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Perfect Ten: The top MMOs to watch in 2021

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"MMOs are dead!" "MMOs are dying!" "We didn't get any good MMO releases this past year!" While I won't argue with the last one there,...

The Game Archaeologist: Seven ways EverQuest reshaped MMO history

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To many veteran MMO players, the opening horns of EverQuest's score are enough to trigger vivid memories, violent hallucinations, and an unstoppable...

Massively Overthinking: Our favorite MMO stories of 2020

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Earlier this week, we named our biggest MMO story of the year and gave it an award, though we imagine it's hard for...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 302: Your MMO mail, our MMO opinions

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Justin and Bree tackle an all-mailbag show, with topics including gaming music and writing mainstream awards, MMO exploration, crafting and EVE Online, vanilla Guild Wars 2, the "one MMO" gamer, MMOs that make you want to play other MMOs, WoW transmog, Raph Koster's brain, and Shadowbane.

The MOP Up: Snake, Braddock, and Rambo charge onto World of Tanks Console

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World of Tanks' console edition is getting all '80s happy with the launch of season 3 this month. Wargaming announced that players can obtain...

The Game Archaeologist’s ultimate MMO archives v4.0

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By far, my favorite column to write here at Massively OP (and the one that always takes the longest) is The Game Archaeologist....

Massively Overthinking: Gratitude for the devs of the MMO genre

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Thanksgiving conveniently falls on a Thursday every year, which means it's the perfect topic for our regular Thursday Massively Overthinking roundtable. I've asked our writers what they're grateful for in and around the MMO genre the last couple of years - and now we're gonna do it again.
No screenshots yet, obviously.

The folks working on Raph Koster’s Playable Worlds MMO provide clues into what it’ll be

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If like many hardcore MMORPG players you're keeping half an eye on the very early MMO development at Playable Worlds, the studio Raph...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 288: ArcheAge again

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Justin, Bree, and Mia discuss ArcheAge 2, TERA, LOTRO, Wizard101, Corepunk, Raph Koster's new MMO, and Star Citizen, with adventures in WoW Classic, SWTOR, Black Desert, Echo of Soul, SWG Legends, and LOTRO, plus a mailbag discussion on the Final Fantasy XI mobile remake.
My name is might have been.

Raph Koster argues MMOs are much more than ‘a series of kill and fetch quest pellets’

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As many of us know, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning will be the only leavings we may ever see of 38 Studios' ambitious MMO...

Game preservation champion The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment has closed its doors

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VentureBeat is reporting today that MADE, aka the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment, is closing down its Oakland, California, base. It had...

MMO designer Raph Koster talks about what makes the subscription model a success

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Playable Worlds CEO Raph Koster, as we all know, has opinions about MMO gaming and multiplayer gaming, especially on the business side of things,...

The Daily Grind: What borky system in your favorite MMO needs some love?

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A few weeks back, a new SWG Legends chef was chatting me up on Discord, asking what were frankly very reasonable questions about...

The MOP Up: Sims Online’s rogue server goes sunbathing

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FreeSO, the rogue server for the late Sims Online, is getting into the spirit of the season with a whole bunch of beach- and...

Raph Koster shares rare behind-the-scenes Star Wars Galaxies pics in honor of the anniversary

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He might be busy creating a brand-new virtual world, but legendary game designer Raph Koster always has time to chat about his...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 276: Opening the doors to Torchlight III and New World

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Justin and Bree discuss New World, Torchlight III, EVE Online, Phantasy Star Online 2, Playable Worlds, ArcheAge, EverQuest, and EverQuest II, with adventures in RIFT, LOTRO, and SWG Legends, plus mailbag topics on moderating chat toxicity and the impact of modding on games like Fallout 76.
No screenshots yet, obviously.

Raph Koster touches on the technology and community that will bring Playable Worlds’ MMO to life

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Raph Koster, the CEO of Playable Worlds, certainly has plenty of thoughts about the creation of a metaverse. First, however, you have to actually...
This is what we were really missing.

Blizzard and Bethsoft donate for racial justice, Riot parts ways with troubling exec, and Raph Koster writes a song

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We've got a few more gaming-related Black Lives Matter stories to share this morning. Riot Games: First up, yesterday we reported that Riot...
No screenshots yet, obviously.

Raph Koster’s Playable Worlds studio raises an additional $10 million in funding

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We still know nothing about what the first project out of Raph Koster's new studio, Playable Worlds, will actually look like. But we do...
No screenshots yet, obviously.

Raph Koster will give more insight on Playable Worlds’ in-development MMO next year

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We've been wondering just what Playable Worlds, the dev studio headed by Raph Koster, has cooking for the MMORPG world. During a an "MMO...

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