Massively OP Podcast Episode 59: This great stage of fools

With April Fools’ Day out of the way, we can get back to the ultra-serious business of talking about video games and all of the shenanigans that the industry and community produces! Bree and Justin return for another lively episode to talk about their favorite internet pranks, big MMO patches, and the welcome return of Super Adventure Box!

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Vexia
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Vexia

Thanks for satisfying my curiosity about the “clickbait” style headlines. :P I had a feeling they weren’t going to generate more traffic, but they were funny to read. They restored my faith in humanity! I’d never seen headlines like these before! I actually read the first one from my phone because I didn’t want to get out of bed, and I thought something was off about it, but I wasn’t yet awake enough to realize what.

dwhisper
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dwhisper

Still love listening, but felt really weird that all the news didn’t include the sudden and stealth BDO expansion getting announced and launching within a couple of days (well, to NA players anyway). Was just an odd happening I was expecting a bit more mention on… Or any mention at all.
I always look at GW2 as a “what could have been” sort of game. It’s a cool idea that continually seems to suffer from their own missteps. The only thing I don’t get is why anyone would expect that to change, even with leadership “changes.” The bad decisions go back to the very start of the title, as has their spaghetti on the wall approach to making the game.

Kanbe
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Kanbe

Justin I had a feeling you would hit burnout on the trip from the end of the story to Hevansward. I just recently did that and it was way to long and drawn out. The story was still good and I enjoyed it am all but it was a huge stretch of doing almost nothing. My fiancee and I forced ourselves though it and thats never a good way to game.
Its likley not bad if your at end game and doing all those quests as they came out but for new players its just bad.
Also I actually dont like horror and specifically put off trying it since it was labeled a horror game. Luckily I eventually gavb it a try anyway and I love it

breetoplay
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breetoplay

Esoteric Coyote Which podcast list? :D

breetoplay
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breetoplay

Kanbe I’m making it through so far, but my goals were already incredibly modest compared to most people’s ambitions, and I have social glue. :D

Esoteric Coyote
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Esoteric Coyote

Speaking of sources, I googled for that MMO podcast list that was up here a while back and the first result was an Engadget article of your article. Really?  Really?!
I wish SAB was a more permanent thing, because I’m just not in the mood for GW2.  And I want to do SAB, and what I did do so far I enjoyed, but I’m just spent on GW2.  I guess since it’ll be a festival I can do it next year.  
When I say is there another game like X?  It’s normally because either X is very old and I’m hoping there’s a new version, or I don’t like a lot of key mechanics in X and I’m looking for a similar experience without the things I hate.  Like last year I really felt like playing Harvestmoon, but I don’t have my Wii or my DS anymore, so I tried to find a version for PC.. short answer, there wasn’t any until Stardew Valley was released.
We got a PS4… I had mixed feelings on dropping 350 on a console, but with hubby being so sick since December, I wanted something for him to do while he chilled out on the couch when he was briefly conscious or not in the hospital.  Speaking of which, he gets his PICC line pulled tomorrow.  YAY!  For those of you who don’t know, a PICC line is like an IV line that goes home with you… it hang out of the side of his bicep and people at the grocery story like to stare at it… poor hubby.

Greaterdivinity
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Greaterdivinity

Bree – The April QoL update is my last real chance at HoT then I’m probably going to give up (beyond logging in to get the Living Story stuff). Haven’t been able to get into it since it launched for various reasons still : (

Ehra
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Ehra

I had a similar issue with FF14’s overuse of cutscenes. Hilariously, it got to the point where I would level an alt job just to get a break from the main story so I could actually play the game for a change.

As for GW2 I would be much more sympathetic to them if it weren’t for the shady way they tried to coerce players into buying the expansion, as if they didn’t think the content included was enough.
1) Claiming WvW objectives for your guild is now locked behind guild halls, a HoT feature. This isn’t getting into the ridiculously high gold sink required here and how this is massively prohibitive for smaller guilds.

2) Base rewards for Fractals were nerfed, but there is a mastery bonus to buff your rewards back up to an acceptable level.

I could tolerate the huge mess that was the new WvW map, abandoning dungeons, the ocean of black lion skins being pimped out, and new maps essentially being a linear 2 hour timed grind fest. Mistakes happen, I’ve got no problem giving a dev team time to iterate and fix something they broke. But all of that combined with removing an incredibly important feature from the base game to sell it back with your expansion, and now being unable to provide advertised features (even if focusing on Living Story is ultimately the right move)? Ingame design issues are forgivable, blatant anitconsumer practices like the above are not. I have no idea what it would take at this point for me to give the next expansion a chance.

I’ll openly admit that I had already quit before the announcement that the legendary weapons weren’t coming was made, for what it’s worth.

TomTurtle
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TomTurtle

I feel you on that GW2 frustration Bree. So far that laying down the groundwork thing hasn’t really paid off for ArenaNet.

BalsBigBrother
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BalsBigBrother

Played through the new issue 14 Secret World stuff over the weekend on my main (and location notwithstanding) its ok but some sections were super frustrating, not difficult but very frustrating at least for me personally.  Issue 14 felt a little anaemic and I really wish there was more to it but I guess Funcom are doing what they can with the resources they have available.
I think I only have issue 12 left to get and that will probably be something I snag next month with my sub points and after that I am not sure what I have that I want to play.  There is content left but a lot of it is tied to grinding stuff for gear improvements and I am not sure I want to get onto that particular train.  I am casually looking at the other factions and might pick one to run through just to see another point of view not sure at this point.
Oh and everyone DRINK Bree mentioned City of Heroes in comparision to a modern mmo  :p

Kanbe
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Kanbe

I enjoyed the nice GW2 rant Bree. I agree completley. Its a game I keep wanting to go back to but I won’t because it’ll just tick me off.

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