the sims

Disambiguation:

The Sims Online, a defunct MMORPG
The Sims, an EA/Maxis single-player game
The Sims 2, an EA/Maxis single-player game
The Sims 3, an EA/Maxis single-player game
The Sims 4, an EA/Maxis single-player game

Perfect Ten: MMOs that were ahead of their time

Timing is, as they say, everything. A good idea presented at the wrong time (and perhaps in the wrong way) might fizzle hard when...

Massively on the Go: Why MMO players will love Animal Crossing New Horizons

Some of you may have noticed that several staffers and fellow MassivelyOP readers noted that they were playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons last weekend....

More and more MMOs are offering sales and events during the coronavirus pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, MMOs and other MMO-adjacent games and studios continue to react, bringing their staffs home and offering bonuses...
We got it back, after all.

Perfect Ten: Dead MMOs resurrected via rogue servers

Last December, the Massively OP 2019 Awards gave its "Best Trend" nod to the rise of rogue servers in the MMO genre. Preservation...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 258: Camelot Unchained and Colossus

Justin and Bree discuss Camelot Unchained and Colossus, Star Trek Online, Guild Wars 2, Astellia Online, and Warcraft III Reforged, with adventures in Neverwinter, The Sims 4, and SWGL, and a mailbag entry on New World.

The Sims 5 will apparently invoke the spirit of – wait for it – The Sims Online

With 20 million players and six years of life under its belt, The Sims 4 has been a long-running powerhouse for the franchise. However,...

The Game Archaeologist’s ultimate MMO archives v3.0

Behind history are people and stories, some of them well-known and some of them obscure. It has been my mission in The Game...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 248: Saying farewell to Aradune

Bree and Justin mourn Brad McQuaid, dip into Guild Wars 2, side-eye Stadia, imagine 20 more years of LOTRO, and enjoy watching EVE Online and Star Citizen's cons fight. Plus we tackle two mailbag questions about MMO genre positivity and playing solo in MMOs.

Massively Overthinking: What MMO were you hoping to hear much more about this year?

Going through our coverage of 2019's MMOs, I realized there are a bunch of games that have previously been on our "anticipated" lists that...

EA is bringing an unspecified number of games back to Steam along with the EA Access plan

While it's not the death of Origin, this bit of news certainly sounds like the dull, wet thud of an axe ramming into its...
There is a metaphor here somewhere.

Battle Bards Episode 154: Death and decay

Get an early jump on Halloween with the Battle Bards, as they grab the nearest shovel and start unearthing all sorts of morbid and...

Perfect Ten: Solo prequel games to MMORPGs

When studios go about making MMORPGs, risk comes along with the effect as a matter of course. The only question is how to reduce...

Rogue Server Report: Battle of the Immortals is back, The Sims Online’s emu gets an update

We've got a couple of updates on the emulator/rogue server front. Specifically, the return of Battle of the Immortals, which was sunsetted by...

Massively Uplifting: LOTRO community events, appreciative FFXIV fans, and making gaming accessible

Just because it's the hottest month of the year doesn't mean we don't want to bury ourselves in warm fuzzies! Positivity is always...

The Sims dev studio is seeking a creative director for an all-new ‘live service’ title

Maxis, the development studio most noted for simulation game series like The Sims and SimCity, is apparently entering the live service gaming venue. A...
Wow, positive.

Perfect Ten: 10 things I’d love to see added to City of Heroes in the rogue server era

When will the staff here stop talking about City of Heroes? Now that there's actually something to talk about regarding it, probably never. Look, you...
Sort of?

The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG was ahead of its time?

I want to wax poetic about Warhammer Online for a moment here. While it never maintained the initial level of success that it...

Massively Overthinking: What are your favorite MMO ‘chores’?

A few months ago, The Outline ran a piece on Red Dead Redemption 2 titled I don't wanna do my video...

The MOP Up: Population Zero throws a fashion show

You know how people advise you to "dress in layers" during inclement weather? And you think, "If I'm wearing pants, I'm doing well here,...

Here’s a look at the female armors in Star Citizen

Whether it's the digital world or the real one, window shopping is easily one of my favorite pastimes. It's like retail therapy but without...

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