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Not-So-Massively games are online games that share some but not all mechanics in common with traditional MMORPGs. Generally, their “massive” nature is contested. They frequently include games from subgenres like battle royale, OARPG, MMOFPS, MMORTS, MOBA, lootershooter, mobile, and other pseudo-MMOs that provide single-player, offline, or custom-server support. The Not So Massively column is now written by Tyler Edwards. [Follow this column’s RSS feed]

Not So Massively: NSM at Gamescom 2015; Splatoon’s Octoling hack

It's been a fantastic week for online gaming with dozens of MOBAs and competitive shooters on the show floor at Gamescom 2015.

Not So Massively: Dota 2’s $18m main event, Hearthstone’s expansion

This week, third-person MOBA SMITE revealed its new support character Khepri, the ancient Egyptian scarab god. League of Legends pushed its HUD...

Not So Massively: HoN Tour season four; cheating in Hearthstone and League of Legends

It's been a busy week for online gaming, with Star Citizen releasing alpha patch 1.15 and delving into the details of its new...

Not So Massively: RUST assigns random genders; US Senator facilitates e-sports visas

Star Citizen rebalanced thrusters, hitpoints and weapons in its latest alpha release to the public test server, and the upcoming Star Marine FPS...

Not So Massively: Path of Exile’s Awakening and Heroes of Newerth’s new character Skrap

This week in not-so-massive online games, third-person MOBA SMITE confirmed that it's raised over $640,000 in competitive tournament prize money through sales and...

Not So Massively: Dota 2’s $15M compendium, Vainglory’s Android launch

Star Citizen started delivering weekly progress updates on its overdue FPS module this week, and two developers talked about how you'll be able...

Not So Massively: Rust randomises penis size; Splatoon sells a million units

Nintendo's recently released Wii U shooter Splatoon sold over a million units worldwide in its first month, becoming one of the console's...

Not So Massively: All the online gaming news from E3 2015

It's been a big week for online gaming, with several high-profile reveals and announcements made at E3 2015. The latest version of MOBA-esque...

E3 2015: Heroes of the Storm invites you to the Eternal Conflict

Heroes of the Storm has been out for, oh, about six minutes now, but we guess that it's never too soon for

Not So Massively: Dota 2 plans a reboot, League of Legends nerfs Ekko

Valve revealed plans to reboot Dota 2 in the near future with its Dota 2 Reborn project, which moves the game over...

Not So Massively: Heroes of the Storm launches, Infinite Crisis gives up

It's been a week of mixed feelings in the land of MOBAs, with the thrill of a new game launch juxtaposed against the background...

Splatoon is Nintendo’s first serious entry into online gaming

Gaming giant Nintendo is no stranger to online play, but its online play usually comes with distinct limitations on the game that features it. The Animal Crossing...

Sword Coast Legends is launching on Mac and Linux as well

Good news for Sword Coast Legends fans who are hoping to play with their friends of "other" persuasions: n-Space has announced that the...

Not So Massively: Heroes of the Storm’s launch; Need for Speed’s online DRM

Nintendo's quriky new online paint-battle game Splatoon officially launched this week to very positive reviews. Monster-battling game Moonrise entered early access and...

LEGO Worlds releases on Steam early access

Since Minecraft more or less ripped off the very concept of playing with LEGOs, why not return the favor? That seems to be the...

View an Overwatch match through Symmetra’s eyes

What would you do if you could bend reality to serve your will? Probably become a superhero and fight deathmatches against giant gorillas and...

Not So Massively: Diablo III thieves sentenced; LoL begins automatic bans

League of Legends launched a new system to hand out immediate automatic bans for chat infractions this week, leading to many claims of...

Not So Massively: Blizzard’s $1.2 million tourney; X-Wing successor hits Kickstarter

In a bizarre coincidence, four separate MOBAs announced new champions this week. SMITE revealed an adorable Norse squirrel god named Ratatoskr and officially...

Not So Massively: Heroes of Newerth changes owners; LoL subreddit drama continues

Path of Exile announced a potentially revolutionary and futuristic sounding new Deterministic Lockstep mode that promises sharper gameplay and zero desync for those...

Not So Massively: HoN’s fifth anniversary update; Dota 2 rakes in millions of dollars

Heroes of Newerth received a colossal patch this week to celebrate its fifth anniversary, introducing a new intelligence carry hero, a capture the...

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