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MMO Burnout: Pokemon Sword and Shield is fun but not innovative

I have a vivid memory from when I was younger - about 12 or so - of walking through the local Walmart with my...

The Daily Grind: How much do you mind loading screens in MMOs?

Maybe I'm showing my old-school nature here, but loading screens don't bother me all that much. I cut my MMO teeth on games like...

Star Citizen takes a closer look at wormhole creation and the planet microTech

CitizenCon had a number of reveals for Star Citizen players, but not many of them were quite as dramatic as the...

MMO Business Roundup: Amazon, gaming toxicity research, Blizzard’s court victory, and why people love Mike Morhaime

Business business business! We're back for another speedy Friday afternoon roundup of some MMO and games industry business news. Amazon's next big thing We're not sure...

Star Citizen hypes this weekend’s CitizenCon, plans new community hub and free-fly event

We're about to have another big MMO convention weekend: this one for Star Citizen, as CitizenCon begins on Saturday. But as it so...

Remembering the life and work of legendary MMO designer Brad ‘Aradune’ McQuaid

When the news hit last night, it brought everything to a screeching halt in the Massively OP office: At the age of 51,

Activision-Blizzard’s Bobby Kotick downplays the role of politics in games

Activision-Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick clearly doesn't fear the Blizzard boycott that is still technically ongoing following Blizzard's October decision to penalize a...

Ship of Heroes’ character creator beta is running a scavenger hunt event tonight

Ship of Heroes is making the most of its one-week character creator alpha, with multiple events and patches to keep everything humming. "We...

Star Trek Online brings Awakening to console and launches a breast cancer charity event

Let the games of catch-up begin! Star Trek Online players on PS4 and Xbox One can now get the same stuff that PC...

Guild Wars 2 studio ArenaNet chased the 2016 Gaile Gray account hacker all the way to Germany – and lost

Back in 2016, MassivelyOP covered an odd story about the Guild Wars franchise and a hack that seemingly involved the account of then-ArenaNet...

Computer science professor uses lessons he teaches to set a new flight record in Elite Dangerous

Many times in a sandbox game, you have to make your own fun and set your own challenges. One such challenge in Elite:...

Enter to win a Star Trek Online PC Science Intel bundle in honor of Awakening’s launch

With Star Trek Online's Awakening expansion now out in the wild on PC, PWE has kindly granted Massively OP a bunch of...

Sandbox MMO Project C launches $149.99 founder packs, plans October closed alpha

Remember Project C? It's the SpatialOS-based open-world persistent sandbox MMO by Darewise, the same company that along with studio Nvizzio struggled to...

First impressions of Caravan Stories: More a gacha game than an MMORPG

When I was in college, my algebra professor once told me to curb my enthusiasm because inevitably, some thing or other will disappoint me....

Star Trek Online memorializes actors Eisenberg and Donner, adds intel science ships

Brokenhearted Deep Space Nine fans who gathered together to remember the life and work of actor Aron Eisenberg ("Nog") this week will be...

For Science: Study suggests racial stereotyping underpins campaign to blame real-world violence on video games

Academics have found a way to make the media and politicians' spurious blame of video games for real-world violence look even worse than it...

Harvard Business Review uses EVE Online corps for a study on country of origin and company structure

When the Harvard Business Review wanted to run a study on how people's place of origin affects how they structure a company, it homed...

Interview: Star Trek Online’s Al Rivera on Discovery’s Awakening and beyond

The Federation's past is meeting its future this week with the rollout of Awakening for Star Trek Online. Set in the "present"...
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For Science: Another longitudinal study demonstrates no link between video games and aggression

Back in July, we covered a Stetson University paper for a study that examined over 3000 Singaporean primary and secondary school students over...

Gaming psychologist Jamie Madigan explains what ‘surprise mechanics’ actually are

We're all familiar with the "surprise mechanics" incident, the absurdist argument in defense of lootboxes from EA's VP of legal and government affairs...

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