warhammer online

Official Site: Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning
Studio: Mythic Entertainment/EA
Launch Date: September 18, 2008
Sunset Date: December 18, 2013
Genre: Fantasy RvR Themepark
Business Model: Subscription
Platform: PC, Mac

The Game Archaeologist: The day Dungeons and Dragons Online dropped the free-to-play bomb

By 2009, the MMORPG genre had firmly established a norm for its business model. For over a decade, a monthly subscription -- usually $15...
My expectations weren't that I would be jumping into this right away, but...

The Soapbox: No, the MMO genre is not dead – but it could use a little positivity

One of my favorite idioms is "dead as a doornail." It always reminds me of the time I got sent out of my 10th...
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The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG was ahead of its time?

I want to wax poetic about Warhammer Online for a moment here. While it never maintained the initial level of success that it...

Warhammer Online lives on thanks to a free-to-play private server

Our own Justin Olivetti jokingly referred to our site as "Massively Emulated" in private chat for what should now be patently obvious reasons,...

Fight or Kite: Clawing my way back into Guild Wars 2’s WvW

All aboard and welcome everyone to a brand-new series here on Massively Overpowered: Fight or Kite, our new column focusing on PvP across...

Warhammer Online blogger and MMO podcaster Steve ‘Slurms’ Lichtsinn loses battle with cancer

Out of the boisterous class of Warhammer Online bloggers that emerged on the scene in 2008, Steve "Slurms" Lichtsinn became well-known for his...
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The Game Archaeologist’s ultimate MMO archives v2.0

While The Game Archaeologist columns take up the most time of any project I do here at Massively OP, I absolutely love doing...

One Shots: Hobbit herbal hobbies

If Hobbits are seen as being generally lazy creatures that gobble up their weight in food every day, then how come they have such...

The Daily Grind: What’s the longest you’ve ever played a WoW expansion?

During BlizzCon this weekend, Eliot and I were chatting about an article series he's working on different periods in MMORPG history. I mentioned 2009...
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The Daily Grind: What’s the nicest thing you can say about an MMORPG you dislike?

I blame my colleagues in the writers room for this topic: We happened to be discussing the tragic comedy of Warhammer Online's awful...

Perfect Ten: 10 MMO features that deserve widespread adaptation

You know what gets me excited about upcoming MMOs? It's certainly not the list of expected systems and features that have since become standard...

Perfect Ten: Best MMO debuts by year, 2007-2017

Continuing from my previous column, I'm going to be running through the second decade of graphical MMORPG launches and picking the best title to...
The Guitar Hero rush hit us all.

The Soapbox: Do MMOs still fall victim to the copycat curse?

When Radical Heights launched, I was inspired to put together a whole Perfect Ten about why trend-chasing doesn't work for online games....
And sometimes there are... different issues.

Perfect Ten: The unique pitfalls of licensed MMOs

Making a list of the "biggest" MMOs currently running is always an exercise in frustration. It's easy to put a few things on the...

The Game Archaeologist: Warhammer Online

When it comes to notable years in the MMORPG genre's history, 2008 stands out as one of the most significant. World of...

Battle Bards Episode 120: Short stuff

Look down — and it’ll be the last thing you’ll ever see! That’s because fury and death arrive in the form of short character...

The Daily Grind: What could MMO taverns do to get you to stick around?

I have vague memories of ArenaNet talking about Guild Wars 2 taverns prior to its launch and how these spaces would be more...
What you are chasing and will not get.

Perfect Ten: Why trend-chasing doesn’t work at all for online games

Video games have always been a remarkably insular field; that's the nature of development. Someone produces Super Mario Bros, and a few years later...

Perfect Ten: A dozen MOBAs that didn’t make it

With the insane success -- both in terms of popularity and finances -- that Dota and League of Legends spawned, you can...

The ultimate guide to The Game Archaeologist’s MMO archives

When we moved over here to Massively Overpowered, some of us transplanted our long-running columns to the new space. I perhaps felt most devastated...

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