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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.

World of Warcraft dev attributes subscriber drop to ‘cyclical’ play patterns

Losing three million subscribers? That might be a big thing to some people, but for World of Warcraft Lead Game Designer
Wrong Horde!

WoW Factor: A three million loss lesson

It's been a little while, hasn't it, friends? In the time since I last penned WoW Factor (which missed an installment purely due...

Massively Overthinking: What would persuade you to play a classic MMO?

For this edition of Massively Overthinking, Kickstarter donor Sargon wants us think back to 1997, when Ultima Online launched and parted MMOs from graphical...

Nexon revenues rise in early 2015

After reading through Nexon's financial report for Q1 2015, one can imagine the company skipping along while whistling a merry tune. Yes,...

Perfect Ten: Future MMOs that I can’t wait to play

I imagine that most of us have a future bucket list of MMOs that we wish would get here already. It wasn't but a...

World of Warcraft goes on the offensive against bots

World of Warcraft botters, beware: Blizzard is coming after you hard. The studio said yesterday that it has leveled the banhammer...
I repent.

Rumor: Blade & Soul might be in internal testing for US release

Hey, you all remember the guy causing a whole kerfluffle about the fact that WildStar is supposedly going free-to-play? Good times! But...

Raph Koster used MMO design to help revitalize a bar trivia game

You might know Raph Koster from his MMO legacy as a designer on Ultima Online or Star Wars Galaxies, or perhaps...

Rumor: WildStar coming to Steam as a free-to-play title in August [Updated]

WildStar is coming to Steam, according to third-party scraper site SteamDB.info. When and for how much is less clear, given that Carbine...

Heroes of the Storm devs talk Kael’Thas and character design

Wondering how Blizzard's developers choose from the studio's incredible roster of characters and then crafted those selections into Heroes of the Storm's...

Massively Opinionated: EVE vs SWTOR vs The Plunderbund

In this episode, Larry, Cosmic Engine, Brendan, and Redna debate MMORPG community platforms, guilds, and building strong communities.

EVE Online’s Matt Woodward defects to Albion Online

EVE Online is less one developer today and Albion Online is richer by one, as Matt Woodward has jumped ship...
All right, the Lopp have some chops here too.

NCsoft Q1: Growth for Guild Wars 2, further deflation for WildStar

NCsoft's first quarter financial report is out, and... you know, let's start with the good news. Guild Wars 2 is making...

Jukebox Heroes: How Elite: Dangerous’ music put me into a mild coma

You know what gets me righteously angry? I shall tell you. I shall tell you, and then you shall share in my anger, you...
FLY, YOU FOOLS!

CCP extends EVE PLEX drive for latest Nepal quake

Nepal can't seem to catch a break, as a second major earthquake has devastated the region two weeks after a quake killed over 8,000...

WildStar subreddit mod bans F2P and B2P discussions

Hope you didn't have plans to talk about WildStar's possible conversion to a new business model on Reddit because one of the game's...

Tamriel Infinium: A guide to Elder Scrolls Online’s combat basics

I was looking back through some of my posts about the Elder Scrolls Online, and I noticed that I've mentioned combat quite a...
It's coming down.

Final Fantasy XIV nerfs the Steps of Faith in 2.57 patch

Are you stuck on the last part of Final Fantasy XIV's main scenario quest? The last trial introduced, Steps of Faith, is

Elder Scrolls Online loses two key devs, WoW picks up Moorgard from EQ Next

The MMO industry is a vibrant market that's always shifting as developers move between projects. So who has gone where lately? For starters, former
Oh, yeah, we sort of see it now.

Did you know Diablo III was once planned as an MMO?

It's indisputable that World of Warcraft took a lot of nods from online Diablo II when it first launched. Sometimes, it almost seems...

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