pay to win

“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.

Massively on the GO: Talking MMOARGs with Orna’s lead dev

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We've talked a bit about Orna: The GPS RPG a few times here in the Massively on the Go column, as this indie game helps...

Desert Oasis: Black Desert Mobile has a little something for every playstyle

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It's amazing how fast two years flies by. It didn't seem that long ago that I was doing my first impressions piece of Black...

Lawful Neutral: How is an NFT MMO even supposed to work?

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Recently, MassivelyOP hit a milestone: We received our quadrabajillionth email announcing that Scammy-scammers-now-with-NFTs-and-also-metaverse-because-reasons Inc. was a proven market leader with a new scamming game...

EVE Online players are fuming over the new pay-to-win mining barge

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Pearl Abyss-owned CCP Games has once again dropped a hive of live bees into the lap of the already-irritated EVE Online community, this time...

Massively Overthinking: Is free-to-play as bad as we thought it’d be a decade ago?

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It's 2022 and we're about to talk about free-to-play like it's 2012! Back then, the conversation was all about which MMORPG would fall to free-to-play...
Play to wlin.

Vague Patch Notes: The MMO term ‘pay-to-win’ is a red herring

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It probably hasn't escaped anyone who has been reading my writing over the past several years that I have something of a vendetta against...
Populate this.

Fractured Online’s CEO addresses Gamigo publishing deal, promising unchanged design and monetization

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Yesterday, when we covered the news that Gamigo was taking over the publishing of Kickstarted MMORPG sandbox Fractured, we noted that the Fractured team...

Turn-based 2.5-D MMORPG Broken Ranks eyes a release window of January 2022, promises to avoid P2W

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Back in May of this year we reported on Broken Ranks, a remake of Polish developer Whitemoon's long-running MMORPG The Pride of Taern with...

Massively on the Go: Pokemon Unite mobile is a good port but better update

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So Pokemon Unite is now mobile and cross-platform. Who'd have thought a traditionally Nintendo-only IP would do this? The update and dev team letter we mentioned is...

Pokemon Unite mobile update adds squads, addresses pay-to-win items

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The mobile version of Pokemon Unite is almost upon us, and TiMi Studio Group is giving us more than just crossplay: The new Galactic Ghost...

Nightmare is a new F2P pixelart MMORPG that’s launched on Steam today

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Happy Tuesday, and welcome to the launch of a new MMORPG! We're talking about Nightmare, a new open-world retro pixelart MMO from the indie...

Indie MMO TitanReach has apparently suspended development as ‘funds have dried up’

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I have some bad news for fans of indie MMORPG TitanReach: The game has apparently suspended development thanks to a lack of funding. Australian studio...

The Soapbox: Pokemon Unite’s monetization is gross and threatens a competent game

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By now, you've probably seen several articles about the poor monetization in Pokemon Unite, often based on Reddit posts or streamer hot takes. Most talk...

Massively on the Go: Pokemon Unite is genuinely fun – for new and casual MOBA players

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When Pokemon Unite was first announced, I had severe doubts I'd even give it a shot. I know I'm the local Pokemon guy, but there are many games in the...

The Daily Grind: Is there any truly not-pay-to-win MMORPG out there?

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Pay-to-win has become one of those phrases that has been used and overused so often that everyone's exhausted of the concept. Where once it...

TitanReach attempts to put its controversies in the past with new details on early access development

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Indie MMO TitanReach has had a strange run to date. It caught our attention in 2020, when it launched a $430,000 US Kickstarter, which...

Elementia is a self-described ‘MMORPG with old-school values’ currently in pre-alpha

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I can only imagine how many indie devs asked themselves how hard making an MMO could be and then realizing that it's phenomenally difficult....
It costs.

Vague Patch Notes: Money makes the MMO world go round

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I had some thoughts after the most recent bit of news we got from Star Trek Online about how, you know... the game costs...
Hope for light.

New World ‘won’t consider selling anything other than cosmetic items until 2022 at the earliest’

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Amazon's New World was the subject of much debate this month when a leaker exposed the state of the game's cash shop in the...
Pay to lose.

Perfect Ten: Everything in MMOs that is pay-to-win

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I have stated before that I have a complex relationship with the term "pay-to-win." On the one hand, it tends to refer to something...

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