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Massively OP’s holiday gift guide for Marvel Heroes & superhero MMO fans

If you’re a superhero fan or close to someone who is, you are certainly not lacking for options as to where to spend gobs of cash this holiday season. Between the movies, comics, TV shows, and (especially in our case) the games, superpowered entertainment is bursting to both thrill you and ask you for a minor financial donation.

Today I’m going to run you down a few ways that you could buy a present for that loved one (which includes you, because you’re so lovable) who is into superhero MMOs that ranges from the affordable to the rather pricey. From Marvel Heroes to DC Universe Online (and, um, those… other games?), here’s what I would recommend!

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Massively OP’s holiday gift guide for the shooter and console MMO fan

Well, I’m still playing the hell out of Star Wars: Battlefront, despite its many (many) faults! It may just be the Star Wars feels, but this is the first shooter that I’ve enjoyed in quite a while.

I used to play shooters all the live-long day, both for Massively-that-was and for fun, and if nothing else, Battlefront is making me reconsider my view of the genre as a young man’s hobby. If you’re a fan of online shooters, console MMOs, or MMO-likes — or you know someone who is — allow me to suggest a few gift ideas that you may find useful.

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Massively OP’s holiday gift guide for Guild Wars 2 players

It’s been a glorious, if very long and busy, year for Guild Wars 2, so I’m sure ArenaNet is eager to see Wintersday approaching at long last. With Wintersday comes the giving of gifts, however, which can make even the coolest Snowman melt under the pressure to impress. Luckily, there’re plenty of GW2 options available this holiday season, whatever your budget and interests.

Don’t be the Grentch who ruins the festive fun for fans this Wintersday: Sit up, pay attention to this handy-dandy gift guide, and I’ll help you find a gift that’ll make the GW2 fan in your life coo with joy this holiday season. Whether or not you’re familiar with the MMO yourself, you’re sure to find something in my list to cater to both new fans of the franchise and veteran players alike. Perhaps you’re the die-hard GW2 fan yourself and you want to use the holidays as a good excuse to get some friends or family to join you in Tyria: I have you covered too!

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Massively OP’s holiday gift guide for total MMO newbies

If you’re anything like me, you probably have a tough time deciding what kinds of gifts to buy all of your totally real, not-at-all imaginary friends when the holiday season rears its head. Thankfully, gamers are pretty easy to shop for, especially when it comes to the world of MMOs where people tend to be particularly devoted to one or two games of choice. You can just buy ’em some game-related swag, or even do your gift-giving in-game and surprise ’em with a piece of awesome gear or a rare pet.

But maybe there’s someone in your life who isn’t into MMOs, and you’d like to bring that person into the fold. Whether your would-be gift recipients have never touched a game in their lives or have already gotten their toes wet with a few free trials, we’ve got some (incredibly obvious) ideas to help you give the greatest gift of all: a crippling MMO addiction that will leech that special someone’s free time and bank account for years to come. It’s the gift that keeps on giving! Or taking, depending on how you look at it.

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Massively OP’s holiday gift guide for the MMO peripheral junkie

I’m not going to lie, folks: I love peripherals. Love ’em. As soon as I was introduced to the idea that you could have something other than a keyboard attached to a computer, I was hooked, and subsequent years have provided me with a surfeit of options about what I can plug into my case.

That sounded kind of dirty. I assure you it is not.

Maybe you don’t much care for peripherals, but you have a friend on your gift list who loves MMOs and is a big fan of peripherals. Or maybe you just want to get yourself something for this holiday season – I’m not one to judge. Here are a few suggestions for the peripheral junkie in your life, whether it’s you, someone else, or all of the above. Get your USB hubs ready.

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Wisdom of Nym: The first impressions of Final Fantasy XIV patch 3.1

Part of me feels really ungrateful for being upset that it took five months instead of the usual three to get Final Fantasy XIV‘s next big patch. It’s even more like four and a half, which just makes me kind of want to smack myself, because how high on Maslowe’s hierarchy of needs are you? Seriously, who gets upset when the magical wonder box that is this game dispenses a fresh dose of marvelous content at a slightly slower rate?

Apparently, I do. That is a character flaw to be addressed at a later date.

Still, the reality exists that all that time has passed. It’s a real thing. And while I can gently chastise myself until I’m blue in the face, there’s the fact that said long gap leads to certain expectations. I’m generally pleased with the patch, but there are a few things that do sort of bother me, some of which I expected and some of which were surprising. Let’s dive in.

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The Stream Team: A speed run of The Secret World’s Halloween events

The holiday itself is long gone, but luckily for MassivelyOP’s MJ, the Halloween events live on in The Secret World… at least until November 17th. If you are anything like her, you are still running the missions not to relive the awesome story but for a daily opportunity to get some super loot in the reward bags. Both The Broadcast and The Seven Silences missions give players a Haunted Sundries bag, which can hold special clothing, pets, and even a sweet, sweet motorcycle. MJ isn’t missing a single chance at securing herself that bike, and she’s developed a system to getting both done in less than an hour. Tune in live at 3:00 p.m. and learn all the tips and tricks for a speedy run.

