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Second Life developer Linden Lab has been acquired by an investment group

Fun trivia fact: The AOL blog that eventually became Massively actually started life as a Second Life blog back when Second Life was...

Noah’s Heart is a mobile MMORPG of airships and procedurally generated open worlds

Archosaur Games, the studio behind MMOs like Jade Dynasty, Swordsman Online, and Dragon Raja, are about to enter the mobile MMORPG...

Raph Koster shares rare behind-the-scenes Star Wars Galaxies pics in honor of the anniversary

He might be busy creating a brand-new virtual world, but legendary game designer Raph Koster always has time to chat about his...

The Game Archaeologist: The virtual worlds of the 1990s

With the increased speeds of modems and the move into 3-D space in the 1990s, some game designers thought it was a logical conclusion...

Not So Massively: I like survival mechanics, not survival games

When I played We Happy Few, one of the things that surprised me the most was how much I enjoyed the survival mechanics....

Elder Scrolls Online’s Matt Firor addresses Greymoor launch issues

Elder Scrolls Online game director Matt Firor has posted a lengthy and detailed explanation of some of the rough...

Darklands creator Arnold Hendrick passes away at age 69 due to cancer

Game dev lost another of its luminaries recently with the news that Arnold Hendrick has passed away at age 69, succumbing to terminal cancer...

The MOP Up: Second Life’s super expensive brothel

It's not every week that my editor marches up to me and demands that I cover virtual brothels as headlining stories, but this did...

MMO Burnout: We Happy Few is a single-player virtual world

After having it on my radar for many years, I've finally gotten around to playing indie stealth/survival game We Happy Few. It's a...

The Daily Grind: How do you feel about offline play in MMORPGs?

I spend a... lot of time in Star Wars Galaxies on the SWG Legends rogue server. I poke fun at myself for...

The Game Archaeologist: McDonalds’ McWorld MMO is a thing that existed

If you thought that it was strange for MTV to create its own virtual world, then you probably are forgetting how desperate companies...

The Game Archaeologist: The history of play-by-email games

For most all of human history, people who wanted to play a game together usually had to be in physical proximity with each other....

The Minecraft community’s insane project to build the Earth in 1:1 scale

The Minecraft community is well-known for attempting huge feats of architecture and construction, but a new project might just take the cake. Late...

MMOs you’ve never heard of: Red Stone, Euotopia, Ogre Island, Stendhal, and Astonia

Welcome back to another roundup of MMOs and MMO-adjacent games you’ve (probably) never heard of — or have totally forgotten about until now! If...

Guild Wars 2’s Super Adventure Box festival is finally live (check out the new SAB raptor skin!)

Way back in 2013, Guild Wars 2 dropped an April Fools' Day patch so epic it literally won our team's award for...

Massively Overthinking: What generates trust in MMO crowdfunding for you?

Last week, an anonymous game developer posted on the MMORPG Reddit about the broader MMO playerbase's frustrations with crowdfunding. See, this dev says he's...

Guild Wars 2 Super Adventure Box reopens next week, plus somebody bought the golden sink

Finally! ArenaNet had previously announced that Guild Wars 2's Super Adventure Box, inarguably the best April Fools' event in all of MMO...
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Global Chat: Is Animal Crossing New Horizons an MMO?

One trend that we have noticed over the past decade or so is the blurring of lines between "regular" video games and MMORPGs. It...

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

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...
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Massively Overthinking: How essential are hardcore gamers to an MMO’s health?

Last week, there was a positively eyebrow-raising thread on the Guild Wars 2 subreddit that tied neatly into the overall MMORPG meta discussion...

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