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

Hi-Rez Expo 2018: SMITE Season 5 heralds art update, gameplay overhaul, and new god Cerberus

Hi-Rez Expo 2018 is kicking off this morning with a big announcement for SMITE. More than just introducing a new god (Cerberus, the three-headed guardian of the underworld) and revealing the next two pantheons to join the ranks later this year (Slavic and Voodoo), the keynote address is set to reveal that SMITE is getting a makeover with Season 5. And not just any makeover – the biggest change ever.

Players will see upgraded art on the Conquest Map as well as significant – and highly requested – gameplay changes to the 5v5 mode. That jungle fog? It’s back! And the playing field leveled out, quite literally; the newly symmetrical map creates a fair playing field no matter what side you begin on. On the new map design, Lead Game Designer A.J. “Ajax” Walker says that “the Season 5 map will feature perfect vertical symmetry between Order and Chaos. Lanes and Jungle paths will have the exact same shape on top and bottom. This balances the map, and removes timing differences to each side. Overall, this creates a more consistent gameplay experience.”

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The Stream Team: Winter holidays in Neverwinter

With a name like Neverwinter, you have to wonder how the cold-weather holidays are celebrated in-game. Wonder no more! Massively OP’s MJ is diving in to check things out. (Not that she needed a reason to stretch out celebrating the Christmas season.) Join us live at 8:00 p.m. for some Dungeons & Dragons flavored festivities.

What: Neverwinter
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

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The Stream Team: A final Frostfell ice race in EverQuest II

Time is running out for Massively OP’s MJ to beat that slippy-slidey race and get the achievement in EverQuest II. No pressure! She has gotten pretty close, but still missed the finish line. Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. to cheer MJ on as she aims for this final Frostfell achievement.

What: EverQuest II
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

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Chaos Theory: 2017 was a big year for the Secret World IP

Well, 2017 was interesting. It’s not often that your favorite game starts off as one game at the beginning of the year and then ends as another game — all while still being the same game. Sure, updates and expansions make changes, but major overhauls aren’t as common. And setting aside the original and remaking it even less so! But that happened with The Secret World, which morphed mid-year into Secret World Legends. It’s the same game, but not. Confused? Even if you’ve been following the game(s) semi-regularly, it’s easy to forget or miss a few details. And if you are new to it all, no one would blame you for not being in the know as to what all has transpired.

In 2016’s year-end retrospective, I noted, “Not going anywhere is better than going away!” We didn’t know how prophetic that statement would be for TSW. For 2017, I can follow that up with, “Going where it did is better than going away!” This past year was obviously a big one for the Secret World IP. It’s also been rough, stressful, and ultimately rewarding. Here’s a look back at it.

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The Stream Team: Going after the Grinchta in Villagers and Heroes

A new year is a great time for Massively OP’s MJ to face a new threat. A new year, a new threat — she’s supposed to face something at least! The Grinchta is the nemesis of the Christmas season in Villagers & Heroes, and MJ is determined to face and eliminate any problems this critter is causing. We must save Christmas for next year and all the years after, right? Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. for some a look at the holiday festivities in…

What: Villagers & Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Monday, January 1st, 2018

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The Stream Team: A second stint in Secret World Legends’ Dreaming Prison

How does Massively OP’s MJ start the new year off right? In her favorite world, Secret World Legends! And she’s on the verge of finishing up the storyline in Egypt, which means her second stint in Dreaming Prison is about to commence. Want to join her in prison? It will be fun. Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. for the first 2018 episode of…

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EST on Monday, January 1st, 2018

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The Stream Team: Seasons Greedings in DCUO

Are you sad that Christmas is over? Well, the season isn’t! And you can still have super holiday fun in DCUO. The Seasons Greedings event is going all the way through the weekend, so Massively OP’s MJ is going to enjoy some Christmas cheer while collecting some cool base items. Join us live at 8:00 p.m. to see Gotham all gussied up for the holidays.

What: DC Universe Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, December 30th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Another first day in ARK: Aberration

When ARK’s latest patches didn’t fix the video card issues, Massively OP’s MJ was not able to have a full first look at the new Aberration expansion. Now that it is all updated on her laptop, she’s diving back in to give the cave world another spin. maybe this time she’ll be in long enough to get eaten! Tune in live at 12:00 p.m. for a second first look at…

What: ARK: Aberration
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, December 30th, 2017

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EverQuesting: Frostfell blues and end of the year news for EverQuest II

Snow? Check. Good cheer? Check. Catchy tunes everywhere? Checkity check. Goblins and gigglegibbers in goofy get-ups? Great big check. New guide? Er…

Yes, it’s Frostfell time EverQuest II. And right about now is when I offer a guide to this wonderful winter event. Unfortunately, this year I won’t be. Actually it’s more of I can’t: I’m not being stubborn, there just isn’t anything to guide you through that hasn’t already been covered between the 2015 and 2016 guides. When the devs were passing out 2017 content, Frostfell was unfortunately skipped — or maybe it was out back recovering from too much celebrating last year! Whatever the scenario, there isn’t anything new to do, though there are a few new things to acquire or buy (eight new items at Santa Glug, five new ones at Gerbi Frostfoot, and three crafting scrolls.)

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The Stream Team: Secret World Legend’s Last Train to Cairo

One of the really neat changes Secret World Legends did was incorporate The Last Train to Cairo DLC from The Secret World into the main story mission of Egypt. It is a major piece of the whole puzzle, and getting that info readily is awesome. While working through the story, Massively OP’s MJ has been punching out the bad guys and getting to that spot where she’ll need to hop that train and thwart the evildoing. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to see if she helps the world avert another massive disaster.

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 28th, 2017

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The Stream Team: A first look at Wild Buster

Have you heard about Wild Buster: Heroes of Titan? You might have if you grabbed a copy from MOP’s giveaway! Massively OP’s MJ hadn’t until recently, but now that she knows about it, she has to jump in and check it out. Join us live at 3:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you a first look at…

What: Wild Buster
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 28th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Frolicking in AdventureQuest 3D’s Frostval

Forget about Santa coming to town when you can have AQ3D’s Artix! His stories are way more fun than that guy in red’s, and he’s stopping by to chat about the Frosval holiday with Massively OP’s MJ. There is event goodness to be had, so tune in live at 7:00 p.m. to join in the frosty fun!

What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

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The Stream Team: A Dromund Kaas getaway in SWTOR’s KOTET

After having to watch Voss burn, Massively OP’s Larry and MJ were visited by an unexpected new “friend” when they finished up Chapter 1 in Knights of the Eternal Throne. Now, they are set to take a mini-vacation on Dromund Kaas as a new alliance with the Sith percolates. What could possibly go wrong allying with them? Join us live at 2:00 p.m. to make all those important decisions about MJ’s Chiss Agent’s alignment.

What: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Who: Larry Everett & MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

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