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

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

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

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

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

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

Steam plans game library and events revamp as Discord begins monetizing ‘insights’ for game devs

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The battle for your game dollars and storefront participation is on, and we're not sad to see the competition heating up, finally. At GDC this...

The Daily Grind: What’s the most expensive MMO to play at the start of 2019?

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2018 was an odd year for MMO monetization. Oh sure, we saw Star Citizen offer things like $27,000 ship packages, but obviously most people...

Torchlight Frontiers’ free-to-play model rejects pay-to-win and gambling schemes

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Given that Torchlight Frontiers is being published under Perfect World Entertainment, you're probably not going to be shocked to hear that the MMO will...

MapleStory 2 answers questions about the head start and monetization

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With only a couple of weeks to go before MapleStory 2 makes its big debut in the west, it is all hands on deck...
Mounting problems, if you will? Probably not.

The Daily Grind: Are you an impulse buyer in MMO cash shops?

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During last week's podcast, Justin and I were discussing MMOs that seem to make it hard for us to give them money, which led...

Hands-on: The Jurassic World Alive ARG shows promise, but not for MMO fans

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Ludia's Jurassic World Alive isn't being marketed as an MMO, but it is an augmented reality game that involves roaming in the real world for virtual...

Massively Overthinking: The case for rarity and randomness in MMO monetization

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Last week, Guild Wars 2's Crystin Cox gave a monetization interview to Gamasutra during which she made one specific argument I wanted to pull...

Bless Online shakes up and builds out its combat system

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With its early access debut coming next month, Bless Online has a lot riding on how well it can present itself to a western...

GDC 2018: Yokozuna, big game data, and the future of MMO monetization

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GDC isn't E3. It isn't PAX. It's not even what I think stereotypical gamers can appreciate. But I think the Massively OP crowd is...

EA is fixing Star Wars Battlefront II’s monetization mess (again): It won’t be selling lockboxes

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Don't call it a victory - nobody wins forever in the Star Wars universe - but there's still reason to cheer in Star Wars...

First impressions of ‘wizarding world’ MMOARG Maguss

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If it weren't for my promise to write this article, I would have given up on Maguss in less than 15 minutes had I been...
Three-point landing! Sort of.

Bless Online looks ahead to new races, housing, and a possible console edition

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Six months. Six months is the countdown timer from the start of Bless Online's early access to the game's official launch, according to developer...

Raph Koster calls potential manipulative MMO microtransaction AI ‘horrendous’

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Here is some nightmare fuel for gamers imagining the future of the industry. How about an artificial intelligence that deliberately manipulates and messes with...

The Soapbox: Evaluating gaming monetization through the lens of Nintendo’s mobile history

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Bloggers and journalists throughout the online gaming industry have been talking about monetization a lot lately. It's not just lockbox/gachapon scandals, or their relationship...
We never like these things.

Former SWTOR dev talks about designing ethical lockboxes

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An extensive Twitter thread from former Star Wars: The Old Republic lead systems designer Damion Schubert grappled with the timely and touchy topic of lockboxes and microtransactions...
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MMO Week in Review: Guild Wars 2 dev admits to mount lockbox ‘missteps’ (November 12, 2017)

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Were you too busy gaming this week to pay attention to MMO news? Get caught up every Sunday evening with Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review! This...

Paragon players rage over ‘pay-to-win’ monetization changes and loot crates

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No exaggeration: The Paragon subreddit is in absolute uproar over the MOBA's newest monetization tactic. The board is currently covered with dozens of threads angry...

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