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Massively Overthinking: ‘Every MMO inconvenience is someone else’s game’

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A while back, someone in our comments (I can't find it again, so I can't remember who!) dug up a quote from Raph Koster...

Crowfall’s Gordon Walton joins Raph Koster’s Playable Worlds MMO and platform

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Raph Koster's Playable Worlds MMORPG has picked up two new executives today: Gordon Walton and Omar Abdelwahed. Walton will be immediately recognizable to modern MMO...

Playable Worlds’ Raph Koster makes bold promises about his studio’s developing sandbox MMORPG

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Earlier this week we reported on a big cash injection for Raph Koster's Playable Worlds, with the studio raising $25M in Series B funding...

Raph Koster’s Playable Worlds scored $25M in investment for his ‘modern sandbox MMO’

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Raph Koster's Playable Worlds is inching a little closer to a playable world thanks to another cash infusion. GIbiz reports that the company has raised...

Raph Koster talks metaverse creation and learning lessons from past game design mistakes

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"Metaverse." It's the one word that, apparently, drives game execs and investors into a babbling frenzy just seconds before they explode into venture capital...

Richard Bartle’s new book seeks to intersect theological thought and MMORPG design

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If you're new to our genre, first of all welcome, and second of all you should be familiar with Dr. Richard A. Bartle, a...

Massively on the Go: Pokemon Go actually nerfed its own support rather than help players

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This article is part three of a four-piece series on safety in Pokemon Go as well as other Niantic games. You can read all...

Massively on the Go: How Pokemon Go support fails MMOARG stalking victims

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This article is part two of a four-piece series on safety in Pokemon Go as well as other Niantic games. You can read all...

Massively on the Go: How Niantic evades handling stalking and harassment in Pokemon Go and other ARGs

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This article is part one of a four-piece series on safety in Pokemon Go as well as other Niantic games. You can read all...

The Game Archaeologist’s ultimate MMO archives v5.0

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It has been another thrilling year of exploring the relatively unknown or forgotten lands of MMORPG history here in The Game Archaeologist. From projects...
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Vague Patch Notes: Skewed perspectives of the MMO industry

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So there were some surprises when Fractured announced that it had secured a publishing deal with Gamigo, or rather that Gamigo announced that Fractured was...

End-of-Year Eleven: The top MMOs to watch in 2022

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If 2021 had a problem, it was that we got simply too many MMO releases between new launches, early access, and expansions. This breathtaking...

Raph Koster and Playable Worlds won’t announce their MMO until next year

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While legendary MMO developer Raph Koster hasn't held back from writing essay after essay about game theory this year, the one thing he hasn't...

Playable Worlds’ Raph Koster explains how feedback loops can create unexpected results in MMO design

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What's a feedback loop? And, more importantly, why should MMO players care about them? According to Playable Worlds' Raph Koster, this part of game...

Raph Koster’s ‘modern sandbox MMO’ is teasing concept art for the first time

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Back in 2019, veteran MMO developer Raph Koster announced he was finally making a new MMO. In the ensuing two years, he's raised millions...

Playable Worlds’ Raph Koster on who really owns all the stuff inside your video games

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Who owns the stuff inside video games? That's the subject of Raph Koster's latest blog. Koster, of course, is a long-time MMO developer, and...

Playable Worlds’ Raph Koster on gaming’s social design problems masquerading as technical challenges

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In case you hadn't noticed, Playable Worlds' Raph Koster is basically handing out a free 101 course in how video games work in his...

Playable Worlds’ Raph Koster on the ‘stuff’ inside your virtual worlds

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Raph Koster has been penning blogs about the metaverse and how virtual worlds work for several weeks now; his new company, Playable Worlds, has...

Playable Worlds’ Raph Koster is not gonna stop saying the word metaverse

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Even though I very much want to play around in whatever weird huge sandbox thing Raph Koster and Playable Worlds are building, I now...

Raph Koster says nobody wants a metaverse with ‘Fairyland butting up against World War II’

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In his ongoing blog series on the metaverse, MMO developer Raph Koster has been digging through the technical challenges of how to build it...

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