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 Secret World Legends/The Secret World's conspiracies in Chaos Theory, chronicles the EverQuest franchise in EverQuesting, practices survival in many sandboxes with The Survivalist, and livestreams for the Stream Team.

Personal blog: Looking for Shinies
Twitter: @MJ_Guthrie

EverQuesting: Is EverQuest II in a downward spiral?

Are we witnessing the death throes of EverQuest II? Of the whole EverQuest franchise? These questions have been at the forefront of my mind lately. Today’s EverQuesting started as a guide to EQII’s expansion prelude event, but I kept coming back to these questions. (The guide will come next week!)

Yes, I know that there are folks who have cried that EQ and EQII have been dying or all-but dead for years — and Next and Online Adventures are already deceased and buried. Yet during those years we’ve still seen some life in the first two games. They have persevered!

But now, I feel like I am witnessing the franchise’s final breaths. Me, the eternal optimist; me, who subsists on hope. And I started losing that hope because Daybreak’s actions lately appear to indicate that there’s no love left for one of my all-time favorite games, EQII. Between less dev interaction, less content, less communication, and just less enthusiasm for these two titles — yet a preponderance of attention on others — it’s hard to hold onto hope. At no other time has it felt as if Daybreak was turning its back on and all but abandoning the IP that gave it life more than it does right now. The IP that still has many fervent fans. My final two straws? The lack of any exposure at PAX West and the lack of enthusiasm for this year’s expansions.

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The Stream Team: Getting a look at Guardians of Ember’s launch

Good-bye Early Access! It’s a glorious day when a game can say that, and today Guardians of Ember gets to join the ranks of launched titles. Of course, Massively OP’s MJ wants to jump in and check things out. Since the game touts “fighting to the death” she doesn’t think she’ll come out of this journey unscathed. The Death Counter is sure to feed tonight! Join us live at 7:00 p.m. for a launch look at…

What: Guardians of Ember
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Moving on to KOTFE’s Chapter XIV Mandalore’s Revenge in SWTOR

Choose My Alignment returns! After a brief PAX-induced hiatus, the audience-driven story of the SWTOR Chiss Agent will continue to unfold. Massively OP’s Larry and MJ are diving into Chapter XIV, Mandalore’s Revenge. Sounds perfectly safe and downright friendly, no? No. Well, at least none of the companions died last time! Tune in live at 2:00 p.m to decide exactly how friendly this next step of the KOTFE story goes and whether everyone gets to continue being a part of it.

What: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Who: Larry Everett & MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Talking like a pirate in AQ3D with Artix

Arrrrgg! It be Talk Like a Pirate Day again mateys, and that be meanin’ Massively OP’s MJ be gettin’ in the spirit. She’ll be hoppin’ aboard AQ3D for some adventure (and to collect the awesome pirate gear!). No pirate can sail alone, so she be joined by none other than the mighty Artix, scalawag extraordinaire. He be guidin’ the crew to a surprise new map as well as showing off the new Greenguard. Join us live at 3:00 p.m. to set sail for more fun than ya can shake a parrot at!

What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Just another Marvel Heroes Monday

Of course you don’t wish it wwere Sunday because that would mean no Marvel Heroes Monday! It’s been a little while (read: much, much too long!) since Massively OP’s MJ enjoyed a Marvel Heroes Monday. But that changes as she dives back into the fray tonight. She’s ready to stomp out evil everywhere, so join us live at 9:00 p.m. to get in on the adventures.

What: Marvel Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, September 18th, 2017

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PAX West 2017: ARK Survival Evolved on optimization, the Aberration expansion, and future development

This past summer, ARK: Survival Evolved finally officially launched, ending its stint as an early access game just three days before PAX West, then promptly announced its second expansion on the first day of the convention. There wasn’t even a week between launch and the second expansion’s unveiling, and there will be fewer than two months between the two launches; Aberration is scheduled to launch in October.

