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Flameseeker Chronicles: Guild Wars 2’s Living World is a barrier to entry

I have really liked Guild Wars 2’s story in the last few years. Quite honestly, I wasn’t crazy about a lot of the...

Old School RuneScape ponders partnerships and puts it to a player poll

Old School RuneScape is, in its own words, "resolutely a subscription-only game," and as it's subscription-only game, one of the biggest things the...

Massively Overthinking: The worst MMO cash shop trickery

Last week, games psychologist Jamie Madigan tweeted an underrated comment about how psychological tricks used in restaurant menu design are also found in...

Starbase previews ships in new video and discusses its monetization plans

We've known about Starbase for just a week, and already Finnish developer Frozenbyte is amping up the hype with a third video, this...

Not So Massively: Eden Rising provides a low-stress riff on survival games

Somehow I hadn't heard of Eden Rising until it launched out of early access as a free-to-play title, so to me at least...

Anti-lootbox Senator claims gaming lobbyists are getting worried; Nintendo pulls mobile titles from Belgium over lootboxes

It's a day that ends in "y" and so that means some fresh lootbox-related news to share with you fine folks! First up is...

US Senator takes aim at lockboxes and pay-to-win with ‘Protecting Children From Abusive Games Act’

The gamblebox issue isn't dying down any time soon, it appears. As Kotaku first reported, Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has announced he plans...

Elder Scrolls Blades releases fresh early access trailer and patch

The Elder Scrolls: Blades is having a bit of a rough release, what with the endless string of criticism over its business model...

Flameseeker Chronicles: Guild Wars 2 needs real housing

There is no shortage of things to do in Guild Wars 2. Wandering around the world and exploring is a joy, and...
Lousy place you have here.

Star Trek Online outlines its content roadmap through July

The downside of Star Trek Online's new roadmap is that it is not overburdened with elaborate details about the content that's coming to...

Project Gorgon opens microtransaction shop full of stuff you can’t use yet

Monetization is always a tricky topic in MMOs, especially when it comes to microtransactions, but that's just the territory that Project Gorgon devs...
Oh, hey, didn't see you guys.

No Man’s Sky is planning its major Beyond update for the summer with online play

We've been covering No Man's Sky for a long while here, first because the game was supposed to have a multiplayer component and...

EVE Evolved: The war on bots in EVE Online

The news dropped recently that EVE Online will be adding some new limitations and restrictions to its free-to-play tier, which may seem odd...
Not another one.

Kritika Online is shutting down in the west in April

Sad news for Kritika Online fans today, as En Masse Entertainment has officially announced the shuttering of the game on April 30th...

EVE Evolved: EVE Online has a gambling problem

The gambling debate has kicked off again in EVE Online, this time in response to the annual Guardian's Gala event that's currently running...
Love is in the bear.

Yet more MMO Valentine’s Day events: AdventureQuest 3D, Defiance 2050, Skyforge, and Chronicles of Elyria

Love is in the air everywhere you look around. And what better way to celebrate love than through an event in a game centered...
More like... mild.

Wild Terra is going free-to-play next week as its ‘next stage of active growth’

You might have wondered whether this was happening, given all the key giveaways, but yes, you were right: Juvty Worlds is taking its isometric...

Astellia confirms it’ll be buy-to-play in the west, won’t be a ‘smash-and-grab’

At PAX South this weekend, Astellia reps did indeed sit for a panel on the game as promised - a panel hosted,...

The Daily Grind: What’s your core problem with mobile MMOs, and is it fixable?

Droid Gamers put out an interesting piece this weekend that to me illuminates how the ongoing conversation about mobile MMOs go south. Author...

Dungeon Runners is ‘reborn’ as a fan emulator that’s coming in 2019

Anyone remember Dungeon Runners? NCsoft's quirky action-MMORPG never was a massive hit, but it did garner its fair share of loyal followers. The...

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