Sandboxes are a type of MMO that emphasize player freedom and expression. They frequently include mechanics for building, crafting, trading, character customization and development, roleplaying, destruction, and significant interaction with the world and other players. A sandbox that is dominated by an open-PvP or free-for-all ruleset is sometimes pejoratively called a gankbox. Contrast with the themepark.

Star Citizen continues working on an error code as alpha 3.18.1 arrives to PTU for weekend testing

Yes, the problems for Star Citizen alpha 3.18 are still continuing on, though once again the game's status update page has additional hopeful news...

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Massively Overthinking: The times MMO developers admitted they were… wrong

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For Science: Crit-Rate is another survey-driven attempt to match gamer personalities to games

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Albion Online compensates players after Albion West outage, adds clusters to Albion East

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The Daily Grind: Which MMO boasts the best space combat?

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 414: EverQuesting on and on

Justin and Bree discuss Diablo IV, World of Warcraft, SWG Legends, Destiny 2, Star Citizen, EverQuest, LOTRO, and Elder Scrolls Online, with mailbag topics on extreme MMO zones and puzzles in MMOs.

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Star Citizen focuses on deploying alpha 3.18.1 patch as a fix for the game’s ongoing issues

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The MOP Up: Guild Wars 2 reworks its Gyala Delve meta-event

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Star Citizen discusses in-development engineer role as patch problems continue

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