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Activision files a patent for software to trick you into buying cash shop stuff, seriously

Hey, gang, this is absolutely wonderful. Activision has filed a patent for software designed to push you into buying cash shop crappies through the most insidious means possible. The breakdown is fairly straightforward: Once you buy something, the game’s matchmaking software will push you to a match where that something would be very effective or where another player’s purchases would influence […]

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The Daily Grind: Do you think EA is pivoting into a Star Wars pseudo-MMO?

Yesterday’s surprise revelation that EA was canning Visceral Games and “pivoting” the design of its in-progress Star Wars linear adventure RPG clearly struck a nerve around here, as we received a flood of mail about it, and not because that game was an MMO but because of how EA justified the closure. “It has become clear that to deliver an […]

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Stephan Frost’s Nexon project gains former Amazon gameplay engineer

The handrubbing intrigue over Stephan Frost’s mysterious project at Nexon ramped up this week with the announcement of another member that has signed up with the untitled game. “Senior Gameplay Engineer Gabe Paramo joined the crew at Nexon OC today. I’m excited to get to work with this guy again,” Frost announced on Twitter yesterday. According to Paramo’s LinkedIn profile, […]

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The Stream Team: Staying at AdventureQuest 3D’s Camp Gonnagetcha

Massively OP’s MJ gets to go to summer camp! OK, well it is technically fall camp now. And it isn’t the kind with cute little crafts and singing around a campfire, either. It may, however, include screaming around a campfire! She’s going to AQ3D’s Camp Gonnagetcha, just exactly the type of camp a MMO-playing horror movie aficionado would love. MJ can’t […]

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MMO Halloween: Dark Age of Camelot, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm

Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to… play? Halloween 2017 continues unabated in online games, so let’s see what goodies and surprises are in store for players today. First off, there’s the return of Dark Age of Camelot and its haunted festival. There’s pumpkin patches, encounters with the Mournful King, and a ghostly harvest quest to […]

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OrbusVR prepares for its wild zones and endgame dungeons for beta 3

It might seem a little early in OrbusVR’s life cycle to be super invested in the endgame, but the release of the game’s third closed beta on Friday marks a shift in its development pattern. The game is no longer just about making things work, but about letting people know what the game is all about. So it’s probably for […]

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Prosperous Universe wraps up first alpha test after 100 weeks of development

With nearly two years under the small indie team’s belt, Prosperous Universe successfully survived the launch and reentry of its first alpha test. “We are still quite surprised by how well the overall system performed,” the team reported. “To be honest, we expected for things to fall apart rather quickly, with people discovering major game-breaking problems or blocking bugs that […]

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Dungeons and Dragons Online: Mists of Ravenloft opens pre-orders, aims for December release

The, ahem, bloodiest MMO expansion of 2017 is finally available to pre-purchase. Dungeons and Dragons Online opened up pre-orders today for Mists of Ravenloft, allowing players to secure some extras for their gameplay right now while reserving a copy of the expansion for day one of launch. As with Lord of the Rings Online: Mordor earlier this year, Mists of […]

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 140: Dubious drops in LOTRO, FFXIV, and SWTOR

Justin and Bree discuss Guild Wars 2, Secret World Legends’ Orochi Tower patch, Lord of the Rings’ weird patch week, FFXIV’s housing mess, SWTOR’s balance patch, Warframe’s open-world patch, and H1Z1’s name-change patch, with a mailbag question about older gamers in MMORPGs.

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Final Fantasy XI prepares for a spooky harvest festival

You honestly can’t scare Final Fantasy XI players with anything short of a shutdown notice at this point, so if you were hoping for this year’s Halloween event to be a terrifying collection of wraiths and shades, you will be sorely disappointed. If you were hoping that it would give you a chance to ride around on a chair flanked […]

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EverQuest II opens Planes of Prophecy expansion preorders, includes $139.99 edition

Daybreak has just announced that EverQuest II‘s Planes of Prophecy expansion first teased back in September is launching on Tuesday, November 28th, with preorders live now. The basic edition is $34.99, but the collector’s edition and premium edition are $89.99 and $139.99 respectively, which seems like an awful lot for an MMORPG that launched in 2004, but then again, you get a ton […]

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Grab a RoboManiac currency key from YEPS and Massively OP to get your ‘bot on

So here’s a new game that’s just rumbled onto our radar: It’s called RoboManiac, and it’s a self-described free-to-play browser MMO that combines “an RPG and sports manager” with robots, an elaborate trading system, a league leaderboard, multiplayer alliances, and basic RPG progression. It’s also adamantly against pay-to-win tactics. Did I mention the robots? “From the beginning, you have the […]

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The Stream Team: Daring to try RuneScape’s Dimension of the Damned

What if RuneScape was a survival game? It is now — or at least in a way. In honor of the holiday season the MMO has added a special new survival version for players to dive into, one filled with hordes of zombies. Halloween and survival game combined: How could Massively OP’s MJ say no? Tune in live at 2:00 […]

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Albion Online’s new trial is a referral system that costs the referrer in-game gold

If last week’s rumors about a new trial version in Albion Online had you excited, good news for you: It’s actually happening and in fact is already in place as of today’s update to the Joseph version of the game. The trick is that it’s not just a trial where you show up and get to play; it’s a referral […]

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EverQuesting: Celebrate everything Nights of the Dead with our EverQuest II guide

I may be disappointed with the lack of caring I feel is being shown to EverQuest II players by Daybreak/Columbus Nova, but that doesn’t mean I have stopped caring. I still do, even if I’m saddened. Thankfully, there are still EQII happy thoughts. And those happy thoughts are strong now! What better way to lift my spirits than with the festival celebrating […]

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Guild Wars 2’s Halloween event heralds new mount skins and new content

Guild Wars 2’s Halloween festivities have officially begun! The Mad King’s gala has a few new additions this year, including new themed guild decor, new daily achievements, new Halloween minis, a new race event in the Labyrinth (and yes, mounts are allowed), and new armor. Expect quite a bit of polish and bug fixing for Path of Fire zones as well, […]

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Take home a Hand of the Gods Medusa key in honor of the console closed beta launch

Hi-Rez’s turn-based strategy card game Hand of the Gods — you might recall it better as SMITE Tactics or even its internal name, Hotgods — formally launches closed beta on console today, arriving on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. “The​ ​beta​ ​for​ ​Hand​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Gods​ ​kicks​ ​off​ ​by​ ​offering​ ​special​ ​bundles​ ​for​ ​PlayStation​ ​Plus​ ​and​ ​Xbox​ ​Live Gold​ […]

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Flameseeker Chronicles: Unpacking Guild Wars 2’s Path of Fire story

I feel as though the time is finally right to talk to you all about the awesome chunk of story that dropped with Guild Wars 2‘s second expansion, Path of Fire. In terms of narrative quality and the amount of story content received, the expansion has fared very well indeed, so it’s been killing me not sharing my story thoughts with you sooner. […]

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LawBreakers drops a big update with competitive league, new maps, and customization

The latest update to LawBreakers is coming out on October 19th, and it uses the phrase “All-Star” a bit too often for anyone who has been on the internet over the past few years. But it also has a brand-new linear tutorial for players fresh to the game, so you can jump in and get a better idea of how […]

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Ashes of Creation is hosting a virtual costume ball for Halloween

Can a game that isn’t even in alpha yet have a Halloween celebration? Heck yes it can, Intrepid Studios says, and it has one such planned for Ashes of Creation, which was crowdfunded earlier this year. In fact, participants may even win keys to test the game. “Alpha Zero keys, so many Alpha Zero keys! How do you get them […]

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