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I missed the whole Minecraft craze. I was stupidly grinding my virtual life away in various MMORPGs, plus I couldn't get past Minecraft's so-fugly-it's-hip aesthetic. No matter, though, because Space Engineers takes Minecraft's core concepts and dolls them up with pleasing visuals, a nifty near fut...

January 25th 2015 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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I've always considered EVE Online to be the model sandbox MMO and a template that could theoretically be applied to other titles. Whether you believe it's by careful design or a happy accident, EVE has stumbled on a formula that clearly works and has helped the game stay popular for over a decade....

February 16th 2014 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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Reader Sharvis recently emailed the Massively Speaking podcast with a question I felt deserved more than just a quick verbal reaction on the 'cast. That, and we just discovered that the ask@massively.com email address went dead approximately three weeks ago, and I've not been receiving your letters...

October 17th 2013 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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When a subscription MMO goes free-to-play, there's always a circus atmosphere surrounding it. The studios use it as an excuse to enjoy a "second launch," players pour out opinions on all sides, and new folks wander into the danger zone out of sheer curiosity. It's not just about F2P on this week's...

May 21st 2013 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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Bree pulls into Starbucks because her internet's on the fritz, Justin's giddy about minipets, and a wild Jef arrives to give us his thoughts on the first week of Defiance. Massively Speaking: It's super effective! Have a comment for the podcasters? Shoot an email to podcast@massively.com. We may...

April 9th 2013 at 11:30am 0 Comments
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With the holiday week here in the states, the news cycle downshifted while belts loosened. Justin, Jef, and Bree gorged on both turkey and MMOs this past week, and can now legally be declared "brain dead but heart happy." Even with Thanksgiving we still had an interesting week of stories, intervi...

November 27th 2012 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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Massively Speaking Episode 189 is a special GDC edition hosted by two of our attendees, Shawn Schuster and Jef Reahard. The two assemble for a short, early-morning debriefing on yesterday's PlanetSide 2 demo, which as Shawn describes it, "pretty much blew [him] away." They compare the game to its...

March 7th 2012 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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Look, I'm a red-blooded American gamer. I even call it 'Merica. So it should be no surprise when I feel like getting down with a melee-based chop-'em-up or have the desire to leap, jump and bounce my way through countless levels. In other words, action. We 'Mericans love our action games. I have...

January 11th 2012 at 9:00pm 0 Comments
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If you pre-ordered the game early enough, then you should be in Star Wars: The Old Republic's early access by the time you are reading this. I hope you're having a good time. Look me up on the Lord Adraas server. My name there is Shaddoe. Don't be scared -- I may roleplay my character. Even if y...

December 13th 2011 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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For the last few weeks, two members of the Massively staff, Larry Everett and Jef Reahard, have been romping around in the Star Wars: The Old Republic beta, enjoying an extended look at BioWare's upcoming story-driven themepark. Today, we can finally reveal their thoughts on the current state of...

October 20th 2011 at 12:00pm 0 Comments