MJ Guthrie

Community Manager

When not immersed in her favorite virtual worlds, MJ can be found hanging out with her family, reading, coaching/playing sports, writing fiction, singing, and dabbling in graphic design (in random order, depending on mood and season). Her favorite part of MMOs? Observing the dynamics of virtual communities. That psychology degree has to come in handy somewhere, doesn't it?

MJ's Massively Overpowered adventures can be found many places: She investigates The Secret World's conspiracies in Chaos Theory, chronicles EverQuest Next and Landmark adventures in EverQuesting, and livestreams for the Stream Team.

Personal blog: Looking for Shinies
Twitter: @MJ_Guthrie

Secret World Legends: UI changes, blade combat, and City of the Sun God

The latest Secret World Legends dev stream dished out another serving of information as closed beta continues through the fourth phase. Along with showing off UI changes and combat with the blade, the team offered a number of other tidbits related to City of the Sun God, levels, dungeons, and more.

The UI had many adjustments, including simplifying player nameplates by removing faction, rank, and such (they are a part of the inspect system now). Folks who don’t like the obtrusive reticle will be happy to know that it can be changed to a dot as well as be moved to an over-the-shoulder view. More customization is in the works, including an option to make it disappear completely. First-person view has likewise been added.

Funcom also demonstrated combat using the blade with its specialization, spirit blade. On a related topic, players will also unlock a special capstone ability upon unlocking all weapon abilities; this capstone will increase in level for each additional weapon capstone that is unlocked.

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Hands-on with En Masse action MMO Kritika Online ahead of closed beta

If you are a fan of action and anime, you might want to keep your eye on Kritika Online. Although this game has been out for years in Korea, it is just now making its way to the western market. En Masse, best known to MMO fans for its shepherding of the western version of TERA, is localizing and publishing this anime title, which will start letting players in to play the closed beta starting tomorrow, May 24th. In preparation of this closed beta launch, I had the opportunity to sit down and talk shop with Senior Product Manager Brian Knox. In between slicing and dicing bosses in a couple of dungeons, Knocks shared some tidbits of what players can expect in this new game. Along with that hands-on time with a mid-level character during the interview, I was able to log in and experience the game as a brand-new adventurer. Here’s how it all went down.

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The Stream Team: Wandering the wilds of Conan Exiles

Some days Massively OP’s MJ has a detailed plan she wants to execute. Other days, she just wants to wander around and explore. Today is an explore kind of day in Conan Exiles. There are still places MJ hasn’t investigated yet, so MJ is going to just wander a bit — and try to stay live in the process. You never know what wondrous sights or scary dangers she might discover! Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. for her latest walkabout through the exiled lands.

What: Conan Exiles
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 22nd, 2017

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The Stream Team: Early access to Elder Scrolls Online’s Morrowind

You had to know that Massively OP’s Larry would be taking advantage of The Elder Scrolls Online’s early access to Morrowind, but he’s not heading in alone. Now that the doors have opened, he and MJ will be checking things out and sharing the experience with you, the viewers. What trouble can the duo get into as they explore? Join us live at 3:00 p.m. for a first look inside Morrowind.

What: The Elder Scrolls Online
Who: Larry Everett & MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 22nd, 2017

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The Stream Team: An anniversary amble through Age of Conan

Massively OP’s MJ created her Funcom account exactly nine years ago for the launch of Age of Conan. And for the anniversary, she’s dusting off her Priestess of Mitra to poke around the lands. Or maybe she’ll bring out her Khitan Ranger. Either way, it will be fun to explore Hyboria again. Tune in live at 6:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you an anniversary stroll through the harsh lands of…

What: Age of Conan
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 20th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Going hog wild for a healer in ARK

Did you know that pigs are good for more than just bacon? In ARK, giant hogs are good for healing. That’s right: A heaping helping of healing in a hog. These new critters sound like a good addition to a raiding party, so Massively OP’s MJ is going to go hog wild and try to catch one. Tune in live at 12:00 p.m. to join in the hunt.

