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Vague Patch Notes: Trying to salvage MMOs from bad launches

So I'm glad that Crucible got a "pull back to beta" instead of a complete shutdown. I'm surprised but still happy because that's...
Snap.

Final Fantasy XI plans for its July version update with more Odyssey content

The Final Fantasy XI team has gotten its groove back, although in this case "groove" mostly means "development cadence." Yes, the team is...
It's wrecked.

Final Fantasy XIV announces patch 5.3 will launch on August 11

Final Fantasy XIV fans eagerly awaiting the game's next patch (which means more or less everyone playing the game) will be waiting a...
Shiny!

Final Fantasy XIV revamps its online storefront

The Mog Station interface for buying optional items in Final Fantasy XIV is awful. Like, regardless of how you feel about the presence...
Up.

Wisdom of Nym: What does Final Fantasy XIV’s patch 5.3 delay mean for the schedule?

Gosh, remember when it seemed like we... like, actually knew what 2020 was going to look like, or at least in the broad strokes?...
Bad plans.

Global Chat: Too many shipwrecks in MMOs

In the vast annals of MMO tropes, there's one that has been in front of you all along and you've probably never noticed: shipwrecking...

One Shots: MMOs as emotional therapy

Poor Vincent, he just survived Last of Us 2 and probably choked about six hundred puppies in the process. That's bound to mess up...
Bricks.

Final Fantasy XIV brings back the Dragon Quest crossover event with an onslaught of golems

There was an event in Final Fantasy XIV to cross over with Dragon Quest X back in 2014. Since then, the event has...

Massively Overthinking: Does playing MMORPGs ever stress you out?

"Anyone ever feel stressed out about playing MMOs?" MOP's Carlo queried our team this week. "This new Black Desert season is stressing me...

Desert Oasis: Putting Black Desert’s music system in context with other MMOs

Back in the day, I used to really be into the ukulele. I used to play in open mics and sold them as...
Contains some monsters.

Celestial Nights returns to Final Fantasy XI on June 30

Who wants swimsuits in Final Fantasy XI? That's what you'll be getting when the Celestial Nights event rolls around once again on June...

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

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...
Red means dead.

Wisdom of Nym: Job extension ideas for the next Final Fantasy XIV expansion

One of the interesting things about each given expansion for Final Fantasy XIV is that we always get new tricks along the way......

Not So Massively: My top 10 favorite ARPG classes

I love me some ARPGs, but in any RPG your enjoyment will depend so much on finding the right class. A game that felt...
Similar, but not the same.

Vague Patch Notes: Have we ever really had an MMO sequel?

In the wake of Justin's recent column on whether or not MMO sequels are a good idea, MOP reader Bobfish had an interesting...
Know your role.

Wisdom of Nym: The highs and lows of Final Fantasy XIV’s role quests

You might be thinking that we're a little early to be doing this sort of thing, and you wouldn't be entirely wrong; normally I...

One Shots: Reading rainbow

Last week we asked readers to share their favorite color in the form of a screenshot. But why pick one color when WildStar...

Massively Overthinking: Do you keep MMOs installed for the login freebies?

MOP reader Styopa proposed this fun topic for Massively Overthinking this week, prompted, he said, by Standing Stone Games' recent promotions for
Alas and alack.

Wisdom of Nym: Exit Final Fantasy XIV fan festival, pursued by a virus

So... yeah, we're not getting our fan festival forĀ Final Fantasy XIV in San Diego. You probably saw that by now. (And if you're...
The arc of a journey.

Final Fantasy XI deploys its anniversary event and its June update to the live servers

Players had to wait a little bit longer forĀ Final Fantasy XI's anniversary event this year, due to the whole... global pandemic thing. Fortunately,...

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