Final Fantasy XIV – Documentary Part #1 – "One Point O"

The good folks at Noclip have created a pretty amazing documentary series about the history of Final Fantasy XIV from its first iteration through today. In Part 1, it takes a look at the very earliest version of FFXIV.

E3 2017: Preta Vendetta Rising is multiplayer VR in the right direction

I have a love-hate relationship with VR. I’ve bought an Oculus Rift and the Touch, but don’t play it much these days. Part of it’s because my college stuff and Japanese stuff are crammed into a small space with my PC, so I can’t take advantage of certain features, but it’s also because the games aren’t very complete. VR can […]

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Call of Duty: WW2 will feature a shared social space

Everything about Call of Duty: WW2 seems like it’s going to be peak Call of Duty, doesn’t it? It’s World War 2, which is the go-to setting for shooty-bang-bang antics. It’s focused on multiplayer. It’s going to have a shared social space with daily quests and emotes. And it… wait, what was that last one? That’s new, and it’s been […]

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One Shots: En garde!

It’s hard to deny that one of Final Fantasy XIV’s newest classes marries style and substance, particularly if you’re into a certain swashbuckling aesthetic. Skoryy took time out of playing Stormblood to share his new Red Mage with us: “More character screenshots this week as Eorzea’s version of Skoryy, Skory’a, reveals himself as a defender of the weak, the innocent, […]

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The Daily Grind: How should studios handle overpopulated servers in MMOs?

It doesn’t matter how many servers you have for your MMO, some of them are just going to be more popular than others. That’s inevitable. It happened in World of Warcraft, it happens in Final Fantasy XIV, it happened in City of Heroes. The only games it doesn’t happen are ones that use a megaserver setup, and that has its […]

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Make My MMO: Star Citizen sells 14K concept ships in 24 hours (June 24, 2017)

This week in MMO crowdfunding, Star Citizen followers once again proved their game’s dominance by purchasing 14,000 of its new Nox concept ships in less than 24 hours, bringing the game’s UEE Fleet up to 1.3 million ships total. The cheap version is $35, if you’re wondering. Meanwhile, Ashes of Creation began its summer crowdfunding drive, Mark Kern’s Em-8ER funded again […]

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Secret World Legends opens to all, offers vets 3 character slots

Who needs a restricted headstart? Apparently not Secret World Legends. The reboot was initially opening its doors early to only The Secret World owners, but that quickly changed; during the dev livestream it was announced that the headstart was now open to everyone! That means anyone can go to the official site and hop into this free-to-play game. (The Steam […]

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Pitching a tent in Camelot Unchained

City State’s Tyler Rockwell has returned again this week to helm another Camelot Unchained update, and my favorite part is the tents. Seriously, how many MMORPGs have tents at all? Let alone a dozen or more of them? I’m looking forward to structures that are somewhere between “bank box” and “McMansion.” There’s plenty of serious stuff, too. Rockwell says the […]

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The Game Archaeologist: Maze War, the first online multiplayer shooter

It is sometimes hard to know how far back to go when chronicling the history of early MMOs and their ancestors. After all, this column has looked at several titles (such as Habitat and Neverwinter Nights) that do not fit the modern definition of an MMORPG yet were bound in blood to the genre nonetheless. So if today’s game seems to […]

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Massively Overthinking: Forced socializing in MMORPGs

Massively OP Patron Jackybah has a question for this week’s Massively Overthinking that’s probably going to kick up some dust. He wonders whether MMO developers recognize and “serve” a particular subgroup of their players enough — specifically, the group of players that do not want to actively participate in social grouping (for dungeons) or social banter (in guild chat) but […]

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E3 2017: Fortnite is Crowfall for PvE fans

The other day when I made a rare venture out of my E3 coverage den, my slightly younger brother asked, “Hey, did you hear about a game called Fortnite?”  Now, my brother doesn’t explore gaming like he used to. His MMO days are behind him. He wasn’t even aware of Super Mario Odyssey, so his asking about Fortnite was far from expected, especially […]

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The Stream Team: Potty humor in ARK Survival Evolved

It’s hard to be king of the carnivores without a throne, but that has all changed now! ARK has introduced the mighty commode to the dinosaur-infested island for the comfort of all. Massively OP’s MJ wants to have a looky loo at these, and she’s privy to the location of a few. Can she find more? She’s head out on […]

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This week in Minecraft — June 24th

Minecraft is coming to Sydney this July, Mojang have updated their commercial guidelines and take a look at some of the mods now available for Minecraft 1.12.

Diablo 3 – New Zones Previewed, Necromancer Lore Revealed

The Diablo 3 site has a pair of articles of keen interest to folks looking forward to the imminent release of the Rise of the Necromancer add-on. The first provides a look at the history of Necromancers and how they fit into the overall series universe. The second gives a brief look at the new areas coming to D3 for everyone when the update goes live.

PSA: How to play or restore your original Secret World install

Anyone who tried to log into his or her Secret World client after the launch of the reboot yesterday found that Secret World Legends client overwrote the original game. If that happened to you, don’t panic! We have a fairly easy fix from support that we’ve personally tested, and it works like a charm. Here’s how you can repair and safely […]

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WRUP: This is the train to your backyard edition

This is the through train to your backyard, making stops at your neighbor’s backyard, the creepy alley behind the convenience store, the old field where you think someone got murdered, and the doctor’s office. The next stop will be at that Mexican place you call Los Tacos for some reason. Please stand clear of the closing doors. Oh, God. What […]

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Gloria Victis – The Combat Update is Live!

It is a pleasure for Black Eye Games to announce that the long-awaited Gloria Victis combat update is finally live! Introducing brand new motion-captured animations, reworked controller and new synchronization system. The update brings the entire gameplay to a new level, enhancing immersion and focus on the player’s own skill, adding a lot to the idea of the skill-based PVP. So, what is the combat update about?

The Daily Grind: Are MMO side quests on their way out?

I was recently reading Larry’s column on Elder Scrolls Online’s latest expansion and how he noted that there didn’t seem to be a lot — if any — in the way of filler quests. Side quests aren’t a thing in Morrowind, unless you give yourself a quest to just poke around and get into trouble. And I consider that a […]

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Grim Dawn – Surprise Patch Paves the Way for Expansion Later This Year

Crate Entertainment caught Grim Dawn players off guard with the release of the v1.0.1.0 patch that paves the way for the game’s first expansion later this year. Every class has undergone a tuning pass and a number of quality of life improvements have been added to streamline game play.

Warframe awards free frame and cosmetic to Twitch Prime members

Here’s the good news for Twitch Prime members: Warframe really likes calling things “prime” (almost as much as Transformers), so the game is giving away the desirable Frost Prime frame and the Vistapa Prime Syandana to Twitch Prime members totally free. The bad news for people who are not Twitch Prime members is… that exact same news. Those people get […]

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