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Battle Bards Episode 130: Oddballs 2

While every Battle Bards episode is a cavalcade of strangeness, this week the team is ratcheting it up with the return of “Oddball” MMORPG...
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Perfect Ten: Failed MMOs that could have succeeded with more love

Hindsight is 20/20. Unless you're blind in one eye from nostalgia, in which case hindsight is 0/20. In any case, you understand that it's...

You can safely ignore those weird Lord of the Rings Online subscription messages

If you got a cryptic letter from Lord of the Rings Online payment processing company Xsolla in the last day, you can safely...

Massively on the Go: Our guide to which Pokemon you should keep (or send away)

There's so much involved with Pokemon Go for new (or returning) players to adjust to that, initially, the topic of "good" and "bad" Pokemon was going...

Gamescom 2018: Sea of Thieves gets ready for Forsaken Shores

Who did it? Was it you? Maybe it was Jane, because I know for a fact that I wasn't the one who just called...

One Shots: Supporting characters

When you look for famous characters in your MMO, you may be looking for someone complete different than the rest of the crowd. Lt. Commander Hikari...
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How Glitch’s creator kept pulling successes from his online game failures

NPR recently did an interview with Slack and Flickr creator Stewart Butterfield as part of its series on innovators and entrepreneurs. Butterfield's drive to...
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Massively Overthinking: Random acts of MMORPG kindness

Last week, down in the comments of an innocuous post about gamers being nice in Fortnite, a couple of MOP commenters requested a...
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The Daily Grind: What exactly defines an ‘indie’ MMORPG studio?

Earlier this week, I happened to see a mainstream website refer to ArtCraft as an indie studio, and it jolted me. ArtCraft, as anybody...

The Game Archaeologist: Raph Koster on MUDs and Privateer Online

The release of Raph Koster's monster book of game essays, Postmortems, was of high interest to Bree and me for different reasons. For...

Fortnite: Pollsters and academics examine purchases, pay-to-win, and motivation vs. addiction

Remember the old adage that less than 10% of a free-to-play playerbase pay for the other 90%? A poll conducted by LendEDU and...
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Final Fantasy XIV’s community is rocked by a fansite sexual harassment scandal

When it comes to ranking friendly, warm, and welcoming MMO communities, Final Fantasy XIV is right up there near or at the top...

Ever, Jane just gave you a personal butler. You’re welcome.

One of Ever, Jane's biggest advantages is providing a social gameplay experience that is unlike what you've experienced in other MMOs. And while...

Global Chat: The MMO expansion lifecycle

With the ever-developing, ever-growing nature of MMORPGs, the expansion truly has a life of its own. By now we are well acquainted with the...

A glitch in Shadow’s Kiss freaked out its own developers

When you're building a game about bloodsucking undead sex monsters, you probably need to sport a hearty demeanor. But even the makers of

Perfect Ten: MMOs with different (camera) perspectives

By the time that World of Warcraft came on the scene in 2004, the MMORPG industry had already gravitated toward standard when it...

World Adrift posts its public roadmap, improves climbing so it doesn’t kill you

The veil of secrecy has been lifted from Worlds Adrift, and now every Tom, Dick, and Jane will be able to know what...

The Game Archaeologist: A Tale in the Desert

Once asked what he thought was the most innovative MMO from the last decade, Dr. Richard Bartle, the creator of MUD, gave a succinct answer: "

The Game Archaeologist: World of Warcraft’s Corrupted Blood pandemic

It began with an exploitable glitch. It exploded into an uncontained nightmare of death. It established a meme as strong as Leeroy Jenkins. It...

Glitch-inspired Children of Ur abandons Google Chrome due to incompatibility

The uphill struggle to rebuild Glitch has hit a rather significant snag in Children of Ur. "It saddens us to bring you this...

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