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.

Perfect Ten: MMOs that desperately need proper player housing

Here's something pretty encouraging to me: When I sat down to work on an article listing MMOs that really could use but lacked proper...

Halloween blows through RIFT, Trove, ArcheAge, Atlas Reactor, and Defiance 2050

Something sinister is brewing over at Trion Worlds, and soon the whole world will pay the price as Scott Hartsman's corgi transforms into its...

Vampire MMO Shadow’s Kiss makes good on mature content

If you were super sad when Revival and World of Darkness closed up shop, you should probably point your eyeballs over at...
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Massively OP Podcast Episode 191: It’s looking a little patchy around here

Justin and Bree discuss Star Citizen, LOTRO, EverQuest II, Star Trek Online, SWTOR, New World, and Black Desert, with reader mail about forging social connections in MMOs.

Black Desert’s Halloween event bosses bring tricks and treats this week

Halloween shenanigans will cloak the world of Black Desert starting tomorrow, Kakao announced this morning. "Pearl Abyss and Kakao Games have announced that the...

The Daily Grind: What’s the worst Halloween event in the MMOverse?

No real salt from me today: I personally loved Star Wars Galaxies' Halloweeny Galactic Moon Festival, as ridiculous as it was, and as I...
How does this need to be said.

Worlds Adrift says PvE servers didn’t ‘split a tiny playerbase’ but instead ‘added to it’

When was the last time you heard an MMO studio outright admit it was wrong? It's pretty rare, for sure. Bossa Studios says as...

Star Citizen’s CitizenCon didn’t help make as much money as last year, but damn it made a lot

So, how much money did Star Citizen make last week as a result of its CitizenCon push and concomitant ship sale? A...

Lead programmer: ‘There is no hope for Greed Monger’

The long-troubled Greed Monger, a Kickstarted sandbox MMO that produced a remarkable project implosion, took an interesting turn last week when its former...

Black Desert’s Pearl Abyss claims Russian publisher is using players as a ‘weapon’

Over the month, we've been covering the supposed license transfer of Black Desert’s Russian branch from publisher GameNet back to Korean owner Pearl...

EVE Evolved: Wars are literally ruining EVE Online

EVE Online is fundamentally about real conflict between players on massive scales, and yet I would venture to say that wars are literally...

The MOP Up: Dark Age of Camelot allows name, gender, and race changes

Dark Age of Camelot is testing its next major patch, and it has a major surprise in store for its playerbase. "Patch 1.125...

Black Desert’s Russian servers and accounts are toast as Pearl Abyss says transfer negotiations failed

Over the last month and change, we've been covering the news that GameNet, Black Desert's Russian publisher, was handing the service in...

EVE Online’s Crimson Harvest returns for Halloween on October 23

I've always loved the name of EVE Online's Halloween event. Sure, it makes no sense for an internet spaceships MMORPG to have Halloween...
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PlanetSide 2 hosts Nanite of the Living Dead event for Halloween

You can travel to another world, but even in PlanetSide 2 the dead of Halloween will chase you. Yes, it's time to celebrate...

MMO Business Roundup: Bethsoft Moscow, A:IR publishing, OSU esports, SpatialOS, and Square-Enix

Business business business numbers, is this working?! Let's dip into some of the scattered online gaming business tidbits of the week that might...

Destiny 2 announces Festival of the Lost Halloween event

This Tuesday, October 16th, Destiny 2 will be getting in on the seasonal celebrations as it rolls out its Halloween event, Festival of...

The Daily Grind: How important are minimaps to your MMORPG experience?

MMO minimaps became the topic of a weird debate this week, as multiple sites appeared to have misunderstood a Belgian magazine's interpretation of the...

ArcheAge 5.0 Relics of Hiram launches on October 24

ArcheAge's next big thing has a release date in the west: 5.0 Relics of Hiram is launching in just two weeks on October 24th....
On a unicorn.

MapleStory 2’s launch did well on Steam, but the Mapleopoly event was a problem

Good news, MapleStory 2 fans, the game did well after its first day on Steam! The chart for the game is obviously not...

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