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.

Massively Overthinking: Our favorite MMO stories of 2018

We've got a lot of awards going out over the next couple of weeks about the "best" and "biggest" of this and that. But...

EVE Online updates players on its efforts in fighting against bots

Even in the cutthroat world of EVE Online, there are things you can't get away with, and one of those things is botting.

Text-based sci-fi sandbox MUD Starmourn hits open beta this Saturday

Hardcore roleplayers and sandboxes may want to give Starmourn a sliver of precious attention this week: The elaborate MUD hits open beta this...

Gamigo plans holiday events for ArcheAge, RIFT, Trove, and Atlas Reactor too

Yesterday, Gamigo posted up just what Defiance and Defiance 2050 are doing for Christmas, but as its press release today suggests, Gamigo is...

Daybreak’s new game is PlanetSide Arena, and yes, it’s a battle royale

Earlier this week, Daybreak began sending emails to players and former players teasing a new game being worked on within the studio's walls and...

Black Desert’s new Archer and tree decorating events are live as Pearl Abyss sets up shop in California

Hope you got your proto Archer rolled in Black Desert because he's live as of today and you can actually log him in...

Perfect Ten: MMOs to watch in 2019

The MMO genre is in a strange and uncertain place right now -- but also one that is quietly thrilling. We've long passed the...

Worlds Adrift toggles on proximity-based voice chat, engine overheating, and ciphers

You couldn't get enough of mouth-breathing and kids yelling at their mothers in some state far away from you in Fallout 76, and...

The Stream Team: Valnir Rok drops a huge update and free codes

It was almost exactly one year ago that Massively OP's MJ was able to take a peek at Valnir Rok, the survival sandbox...

Daybreak is announcing a new game on Thursday

Some Daybreak fans, including our own MJ Guthrie, are receiving a cryptic note from Daybreak this week - best check your old email accounts! Apparently the MMORPG company, most recently in the news for a major round of layoffs and best known for the EverQuest and H1Z1 franchises, aims to announce a new game this week on Twitch starting at 1 p.m. EST.

EVE Online’s December patch brings in wardec changes and continual login rewards

It's time for the last big update of the year for EVE Online, but it's a big one. The previously discussed changes...

Choose My Adventure: Postcards from the Star Citizen universe

Your votes last week in my first Choose My Adventure gave me a great way to start looking around the environs of

Elite Dangerous’ Beyond – Chapter Four is live today with exploration, background sim, and guilds

The fourth chapter of Elite Dangerous' Beyond campaign is live today, and if it seems as if we've been covering it forever, that's...

The International Olympic Committee casts doubt on the inclusion of esports at the Olympics

The tug-of-war over whether esports should be included at the Olympic Games is becoming its own sport. In 2017, statements from the Paris...
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EVE Online: Operation Permafrost, the Alaska cruise, and getting your wardec on

EVE Online is a hoppin' place right now, in spite of the Project Nova downer. For starters, holiday login gifts start rolling...
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The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG offered the best PvP experience in 2018?

Later today, we begin our giant rollout of end-of-the-year awards, a series I both love and hate - love because it's fun, hate because...

EVE Evolved: How could Project Nova live up to its true potential?

I think it's fair to say that EVE Online developer CCP Games hasn't had much success when it comes to avatar-based gameplay....

The Game Archaeologist: Neverwinter Nights 1 & 2

At the end of June 2014, dozens of online worlds flickered and vanished with the flip of a switch. It was a online apocalypse...

The Stream Team: A brief Star Citizen road trip

Before the votes for Choose My Adventure are tallied, MassivelyOP's Chris & MJ are going to take a moment to hop into a...

Massively Overthinking: The best and worst MMO developer quotes of 2018

It's become a tradition on Massively OP to include among our end-of-the-year roundups and editorials and retrospectives a run-down of our favorite - and least favorite - MMO dev quotes of the year, be they obscure, poignant, or just plain dumb. So once again, for this week's Massively Overthinking, I've asked our staff to offer up those quotes and then reflect on what we from the year and reflect on just what we've learned from them.

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