What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 20th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Win some Rekt weapons in Paladins

Who needs serious battle when you can have whimsical? Paladins has introduced some amusing new weapon skins that shoot sticky suction arrows made of foam. Even better, Massively OP’s MJ has some to give away! There’s Tyra with a REKT Carbine, Viktor with a REKT War Rifle, and Androxus with a REKT Hand Cannon. Tune in live at 7:00 p.m. for your chance to win and shoot a little more fun in your matches.

What: Paladins
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 19th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Many Secret World sabotage missions down, 10 to go

Ten. Just 10 more. That’s how many sabotage achievements Massively OP’s MJ still needs to earn to get her Unseen title and reward in The Secret World. Last week was another good run, but she’s not about to rest on her laurels; she’s bound and determined to finish before Secret World Legends launches next month. She’ll start with another visit to Dr Varias in Transylvania. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to see how many MJ missions can check off her list tonight.

What: The Secret World
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 18th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Hitting the HEX campaign trail hard

With a new-found confidence in her killer bunny pack, Massively OP’s MJ is ready to take on more HEX content. After trouncing that dungeon, she’s eager to hit the campaign trail again with her fuzzy army. What will she run into next as she explores new areas? And more importantly, can HoppyHoppyJoyJoy bash the threats or will the bunnies be bopped on the nose and sent scampering away in defeat? Join us live at 2:00 p.m. to find out.

What: HEX
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 18, 2017

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The Survivalist: ARK Survival Evolved discusses early access, launch, and wipes

Could ARK: Survival Evolved finally be launching? That’s a question many survivors would love to see answered soon. Unfortunately, we can’t provide you with any date as one hasn’t been announced. But it appears there could be a light at the end of that tunnel thanks to a Studio Wildcard interview earlier this week in a podcast dedicated to the survival genre.

If you are a fan of survival games as I am (and chances are high if you are reading this!), you might really want to check out Infection – The Survival Podcast. ARK fans especially will be interested in this week’s episode 122; it features a lengthy discussion with Kayd Hendricks, the senior technical game play designer. Hendricks touches on many subjects, including the team, early access, wipes, launch, narrative, and more. Even without a launch date, it’s really worth a listen/watch; a couple of his remarks really struck a chord with me.

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The Stream Team: Artifact retrieval in Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series

Well that didn’t end well. At the end of the last Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Choose My Adventure, the team didn’t get paid and Starlord (aka Massively OP’s MJ) lost possession of the artifact that suggested that his mom needed his help. So now he (she) has to retrieve it. The audience voted to bring Gamora along for the mission. Will it be successful? Join us live at 8:00 p.m. to not only watch the story unfold but decide in which direction it unfolds.

What: Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

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The Stream Team: A peek into EverQuest II’s Proving Grounds

EverQuest II just opened up a new type of content to players: the Proving Grounds. Each week for two weeks there’s a new competition where two teams race to complete a challenge first. Massively OP’s MJ went in to the first challenge last night with friends, and it was quite the eye-opening experience. Today the group is going to try the new pirate-themed version that just opened. There will likely be much feeding of the Death Counter! Join us live at 9:00 p.m. for a peek into this new feature.

What: EverQuest II
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

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SMITE Tactics has been renamed Hand of the Gods – enter to win a beta key to check it out!

If SMITE Tactics didn’t quite grab you before, maybe Hand of the Gods will. No, it’s not a new game — it’s a new name. Hi-Rez Studios‘ turn-based strategy game based on the gods of  SMITE has been rebranded to Hand of the Gods: SMITE Tactics, complete with a shiny new site and a new reveal trailer.

However, the name isn’t the only change as the game has been developing. We’ve added the trailer here so you can watch snippets of the newest gameplay, including the new pantheons and the summoning stones. If you are intrigued by what you see and want to try your hand at Hand of the Gods, you can sign up for a chance to get into the currently closed beta on the official site, or buy a founders pack for $20.00 that grants immediate entry (along with other goodies).

We also have beta keys to give away to five lucky readers — read on for your chance to win!

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