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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]

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Massively Overthinking: Why don’t MMOs try harder to foster great guilds?

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MOP reader Mahaf1089 posed an interesting question beneath a WoW Factor column earlier this month, one that clearly resonated with our readers because it...
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Massively Overthinking: Which MMOs are memorable but not actually fun?

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Earlier this week, we ran a Daily Grind on MMOs that are fun but not especially memorable, throwing it back to a quote from...

Massively Overthinking: Does whaling ruin MMOs?

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Last week, I was chatting with a MOP reader (hi Bryan!) in our comments about Lord of the Rings Online's business model - both...

Massively Overthinking: When an MMO has everything and so much of it

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Last week, when No Man's Sky released its native Mac client, MOP's Chris and I fell into a discussion about the game being so...

Massively Overthinking: Are we in an ‘MMO hype vacuum’?

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James "MMO Folklorist" Crosby recently penned a piece using a term that seems so apt I feel we should all adopt it: the MMO...

Massively Overthinking: Solving the MMO gear obsolescence problem

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Last weekend, Amazon told players in a New World Discord Q&A that the expansion still on the way will essentially nullify existing gear to...

Massively Overthinking: What’s your monthly MMO budget?

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Unless you are fabulously wealthy, you probably maintain some sort of budget for your discretionary expenses, and if MMOs had their way, they'd claim...

Massively Overthinking: What kind of PvE content do you expect from MMO sandboxes?

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A couple of weeks back, MOP reader Alberto asked an interesting question in the comments of a particularly galling Star Citizen post. He pointed...

Massively Overthinking: What should MMOs do when guild leaders vanish?

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Last week, we covered that wild story about a "heist" in EVE Online that allowed the perpetrators to make off with trillions of ISK...

Massively Overthinking: How to alienate your MMORPG playerbase

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I am not a Pokemon Go player, but I can't help but stare at its many trainwrecks thanks to the detailed coverage of our...

Massively Overthinking: Tabletop and boardgames for MMORPG players

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Last week, following the crowdfunding of an Elder Scrolls boardgame, the MOP staff got derailed by a discussion on boardgame prices (it's expensive, y'all)....

Massively Overthinking: The dumbest conversations in your main MMO’s general chat

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Last week, in a thread about one of Diablo IV's many rivals, MOP commenter Greaterdivinity noted that chat in the game was exhausting because...

Massively Overthinking: The times MMO developers admitted they were… wrong

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Earlier in March, Jagex did the unthinkable for an MMORPG company: It admitted it was wrong about something. If you're used to the Blizzards...

Massively Overthinking: When is localization itself the kiss of death for an imported MMORPG?

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Last week, when I was poking around the internet trying to understand why Amazon was still making excuses for de-sexualizing some Lost Ark characters...

Massively Overthinking: The FOMO in our MMOs

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World of Warcraft has become a very dump-on-able game lately, and Blizzard isn't making it any harder, as a tweet the company sent out...

Massively Overthinking: How should MMOs handle in-game criming?

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A week or so ago, I fell down a rabbit hole when writing up an ArcheAge post. Kakao was handing out joke titles for...

Massively Overthinking: The MMO characters we want to love but don’t

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A few weeks ago, MOP reader Neurotic pinged the MOP Podcast with a question about characters we want to love but just don't. He...

Massively Overthinking: What’s the ideal content cadence for an MMORPG in 2023?

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Earlier this week, Guild Wars 2 revealed a major shake-up of its content delivery cadence. Studio ArenaNet suggested that the traditional living world cadence...

Massively Overthinking: That moment when you realize an MMO is truly something special

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MOP commenter Bruno tweeted something the other that that I thought would make a fun topic. Here's what he said, printed with permission: "Wanna know...

Massively Overthinking: What MMORPG content requires the most skill – and why?

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Back in January, there was an inflammatory thread on the MMORPG subreddit that argued that anyone using rotation mods in endgame MMO content was...

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