virtrium

Studio behind Istaria (fka Horizons).

Massively Overthinking: How hard should MMOs be?

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This past summer, MMO dev Damion Schubert posted an epic tweet-thread about MMOs; in fact, we've already dipped into the part on "load-bearing" playerbases,...

Massively Overthinking: Our favorite MMORPGs of all time, 2021 edition

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Five years ago this week - back in 2016 - the MOP team and readers did an epic Massively Overthinking picking out their top...

Perfect Ten: The top 10 non-traditional MMO fantasy races

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Elves. Dwarves. Humans. Halflings. Gnomes. Hobbits. Dark elves. High elves. Half-elves. Wood elves. Keebler elves. Elvish impersonators. Are you as tired as I am of...

Massively Overthinking: Which of the summer MMO launches captured your time and attention?

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OK folks: We're in the thick of summer now, a summer that's seen an endless parade of MMO launches, mobile ports, expansions, classic servers,...
Like a bridged over zone-wide conflicts

Launch impressions: Crowfall won me over, but it’s not for everyone

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So Crowfall's beta has finally ended and launch is upon us. As someone who backed the game but has played alphas of many games that never...
Well, maybe this part.

Massively Overthinking: Is ‘layering’ tech actually MMO community poison?

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MOP reader ACuriousTanuki left a brilliant comment on a Palia article earlier this month that I thought deserved more discussion. Tanuki wondered about how...

Istaria plans new content, quest classifications, and revamps for races and armor in 2021

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It's been about a million years since we last checked in on Istaria, fka Horizons, but that changes today thanks to the Virtrium team's...

Massively Overthinking: MMO voids that haven’t been filled

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I swear, so many of the posts I bookmark on Reddit to muse on later wind up deleted, and today I've got another one,...
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Massively Overthinking: Jumping the shark in MMOs

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I'm sure those few people out there still bearing a grudge over the Rune-keeper would disagree with me, but one of the things that...

Massively on the Go: Animal Crossing’s housing islands from an MMO player’s perspective

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One multiplayerish game that we've talked about a bit as the MOP team's been quarantined on the Golden Yacht is Animal Crossing: New Horizons....

Massively Overthinking: What one piece of knowledge would you like to impart to new MMO gamers?

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A while back, I was reading on a non-MMO subreddit some comments from some younger people that made my head spin: They were informing...

Battle Bards Episode 149: Istaria aka Horizons

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Is Istaria more than just “that game where you can play a dragon?” If it is, the answer might lie in its hidden repository...

MMOs You’ve Never Heard Of: TERA Origin, Astaria, NosTale, and Veloren

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Welcome back to another brief roundup of MMOs and other online games you’ve (probably) never heard of! Let's kick off our roundup with something for Japan...

Massively Overthinking: Which MMORPG, living or dead, offers the all-time best crafting experience?

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Over the last couple of weeks, when I was putting in sometimes 18-hour days working on the site, I didn't really have much time...

Battle Bards Episode 116: There be dragons

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Mighty and majestic, scaly in hide and shrewd of mind, smoking with fury unabated… these are the Battle Bards! Also, dragons. Yes, in today’s...

Re-examining Asheron’s Call’s Shard of the Herald event on its first deathiversary

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Although the Asheron's Call series has now been dead for exactly one year today, it's far from forgotten by fans. It was admittedly a cult classic, and...

Massively Overthinking: What’s the smallest MMO you’re willing to play?

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A comment on Reddit about the current size and viability of Kritika Online got me thinking about MMO playerbases in general lately. We all...

Massively Overthinking: Is open-world housing really a ‘failed’ MMORPG experiment?

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Massively OP's Justin Olivetti has a provocative article on his personal gaming blog, Bio Break, this week on MMORPG housing. "I once again wonder why...

Perfect Ten: 10 MMORPGs with playable fairies

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Probably my greatest and most constant gripe about fantasy MMORPGs is that for all of the freedom and imagination that this genre supposedly boasts,...

Perfect Ten: MMOs that changed their names

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Names and titles fascinate me. While sometimes they have no deeper meaning than to sound pleasant and be memorable, a label can indicate purpose,...

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