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No Man’s Sky will launch on the Nintendo Switch October 7

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Earlier this month, Hello Games announced that it is bringing No Man's Sky to PlayStation's VR2 headset - and apparently, it isn't done porting....
The what?

For Science: New research affirms online friends provide emotional and informational support

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You've probably seen the declaration that "online friends are real friends" somewhere on the internet a few times, and while that can seem pretty...

The Daily Grind: Should MMO PvP matchmaking focus on challenge or engagement?

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MOP's Sam recently stumbled across an MSM article that quotes multiple streamers and esports players essentially complaining about matchmaking systems in competitive games. The...
No mom.

Wisdom of Nym: Examining Final Fantasy XIV patch 6.15 in the wild

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Sometimes it feels very weird when Final Fantasy XIV bribes me into doing content. Ameliance's custom deliveries are a prime example of this. You...

The Game Archaeologist: The ’90s BioWare MMORPG that almost was

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These days, if you mention "BioWare" and "MMORPG" in the same sentence, it's most certainly going to be about Star Wars: The Old Republic....

The Daily Grind: Are you playing a ‘morally disengaged murder hobo’ in MMOs?

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The Psychology of Video Games podcast recently did a bit on "murder hobos," and yes, Dr Jamie Madigan does point out that the term...

Dauntless developer Phoenix Labs says it has ‘close to’ 10 games currently in the works

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Most people around these parts know Phoenix Labs as the studio behind the multiplayer monster slaying RPG Dauntless, but a new dev blog post...

Activision-Blizzard creeps out the internet with its ‘Diversity Space Tool’ as union-busting continues

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Friday afternoon, Activision-Blizzard proudly trotted out a dev blog talking up the creation of a "Diversity Space Tool" that the company has apparently been...

WAPO calls out gaming industry for lack of support for reproductive health as workers strike

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The Washington Post has a new article out this week ripping into the gaming industry for its "silence" on the likely overturn of Roe...

Perfect Ten: Why we need more post-apocalyptic MMOs

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Ever since playing the original Wasteland back in the late '80, I've had a high fascination with post-apocalyptic settings. Yet it's not been the...

Trove’s new player survey nods to Quantic Foundry’s Gamer Motivation Model

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Gamigo did more than just update Glyph this week; it also posted a survey for Trove players to "share thoughts and help shape...

Tales from the Holodeck: Virtual reality is best as a gaming machine, not as a portal to the metaverse

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Welcome to a new column here on MassivelyOP! Tales from the Holodeck was inspired by a couple of things: my purchase of a VR...

GDC 2022: Control, revenue, scarcity, ethics, and the human challenges of the gaming ‘metaverse’

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While some panels at GDC 2022 have been deeply disappointing, the panel titled "A Brave New (Virtual) World: Ethics and Governance of XR and...

The Stream Team: Seeking a quick spot of Star Trek Online

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Normally, Star Trek Online isn't something that MOP's Chris broadcasts very often, but he's been peering in and out of his favored science ship...

GDC 2022: How ‘game stressors’ mix and match for repeatable content development in MMOs

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Continuing our GDC 2022 coverage of Bungie Principal Technical Game Designer Alan Blaine's talk on building challenges and reusable content in Destiny 2, we're going...

GDC 2022: Learning from the seven game stressors in Destiny 2

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GDC 2022 coverage has a bit slow this year thanks to virtual tickets being kind of a misnomer (if the panel isn't live and...

This Means Warp is a Jagex-published spaceship management roguelike now in early access

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Space is hard. There are whole fields of science dedicated to the matter, after all. That doesn't mean that video games can't make these...
We fought a bear.

Perfect Ten: World of Warcraft’s array of bear-based threats

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Hey, if you've never played World of Warcraft, there's something you should know: This is a game with a lot of bears. You might not...

Interview: Talking Guild Wars 2 End of Dragons’ soundtrack with lead composer Maclaine Diemer

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Maclaine Diemer is the long-time lead composer for Guild Wars 2, with soundtrack credits going as far back as the very first Living World...

Aliens, events, and The Pitt: MassivelyOP interview with Fallout 76’s Mark Tucker

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Four years into the wasteland, and Fallout 76 isn't slowing down one bit. With Bethesda committing to several updates over the course of 2022,...

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