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.

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The Daily Grind: How long do you have your subscriptions set up for?

I had not put my Final Fantasy XIV account on anything more extended than month-by-month billing for the longest time. Which is kind...
WildStar

WildStar is adding a laser tag minigame

WildStar is getting a new Laser Phaser minigame, and it's currently on the sci-fantasy title's public test realm. It's currently scheduled to go...
Camelot Unchained

Camelot Unchained newsletter talks design, tech, and more

Camelot Unchained just released its latest newsletter, and you'll want to set aside some time and maybe a couple of beverages to read...
Step.

Here’s how Final Fantasy XI’s maintenance mode is going down

Players of Final Fantasy XI are unlikely to be happy about the fact that the game has moved into maintenance mode for the...
Ascent

Ascent is MMO space simming done right

My favorite thing about Ascent: The Space Game is its planetary rotation. It's a small thing, granted, but the first time I sat...

The Soapbox: The misguided quest for MMO stickiness

This guest Soapbox was originally commissioned in 2015 through Massively Overpowered's Kickstarter campaign and is authored by Tyler F.M....
It's the economy, stupid!

WildStar contract, wardrobe, and minipet patch hits the test realms

Ready to enjoy the wonders of an improved wardrobe system, the Contract mechanics, and an array of minipets in WildStar? The game's next...

Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain opens for business

Blackrock Mountain, the second solo adventure pack for Hearthstone, is now live in the game. Well, we should say that the first...
Where do we go?

WoW Factor: Flying ruined everything and shouldn’t be removed

Allowing flying mounts in World of Warcraft was a terrible mistake that should never have been corrected. For those not up on their history,...

The Daily Grind: Would you play a stripped-down mobile version of your favorite MMO?

The (as of yet unspecified) plans to create a mobile version of Final Fantasy XI touches on a sore subject for me:...
And it burns, burns, burns.

Five players clear most of WoW’s current high-end raid

How many players does it take to clear a high-end raid in World of Warcraft? If you said "20," you would be correct...
Make use of the barriers, darn it.

Final Fantasy XIV launches Before the Fall patch

After more than a year of continuations, Final Fantasy XIV is wrapping up all of its stories today. Patch 2.55 has just...
Uh, no.

Pathfinder Online launches head start access on April 1st

Early Enrollment players are now playing Pathfinder Online. Explorer Enrollment players, too. Starting on April 1st, Head Start players from the game's second...
Myth: Lalafell have to be irritating cutesy-boop piles of crap.

Wisdom of Nym: The fall in Final Fantasy XIV

There is a crack in the foundation of Eorzea's defenders, and it's been there for a while. For all of Final Fantasy XIV's operation,...

Camelot Unchained releases alpha video

The first look at a new game is always exciting. You get to see a game as something other than concept art and development...

Guild Chat: The top five ingredients in every great guild

Welcome to Guild Chat, my comfortable little corner of Massively Overpowered in which I dissect the inner workings and tricky politics associated with...
We're actual size, but it seems much bigger to see.

WoW Factor: In praise of Warlords of Draenor

I've made no secret of the fact that I consider Warlords of Draenor to be a sub-par expansion. My opinion on that has...

Massively Overthinking: The true value of free-to-play players

Today's Massively Overthinking question comes to us from Kickstarter backer and prolific commenter Omedon, who wrote us a really long question. It's long. But it's...

EVE Online’s Sleepers are stealing corpses to rebuild their bodies

When unstable wormholes began opening all across EVE Online back in 2009, players cautiously ventured forth into the unknown and discovered the ruins...
It's coming down.

Final Fantasy XIV previews ‘Before the Fall’ update

Things are not going well in Final Fantasy XIV. In the game world, that is, not the real world. The first part of...

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