Massively OP Podcast: Episode 14

When a studio is scooped by rumors, confessions, and scanty evidence, there’s no putting that cat back in the bag for a formal announcement. This week Justin and Bree talk about a business model shift, a cancelation, a delay, and a success story… although not necessarily in that order. Also, there’s a brief PSA about the dangers of monitor cords, so pay attention!

Join us on the podcast as we talk about what we’ve been playing in MMOs, the top news stories from the past week, and topics that listeners have submitted!

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KenFromChicago
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KenFromChicago

Don’t forget, in GUILD WARS, loots would be designated to you only (neatly avoid the NvG nightmare)–but if you didn’t want it, you could drop it back on the ground and anyone in your team could pick it up.

Also, you were asking about what the problems in NEVERWINTER ONLINE, since the Elemental Evil module launched (for the pc). The old max level was 60 and they had max level zones, you could do daily quests in to earn XP (like GUILD WARS, even at max level, you could keep earning xp that would earn you new power) and more gold, astral diamonds, gear, etc. The zones were set out well where, with skill, you could complete a mission without aggroing too many nearby mobs. And along comes Elemental Evil, which raised the level cap to 70 and added new zones to adventure in. Instead of the new adventure zones be the level 70 max-level zones, they upped the existing max-level zones to 70 and made the new zones the stepping stones that you use to level up to level 70.

Here lie the problems:
* You could still get to the quests to get to the level 70 zones while you were still at level 60, but your foes would be at level 70.
* While the max-level zones say you’re fighting at level 70, you are a lot weaker, and wipe out in seconds when before you could not only survive but thrive.
* Healing potions that you only used rarely in the max-level zones are needed constantly–yet they barely heal any percentage of your hit points.
* Purple “Epic” max-level gear are inferior to the new higher level  Green “Uncommon” gear, to say nothing of Blue “Rare” gear. However only the purple gear have the DUAL enhancement slots for torso armor and your main hand weapon.
* Meanwhile the new zones you use to level up to 70, are filled with just grinding missions (e.g., not just “kill 10 rats” but do “16 tasks” / quests in this area to get the same reward we used to on the old dailies).
* Speaking of the old dailies, those rewards have been nerfed. The new ceo or head dev said they are inspecting the problems in the game to see what fixes can be done, but the one thing they are definitely doing upfront is nerfing the daily quests’ rewards. So just as you need to level up your character and your companions, it’s that much slower to do so–as if the devs were trying to force you into the new zones.

MarkHanson1
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MarkHanson1

All this talk about Reddit but I’ve never hung out there. It just seems like the place where gaming retards and douches live. It’s like the Shadowbane of community sites.

breetoplay
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breetoplay

Pandalulz Syppi Kageokami, oTQ OHMYGOD I must buy this! … for my three-year-old, of course. Not for me. Nope. >.>

breetoplay
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breetoplay

Esoteric Coyote Ahh! Cool thank you for correcting me. I’d never seen anyone do it inside the hub, so I assumed it couldn’t be done. :D

Liandreth
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Liandreth

Esoteric Coyote Liandreth We just opened the reapers in TERA too. Their jump is soooooooooo cute! /jump flip /jump flip.

Esoteric Coyote
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Esoteric Coyote

Speaking of lock boxes though.  Someone calculated how much the GW2 sinks cost via buying keys and each ticket scrap costs up to 35 bucks, which means a five ticket item $175 bucks… for a single weapon skin.  I think it might be high, but at a more than a dollar per key, it makes sense.  If another company tried to sell a weapon skin for 35 bucks people would be livid, but hide it behind RNG, and no one bats an eye.

Esoteric Coyote
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Esoteric Coyote

Kalamari Esoteric Coyote You are correct, it’s a typo.

Kalamari
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Kalamari

Esoteric Coyote the max level in trove is 20. ;)

Esoteric Coyote
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Esoteric Coyote

Liandreth Some jumping animations are just so cool to watch like male worgen, charr on all fours, and ninja in FFXIV.

Esoteric Coyote
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Esoteric Coyote

You can drop items anywhere in trove.  And others can pick them up.  But they go away after a while.  The chest keeps them till someone picks it up.  I have some extra mounts I think about dropping in there.  Like a cookie elephant or two.  It’s were the pets go that I already have.  As for items, each zone has their own unique look of items and it kinda expands as you level.  The max level for a class is 10, but you have mastery levels you slowly gain that give you perks which is more like account bonuses for all characters.  I’m not fond of any of the ranged classes in Trove.

Pandalulz
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Pandalulz

breetoplay dirtyklingon TheZebes  I know this is late, but I loved your Reddit rant.  It’s pretty much spot on.  The other day in the WS Rumor thread, I made a silly post about it being for cat pictures but really I wanted to write a long drawn out exposition of the term circlejerk, why it pertains to Reddit and then to leave everyone with the amusing mental image that comes of the term.

