The Stream Team: Continuing Conan Exiles’ first dungeon
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 April 2017, 8:55 pm
Last time, Massively OP’s MJ delved into Conan Exiles’ first dungeon but ran out of time before completing it. The group has figured out some of the secrets, and is determined to discover them all! Hopefully, there will be treasure involved as well. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. as the crew sacrifices another soul to dive back in. What: [...]


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Heroes of Storm crowns a dorm champ, catalyzes a wedding
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 April 2017, 7:00 pm
Congrats are due this week to the University of Texas at Arlington, whose Heroes of the Storm e-sports team pretty much walked away handily with the Heroes of the Dorm trophy given at the Las Vegas National Championships on Saturday. UT Arlington finishes its competitive year with a 29-0 record and blots out its huge loss to Arizona State last [...]


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Dark and Light’s world is an explorer’s dream come true
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 April 2017, 8:00 pm
Recently, the Dark and Light team posted an interview with… itself, which is a totally normal thing to do. It’s actually a pretty interesting read about the tack that the team is taking with its worldbuilding design, particularly in the first section of the game. Players will begin their journey in Dark and Light in a 20-area region called The [...]


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Pokemon Go counts 65M players, plans gym raids and co-op gameplay
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 April 2017, 5:00 pm
Niantic’s latest Pokemon Go post might seem like a mundane thank-you note for all its many awards, but there are two bits buried within worth noting. The first revolves around the game’s stats, and the second suggests improvements to gameplay. “We continue to be inspired by the passion of the 65+ million people from around the world playing Pokémon GO [...]


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Rumor: Overwatch leak reveals Insurrection PvE event launching tomorrow
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 April 2017, 5:30 pm
Who had “PvE event” in the Overwatch teaser rumor pool? Oh, everyone? OK then, you all win, because that is indeed what appears to be happening. And we know this because the French PlayStation YouTube channel leaked the video (now being hosted elsewhere on YouTube). If ever you wanted proof against grand conspiracies, just remember that people can’t even keep [...]


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Shroud of the Avatar talks outskirts, plans summer telethon
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 April 2017, 6:00 pm
Today brings to a close Shroud of the Avatar’s most recent free trial, but the newsletters keep on rolling. This weekend’s update dives into the game’s new Outskirts feature, which is basically a series of locales between the starting areas and some of the much larger and more advanced zones, intended to give players a bit of a staging ground [...]


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The Stream Team: Seeking out DC Universe Online’s Starro
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 April 2017, 2:55 pm
Have you ever met an evil demon starfish? Massively OP’s MJ is about to hunt one in DCUO. Starro the Conqueror has invaded, and facing him leads to the acquiring of cool event items, so naturally MJ has to get in on the action. To save the universe from evil really — not just get the wacky cosmetics. Join us [...]


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Legends of Aria rewrites Shards Online’s combat system
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 April 2017, 3:30 pm
When Legends of Aria emerged from Shards Online, it changed more than just the name. In the first Aria-era dev diary, the team explains that the combat system for the upcoming MMO has evolved since its previous version. “Our conclusion at the end of our Shards Online Alpha was that we had taken combat many interesting places and stretched the [...]


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Leaderboard: How much did your family support gaming as a hobby when you were a kid?
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 April 2017, 4:00 pm
I was chatting with my mom this morning when I was surprised to hear her say that she was impressed with how good my five-year-old son has gotten with video games. I wasn’t surprised because it’s not true; he’s phenomenal, and letting him play games, including MMOs (in moderation and under supervision!), has improved his reading skills, focus, coordination, and [...]


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Star Wars: The Old Republic’s War for Iokath dailies allow you to play both sides
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 April 2017, 1:00 pm
If you’re angling to jump back into Star Wars: The Old Republic for GU 5.2 tomorrow, better take a look at BioWare’s latest developer livestream. Or better yet, Dulfy’s done the hard work of summarizing the stream for those of you who haven’t got 35 minutes to listen to two minutes of info! We already knew that the patch would see [...]


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Revelation Online deals with infestation of adorable and cuddly raccoon-people
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 April 2017, 1:30 pm
If there is a species of land animal that MMOs haven’t made into a weird or adorable NPC race, developers haven’t met them yet. Case in point, Revelation Online’s Volopine, which are party-loving raccoon-people that exist as a non-playable faction. The Volopine spend most of their time getting ready for a daily festival and a night’s worth of fireworks. That [...]


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Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward in review, part two
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 April 2017, 2:00 pm
Here’s a fun fact: I don’t actually know how long this series of columns is going to be at this point. That shouldn’t affect your enjoyment of it, but it’s still true. I just know that I want to cover the entire expansion, top to bottom, and last week we started in by looking at the main scenario quests and [...]


