Massively OP Podcast: Episode 5

It's been one doozy of a busy week here at Massively Overpowered, between our Kickstarter campaign conclusion, PAX East, studios closing, games celebrating anniversaries, and a certain alpha revving up. Can we sum it up in a single hour? The podcast fairies will sprinkle their magic dust and make it happen!

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Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

Or hard. True difficulty is nice too, and feels better than simply Time Served.

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

It's like you've got Spidey senses or something, or maybe you're just a regular listener to the show. ;)

Celestia
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Celestia

Why didn't I listen to the podcast before the site moved?  Fun banter between you guys in addition to a well-rounded wrap up of the week's news.  Good times!

Ghostmourn
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Ghostmourn

breetoplay RingofVoid , I build my first couple gaming rigs from Newegg and we order parts for work from Newegg/Amazon I'll keep that in mind :)

ArbiterLibera
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ArbiterLibera

Zulika_Mi_Nam Yeah, that surprised me. Nice to see it brought, if only to maybe raise awareness.

Viaron
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Viaron

If your SWGEmu account or character was banned, you can submit a petition to inquire about it at support.swgemu.com.
-Former SWGEmu Staff

bossrprouse
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bossrprouse

RingofVoid Usually ad services, like the one I'm working at, look at a bunch of metrics of their ad campaigns, like the ones that run on this site. One of the big ones is click through rate, which is how many people clicked on that ad that loaded for them. Nowadays they look at many other metrics like retention, which is how often that person goes back and reuses that site, and conversion, which is how many people that clicked bought something from that site or signed up, etc. Now click through rates are still very important, but ad companies don't depend on them alone anymore to determine its success.
In the end, it does help Massively for clicking on their ads, but it helps a lot more when you are in the market for something, say on newegg and use their ad on MassivelyOP to go to them then buy it.

agemyth
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agemyth

Heavily produced and scripted video content doesn't make sense today when you can just turn on OBS and instantly broadcast to your audience. I know you all are writers and you are far more comfortable with that than conducting live video, but if you have to write scripts for video content you could more easily make that an article.

I watch Twitch streams for many of the same reasons I listen to podcasts. The streamers/hosts opinions or experiences are entertaining in some way. That whole "personality" thing is something I would like to see more of from you guys. Try popping in the streams with Mike or MJ sometimes (voice, not just text!).

Reihen
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Reihen

Xijit Sounds to me like you're just burned out on MMOs. Traditional MMOs are all about progression and the slower it is, typically the more rewarding a player feels.

agemyth
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agemyth

Cali_ckn You can only call them "mop" if you also call us page clickers "mop heads" :)

I just call them Massively.

Cali_ckn
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Cali_ckn

Here are the time stamps.
2:30 Adventures in MMOs
7:23 Kickstarter Campaign Concluded
11:20 Camelot Unchained Starts Alpha!
14:53 Rift celebrates anniversary
18:57 Storybricks closes, Daybreak cuts down GM offerings
25:22 Elderscrolls online update 6
31:14 FF XIV Heavensward coming June 23rd
35:01 Will MOP be doing new types of Journalism?
43:47 Whats with the isometric MMOs?
Great show as always. I listen to you guys at work all the time and i always learn something new. Also do we have to call you guys mop? Acronyms that are cleaning tools at a little weird.

Nordavind
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Nordavind

Good show, made my work day much better :)

One thing though, regarding SOE customer service. It may be because we played different games over there (I was involved in 5 different TCGs, no MMOs), but my experience with them over several games over several years is horrendous.

While the games were fresh and new, things were OK. But all of the games got the silent treatment not far into their life spans (I'm guessing revenues went down beyond expectations), and there could be weeks if not months between any CR rep or official had any words for us.

In the fifth game (Legends of Norrath), I started to see the same things happening as the 4 first, and when I got some dragon thing which some player could make into a pet in EQ or EQII, I cashed out (sold my whole collection) and never touched any SOE game after that. And I never will, even if they're called Daybreak.

breetoplay
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breetoplay

amoranth Yeah, videos really are tricky. I actually watch a LOT of videos -- mostly tutorials and demos for a hobby totally and utterly unrelated to gaming. When it comes to gaming videos, I get really bored and can't stand to spend time doing just that thing. It's definitely not my medium -- I'd rather write, read, and actually play to learn games. I really only watch gaming videos to scope out friends/rivals/possible hires (>.>), make sure our streamers are keeping it real, and figure out how to play very specific content that has me puzzled. But then I always liked the MMO Report too. Let's Plays, not so much, unless I love the host or really want to check out a game before I buy it.
But that's me personally, and obv what we do for the site is for the site, not just for me. :D

amoranth
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amoranth

Great podcast. When it comes to video content, I consume it voraciously-- because I can listen to videos while doing other things, unlike reading. If you do make more video content, I will gladly watch it, even if it is just somebody talking over pre-recorded footage or something relatively simple like that. If the content is relevant to my interests, and the presenter isn't extremely disagreeable, I will watch a video regardless of how fancy it is.

certain other mmo websites have been ramping up their video content as of late, and I've been enjoying it. I'm sure you know the ones :)

Personally, unlike Bree, I don't like isometric views very much because I like to be able to jump and use the z axis, and because the worlds in iso games are typically rather flat. I would prefer first person over iso, except in touch screen/mobile games. That said, I don't really like first person either, at least not 100% of the time, because of how unnatural it usually feels. I know it's crazy to say first person feels less natural than third, but surprisingly it often does. That's not to say first person couldn't be done well, it just usually isn't.

