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How WoW Classic became a ‘hellscape of instrumental practices’

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Are other people jerks when they decry your poor World of Warcraft performance, or is it your fault? That's the general topic being taken...
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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.

Massively Overthinking: Would you do hard MMO content without rewards?

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Are you here for the challenge or here for the shinies? That's the core question the MOP team and audience is tackling this week...

The Daily Grind: Are you hoping for ‘market disruption’ in the MMO genre?

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Over the summer, a Twitter user replied to one of our Daily Grinds suggesting that a certain MMORPG was poised to "disrupt the MMO...

Massively Overthinking: Do gaming ‘tourists’ ruin MMOs?

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Yes, I know that's a provocative title. Yes, we're gonna talk about it with some nuance. It's a topic inspired by a Reddit thread...

Trucker gaming community turns its simulators into an MMORPG

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As you might have heard me babble on the podcast this past week, I've been weirdly engrossed in American Truck Simulator as of late....

The Game Archaeologist: How Ultima Online got made

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You know how there’s that yokel in every global chat channel that likes to troll players by claiming that World of Warcraft was the...
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Massively Overthinking: Who’s really paying for MMOs?

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Two years ago, we did a piece on dark patterns in MMO design, and in the comments, a reader named Shadex De'Marr penned a...
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Guild Wars 2 is finally launching on Steam next week – just in time for its 10th birthday

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So you folks remember when Guild Wars 2 was planning to launch on Steam, right? It was originally announced way back in 2020 and...

One Shots: A salute to the world’s pylon-proppers

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Heroes come in many shapes, forms, and professions. While nobody typically thinks of them, the pylon-proppers are always selflessly keeping virtual world docks from...

Massively Overthinking: What endgame content keeps you in an MMORPG long-term?

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A while back on the MassivelyOP Podcast, Justin and I were trying to sort through why New World's endgame hasn't had staying power with...

Global Chat: The virtue of smaller shared worlds

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With the rise of online sandboxes and other mini-MMOs (if that oxymoron can exist), several long-time MMO bloggers are praising the virtues and benefits...

Raph Koster talks about the ‘mission’ of Playable Worlds, his vision of the metaverse, and player ownership

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Raph Koster is no stranger to talking about the concept of the metaverse - he's done it a couple of times already, trying to...

MMO Business Roundup: Blizzard Albany’s union, BioWare Pride, Sony’s antitrust lawsuit, and the P2E ‘hustle’

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Welcome back to another roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news. Business business business! Activision-Blizzard: Another group of QA testers within Activision-Blizzard have announced they're...

Massively Overthinking: Solved problems in MMOs

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One of the most annoying pet peeves this genre seems to spin up frequently is some companies' tendency to treat solved problems as unsolved...

Colony sandbox MMO SEED raises another $41M in investment, partly from a blockchain company

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Way back in 2017, we learned about a then-new SpatialOS MMORPG called SEED from Klang Games. SEED was supposed to be a colony-centered sandbox...

Tamriel Infinium: Big-name voice actors you didn’t know were in Elder Scrolls Online

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When Elder Scrolls Online players dived into the High Isle expansion this past week, among the many new delights was the addition of Billy...

The Game Archaeologist: Six cancelled MMOs that I wish had launched

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In my lengthy tenure writing The Game Archaeologist -- which dates back to May 2010, if you can believe it -- I've covered MMOs...

Massively Overthinking: Bots in MMOs – but not the bad bots

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A while back on the MMORPG subreddit, there was a provocative thread about bots - no, not those bots. Essentially, the Redditor asked whether...

GDC 2022: Control, revenue, scarcity, ethics, and the human challenges of the gaming ‘metaverse’

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While some panels at GDC 2022 have been deeply disappointing, the panel titled "A Brave New (Virtual) World: Ethics and Governance of XR and...

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