The Stream Team: Sequestering an ARK squid

If you thought taming an ARK dino by letting it steal from you was different, get a load of this: taming by blood sacrifice. The way to tame a giant squid of your own is to feed it sacrificial dinos while shoving black pearls up its maw. So that's what Massively OP's MJ and the team is set to do. They're going to plumb the depths to find and tame their very own squid. That, or die trying. (The latter part is fairly likely.) Tune in live at 12:00 p.m. to see us go under the sea!

What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, January 21st, 2017

Enjoy the show!

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The Stream Team: A first look at Worlds Adrift

What on earth is Worlds Adrift? Now is your chance to see; Massively OP's MJ has access to the alpha and she's bringing you along for her first look. Can she survive her first encounters? And just what exactly will she encounter? Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. as OPTV's infamous Stream Team brings you an alpha peek at...

What: Worlds Adrift
Who: Name
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Friday, January 20th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Trying out Asheron's Call before it's gone

If you wait too long, sometimes you will miss out, and Massively OP's MJ almost missed out on seeing the world of Asheron's Call. With the doors closing at the end of this month, MJ has to jump in now to try and experience a bit of it before it's gone. Join us live at 4:00 p.m. to share your memories.

What: Asheron's Call
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 4:00 p.m. EST on Friday, January 20th, 2017

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Path of Exile teases new water simulation system

Can I get you a drink while you wait for Path of Exile to land on Xbox One as recently announced? Awesome. How about some water?

"Late last year we introduced our Physics Programmer, Alex, in a developer interview where we discussed the new cloth physics system he had been working on. In addition to this new system, Alex has also been working on creating a new water simulation system. We are still in the very early phases of the development of this but we're excited to share a preview of the work we've done so far."

GGG says it's "planning to make it configurable to work on a wide variety of systems" and for "all platforms with the 3.0.0 expansion later this year." You can watch the super-short teaser video with its oddly tense background music below. Water.

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Marvel Heroes rolls out 'biggest update ever' successfully

Last night, MJ and I were nervous about scheduling her Marvel Heroes stream -- would the game really be back up and functional when it had gone down only six hours before for its so-called "biggest update ever"? Turns out our fears were unwarranted; the game was back up earlier than planned.

If you haven't been in yet, you're gonna want to check out what's changed. Gazillion has two new videos, one on powers and one on talents, and MJ's posted her stream from last night, in which she scoped out how her own toons have transformed. Let us know how it's playing for you -- last night players were frustrated over brand-new inventory issues, so be warned you might be playing the loot shuffle game when you next log in before you can get to kicking butt.

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Star Citizen fends off pirates (the fun kind)

One thing that's for certain in the future of interstellar expansion, and that is the assurance that plucky pirates will take their Jolly Rogers out to the stars to follow the call of treasure and conquest. So don't act surprised if you encounter one or two -- or two hundred in Star Citizen.

In the latest episode of Around the Verse, Director of Community Engagement Ben Lesnick explained how players are dealing with buccaneers in the game: "With Star Citizen Alpha 2.6 we introduced a pretty exciting new game mode called Pirate Swarm. Pirate Swarm is essentially a 'gauntlet mode' that throws you against wave after wave of enemy planes. Unlike our previous gauntlet mode, Vanduul Swarm, Pirate Swarm has a whole variety of different ships, ranging from the M50 interceptor to the Constellation multi-crew ship."

You can read the full transcript of the episode courtesy of the folks at Relay or watch it for your own bad self after the break.

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Funcom announces $29.99 price for Conan Exiles, posts 'domination' trailer

Update down at the bottom -- Funcom just announced the game will run $29.99 in early access.

If giant squid, oversized snakes, or massive automatoi are among your phobias, seriously, don't watch this Conan Exiles video. It kicks off with a bit about the critters that are planning to kill you, the awful things they're going to do to your corpse, the weapons you'll be using to fight back, and how you'll get revenge by pulling down castles and taking slaves.

"In Conan Exiles, everything is out there to get you," Lead Designer Oscar Lopez Lacalle says, "but the most dangerous enemy is other Exiles."

If you say so, Lacalle. Our money's on that Avatar of Yog and his tentacles.

