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Justin Olivetti

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A casual gamer and long-time MMO fan, Justin is often heard yelling, "Player housing for all!" in the Massively Offices. In addition to news, he tackles The Road to Mordor, The Perfect Ten, Jukebox Heroes, the retrospective Game Archaeologist series, and Massively Speaking.

Justin Olivetti's Latest Posts

One Shots: Guard whacked!

According to Massively Law, which is as unshakable as it is awesome, if you send in screenshots from an MMO that was made during the Clinton presidency, then I'm required to feature them as a header for this column. Hence, Ultima Online. This picture comes from reader Azzura, who found out the...

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The Daily Grind: What 'famous' NPCs were a thrill to meet?

Some of us who are perhaps more deeply invested in particular game worlds and lore tend to have a strong reaction when meeting the more famous members of the NPC cast. Perhaps it's a big name from another game in the series, a character that was prominently featured on the box art, or even a person...

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Kickstarter hacked, customer information accessed

If you've logged in to use Kickstarter, perhaps to support an up-and-coming MMO, then pay attention: earlier today, the site reported to users that it was hacked this past week and customer data was accessed. In a security notice posted on the site, Kickstarter said that it was notified by...

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The Road to Mordor: When storm clouds gather...

When I think about the news swirling around Lord of the Rings Online lately, I feel a bit like Sam and Frodo getting their first glimpse of Mordor and Mount Doom. It's hard to think of cheer and happiniess when the view is full of heavy clouds and ash. I have several positive articles that I'd...

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Rhode Island Governor signs 38 Studios settlement bill

Following successful votes in the Rhode Island Senate and House of Representatives, a bill designed to help settle the 38 Studios fiasco was signed into law by Governor Lincoln Chafee yesterday. Lawmakers hope that the bill will encourage settlements by shielding defendants from further...

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Trion's Elizabeth Tobey departs

Trion Worlds Director of Global Communications Elizabeth Tobey announced today that she's leaving the studio to work for Smule. She also firmly squashed any speculation that her departure signaled that Trion is conducting layoffs: "Firmly no to downsizing; in fact, I've been working with our...

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EverQuest Next Landmark lays out development roadmap

EverQuest Next Landmark Director of Development Dave Georgeson has posted a roadmap for the title's next few months last night, divvying up the upcoming features into three phases that are independent of alpha and beta labels. In the first phase that's coming in "the next few weeks," SOE will be...

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The Trove Diaries: Exploring the wild, wild... peaceful forest?

In a recent Trove patch, the team added in a new chest at the central world hub for players to toss in gear to share with others. A community chest. Other than making me think about Monopoly for a minute, it gave me one of those brief, warm feelings that this game tends to do on a regular basis....

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World of Darkness drawing inspiration from sandbox survival games while EVE CE goes on sale

CCP assured World of Darkness fans that the project is "evolving rapidly" despite recent layoffs, will have a presence at Fanfest in May, and is even taking cues from sandbox survival games for its development. CCP CEO Hilmar Pétursson told RPS that survival games have given the team...

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NCsoft boosts numbers in Q4 2013 while Nexon names new CEO

NCsoft is thanking its lucky Blade & Soul these days, as revenues from the game's popularity in China have helped to boost its financial status. In the recently released Q4 2013 earnings report, NCsoft announced that sales, operating profit, pre-tax income, and net income were up over Q3...

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