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Wings Over Atreia: Aion entices returning players, removes reviled manastone mechanic

If you haven't checked back into Aion in a while, now might be the time to start plotting your return. Next week on January 28th NCsoft is introducing a special new experience for those who have been away from the game for more than 30 days; it includes special zones called Abbeys that provide excl...

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The Daily Grind: What's the worst-designed MMO city?

One of my personal pet peeves in any roleplaying game is to have to navigate around an overly large city. I guess I'm just not a city guy at heart. But that annoyance is doubly so for any video game metropolis that suffers from poor design. I can name several examples, although today World of Wa...

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Global Chat: Guild Wars 2's economy is broken

Guild Wars 2's economy remains a hot-button issue even two-and-a-half years after its release. In this week's exploration of the blogosphere, one writer pulls out all the stops to let you know what's broken about this MMO's economy -- and how it can be fixed. In addition to this thoughtful read,...

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Massively Speaking Episode 330: Ehtch won zee won

No matter where you looked this week, something big was going on. Whether it was the early release of a certain zombie MMO, strong rumors of a thorny expansion, or hints that other titles may be offering free versions in the future, the news kept our team hopping and will keep our podcasters today ...

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Flameseeker Chronicles: Rooting through Guild Wars 2's Point of no Return

How about that Guild Wars 2 season finale, huh? Although it's not the major event last year's was, it threw a huge chunk of fuel on the ol' rumor bonfires. Despite the buzz surrounding GW2 lately, I know a lot of players expected ArenaNet to underplay the last chapter of season two. Instead, we ...

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The Daily Grind: What constitutes a 'niche' MMO feature?

In the wake of WildStar's rocky first half year, some players have defended the game's self-destructive gameplay decisions by declaring traditional gameplay tropes "niche." It's meant to be a niche game for that tiny niche of hardcore raiders, defenders argue, and therefore criticism is unwarranted...

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Not So Massively: Closed beta for HOTS; tourneys for Hearthstone and LoL

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. Heroes of the Storm is now in closed beta. Blizz also previewed the Sky Temple map. Blizzard announced the 2015 H...

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The Mog Log: A primer for Final Fantasy XIV patch 2.5

Ladies, gentlemen, and those who fall into neither category: The end approaches swiftly. Final Fantasy XIV's last pre-expansion patch is about to drop, and just like the bass, it won't be the same afterward. Tomorrow you've got a whole lot of new content to play through, enough to probably keep you...

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Perfect Ten: My mobile MMO experiment, part 1

I'm often mystified that we haven't seen or heard much about MMOs on mobile devices. You'd think that with such a massive potential audience that studios would be racing to bust this market wide open, but whether it's the limitations of such devices (size, lack of input) or some stigma against deve...

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The Daily Grind: What does Trove need to do to succeed?

This month I've made a point to dabble in Trove and check out how far the game's come now that it's in a semi-launched state. So far I'm somewhat pleased as it's running well, intuitive to handle, fun to play, and not half bad on the eyes. I don't think anyone, Trion included, is under the impre...

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