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Why I Play: Returning to Guild Wars 2 and exploring elite specs after nine years

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I have a strange history with Guild Wars 2. I fell hard for the pre-launch hype, and when it finally arrived, I loved it...

Why I Play: Monster Hunter Rise is still worth it one month later

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It's been over a month since Monster Hunter Rise was released to the public. I was feeling good about the game during the press...

Why I Play: Multiplayer sandbox Eco is so much more than just an ecology simulator

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I’ve been struggling to come up with a succinct way to describe Eco. The game was recently the subject of a Whatever Happened To...

Why I Play: Finally completing Final Fantasy XIV’s relic grind

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When I started my relic grind in Final Fantasy XIV, I didn't know what I was getting myself into. But after finishing the first few...

Why I Play: Final Fantasy XIV’s memorable Shadowbringer relic weapon grind

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I have a love-hate relationship with Final Fantasy XIV. I actively fought against giving the game MMO of the year for 2020, and I hold the...
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First impressions: Valheim early access is already one of the best co-op sandboxes in recent memory

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Straight away, I'm going to admit that my favorable impressions of Valheim are wholly informed by the fact that I have the good fortune...

Why I Play: Elite Dangerous is the space sandbox we’ve been looking for

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Elite: Dangerous was not on my radar when it appeared on the scene back in 2014. I had already spent my money buying a...

From dockyard disaster to sailing success: How World of Warships learned from the Puerto Rico event fiasco

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Gamers tend to harp on game companies for the very public mistakes they make. While most of the criticism is clearly deserved, occasionally a...

Why I Play: Exploring World of Warcraft as a free-to-play game

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A few weeks back, the Massively OP staff discussed, among other things, whether World of Warcraft's leveling revamp coupled with its continued endless free...
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Why I Play April Fools’ Day

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So it's time for our April Fools' Day joke, which means that usually it's my time to shine. Seriously, a lot of these have...

Into the Super-verse: How City of Heroes welcomed me into MMOs

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As we approach the first anniversary of City of Heroes' revival on the rogue server circuit, I wanted to take this opportunity to share...

Why I Play: Is Star Trek Online worth playing in 2020?

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Star Trek Online is a hard game to get into. When I first tried it early in my MMO career, I hated it and...
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Tamriel Infinium: My favorite things in The Elder Scrolls Online

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If you’ve been following the Tamriel Infinium column at least since my own arrival at Massively OP, you may have noticed my propensity for...
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Why I Play: How NCsoft’s Fafurion update saved Lineage 2 in 2019

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I don't know what it is about Asian MMOs, but I'm inexplicably drawn to them. Maybe it has something to do with my background;...

Why I Play: AdventureQuest 3D’s Korn concerts and crazy puns

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My first real exposure to AdventureQuest 3D was years ago now when I was asked if I would host a special giveaway on an...

Why I Play: Trove’s Geode changed me from a visitor to a player

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Trove's Geode expansion has been a game-changer - and I mean it in more ways than one. The latest update/expansion to the colorful voxel-based game...

Why I keep returning to Lord of the Rings Online

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I got sucked into Lord of the Rings Online last weekend and I'm not sure why. There's no new Hobbit movie forthcoming (thank funk). I haven't...

Why I Play: Final Fantasy XIV

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We used to do a column called Why I Play on Massively-that-was, and while I didn't originally plan on rezzing it here today, I did return...

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