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Fractured’s next round of alpha testing adds social features, new abilities, and stealth gameplay

In what's likely a happy surprise for backers of the sandbox MMORPG Fractured, the next round of alpha testing is going to introduce...

Perfect Ten: Original MMOs that never came to be

"What could have been" is a path that I travel frequently, especially when I write The Game Archaeologist column. It genuinely haunts me...
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Star Trek Online invites players to take part in the design of the next summer event ship

The summer event ships in Star Trek Online are a long-standing tradition, but this year Cryptic Studios is doing something different. In prior years,...

Interview: Saga of Lucimia on themepark design, SWG inspiration, and the MMO genre

Last week, we ran an interview with Stormhaven Studios' Tim Anderson, the boss behind upcoming MMORPG Saga of Lucimia. That interview was focused...

For Science: New paper examines the whos and whys of online trolling

MOP reader Miol recently pointed us to an intriguing academic paper on trolling. Seriously. "Trolls" or "warriors of faith"? Differentiating dysfunctional forms of...

For Science: Academics blast APA’s updated resolution on games and aggression

My Twitter feed was on fire about three things today: politics, coronavirus, and violence in video games. The last entry there is all because...

City of Heroes Homecoming tests new Shock Therapy powerset and Experimentation power pool

Care to see what's next for the rogue server of City of Heroes? Then get thee hence to the game's test server...
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Vague Patch Notes: Phantasy Star Online 2 might be in a better place than you think

A couple years back (this being the definition where "a couple" means "I can't remember precisely how many"), I was talking with a friend...

Enter to win a Star Trek Online LE anniversary badge, T6 battlecruisers, fleet packs, and more!

This might just be the coolest Star Trek Online giveaway we've ever done, and we've done a lot of 'em! In celebration of...

Anthem abandons seasonal content as BioWare confirms major redesign and reinvention

So, apparently all the stories last week about how Anthem still hadn't taken down its Christmas decorations struck a nerve, and we've got...

UK’s Royal Society for Public Health issues report on lootboxes and their effect on gambling perception

There's a new log on the continually burning fire regarding gaming lootboxes, their association with gambling, and their effect on young people. A new...

The Daily Grind: What’s your favorite sci-fi MMO?

Generally, but not always, I like to have a science fiction (or science fantasy, if we're being pedantic) MMORPG in my gaming rotation for...
In space, no one can transmit illness.

EVE Online player makes a 1 million PLEX bid for charity

Last week, we reported on a PLEX for GOOD charity event being run by EVE Online to benefit the Australian brush fires...

MMO Business Roundup: Tencent, Ubisoft, Rockstar, energy, Creativerse, and Cold Iron Studios

Welcome back to another roundup of MMO (and MMO-adjacent) industry news! Tencent: Just before Funcom and Tencent announced the Chinese gaming giant was angling...

Kickstarted VR cyberpunk MMO Zenith grows its team, lays groundwork for pre-alpha

One of the uplifting victories for the genre in 2019 was the fact that a couple of unorthodox titles were pretty successful in...
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Tamriel Infinium: Elder Scrolls Online’s Rich Lambert on the Dark Heart of Skyrim

At this week's live reveal of the Dark Heart of Skyrim for The Elder Scrolls Online, I had the chance to sit...

Darwin Project is basically reality TV battle royale, and it’s now launched on Steam

It's been something like a year and a half since we last covered Darwin Project, but you'll remember it as one of...

More older adults play games than ever before, according to AARP study of people over 50

Earlier this week, we wrote about Skyrim's "gaming grandma" and other older gamers who've staked out claims in the online gaming space on...

Massively Uplifting: Gaming studios and communities support kids, trees, cats, STEM, and gaming grandparents

While there are understandably many reasons folks may not want to look back on 2019 fondly, the year wasn't all bad. Massively Uplifting has...

A look back at the MMO and gaming science topics of 2019

Since becoming MassivelyOP, our staff has worked hard to buff up our gaming science-related articles. Last year, we noted...

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