For Science: How gaming addiction is influenced by emotion and pride

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For Science: How gaming addiction is influenced by emotion and pride

Video game addiction isn’t as easy to treat as heroin addiction. That’s one of the big takeaways from a recent Reddit AMA with a Harvard-trained psychiatrist focusing on the field of game addiction, in which psychiatrist Alok Kanojia discusses the practice and the cultural hangups about the addiction. For example, he notes that it’s different from substance-based addictions because of...

How World of Warcraft was made, from an insider’s perspective

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How World of Warcraft was made, from an insider’s perspective

World of Warcraft fans are buzzing about a new book that looks at the development of the game from one of the insiders who was there from the beginning. The World of Warcraft Diary chronicles the journey of John Staats, a 3-D level designer who started writing about his experiences on the game since March 2001. And yes, this book...

The Daily Grind: How much of an MMO graphics snob are you?

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The Daily Grind: How much of an MMO graphics snob are you?

Pretty much any time that Project Gorgon comes up in discussion around Massively OP, a discussion invariably takes place among readers that weighs the game’s feature set against its graphical prowess (or lack of it). There’s your “the gameplay makes up for the looks” camp and then there’s your “I’m sorry, but I can’t get over the looks to access...

The Stream Team: Hopping on the Guild Wars 2 bunny mount train

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The Stream Team: Hopping on the Guild Wars 2 bunny mount train

Did you know that there is a giant bunny mount in Guild Wars 2? Massively OP’s MJ has learned that, and now she must have one! There’s just one snag: She needs good bunny rep to get it. So today, she’s diving in to make the locals happy enough to let her buy one. Hop in and join us live...

Skyforge: Battle Royale has arrived

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Skyforge: Battle Royale has arrived

Good news for people who have longed for MMOs to carry a bit more of that battle royale goodness, as Skyforge has officially launched its Battle Royale option for players. Yes, you too may now play in a standalone battle simulation against other players, even if you’ve never played Skyforge before. It puts you into a virtual recreation of a...

Neverwinter: Ravenloft is now available on consoles

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Neverwinter: Ravenloft is now available on consoles

Some people would argue that late August is a little too early to start celebrating Halloween, but Neverwinter isn’t about to let that get in its way. It’s time for everyone who loves fighting weird skeleton monsters and other strange denizens to jump on the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 versions of the game to start exploring Ravenloft on consoles....