Latest in Gaming

Image credit:

MMO Week in Review: You keep using that word


At the end of every week, we round up the best and most popular news stories, exclusive features, and insightful columns published on Massively and then present them all in one convenient place. If you missed a big MMO or WoW Insider story last week, you've come to the right post.

MMO gamers are used to studios applying the words "massively multiplayer online" to games that are barely online, only optionally multiplayer, and certainly not "massive" in any way, but this week, Maxis' Lucy Bradshaw took our acronym to new lows by suggesting that EA's beleaguered SimCity is effectively an MMO. Perhaps Bradshaw meant to frame her game's release fiasco as just another clownshoes MMO launch, but I think the MMO industry is perfectly capable of watering down its own terminology, thanks.

Read on for a roundup of the rest of our top MMO stories from the past week.


ArenaNet devs weigh in on Guild Wars 2 state-of-the-game video
It's the end of culling as we know it in Guild Wars 2 WvW
Guild Wars 2 to focus on improving systems, aiding small guilds
Flameseeker Chronicles: The eye of the storm in Guild Wars 2

Star Wars: The Old Republic adds a grab bag of grab bag reputation
BioWare gearing up for SWTOR expansion with double XP weekends
Hyperspace Beacon: Examining the gear of SWTOR 2.0

Carbine unveils five-minute WildStar gameplay video featuring Deradune
Music on the frontier: An interview with WildStar composer Jeff Kurtenacker

Hands-on with Neverwinter's Control Wizard
New Neverwinter trailer introduces the Jewel of the North
New Neverwinter video highlights the Control Wizard

Trion breathes new life into RIFT with Raptr Rewards promotion
Trion's Ffinch talks RIFT's 2013 updates

Other top MMO stories
F2P doubles TERA playerbase
Brad McQuaid returns to EverQuest
The Elder Scrolls Online serves up a stack of answers about combat
Guardians of Middle-Earth is a fun game doomed by its business model
The Secret World's Issue #6 launches
Opinion: There's no crafting in Star Wars!
Final Fantasy XIV declares open season on lore
Our top 10 MMO gaming pet peeves
Scarlet Blade streaks into closed beta
PlanetSide 2's GU04 introduces account unlocks and more
Hands-on with Marvel Heroes' combat, events, and crafting
MMO Burnout: Do yourself a favor and play Sleeping Dogs
Aphrodite joins the SMITE fight crew
Opinion: No sympathy for cheating
Richard Garriott explains why Shroud of the Avatar is on Kickstarter

WoW Insider
And from our sister site, WoW Insider...
There will be no more 5-man dungeons in Mists, not Warcraft
The fine art of WoW PvE twinking from level 1-35
A guide to looting WoW's Troves of the Thunder King
Lich King easter egg discovered in StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm
Eleven moments from WoW's history that should become scenarios
Free character moves offered to select US servers
All-worgen guild runs wild across Azeroth
World of Warcraft's cross-realm-zone-free servers

From around the web

ear iconeye icontext filevr