The new vid and infographic are below. Conan Exiles hits early access later this month.

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The Stream Team: Marveling at Marvel Heroes' mega 2017 update

Marvel Heroes mega 2017 update is now live, and Massively OP's MJ is diving in to marvel at all the changes. Just how exactly have her favorite heroes changed? She'll be rebuilding the power sets of Storm, Rogue, and Squirrel Girl, then running out to test those builds. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to see how things have evolved.

What: Marvel Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, January 19th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Happy birthday Blade & Soul!

Massively OP's MJ hasn't been in Blade & Soul in quite a while, so what better time to bounce back in than on its birthday? The game turns one year old today, and everyone is invited to partake in the festivities. TestSubject and her feline familiar Sleepyhead want to party, and MJ just can't say no to those faces. Join us live at 4:00 p.m. to get in on the fun.

What: Blade & Soul,
Who: Name
When: 4:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, January 19th, 2017

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Dungeons and Dragons Online starts testing Update 34's Tower of Frost

The first big content update for Dungeons and Dragons Online is being put through its paces on the test server right now, which means that everyone can get a sneak peek at what is coming with Update 34: Death or Glory.

The centerpiece of the patch is a free dungeon called the Tower of Frost. Players can start accessing this instance on level 14, in which they will explore a wizard's tower and either succeed... or be toast.

Another big feature coming with Update 34 is the new reaper difficulty for dungeons. This super-tough mode contains 10 adjustable levels of additional difficulty and is far harder the the game's elite mode. With the higher challenge comes even more rewards, but chances are it will just mop the floor with you and then laugh haughtily afterward.

No release date for the update has been given, although it could be as soon as "next week." Get your video previews of Update 34 after the break!

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Check out the technology behind Ark Park

If you're old enough to remember the first Jurassic Park film, you probably remember the lengthy and involved explanation it gave about the technology that fueled the park's dinosaur recreation. Ark Park has plenty of technology fueling its creation as well, but unlike the aforementioned movie, it's all real technology that can actually work. Seriously, you can see it all in action in a video just past the break.

Obviously, the down side here is that this experience will not bring actual dinosaurs around to stomp about in front of you. The up side, however, is that even if all of this technology fails to work you will not be eaten by any dinosaurs. (You may be eaten by dinosaurs in Ark: Survival Evolved, but that's the name of the game.) Plus, it's not Jurassic World, so that's another mark in its favor. Check the video out just below.

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Revelation Online's third closed beta has begun

As promised, the third round of Revelation Online's closed beta begins in the west today.

"The third phase of testing will last until February 2 and will allow players to explore up to level 69 and prepare for new future experiences. Players can expect new high level challenges in previously available dungeons, brand-new raids, as well as new quests and events. In addition, plenty of new Player versus Player challenges have been added. Fight for dominance in the Arena or gather guild members to join in on the Faction and Territory Wars."

If you haven't managed to snag a beta key yet, access can be bought directly through the founder packs; the cheapest one is currently $17.99. Stay tuned for this weekend's streaming, as we'll have a few more keys to hand out to our viewers then.

There's a brand-new trailer, too, because of course there is. Watch below!

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Mark Kern's Em-8ER posts a new THMPR modeling video

Em-8ER, the Mark Kern-led "massive planetary wargame" shooter formerly known as (and still pronounced like) Ember, has a new video out today showing off the THMPR -- don't look at me like that -- model in Unreal Engine.

"The model you see here is being rendered in real-time in the Unreal Engine. We use a texturing/material technique called PBR or Physically Based Rendering to make materials like metal look much more realistic," the team writes in the blog post. "Now that the THMPR is modeling, we’ll need to animate it and build a background scene."

Kern is a decidedly controversial (his word) figure to MMORPG genre veterans thanks to his involvement with Firefall and the vanilla World of Warcraft community, among other internet movements. He has previously discussed his plans for this shooter, including "serial Kickstarting" and a Firefall-esque foundation that doesn't "drift over to 'WoW with guns' again." Studio Crixa has thus far raised $23,000 in the first of its planned miniature crowdfunding campaigns, exceeding its goal.

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