Massively OP Podcast Episode 146: World of Warcraft’s fun police

On this week’s show, Justin and Bree pat their turkey-filled tummies and pontificate on the nebulous fate of Marvel Heroes, look ahead to Lord of the Rings Online’s future, and chide World of Warcraft for taking away fun toys.

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George

Great podcast, as always. Thank you!

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Dru Zeree

Lotro has the best soundtrack :)

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donvweel

There was some talk about a vip+ sub for DDO and a DDOcast that discussed what would be the kind of perks that would be desireable. Most people wanted conveniences for raiding, or character building etc. https://youtu.be/19qnXpOaQkA
I think there is room for a tiered sub model in some games. Not sure if we will see it in the near future for DDO or any other game. Also I would like to mention there was a guild in DDO that was I believe connected to the old Massively called OwnedAwsome which I still see around Canith server once in awhile mostly level 20s.

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Jack Pipsam

Love that rant Bree!

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TomTurtle

Justin’s response to the sub e-mail highlights why it’s so difficult. There’s a lot of Ifs that would need to happen for an MMO to even fly with a sub-only model these days. There’s just so much competition that you need to up your game to fly with sub-only. That and managing costs well, which can work if you don’t try to do a big budget-style MMO.

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Minimalistway

Thank you for bringing Nerverwinter Nights to my attention, never played the old game, so glad to see the new version, if you didn’t talk about it in the podcast i’ll never pay attention to it.

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sophiskiai

While a lot of gamers might be willing to pay higher subscriptions, many others could feel priced out of playing – have (m)any games tried tiered subscriptions? I reckon having a base sub price and then higher monthly prices for people who want to financially support the game and studio in return for extra in-game titles, cosmetics, conveniences, etc. could work, as long as they avoided too much in the way of progression boosters (at least until a while after launch) and P2W elements.

Justin, I think the newer game you were trying to remember the name of during the NeverWinter Nights bit is probably Divinity: Original Sin 2?

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Pandalulz

I think they were talking more about Sword Coast Legends but I didn’t know Divinity had GM tools as well.

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Bree Royce

YES! That was it. SCL. Thank you! :D

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Winter

Not sure if this has been reported just read this …makes us “gamers” sound like angry children…or maybe I’m being sensitive??

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/28/eas-day-of-reckoning-is-here-after-star-wars-game-uproar.html

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Zora

Well we’re talking about a bunch of companies manufacturing high-tech toys.

Toys.

It is our inner child they want to appeal to, not our rational adult selves… “tantrums” come with the territory.

If the industry keeps pandering to a gigantic baby with a wallet they can’t complain for the flak nor expect for their audience to magically turn”rational” in their reactions when they catch you red handed. :P

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Melissa McDonald

That post was pure gold, Zora.

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McGuffn

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Melissa McDonald

I wish LOTRO would add new cosmetics. Many of the screencaps I see, I already have that outfit ;)

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