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: How much should MMOs cost in 2020?

MOP reader Castagere recently wrote to us with a nod to the growing sentiment across the gaming industry that might indicate a shift in...

Legends of Aria, Kickstarted in 2014 as Shards Online, has officially left early access and launched

As promised, Legends of Aria officially launched out of early access and into the wild last night. We should also probably say "finally,"...

Black Desert console players are getting the new Hashashin class first

Well, this is a decision that will no doubt draw forth reasoned discourse and carefully formatted reactions: Console players of Black Desert will...

Working As Intended: Decorating MMORPG houses in SWG Legends and beyond

I've been mulling over how to do a piece about MMO housing for a while now, spurred on by colleagues and readers who've said...

RuneScape resorts to Desperate Measures with its July 27 content drop

New content is always on the way to RuneScape, and this round, it's called Desperate Measures. As revealed yesterday, the new chapter will...

Star Citizen fans put together a horror-themed machinima using in-game footage

Despite Star Citizen being in an alpha state, there's still enough in-game content for people to try to make machinima. That's just what...

Desert Oasis: How should Black Desert handle class balance?

Last week, I wrote about how the recent tamer changes in Black Desert resulted in a write-in campaign. Ever since then, I've...

EVE Online’s CCP Games cancels EVE San Diego and all 2021 events over COVID

April's EVE Fanfest won't be the only EVE Online live event that will succumb to COVID-19, unfortunately: CCP Games announced today that...

Perfect Ten: More time traveling adventures in MMOs

Writers and geeks alike can't seem to get enough of time travel -- and neither can I! Back in 2017, I wrote a list...

Black Desert adds the Skill UI update and new male hairstyles, mobile adds Awakenings and the Wardrobe

Black Desert is a game of two parts for me: wondering what skills to use and trying to muddle through its weird UI,...

Black Desert rounds up patch updates, Conquest War winners, and upcoming features in a video

Care for a bundle of the most recent Black Desert goings-on in a video? Pearl Abyss has you covered with the CM...

Stardew Valley’s upcoming update promises to have some form of new endgame content

We already know that Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone is hard at work on another update to singleplayer/multiplayer life sim RPG Stardew Valley. We...

Legends of Aria leaves early access, pushes out Frozen Tundra update

The year was 2019. People were completely taking for granted conventions, movie theaters, and getting deeply uncomfortable in crowded elevators. It was back in...

Dual Universe is finally entering beta in August – with a subscription model

Long-running MMORPG fansite Gamespot (/s) has just posted the not-so-exclusive-now news that sci-fi MMO Dual Universe is expected to hit beta on...
SWG Legends Brad McQuaidmemorial, snapped by Bree

The Daily Grind: Have you ever visited a memorial in an MMO?

I was strolling around the PvP areas on Dathomir on SWG Legends the other day and a stumbled into a building that was...

Massively Uplifting: Speech therapy, a college class in WoW, and the Ian Holm tribute that crashed LOTRO

Inside or outside? Like a cat at the door, June had many of us unsure if we wanted to go out or stay in;...
Oh, good, I was worried this would be a happy story.

The Repopulation promises new skills, system revamps, and more in its latest roadmap

A lot of the progress made in development of The Repopulation is pretty granular: bug fixes here, some greybox builds replaced there, things...

MMOs You’ve Never Heard Of: Deadside, The Isle, Minions of Elden, Dekaron M, Ragnarok Origin, Titan Reach

Welcome back to another quick roundup of MMOs and MMO-adjacent titles you've (probably) never heard of! We'll start with Deadside, which is definitely in...

RuneScape improves its chat filtering, OSRS adds more Poll 71 features and tweaks death mechanics

Surprise, surprise, some players of RuneScape and Old School RuneScape have been presumably trying to circumvent the hard-locked chat terms meant...

Star Citizen’s latest video talks about targeting, turrets, and taking off

There's certainly a number of things to consider when flying a ship in Star Citizen, but during a recent developer livestream, several...

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