While at PAX, I sat down with Studio Wildcard Senior Producer Navin Supphapholsiri, who thanked fans for supporting the game: “We really appreciate the support for the past two years. Just to see how far we’ve come along, it’s all thanks to the community.” Then we talked about the launch, about Aberration, and about the team’s focus going forward.

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PAX West 2017: A peek at PAX in pictures

With travel, hotel accommodations, and time off work, the logistics of attending your favorite convention doesn’t always pan out. Heck, even when you get to go there’s no possible way to see everything that’s there!

So to help give a glimpse of PAX West 2017, we cap off our convention coverage with a positively massive gallery of many of the MMOs we visited, the general cosplay, and other random sights around this year’s Penny Arcade Expo. Enjoy!

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The Stream Team: A first alpha look at Wild West Online

There are so few western MMOs, but Wild West Online is fixin’ to change that. And by golly, thanks to Alpha Test 1, Massively OP’s MJ has a chance to peek in and see how the game’s a-farin’. Now it’s just the beginnings of the first alpha test — basically a core mechanics shakedown — so there’ll be much more a-comin’ between now and release (and beyond). Tune in live at 6:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team rounds up a first look at…

What: Wild West Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, September 16th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Cuddling ArcheAge’s anniversary corgi

Massively OP’s MJ might be really sad about losing all her houses, but there’s one thing that can entice her right back into ArcheAge: a giant corgi! Part of the anniversary celebration is helping soothe that so-cute savage beast, and she’s going to jump in and take advantage of the opportunity to add more corgis to her collection. Join us at 12:00 p.m. to wish the sandbox a corgi-licious 3rd anniversary!

What: ArcheAge
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, September 16th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Handing out Hand of the Gods goodies

It’s deja vu day! The last time Massively OP’s MJ shared some Hand of the Gods gameplay, she gave away a handful of Founders packs and Venus competitors packs. Today, she’s got more that she brought home from PAX! That means you’ve got the chance to nab one of these prizes, both of which also include a SMITE skin. And if you want even more HotGod goodness, you can grab yourself a Norse starter pack in honor of the Steam launch. Tune in live at 4:00 p.m. for your chance to win more.

What: Hand of the Gods
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 4:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, September 15th, 2017

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PAX West 2017: Chronicles of Elyria’s monetization philosophy, tribe evolution, and the PvP sandbox stigma

What is Chronicles of Elyria? We first learned about the game and its goal to redefine the MMORPG genre back in 2015. Since then, CoE has been developing steadily, especially after the huge influx of capital gained through Kickstarter and then on-site crowdfunding. Folks could follow the progress through numerous dev blogs, videos, and even the chance to test bits of gameplay at various PAXs. Some bits of that development, however, have raised questions; prospective players have voiced concerns about the pay-to-win and gankbox stigmas, the complex tribe system, and the admittedly broad scope of the game.

I sat down with Executive Producer Vye Alexander and CEO/Creative Director Jeromy Walsh at PAX West to discuss these issues and more.

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The Stream Team: Taking on the Blue Mountain bear in Secret World Legends

PAX West delayed the exodus of Massively OP’s MJ from Blue Mountain in Secret World Legends. There’s also a matter of an undead bear that needs a beating before she can go. That means she’s got to rustle up a few folks to face that monstrosity. Then maybe she’ll finish off those last investigation missions and finally move on to the bright light and suffocating head of Scorched Desert. Tune in live at 5:00 p.m. to see who beats whom between MJ and the bear.

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 5:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, September 14th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Watch SMITE arena fun and win an Ultimate God Pack

Wednesday the 13th could be your lucky day. Do you want a SMITE Ultimate God Pack? We bet you do! And we bet you’d be fine just watching Massively OP’s MJ hang out on the gods screen and talk for an hour for a chance to win one. After all, this pack gives you all the gods as well as 1500 gems. (On top of that, it refunds any favor you spent on gods previously.) Of course, MJ won’t really do that to you — she will actually dive into the Corrupted Arena again, so there will be plenty of SMITE action and plenty of death counter feeding. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. for your chance to win the Ultimate God Pack she brought home from PAX West just for you.

What: SMITE
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

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