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

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Welcome back to another roundup of MMOs and MMO-adjacent games you’ve (probably) never heard of - or have totally forgotten about until now! First up...

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For the music trendy in the '80s and '90s, MTV was a huge source of fascination and audio discovery. It was the edgy channel...

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Last year, I counted it up: The first Daily Grind on Massively was written on November 3rd, 2007, one day after Old Massively was...

The Game Archaeologist: A brief history of Multi-User Dungeons

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You know that sinking feeling when you get into something that's way, waaaay over your head and you have no choice but to swim...
Boring, boring, boring.

MMOs You’ve Never Heard Of: Decentraland, Monster & Me, and Grand Fantasia

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Welcome back to another quick roundup of MMOs and MMO-adjacent titles you've probably never heard of (or at least have entirely forgotten about!). Up first:...

Playcraft is new indie multiplayer game-building game now on Kickstarter

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SpatialOS interview suggests tech can handle 20K MMO players in a ‘relatively low-fidelity but seamless world’

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Even SpatialOS seems grim about the outlook for western MMOs. MMO players will recall that Improbable's SpatialOS is a "distributed computing platform for building...

The Daily Grind: Have you ever been to a concert in an MMO?

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Slightly embarrassing story time: One of my favorite things to do in classic Star Wars Galaxies was sing. Yes, musicians and dancers were technically...

The best Massively OP community Daily Grinds of 2018

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Assuming the archives are correct, the first Daily Grind ever was penned by Krystalle Voecks on November 3rd, 2007, a day after Old Massively...

Ultima Online’s Raph Koster says Fortnite is more like an MMO than we might think

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It's like people are discovering MMOs all over again. Ultima Online and Star Wars Galaxies creator Raph Koster recently expressed amusement at the culture and...

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

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

The MOP Up: Pagan Online slams ARPGs and MOBAs together

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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

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

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

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We've got some MMO industry topics you shouldn't miss, so welcome back to our MMO business roundup! • Last week, Pokemon Go company Niantic previewed...
Your approval fills me with shame.

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