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Here’s how players will do science in sandbox Population Zero

Still keeping an eye on survival MMO Population Zero? There's yet another dev blog out this week, this one on science and...

The Game Archaeologist: Terra, SubSpace, and Sovereign

In the MMO industry, science fiction has always taken the role of the overlooked little brother to big sister fantasy's popularity. Sure, there have...
See, this is why no one likes you. It's because of this.

For Science: Yet another study finds no link between violent video games and aggression

Yet another academic study appears to indicate no correlation between aggressive behavior and violent video games, this one specifically in kids. In the newly published...

Reverse Engineering: The science of Elder Scrolls Online’s dragons

I don't think I can express how excited I am to bring this column to life on Massively Overpowered. Reverse Engineering covers the...

Enter to win a Star Trek Online PC Mirror Escort Carrier, NX Light Escort, and elite services starter pack

With Star Trek Online's Mirror of Discovery out and live and launched, PWE has kindly granted Massively OP a bunch of goodies to...

MMO designer Raph Koster runs down the key mechanics that drive retention in online games

If last week's "games as a service" conversation piqued your interest, hop on over to Raph Koster's blog. The veteran MMORPG designer...

Exclusive: Survival MMO Population Zero deep-dives its unique perk system

Population Zero caught out attention at the tail end of last year when developer Enplex announced the survival MMO was hitting pre-alpha...

Choose My Adventure: Where Elite Dangerous and Star Citizen meet

I'm going to attempt to connect apples and oranges here. In my final days with Elite Dangerous for CMA, I have actually managed...

NetEase joins Tencent in move for ‘anti-addiction’ curfews on Chinese mobile gamers

NetEase has once again become a household name for gamers thanks to its partnership with Blizzard on Diablo Immortal and many other titles, but...

Gaming behavior scientists gather for ‘Video Game Debate’ panel at PAX South

Depending on whom you're listening to, it's possible to think that things like "gaming addiction" and "gaming aggression" are incontrovertibly settled science. It'd...

UK parliament committee seeks submissions about gaming addiction

Back in December, the UK House of Commons committee responsible for digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) announced it was poised to begin...

Project Horseshoe’s design papers confirm decades of MMORPG lessons

Not everyone involved in game design is trying to squeeze every last penny out of you. Yes, a lot of them are, but many...

The ESA met with the World Health Organization about the ‘gaming disorder’ classification

One of last year's big stories for the gaming industry was the decision by the World Health Organization to include the brand-new "

For Science: The psychology of online gaming toxicity, fanpersonism, and gamer identity

Over the holidays, I bumped into some great video material from author and YouTuber Caleb Ross that seems useful for online gamers in...

Perfect Ten: Mobile MMOs to watch in 2018

Love it or hate it, MMOs are going mobile in ever-increasing numbers. Last year saw a crop of acclaimed titles making their way to...

A look back at the MMO and gaming science topics of 2018

Over the last couple of years since becoming Massively OP, we've made a concerted effort to improve the quality of our gaming science-related articles,...
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Choose My Adventure: Summarizing our MMO adventures in 2018

Sometimes I wonder how people think things work behind the scenes here at Massively Overpowered, so let me give a little peek behind the...

Population Zero starts selling founder’s packs, lays out 2019 testing schedule

Russian-made survival MMO Population Zero plans to head into alpha testing at the start of 2019 -- and hopes to end the year...
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Vague Patch Notes: MMO emulation as a paean for the dead vs. a mockery of the living

If you ever need to know why we'll happily cover Star Wars Galaxies emulators and not Ultima Online emulators here on Massively Overpowered, the...

Shadow’s Kiss peeks at mad science, mummies, and pole dancing

Time to dive into the seedy underbelly of the city and see what's going on with the indie vampire MMO Shadow's Kiss. The...

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