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.

It's official, I can't tell the difference between this and TERA now.

Massively OP Podcast Episode 234: ArcheAge’s game changer

Justin and Bree discuss ArcheAge Unchained, WoW Classic, No Man's Sky, DDO, Neverwinter, and Elder Scrolls Online, with mailbag topics on the future of MMOs and the silent majority MMO playerbase.

Gamescom 2019: Black Desert’s PS4 version just hit headstart with a new launch trailer

We're down to just under two days to go before Pearl Abyss' popular MMORPG Black Desert PS4 joins its PC and Xbox One...

Choose My Adventure: Rediscovering the simple joy of flight in No Man’s Sky

Boy is it good to be back here. I'll be honest, not much of what I did while flying around in No Man's Sky...

The Daily Grind: Do you vote in MMO player elections?

This week I spent a bit of time perusing the Star Wars Galaxies Legends Discord, where candidates for the player Senate are making...

Here’s 15 minutes of unedited Starbase combat footage

If there's one thing we've learned over the course of following the sandbox MMO Starbase, it's that the devs love them some videos....

ArcheAge’s secret project is ArcheAge Unchained, a monetization do-over and B2P server

Last week, Gamigo raised eyebrows with a countdown website under the old Trion domain promising a big...
Keen.

EVE Online wraps up Aether Wars 2, plans week of GM-led events

This past weekend, EVE Online's second round of the Aether Wars tech demo took place as CCP and Hadean put the improved...

The Daily Grind: What’s a neat MMO mechanic that nobody’s trying anymore?

A few weeks back, I was thinking about classic Star Wars Galaxies and the game's training system. While you could gain experience by...

The MOP Up: Nexon’s Project V4 aims to be the best-looking MMO in your pocket

Nexon gave a preview of Project V4 at a media preview event lately, and this fantasy MMO looks like one of the most...

Hegemony is a new ‘classic’ MMORPG built using Minecraft

If you're still a bit bummed over Mojang canceling Minecraft's Super Duper Graphics Pack overhaul, then I do have a little bit of...
There are lots of different defintions of penalty.

Ultima Online’s Forsaken Foes update is now open for testing

As promised, Ultima Online is gearing up for its fall update, Forsaken Foes, part of which hit the test server this week. As...

Ryzom tests multi-language chat translator and whips up a new map

The oddly flavored alien fantasy MMORPG Ryzom has been running a marathon for a good long while now, and so far its crazy...
No fighting.

PlanetSide 2 updates players on future plans like a social hub and mandates

There's more development arriving for PlanetSide 2, and one of the plans includes a version of Sanctuary to serve as a social hub....

MapleStory opens an online ‘university’ to help players learn about August 28 server merges

Whenever an MMO announces plans to merge servers, it can either mean you've got a few things to prepare for or the process will...

EVE Online prepares for phase two of the Aether Wars tech demo and plans chaos for cyno fields

Things are getting more active in the world of EVE Online on a couple of different fronts. Specifically, the next phase of the...
My expectations weren't that I would be jumping into this right away, but...

The Soapbox: No, the MMO genre is not dead – but it could use a little positivity

One of my favorite idioms is "dead as a doornail." It always reminds me of the time I got sent out of my 10th...

RSI plays with particle effects in this week’s Inside Star Citizen video digest

Special effects are pretty important in video games and especially in a sci-fi world of undeveloped technology. The folks at Star Citizen seem...

Black Desert is free to play on Xbox through Sunday

Still trying to figure out what you're going to do this weekend? If you have an Xbox One in the house, then we'll make...

Massively Overthinking: The first 10 minutes of an MMO

So here's the thing about Elder Scrolls games: Most of them start out with the same hook. From Morrowind to Oblivion to Skyrim, you...
leave my dagron alone

Legends of Aria explains the new professions system it launched with Steam early access

Still fresh off its Steam early access launch last week, Legends of Aria has posted a new dev blog all about the...

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