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Massively Speaking Episode 316: A life of consequence

MMO worlds talk big about change and consequence but rarely deliver. Is this all set to change? On this week's podcast, the crew tackles the LEGO Minifigures Online stealth launch, an unfortunate expansion delay, surprising sales from an indie sandbox title, and a compelling reason to return to...

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Hyperspace Beacon: Eight quests you should play before SWTOR's Revan expansion

The next expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic is coming in December, and any BioWare fan already knows the primary antagonist: Revan. Revan has been BioWare's focal Star Wars character since its first Star Wars game, Knights of the Old Republic. SWTOR even features Revan in multiple...

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The Daily Grind: Do you play on your MMO's public test server?

Even after they're officially launched, many MMOs still maintain public test servers where volunteers can help the devs test out upcoming content (or at least sneak a peek at it). I am not usually one of those players, but long ago I spent a lot of time on Ultima Online's test center. UO made it...

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Not So Massively: Star Citizen's Guinness record, Dota 2's mega patch, and GTAO's last team standing

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. Star Citizen hit 55 million in crowdfunding funds, setting a new Guinness record for "the largest crowdfunding...

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The Nexus Telegraph: Dribs and drabs of WildStar

The past few weeks have not been a fun time to be a fan of WildStar, and we still have heard distressingly little about what's coming in the next patch. Heck, the most I can think of hearing about in recent memory is the announcement that the game will not feature any sort of holiday content this...

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The Daily Grind: Do you deal with publisher shenanigans for a game you love?

I love ArcheAge. It's basically rekindled my passion for MMOs, and despite its design flaws and a godawful business model, it's easily my favorite genre title in quite some time. That said, Trion's acting like it's never done this before. The company's customer service is flat out terrible, as...

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The Daily Grind: Have you ever enjoyed a grind despite the grind?

I've been fishing my ass off in ArcheAge. You kinda have to if you want to make a virtual career out of it, because it takes a while -- and a lot of clicking -- to get your fishing skill from newb to 10,000 and thus to the real meat of the system. This is clearly a grind, and ordinarily I loathe...

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The Game Archaeologist: The return of Habitat

After over four years of writing for Massively, I've ceased to be surprised by how bizarre and unexpected this industry can be. However, if you had told me a few weeks ago that, of all things, Habitat would be coming back online, I would have laughed mightily in your face. And yet, that's...

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The Daily Grind: How much of a completionist are you?

MMOs are dangerous territory for the "must see, do, and experience it all" type of player. With mission checklists, achievement pages, collections, rare kill lists, armor sets, and map exploration, these types of games appeal to and encourage completionists to fulfill their destinies. So how...

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Ask Massively: Dancing on WildStar's grave

This week's revelation that WildStar Design Producer Stephen Frost is quitting his role is not the first and likely won't be the last blow to the beleaguered game. Carbine lost several high-profile developers before and after launch, and with raiding guilds abandoning the title, server merges on...

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