Massively on the Go: Understanding what an MMO community will pay for

Earlier in December, I posted some Pokemon Go news that included player complaints about a recent Mr. Rime paid event. While there was...

EA’s advertisement of FIFA lockboxes in a children’s toy catalogue draws mounting criticism

It would appear that Electronic Arts didn't learn from the last time it pulled this kind of nonsense, but apparently there was still...

The Daily Grind: What’s the most annoying ‘dark pattern’ in MMO gaming?

I've been kind of obsessed with dark patterns - that is, intentionally deceptive or annoying interface design - for kind of a while now,...

GDC Summer 2020: Gachapon reward models in (mostly) free-to-play games

Let's be real: Some of the panel titles at GDC Summer 2020 are unintentionally misleading. For example, the "Evolution of Gacha Systems in...
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Fallout 76 clarifies that seasons will be free, with some potential Fallout 1st bonuses in the future

If there's one thing that Fallout 76 does remarkably well, it's making people angry about the way the game is monetized, all the way...

The Culling returns, again, with an eyebrow-raising new business model

You all remember The Culling and The Culling 2, right? Xaviant Games tried to launch game-show-themed battle royale The Culling 2 back...

Superdata says in-game spending is down thanks to gamers’ leeriness of monetization schemes

This news will very likely elicit replies of "well, duh" from many, but now there are numbers from Superdata to back it up:...

Desert Oasis: Discerning the best purchases in Black Desert’s cash shop

I've always been someone who goes against the grain, and MMOs are no exception. Part of the reason I enjoy Black Desert so much...

RuneScape’s new Executive Producer talks monetization as Halloween arrives to Old School

It's a transition week for RuneScape as Jagex has appointed a new Executive Producer for the game: Ryan "Mod Warden" Ward. It's a...

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare eschews lockbox monetization for a battle pass

Arguably one of the bigger online multiplayer shooters coming down the pike is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, just by mere dint of...

Tamriel Infinium: Things we wish were in Elder Scrolls Online’s cash shop (but aren’t)

Convenience items in the cash shop are nothing new in The Elder Scrolls Online. ZeniMax has been selling experience boosts and mount training...

Apex Legends boss apologizes for Reddit dust-up, but there’ll be no auto-da-fé for the devs

It was just a matter of time before the apology came out - we all know how this script goes. Yesterday we covered the

Leaderboard: Does the ESA’s new transparent lockbox policy go far enough?

Last week, just as the FTC's video games monetization abuse investigation got underway, the ESA announced that many of the major and minor games...

Uproar over a reskinned Fortnite pet that costs 1000 V-bucks causes Epic to issue refunds

This is where we're at now: companies attempting to sell barely reskinned content at a higher cost and people getting mad at a digital...

Apex Legends launches the Iron Crown event and provokes riot over monetization

So there's a limited-time event going on in Apex Legends right now, which normally would be a cause of generally happy reactions. However,...

US Federal Trade Commission outlines the agenda for a lootbox-related workshop on August 7

Conversations, studies, and outright rancor over video game lockbox practices have caught the notice of several world governments as readers of MOP already know,...

The Daily Grind: Would you pay a sub for complete access to all cosmetics in an MMO?

Last month on the MOP Podcast, we tackled a question from a reader named Aaron who was musing on whether modern MMOs could...

Star Trek Online’s Discovery Enterprise lockbox has captains in an uproar

It stands to reason that in a game called Star Trek Online, the most desirable starships of them all will be any that...

The Daily Grind: What’s been the biggest change to the MMORPG genre in the last 20 years?

A while back, there was a thread on Reddit from a younger MMO player who was curious about changes to the way players...

Chronicles of Elyria’s website now allows title transfers, title trade-ins, and package claiming

Those who are invested in Chronicles of Elyria in both the mental and fiscal sense now have a few new options open to...