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Grand Theft Auto patent hints at a future multiplayer game

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While it remains to be seen what Rockstar will do with its next iteration of Grand Theft Auto -- and whether or not it'll...

The best MassivelyOP community Daily Grinds of 2020

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Fun fact: The first Daily Grind on Massively was written on November 3rd, 2007, one day after Old...

Why WB Games should make a new Asheron’s Call game in 2021+: The mechanics

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Just based on lore alone, WB Games should make a new Asheron's Call game. As I argued last time, AC has the qualities of...

In a year of low content, Rockstar wants Red Dead Online to feel like a ‘second life’

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When you hop into Red Dead Online, do you feel like a cowboy? That, apparently, is the hope, at least according to new...

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...
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons is seemingly cracking down on orgs and ‘politics’ in-game

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Back in October, we reported on a move by Joe Biden's presidential campaign to create an island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons,...
Bored now.

World of Warcraft dev posts exit manifesto: ‘I was unhappy with the state of the game’

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While people are hired, fired, and leave Blizzard all the time, it's certainly not very often that we get a lengthy manifesto on the...

Massively Overthinking: Doing crimes and getting punished in MMORPGs

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A couple of weeks before Dual Universe's snafu banning beta players for taking advantage of a developer's poorly permissioned structure, I saw the...
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Massively Overthinking: Are isometric MMOs more or less immersive than 3-D?

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I was chit-chatting with MOP reader (and prolific tipster!) Panagiotis the other day about Ultima Online's big news when he hit on a...

Perfect Ten: 10 tools MMOs use to tell stories

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While some players like to rebel against the notion that MMORPGs are storytelling experiencies, that narrative is exactly why I show up to these...

Global Chat: Why is LOTRO charging for its fall update?

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Roger over at Contains Moderate Peril recently ducked into the upcoming DLC for Lord of the Rings Online to see what it contained...

Not So Massively: The dos and don’ts of stealing from single-player games

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In my last Not So Massively column, I looked at the right and wrong ways for other genres to steal from MMOs. But...

Not So Massively: The dos and don’ts of stealing from MMOs

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Recently I played through the new PC port of the open world RPG Horizon Zero Dawn. While playing it, I was struck by...
My name is might have been.

Raph Koster argues MMOs are much more than ‘a series of kill and fetch quest pellets’

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As many of us know, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning will be the only leavings we may ever see of 38 Studios' ambitious MMO...

The Game Archaeologist: Mirrorworld

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In this column, we have previously journeyed to lands where you saw not with your eyes, but with your imagination. I speak, of course,...

Second Life bans all in-game advertisements that are ‘political in nature’

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Launching into political rants in global chat or hijacking the guild discussion to make everyone uncomfortable with views on election candidates is seen as...
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Tamriel Infinium: Six more things to love about The Elder Scrolls Online

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When I think back to my earliest days of gaming, sitting in front of a tiny TV set with the non-ergonomic 80s beauty of...

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

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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

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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

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

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