The best SMITE and Paladins cosplay at Hi-Rez Expo 2018

While the bulk of Hi-Rez Expo 2018 is taken up with the various tournaments, the fans have their own contest open to them: Welcome to cosplay. I’ve been bumping into Paladins and SMITE characters out and about all weekend, but the contest showcased some super impressive costumes. If you’ve ever wanted to see a Ao Kuang in real life, good news for you: He won first place! Second place went to Skadi, and third was Bellona.

Congratulations to all the participants, both on stage and off! If you weren’t able to make the event, you can still admire many of the costumes in the video and gallery below.

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The Stream Team: Frostbluff festivities in LOTRO

Visiting the Frostbluff Christmas village in LOTRO is one of the favorite holiday activities of Massively OP’s MJ. It’s a beautiful setting where you can help the locals… or give in to your personal Scrooge side if you’re so inclined. And now, there’s a super sweet reindeer mount to get! MJ can’t wait to revisit the frosted wonderland of fireworks, eating contests, and snowball fights. Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. to join in the yule festivities.

What: Lord of the Rings Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Enjoy the show!

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Enter to win a Closers ‘Ace’ founder pack from En Masse and MOP!

In honor of Closers’ early access beta this season (and the huge update video En Masse put put out yesterday), we’ve got an even bigger founder pack giveaway in store for you today. En Masse has generously granted our community five of the high-end Ace bundle founder packs (worth $570 if you add it all up or $150 if you just look at the sale price). They’re loaded with half a year of elite status, titles, lockboxes, buddy codes, pets, wings, costumes, and maybe most importantly: instant access to the ongoing closed beta.

Do note that these codes will work only for Closers players in North America and Europe.

Read on to enter to win!

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Survivalbox roundup: CSGO’s survival mode, Astroneer’s alpha, Osiris New Dawn’s Zer, and ARK’s Ragnarok

Welcome back to another fast look at what the survivalboxes are up to! We’ve got tidbits from ARK, CSGO, Astroneer, and Osiris: New Dawn.

First up: CSGO might be getting a survival mode. Dataminers have uncovered a bunch of files, some dating back years, that suggest a number of features and combat styles that aren’t in the game, including parachutes, and island map, and “survival” references. (via VG247)

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Lord of the Rings Online welcomes you back to Winter-home with a new elk mount

It’s time to decamp from Mordor and return to the pristine pocket wonderland of Winter-home in Lord of the Rings Online. As of yesterday, the 2017 Yule Festival was in high swing, bringing players together for snowball fights, theater performances, eating contests, and snow sculptures.

While there doesn’t appear to be any new quests this year, the buzz around the town concerns this year’s festival mount. It’s a splendid Winter Elk, a striking mount that offers a change from the horses, ponies, and goats that dominate the mount scene. The mount isn’t too hard to get, requiring perhaps two days of running dailies in order to save up enough tokens to purchase.

You have plenty of time to see the sights and chase those rewards, as the Yule Festival is scheduled to run through January 8th. LOTRO is also selling its Eriador bundle (the entire base game, essentially) for 75% off through December 21st.

Source: Twitter


Paragon Chat invites City of Heroes refugees for a holiday soirée

Paragon Chat has put out the batsignal to City of Heroes fans still missing their favorite MMO — saying that they don’t have to miss it alone. This Saturday, December 16th, the exiled City of Heroes community will be gathering together for a holiday party in the chat client.

The first-ever HERC Holiday Hullabaloo begins at 2:00 p.m. EST in Pocket D at the ski chalet in the City of Heroes chat client. Fans can recreate their own iconic CoH characters (or make up new ones) and enjoy the lasting remnant of this MMO.

According to the description, the party contains “merriment, costume races, joy, snowball fights using temporary powers, cheer, a City of Heroes-themed Christmas carol contest, a surprise, and all of the ‘fa la las’ you can handle.”

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Warframe celebrates the season with gift-giving and caroling

Is it better to give or to get at Christmas? With Warframe, the answer this year is “both.”

The sci-fi shooter welcomes Tennobaum this week (pause for that pun to sink in), and during this event players are being encouraged to give in-game gifts to others. The more this is done, the greater the donation that Digital Extremes will be making to the Children’s Health Foundation. Also, when the community crosses certain thresholds of gifts given, Warframe will pay out rewards to all players.

Additionally, Warframe is holding a Carol of the Tenno contest in which fans are encouraged to take a famous Christmas Carol and insert references to the game. Platinum and even Mirage Prime access are at stake as prizes.

Source: Warframe, #2, #3. Thanks Sophiskiai!


Roll a Mystic in Black Desert for fun and profit starting today

Fancy yourself a new Mystic toon in Black Desert? You can’t play her just yet, but you can roll one starting today. The MMORPG famous for rolling out character creators ahead of launch has done it again today with its weekly patch. In fact, if you roll yourself a Mystic (thereby claiming your name too!), make sure you submit her to Kakao’s “beauty contest.” The studio will be picking the five best out of the most-downloaded templates from each region to receive prizes including a nifty outfit.

