiched between WildStar's F2P conversion and Guild Wars 2's Heart of Thorns launch, and it seems as if we're...

Massively Overthinking: PvP MMOs without the PvE

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Back in April, we ran an Overthinking about a perceived lack of high-quality PvE-oriented MMO titles on the horizon, and that's a conversation that keeps...

Massively Overthinking: Graceful MMO free-to-play transitions

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In honor of WildStar's free-to-play transition this week, Massively Overthinking is about to overthink the very best F2P transitions ever. Even if you don't...

Massively Overthinking: MMO server merge horror stories

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Whether you call them server transitions, evolutions, consolidations, megaservers, or connected realms, server merges are a thing that affects most MMORPGs at some point...

Massively Overthinking: Underrepresented MMO music genres

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Massively OP Kickstarter donor Magnet Brain wants a revolution... in video game music! "Enough with the orchestral fantasy score... what genre of music would you like...

Massively Overthinking: NCsoft’s western autumn

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This week's Massively Overthinking is brought to you by a guildie of mine named Onyx, who donated to our Kickstarter campaign in this tier...

Massively Overthinking: Building your dream MMORPG

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Massively OP Kickstarter donor xenaphex wants to hear about our dream MMOs. What really makes you tick? What would you build with a million-bajillion...

Massively Overthinking: Making MMOs more social from the inside out

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This week's Massively Overthinking topic from an anonymous Kickstarter donor asks us to set aside our criticisms of the social environment of MMOs and...

Massively Overthinking: MMOs that need VR

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Man, our Kickstarter backers are fixated on virtual reality. It's almost as if you guys are really tech-savvy and into gaming immersion or something! Today's Massively Overthinking question...

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