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Vague Patch Notes: MMOs taking inspiration from one another is not a bad thing

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Back when Guild Wars 2 announced the Bladesworn elite spec for Warriors, I had a little fun with the idea because... well, let's not...

The Game Archaeologist: The history of Hi-Rez’s Global Agenda

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This past week, former Global Agenda players woke up to a surprising reality: Their game, which went offline in 2018, suddenly was back. Hi-Rez...

Massively Overthinking: Do cross-IP collabs and promos in MMOs bother you?

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Transmedia synergy. Let's just lead with that. We have a long tradition around here of teasing MMOs for jamming in these weird promotions with...

GDC’s State of the Game Industry: NFTs, the metaverse, and more than half of game devs want to unionize

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Ahead of the annual Game Developers Conference, GDC organizers poll industry workers and release it all in a state-of-the-industry wrapper, which has landed in...

Flameseeker Chronicles: Touring Guild Wars 2’s End of Dragons guild hall, Echovald Wilds, and strike mission

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With Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons expansion set to launch some time in February and the beginning of that month looming on the...

A look back at the MMO and gaming science topics of 2021

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It's now become a long-running tradition on Massively OP to track science stories that track with online gaming and MMOs - this is our...

Richard Bartle’s new book seeks to intersect theological thought and MMORPG design

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If you're new to our genre, first of all welcome, and second of all you should be familiar with Dr. Richard A. Bartle, a...

The Massively OP Podcast in review, 2021 edition

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It's hard to believe it, but 2021 was the year that the Massively OP Podcast surpassed the Massively Speaking Podcast that came before it...

Ship of Heroes showcases trick or treat event ahead of December beta

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As the Halloween season draws to a close in MMO land, the devs working on Ship of Heroes would like to take followers out...

Bossa Studios introduces three new multiplayer titles: Project Meru, Darkseekers, and Room of Doom

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It's been a while since we covered what Bossa Studios has been up to, and that's because it sunsetted the closest thing it had...
For SOME REASON

Vague Patch Notes: Anonymity is not why people are awful online

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One of the intentions of the Vague Patch Notes column is to have a place to share things that we're going to need to...
Wands. Super.

Star Trek Online is hosting its first ever Halloween event starting on October 13

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Halloween has not traditionally been something that Star Trek Online celebrates, and for good reason; when you have the power of a Federation starship at...

One Shots: Boom, said the world

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You'd think that a world that's already been nuked into a radioactive wasteland wouldn't need any additional bombs lobbed at its surface, but several...

Closers reopens the Gremory Science Facility in latest event

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Players of the action MMO Closers are being asked to help a scientist lady who wears an oversized lab coat, a hoodie for a...

Gamescom 2021 touts over 70 devs and publishers, highlights panels on education and societal change

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While this year's Gamescom is going to be different as it's forced to go all-digital due to COVID-19, the event itself is going to...

For Science: Men roll more female characters than women roll male toons, new survey shows

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Do you play MMO characters who reflect your gender in real life? Apparently, the answer depends a bit on which gender and how old...

The Daily Grind: Do you engage in ‘parallel play’ in MMORPGs?

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Thanks to a random Tweet in my timeline a while back, the term "parallel play" has been rattling around in my brain lately. According...

Massively Uplifting: Summer goodness from SOLO, EVE, Bungie, Warframe, and Guild Wars

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When the news gets filled with dark and horrible things (and maybe you start to be disgusted with companies and people), it is natural...
Here we go again.

Tower of Fantasy is a new MMO from Perfect World Entertainment with a sci-fi bent

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Ah, Tower of Fantasy, a perfect title for a game that actually looks to be more science-fiction inspired than fantasy-inspired. Here, let's get your...

MassivelyOP interview: Talking ship design with Star Trek Online’s Donny Versiga

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If you play Star Trek Online, you know that ship collecting is one of the major pastimes of captains all over the Federation and...

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