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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...

The MOP Up: Uncharted Waters Online decodes the secrets of human heritage

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Uncharted Waters Online's "greatest challenge yet" arrived last week with its Olympia patch. This update added a new legacy theme to decode, a fight...
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Massively Overthinking: What else could Blizzard do to fix World of Warcraft?

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Last time in Massively Overthinking, our writers and readers sure did have a lot of good ideas to fix New World that Amazon won't...

Second Life’s original founder rejoins the project to create the ultimate metaverse

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I swear, every time I have to write the word "metaverse" these days, a part of my soul dies and my eyes get a...

Red Dead Online’s shabby first update of 2022 sparks community movement to save the game

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At the end of last week, Red Dead Online kicked out an update that ended up being nothing more than a series of boosts...
Through the fire and the flames

WoW Factor: Is World of Warcraft a good value for the money?

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There are a lot of reasons to not be subscribed to World of Warcraft at the moment, although "the current state of the game...

Massively on the Go: Pokemon Go actually nerfed its own support rather than help players

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This article is part three of a four-piece series on safety in Pokemon Go as well as other Niantic games. You can read all...

Massively on the Go: How Pokemon Go support fails MMOARG stalking victims

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This article is part two of a four-piece series on safety in Pokemon Go as well as other Niantic games. You can read all...

Fight or Kite: Was 2021 the death of large-scale group PvP MMOs?

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Here we are on the cusp of the end to another year: 2021 is almost completely in the rear-view mirror. As I look back...

Massively on the Go: How Niantic evades handling stalking and harassment in Pokemon Go and other ARGs

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This article is part one of a four-piece series on safety in Pokemon Go as well as other Niantic games. You can read all...

Kickstarted MMO Legends of Aria and its studio just got bought out by an NFT metaverse games company

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Time to add another game to the acquisition heap this week: Blue Monster Games has apparently purchased Citadel Studios and Legends of Aria, along...
The first one was enough.

Second Life’s Philip Rosedale is skeptical about the promises of the metaverse

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Let's not kid ourselves, everyone: Second Life was doing the metaverse thing before the metaverse was cool. It's basically entirely built around the idea of...

Pokemon Go company Niantic raised more cash to join the metaverse race

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If your inbox looks like mine, you're already pretty dang tired of the word metaverse and the chorus of hucksters and grifters currently trying...

EverQuest-inspired Monsters & Memories updates its fans on art progress

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One fun little MMORPG project that we've been tracking this year is Monsters & Memories, a throwback-style virtual world that's being created by one...

SpatialOS had a huge head start on beating Facebook to the metaverse

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About five years ago, the word "SpatialOS" was everywhere: It was supposed to be a platform designed to build previously impossible online worlds -...

Massively on the Go: Happy Home Paradise is the cherry on top of Animal Crossing New Horizons’ final update

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I won't lie, the past week has been pretty fun for me. Animal Crossing: New Horizons' final update added so much to the game. Old...

Nexon’s Q3 2021 financials tease ‘virtual worlds’ from Embark Studios

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Nexon this week released its Q3 2021 financials, which were down 4% year-over-year, largely thanks to the fact that Q3 2020 was so lucrative...

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