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The Daily Grind: What’s the most important element of your older MMO experiences you can’t recapture?

The first MMO I ever played was Final Fantasy XI, and I cannot get back the experience of installing it for the first time with...

Leafling’s August new-player overhaul lets players level without fighting

Back in June, our own Fight or Kite columnist Sam raved about a newish indie MMO he'd been playing: Leafling. The pitch was that...

First impressions of WoW Classic – from a total World of Warcraft newbie

The gaming world is abuzz with excitement over World of Warcraft Classic. Players around the world are gushing with nostalgia over this trip back...

The Daily Grind: What was the last MMORPG you played out of pure nostalgia?

Yesterday, Rock Paper Shotgun penned a piece on video game nostalgia. Editor Brian Caldwell interviewed a pile of game devs about why specifically they're...
Hey, it's okay.

The Daily Grind: What’s your earliest MMO memory?

As I've alluded in the past, my earliest MMO memory is about doing something that I would later learn was an enormous faux pas....
We're going to be here for a very long while, princess.

The Daily Grind: What’s the best older MMO for players to try out?

It's funny to think that World of Warcraft is over a decade old, because it doesn't feel like an older MMO, due in no...

The Daily Grind: Do veteran gamers help or hurt MMOs?

You may recall that just yesterday, Justin was asking whether dinosaurs help or hurt MMOs. When I first saw the topic, though, my assumption...
We're going to be here for a very long while, princess.

Final Fantasy XI launches its July update and starts a nostalgic campaign

The latest update for Final Fantasy XI has arrived, and it brings with it what players have no doubt come to expect from the...

Massively Overthinking: The golden age of MMORPGs

This week's Massively Overthinking is a serious one from our dear Patreon patron Duane. Here's the jumping off point for his topic: "There has lately...

Working As Intended: Busting up the MMORPG nostalgia party

Last week, a clever Massively OP commenter, SC_Deadline, neatly summed up the ongoing Nostalrius emulator shutdown as Blizzard "bust up someone's nostalgia party," which...

The Daily Grind: Would you play on a vanilla World of Warcraft server?

Word that wildly popular "progressive vanilla" World of Warcraft emulator Nostalrius is sunsetting in the face of a Blizzard legal threat has dominated MMORPG...

Players plan a 12th anniversary celebration for City of Heroes

City of Heroes is gone, but the dedicated fans of the game aren't about to let a little thing like the title's shutdown prevent...
I'm using the term loosely here, you understand.

The Daily Grind: Which MMOs can you just not stop thinking about?

You know what game I keep thinking about playing again recently? TERA. I cannot tell you why, aside from the fact that it's stuck...
Cross the bridge, because it is a metaphor.

EverQuest II progression servers unlock Desert of Flames today

The next step for EverQuest II's time-locked progression servers (Stormhold and Deathtoll) arrives today with the game's first expansion. A short downtime for the...
Can't we go back to mushroom people? That'd be keen.

The Daily Grind: What MMO do you doubt you’ll ever play?

I never cared about EverQuest. The first game came out before I was even remotely interested in an online game, and the sequel wasn't...
We fought a bear.

Perfect Ten: The 10 MMO memories we all have

I have been playing MMOs with varying degrees of intensity for the past 12 years. That is really weird to me. It also means that...
That's not a doll, guy.

Final Fantasy XI releasing high-level remixes of classic battles with its next update

The final update for Final Fantasy XI is due out in November, but there's life in the game yet before that happens, and there...

The Daily Grind: Is the sandbox MMO resurgence the result of nostalgia?

This morning's Daily Grind question arrives from Kickstarter donor n3v3r3nder, who wants to talk sandboxes. Do you think of the recent emergence of sandbox MMOs is...
Take a walk on the already-done-this side.

World of Warcraft demos its first timewalking dungeon, The Arcatraz

The next patch for World of Warcraft is sending players back in time, just a little bit. With an expansion based on nostalgia, that...

EverQuesting: Why I cheered when EQ’s progression server crashed

When EverQuest's newest progression server Ragefire came online then took an immediate nosedive, I sprang from my chair cheering. Hey now, don't aim those eye...