The Daily Grind: Where do you stand on depictions of animal cruelty in MMORPGs?
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 March 2017, 8:00 am
Last week, when Guild Wars 2 revealed its latest minipet, there was a minor squabble on the forums as some players objected to it. The minipet depicts a fish flopping around gasping for air, like, y'know, dying fish do. Worth pointing out here is that this fish doesn't die; it just follows you around suffocating eternally because minipets are magic. [...]


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The Daily Grind: Do you like the idea of limited-time MMOs?
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 March 2017, 8:00 am
One of the things that I find neat about games like Rend, Crowfall, and Chronicles of Elyria is that all of these games are by their very nature meant to be short-term affairs. The game only lasts so long. In some cases it's a scheduled thing, in other cases it's more an organic result, but all of them wind up [...]


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One Shots: I took a picture THIS big!
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 March 2017, 10:00 am
When you take the best screenshot in the world and want to impress your friends, do you find that you end up exaggerating a tiny bit? Perhaps with wide-flung arm motions and tall tales of shutter speed and multiple lenses? Reader Matthew dishes up a boast for us from Elder Scrolls Online: "This screenshot amuses me for two reasons. Firstly, [...]


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Final Fantasy XIV walks players through NA data center relocation
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 March 2017, 11:00 am
A new North American data center has been in the works for Final Fantasy XIV for years now, and in mid-May, Square Enix is planning to flip the switch. Hopefully, this will decrease latency to those accessing the game in the region and offer improved services. The studio walked players through the switchover, which will require up to 48 hours of [...]


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Guild Chat: Tips for meeting guildmates in real life
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 March 2017, 12:00 pm
Welcome along to Guild Chat, my column in which I join forces with commenters to help a reader in need with a guild-related concern. This edition's submission is all about deciding to meet up with your guildmates in real life: Reader Xenos is great online friends with many of his guildmates and is considering either inviting them over to visit [...]


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The Black Death takes 'drastic action' to shore up early access
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 March 2017, 2:00 pm
"Back in November 2016, we were seven months into early access, and it was clear to us the game wasn’t in the state we wanted it to be in. We needed to take some drastic action." This confession comes from the latest Black Death dev blog, which was penned to bring fans up to speed on the plans for this [...]


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The MOP Up: ARK's console editions get a hair-do (March 26, 2017)
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 March 2017, 4:00 pm
The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line! [...]


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H1Z1 makes it easier for you to see what you're hitting
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 March 2017, 6:00 pm
H1Z1's PvP side is finally getting some much-needed love (sorry, slight dig at Daybreak's preferential treatment of King of the Kill). The devs posted a new diary this week to talk about the three major projects that the team is tackling this month. With 64% of players polled telling the studio that game optimization is "extremely important," Daybreak's engineers are [...]


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MMO Week in Review: City of Heroes necromancy (March 26, 2017)
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 March 2017, 8:00 pm
Were you too busy gaming this week to pay attention to MMO news? Get caught up every Sunday evening with Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review! Much-loved 2004 MMORPG City of Heroes, which sunsetted prematurely in 2012, dominated the headlines this week as NCsoft announced it was resurrecting a piece of the game's legacy by adding CoH NPC Statesman into its upcoming [...]


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WRUP: Say it once edition
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2017, 10:00 am
Most of the time, if you have something to say, you should say it once. That's enough. Just once, then move on. Make your point, make your argument, then move on with your life. If you think that a television show is really bad, say it once. Then don't watch it. Stop talking about it. Move on with your life. [...]


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RIFT acknowledges expansion issues, talks about new zone and challenge servers
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2017, 11:00 am
If you felt let down by the execution of RIFT: Starfall Prophecy, you're not alone. In this week's producer's letter, Trion Worlds admits that the expansion had "shortcomings" that need addressing. To wit, the studio said that it is "pouring heart and soul into improvements" to shore up the content as it moves forward. Speaking of moving forward, there's certainly [...]


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The Stream Team: Adventuring in ARK's redwoods
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2017, 11:55 am
After many weeks of raiding and raid prepping, Massively OP's MJ is eager to just relax and explore the ARK once again -- relax being a relative term, of course. Since many new dinos have been introduced, she can't wait to find a few to tame. Today, she's going into the redwoods in search of those high-flying cats that like [...]


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Camelot Unchained attacks its own test server with an army of bots
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2017, 2:00 pm
While it's always important to get players on to test servers for that human element, what if you need a huge army of characters on demand that never give up? That's when you take Camelot Unchained's approach by unleashing an army of bots on its test server to stress it out as much as possible. "Right now, we have bots [...]


