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The Daily Grind: What’s your latest MMO achievement?

Achievements in MMOs are a nice way of marking off things that you’ve done, but there are no achievements for personal goals. You do not, for example, get an achievement for finally finishing your glamour in Final Fantasy XIV. There’s no achievement for finally getting a piece of gear you wanted for transmog in World of Warcraft or for getting a mount drop you’ve been farming for ages. There’s no achievement for beating the dungeon that you struggle with in Secret World Legends or managing to get a guild started in EverQuest II.

No, these are all personal achievements, and today, we want to hear about them. What’s your latest MMO achievement? Not necessarily an in-game achievement, just the most recent goal that you’ve been working on and finally finished. Acquiring cosmetic gear? Beating content? Finishing part of a long-term project? Let us know about it!

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World of Warcraft Demon Hunter solos normal Gul’dan

A Demon Hunter should be able to kill demons. That’s their one job description, and so it should be no surprise that World of Warcraft’s Demon Hunters are actually very good at killing demons. But most of them are not nearly as good as Mione, a name you’ll find in no lore compilations who still deserves a nod for soloing normal-mode Gul’dan.

Yes, solo. As in “big boss of the second full raid of the expansion taken out by a single dedicated player.”

Obviously, gear has improved somewhat since Gul’dan’s release, but the fight (which is watchable in sped-up form below) still took over an hour to complete. “Doesn’t Gul’dan hit enrage at 12 minutes?” you ask. And you’re right, he does. He enrages, and Mione deals with that mechanic. Go ahead and watch the video, then check out the video description to see how this was accomplished, including waiting out the enrage. The notes do mention that the “real” fight (after the enrage happens and falls off) “only” took 27 minutes, which is… still insanely impressive.

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The Stream Team: Sabotaging Secret World’s castle

Massively OP’s MJ is back home, and that means she’s back in The Secret World! Last time in her sabotage adventures, she left off ready to storm The Castle. Today she gets to do it. Who wouldn’t want to prowl through an ancient castle filled with vampires? The Castle is one mission she hasn’t done at all, so she is not sure what to expect. Can she make it through the vampires alive and unseen? Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. as MJ tries to get closer to The Unseen achievement. As a bonus, we can talk some about Secret World Legends!

What: The Secret World
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 8th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Many Secret World sabotage missions down, 10 to go

Ten. Just 10 more. That’s how many sabotage achievements Massively OP’s MJ still needs to earn to get her Unseen title and reward in The Secret World. Last week was another good run, but she’s not about to rest on her laurels; she’s bound and determined to finish before Secret World Legends launches next month. She’ll start with another visit to Dr Varias in Transylvania. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to see how many MJ missions can check off her list tonight.

What: The Secret World
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 18th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Sabotaging The Secret World’s Egypt

Massively OP’s MJ has only completed one sabotage in The Secret World’s Egypt, so she’s heading there to work on more. That Unseen achievement isn’t going to achieve itself!  Besides, a nice romp through some sun and sand wouldn’t be a bad thing either. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m.as MJ tests her sneaky skills once again (while the Fail Counter looms hungrily).

What: The Secret World
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 11th, 2017

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RIFT changes achievement assist policy, promises to ‘bring back quality’ in 2017

Due to a spike in customer service tickets asking for help with RIFT’s achievements, Trion Worlds is changing its policy in how it will handle such requests.

In a post on the forums, the studio said that its CS team has always been “incredibly generous” in handling such requests, but that players have started to take advantage of that. As such, going forward the company’s customer service will only handle achievements with known bugs while the devs make a concerted effort to fix these issues. Additionally, players can petition for assistance with other achievements, but those will be reviewed individually and have a limit of being addressed once per six months.

“At the end of the day it falls on the development team to make sure we get these issues resolved much faster then we have in the past,” Trion Worlds said. “Our focus for 2017 is bringing back much of the quality that has been lacking in our updates as of late. Achievements are definitely included in that list.”

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Chaos Theory: Our guide to The Secret World’s Unseen achievement

For the last couple of months, I have been focused on trying to acquire The Unseen achievement in The Secret World. Why? It isn’t anything anyone needs to do to complete the game or to even experience all the content; you can finish every associated mission even if you fail its achievement. However, it is a little extra that celebrates one of the unique offerings of TSW — the sabotage mission. It is also quite the challenge. (And by challenge, I mean something that will likely have you tearing your hair out at times.) It tests your abilities to conquer objectives through something other than brute force or a twitchy trigger finger. For that reason alone I simply must give it my full support. That, and it taunts me with its so-you-think-you-can-win-huh vibe. I must beat it; I cannot let these missions get the best of me! Also I really want the cool title and ninja face mask you get as a reward.

