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Massively Overthinking: Gratitude for the devs of the MMO genre

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Thanksgiving conveniently falls on a Thursday every year, which means it's the perfect topic for our regular Thursday Massively Overthinking roundtable. I've asked our writers what they're grateful for in and around the MMO genre the last couple of years - and now we're gonna do it again.

Choose My Adventure: Surprise storytelling in No Man’s Sky’s base building progression

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It was often remarked going in to this week’s Choose My Adventure task that base building in No Man’s Sky is something...

New survey points to increase in hate and harassment in online multiplayer games

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The behavior of people in online games does not appear to be improving for the better. According to national survey results from the...

For Science: Gaming is good for you, actually, suggests new Oxford study

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A new University of Oxford study published this week suggests that there's a "positive relation between game play and well-being." The paper itself hasn't...

CCP Games’ EVE Online community raised $135,500 for COVID-19 response through PLEX for GOOD

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EVE Online is having a good run right about now. Not only is it busy enjoying topping its own Guinness World Records...

Massively-on-the-Go: Gotta cash’em all in Pokemon Go

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In the last few editions of the Massively-on-the-Go column, I've been covering the deluge of events and updates Pokemon Go has...
Fair fights.

EVE Online dev discusses how communities and lasting friendships form in the sandbox

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Let's all ignore the 15 weeks' worth of explosions, bubbles, and fighting going on in EVE Online and instead talk about friendship....

Enter to win a Star Trek Online PC Klingon Dahar Master Faction Pack or Klingon Defense Force Elite Starter Pack from PWE and MOP

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With Star Trek Online's House Shattered patch live for PC players, PWE has kindly granted Massively OP some bundles to pass...

Researchers argue Pokemon Go caused a discernable increase in car accidents, injuries, and deaths

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What is the deadliest video game in existence? If a scientific whitepaper is to be believed, at least in the case of Tippecanoe...

Star Citizen has 720K total backers and 34K subscribers according to gathered public data

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Getting subscriber details for multiplayer and MMO titles out of companies can often be like pulling teeth out of an alligator's mouth with a...
Not politic

Battle Bards Episode 178: The Division 2

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Washington D.C. has fallen to the plague, curiously well-armed agents are everywhere, and intriguing music floats. The Division 2 features a tense and action-packed...

Phantasy Star Online 2’s episode 5 launches tomorrow with new hero class, level cap bump, and raids

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Tomorrow's patch day for Phantasy Star Online 2, SEGA announced today, complete with new trailer and pics too. Episode 5 begins tomorrow, meaning...

The Game Archaeologist: The short ride of Auto Assault

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When you think of post-apocalyptic video games, what comes to mind? Most likely it's a crawl through a bombed-out or zombiefied landscape as you...

EVE Online players submitted over 41M classifications to fight COVID for CCP’s latest Project Discovery initiative

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What's better than a science MMO story or a feel-good MMO story? One that's both. And this one is both, as EVE Online...
WHAT.

Phantasy Star Online 2 announces Episode 5 launch date of September 30 and starts lead-up campaigns

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The next episode's worth of content is coming soon to Phantasy Star Online 2 as Episode 5 has been confirmed for a release...
Team play.

For science: New UK study finds that video games improve the mental health, reading, and writing skills of kids

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So this one's fun. The results of a study performed in the UK between November and December of 2019 have just been released. The...

The Daily Grind: What’s the most annoying ‘dark pattern’ in MMO gaming?

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I've been kind of obsessed with dark patterns - that is, intentionally deceptive or annoying interface design - for kind of a while now,...
They've arrived

Star Trek Online previews a set of new support carriers for all of the game’s factions

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Players will have some new options for carrying support ships into battle in Star Trek Online on August 20th. The game is releasing...

GDC Summer 2020: Better living, climate awareness, and citizen science through games

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Way back during GDC 2018, I covered several panels relating to gaming for good. Things like citizen science projects, games...

Seed’s Klang Games answers player questions about gameplay mechanics

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A broad variety of player questions regarding gameplay and mechanics were picked up and answered in what can be best described as a sort...

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