Pandalulz
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Pandalulz

Syppi Kageokami, oTQ  More importantly, this was a thing in you could buy IRL

http://www.toysrus.com/buy/vinyl-plush/star-wars-clone-wars-back-buddy-rotta-the-hutt-cs69160-4300680

Syppi
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Syppi

Kageokami, oTQ That’s Bree’s pic of the backpack she mentions in the show

Rebel Engie
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Rebel Engie

Catering for the casual crowd is something Trion got perfectly right in Trove.
Even myself, I thought I was all into “deep MMOs” but found Trove refreshingly entertaining.
Maybe it is a sign of evolution in MMOs that we will have games that let us play for 30 min to an hour without feeling that our tasks are incomplete when we have to leave for the day, for other IRL responsibilities.

Kageokami, oTQ
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Kageokami, oTQ

Justin … you used an SWG pic … that was cold, man … really cold. ;)

Nordavind
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Nordavind

“I don’t like Jurrasic Park”comment image

Nordavind
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Nordavind

Shaddoe Nordavind Haha, no. You post this on Tuesday eve CET, but I hold off listening to it until work the next day.

sray155
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sray155

Wow Bree, you pretty much quoted me almost word for word in your description of CoH’s situation when it canned. I feel giddy as a schoolgirl.

Er… I mean my chest swells with manly pride.

Liandreth
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Liandreth

I’m guilty of jumping non stop. It’s a hold over from my FFXI days where I couldn’t jump :(

breetoplay
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breetoplay

dirtyklingon TheZebes Yeah, they pretty much have all the same problems, but Reddit has none of the barriers to entry.
Official forums are a total toss-up. Older games fare better than newer games, but not that much better. Those UO guys will rip you a new one faster than any troll on the WoW boards :D

breetoplay
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breetoplay

dirtyklingon Drunk DK is second only to Sober DK for amusement!
Hey I wanted Cubeworld to be the Minecraft I always wanted (I can’t stand looking at Minecraft and can’t justify the time it’d take to mod it when I could spend that time modding something BETTER). And instead, those Cubeworld jerks pretty much took our $20 and abandoned the game, and yes I’m bitter. Trion wants to redeem itself with Trove? God yes, do it! :D

luxundae
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luxundae

dirtyklingon The snowmobile they have in a mission is done pretty well.  It even goes fast on snow and drives poorly off snow.  If they come up with motorcycles and scooters that mostly only work on roads, I’d be pretty happy with it.  

Hopefully they won’t go substantially faster than the max run speed (which is quite fast), and hopefully there won’t be any particularly weird monstrous mounts.  Riding around London on the back of a giant orange frog would break my immersion a little bit :)

agemyth
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agemyth

This podcast is so yesterday.

Midgetsnowman
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Midgetsnowman

omedon666 because, you know, one character in a crossover moba proves wildstar is totally a hot commodity. Just like Lost Vikings in HotS proves sales of the Lost Vikings SNES games are still high.

Jesus, I’ve only heard this stupid-as-hell argument twice today and its already grating on me as the biggest straw grasp yet.

omedon666
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omedon666

Can wildstar be expected to die any time soon with WS characters in the forthcoming NCsoft MOBA?

Needmoreloot
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Needmoreloot

That Tabula Rasa comment in visual form (poor Justin, and wildstar)

KenAddeh
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KenAddeh

When the skies open, and the purple rain begins to fall, we can finally stand tall and say “This. This is what I’ve been waiting for. Purple Rain: The end of days”

Needmoreloot
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Needmoreloot

Bree the xbox gold subscription is MS’s and MS’s alone.. its required to play anygame online in MP in anyway. Actually stopped the bbc iplayer being on there for ages as it has to be free

Shaddoe
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Shaddoe

Nordavind It’s only Tuesday, unless you’re in Australia and got up really early. Then I apologize that I got the day wrong and that you had to get up that early.

TheZebes
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TheZebes

Reddit has a lot of issues right now having to do with moderation and the company’s overseers. It’s hard to do a democratic approach like Reddit and other sites when there’s the reality of manipulative people.

Though I’m not sure how that’s any different than official forums. Official forums are a mix of fanboys and bitter angry people just the same as reddit. And the big problems is that “the middle” between the two gets tossed into the two extreme sides due to mental laziness. So say something sensible that’s positive or critical? Find yourself tossed in to one side. 

And fan forums aren’t that much better. Guild Wars Guru had its issues, and when the second Guild Wars game came out, the place turned into bitter angry land.

Nordavind
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Nordavind

Thank you for keeping me entertained at work on Wednesdays. Can’t wait! :D

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