Square-Enix tells investors to expect $140M in ‘extraordinary losses’ this quarter

We're about to start getting Q1 financial reports across the games industry, but the teaser from Square-Enix isn't exactly exuding confidence that it'll be...
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The Daily Grind: What convinces you to pay money for an MMO?

One of the interesting aspects of the modern MMO landscape is that there are long stretches of time when you can play a game...

Roblox confirms that it had $150M in Silicon Valley Bank, now shut down by regulators

We would love to be in the kind of position where seeing millions of dollars disappear registers an "everything is fine" response. That looks...
Big time.

Wisdom of Nym: Making money in Final Fantasy XIV isn’t what you think

So let me start with a statement: Gil is pretty much irrelevant to me in Final Fantasy XIV because I already have enough. We...
Buy me now!

The Daily Grind: How long do you play an MMO before deciding to spend money on it?

Investing in MMOs is no longer something you usually need to do up front. More often than not you can log in to a...
And we will call it... this land!

The Daily Grind: Has any MMO company reached the point where you’ll never give it money again?

Oh, Blizzard. You have some gigantic damn problems right now, and let's face it, I am definitely not going to give you money at...

The Daily Grind: Are you a big spender or super thrifty in MMOs?

There are always things to spend in-game currency on in every single MMO. Always. That's kind of why it's there in the first place,...
Emergency food.

Genshin Impact has made a billion dollars in its first six months of operation

For a while there it seemed like no one would stop with the Genshin Impact memes, huh? But six months out from launch, it seems...
Very dynamic.

The Daily Grind: What’s the biggest MMO impulse purchase you’ve ever made?

One holiday season, I was playing Star Wars: The Old Republic. There was a sale for cartel coins running. I decided to buy in (there...
I like the way you move.

The Daily Grind: How much does value matter to you in MMOs?

Value is a weird concept. It makes sense at face value; for example, it's pretty easy to sit down, list exactly the features I...

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: Overall...

Mavericks’ abrupt July sunset was preceded by a revoked SpatialOS loan

Remember back in July, when Automaton Games announced it was shutting down Mavericks, a "massive" battle royal that was aiming to put 1000 people...

EA’s C-suite declines executive bonuses following 2019 financial performance

EA hasn't had the best week, what with sending its representatives before a UK parliament committee to insist that lockboxes are totally fine, healthy,...

The Daily Grind: What one piece of advice would you give to new MMO players in 2018?

Over the weekend, CCP tweeted out a fun poll asking EVE Online players what advice they'd like to deliver to newbies: Insure your ship,...

The Daily Grind: How diligent are you about making money in an MMO?

No one believes me when I say that I'm bad about making money in my main games. It's true, though; compared to the people...
This guy, though... he didn't get it.

The Daily Grind: Have you ever engaged in an MMO price war?

One of my friends in Final Fantasy XIV is engaged in a perpetual trade war with another player who tries to drive her out...

Analysts see ‘potential for earnings growth’ in NCsoft’s trio of upcoming titles

If you walked away confused by NCsoft's most recent quarterly financial report, Mirae Asset Daewoo Co. might be able to sort it out for...
Too soon? No.

The Daily Grind: Have you ever regretted funding a Kickstarted MMO?

Look, if you want to call me a doomsayer or a pessimist or whatever when it comes to Kickstarter and MMOs, you have every...

Massively Overthinking: Are modern games too cheap?

This week's Massively Overthinking topic is a submission from reader and commenter camelotcrusade, who takes the industry's current fight over monetization in a different...
Light it up.

The Daily Grind: How much of your gaming budget is spent on MMOs?

There was a time in my life when my budget consisted of two basic line items - things I needed for survival and video...