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.

Leaderboard: Have you talked someone out of buying a game you like?

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So here's something that doesn't happen very often: I talked a friend out of buying Star Citizen's Vanguard LTI concept. In the past I've...

Elite: Dangerous begins Mac beta test

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Mac users, you are cleared for departure. Set a course for the beta star system and engage, although be warned: It may get a...

Ask Mo: Jobs in the MMO industry, jobs in MMOs

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Today, we're reintroducing our general MMO advice column, here named Ask Mo: the column where you ask Mo questions, and he... lets me answer them for...

Elite releases 86-track OST while LOTRO buffs its music system

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It's a two-for-one music Monday here at Massively Overpowered! For starters, Elite: Dangerous is now selling its physical soundtrack as a 3-CD set. The...

The Stream Team: Swimming with the dolphins in ArcheAge

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You've read about the brouhaha over the pink porpoise in ArcheAge, but have you seen the mammal in action? MassivelyOP's MJ was the recipient...
Uh, no.

Pathfinder Online launches head start access on April 1st

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Early Enrollment players are now playing Pathfinder Online. Explorer Enrollment players, too. Starting on April 1st, Head Start players from the game's second Kickstarter...
No top guns here.

Star Citizen opens up concept purchases for the Aegis Vanguard

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Have you managed to make enemies in Star Citizen? Even though the full game is not actually available, do you have people who might...

Elite: Dangerous sends pilots on a scavenger hunt for a graphics card

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When you have an entire galaxy at your fingertips, why not turn it into a massive scavenger hunt? Y'know, for kicks and corporate promotion! Elite:...

Guild Chat: The top five ingredients in every great guild

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Welcome to Guild Chat, my comfortable little corner of Massively Overpowered in which I dissect the inner workings and tricky politics associated with MMO...
Make My MMO

Make My MMO: March 28, 2015

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This week's crowdfunding news was all about Crowfall. Seriously, we must've written about Crowfall like 76 times or something. In the end, the most relevant...

Black Desert celebrates 100-day beta mark

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To rub it in to everyone else in the world, it is our duty to announce that Korean beta testers have been enjoying Black...

The Stream Team: Give me exploration or give me death in The Repopulation

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Last time Massively OP's MJ tried to explore in The Repopulation, she gave the cloning facility a good workout. Today she'll boldly go where...

The Game Archaeologist: Middle-earth Online

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Out of all of the MMOs that I've played over the years, I must have spent the most time in Lord of the Rings...

Wakfu is the cute kind of transmedia synergy

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Opportunities to talk about the quirky turn-based MMORPG sandbox Wakfu are rare, so when one chances buy, you gotta grab it, and here it...
ArcheAge dolphin

Lost Continent: ArcheAge’s dolphingate was much ado about nothing

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I'd like to play devil's advocate about this whole ArcheAge dolphingate thing. First, though, let me start with a disclaimer. If you've read this...
Worlds Adrift

Worlds Adrift explains why it can’t disable PvP

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Worlds Adrift has updated its website with a new design-focused blog that sheds quite a bit of light on how the game will play....

Landmark plans prop palette patch

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Landmark's big patch for this week -- which is tentatively scheduled for Thursday -- will be making a significant change to how players deal...
Pathfinder

Pathfinder’s early enrollment version six is out today

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The sixth build of Pathfinder's early enrollment phase goes live today, according to the notes on GoblinWorks' website. If you missed designer Lee Hammock's...
ArcheAge

ArcheAge is finally on Steam

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I've had ArcheAge on my Steam wishlist for at least six months. I forget exactly how long it's been, but I'm pretty sure that...

Das Tal starts alpha sign-ups

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Das Tal, the PvP sandbox brought to you by the color tan, has started accepting alpha sign-ups by the bravest of the brave. Of...

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