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The Stream Team: Celebrating three years of SMITE (with presents!)
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2017, 3:55 pm
SMITE turned three years old today, and in that time it has offered players a multitude of new gods to play (many of which Massively OP's MJ has really enjoyed showing off!). Now you can get presents for celebrating its birthday with us; MJ has a multitude of gods and skins to give away as well as one special gift [...]


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Cloud Pirates opens up a new deathmatch map
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2017, 5:00 pm
We're going to assume that if you're already sailing in some sort of magical airship and engaging in aerial combat with disgruntled associates, then you probably have no issue with exploring a region created by an ancient and insane alien race. It comes with the territory. This past week, Cloud Pirates launched its Death or Glory update, at the center [...]


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Albion Online's new gathering gear helps you get the goods
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2017, 6:00 pm
25Have you ever wondered how strange it was that your fantasy MMO character ends up doing grunt work like farming, mining, or baking apple pecan pies with delicate flaky crusts in your battle armor? That won't be the case in Albion Online, just in case you were wondering. With the new Galahad update, gatherers now have their own specialty outfits [...]


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This week in MMO crowdfunding, Star Citizen capped off a week of DirectX revelations and mega map explanations with a round of celebrations -- for its fifth year of subscriptions. Folks who join the game's dev subber program pick up a magazine, discounts, and extra test access; sub before April 17th while the promo is live, you get vending machine flair for your [...]


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The Daily Grind: What long-term MMO tech issues still annoy you?
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2017, 8:00 am
The other day in Massively OP office chat, Eliot and I were reminiscing about World of Warcraft's launch period and in particular a bug that would lock your character down into a looting pose for minutes on end, even as you scooted around the world. It was a particularly annoying issue that persisted for a long time before the game [...]


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Betawatch: Pathfinder Online isn't dead yet (March 24, 2017)
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 March 2017, 8:00 pm
You could be forgiven for kind of thinking that Pathfinder Online was dead in the water, but it turns out that there's still hope. A surprise announcement stated that the game is moving forward once more, that it's going to be finished, and that there's reason to be hopeful from here on out. So if you're a big fan of [...]


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The Stream Team: Exploring the city in Conan Exiles
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 March 2017, 8:55 pm
While exploring last time, Massively OP's MJ came across a city in Conan Exiles, and she's eager to poke around inside and check it out. The locals didn't exactly look very friendly however, so the visit probably won't be a walk in the park. Unless it's a park filled with wild rabid animals, then maybe it will be just like [...]


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Gigantic has plans for bot matches, accessibility, and Windows 7 support
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 March 2017, 7:00 pm
Motiga Community Manager Evan Teicheira has a new state of the game post up for Gigantic today -- a most welcome one as the game laid off another 15 employees earlier this month to "reduce burn rate." "One of the most important revelations we’ve had during the beta is that Gigantic is complicated – not necessarily in a bad way, [...]


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LOTRO's Spring Festival returns
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 March 2017, 3:00 pm
Spring is in bloom, love is in the air, and boots are primed for stompin' some major shrew butt. Yes, it's once again time for Lord of the Rings Online's Spring Festival, which began Thursday and runs through April 2nd. During the festival, players can participate in traditional activities such as shrew stomping, pub crawling, and navigating the towering hedge [...]


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Revelation Online's scour dungeons are a leveler's best friend
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 March 2017, 4:00 pm
Even if MMO titles look similar to past releases, we've found that there are always interesting systems and unique quirks to each game that require some effort to familiarize. One of these for Revelation Online is the game's "scour dungeons," which are special instances devoted to the fine art of grinding mobs. This isn't as bad as it sounds, actually. [...]


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Last night's update saw the end of the Battle.net branding on the Blizzard launcher. You probably shed your tears back in September, when the company first announced it was retiring the Battle.net name and replacing it with terms like Blizzard Streaming and Blizzard Voice. Now the platform for World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and the rest just says... Blizzard. Speaking of [...]


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The Stream Team: Celebrating Warframe's 4th birthday
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 March 2017, 4:55 pm
Call her a party animal, but Massively OP's MJ can't resist celebrating a birthday, and Warframe is turning four! That's all the reason she needs to dive back in and check out more of that world. She's probably not nearly strong enough to seek out the new instruments that have just been introduced with the Octavia's Anthem update, but she [...]


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