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Perfect Ten: Why making an Old West MMO would be challenging (but worth it)

The western has been limping along for decades now, occasionally rearing its head to produce a well-loved movie or game smash hit before disappearing once...

Exploring ‘The Video Game Debate’: Moral panic and online griefing

Welcome back to our ongoing exploration of Rachel Kowert and Thorsten Quandt’s book The Video Game Debate. As you can guess, the book itself...

Massively Overthinking: Let’s take the classic Bartle test

Here's something you probably didn't know: Online worlds researcher Dr. Richard Bartle didn't actually write the Bartle test. His original research explored, analyzed, and defined...

EVE Vegas 2015: Project Discovery gamifies scientific research

One of the problems facing some fields of scientific research is that there are often huge numbers of images to classify and analyse, and...

The Soapbox: MMOs and the power of habit

I've been reading this book by Charles Duhigg called The Power of Habit. Actually, the full title is The Power of Habit: Why...

EVE Vegas 2015: What to expect from EVE Vegas 2015

While the main event of the EVE Online community calendar is undoubtedly the annual EVE Fanfest in Iceland, smaller fan-run events have...

Nexus Telegraph: The problem with WildStar’s paths – and how to fix them

When the path system was first revealed close to WildStar's initial announcement, it was presented as a major tentpole of the game...

Exploring ‘The Video Game Debate’: Online games and internet addiction

Massively OP's overview of Rachel Kowert and Thorsten Quandt's book The Video Game Debate last month was just the beginning of our coverage of...

Devilian unveils the Cannoneer, starts beta tomorrow

Devilian's first closed beta starts tomorrow. As such, Trion has released a new video focused on the Cannoneer, which is a "petite...

Exploring ‘The Video Game Debate’: Modern online game research

Late last year, I published on Massively-that-was a set of articles addressing current research on the relationship between shyness and online game friendships,...

The Game Archaeologist: Anarchy Online

"The future in your hands." This was Funcom's promise to gamers in the early days of the 2000s. Even as the MMORPG genre slowly...

Elite: Dangerous names planet after soldier’s late mother

One of Elite: Dangerous' community is grieving this summer after losing his mother in June. Citing his love for the game and his...

EverQuesting: A guide to EverQuest II’s city festivals

It's that time of the month again -- a glorious time that I look forward to and makes me cackle with glee just a...

Eco as an academic tool: Educating with PvE survival and permadeath

Like the idea of survival games, but not PvP? Wish your class involved video games? Maybe you want to doom humanity to choking itself...

Eternal Crusade upgrades to Unreal Engine 4

Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade is about to start looking a whole lot more attractive when you oogle its screenshots. This is because

One Shots: Blinded with science

Skyforge is becoming a hot property for bored summer gamers looking for something new to explore. Reader Tyler reports in from the recent...

The Game Archaeologist: The Matrix Online

It's not every year that a movie comes along that captures the pop culture zeitgeist so powerfully and so quickly as The Matrix did....

The Game Archaeologist: Mythic’s Imperator Online

It is a truly difficult thing to create something completely new and original, especially in storytelling and setting. It's perhaps impossible in this day...

The Repopulation to launch in Q4 2015

Just when you thought The Repopulation was doomed to be in eternal testing, Above and Beyond Technologies announced that it's releasing. This...

Sword and Bored: Boss fight

Mo takes on an unimpressed crab miniboss with his newfound companions in his very first PUG.

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