If your account is already overloaded with toons, make sure you make the trek to the cash shop, where you can pick up a new character slot expansion coupon dirt cheap: They’re just 1 loyalty right now (regular slots are 70% off). And even if you don’t care about the contest and have slots to spare, everyone who pre-registers a Mystic with the coupon will also walk away with free loot. There’s no downside here.

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Guild Wars 2 announces weapon contest winners, adds new in-game book interface

Remember that design-a-weapon contest that Guild Wars 2 was running last month? Well, it is all over now, and ArenaNet tallied up all of the player votes to come up with three community-designed weapons that will be brought into the game.

The first, second, and third place winners are a torch, greatsword, and sword, respectively. Those winners get a signed print of their design and a ton of other goodies in addition to the pride of seeing others run around with their creation. The top three were chosen out of over 900 entries that the contest elicited.

In other Guild Wars 2 news, some sharp-eyed players noted that there seems to be a new book interface for reading in-game literature. Nothing big, but hey, it’s easier on the eyes and even is tied to an achievement.

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The Soapbox: Evaluating gaming monetization through the lens of Nintendo’s mobile history

Bloggers and journalists throughout the online gaming industry have been talking about monetization a lot lately. It’s not just lockbox/gachapon scandals, or their relationship with gambling, but basic monetization and what we want from it. Games, after all, don’t make themselves; we have to pay for something to make that happen. But some gamers seem to view free-to-play games as a game that should be free, not one to be supported if it earns respect. And on the flipside of that, far too few game studios give off a vibe not of experimenting with monetization but of maximizing profits above all else while barely veiling their greed.

However, outside the MMO world, there is a company that’s been doing it “right” for a long time: Nintendo. The AAA developer/publisher is known for both innovation and hesitance, following in others’ footsteps with great trepidation, trying to figure out the ins and outs while entering the mobile market long after it’s been established. The company recently released a new mobile title, but what’s interesting is that it and the company’s last four games are all different genres with different monetization strategies. Exploring these titles and their relationship to their monetization plans will not only highlight the potential success of the models but hint at why they work and how they can be curbed into models gamers and lawmakers can better accept.

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Enter to win a trio of Star Trek Online console factional starter packs from PWE and MOP

In honor of the launch of Star Trek Online Season 14: Emergence on console last week, PWE has granted Massively OP a bunch of goodies to raffle to our console readers! We’ve got 25 sets of codes apiece for PlayStation 4 (SEN version) and Xbox One, each with a trio of starter packs for each faction.

  • Federation Starter Pack Content: Tier 1 Constitution Class Starship, 12 Inventory Slots, 12 Bank Slots, 1 Borg Bridge Officer, 13 Mark II Very Rare Space Gear, 7 Mark II Very Rare Ground Gear, One Small XP Boost
  • Klingon Defence Force Starter Pack Content: Tier 1 B’Rotlh Bird-of-Prey Starship, 12 Inventory Slots, 12 Bank Slots, 1 Borg Bridge Officer, 13 Mark II Very Rare Space Gear, 7 Mark II Very Rare Ground Gear, One Small XP Boost
  • Romulan Legacy Starter Pack Content: Tier 1 T’Varo Light Warbird Starship, 12 Inventory Slots, 12 Bank Slots, 1 Borg Bridge Officer, 13 Mark II Very Rare Space Gear, 7 Mark II Very Rare Ground Gear

Read on to enter to win!

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The MOP Up: Osiris New Dawn’s terrifying space ghosts (November 19, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Dragon NestTERA MMabinogi MobileIcarus MSummoner’s WarStar Trek OnlineOsiris New DawnLord of Vermilion ArenaPUBGStardew ValleyWarframeOverwatchPath of ExileAstroneerKurtzPelRuneScapeDota 2Second Life, and Renaissance Kingdoms, all waiting for you after the break!

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Bossland gives up on WoW’s Honorbuddy cheat following Blizzard’s 2017 court victories

If you weren’t convinced that Blizzard defeated Bossland in its string of lawsuits already, you will be today. As The Nosy Gamer noticed, Bossland announced today that it’s ending sales for multiple hack, bot, and cheat programs that affected Blizzard games, including Honorbuddy (for World of Warcraft) and Hearthbuddy (for Hearthstone), though it looks as if Demonbuddy (Diablo III) will remain intact. Support for the discontinued cheats ends on December 31st.

The Bossland announcement is super classy, and by super classy, I mean not at all classy, as you might expect. The developers insist their paid cheat programs “provide no edge” and were intended to help time-starved players. They also claim Blizzard is winning only because of its supposed “decision to compromise the privacy of their players” by using checks that any studio that cares about cheating uses.

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