PC Gamer Chat Log Episode 21: How are MMOs lookin' these days?

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Greetings gamers, welcome back to the PC Gamer Chat Log podcast! How are y'all this week? I hope it's been a good one. This week Lauren and I have brought Online Editor Fraser Brown along to talk all about MMOs—where they've been, where they're at now and where we think they're going in the future.

All three of us have sunk unspeakable hours into MMOs, from Guild Wars 2, to Final Fantasy 14, to Star Wars: The Old Republic. We offer a brief history on the MMOs we've played over the years—and I share more than a few bizarro ones I found in the depths of the internet as a child—and which ones have held our attention for thousands of hours.

Is it time for theme park MMOs to step aside? Which genres deserve to be MMOfied in the next decade? Which MMOs on the horizon are we looking forward to and will we ever see one that manages to thrive alongside juggernauts of Blizzard and Square Enix design? We also make Fraser relive his 300 hours with New World. Sorry, Fraser.

Don't forget to tune in at the beginning of the episode for mine and Lauren's weekly catchup. As always, we share with each other (and you!) some of the fun things we've been up to this week—games we've played, books we've read, events we've attended—and don't forget to share your week with us, too!

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Mollie Taylor
Features Producer

Mollie spent her early childhood deeply invested in games like Killer Instinct, Toontown and Audition Online, which continue to form the pillars of her personality today. She joined PC Gamer in 2020 as a news writer and now lends her expertise to write a wealth of features, guides and reviews with a dash of chaos. She can often be found causing mischief in Final Fantasy 14, using those experiences to write neat things about her favourite MMO. When she's not staring at her bunny girl she can be found sweating out rhythm games, pretending to be good at fighting games or spending far too much money at her local arcade.