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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...

Perfect Ten: How MMOs explain away our infinite resurrections

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Why? Why do we die in MMOs and keep coming back to life? Are we in a type of hell defined by endless combat...
Onward!

Massively Overthinking: Should MMOs have endings – or at least end points?

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I suspect most MMO players are going to read that question and immediately balk at it. We think of MMOs as being defined in...

Playable Worlds’ Raph Koster on gaming’s social design problems masquerading as technical challenges

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In case you hadn't noticed, Playable Worlds' Raph Koster is basically handing out a free 101 course in how video games work in his...

Playable Worlds’ Raph Koster is not gonna stop saying the word metaverse

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Even though I very much want to play around in whatever weird huge sandbox thing Raph Koster and Playable Worlds are building, I now...

Visionary Realms strives to market Pantheon on multiple fronts

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For those who are clamoring for new Pantheon reveals and vocally frustrated that they don't get to see more, Visionary Realms would like to...

Raph Koster says nobody wants a metaverse with ‘Fairyland butting up against World War II’

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In his ongoing blog series on the metaverse, MMO developer Raph Koster has been digging through the technical challenges of how to build it...

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