Here is something kind of neat: Trion Worlds CEO Scott Hartsman sitting down with NBC’s Press:Here to talk about video game violence and game ratings. Hartsman came on the program in response to the US administration’s claims that video games are too violent and one of the causes of school violence.
“There are contraindicators of video game play and actual real-world committing violence,” Hartsman said. “I think that at the end of the day, studying actual facts will lead us in a much better direction.”
Other members of the panel said that this is a small distraction for the White House and that it will quickly move on from using video games as a scapegoat for recent school shootings.
Is your Valentine’s day about love, friendship, or free candy from mom? In MMORPGs, it’s about questing, murder, and free loot! So, yeah, kinda the same. Enjoy Massively OP’s guide to this very pink not-a-holiday across the MMORPG genre – and some not-quite-MMOs too!
We mentioned on the podcast
that Trion Worlds seems to be moving into high gear here at the beginning of 2018 with all of its games, and Atlas Reactor
is now joining the show with the launch of season 5
“Trion Worlds’ competitive tactics game Atlas Reactor kicks off 2018 with Season 5 of new content today, featuring the brand new cyborg Freelancer – Vonn the Scion of Ice. Players can now earn prestige points based on their Season 4 rankings that can be spent on golden ability effects and earn loot matrices from alerts, daily missions or through direct purchase from the in-game store.”
Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a competitive tactics game, am I right? I’m right: Until February 20th, Atlas Reactor players “can celebrate Valentine’s Day with new skins and emblems that have been added to the Mad Love loot matrix.”
It’s that time of year again where the airwaves of certain radio stations are clogged with the same songs from the 1950s, television broadcasts are filled with specials about the nature of giving, and dozens of people exclaim that Die Hard is a holiday film due to its timeframe. Yes, it’s the holiday season, and whatever you celebrate, you cannot retreat into your favorite MMO without seeing plenty of red suits, white trim, and all sorts of associated antics.
So, where will you hang your gaming hat this year? Probably in much the same place as usual, but if you’re curious about which games are running which events, we have you covered with our roundup just below.
Well, that didn’t last long. RIFT
has already yanked its controversial $100 random mount packs
from the game store following strong opposition from the community. “We put a tremendous amount out for the holiday season. As always, we follow player feedback and LISTEN. We’re also pretty agile, so when the resounding feedback on the Orphiel’s Mount Crate came in, we took it down,” the studio posted
Lest we become seasonal grinches, we want to pass along the word that Trion is throwing a lot of promotions and giveaways in its MMOs this month. RIFT players who log in before January 4th have a chance of winning a collection of 40 mounts, can enjoy the Fae Yule event, and buy a year of patron status for $99 (which is one mount’s worth! Too soon?).
Trove has login rewards and a Snowfest event, ArcheAge has a prize giveaway for people who poke their head into the game, Defiance is selecting a few players for a jackpot bounty, and Atlas Reactor is doubling up on its XP and discounting its freelancers and skins. Good stuff!
Welcome one and all to Massively Overpowered’s end-of-the-year 2017 awards series.
Every year, we poll our writers about the best and worst MMOs, stories, studios, and trends and assign awards to the winners (or losers, as the case may be). For the last three years, we’ve been splitting our awards into smaller categories, a format we mean to stick with in 2017 as well. We’ll also continue providing a sampling of our writers’ nominations and rationales from award to award, although this year we debated more to try to reach a consensus before locking in winners, a task at which I think we were pretty successful. And we’ll always include a just-for-fun reader’s poll at the end to see whether you agree with our picks!
Today’s award is for the Most Underrated MMO, which was awarded to Final Fantasy XIV last year. Once again, we’ve opted to include pre-2017 MMOs for many of these awards, including this one, as long as they accomplished something truly notable in this calendar year.
The Massively OP staff pick for the Most Underrated MMO of 2017 is…
Step aside, turkey and fambly rage: It’s time to buy stuff. Because we don’t already unload our wallets the rest of the year on MMOs! Oh wait, yes we do. In any case, here’s a quick roundup of all the best MMO Black Friday 2017 sales on Steam and elsewhere.
As you plan your Black Friday shopping strategy (ours: sleeping in and lazily shopping on Amazon Prime), Trion Worlds wants to help out by giving you a heads-up on all of the deals that the studio is throwing for its games next week. Here’s the rundown:
All starter packs will be 50% off during Thanksgiving week. All Class Packs, plus the Creators Pack, Collectors Pack, and Battle Pack will be 70% off, while the Essentials Edition and Double Dragon pack will be 80% off, through November 27th.
