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The creation and crash of the forgotten Raph Koster MMO Metaplace

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Let's ignore the fact that "decentralization" is shorthand for pyramid scheme grift nowadays and think back to how the internet was once a very...

Raph Koster’s Playable Worlds scored $25M in investment for his ‘modern sandbox MMO’

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Raph Koster's Playable Worlds is inching a little closer to a playable world thanks to another cash infusion. GIbiz reports that the company has raised...

Lawful Neutral: How is an NFT MMO even supposed to work?

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Recently, MassivelyOP hit a milestone: We received our quadrabajillionth email announcing that Scammy-scammers-now-with-NFTs-and-also-metaverse-because-reasons Inc. was a proven market leader with a new scamming game...

Tales from the Holodeck: Virtual reality is best as a gaming machine, not as a portal to the metaverse

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Welcome to a new column here on MassivelyOP! Tales from the Holodeck was inspired by a couple of things: my purchase of a VR...

MMO Business Roundup: China’s freeze, ABK’s new diversity officer, and Sony and Epic’s metaverse

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Welcome back to another roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news. China has ended its latest gaming-approval freeze after nine months of regulators locking out...

SpatialOS developer Improbable announces a ‘network of interoperable web3 metaverses’ called M²

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Remember back in January when SpatialOS developer Improbable released a poll that asserted that a large number of gamers and game devs believed a...

GDC 2022: Control, revenue, scarcity, ethics, and the human challenges of the gaming ‘metaverse’

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While some panels at GDC 2022 have been deeply disappointing, the panel titled "A Brave New (Virtual) World: Ethics and Governance of XR and...

Cornucopias’ The Island is an upcoming MMO brimming with blockchain babble

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Imagine if an MMO developer decided to rake up every NFT and blockchain buzzword and system, then pigeonholed and sewed them together to make...
Boring, boring, boring.

Vague Patch Notes: The metaverse doesn’t exist and isn’t a good idea either

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You can't swing your arms at this point without hearing about "the metaverse" in some capacity, which is supposedly the reason why Facebook changed...

Raph Koster talks metaverse creation and learning lessons from past game design mistakes

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"Metaverse." It's the one word that, apparently, drives game execs and investors into a babbling frenzy just seconds before they explode into venture capital...

Second Life’s original founder rejoins the project to create the ultimate metaverse

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I swear, every time I have to write the word "metaverse" these days, a part of my soul dies and my eyes get a...
Seamless. Very convincing.

The Daily Grind: What was the worst MMO trend of 2021?

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At the end of December, we dished out our award for the best MMO trend of the year. Now, it's time to pinpoint the...

Paris Hilton opens a ‘metaverse business’ in Roblox that will host a virtual DJ set on New Year’s Eve

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If earlier news about Roblox hasn't already made your soul leave your body, then consider this one the coup de grâce: Reality TV "star"...

Kickstarted MMO Legends of Aria and its studio just got bought out by an NFT metaverse games company

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Time to add another game to the acquisition heap this week: Blue Monster Games has apparently purchased Citadel Studios and Legends of Aria, along...
The first one was enough.

Second Life’s Philip Rosedale is skeptical about the promises of the metaverse

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Let's not kid ourselves, everyone: Second Life was doing the metaverse thing before the metaverse was cool. It's basically entirely built around the idea of...

Pokemon Go company Niantic raised more cash to join the metaverse race

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If your inbox looks like mine, you're already pretty dang tired of the word metaverse and the chorus of hucksters and grifters currently trying...

SpatialOS had a huge head start on beating Facebook to the metaverse

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About five years ago, the word "SpatialOS" was everywhere: It was supposed to be a platform designed to build previously impossible online worlds -...

Facebook commits to hiring 10,000 employees in the EU to build its metaverse

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How many people does it take to build a metaverse? If you're Facebook, you have a pretty definitive number: 10,000. That's the amount of...

Playable Worlds’ Raph Koster on the ‘stuff’ inside your virtual worlds

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Raph Koster has been penning blogs about the metaverse and how virtual worlds work for several weeks now; his new company, Playable Worlds, has...

Playable Worlds’ Raph Koster is not gonna stop saying the word metaverse

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Even though I very much want to play around in whatever weird huge sandbox thing Raph Koster and Playable Worlds are building, I now...

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