second life

Official Site: Second Life
Studio: Linden Lab
Launch Date: June 23, 2003
Genre: Real-Life Sandbox
Business Model: F2P (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC, Mac, Linux

Tad Williams’ Otherland MMO rebrands as Otherland Next with Fire Isle expansion, social sandbox mode

Way back in March, Otherland announced a big expansion called Fire Isle, themed around Chinese mythology and launching summer 2018. It didn't...

The MOP Up: Pagan Online slams ARPGs and MOBAs together

Tack this on your list of action-RPGs to watch. Mad Head Games announced that it is developing a blend of ARPG and MOBA with...
Planted.

Seed discusses the natural biases of worldbuilding and interaction

Here's a statement that should be rather uncontroversial but might be otherwise: You do not exist in a vacuum. The experiences that have shaped...

Perfect Ten: 10 MMO features that deserve widespread adaptation

You know what gets me excited about upcoming MMOs? It's certainly not the list of expected systems and features that have since become standard...

Shroud of the Avatar’s newsletter covers the mysterious comet and player-created dungeon tools

Strange sights abound in Shroud of the Avatar right now. "Astronomers across New Britannia have noted that the approaching comet has agitated the...

MMO business roundup: Virtual reality, Niantic, WoW emu hacking, and what Google’s up to

We've got some MMO industry topics you shouldn't miss, so welcome back to our MMO business roundup! • Last week, Pokemon Go company...
monies

EU’s Copyright Directive proposal has Second Life and Roblox players worried

A proposed law that's making its way through the European Union's legislative bodies has both players and studios worried that a wave of oppressive...

Global Chat: Dipping back into MMO underwater combat

Guild Wars 2's recent renovation of underwater combat has brought back some interest to this oft-neglected sphere of gameplay. Inventory Full's...

Global Chat: Giving Project Gorgon a try

With Project Gorgon now out on Steam early access, many first-time visitors to this strange game are feeling out the world and its...
I Am Jack's Total Lack of Surprise

Boss Key mostly gives up on Lawbreakers, moves on to ‘passion project’

Long after players had tried and moved on from the gravity-defying Lawbreakers, its studio has conceded defeat. Boss Key Productions put out a...

GDC 2018: Ready Player One Now, billion person gaming, and mitigating abuse

It's no surprise that Ready Player One was constantly being referenced at GDC 2018, especially in VR, AR, and MMO panels. It's not just because...

VR Chat players aid seizure victim, shame trolls

Last year, we wrote about the extreme potential for griefing in virtual reality spaces as it's one of MMORPG developer Raph Koster's favorite...

The MOP Up: Osiris New Dawn’s terrifying space ghosts (November 19, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some...

Virtual Earth Online looks like a Minecraft and Second Life mash-up

So you're tired of visiting far-flung post-apoc space stations, fantasy ghost castles, underground slime lairs, and zombie grottos on Mars. What's next? How about......
I HAVE TO RENEW MY HOUSE COME ON

The Daily Grind: What one lesson do you wish MMO developers would learn?

MMORPG veteran Raph Koster went on a glorious Twitter tear last week, and I'm sure some of you can relate. In response to...

One Shots: I think I’m turning Japanese

I've got your picture of me and you You wrote "I love you," I love you too I sit there staring and there's nothing...

The Game Archaeologist: Furcadia

Let's face it: There isn't really a huge pool of MMORPGs from the 1990s to explore in this column. By now I have done...

Massively Overthinking: How should MMOs make money in a world without lockboxes?

Earlier this week, MOP's Justin expressed frustration over lockboxes, feeling especially provoked. "As both a player and a journalist, I find it insulting when...

MMOs you’ve never heard of: Metin2, Orake, Crusaders of Light, Legends of Equestria, and Sansar

We're willing to bet that some of you visit Massively OP because you are keeping an eye out for new conquests: games you have...

The MOP Up: EVE Valkyrie lowers its price point (June 11, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some...

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