- RIFT: Premium mounts will be 25% off from November 22nd through the 29th, and some previously lockbox-exclusive mounts will become available for direct purchase.
- ArcheAge: Sales up to 80% off on certain items. Also, here thar be lockboxes.
- Atlas Reactor: All packs will be 75% off and Golden Age skins will be discounted from the 22nd through the 28th.
- Defiance: Players can get up to 65% off on Titan bundles and gold editions. Also, more lockboxes.
Source: Press release
Hey, you. Yeah, you, dude leeching candy from the bucket you bought “for the neighborhood kids.” And you, lady still trying to decide between “Princess Leia” and “lazy zombie” for your costume (go Leia, duh). Put all that aside and get into some MMOs instead! Halloween is only one night in real life, but in MMORPGs, it goes on for days or even weeks. Some studios will probably even forget to turn it off! Others will let you run around with a flaming pumpkin head mask for all eternity!
Here’s what we’re looking at this year for Halloween across the MMORPG verse.
If you haven’t heard already, tomorrow marks the start of a massive gaming marathon called Extra Life
that will help raise much-needed funds to aid sick kids at the Children’s Miracle Network hospital. Among those forming teams and playing titles for this charity is Trion Worlds, which is encouraging its community to rally around this worthy cause
Trion’s Extra Life marathon begins tomorrow afternoon, during which the dev team will stream non-stop for 24 hours. To encourage and entice players to join the team in this fundraising effort, Trion is offering a bounty of virtual goods based on the amount of money raised.
Did someone say birthday? Yes they did! Atlas Reactor
turns one year old today. Massively OP’s MJ is headed in to the party, ready to celebrate. And she’ll get gifts just for attending: Folks who log in between now and October 9th will receive
- 1 Year Celebration Meridian “Thumbs-up” Emoji
- 1 Year Celebration Banner Emblem
- 3 Freelancers: Asana, Blackburn, Helio
- 3 Skins: Hardlight Asana, Eliminator Blackburn, Moonwalker Helio
- 9 Loot Matrices: 3 Asana, 3 Blackburn, 3 Helio Loot Matrices
- 7 days of Lancer Enhancer (2x Freelancer experience)
- Double Flux Weekend: Gain 2x Flux currency from matches October 6 to 8
Besides just getting gifts, MJ is excited to try and play Isadora, the hybrid Freelancer in a hamster ball. Tune in live at 7:00 p.m. for an anniversary edition of…
What: Atlas Reactor
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017
Whoa, has it been a year since Atlas Reactor
launched already? Indeed it has! And Trion’s
marking the occasion with hoopla and presents and all the good stuff
: a half-off sale for tons of stuff in the cash shop, free toons, free skins, and free boosts, all running through October 9th.
“The past year has been fantastic for Atlas Reactor and its players, ranging from launch up through the most recent Fourlancer update, which introduced a game mode that allows players to experience 1v1 matches while controlling all the lancers on their team, adding a completely new feel to the gameplay,” Trion says. “The Fourlancer mode has taken off with the game’s fans, and is a smash hit with players looking to experience a more intense and fast-paced take on the game and is just one of the awesome modes that players have been engaging in.”
Following the anniversary on October 10th, the game will kick off Halloween events and its fourth season, intended to be a “tighter experience” than past seasons, with weekly missions and lore, plus challenges will be replaced with an all-new “alerts” system.
We’re streaming the game in honor of its birthday tonight, so check back in on OPTV at 7 p.m. EDT!
There’s a tendency for all of us to claim that it’s our teammates holding us back in online games. Any raid leader, for example, will probably opine at least once or twice that the rest
of the raid is what’s holding back progress. Atlas Reactor‘s new Fourlancer mode
lets you put your money where your mouth is, though; in this new mode you control the entire four-person team and face off against another player controlling a full team, with an extended decision timer and no one else to blame if you screw up. If you’ve ever said that your teammates are holding you back? Prove it.
The same patch also brings in Isadora, who is protected by a lot of shields but has very little health beneath that. She switches gameplay modes if her shields are destroyed, but she can also re-activate her shield as an ultimate ability, allowing her go charge back into the fray. Combine that with a double ISO weekend running from September 8th to the 10th and you have plenty of reason to get in there and play.