turbine

American studio known primarily for Lord of the Rings Online, Dungeons and Dragons Online, and the Asheron’s Call franchise.

The Daily Grind: What was the best event in the MMO genre in 2022?

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If ever there were a year that I wish we hadn't demoted "best event" from an award to a Daily Grind, it was 2022,...

Dungeons and Dragons Online begins its seventh hardcore league season December 7

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The winter season is hard and it makes for hard people who are hardy and hardly bothered by hardship. Now the hardest can harden...

Lord of the Rings Online’s Yuletide event to add wheelchair, snowman training dummies, and a new mount

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One of the best Lord of the Rings Online holidays is about upon us, as the Yuletide Festival is set to begin on December...
Sometimes you know there's an ongoing story.

Lord of the Rings Online dev explains the rationale behind hub-based quest design

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Some things in Lord of the Rings Online are not in place intentionally, like whatever error it was that led to players having a...

Lord of the Rings Online explains why it doesn’t have full voiceovers

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While Lord of the Rings Online isn't devoid of spoken dialogue -- players note that a lot of the epic quests in particular feature...

Massively Overthinking: The best MMO music of 2022

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Years ago, MOP's Justin listened to hundreds - no, probably more like thousands - of MMO music tracks to narrow this topic down to...

Lord of the Rings Online dug a grave for players and killed our pet rock

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In my experience, when someone else digs a grave for you, it's not going to spell a good day, especially when they end it...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 398: Much ado about pie

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Justin and Bree discuss WoW Dragonflight, the FTC challenge, Albion's Beyond the Veil and sub price increase, Camelot Unchained's new funding, ZeniMax's secret MMO, and Guild Wars 2's inventory, with adventures in LOTRO and New World, plus a mailbag topic on gaming mice.

Standing Stone Games releases new LOTRO and DDO soundtracks

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As a holiday season treat, Standing Stone Games pushed out soundtracks to its two MMO expansions that came out over the course of the...

Battle Bards Episode 218: Peace and quiet

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If anyone’s ever told you to “take a chill pill,” then the Battle Bards have your full dosage in today’s episode. Exploring peaceful and...

Massively Overthinking: The best cooking in MMORPGs

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You probably thought tonight's Massively Overthinking would have a gratitude theme, what with the holiday and all. Nope, not this time, although it's sort...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 397: What we have here is a failure to negotiate

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Justin and Bree discussion WoW China's sunset, the Blizzard/Netease debacle, LOTRO's mini-expansion, EverQuest II, Frozen Flame, and ArcheAge 2, with adventures in WoW, LOTRO, New World, SWG Legends, and Marvel Snap, plus a mailbag topic on boss taunting in MMOs.

Standing Stone Games’ executive producer says he’s ‘low-key angry’ he couldn’t save Asheron’s Call

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Some former Asheron's Call fans might find wan solace in the fact that a former Turbine exec regrets the cult MMO's closure just as...

One Shots: I just got catfished

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Catfishing used to be a delectable activity. Then the internet came along, and it turned into something dark and sinister. So let's applaud Final...

Lord of the Rings Online’s community goes bonkers for a boulder nicknamed Dwayne Johnson

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One would think that the arrival of a small Lord of the Rings Online expansion (or huge content update, take your pick) this past...

The Daily Grind: What’s the least appealing weapon in MMOs?

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A few weeks ago, MOP reader Bruno was joking with me about how crap it was that Hobbit Champions in Lord of the Rings...

Massively Overthinking: Changing ‘mains’ in MMOs

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When I first started MMOs, the idea of mains and alts was bizarre to me. Why would I spend time on a second character...

LOTRO Legendarium: Exploring Before the Shadow’s new starter area and skirmish

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You know that agonizingly delicious sensation of encountering an MMO drop that has so much stuff to explore that you hardly know where to...

EG7 Q3 2022: LOTRO’s monthly active players are up 11% compared to last year

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If you can pull your eyes away from the Activision-Blizzard/NetEase trainwreck that unfolded overnight, then we've got a blast of new financial news for...
Powerful!

Massively OP Podcast Episode 396: Crowfalling

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Justin and Bree discuss Crowfall, Blue Protocol, SWTOR, New World, Q3 2022 financials (for Blizzard, Pearl Abyss, Square Enix, NCsoft), and new patches (for DDO, Neverwinter, Blade and Soul, EVE Online, Guild Wars 2, Elder Scrolls Online), with a mailbag topic covering Shadowbane, Second Live, Secret World, and Ultima Online.

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