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MMO Week in Review: February 15, 2015

Were you too busy gaming this week to pay attention to MMO news? Get caught up every Sunday evening with Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review!

Daybreak dominated the headlines during MOP’s first week back online, with layoffs, resignations, and DDOS attacks that had former devs defending the team and players hoping for reassurance. Our own MJ Guthrie discussed the fate of SOE Live, and Jef Reahard pondered F2P’s impact on the studio.

Read on for a look at the rest of this week’s top MMO stories.

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The Soapbox: The crowdfunding conundrum

As I type this, Massively Overpowered’s Kickstarter campaign sits comfortably at $54,323. We hit our initial $50k funding goal in roughly 48 hours. We’re on pace to smash through our $75k stretch goal before the month ends. Thanks to the miracle of crowdfunding, the Massively team and I get to keep doing what we love to do instead of spending the next few weeks explaining to potential employers what an “MMO” is and why we had to write about it.

This has been an incredible experience. I’m absolutely humbled by our community and am infinitely grateful for its support. As I said in my backer update earlier this week, I’m completely out of ways to say “thank you.”

However, my overall feelings on crowdfunding remain the same. It’s slimy, dangerous, and a borderline scam.

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WRUP: The first WRUP

It feels so great to be back. Plus I get to introduce some new folks to you. Former Massively columnist Tina Lauro has returned to helm more columns, and we’ve brought on Rhys Yorke to handle all the things no one else understands. Fresh meat!

What MMOs are you lovely readers playing this weekend? We’ll show you our WRUPs if you’ll show us yours…

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The Daily Grind: Do MMO players actually want social media integration?

World of Warcraft‘s upcoming publish, we learned this week, will boast Twitter integration. Welcome, WoW, to the year 2011 when we were already complaining about the rise of embedded social media in MMOs from Champions Online to RIFT. Hooray!

I kinda like social media. I particularly like following interesting people and gaming personalities on Twitter. I use it for work and play. And yet I still don’t think I’d want to Tweet to my followers from inside an MMO. It’d be an immersion-breaker, a distraction, and possibly even an etiquette faux pas. I can see it now: “Why didn’t you get out of the fire?” “I was trying to attach a pic of our raid for my Twitters!”

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Former PS2 producer: ‘Don’t hate on Daybreak’

After yesterday’s news it’s understandable that fans of Daybreak Games‘ software lineup might be somewhere between nervous and upset. Former PlanetSide 2 producer David Carey took to Reddit yesterday to caution against some of those feelings, stating that neither Daybreak nor Columbus Nova (the investment group backing the former Sony Online Entertainment) deserves the ire or animosity of players. Carey explains that far from being the villains of the piece, both groups are simply doing what they should be, upsetting though it may be.

“The fact is, there are no (or at least, extremely few) permanent gaming jobs,” says Carey, saying that while several people lost their jobs, many of them will be in new jobs in very short order. High turnover is simply one of the perils of the industry, he argues; Columbus Nova and the shakeup of what was once SOE was necessary, something that the ur-studio had needed for quite some time. He goes on to state that if you enjoy the games, you should continue subscribing and playing rather than place blame at a company’s feet.

[Source: Reddit, Via: EQ2Wire]


The Daily Grind: What’s your one wish for Massively Overpowered?

Just over two weeks ago, I found out that was being shuttered along with the rest of the Joystiq network. It’s been a convoluted and crazy road to get to the words you’re reading right now on the brand-new Massively Overpowered, but thanks to you, it’s happening, and here we all are, talking about MMORPGs and doing that thing we used to do.

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Massively OP Podcast: Episode 1

We’re back in business as the brand-new Massively OP Podcast, and hosts Bree and Justin spend the hour bringing you up to speed on their gaming, the new website, MMO news, and listener emails. Join us for our maiden voyage!

Show notes:

  • Adventures in MMOs
  • Website and Kickstarter update
  • News: SOE becomes Daybreak
  • News: World of Warcraft still over 10 million subscribers
  • News: Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns expansion
  • Mailbag: Pets and AI
  • Mailbag: First year of subscriptions are now early access?

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