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Working As Intended is Massively Overpowered Editor-in-Chief Bree Royce’s favorite place to muse about game design, the MMO industry, and worlds gone by. Previous entries published on Engadget. [Follow this column’s RSS feed]

Working As Intended: Decorating MMORPG houses in SWG Legends and beyond

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I've been mulling over how to do a piece about MMO housing for a while now, spurred on by colleagues and readers who've said...

Star Wars Galaxies fans debate Legends, PvP, the economy, and more on community podcast

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When fellow Star Wars Galaxies Legends player, YouTuber, and friend of MOP Napyet asked me to join him for a podcast last week,...

Working as Intended: The big list of City of Heroes rogue servers, 2020 edition

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It's been a weird and wonderful year for City of Heroes fans. In April of 2019, the expose of a secret City...

Working as Intended: Sparking joy in MMOs

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On this week's podcast, I mentioned that I'd just finished off Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, something that superficially...

Working As Intended: Deep-diving Star Wars Galaxies’ endgame crafting

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When I leaped back into Star Wars Galaxies via the SWG Legends rogue server mid-2018, I didn't really truly think I'd stay...

MassivelyOP’s complete 2019 awards debrief and annual recap

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As we did in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, today I'm going to recap our annual awards and other meta...

Working As Intended: The MMOs we lost in 2019

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The good news is that our sunsetted MMO list from 2019 is shorter than in most years. The bad news, of course, is that...

Guild Wars 2 studio ArenaNet chased the 2016 Gaile Gray account hacker all the way to Germany – and lost

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Back in 2016, MassivelyOP covered an odd story about the Guild Wars franchise and a hack that seemingly involved the account of then-ArenaNet...

Working As Intended: What it means to be an MMORPG

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I am amused and somewhat bewildered to admit that I have my very own pet troll. He follows me around on Reddit to hassle...

Working As Intended: We’re all full up on moral panics right now, but thanks

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It's no great secret that MMORPG fans fall toward the middle of the age spectrum, given the history and peak of our genre. This...

Working As Intended: The MMOs we lost in 2018

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While we lost several painful MMOs in 2016 and 2015, 2017 was noticeable chiefly because we lost a large number of small MMOs,...

Massively OP’s complete 2018 awards debrief and annual recap

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As we did in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 - it's becoming a real tradition here! - today I'm going to recap...

Working As Intended: The gamification of the workification of games

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Last weekend, my husband made the bold choice to let our young son play The Stanley Parable. I am not entirely sure the kid...

Working As Intended: Returning to Star Wars Galaxies – in 2018

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If you've followed the Massively OP Podcast this summer or read any of my ramblings in Daily Grinds and WRUPs, you probably know that...

‘Magic through serendipity’: Raph Koster on the glorious mess that was Ultima Online

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I was a wide-eyed, naive kid when I first stepped into Ultima Online in 1997, and as it turns out, the developers were...

Working As Intended: The MMOs we lost in 2017

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It's true that we lost a lot of MMOs in 2016 -- bigger and more important ones than in 2014 and 2015. 2017,...
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Working As Intended: Guild Wars 2’s new mount licenses are still lockboxes, but they’re not the worst lockboxes

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Pretty much everyone assumed that back when Guild Wars 2 planned out mounts, it did so with its cash shop in mind. The...

Working As Intended: The best and worst of Guild Wars 2 Path of Fire (so far)

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I've spent a chunk of the last week moving through the first part of Guild Wars 2's Path of Fire, finishing up...

Working As Intended: Why classic Guild Wars matters, 12 years in

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The spring season always sees a deluge of MMORPG birthday celebrations: Lord of the Rings Online, City of Heroes, Allods Online, Free Realms last...
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Here’s why everyone’s pissed off about City of Heroes NPCs in NCsoft’s MOBA

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Yesterday, NCsoft took the lid off a secret it's clearly been working on for a while: The company means to introduce a notorious...

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