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Massively Overthinking: ‘Dead games’ in the MMO space

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I had a laugh a while back when I spied this tweet in my feeds from a Bungie CM who was suggesting people mute...

EVE Online begins advertising Skill Point pack sales as CCP Games addresses monetization

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If you're an EVE Online player that's nervous about in-game store items like the Expert System consumable, then you really might be shaken by...

The Stream Team: Black Desert’s 5th birthday bash

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Today Black Desert Online turns five, but this time the party's at Pearl Abyss! Massively OP's MJ is ready to celebrate this milestone while...

Black Desert opens Star’s End on console, introduces tainted monsters on PC, and teases the Sage class

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Black Desert is once again hitting us with all the news. We'll begin with the console version of the game, which has introduced the...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 311: The day the MMOs died

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Justin and Bree discuss Anthem Next's demise, Defiance and Gamigo's MMO purge, DDO's big news, Black Desert's free-play, Riot's MMO, and mobile Warcraft, with adventures in LOTRO, City of Heroes, WoW Classic, and Elder Scrolls Online, plus mailbag topics on post subs, Valheim, and MMOs as they used to be.

Black Desert Mobile announces the arrival of the Shai and a new PvP mode in March

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The little character with a big boomerang is headed to Black Desert Mobile. Yes, the Shai class has been officially confirmed for the mobile...

MMO Business Roundup: Apple’s Steam subpoena, CCP on the cheap, and Valheim’s 4M

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Welcome back to yet another MMO and MMO-adjacent business news roundup - it's the season for these shenanigans, you know. Valve and Apple: Remember earlier...

Black Desert has officially transitioned back to Pearl Abyss – and now it’s free-to-grab for two weeks

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Black Desert was supposed to be back up last night, but if you stayed up for the Pearl Abyss relaunch, you know that it...

Kakao Games bids a fond farewell to fans as Black Desert publishing officially changes hands to Pearl Abyss

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Today is the official end of the Kakao Games era of Black Desert. We all knew this was coming, of course: The move was...

Pearl Abyss promises less lag, support systems for vets, and a revamped Loyalties Shop in Black Desert

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Pearl Abyss would like players of Black Desert to know that they want to support you. More specifically, the company is going to better...

Pearl Abyss Q4 2020: An overall drop in profits and revenue but a revenue rise on PC

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The quarterly earnings report from Pearl Abyss is now available to peruse for armchair fiscal analysis types to chew over, and in the fourth...

Kakao Games hosted its last GM-led live event for Black Desert on PC this past weekend

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With Black Desert changing hands from Kakao Games over to Pearl Abyss, yesterday signaled the possible end of an era as GMs and CMs...

Massively Overthinking: Which MMORPG offers the best tutorial?

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MMORPG developer Raph Koster recently put this neat article by experimental game developer Nicky Case on my radar. Case notes that common wisdom is...

Black Desert is deleting accounts not transferred to Pearl Abyss by May 31

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If you haven't transferred your Black Desert account from Kakao to Pearl Abyss - perhaps because of the chaos last week - then you...

Why I Play: Final Fantasy XIV’s memorable Shadowbringer relic weapon grind

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I have a love-hate relationship with Final Fantasy XIV. I actively fought against giving the game MMO of the year for 2020, and I hold the...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 309: You can take my loot over my dead body

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Justin and Bree discuss Valheim, Elite Dangerous' slave cult, BlizzConline, Hearthstone, WoW's valor, Neverwinter Nights Arelith, Phantasy Star Online 2, Black Desert, and Shadowbane, with adventures in LOTRO, Elder Scrolls Online, SWG Legends, and Farm Together, with mailbag topics on full-loot open world PvP and brute-forcing unpopular gameplay design.

Gameforge is sunsetting the western version of SoulWorker as the original dev promises a new global version

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Bad news for western SoulWorker players today: Gameforge has announced that it will no longer be running the game in Europe and North America,...

Global Chat: Does permadeath mode in MMOs have merit?

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Whenever you're stuck for an MMO topic to talk about on a blog, you can never go wrong with chewing on the concept of...

Black Desert scrambles to address transfer problems from Kakao

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If you haven't heard already, your Black Desert account needs to be transferred from Kakao to Pearl Abyss by May 31st of this year,...
Sun's out guns out.

Black Desert patches in defense icons and a new event to praise the sun

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It can be a bit tricky sometimes to remember exactly how various defensive abilities work in Black Desert from time to time. Does this particular...

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