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

The Survivalist: Another year, another Survival Game guide

A new year, a new batch of survival games! Yes, the genre has become so popular that one guide, no not even two guides could contain all of the survival goodness. More keep cropping up. I certainly can’t say as I mind, since this is the style of game that has been giving me the feeling of having an impact on my environment. And it’s not all the same collection of zombies, although there is still plenty of that. It is interesting to see what new takes developers are bringing to the table. Want to do a survival reality show? There’s a game for that! How about living like a viking? Yup. What if you want to be the psychotic killer that survivors are trying to, well, survive? Got you covered. Fell like upping the ante and surviving via VR? There are a few of those available.

If you are looking for a new survival to sink your teeth into, here’s the addendum for some newer games in development as well as some newly discovered ones since the last mega double guide. Note: This collection will be a mix of multiplayer and single-player titles with some uniques thrown in.

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The Stream Team: A look at Eternal Lands

With so many MMOs out there, it is possible that a few slip by unnoticed. Massively OP’s MJ just recently learned about a game called Eternal Lands, which has been going strong for almost 15 years! What is this world that has been hidden away? She has to go check it out. Join us live at  live at 9:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you a first look at…

What: Eternal Lands
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Monday, January 15th, 2018

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The Stream Team: Saving the city from undead in Guild Wars 2

There’s a new event of sorts happening in Guild Wars 2, and it involves saving the city from undead. The trick is, you don’t know which major city will be attacked when! So Massively OP’s MJ is heading in to try and defeat the undead… assuming she finds them. But hey, if they don’t attack, she still saved the city, right? Tune in live at 3:00 p.m. and experience a part of the GW2 story as it develops.

What: Guild Wars 2
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EST on Monday, January 15th, 2018

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Hi-Rez Expo 2018: Erez Goren, 10 more games, 400 employees, and Global Agenda’s City of Heroes roots

It is true that the Hi-Rez Expo has wrapped up for 2018, and we’ll need to wait another 12 months to attend the next one. (Folks should be over the effects of the after party by then!) There’s just something awesome about getting to gather with tons of fans in one place as well speaking with devs face-to-face. Every year has been cool, but this year has something a little extra: Founder and CEO Erez Goren attended and mingled, answering questions and sharing his love for gaming. 

Goren hasn’t given many public interviews in years, but between the dev roundtable with President Stew Chisam and bumping into him on the show floor and chatting with him individually, I got to learn a number of fun facts about the philosophy and workings of the studio from the tip top man himself. And it is true, everything did come from Global Agenda!

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The Stream Team: ARK Aberration’s glow pugs are the best

Now that Massively OP’s MJ is safely back home, she can continue her quest to make a home on ARK‘s Aberration server. And she will fill this home with bulbdogs, the adorable shoulder-riding glow pugs that light up her life. She might also try for a ravager, but priorities! Tune in live at 12:00 p.m. for more expansion exploring.

What: ARK: Aberration
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, January 13th, 2018

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The Stream Team: A dev tour of Ship of Heroes

Want to get a look inside Ship of Heroes? Heroic Games’ Founder Casey McGeever and Lead Developer Matt Wilson are taking Massively OP’s MJ on a tour of two mission maps (one that’s debuting to the public for the very first time!) while talking shop about the upcoming superhero game. They’ll be discussing the recently released open letter and the role of the community, and even be taking questions from the audience. So join us live at 3:00 p.m. and come get answers to your burning questions.

What: Ship of Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EST on Friday, January 12th, 2018

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Hi-Rez Expo 2018: Diving deeper into SMITE’s new map, new pantheons, fog, and more

Although the studio makes other games and each has a presence at Hi-Rez Expo 2018, there’s no denying that SMITE was the star of the show. Fans were excited for the big world championship tournament as well as announcements about the MOBA’s development.

And the expo delivered on both counts. EUnited brought the SMITE trophy back the the US for the first time in years, while devs shared some info about the upcoming Season 5.

I sat down with Executive Producer Chris Larson and Lead Designer A.J. Walker to get more details on the new conquest map, the new pantheons, community feedback, and the next adventure mode.

