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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: Heroes of the Storm’s launch; Need for Speed’s online DRM

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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 promises Pokémon-like...

LEGO Worlds releases on Steam early access

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anatomy of Murder dares you to solve a murder mystery for cash

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Think you're the world's greatest sleuth since Sherlock? Then you might want to try your hand at a new massive online murder mystery challenge,...

Not So Massively: LoL’s Reddit controversy, HotS’ Heroes of the Dorm

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If ever we needed evidence that e-sports are fast becoming more like real-life sports, this week's MOBA news provided it. Dota 2 announced that...

Not So Massively: Star Wars Battlefront is revealed; GTA 5 beats Skyrim

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It's been a big week for competitive play in MOBAs. League of Legends opened the registration on its European Battlegrounds tournament and lifted the...
Right, but the swearing...

Check out the new Triad Wars trailer

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Eager to play Triad Wars but not currently in the beta test? There's a brand-new trailer for the game just below, so you can...

Not So Massively: LoL nerfs Nidalee, Hearthstone bans mods, and Path of Exile talks Act IV

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League of Legends finally applied a nerf to controversial champion Nidalee, but players warn that it won't harm her jungling potential. Riot Games has...

Not So Massively: Descent’s Kickstarter woes; Heroes of the Storm’s $450K tourney blunder

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Descent: Underground has passed the 50% mark on its Kickstarter campaign and promised to add singleplayer to the title but has only four days...

Not So Massively: Dota 2 tickets sell out, Rust brings out the racists, and Grey Goo has population problems

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Tickets for the Dota 2 world championship, The International, sold out in a record 10 minutes and are now being resold by scalpers for up to...

Not So Massively: D3’s ladder reset, HOTS’ team league mode, and Starfall Tactics

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Diablo III is getting ready to close its second ladder only two months in on April 5th but will be providing a 100% gold...

Players seek world record for longest Hearthstone turn

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By setting up a chain reaction of around 240,000 arcane missiles targeting a player who cannot be killed at the moment, two players have...

Not So Massively: HoN’s Grimm Hunt, HEX’s 100k tourney, and Descent’s reboot

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It's been a packed week in the world of online multiplayer gaming, with competitive tournament announcements, patches, and tons of new videos. Microsoft may...

Not So Massively: PAX East 2015 MOBA roundup edition

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It's been a huge week for online gaming, with GDC drawing to a close and PAX East being packed full of reveals. We heard...

Not So Massively: Hearthstone’s MagicAmy drama; Riot rules on SpectateFaker

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Riot Games President Marc Merill says he regrets comments made in the heat of the moment regarding the recent SpectateFaker controversy. Riot issued its...

Not So Massively: LoL’s streaming controversy, Star Citizen’s mining, and Diablo III’s microtransactions

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The League of Legends community is in an uproar this week over a dispute regarding who owns the gameplay in a League of Legends...

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