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Subscription MMOs are generally those that restrict play to gamers who pay an ongoing fee, usually monthly, though shorter and longer subscriptions, as well as lifetime subs, do exist. Some free-to-play and buy-to-play games also include optional subscriptions.

Massively OP Podcast Episode 299: Out of the Shadowlands and into the light

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Eliot joins Justin and Bree to discuss World of Warcraft: Shadowlands' launch, Fallout 76's surprise patch, FFXIV's next patch, and TERA's console crossplay, with a Daily Grind Blitz to lead us in, plus mailbag topics on remaking older MMOs and storylines that wreck your roleplay.
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First Impressions of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, part three: Influences and summation

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One of the things that I generally like to avoid doing is comparing World of Warcraft to other MMOs on the market. Even as...

CDPR frames Cyberpunk 2077’s multiplayer as a ‘standalone product’

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Cyberpunk 2077 is a game we've kept half an eyeball on over the last few years, basically entirely because of the lingering promise...
All right, the Lopp have some chops here too.

WildStar’s devs and fans love on the game two years after its demise

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This past weekend saw a special and sad date for WildStar fans, as November 28th marked the two-year anniversary of the game's closure....
So... we cool, huh? We cool?

Wisdom of Nym: Analyzing the last pre-patch Final Fantasy XIV producer’s letter

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Well, it looks like we've got no actual new information on the next expansion. I'm not sure how to feel about that. I mean,...
Burnsauce.

First impressions of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, part two: Endgame experience

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Once you get to max level in World of Warcraft, the game changes. This should not be a surprise, as it has been...

World of Warcraft offers up free character transfers in order to alleviate burgeoning populations

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Unless you're hiding somewhere in a satellite far removed from the majority of the MMORPG world, you probably know that there are a lot...

One Shots: The life of fish people

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Indentured servitude is something that Final Fantasy XIV likes to introduce to its players, such as poor Scott, who discovered that he's in...
swank

The Daily Grind: What’s the best method for delivering MMO quests?

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I have long held that among the many (many) things World of Warcraft codified in the big book of MMORPG "rules" is the...

Global Chat: Shadowlands impressions from the community

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With one of this year's biggest releases out this week, we've taken to the mean streets of Blogtown to see what MMO gamers are...

MMOs You’ve Never Heard Of: 4Story, Wing of Misadventure, Legendarium Online, Apsis Online, TwoKinds

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Welcome back to another quick roundup of some MMOs and MMO-adjacent titles you've probably never heard of. Please, by all means, go down into...

Ultima Online’s New Legacy will introduce family surnames and heraldry

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In September 2020, Ultima Online studio Broadsword announced something new for the 23-year-old MMORPG: New Legacy, which is basically a shard...
Sure, why not.

World of Warcraft explains the Threads of Fate system in Shadowlands

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The basic flow of zones in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is fixed. You start out in Bastion and finish up in Revendreth by...
Fish.

First Impressions of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, part one: Story and leveling

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In a lot of ways, the problem with talking about World of Warcraft is the same problem when you try to talk about...
Puppy!

Final Fantasy XIV drops a trailer and previews the content of patch 5.4, Futures Rewritten

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The next major patch for Final Fantasy XIV is launching on December 8th, just a little under two weeks from today. Unsurprisingly, that...

The Daily Grind: Do server merges make you worried about an MMO’s health?

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I've been covering the MMORPG genre professionally for well over 10 years now, and a whole lot has changed in that timespan, including the...

Massively Overthinking: Gratitude for the devs of the MMO genre

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Thanksgiving conveniently falls on a Thursday every year, which means it's the perfect topic for our regular Thursday Massively Overthinking roundtable. I've asked our writers what they're grateful for in and around the MMO genre the last couple of years - and now we're gonna do it again.

World of Warcraft vows that fixing unstable servers is its ‘number one priority’

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While World of Warcraft: Shadowlands has, by and large, enjoyed a favorable launch week so far, that doesn't mean that the expansion is...

Dark Age of Camelot is celebrating the harvest for Thanksgiving this year

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It's time for the Harvest Celebration to return to Dark Age of Camelot once more, with the event currently running through December 1st....
Work on a team.

Square-Enix announces a permanent program allowing employees to work from home

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Like many companies, Square-Enix had to embrace work-from-home options earlier this year to deal with lockdowns across Japan. It appears those programs were considered...

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