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The Stream Team: Cheers to seven years, DC Universe Online

Happy seventh birthday heroes — and villains! DCUO turned seven today, and to celebrate the occasion, you get the presents! Massively OP’s MJ is excited to be a part of the festivities… and to get the cool stuff. She’s looking forward to having her own Krypto base pet, but that’s just the tip of the goodies iceberg. There are more gifts in store. There are also anniversary activities to partake in, so tune in live at 8:00 p.m. for the fun.

What: DC Universe Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, January 11th, 2018

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DC Universe Online celebrates seven years and you get the gifts!

Today marks the seventh anniversary of DC Universe Online, and players are getting some goodies in honor of the occasion. Lead Producer Leah “Katnikov” Bowers posted a note outlining the gifts as well as offering a quick look back over the happenings of 2017. Take a stroll down memory lane then hop in game to get your anniversary items.

What gifts await players? All players, be they All-access members or non-members, can claim a new, updated Dark Spector Batsuit for 2018. Current members can claim a unique box that contains an unlocked Paradox time capsule, an in-game poster of Earth 3’s epic Superman vs. Ultraman art, and a collection of emblems modeled after Metal, the current special series from DC Comics. Past members (accounts that had their last member log in between August 1, 2014, and October 31, 2017) get membership benefits — minus the monthly currency grant — throughout the rest of January.

With exception of the free membership that is auto-granted to eligible accounts, the gifts must be claimed by logging into the game by January 31st, so jump in and grab them soon. Then be sure to tune in to OPTV tonight at 8:00 p.m. EST to help celebrate with an anniversary stream.

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The Stream Team: Investigating a graverobber in Dungeons and Dragons Online

There’s concern of a graverobber halfling named Moonshadow Lighfoot that might be dabbling in necromancy in DDO, and Massively OP’s Justin and MJ are tasked with investigating. What will they unearth? And what will they need to return to the earth? Join us live at 8:00 p.m. as the duo help Thaddeus d’Jorasco with his grave problem.

What: Dungeons & Dragons Online
Who: Justin Olivetti & MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

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Hi-Rez Expo 2018: Hi-Rez’s new game Bot Smashers isn’t an MMO, but it’s fun

After a few days of playing Bot Smashers at Hi-Rez Expo 2018 this past weekend, I sat down and talked shop with Rory Newbrough, Bot Smashers Design Director, to get a few more details on the upcoming game. I discovered where the idea came from, and learned more about what to expect in its released form.

What I didn’t learn was that the newly announced game had an MMO version hiding in the wings. Yes, I said that. I think I would totally live in a gaming world of the bots from here. They all have such personality, and they are pretty pleasing to the eye. One of them already has a cloak! The idea just oozes fun. I could see the gruff Topsy trying to maintain order, while the ever-flailing Smashbot runs panicked from life’s crazy stuff. And those Rangerbots? They’ll band together like little green army men to get stuff done. Sadly for me, the mobile game is not an MMO – only a 1v1 battle arena. Maybe someday it could be. (Hey, leave me with my unlikely hopes!) Until that pipe dream can find a thread of reality, here’s what you can expect from the actual mobile game.

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Hi-Rez Expo 2018: Our hands-on with Hi-Rez’s new game Bot Smashers

Hi-Rez Expo 2018 ended this weekend, which means my opportunity to play the studio’s new 1v1 mobile game Bot Smashers has also ended. And that makes me sad. Like last year’s SMITE Rivals (RIP) that I loved so much, the only place to play was the expo show floor. No expo floor means no playing. Now I must wait for a general release to battle some more bots — and right now there is no set time.

What exactly is Bot Smashers, you ask, and why did it enchant me so much? Well that’s exactly what I am going to share with you. Then we can wait on the game together! Hopefully the wait won’t be too terribly long; Rory Newbrough, Bot Smashers GM and design director, noted that the studio hopes to get testing for the game started in the spring, then follow with a soft launch soon after.

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The Stream Team: Drowning sorrows in SMITE’s arena

As much as Massively OP’s MJ really wanted to keep playing SMITE’s adventures, the latest round turned off today. To hide her tears and try to get over the heartbreak and anguish, she’ll be partaking of some Arena Therapy. Tune in live at 7:00 p.m. and help MJ through this difficult time. (There will also be plenty of Hi-Rez Expo talk!)

What: SMITE
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

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