Since I have been running some of these missions a few times, I’ve learned a few tricks to completing them, including ways to reset them at times so you don’t have to wait out the mission cooldown to try again. These are tricks I am willing to share so maybe you can learn from my mistakes instead of making your own. You can be on your way to becoming a master of stealth. Even if you don’t want any hints per se, this guide will lead you to all the missions and those who give said missions.

Warning: This may contain spoilers! All hints and any mega spoilers will be hidden behind a spoiler alert.

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The Stream Team: Sabotage in The Secret World’s City of the Sun God

As MassivelyOP’s MJ continues her quest to get The Unseen achievement in TSW, she has run into a few snags. So to brighten her day, she’s moving on to enjoy some sunshine — in City of the Sun God. OK, so maybe there is some soot and ash in the air as well, but it isn;t as gloomy as Solomon Island. And there are two sabotage missions to complete there, Halls of Lost Records and Emergency Procedures. Join us live at 3:00 p.m. as MJ tries to sneak her way through CotSG.

What: The Secret World
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 8th, 2016

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The Stream Team: Blue Mountain sabotage in The Secret World

It’s a long road, but Massively OP’s MJ is taking another step down that path towards the sabotage achievement The Unseen in The Secret World. During her last couple of trips, she’s been tripped up by something (or someone, as was the case when CM Andy Benditt blew her up!). This time, MJ is determined to finish up Solomon Island, which means she will be making another attempt at The Black House before moving on to Blue Mountain where The Ghosts and the Darkness and The Orochi Group await. Will she finally succeed, or will the fail counter feed well? Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to find out.

What: The Secret World
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, November 17th, 2016

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EVE Vegas 2016: EVE Online is finally getting a real tutorial

One of EVE Online‘s developers once described the new player experience with the line “Welcome to EVE, here’s a Rubik’s cube, go f**k yourself,” and he wasn’t wrong. EVE has a well-earned reputation for being a difficult game with an incomprehensible user interface, and new players are just dropped into it at the deep end. CCP has tried to overhaul the new player experience several times over the years and even implemented an achievement-style Opportunities system, but 51% of new players still quit by around the two hour mark.

This was the monumental problem inherited by CCP Ghost, the weird chap who showed us all a scan of his brain at EVE Fanfest back in May. Ghost had some interesting ideas for revamping the tutorial using a story based approach, and this weekend at EVE Vegas 2016 we got to see the final result of this work in action along with details of how it was designed. Under the codename of Inception, the first stage of EVE‘s new fully voiced story tutorial will be going live with the Ascension expansion on November 15th. After seeing the Inception tutorial in action, I finally see what has been missing all this time and realise that EVE has never actually had a proper immersive tutorial before.

Read on to find out what makes EVE‘s upcoming Inception tutorial so different, how it was designed, and what the future may hold for EVE‘s new player experience.

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The Stream Team: Sabotage racing CM Odonoptera in The Secret World

Massively OP’s MJ is in the middle of trying to get The Unseen achievement by successfully completing The Secret World’s sabotage missions. But what happens if you add Community Manager Andy “Odonoptera” Benditt into the mix? Then it becomes a race! They start with The Black House. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to see who successfully completed the missions first, and whose fail counter feeds the most. (Yup, Odonoptera gets his very own fail counter!)

What: The Secret World
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, October 20th, 2016

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The Stream Team: A Black Thursday in The Secret World

It’s Thursday the 13th! It’s also Black Thursday. What, you think Fridays get all the fun? Definitely not in The Secret World. Today is the day Massively OP’s MJ will take on both The Black House and Black Helicopters (again) in order to secure those achievements on her way to the ultimate sabotage achievement: The Unseen. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. and see if today is indeed MJ’s lucky day!

What: The Secret World
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, October 13th, 2016

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Season 7 is rumbling to a close in Diablo III

For everything, there is a season, and in the case of Diablo III, there are several seasons. One of those seasons is coming to a close soon, in fact, so players who have taken part in the antics of season 7 will need to be ready for the rollover. Sure, you’re ready for the fact that your seasonal characters will now be normal characters, but what will you do about blood shards? Do you have too many blood shards? You didn’t think about blood shards at all, did you?!

That’s all right; if you have too many you’ll just be temporarily placed over the cap, but you can’t pick up more until you’ve spent some.

The full rundown has information on what will happen to your characters and your various achievements, as well as how unlocks are awarded for your successful achievements during the season. Almost anything unlocked on an individual seasonal character will roll back into your main account, including the total amount of experience (not levels) earned toward Paragon rank. If you have a seasonal character, check out the full rundown and get ready for the transition when season 7 officially ends.

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