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Final Fantasy XI development is focusing on something ‘that can surprise everyone later on’

The amount of support that Final Fantasy XI gets in a declared maintenance mode is in and of itself surprising, but that is apparently...

Massively Overthinking: MMOs as distraction vs. culture

Earlier this month, there was a fascinating conversation swirling around a Gamasutra article by Bryant Francis, specifically a quote from game dev Patric Mondou. "We're...
This may potentially be my final form.

Final Fantasy XI brings Ambuscade weapons to their final form with today’s update

Thanks to ages of shonen anime, "this isn't even my final form" no longer sounds remotely intimidating but mostly just brings to mind accidental...

The MOP Up: MapleStory goes to the arcade

If you're playing MapleStory, chances are that you're not too prim and proper to enjoy some goofy fun. So pop in a quarter...

Massively Overthinking: The paradox MMO

Back in February, the MMORPG subreddit offered up yet another fun thread: User Friendly_Fire told the MMO community that what it really wants...
Does this look like a puppetmaster? Gosh, does anyone even know?

Final Fantasy XI is bringing new Puppetmaster upgrades with its March patch

There are classically two schools of thought regarding Puppetmaster in Final Fantasy XI. One school of thought is that the job is not...
Get some.

Final Fantasy XI starts bonus item campaigns on March 11

Who likes getting extra stuff? Most Final Fantasy XI players, let's be real. So the good news for the game's upcoming campaigns starting on...
There was something beautiful and wonderful and it destroyed itself.

Jukebox Heroes: The 10 greatest MMO soundtracks of all time (as voted by you)

A few weeks ago we witnessed the showdown of the ages (or at least the epoch known as "late January 2019"), as Massively OP...
Now the story can be told...

Wisdom of Nym: The system changes I’d like to see in Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers

We don't yet know everything we're going to learn at the Tokyo fan festival about Shadowbringers, but we can be reasonably confident that...
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Vague Patch Notes: On play conditioning and the lecture of experience in MMOs

Yes, it's another week in which we talk about abstract concepts that underpin the way we play video games, this time inspired by a...

Nexon had a record-high 2018, but it’s got only mobile titles coming westward in 2019

If you were hoping for some eye bleach after the financial reports from Blizzard and NCsoft yesterday, then I'm sorry - Nexon...
Keeping your garden.

Final Fantasy XIV releases Hydratos in patch 4.55 and updates its conduct rules

It's time to finish up Eureka in Final Fantasy XIV, as today marks the release of the fourth and final area, Hydratos....

The MOP Up: Warframe brings Fortuna to Nintendo Switch

Are you jamming with Warframe on the Switch? If so, then this past week you had an extra reason to jam hard, as...
This was the account.

Final Fantasy XI’s February update brings substantial improvements to Red Mage

It's been a long time since Final Fantasy XI made Red Mages happy. The job has languished for a long while with most of...

Jukebox Heroes: The Final Fantasy XIV soundtrack that disappeared

First there was the initial release of Final Fantasy XIV. Everyone generally agreed that this was a bad idea, and so it was...

The MOP Up: FFXIV tickles the ivories

One of the best (of many) features in Final Fantasy XIV is its amazing soundtrack. And just when you think you've heard it...
You may leave school, but it never leaves you.

Final Fantasy XI rolls out the Spring Alter Ego Expo on February 1

If you think about it a little, the trusts in Final Fantasy XI are a bit like the eponymous pokemon. They fight alongside you...

The MOP Up: Star Trek Online’s Battle at the Binary Stars heats up

Star Trek Online has a serious crush on Discovery right now -- and why not, since the show has propeled the franchise back...
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Final Fantasy XI’s latest version update brings some very minor changes for Dragoon and Dancer

The developers behind the very reliably updated Final Fantasy XI talked a great deal about how this month's version update would bring balance changes...

Massively Overthinking: Our MMO resolutions for 2019

This week, for our first Massively Overthinking of 2019, I’ve asked the Massively OP writers to share their gaming resolutions or their basic MMO goals for the year. Won't you join us?

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