sandbox

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.

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Old School RuneScape shares an early look at the progress made on its Clans system

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Do you want a group of like-minded players to adventure with in Old School RuneScape? Of course you do. For that, you need a...

SWG Legends celebrates fifth anniversary with double XP weekend and brand-new biennial festival

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One of the biggest Star Wars Galaxies rogue servers is celebrating a birthday today: SWG Legends is turning five years old. The...

Elite Dangerous answers player questions about handheld weapons in Odyssey

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One of the keystone features of the Odyssey expansion of Elite: Dangerous is the addition of FPS combat, so naturally players have some...

Star Citizen shows off its big mounted gun, stagger animations, and a cargo trolley

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Star Citizen's latest episode of Inside Star Citizen is a little bit different. First, it starts off with the Features team's work...

MMO Business Roundup: Apple’s Steam subpoena, CCP on the cheap, and Valheim’s 4M

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Welcome back to yet another MMO and MMO-adjacent business news roundup - it's the season for these shenanigans, you know. Valve and Apple: Remember earlier...

Black Desert has officially transitioned back to Pearl Abyss – and now it’s free-to-grab for two weeks

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Black Desert was supposed to be back up last night, but if you stayed up for the Pearl Abyss relaunch, you know that...

Massively Overthinking: Are MMO chat bubbles the best thing ever or an interface eyesore?

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One of the more unassuming threads to blow up on the MMORPG subreddit lately was one that asked about - wait for it -...

Pathfinder Online puts up 10 new land plots for auction

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Owning a chunk of land in Pathfinder Online is a big deal, considering how much weight that territory control has in the online...

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When I started my relic grind in Final Fantasy XIV, I didn't know what I was getting myself into. But after finishing the...
Big ego.

EVE Online’s new ‘expert systems’ are, uh, not winning over the community

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EVE Online has some... interesting news updates to share this week, starting off with Tuesday's release of the Bastions of War update,...
Smoke on the water

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Gamigo, which just bought the studio behind Wizard101 and Pirate101, cleaned house yesterday, purging multiple MMORPGs that it acquired during its past acquisitions...

Elite Dangerous players discuss the ramifications of in-game ‘slaves’ and ways to change the lore

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It goes without saying that the exploitation of unwitting and inexperienced players in Elite: Dangerous has the topic of slavery on many...

Eden Eternal becomes the third MMORPG Gamigo killed off today

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Defiance and Defiance 2050 are dismissed from duty

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Clearly, Gamigo is cleaning house today. Shortly after announcing that the MMO publisher is shutting down Twin Saga, it also posted a...

Kakao Games bids a fond farewell to fans as Black Desert publishing officially changes hands to Pearl Abyss

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Today is the official end of the Kakao Games era of Black Desert. We all knew this was coming, of course: The move...
A journey into complexity.

Perfect Ten: MMOs of the ‘internet spaceships’ genre

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It's at once the most important and most underserved genre in MMOs, aside from gigantic robots - it's the valuable genre of internet spaceships. They're...

Old School RuneScape drums up hype for its Steam launch and applies Poll 74 changes

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In case you forgot, the self-described "world’s most enduring and largest player-driven MMORPG," aka Old School RuneScape, is due to make its...

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Justin and Bree discuss BlizzConline 2021, World of Warcraft Chains of Domination, WoW Classic Burning Crusade, Diablo 4, Diablo Immortal, Diablo 2 Resurrected, Hearthstone, Overwatch 2, New World, ArcheAge, and LOTRO, with a mailbag topic on WoW's current newbie experience.

Dual Universe has officially opened a public test server today

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Elite Dangerous talks about Odyssey’s planetary engine updates and improvements in a livestream

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