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The Game Archaeologist: Anarchy Online, from development to beta

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We all have stories of our very first MMORPG experiences, and the one that I often share is that my initial dip into this...

Star Trek Online showcases two new ships in a livestream and sees its latest PC patch eat up character slots (again)

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Star Trek Online held another Ten Forward Weekly livestream yesterday that had a couple of announcements to share with players. First, the stream confirmed...

Desert Oasis: Black Desert’s Atoraxxian dungeon is a good idea, but will it last?

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Burger and Fries, Mario and Luigi, Garfunkel and Oates. Are there any other iconic pairs? Oh yeah! RPGs and dungeons. Be it the sprawling...

Enter to win a Star Trek Online Klothos and Klingon Personnel Package key and Bat’leth No Touch Tool

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Star Trek Online fans are surely busy with their captains in the game's House United patch that just rolled out last week. But maybe...

NetEase launches new cross-platform sci-fi multiplayer online title Infinite Lagrange

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NetEase is launching a new online game today: It's called Infinite Lagrange, and it's a multiplayer sci-fi strategy simulation title with a noticeable EVE...

EVE Online teams up with the University of Iceland to offer an online course about digital friendship

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EVE Online is an MMO that has traditionally struggled to reconcile its massive player-led charity efforts and citizen science initiatives with extreme playerbase toxicity...

EVE Online is declared immortal, draws scientists to its Project Discovery system, reveals a space cult

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There's quite the cocktail of news pieces floating out there in relation to EVE Online as that headline would suggest, so we'll collect them...

Multiplayer colony-building survival title CryoFall has officially stepped out of early access

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This past Thursday saw a significant milestone achieved by the large-scale multiplayer survival colony builder CryoFall, which left early access after two years and...

Not So Massively: Checking up on multiplayer RTS Iron Harvest 1920

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Last fall, this column covered Iron Harvest 1920, an alternate history RTS with a strong multiplayer emphasis and surprisingly poignant story-telling. Once I got...

New UK research finds opening lootboxes is ‘structurally and psychologically akin’ to gambling

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The mountain of research-based evidence against lootboxes has had another leaflet added to the pile. A recent report from researchers at the universities of...

Stick and Rudder: Five potentially stupid yet fun Elite Dangerous spaceship builds

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Even though I've logged a total of 112 hours of Elite: Dangerous at the time of this writing, I'm still pretty much a noob...
Same hat.

The MOP Up: Destiny 2 sanctions unorthodox raiding

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Just because the devs think you're going to play the game one way doesn't mean that players aren't going to pour a whole lot...
This is new, this is new, this is new.

Star Trek Online podcast to introduce Gene Roddenberry’s son to the MMO

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When you have a dad who created one of the most famous scifi IPs of all time, you best ride those coattails all the...

Star Trek Online fans agitate to bring Leonard Nimoy-voiced missions back to the game

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Leonard Nimoy's contribution to the Star Trek fandom cannot possibly be overstated, so bearing that in mind, it makes sense that fans of Star...

Enter to win a Star Trek Online PC Alliance Reborn bundle from PWE and MOP

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Star Trek Online's House Reborn has been a huge hit for the game, as the 11-year-old MMORPG is seeing a boost in concurrency as...

The Game Archaeologist: Lost Continents, the Jules Verne MMO we never got

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If you're looking for an alternate vision of futuristic science fiction, you would do well to dive back into the worlds of 19th century...

Massively Overthinking: Retaking Quantic’s survey to determine our ‘gamer type’

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Five years ago - yes, it's been that long! - we did an Overthinking in which our staff all took Quantic's survey to see...
how DARE you

World of Warcraft gamers move 21B gold through the player economy every day

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IT-centric Splunk's .conf is not generally an event we cover here on MOP, but the .conf20 edition held back in October had a presentation of...

A look back at the MMO and gaming science topics of 2020

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It's now become a long-running tradition on Massively OP to track science-related and science-adjacent stories that touch on the MMORPG world, but this past...

Cooperating in violent games like Fortnite is good for children, actually

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Here's something that might bake your noodle: A new study suggests that children playing violent video games cooperatively such as Fortnite are actually more...

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