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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.

The Daily Grind: What’s the best way to boost MMO populations?

An anonymous Kickstarter donor pinged us with this question for this morning's Daily Grind: With the breadth of niche MMOs available, how will companies...

WoW gets a 6.2 patch survival guide and feature preview

World of Warcraft's 6.2 patch drops tomorrow. Apparently it's a big deal, because Blizzard has taken the time to put together a...
Sorry I'm late, but you know I can't log in for about two hours.

Wisdom of Nym: The highs and lows of Final Fantasy XIV’s early access

Thursday was a long day. So was Friday, but in very different ways. Playing Final Fantasy XIV over the past few days has been...
You can't really go back again.

Character name reclamation is coming to World of Warcraft

With a decade of popularity and lots of people playing, World of Warcraft does not have a surfeit of names available for players....

One Shots: Primitive GPS

There's no shame in being lost, especially if your MMO doesn't include an on-screen map. Anyone remember the olden days of using graph paper...

EVE gets a new art director, Dominix redesign

CCP's latest dev blog talks up the forthcoming Dominix redesign, but put away those pitchforks, Gallente fans, because the ship isn't morphing into...

The Game Archaeologist: Seven MMOs operating on borrowed time

Most everyone who knows me well will acknowledge that I'm not generally a cynical, dark person. I'm not rooting for games to fail, for...

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward starts early access, welcomes back players

Just a heads-up: If you have friends who play Final Fantasy XIV, you may not be seeing them at all today. That's because...

Massively Overthinking: The value of MMO voice chat

This week's Massively Overthinking question was shot over to us from Kickstarter donor Celestial, and it's all about voice chat in MMOs. Do you use...

Take a walk to the past with World of Warcraft’s Mana-Tombs

Set your alarm for June 23rd and remember to charge up your flux capacitor, because World of Warcraft is about to take...

EVE dev blogs address overview bracket changes, Drifter lore

CCP has released a pair of new EVE Online dev blogs, the first of which focuses on the lore behind the game's...
It's coincidence that the last three expansions have spoken to the exact same vanishingly small portion of the playerbase.

World of Warcraft details the end of the legendary ring questline

The launch of World of Warcraft's next major patch brings with it the end of the quest to earn a legendary ring for...
mmm whatchu saaaaay

Perfect Ten: MMO terms that have overstayed their welcome

My original plan for this week - during the few moments that I was capable of coherent speech rather than just babbling about the...

Jukebox Heroes: An exclusive journey through Aion’s Upheaval soundtrack

Aion is a game that's well-renowned for both its visual and audio beauty. Among my fellow MMO soundtrack enthusiasts, the title's many soundtracks stand...

World of Warcraft 6.2 coming on June 23 with Hellfire Citadel raid

World of Warcraft's Patch 6.2: Fury of Hellfire is coming on June 23rd, we found out today. When it lands, the patch...

Hall drops Ion hints, says he worked on DayZ ‘longer than [he] intended’

What exactly is Ion, the new sci-fi sandbox being developed by Dean Hall in collaboration with virtual world firm Improbable? We still...
Experience a slow unveiling of new content, also known as the real world.

EverQuest II outlines plans for new timelocked servers

It's hard to deny that there was a definite appeal to EverQuest's progression server when it first came out. So the EverQuest...
It's coming down.

Final Fantasy XIV releases preliminary Heavensward patch notes

Early access for Final Fantasy XIV's first expansion is live in less than two days, and boy, there is a lot coming along...

Blizzard highlights WoW’s Black Morass for timewalking

World of Warcraft's 6.2 patch features a series of seven different weekend events, two of which will make timewalking dungeons available to characters...

Massively OP Podcast: Episode 18

Justin and Bree discuss Marvel Heroes, WildStar, Elder Scrolls Online's console launch, SWTOR's new expansion, WoW's flight fiasco, Cabal II, failed Kickstarters, plus mailbag questions on gratuitous complexity and Turbine's future.

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