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“Pay-to-win” aka P2W is a term used by online gamers for any game system or mechanic that allows a player to acquire advantages over other players using real-world money.

Four Winds: Why are Asian MMOs monetized the way they are?

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Welcome to Four Winds, Massively OP's newest column, dedicated to Asian MMOs and the culture around it. As the resident Black Desert columnist, I'm...
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City of Heroes: Homecoming starts its holiday event and improves long-range transport

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Oh, there's no place like City of Heroes: Homecoming for the holidays, for no matter how far you should roam... you can always get back...

Desert Oasis: Black Desert Online should be 2020’s MMO of the year

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Well here we are again, heading to the end of another year. And while many are eager for this year to end, us gamers...

First impressions of Netmarble’s A3 Still Alive: Is it relevant in 2020?

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What's going with MMO names these days? First there was V4, and now we have A3. The full title is A3: Still Alive, which...

Hands-on with the four Vs of Nexon’s mobile MMO V4

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One of my friends once said to me, "Carlo, I always see you play those random 6 out of 10 MMOs, and I don't...
Take care.

Massively Overthinking: The MMOs we intentionally avoid

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A few weeks back, I read a Twitter thread about people who avoid specific games and types of games, and the folks chiming in...

EVE Online’s new Training Boost Bundle causes consternation in the community

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In space, nobody can hear you scream, but in EVE Online you can hear the distinct wail of a community uproar thanks to the...
Similar, but not the same.

Vague Patch Notes: Have we ever really had an MMO sequel?

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In the wake of Justin's recent column on whether or not MMO sequels are a good idea, MOP reader Bobfish had an interesting question...

Darkest Dungeon’s Butcher’s Circus DLC and PvP mode are live for bloodthirsty fun

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Darkest Dungeon is generally not a game we'd cover here on MOP, since it's been a single-player RPG for most of its long life....

Global Chat: Just say ‘no’ to coin weight!

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When Pantheon recently announced that it would be adding coin weight to its inventory management system, little did the devs know that they were...

Fight or Kite: Starborne is the MMORTS I didn’t know I was missing

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For about 15 years, I’ve had an MMORTS shaped hole in my heart. I didn’t even realize it was there. I used to play...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 265: Delusions of Elyria

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Justin, Bree, MJ, and Mia discuss Chronicles of Elyria, Guild Wars 2, PSO2, Ashes of Creation, Saga of Lucimia, WoW Classic and Burning Crusade, with adventures in LOTRO, Revelation Online, Don't Starve Together, and City of Heroes, plus mailbag topics on player housing and optional sub servers.

Massively Overthinking: What MMO topics have you changed your mind on over the years?

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On last week's Massively OP Podcast, Justin and I took a stab at answering a fun question from MOP reader and listener Pieter about...

Interview: Camelot Unchained’s Mark Jacobs just announced a new game called Colossus

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Camelot Unchained studio City State Entertainment has been teasing something big for a while now. This morning, CSE's Mark Jacobs told backers to tune...

TERA is bringing Popori Brawlers to console and Ice Dragon mounts to the PC game store

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Just because you're a small, rotund, anthropomorphic animal thing doesn't mean you can't strap on giant gauntlets to your hands and punch the dickens...
Paws for impact.

Massively Overthinking: The best MMOs of the decade

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A few years back, we did a cheeky Massively Overthinking about our five favorite MMORPGs of all time. It was quite a potent list...

Perfect Ten: Counting Fallout 76’s many post-nuclear flubs

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I'll admit that I was the first one out of my seat, applauding wildly, when Fallout 76 was first announced at Bethesda's E3 showcase...

The Elder Scrolls Online introduces new cash shop pet that increases your inventory and raises some eyebrows

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Generally speaking, The Elder Scrolls Online has some pretty good and adorable pets, but all they really do is just look cute. The latest...

Lord of the Rings Online’s level 120 gear system sows pay-to-win lockbox confusion

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LOTRO's Minas Morgul expansion released a few days ago, which naturally changed a number of things around. One thing it did shift is how...

Desert Oasis: Discerning the best purchases in Black Desert’s cash shop

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I've always been someone who goes against the grain, and MMOs are no exception. Part of the reason I enjoy Black Desert so much is...

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