Nostalgia has me this week: I've been thinking a lot about some of my all-time favorite MMORPG characters, some of whom I can't physically play anymore because they no longer exist, and some of whom have been dramatically altered inside their games so as to make them almost unrecognizable to me now. Ergo, it's time to inflict that on all of you too!
What is your one single most favorite MMORPG character class of all time? Which game was it, how did it work, and why was it the very best class? I posed all these questions to the Massively OP writers for this week's indulgent Massively Overthinking.
Sometimes we start silly, and sometimes we start weird, but today we're going to start somber and reflective. Reader Becca made a discovery that touched upon the passing of real-life players, which I'll let her explain.
"I recently joined a new guild in EverQuest II and was checking out its wonderfully decorated hall," she sent in. "I came across a cemetery -- which is fairly common in guild halls -- except when I clicked on the player written book, I found it was actually an area dedicated to some of their members who had passed. It was incredibly touching as I also lost a gaming friend last year and a 'feelsful' reminder of the wonderful communities we have in MMOs."
Enjoy your brief trip to a western MMO because from here on out it's going to be all eastern titles, all the time. Well, at least for this week.
It's that time of year again, when EverQuest II denizens raise a pint or 20 in celebration of Brewday! And as with most festivals in Norrath, there's a new quest and plenty of new goodies to collect, so MassivelyOP's MJ is diving in to join in the celebration. Tune in for some tipsy adventures live at 9:00 p.m. as OPTV's infamous Stream Team brings you...
What: EverQuest II
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
Enjoy the show!
We'll begin today's tour of community articles by touching on a rather somber (yet uplifting) note. Pixelkin wrote a great piece on how her mother used World of Warcraft as a way to cope with the death of her husband.
"When she talked about gaming, my uncle condescendingly said, 'You know that's not real, right?' She knew that all too well. But she also knew what was real. Connecting with her daughter was real. Reality hadn't done my mother any favors, but fantasy did -- it helped her celebrate small accomplishments, connect with sympathetic friends, and spend time with me. It helped her put aside the grief until its edges had dulled to something a little less traumatic."
We've got guides, impressions, progression servers, and more after the jump!
Too many Tuesdays have gone by without some EverQuest Two-sday adventures, a situation MassivelyOP's MJ aims to fix right now! Tonight she dives back into the wonderful world of Norrath. Now the question is, with so many, many things to do, what on earth will she choose? Will it be another dungeon, leveling her little Paladin, or more questing in the newest expansion?
Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. as OPTV's infamous Stream Team brings you...
What: EverQuest II
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
Enjoy the show!
It's been quite a week! And not just for Massively Overpowered. Right as our original site was sunsetting, SOE announced that it was bought out and would be doing business under the new moniker Daybreak Games Company. Talk about shaking things up! Breaking free of Sony and going under the umbrella of an investment firm is just a wee bit of a change, and it is one that understandably had players nervous about future of the studio's games. What will happen to the older titles like EverQuest and PlanetSide? What about those in development like EverQuest Next and H1Z1? CEO John Smedley assured players via Twitter that all the games will continue on. Time will tell. However, there was one immediate casualty in this whole changeover: SOE Live. And then in a huge punch to the fan gut came many more casualties in the form of multiple dev layoffs.
What will this all mean for players? As far as the convention side of things, a group of fans refuse to let 2015 go by without an annual gathering of
SOE Daybreak Games players and is organizing a summer get-together. But will we even have games to celebrate come summer?
More assurances are coming your way from Daybreak Games, this time from reps of each of the studio's games.
"Absolutely nothing" has changed, according to a Greg "SOELegion" Henninger post on the H1Z1 forums. "We're properly staffed to move forward with our current development strategy. We'll continue to be a transparent development team and we'll continue on our promise and commitment to making this a player-driven game," he writes before going on to mention a revised male player model and a female avatar "in the works."