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More MMO layoffs are in the news this week as noted free-to-play maker Jagex is shuttering its browser-based 8Realms project. A source told Massively that the social empire-building game "has been a major (and very expensive) flop. Many of us are losing our jobs, some are being moved to other dep...

May 28th 2012 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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I recently threw out a prediction that within five years, most of our MMO content will be coming through our browsers. To be more specific, I think that most players in the United States will be enjoying their favorite MMOs within a browser. That can mean several things but does not refer to game...

April 25th 2012 at 9:00pm 0 Comments
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As a player of many MMORTS titles, I have grown to understand that patience is not only a virtue but a necessity. Many titles from the genre are designed to make you spend real time to do anything. It's not that they are boring or tedious; instead, they are representing what it might be like to a...

April 6th 2012 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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Disclaimer: The Soapbox column is entirely the opinion of this week's writer and does not necessarily reflect the views of Massively as a whole. If you're afraid of opinions other than your own, you might want to skip this column. Have you ever played an MMORTS? No, I'm not talking about a singl...

March 9th 2012 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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Jagex, creator of the hit browser-based MMO RuneScape, is fixing to break out its latest title: the social empire-building strategy title 8Realms. In 8Realms, players are put in charge of an ancient, primitive civilization, and they're responsible for raising their nascent society into a far-re...

February 7th 2012 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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Jagex is trading up the Union Jack for the Stars and Stripes, as controlling interest in the studio has changed hands to a US firm. Insight Venture Partners, a venture capital firm from the US, completed a deal last year to increase its ownership to 55% of the UK-based company. Previously, the f...

January 9th 2012 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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Jagex, maker of the very popular browser-based MMO RuneScape, has branched out into the world of the MMORTS. I call this a good thing, especially since I am such a fan of the genre. There are literally scores and scores of the strategy-based city builders out there. Many of them not only are simi...

December 9th 2011 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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We first heard about 8Realms back in May, and Jagex's social empire game has progressed to the closed beta stage of development. The development team has provided some fun incentives to join closed beta, including an iPod touch giveaway every day until August 17th. If you're interested in trying...

July 29th 2011 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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"What's next?" is the question on everyone's lips when it comes to successful MMO studio Jagex. The RuneScape developer has many projects in the works, including Stellar Dawn and Transformers Online. However, the company is hoping that you'll also take notice of 8Realms, its social empire builder...

May 8th 2011 at 9:00pm 0 Comments