What: The Secret World
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, November 12th, 2015

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Marvel Heroics: The joys of pet ownership

I’ve always been a sucker for vanity pets in MMOs. It’s not just the layer of customization and ownership pride that lugging along one of them provides but the feeling of having a loyal companion join me on my many adventures through these worlds. Plus, they’re something else to collect that can actually be used, albeit typically in limited ways.

So I was overjoyed when I first started playing Marvel Heroes to discover not only that the game had a pet system but that pets actually had a purpose. Since then I’ve accumulated a half-dozen pint-sized pals and almost always had one of them out, even if Doctor Doom ended up giving Doom H.E.R.B.I.E. the stink-eye because of the pale imitation.

Today let’s talk about how you get pets and what they do for you!

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Chaos Theory: The Secret World’s Halloween event haunts our dreams

It’s finally here! This is truly the holiday I wait for all year, and The Secret World has the MMO event I anticipate all 12 months! And now through the 17th of November I can immerse myself in Halloween done right with an all-new mission that brings together many parts of the past in a whole new way. And it ups the creepy factor of my holiday a few notches.

Called The Seven Silences, this year’s mission is tied to Funcom’s TSW offshoot, The Park. Now, as much as you may want to jump in and experience the new content ASAP, Lead Designer Romain Amiel issued me this warning: “You should really play The Park before you play the Halloween event; storywise, it’ll link better.” He went as far to tease that he’d suspend my account so I didn’t peek! Luckily, there are the previous year’s events to tide me over. If you can resist the urge to jump in, or if you are new to TSW (or simply missed events in previous years due to illness, travel, or not being able to access certain zones), you have the chance to complete The Broadcast, Spooky Stories, and The Cat God now for all the thrills, achievements, and goodies.

Oh man, whom am I kidding: I can’t wait! Holding out until Halloween night to stream The Park is hard enough. I am not going to deprive myself of The Seven Silences as well. So in I go! Here’s a slightly-spoilerish-but-not-a-full-walkthrough guide to get you going. For full spoilers, watch our Stream Scream Team mission walk through on Thursday, October 29th, at 8:00 p.m. on OPTV.

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Massively OP’s guide to MMO Halloween 2015

Halloween is an unstoppable force in the MMO industry and will not be denied to developers and their players. It’s that time of year where spooky, creepy, and delightfully nightmarish events erupt across games worldwide, allowing players to indulge in trick-or-treating and costume parties regardless of age.

In the spirit of the holiday, Massively Overpowered is proud to present its ultimate guide to MMO Halloween. Read on for details on all sorts of events, promotions, and contests!

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Check out this guide to Elder Scrolls Online’s Orsinium

We’re about a month away from Elder Scrolls Online’s next DLC update, which will open the doors to the Orcish ancestral city of Orsinium. To help prepare players for this large addition to the game, ZeniMax published a guide today covering what Orsinium has to offer in both activities and rewards.

When players arrive in Orsinium, they’ll be helping King Kurog rebuild the city and unite the various factions, after which we assume that there will be an MMO cross-over assault on Orgrimmar. Actually, past that there are two public dungeons to beat, a massive zone to explore, a single-player arena, and world bosses to down.

Orsinium will be a tempting destination, as player efforts can result in acquiring one of the 18 new armor sets, new crafting recipes, and six additional costumes.


Nexus Telegraph: Ten tips for new and returning WildStar players

In just a few short days, WildStar will flip a switch and transition from its year-plus run as a subscription game to a free-to-play model. This move will also contain one of the largest patches to ever hit the game, containing sweeping, across-the-board improvements, revamps, and new content to plunder.

It’s an exciting and scary time to be a WildStar player, for sure. The existing community is bracing itself for a massive influx of players, both brand-new and returning, and has been fielding questions for months now on what to expect when F2P goes live.

Consider this column my small contribution to the discussion. Whether you’re coming to the game for the first time or hitting it up after an extended time away, here are 10 tips that you should know to give you a boost.

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Hyperspace Beacon: Six things to do before SWTOR’s Knights of the Fallen Empire launch

When Knights of the Fallen Empire launches for Star Wars: The Old Republic, certain activities will not be available in game anymore — specifically, quests like the Makeb staged weeklies and the Nightmare achievements for Eternity Vault. You should also remember that many of the regular story missions will also not be available once you start on the KotFE missions, and the developers have said that many of those quests will affect the story in KotFE.

We have only a month until the expansion launches, so we have to prioritize which missions and achievements we want to get before the expansion. And if you’re looking for recommendations from me, how handy — I happen to have six suggestions.

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