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The Soapbox: No, forced grouping in MMOs isn’t ‘social’

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Thinking back to high school, I'm awash in memories of the many deep, meaningful relationships that spawned as a result of being forced to...

The Soapbox: Yes, here

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This guest Soapbox was commissioned through MassivelyOP's original Kickstarter back in 2015; the writer has chosen to remain anonymous. The opinions in guest Soapboxes...

The Soapbox: The sunsetted MMORPGs I miss the most

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I'm pining for the fjords. Not in the way that would assume I'm becoming some jaded and angry MMO fan; I'm never going to stop...

The Soapbox: Why does it feel like I don’t have time for an MMO when I really do?

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This guest Soapbox was commissioned through MassivelyOP's Patreon program and is authored by Steve "Sray" Blouin, a name our longtime commenters will surely recognize...
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The Soapbox: Cross-play, console exclusivity, and why companies won’t play nice

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Let me tell you something: As the columnist who writes about Final Fantasy XIV I am so damn tired of hearing about crossplay. Seriously. Just so...

The Soapbox: There is no MMO that can fix a broken MMO community

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We've heard again and again how the recently launched World of Warcraft: Classic was going to "fix" the MMO community by stripping away modern...
My expectations weren't that I would be jumping into this right away, but...

The Soapbox: No, the MMO genre is not dead – but it could use a little positivity

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One of my favorite idioms is "dead as a doornail." It always reminds me of the time I got sent out of my 10th...

The Survivalist Soapbox: Astroneer’s moon landing update is a time-limited online event done right

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I could definitely write a Why I Play on Astroneer (and maybe I still will!) because there are so many reasons this game just...

The Soapbox: The counterproductiveness of limited-time content in online games

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While thoroughly enjoying playing Astroneer's special event in honor of Apollo 11's moon landing 50th anniversary that's happening now through August 31st, I was...

The Soapbox: Hoping for Amazon to succeed where Lord of the Rings Online failed

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It's not often I really get excited about an upcoming MMORPG. Partly this is because of the industry slowing down, and partly this is...
Guns hurt more when you're shot in the back, I can only use this gun for that, sorry, don't make the rules.

The Soapbox: A pre-mortem for Star Wars The Old Republic, a game that never knew what it had

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Would you believe that Star Wars: The Old Republic is shutting down? I'm going to bet that you could believe it, and I'm even going to bet...

The Soapbox: I have a bad feeling about Anthem

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As I watched Nick Tarabay stand on stage hype up the audience in the Main Theater for PAX West 2018, I thought it was...

The Soapbox: The western port of Bless Online feels like a curse

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To say that the development of Neowiz’s high-fantasy MMO Bless has been somewhat beleaguered would be an understatement. Since the Korean import’s Western release...
The Guitar Hero rush hit us all.

The Soapbox: Do MMOs still fall victim to the copycat curse?

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When Radical Heights launched, I was inspired to put together a whole Perfect Ten about why trend-chasing doesn't work for online games. Obviously, my...

The Soapbox: Three augmented reality game problems (most) MMOs don’t have – and one thing they do so much better

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I'd like to think that I'm kind of a healthy gamer. While MMOs take a lot of time, the nice thing is that their...
I own two books about this game's lore, for reference.

The Soapbox: Six responses to the ‘gaming is wrong/evil/an addiction’ argument

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I recently went on a rant about gaming, but it wasn't directed at gaming. It was in defense of gaming. I am so weary...

Re-examining Asheron’s Call’s Shard of the Herald event on its first deathiversary

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Although the Asheron's Call series has now been dead for exactly one year today, it's far from forgotten by fans. It was admittedly a cult classic, and...

The Soapbox: Confessions of a serial hoarder (in MMORPGs)

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How much is too much? To some, that might seem like a reasonable question. But I knew. I knew. There is no such thing as...

The Soapbox: Evaluating gaming monetization through the lens of Nintendo’s mobile history

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Bloggers and journalists throughout the online gaming industry have been talking about monetization a lot lately. It's not just lockbox/gachapon scandals, or their relationship...
Oh, wow, maps. What an amazingly new concept.

The Soapbox: Inconvenience is not immersion in MMOs or anywhere else

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Inconvenience is not immersion. This strikes me as something rather ridiculous to type; to mildly paraphrase Dan Harmon, it seems like should be one of...

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