The MOP Up: The secret history of Destiny (October 25, 2015)

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. See any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week we'll learn about the interesting history of Destiny, fight off an invasion in RuneScape, enjoy various Halloween festivities, learn why ArenaNet's Colin Johanson got banned from a livestream, and more!

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Events and Contests

Odds and Ends

  • Destiny: Curious about the making of this game? Then read up on this fascinating "messy" story of how Destiny came about, including a complete re-do in the middle of development.
  • League of Legends: If players have an offensive name, Riot now gives players an optional psych test as part of the process of selecting a new name. So when's the last time you teased someone to make them angry?
  • Wargaming: The World of Tanks developer announced that it's created a new division called WG Cells that will solely focus on making mobile titles.
  • Guild Wars 2: A Twitch streamer was joined by lead developer Colin Johanson, but the streamer banned him thinking that Colin was an imposter. Whoops.
  • Aion: NCsoft has been teasing its fans regarding a major announcement that's coming on November 11th. What could it be? This piece of artwork (above) might contain a clue.
  • Phantasy Star Online 2: No one reads EULAs, but maybe you should make an exception in PSO2's case. There's a section that asks players not to use the game as part of manufacturing and using weapons of mass destruction.

Videos

How cool is it that Dungeons & Dragons author R.A. Salvatore is collaborating with Neverwinter? So cool. In the following interview, Salvatore talks with the dev team about his work on the game.

Albion Online revealed one of its most evil creations, the demon prince, in a new video preview. You just know you're going to smack his butt down.

Steparu shared a great new video overview of Dragon's Dogma Online's Elemental Archer class. Pew pew for the win!

Speaking of games you've never heard of, why not check out Gunslinger Stratos, also courtesy of Steparu!

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Denice J Cook
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Denice J Cook

Er, that Destiny article was a nice effort, but I think everyone had already figured out that Destiny's story--what little of it there's been since launch--got gutted at some point.  (The minute you first spawn in the game, Ghost says, "You've been dead a long time," and if you're a human or Awoken and not the Exo whose sole land this zone originally was, you think, "Ewwwww!  Gross!" and right away know that something feels off.  Then it all goes downhill from there.)

FF4LIFE
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FF4LIFE

ManastuUtakata " I really dig the outfits and the characters."

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Same. the costumes/outfits are the bomb lol.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Gunslinger Stratos looks like a hyper version of City of Heroes...only with spell slingers. Either way though, I really dig the outfits and the characters. Not sure I want to play it...as it appears to have more PvP than you can lob at RvR conference in concept. :(

FF4LIFE
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FF4LIFE

So according to @vicariousfan and @Vagrent Zero, if you have the name Hellbound Heart, your an alt or hacker. I feel sorry for anyone who loves the novella by Clive Barker Hellbound Heart : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hellbound_Heart so be warned, if your a Clive Barker fan he will hack you and attack you. Also don't talk to him about Final Fantasy. They hate it. Like really bad. Post the trolls when I can, that's what I do. You'll notice several users question these two people as well. Be warned.

crawlkill
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crawlkill

even Taken King doesn't seriously make me care about Destiny's world, I think in part because Oryx was just so thoroughly cackling-villainy. you can do lighthearted heroism and cosmic horror light at the same time, y'know. you don't have to make such goofy, human foes.

I guess we'll see what Destiny 2 holds.

Estranged
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Estranged

I have enjoyed the game, but I do understand the inconsistent flow of the narrative now. LOL
So, I have this ability to fill in gaps with my own imagination. Helps me deal. LOL

cursedseishi
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cursedseishi

@Estranged
Oh, it definitely is an interesting read, don't get me wrong, but a lot of people who play Destiny could tell things were torn up and stitched together. Even my friend, who could care less about a story in any game, had said it sounded Frankenstein during our first play through.
It also was in the news earlier in a sort when Bungies composer won his lawsuit against them, because part of the documents released with the trial to the public was also a mentioning of the rushed hack job mentioned in this article as well.
As for the other side of the story, editing the story is one thing... But this was like tossing a guy into a whole heard of zombies, then deciding to try and stitch the left overs back together as if it was all good. And Bungie has had since the first week of September to address this--to which they haven't.

Armsbend
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Armsbend

I couldnt imagine taking a psych test for a Chinese run video game company and being okay with it.  I'm wondering if LoL just isn't some grand psych test on everyone at this point.

Armsbend
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Armsbend

BalsBigBrother he is like a real life Ali G.

Armsbend
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Armsbend

If I could make a small suggestion (even though it typically isn't MoP's thing):  could one of you guys review the Steam controller if you are picking one up?  I'd love a write up if you feel it would be a good article.  I do.  Maybe as part of this column.

Estranged
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Estranged

Was an interesting read for me.
Some folks don't dig into every nook and cranny. :-)
I had read rants and rumors.
It is a shame, but the other side of the story is not being told. Perhaps their reaction was knee jerk, but the project needed some editing, obviously.

PizzaDoh
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PizzaDoh

Dragons Dogma, PSO 2....fuck me.

I don't think I'm just speaking on a bias here when I say there is a shit ton of money to be made from NA and EU off these games, ESPECIALLY Dragons Dogma.

cursedseishi
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cursedseishi

'The Secret History of Destiny Everyone Already Knew' more like it. I mean... The recent lawsuit between Bungie and their major composer since... forever, pretty much stated in its documents that the game was a year old hack job of what it once was... This is just someone really digging into it for once, and going off more than just the public records of a trial Bungie got their behinds handed to them in.

BalsBigBrother
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BalsBigBrother

Siphaed Its not the first game to offer such an option and wont be the last either.  I have used similar items in EQ2, though I had already levelled up another character to level not that makes any difference.  
They are an option dont like it then dont use it and enjoy your game as you wish to while allowing other to do so too  /shrugs

BalsBigBrother
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BalsBigBrother

The Colin Johanson ban video is comedy gold, the moment the streamer realises he has screwed up lol :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrQGtXhIyN4

Siphaed
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Siphaed

Instant level 60 tokens? Really?  Is there no shame among the theme-park MMOs these days in skipping their supposed content to go right into "end-game"?  And this is SWTOR we're talking about here.  A game that wanted to encourage repeating content because of the multiple options in the story tree that branched out.  

And yes, I do know that GW2 gives similar options through Tomes of Knowledge.  But know how they're different?   ToK's are earned in-game, not bought right through some cash shop.  And it is not "instant cap" either because they are each only 1 level so it requires a large stack of them to get to level 80.

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