With all the talk and testing swirling about World of Warcraft Classic this past week, the full nostalgia gates have reopened and a flood of memories are washing over the gamer community. Everyone seems to be stumbling over each other to share their favorite story from “back in the day.” I think that’s pretty awesome, to tell the truth. I love hearing tales from back when MMOs were young and we were but fledgling adventurers in these seemingly endless worlds. There’s something special about looking back at the original, “vanilla” version of an MMO and thinking of hours spent exploring and fighting in them. For today’s discussion, let’s open the field to ALL vanilla editions of games — what was your favorite memory from those early days of playing that MMO? Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: What’s your favorite ‘vanilla’ MMO memory?
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin return to the most vanilla days of them all, thanks to World of Warcraft Classic’s beta test. The duo also talk about DDO’s latest expansion, the delay of Skull and Bones, and useful tips on playing City of Heroes. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so. Listen to the show right now: Show notes: Other info: Download Episode 221 Podcast theme: “Dun Morogh” from World of Warcraft (vanilla version) Your show hosts: Justin and Bree Listen to Massively OP Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Player FM, TuneIn, Google Play, iHeartRadio, Pocket Casts, and Spotify Follow Massively Overpowered: Website, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Twitch If … [Read more...] about Massively OP Podcast Episode 221: Classic Warcraft flavor
We’re just two weeks out from the official launch of Elsweyr in The Elder Scrolls Online, complete with new zone, new Necro class, and of course, more dragons than you can shake a cat at. And you know what that means: Early access has arrived as of today, so those of you who preordered digitally (or who preorder digitally right now before the formal June 4th launch) can jump right in and kick up a dust trail on your way to the land of the Khajiit. Console players thank you for your service exterminating all the bugs before they are granted access, I’m sure. “Your extra character slot from Elsweyr will be added after you log in to a character for the first time,” ZeniMax reminds players. Meanwhile, both the MMORPG and ESO subreddits are buzzing over some tweaks to the cash shop right about now: The bundle that allows you to play any race in any alliance appears to be changing in price from 2000 to 11700 crowns ($20 to $80), although the 2000-crown price is still … [Read more...] about Elder Scrolls Online’s Elsweyr early access has begun
Game developer Duoyi and distributor 101XP announced today that they’re developing a free-to-play MMORPG that sounds far too good to be true. Eternal Magic, according to the website, contains epic 80-player battles, a MOBA mode, PvP, and player housing. 101XP calls it a “killer mix for an incredible adventure.” Starting out, the classes fit a typical MMORPG skill-set. We have a Knight, a Gunslinger, a Spellblade, a Priest, a Mage, and an Assassin. Each class can be adjusted to playstyle with five different categories of action-style combat. The videos for the game don’t really explain the combat well, nor do they show the UI, but the press release talks about combo enhancement and cooldown decrease. This usually indicates action combat similar to many of Lineage-esque MMOs out there. The social aspects of the game have — let’s say — an interesting twist. The game features player housing that players can decorate how they like. Of course, there … [Read more...] about Newly announced MMO Eternal Magic has something ‘for the girls’
I can’t help it: I’ve had Game of Thrones on my mind the last week. As someone who discovered the books as a kid, I’ve been invested in George R.R. Martin’s world and characters for a long time, and as a fan and a writer, I’ve mostly been disappointed by this hurried and choppy final season and the show’s ultimate ending. Of course, it’s not exactly the first time pop media endings have disappointed me. MMOs disappoint me all the time, both in terms of their storytelling and in terms of the cavalier way some of them are simply abandoned by their creators. (One might say Game of Thrones was both.) The latter is more compelling to me: For example, I’m still pretty pissed off by the way TUG aka The Untitled Game disappeared off the face of the earth without so much as a farewell or explanation to backers. It’s an ending without closure. So today’s Daily Grind is two-fold, and you can feel free to answer one or the other or both: … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: What MMO had the most disappointing ending?