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CODEX moves from being a standalone game to an MMO building and hosting tool

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In August of 2021 we learned about CODEX, a game that sprung from the original engine that powered Shards Online before it shifted to...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 393: Saga of the Chronicles of the Ember Shards of Aria

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Justin and Bree discuss Halloween in MMOs, Embers Adrift's launch, Star Citizen, World of Warcraft, Star Trek Online, Chronicles of Elyria, and Legends of Aria, with adventures in LOTRO and SWG Legends.

Legends of Aria’s blockchain mess gets a new name – BRITARIA – as its token sinks

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The crypto shenanigans around Legends of Aria just keep getting weirder. Readers will recall that Legends of Aria, Kickstarted by MMO players as Shards Online,...

Massively Overthinking: The MMO Kickstarters that let us down

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MOP's Chris penned a solid piece earlier this week about the fate that has apparently befallen Destiny's Sword, and as I was editing it,...

Legends of Aria details its upcoming jail system, heralds it as ‘the first ever metaverse prison’

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Now that the Kickstarted Legends of Aria has gone all-in on the ultimately superfluous integration of the blockchain, the game is further lauding a...
Unappealing!

Vague Patch Notes: No, Little Orbit has not solved the MMO blockchain problem

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It looks like we have indeed lived long enough to see the heroes become the villains: Little Orbit, which we once lionized for saving...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 384: The World of Warcraft we’ll never see

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Justin and Bree discuss Blizzard's financials, the canceled WoW mobile MMO, LOTRO remastered, the Riot MMO, and Legends of Aria's monetization, with adventures in RIFT, LOTRO, City of Heroes, and Fallout 76, plus a voicemail wishing for an MMO amnesia button.
Yawn-o-lith.

Legends of Aria’s new blockchain owners are trying to sell $70 random P2W characters

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The hits keep coming for Legends of Aria, and we don't mean the greatest hits compilation kind. We regret to remind you that Aria, which...

Microsoft-owned Minecraft bans NFT and blockchain implementations over exclusivity, unreliability, and fraud

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If you can't see the writing on the wall when it comes to blockchain shenanigans, you should probably get your eyesight checked out because...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 381: The Soulframe of the game

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Justin and Bree discuss Warframe's new sibling Soulframe, Guild Wars 2's summer roadmap, LOTRO's producer's departure, SWTOR's creative director's departure, and WoW's Dragonflight alpha, with adventures in City of Heroes, RIFT, and WoW Classic, plus a mailbag topic on truly non-instanced open world design.

Legends of Aria cancels plan for new non-blockchain server, but Classic continues

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Last December, Citadel Studios and Legends of Aria got bought out by a blockchain company that declared its plan was to reimagine the floundering...
What you are chasing and will not get.

Perfect Ten: MMOs that have fallen to the dark side of cryptocurrency

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Here's an interesting point that's worth considering: For all the talk about cryptocurrencies, NFTs, the metaverse, and other Web3 buzzwords being the future of...
Congratulations. You played yourself.

Legends of Aria plans to de-list from Steam at the end of the month as part of its crypto relaunch

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As you have no doubt learned by now in the event that you considered it relevant information, Legends of Aria is going to be...

The Daily Grind: Are you sick of crypto and NFT crap in MMOs?

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Yesterday, our genre's core subreddit floated a poll to subbers about whether or not crypto and NFT game threads should be characterized as scammy...

Legends of Aria’s new owner begins testing NFT system even as crypto crashes globally

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Considering how badly crypto currencies and NFTs are crashing all over the globe this week, you would think that game studios would be running...

Legends of Aria talks up its next testing phases and attempts to rationalize why it ‘needs’ the blockchain

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Legends of Aria is continuing to beat the drum of its revamp and restructuring into a blockchain and NFT-filled MMORPG. A new dev blog...
Bad Bad Bad Bad

Legends of Aria sports a new site extolling its new blockchain nature

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Remember when Legends of Aria was just an indie MMORPG based on allowing player-run servers instead of being involved with a dubious-at-best moneymaking scheme? Good...

Legends of Aria’s new owner discusses the revamp, Classic, and blockchain implementation

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Just before Christmas, we learned that Citadel Studios and Legends of Aria, originally Kickstarted as Shards Online, were being bought out, along with the...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 354: Catch-up roundtable and state of the site

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Justin, Bree, Tyler, and MJ discuss the 2021 MOP awards, Cryptic and PWE, Magic the Gathering Online, Fractured, Legends of Aria, Crowfall, and Book of Travels, with adventures in New World, Astroneer, Guild Wars 2, Star Trek Online, Albion Online, Star Wars Galaxies, SWTOR, LOTRO, and Elder Scrolls Online, finishing it off with a state of the site recap.
New world, old problems.

End-of-year Eleven: The MMOs with the most uncertain futures going into 2022

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All right, so let's start with the disclaimer that I put right at the start of this article every single year, which at least...

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