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Star Trek Online’s Reckoning headed to consoles on April 18
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 April 2017, 2:30 pm
For one — just one — glorious week this month, Star Trek Online’s console players will feel content that they will be warping around the same update as their PC brothers and sisters. Here’s the prime universe timeline of what’s going down in the game this spring. Season 12: Reckoning arrived on the PC late January and is about to [...]


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LOTRO Legendarium: Playing second fiddle to the Fellowship
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 April 2017, 12:00 pm
Back when Lord of the Rings Online was being developed as Middle-earth Online in the late 1990s, the original concept was to plop players into the Fourth Age after the fall of Sauron and the destruction of the One Ring. The idea was that this would allow for a lot more flexibility and world manipulation once the game escaped the [...]


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Experts caution against VR dangers
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 April 2017, 10:00 am
With virtual reality headsets becoming widespread and the gaming industry jumping on board the movement, could there be a dark side to this rapid adaptation? That’s the concern of some of University of Southern California’s researchers, who spoke at a lecture to present some of the unintended consequences of widespread VR penetration. The researchers are calling for government scrutiny of [...]


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Play The Elder Scrolls Online for free for a week starting tomorrow
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 April 2017, 10:30 am
Have you been itching to pop into The Elder Scrolls Online ahead of the launch of Morrowind in June? Good news for you: Bethsoft has just announced it’s plotting a free play week beginning tomorrow and ending on April 18th. The event is for PC, PS4, and Xbox One (and Mac!), so you’ll have seven days to try it out [...]


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RuneScape airs ’15 Years of Adventure’ documentary
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 April 2017, 11:00 am
“This is the story of a world created in a kitchen. Of a community bonding as they kill chickens or fish for sharks. It’s a sneaky peek behind the scenes of an online world, of its highs and lows and an attempt to solve something of a mystery. How a video game can still be loved and relevant after 15 years.” [...]


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Wargaming says betting is ‘a natural part of sports’ and therefore online games
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 April 2017, 11:30 am
Earlier this month, we covered SuperData’s report on the state of gambling practices in digital games, in which one of the analysis firm’s claims was that Valve’s ordeal last year — whereby government regulatory boards investigated the company’s level of complicity in illegal gambling of Dota skins — have put a chill on other studios considering similar arrangements, to say [...]


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The Daily Grind: How important are player economies to MMORPGs?
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 April 2017, 8:00 am
One of the more alarming trends in MMORPGs from the past few years, to me anyway, is the weakening of in-game economic systems, and not just from themepark shortcuts. My first MMORPG was Ultima Online, where personal trading and vendor malls were ubiquitous, where you could drop dead and see everything you’d held looted and carted away by players and mobs alike. [...]


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Conan Exiles wants to know what you want, what you really really want
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 April 2017, 9:00 am
What do you think about Conan Exiles so far? Because your opinion matters to the development team. Not in a vague, abstract sense, but in the real and immediate sense wherein the team wants your input. What do you want to see in development next? That’s the core of the survey the Funcom team has up, and so now is [...]


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EVE Vegas is coming this October, tix go on sale
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 April 2017, 9:30 am
Missed out on this year’s EVE Fanfest? There’s still a chance for redemption, comradery, and geeky fun with this October’s EVE Vegas event. For three days, from October 6th through 8th, players will congregate at the Linq Hotel and Casino for a keynote, speakers, a party, tournaments, hands-one demos, and even a pub crawl. Tickets are now on sale for [...]


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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! Gotta love a big MMORPG week! Marvel Heroes is coming to console, Black Desert has huge plans for 2017, The Secret World weathered a massive leak, Ship of Heroes began and ended its Kickstarter, and through [...]


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The MOP Up: Scorpio’s doomsday device (April 9, 2017)
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 April 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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Elder Scrolls Legends’ new PvE expansion includes an Elder Scrolls Online mount
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 April 2017, 6:00 pm
It’s been a big spring so far for The Elder Scrolls Legends, Bethsoft’s Elder Scrolls franchise online collectible card game. Just a month ago, the game ripped off the beta tag for its formal PC launch. Then it launched for tablet iOS. This week, the game has introduced players to the assassins guild with its first content injection, dubbed Fall [...]


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Gigantic discusses impact changes for respawns, summons, and Guardians
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 April 2017, 2:00 pm
This is the end… of the week. But for Gigantic, it really is the end… of smaller patches during open beta. While there still isn’t a firm release date announced, the team is doubling down on development while working on more overarching issues like refining the game’s mechanics slightly. Not simplifying them, exactly; just making them a bit easier to [...]


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