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The Soapbox: Pet battles are one of the best things WoW ever did (which is why I’ve never played one)

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Pokemon first burst onto the scene when I was in elementary school. I've always been lukewarm at best toward anime and "cute" things, so...
Strap in, buckos.

The Soapbox: Red Dead Online is just not as fun as it should be

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A few weeks ago, I detailed my newfound adventures in the single-player title Red Dead Redemption 2. More relevant to our interests here on...

The Soapbox: How Pathfinder killed World of Warcraft for me

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World of Warcraft: Shadowlands launches today. I will not be playing. Once upon a time, a new WoW expansion would be a major event...

The Soapbox: The joys of MMO collecting

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I’ve often sat and pondered exactly what it is that I enjoy about the MMO experience. After all, being educated about your own likes...

The Soapbox: Feeling the loss of an MMO community

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Back in 2012, I was almost a year deep into Lord of the Rings Online and enjoying my time both in the game and...

The Soapbox: Stubborn MMO players are sleeping on autoplay mechanics

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Autoplay, huh. What is it good for? Absolutely something! I'll say it again: There is value in autoplay. It's got such a bad reputation...

The Soapbox: Powercreep in MMOs sucks – so how do we solve it?

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We all love multiplayer, persistent world online games, don’t we? Players stay for the familiarity, nostalgia, and potential for years of enjoyment. Studios love...
I'm going to master letting this play instead of me.

The Soapbox: Where does WoW need to go beyond Shadowlands?

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This expansion hype cycle, I've heard more about how to customize your character and less about raids than any other WoW expansion in recent memory, and I can't see that as anything other than good.
I'm on an angry.

The Soapbox: PvP MMOs desperately need PvE-style feedback loops

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As I settled into my captain's chair for my evening visit to World of Warships the other night, I had an interesting experience. In...

The Soapbox: The world of Gloomhaven is primed to be an MMO

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Anyone familiar with modern board games will immediately recognize and likely have a positive opinion on Gloomhaven. It is an absolute juggernaut in the...

The Soapbox: No, forced grouping in MMOs isn’t ‘social’

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Thinking back to high school, I'm awash in memories of the many deep, meaningful relationships that spawned as a result of being forced to...

The Soapbox: Yes, here

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This guest Soapbox was commissioned through MassivelyOP's original Kickstarter back in 2015; the writer has chosen to remain anonymous. The opinions in guest Soapboxes...

The Soapbox: The sunsetted MMORPGs I miss the most

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I'm pining for the fjords. Not in the way that would assume I'm becoming some jaded and angry MMO fan; I'm never going to stop...

The Soapbox: Why does it feel like I don’t have time for an MMO when I really do?

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This guest Soapbox was commissioned through MassivelyOP's Patreon program and is authored by Steve "Sray" Blouin, a name our longtime commenters will surely recognize...
DULL SURPRISE

The Soapbox: Cross-play, console exclusivity, and why companies won’t play nice

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Let me tell you something: As the columnist who writes about Final Fantasy XIV I am so damn tired of hearing about crossplay. Seriously. Just so...

The Soapbox: There is no MMO that can fix a broken MMO community

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We've heard again and again how the recently launched World of Warcraft: Classic was going to "fix" the MMO community by stripping away modern...
My expectations weren't that I would be jumping into this right away, but...

The Soapbox: No, the MMO genre is not dead – but it could use a little positivity

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One of my favorite idioms is "dead as a doornail." It always reminds me of the time I got sent out of my 10th...

The Survivalist Soapbox: Astroneer’s moon landing update is a time-limited online event done right

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I could definitely write a Why I Play on Astroneer (and maybe I still will!) because there are so many reasons this game just...

The Soapbox: The counterproductiveness of limited-time content in online games

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While thoroughly enjoying playing Astroneer's special event in honor of Apollo 11's moon landing 50th anniversary that's happening now through August 31st, I was...

The Soapbox: Hoping for Amazon to succeed where Lord of the Rings Online failed

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It's not often I really get excited about an upcoming MMORPG. Partly this is because of the industry slowing down, and partly this is...

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