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The Daily Grind: Does FFA PvP reflect badly on players?

Today’s Daily Grind question comes from Luxxicon, a donor to our Kickstarter campaign. Luxxicon just wants to talk about open-world PvP. In fact, his question is superficially simple: “Does participating in open-world PvP make you a bad person or are you a good person who does bad things?”

Last year, psychologists found a strong correlation between displaying the “dark tetrad” of antisocial personality traits and admitting “sadistic glee” when it came to trolling other folks online. In other words, sadistic tendencies IRL did map to griefing tendencies on the internet and vice versa.

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Massively Overthinking: Crowd control in MMORPGs

Today’s Kickstarter-begotten Massively Overthinking question arrives from donor Ravenwynd, who writes,

I love control type characters in mmos. City of Heroes’ Mind Controller could lock down entire groups; EverQuest Enchanters mezzed and controlled entire groups and trains. But as devs have added PvP and tried to balance classes in their games across the genre, it seems this playstyle has gone away. You can’t have long control powers as the PvP has to be quicker, so the control powers are super short. Given the hassles of trying to balance classes for both PvP and PvE (and the nerfs to one side when balancing the other), do you think more games/studios should strive for trying to do one or the other to their best ability versus engaging in that constant balance fight?

I polled the MOP staffers for their opinions on Ravenwynd’s topic.

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The Daily Grind: What’s the last non-combat activity you did in an MMO?

It’s no secret that today’s MMOs focus almost exclusively on combat. Oh sure, some of them have rudimentary crafting, trading, and housing minigames, but very few of them feature non-combat gameplay options deep enough to replace killing and looting as an alternate playstyle.

What about you, MassivelyOP readers? What’s the last non-combat activity you did in an MMO? Tell us after the break!

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!

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Ask Mo: Jobs in the MMO industry, jobs in MMOs

Today, we’re reintroducing our general MMO advice column, here named Ask Mo: the column where you ask Mo questions, and he… lets me answer them for him because he doesn’t talk, see. That’s his thing. The first question is an oldie but goodie that arrived in our inbox recently:

I have always been a huge fan of MMOs, since the original days of EverQuest. I grew up, went to college and eventually got into the video game industry proper where I worked in QA. I have recently had to leave the industry to do what’s best for my family, but my passion goes unfulfilled: I never got to work on an MMO. I am limited in that I cannot leave my current location, but I still want to try to work with the MMO industry. My skill set largely revolves around project management and people management, so I don’t know what I could work toward doing in the MMO world. What I was hoping for was perhaps to glean some of your great knowledge of the MMO circles to perhaps provide some direction, some hope that I may still be able to get there some day.

Flee, flee for your lives!

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Massively OP Podcast: Episode 8

What truly matters in the grand scheme of video games? Is it the money that teams raise to make them? Is it unnecessary censorship and forum drama? Is it trendy outfits that allow us to play virtual Barbie doll? Maybe it’s all these things and more. That’s why we have a top professional podcasting team, to hash these issues out!

Join us on the podcast as we talk about what we’ve been playing in MMOs, the top news stories from the past week, and topics that listeners have submitted!

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Sword and Bored: Poof! Poof! Poof! Poof!

It’s Monday again and time for the further adventures of Mo in Sword and Bored. I have been extremely impressed with the popularity of this little comic. Although I’ve been drawing forever and Jef has been writing forever, this is our first venture into the unknown world of web comics.

We are more than happy that you have related to Mo. He really does represent the every-man/woman MMO player. We’ve all at one time or another run into the same troubles that he has, but we stick with MMOs because they are fun, despite some of the other players that use us as their content.

I promise that things will get better for Mo, eventually. But for now, let’s see what this week has in store…

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The Daily Grind: What stupid mistake do you keep making in an MMO?

In a lot of games, the E key defaults to use/interact/whatever. Get near a thing, press E, you do what you need to do. In Skyforge, that context-sensitive interaction is instead mapped to the space bar, while E is mapped to a different vital action. All logical and sensible, and the sort of thing that I should have picked up on after two minutes of play.

