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Norrathian Notebook: How to improve your Landmark building skills

What goes through your mind when you come across show-stopping Landmark builds? Do you just admire them, or do they also pierce your confidence and remind you of your own less-than-phenomenal skills? Some folks see another player's masterpiece and are inspired. while others get discouraged. Don't...

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The Daily Grind: Do you (still) pre-order MMOs?

As we reported yesterday, Activision says that pre-orders are declining across the game industry. Here in MMOland, pre-orders are still kind of a thing, but they're also being supplemented/supplanted by early access sales. What about you, personally, though? Do you (still) pre-order MMOs,...

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Leaderboard: Firefall vs. Defiance vs. Destiny

Shooters are certainly in vogue at the moment, what with last week's Firefall launch, this week's Defiance Silicon Valley expansion launch, and next month's colossally expensive Destiny launch. Come to think of it, those three titles are probably worth pitting against one another, wouldn't you...

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The Daily Grind: What do you think about MMO sequels?

While sequels to MMOs aren't as prevelant as they are elsewhere in the entertainment industry, we've certainly seen more than a few pop up in this genre's short lifespan. There are pros and cons to making sequels, of course, and while players always seem to clamor to have their favorite older MMOs...

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Global Chat: A blast from the past

As many of you know, Massively doesn't really believe in reviews of MMOs, as they are ever-changing and shifting targets. Instead, we've provided impressions and continuing coverage of these games during their lifespans (and even after), which is something that many bloggers also favor. In this...

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Massively Speaking Episode 308: Telon mourned

Even as two high-profile MMOs launched this week, another two were shuttered. Out of those, Vanguard will be the most missed among fans, an ambitious yet troubled fantasy title that struggled for years. In this episode of Massively Speaking, the hosts raise a glass to the memories of a world gone,...

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Flameseeker Chronicles: The curse of Guild Wars 2's precursor weapons

My wife doesn't play Guild Wars 2 any more. She hasn't exactly made a deliberate choice to leave the game and never come back, but she used to play every day. Some time around the end of season one of the living world story, she started logging in only every week or so, and then finally not at all....

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The Daily Grind: Do you hate minigames in MMOs?

A reader in my last Working As Intended column made an off-hand comment about minigames that struck me as interesting. "I loathe how [minigames] have invaded MMOs in the last few years," Zuji wrote. And he's right: Minigames have become a huge part of MMOs. Upon reflection, I find I half agree with...

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Not So Massively: Destiny's endgame, Path of Exile's expansion, and LoL's new champion

Welcome back to No So Massively, where every Monday we round up the highlights from the past week in the world of MOBAs, roguelikes, MMOTCGs, and other games that aren't quite MMOs. Path of Exile announced its second miniexpansion, Forsaken Masters, and released a new digital comic. Destiny...

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The Mog Log: Exploring Final Fantasy XIV's 2.3 dungeons

It's been just about a month since 2.3 went live in Final Fantasy XIV, and while we're still waiting for the arrival of our full personal housing and the addressing of the hot mess that is the Hunt, we do still have new dungeons. More than that, we have three really good dungeons. Since everyone...

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