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

Gamescom 2020: WoW Shadowlands’ launch date, Star Wars Squadrons’ new trailer

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We're updating this post at the bottom - scroll on down for the latest! Forced to go digital thanks to the global pandemic, Gamescom 2020...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 285: Exit En Masse

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Justin and Bree discuss En Masse's closure, Amazon's Lost Ark, LOTRO, WoW Classic, Wurm Online, Population Zero, and Torchlight III, with adventures in SWTOR, WoW, SWG Legends, and The Sims, plus reader mail on MMO customer service and MMO talent trees.
Much better.

Check out Sims 4 builds for living in Dalaran or Darnassus… or in a world of Overwatch

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You probably do not want to live in Darnassus in World of Warcraft. For one thing, it's on fire. For another, even when...

Leaderboard: Why do you ‘work’ in MMORPGs?

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A while back, WAPO put up a piece called Why do we enjoy games that make us work? Proficiency, control, fairness, escape. This is...

SuperData June 2020: Valorant had the ‘biggest launch ever for a free-to-play PC title’

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It's time for our monthly check-in on how the games industry is doing according to SuperData's numbers, and don't worry - they're all still...
I blew things up!

EA delivers solid Q1 2020, YOY revenue increases, and a promise of game upgrades for next-gen consoles

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Activision-Blizzard beat revenue expectations for the first quarter of 2020, so it won't surprise anyone to learn that EA did too. But while...
YOU WERE THE CHOSEN ONE!

Massively Overthinking: Would you play a housing-only MMO?

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Last week, MOP's Justin put up a neat post on his personal blog about the potential for bringing back just the part of...

Perfect Ten: MMOs that were ahead of their time

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

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