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FFXIV Fan Festival Tokyo 2019: Travel to the First with Hrothgar and Dancers

The third and final Final Fantasy XIV fan festival for Shadowbringers kicked off on Friday evening in by North American time schedules. We...

The Daily Grind: Which ‘MMO-lite’ utilizes the best parts of the MMO genre?

One of the interesting twists and turns of the MMORPG market over the past decade is the rise of what we're starting to call...

Massively Overthinking: Designed downtime in MMORPGs

In a Daily Grind not long ago, MOP reader Armsbend said something I thought just cried out for discussion. After noting that he...

Perfect Ten: MMOs that set themselves up as spiritual successors

As with the larger video game market, sequels aren't unknown in the MMO space. We've seen studios take a stab at following up successful...
Defying logic...

Defiance 2050 celebrates Armistice Day once again

Ah, Armistice Day, the special date in the lore of Defiance 2050 when humans and aliens stopped shooting at one another. To celebrate this,...
Surprises are relative at times.

Final Fantasy XI development is focusing on something ‘that can surprise everyone later on’

The amount of support that Final Fantasy XI gets in a declared maintenance mode is in and of itself surprising, but that is apparently...

Battle Bards Episode 140: Piano piano!

It’s one of the most powerful and versatile of musical instruments, and now the piano is getting its own featured show here on Battle...

Massively Overthinking: MMOs as distraction vs. culture

Earlier this month, there was a fascinating conversation swirling around a Gamasutra article by Bryant Francis, specifically a quote from game dev Patric Mondou. "We're...
This may potentially be my final form.

Final Fantasy XI brings Ambuscade weapons to their final form with today’s update

Thanks to ages of shonen anime, "this isn't even my final form" no longer sounds remotely intimidating but mostly just brings to mind accidental...

The MOP Up: MapleStory goes to the arcade

If you're playing MapleStory, chances are that you're not too prim and proper to enjoy some goofy fun. So pop in a quarter...

Massively Overthinking: The paradox MMO

Back in February, the MMORPG subreddit offered up yet another fun thread: User Friendly_Fire told the MMO community that what it really wants...
What you consume is just that.

Destiny 2 doubles up its glory in the competitive crucible

Glory, glory, hallelujah, twice the glory, hallelujah. Yes, a patch has been deployed for the competitive crucible playlist in Destiny 2, and it
Does this look like a puppetmaster? Gosh, does anyone even know?

Final Fantasy XI is bringing new Puppetmaster upgrades with its March patch

There are classically two schools of thought regarding Puppetmaster in Final Fantasy XI. One school of thought is that the job is not...
It goes clicky.

Global Chat: Off-the-cuff impressions of Anthem

If you like BioWare, high tech eye candy, blowing crap up, or riding the current wave of Hot New Game Releases, chances are that...

The MMO Bookclub devotes March to Tibia, Destiny 2, and Apex Legends

If you haven't been hanging out with the folks at MMO Bookclub lately, you may have missed a shift in the format that's...
Get some.

Final Fantasy XI starts bonus item campaigns on March 11

Who likes getting extra stuff? Most Final Fantasy XI players, let's be real. So the good news for the game's upcoming campaigns starting on...

Jagex picks up EVE Online vet Nathan Richardsson, is still working on multiple secret MMOs

If you've been reading Massively OP for a while, you're not going to be surprised whatsoever to once again hear the news that Jagex...
There was something beautiful and wonderful and it destroyed itself.

Jukebox Heroes: The 10 greatest MMO soundtracks of all time (as voted by you)

A few weeks ago we witnessed the showdown of the ages (or at least the epoch known as "late January 2019"), as Massively OP...

Hyperspace Beacon: The Star Wars MMOs and communities beyond SWTOR

Time flies: I am now coming up on nine years of covering Star Wars: The Old Republic professionally. Of course, I was...
Now the story can be told...

Wisdom of Nym: The system changes I’d like to see in Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers

We don't yet know everything we're going to learn at the Tokyo fan festival about Shadowbringers, but we can be reasonably confident that...

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