Zulika_Mi_Nam
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Zulika_Mi_Nam

oooooo we talked about the emulator out in the open.  I feel so naughtie....this podcast should now get a mature rating.

Needmoreloot
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Needmoreloot

Excellent as always, perhaps even better than when tethered to your once overlords! I wish FF would go B2P I'm never doing sub again but drool over so many of their screenshots.

The addition of the "what we are wearing" segment was an interesting addition but without the cunning addition of Massively Merch I fear it may be a one time thing ;D (p.s the MJ slipper range is just waiting to happen!)

Gylnne
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Gylnne

Great podcast, thank you.:)

Denice J Cook
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Denice J Cook

breetoplay 

Awesome!  I'm glad you mentioned this before I bought my new nVidia 980.  ;)

paragonlostinspace
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paragonlostinspace

Rebel Engie

Hehe, I was about to post about that. I just finished up listening to the podcast. Too funny!

Rebel Engie
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Rebel Engie

"Jef got banned because they found out he was Jef" 
LOL

TBPlayer2112
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TBPlayer2112

breetoplay RingofVoid This is something I was wondering as well. I've been clicking on the Newegg adds a couple times a day to help out, and to drool at gear I can't afford. =P

Mark Jacobs
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Mark Jacobs

breetoplay Mark Jacobs You're welcome! Happy to help, anytime!

As far as transparency, yep, it's was one of the hallmarks of our campaign and post-KS, I said it wasn't going to change.

breetoplay
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breetoplay

Celestial Hey I've never used that. I honestly stopped messing with podcast apps once Google Listen died for good. Now I just download them and PushBullet them to my phone. :P Thanks for the heads up.

Liandreth
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Liandreth

Great podcast, as always. Hubs even listens with me now. We were glad to support the kickstarter and will be glad to support your future fundraising.

breetoplay
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breetoplay

RingofVoid We're sort of not allowed to answer this question directly for some of our ads, but for NewEgg, using us to leapfrog over there to browse and buy stuff helps! :)

breetoplay
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breetoplay

Mark Jacobs To be clear, I didn't mean that $250 gets you only alpha, only that you can't have alpha (right now) without that $250 unless you pledged way back when! Thank you for posting the full numbers! Transparency on number of alpha backers = awesome.

Tierless
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Tierless

Top down isn't my favorite but it gives me a nostalgia kick. I'm glad to be living in a time when people can make games that attempt to capture the aesthetics and souls of the old games with the technology from the new ones. Its a fun time to be a gamer and, after too many years in the dark ages, about to be a fun time to be an MMOer again (once some of the crowd funded games start to progress more).

Mark Jacobs
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Mark Jacobs

Tierless Mark Jacobs Well, we'll have to see how we do when we get most of them to log in at the same time. That should be interesting.

Tierless
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Tierless

Mark Jacobs 8k into a legit old school alpha! I've seen man a open beta crashed with far less! The tech is strong with this one.

Mark Jacobs
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Mark Jacobs

Just to clarify a few things:

1)
# of Alpha Backers = 8K+.
2) The cheapest Alpha for Builders is $250 but it's a Physical Edition so it's
not quite the same as $250 just to get into Alpha since it does come with physical goods. It also gets an additional two months sub.
3) The next pack, $275 also comes with a lifetime sub and not just “It’s $250
to get into Alpha” but also with the Lifetime sub which is a $190 add-on
normally. 
FYI, our KS pledge with Alpha was cheaper, $110 (which is why we have so many Alpha Backers).

-Mark

Xijit
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Xijit

For the record: people don't like to pay for MMOs because so much of the industry is full of bullshit.

Show me a game that doesn't waste my time with glacial progression in order to milk more subscription time, or waste my effort with infinitesimally low drop rates in order to milk cash shop purchases, and I will show my wallet.

RingofVoid
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RingofVoid

Does MassivelyOP get extra credit for click-thoughs to NewEgg (and other future sponsors)?  It's an extra step, but I can easily come here then click on the ad to get there if it helps out.

Midgetsnowman
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Midgetsnowman

Hey. Goblins have feelings too :(

Celestial
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Celestial

Not specific to this particular podcast episode, but y'all have made Pocket Casts very happy.  I spent $18 on the Pocket Casts iOS app for my tablet, the Pocket Casts Android app for my smartphone, *and* the Pocket Casts website just to listen to this each week.  Thanks to @http://www.livefyre.com/profile/72423789/ for the tip.

Nordavind
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Nordavind

Can't wait for work tomorrow when I will listen to this :D

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