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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.

ArcheAge rolls out update 5.1 as players call ‘bait-and-switch’ over normalized mounts

As promised, Gamigo pushed out update 5.1 for ArcheAge yesterday, complete with its hero system revamp, tweaks for pirates, the Abyssal Library do-over,...

Battle Bards Episode 136: Overlooked MMO soundtracks

Ever feel like the Battle Bards have covered every MMO soundtrack in existence? It’s actually far from true, and today’s episode is Exhibit A...

Project Horseshoe’s design papers confirm decades of MMORPG lessons

Not everyone involved in game design is trying to squeeze every last penny out of you. Yes, a lot of them are, but many...
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Perfect Ten: The MMOs with the most uncertain futures in 2019

Working in this field has given me something of a sense of how a lot of the industry is going to play out. Take...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 204: SpatialOS spasms

Justin and Bree discuss the Unity vs. SpatialOS showdown, the Destiny 2 Activision split and investigation, Elite's massive event, big updates for Guild Wars 2, FFXIV, and LOTRO, plus our adventures in ESO, LOTRO, SWG, and DDO, and reader mail on games that don't click with you, the MMOs we'd like to see built, and video game eyeballs.
ROCK YOU LIKE A SPREADSHEET

EVE Online’s first release of the year is really smashing rocks

You move 16 tons (of asteroids), what do you get? Another hour of skill training and a whole lot of destroyed asteroids, plus a...
Insecure.

World of Warcraft outlines the item reward changes arriving in the game next week

Next week sees the opening of a new raid in World of Warcraft on Normal and Heroic difficulties, which means you'll be getting some...

Camelot Unchained recaps reabilitation, trebuchets, dances, and ongoing testing

The Friday updated for Camelot Unchained wasn't actually posted until Monday, but hey, we'll take it, am I right? City State Entertainment's Tyler...

The Stream Team: Trying out the Final Fantasy XIV Blue Mage

Now that Patch 4.5 of Final Fantasy XIV has been out there for a week, it's time to experience an all new way to...
THE REAL FOLK BLUES

Final Fantasy XIV launches Blue Mage into the spotlight today

It's time to say the words that everyone in a party wants to hear in Final Fantasy XIV: "Don't kill this guy yet, wait...
Good, no controversy.

Final Fantasy XIV offers one more overview of Blue Mage before it goes live tomorrow

Tomorrow marks the unlocking of Blue Mage, the newest job added to the Final Fantasy XIV lineup... and also the first limited job, which...
Deep cut.

Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV’s patch 4.5 in review

Ah, that's the good stuff. I'm not going to lie, I was honestly a bit concerned about this patch for Final Fantasy XIV. Not just...

The MOP Up: Star Trek Online’s Battle at the Binary Stars heats up

Star Trek Online has a serious crush on Discovery right now -- and why not, since the show has propeled the franchise back...

One Shots: 100% pure nightmare fuel

Oh hey! Nice to see you there! Do you think that you can stop screaming quite so loud? Yes, I know that our header...

LOTRO Legendarium: A requiem for trait lines

Back in last October when Standing Stone Games announced that it would be launching the legendary server type, one of the most contentious points...
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Final Fantasy XI’s latest version update brings some very minor changes for Dragoon and Dancer

The developers behind the very reliably updated Final Fantasy XI talked a great deal about how this month's version update would bring balance changes...

Exclusive: Legends of Aria previews its first major content of 2019

We've had our eye on Legends of Aria since, well, long before it was called Legends of Aria, meaning we've been watching the...

For Science: The psychology of online gaming toxicity, fanpersonism, and gamer identity

Over the holidays, I bumped into some great video material from author and YouTuber Caleb Ross that seems useful for online gamers in...

Blizzard and Netease will be cranking out games together at least until 2023

Chinese gaming giant Netease has popped up in the news over and over this past year. It poured money into SpatialOS and is...
Eh, close enough, right?

World of Warcraft smacks Monks, Shamans, and Druids with PvP nerfs

To help bring some fairness and balance to the relentless, never-ending warfare of World of Warcraft, the folks at Blizzard have recently...

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