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Brad McQuaid’s old studio from his Vanguard days.

Yeah but WHY though

The Daily Grind: What’s your most treasured EverQuest or Vanguard memory?

EverQuest was not my first MMORPG, but it's certainly one that shaped me profoundly. While I look back and grumble at the antique design...

Remembering the life and work of legendary MMO designer Brad ‘Aradune’ McQuaid

When the news hit last night, it brought everything to a screeching halt in the Massively OP office: At the age of 51, veteran...

Veteran MMORPG developer Brad McQuaid has passed away

I'm sorry to report another MMORPG genre obituary tonight: It's just been announced that veteran MMORPG developer Brad McQuaid has died. McQuaid was probably best...

Former EverQuest, Vanguard developer passes away; colleagues raise money for his family

Please be aware that this post contains discussions of suicide, which we realize may upset some readers. Please read with caution and comment respectfully. We're...

Battle Bards Episode 156: Feeling blue

Is blue a color? An emotion? A song? An overused alien skin tone? One thing is for certain: Blue shows up an awful lot...
Boom, crash, new year, explosions.

TERA’s latest PC patch tweaks classes, offers new leveling event and sweet dragon mounts

PC players should point their eyeballs toward TERA this week, as En Masse has ponied up an update for the action combat MMORPG that's...

Global Chat: Starting over in ArcheAge

The (re)launch of ArcheAge Unchained is of significant interest to certain parties who are hoping that this "do over" finally will propel this sandbox...

The Daily Grind: What other MMOs need the ‘Archeage Unchained’ treatment?

Last year, it seemed like the trend was legacy servers for everyone. This year, the anti-pay-to-win push has been big, with ArcheAge Unchained at...

SWTOR’s Powertechs and Vanguards get lethal new toys

The parade of Star Wars: The Old Republic class changes marches on, with BioWare thrusting the Powertech and Vanguard advanced roles into the spotlight...
There is a metaphor here somewhere.

Battle Bards Episode 154: Death and decay

Get an early jump on Halloween with the Battle Bards, as they grab the nearest shovel and start unearthing all sorts of morbid and...

The Game Archaeologist: The day Dungeons and Dragons Online dropped the free-to-play bomb

By 2009, the MMORPG genre had firmly established a norm for its business model. For over a decade, a monthly subscription -- usually $15...

First impressions of Guild Wars 2’s Icebrood Saga prelude, Bound by Blood, now live

It was just two short weeks ago that ArenaNet invited its fans to Seattle for the announcement of the continuation of Guild Wars 2's...

Path of Exile cancels new lockboxes-within-lockboxes after ‘intensely negative’ feedback

So let's play a little round of bad news, good news with Path of Exile. Yesterday, with the Blight expansion not even a week...

Inside Star Citizen showcases commodity inventory, two Vanguard variants, and hover mode adjustments

It's another week, and so that means another development video from Star Citizen! This edition of the video series provided the first build of...

Battle Bards Episode 150: The great plains

It may not be the most sexy or exotic of biomes, but plains tend to pop up in pretty much every MMORPG — and...

LOTRO Legendarium: The first year of LOTRO’s operation

It was April 24th, 2007. World of Warcraft players were deep into The Burning Crusade, SOE had just launched Vanguard, and the indie MMO...

TERA’s Antiquities update next week comes with a solo scavenger hunt

The next episode of TERA's Skywatch rollout is launching next week on July 23rd, and it's called Antiquities, so you can probably already guess...

Ashes of Creation previews its adorable hippogryph mounts

Hippos! No, not actual hippos, although that would be awesome: hippogryphs, that bizarre fantastic creature of legend that's basically a cross between a horse...

The Daily Grind: Are we watching the AAA video game market burst?

About four years ago, I wrote one of the pieces I'm still most proud of: It essentially argued that the MMO industry was suffering...

TERA is turning seven – here’s what it’s getting you for the occasion

Wow, it's hard to believe TERA is turning seven in May, but here we are. En Masse has plenty of fun planned too, including...