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The Soapbox: Single-player open worlds will never equal those of MMORPGs

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These days it seems like sprawling open worlds are becoming an ever more popular choice for single-player games, from the newer Assassin's Creed titles...
I'll be gone soon.

Massively Overthinking: MMO ideas that were ahead of their time

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I'm gonna say something wild right now: In some ways, CliffyB was ahead of his time. My husband and I came to this realization...

Recently downgraded DokeV shows off its open world gameplay

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We won't lie: It was a bit of a bummer to report that Pearl Abyss reduced the scope of the fantastically cute DokeV from...

Roblox’s shameless exploitation of child labor is why we can’t have nice things

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I didn't think I'd be back so soon writing "Roblox" and "this is why we can't have nice things" in the same post two...

Into the Super-verse: First impressions of Ship of Heroes’ mission beta

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With other City of Heroes spiritual successors lagging behind in development, the weight of our hope for the future of superhero MMOs lays upon...

Facebook is building a multi-billion dollar virtual universe

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Normally, the announcement of a new MMO or virtual world would elicit nothing but excitement from our quarter, but there's something ominous in hearing...

Global Chat: Exuberant over SWTOR’s combat styles

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The recent announcement of this fall's Legacy of the Sith expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic has (as expansion announcements tend to do)...

Perfect Ten: 10 reasons you’d never want to live in an MMORPG

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Escapism and daydreams are, in my opinion, wonderful and part of what fuels our creativity and excitement. I mean, most of us probably engage...

Second Life turns 18 years old this week, counting 70M lifetime accounts

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I'm gonna say the M word in this post, and I'm sorry, but metaverse metaverse metaverse. That's because Second Life is back in the...
Well, maybe this part.

Massively Overthinking: Is ‘layering’ tech actually MMO community poison?

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MOP reader ACuriousTanuki left a brilliant comment on a Palia article earlier this month that I thought deserved more discussion. Tanuki wondered about how...
she's a killah

MOP’s quick and dirty guide to finding the perfect MMORPG for your tastes

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Probably one of the most commonly asked questions both here on Massively OP and in various MMORPG discussions everywhere else too is simply, "What...

Second Life’s CEO, Ebbe Altberg, has passed away

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We're terribly sorry to report that Second Life CEO Ebbe Altberg has passed away after a long illness. Linden Lab posted the news to...

Palia is a new ‘community simulation MMO’ from former Blizzard and Riot devs

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A few weeks ago, I attended a press event for a new game assuming I would not be impressed by the offerings. Instead, I...

Eight major unannounced MMO projects that are in the works

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There's nothing more tantalizing nor frustrating than knowing that an MMO or MMORPG is in the works but hasn't been formally announced yet. We...
That'll cost you money.

The Soapbox: Reconsidering social media as an MMORPG

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At GDC 2011, Raph Koster gave a talk in which he said, "Games are fundamentally social media and always have been." You can watch...

The Daily Grind: Have you ever given up sleep for MMOs?

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There's a saying I always try to remind myself of when it comes to staying up late to do anything (but especially to play...

Massively Overthinking: How important is gear in your core MMO?

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This week's Overthinking comes to us courtesy of a rant on the MMORPG subreddit, which... well don't judge it by the title, OK? Author...

One Shots: Flowers love the sun more than you do

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Mental note: If I ever want the legions of readers to flood our One Shots comments with submissions, I merely need to ask for...

Activision-Blizzard wins a nine year-long patent infringement lawsuit

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Today in "our legal system is absurdist and utterly broken probably beyond any and all hope of repair" news, Activision-Blizzard can now officially claim...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO’s art style is offputting to you?

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We all like to think that we're not shallow and that we do appreciate solid gameplay over looks but... yeah, it's about the looks,...

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