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The MOP Up: Lost Skies gets downright cozy inside of its ships

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Lost Skies' February dev blog showed off some UX work, early prototypes of its weapon damage system, and some super-cozy ship interior concepts. Also, the...
Something fell.

The Game Archaeologist’s ultimate MMO archives v7.0

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Once again we put a wrap on another year of MMORPG news, opinions, and -- most pertinent to this column -- history. In a...

End-of-Year Eleven: All the upcoming MMOs to watch in 2024 and beyond

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We've said it before, but this time we really mean it: The future of MMORPGs looks amazing. Contrary to years when we've seen only...
treasure hunting is one step from lockboxes

The Soapbox: The ‘problem’ with MMO hoarding

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I remember a number of years ago, in an article for a game I can't recall, an MMO developer discussed how an early build...

Raph Koster has been warning about the death of games innovation longer than most MMOs have been alive

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Veteran MMO developer Raph Koster is no stranger to talking about money in gaming. Our own readers will recall that all the way back...

The MOP Up: Palia releases its super-chill soundtrack

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Feast your ear-tongues on these sound-pops: Palia's completely chill score is now available as a full 24-track album that you can listen to on...

The Daily Grind: Have your opinions on MMO PvP changed over the years?

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One of the first columns I penned for MOP after we went indie was a column about what I wanted from serious MMO PvP....

Massively Overthinking: Are we in an ‘MMO hype vacuum’?

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James "MMO Folklorist" Crosby recently penned a piece using a term that seems so apt I feel we should all adopt it: the MMO...

The Daily Grind: So what *should* we call the metaverse?

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Back in April, we covered a whitepaper from MMO designer Raph Koster, who just so happens to be building a metaverse MMO - or...
All right, you live your truth.

Vague Patch Notes: If there’s any sort of metaverse, it’s already here – and it’s not what you think

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We've had a lot of fun here having a good little giggle about the whole saga (if you want to call it that) of...

Raph Koster predicts the future of the metaverse is a ‘virtual Machu Picchu’ – that you can leave

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If you're not exhausted of seeing the word "metaverse" just yet, MMORPG developer Raph Koster has published a blessedly brief whitepaper on the evolution...

Ex-Blizzard execs Jen Oneal, J Allen Brack, and John Donham form Magic Soup Games

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Now here's an interesting collab. Yes, it's yet another "ex-Blizzard people form a new studio and investors give them stacks of money" studio, but...

Avalon is the latest blockchain metaverse project from old-school MMO devs

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I know, I know, another one of these metaverse-blockchain-Web3 startups, but this one is one that MMORPG fans will want to at least take...

End-of-Year Eleven: The top MMOs to watch in 2023

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You know how some people like to push this narrative that "MMOs are dying?" If that were actually true, then my job to round...

The Game Archaeologist’s ultimate MMO archives v6.0

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And that's a wrap on this year in history! While everyone says farewell to 2022, here at TGA we're always looking way back at...

Crowfall goes dark today with a slim hope of a future return

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For an MMO that's all about death and reincarnation, there's either irony or hope in Crowfall going offline today supposedly for retooling. Whether or...

The Daily Grind: Are you hoping for ‘market disruption’ in the MMO genre?

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Over the summer, a Twitter user replied to one of our Daily Grinds suggesting that a certain MMORPG was poised to "disrupt the MMO...

Raph ‘Designer Dragon’ Koster reminisces on 25 years of Ultima Online

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While our own Game Archaeologist columnist Justin offered a retrospective of Ultima Online (and its alt ruleset server New Legacy was delayed into next...

The Game Archaeologist: How Ultima Online got made

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You know how there’s that yokel in every global chat channel that likes to troll players by claiming that World of Warcraft was the...

MMO dev Raph Koster disambiguates sandboxes, themeparks, simulation, and stagecraft

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Veteran MMO developer Raph Koster, who himself is working on a sandbox MMO couched in a metaverse, is back with another dev blog this...

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