subscription

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.

Make them fight.

Vague Patch Notes: MOBAs, battle royales, and shallow genre pools in the online gaming space

This past week, Nintendo announced Pokemon Unite, and then I had to go to see a doctor because I rolled my eyes so...

The Daily Grind: How did your early MMOs shape your expectations for the MMOs you play now?

I was chatting with MOP reader and commenter Bruno Brito a while back when something he said about player expectations in MMOs struck me....

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...

EVE Online releases a small patch that fixes bugs, tweaks invasions, and improves Project Discovery

A new little patch has been released for EVE Online which isn't doing anything drastic like, say, turning off asset safety. In...

Thousands turn out for terminal EVE Online player’s final birthday bash

EVE Online is probably best known for its ruthless player alliances sparking massive wars over territory, but this week everyone set their differences...

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...
The stars are over Dun Morogh.

WoW Factor: How do we make a good Warcraft movie?

Sometimes, dear readers, things simply do not line up. I really have a long piece I'm looking forward to doing, and then Blizzard does...
Shoulder touch.

World of Warcraft’s latest Shadowlands build includes profession updates, dungeon journals, and customization

Another alpha update has hit World of Warcraft's test servers, and this one wound up with a few technical issues ensuring that
Don't call me Kyle right now.

Overwolf details the changes coming for Curseforge and using World of Warcraft addons

So what's going to happen with Curseforge and your precious, precious World of Warcraft addons? You need those to play! For those who...

The Daily Grind: What are the coolest MMO alien races?

OK, for today's topic, we're going to be limiting ourselves strictly to scifi MMORPGs (sorry fantasy, you'll have to settle for pretty much 95%...
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...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 277: All the wonder in the ‘verse

Justin and Bree discuss LOTRO, WoW Classic, Black Desert, Star Wars Squadrons, DC Universe Online, Torchlight III, and Anarchy Online, with adventures in RIFT, SWG Legends, and The Outer Worlds, and mailbag topics on LOTRO leveling, MUDs, and the next generation of MMO fans.

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...
You look trustworthy, join our party!

SuperData May 2020: Pokémon Go and World of Warcraft improve their fortunes

Superdata's May digital games earning report is out, and there is some interesting movement for some of our favorite online games. World of...
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......
It was a different time.

World of Warcraft’s Midsummer Fire Festival heats up through July 5

Summer's already hot, so why not make it hotter still? Some big bonfires and the errant flaming torch should do the trick there. Thanks...

Battle Bards Episode 171: Forest Tales 2

Hitch up your shorts, buckle your boots, and step into another deep forest of MMORPG music with the Battle Bards! As diverse as the...

The MOP Up: Niantic halts plan to discontinue Pokemon Go on old mobile devices

This month, Pokemon Go announced that it was discontinuing support for 32-bit Android mobile devices, mostly devices released prior to 2015, including the...

The Game Archaeologist: The virtual worlds of the 1990s

With the increased speeds of modems and the move into 3-D space in the 1990s, some game designers thought it was a logical conclusion...

One Shots: Stunning statuary

Last week's call for MMO screenshots of in-game statues resulted in so many great pictures, I could have probably done two of these columns!...

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