I’m several days into the beta and I cannot seem to grasp this reality. Every time I saunter up to an NPC I hit E, despite the big prompt telling me to use the space bar, because I am not a smart man. Sure, I could rail against the designers for mapping controls like that, but I’m pretty sure it’s mostly my fault at this point. What about you, dear readers? What mistake do you make that you should have unlearned?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!

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MMO Week in Review: March 29, 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!

Better not call it pay-to-win: Skyforge made headlines this week for bristling at the P2W term. Massively OP’s Justin Olivetti delivered his first impressions of the game’s closed beta in two parts, suggesting it feels more like a Neverwinter-style “guilty pleasure than a long-term stay.” The devs also revealed the game’s 13 launch-day classes, and our own stream champion MJ Guthrie checked out the game live for viewers.

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

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One Shots: Wedded bliss

Have you ever gotten married? In game, I mean. Well, if you haven’t screenshotted it, it didn’t happen. Fortunately this Final Fantasy XIV couple saw fit to capture the moment of wedded bliss between a bear-man and a child-woman.

“With Final Fantasy XIV now offering weddings, here’s a shot of my wife and me celebrating our in-game nuptials,” reader Phubarrh said. “We particularly love the range of expressions and emotes offered by the game.”

From soaring heights to creepy revelations, we’ve got a great selection of MMO player screenshots for you in One Shots this week!

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The Daily Grind: Do MMORPGs need VR?

Video game developers have been positively obsessing about virtual reality for the last few years, but barring an exception here and there, few MMOs seem to have a compelling plan for how to upsell us on the idea. CCP’s EVE: Valkyrie project has been met with a mixture of awed skepticism since its reveal last year, though admittedly that’s probably not entirely because of its VR nature. And Crowfall’s recent VR stretch goal received “mixed” feedback, causing the developers to add an extra stretch goal to mollify backers who reported that VR is simply “uninspiring.”

It’s not as if we’re luddites here; I personally like having all the shiny new tech I can get my hands on. But I’m not convinced VR is going to add that much more immersion to my gaming, certainly not for the price.

Am I alone? Do you think MMORPGs really need VR?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!

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WRUP: How to fry and eat your motorcycle edition

There comes a time in every woman’s life, as well as the lives of most men and the occasional CGI humanoid monster, when you need to eat some fried motorcycle. First, get your fryer ready; you’ll need to make sure it’s big enough to fry the whole motorcycle, not just part of it. Otherwise the frying process won’t really seal in the flavor. Also, make sure to fry it in either motor oil or peanut oil. Do not use canola oil; the police will arrest you and send you to Motorcycle Cooking Jail.

Anyhow, that more or less wraps up the discussion of frying and eating your motorcycle, but we do still have What Are You Playing going on down here. You can find out what we’re playing just past the break, and you can let us know what you’ll be up to in the comments. Have a good weekend, and as always, remember: Never fry a motorcycle you aren’t serious about marrying.

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Betawatch: March 27, 2015

If you had told me that one of the big bits of news this week would be the release of Dungeon Fighter Online into beta testing for the second time, I wouldn’t have believed you. But here we are; people were super jazzed about that.

People have also been jazzed about the second wave of Skyforge CBT fun, with Justin taking the time to put together his first impressions while MJ showed off her own first impressions. And that’s barely even scratching the surface of all the stuff that took place this week in the test arena.

Our complete list of MMOs in testing is below.

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The Daily Grind: What MMO conceits would you port into real life?

This morning’s Daily Grind is a fun one straight from Kickstarter donor Wesley Hendriks. Wesley proposes we all ponder the following question:

If you could choose 3 things from your favorite MMO to be in your real life, what would it be and why?

I want mark and recall or gate spells or map teleporting first thing. FIRST THING. I’d never have to sit in traffic ever again. Following that, I want the Image Designer profession so someone can just click click click and make me look like Neo give me awesome hair that never needs touch-ups after I kill a whole bunch of rats with a greatsword. And I want playing the auction hall and making sick piles of gold to be as easy and lucrative as in video games.

Shoot, I think I used up all my wishes and never got around to “flying” or “invisibility” or “spaceships” or “pocket horses” or “a job where I deliver pies to hobbits.” And what about cloning and immortality? What about costume particle effects? Darnit. This is harder than it sounds. How about you folks? What MMO conceits would you port into real life?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!

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