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The Stream Team: Looking for SWTOR's Lady of Sorrows

Senya went off to do some "work," leaving Massively OP's MJ and Larry to skulk about SWTOR's Old World of Zakuul to learn more about the planet as well as search for the Lady of Sorrows. What information will they dig up on the surveillance feeds? What more can MJ's Agent learn about the Emperor as he continues his attempts to goad her into using his dark powers? Many questions depend on the choices you, the viewer, make. We call this Choose My Alignment for a reason! Join us live at 2:00 p.m. to have your chance at swaying the vote as MJ and Larry walk deeper into the dangerous underbelly of Zakuul.

What: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Who: Larry Everett & MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

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Choose My Adventure: Wrapping up WildStar

Writing about WildStar at this point feels weird.

Obviously, I just finished up playing the game for this feature for four weeks. It feels fresh in my mind. And in many ways, it really has changed quite a bit from launch to its credit. In many other ways, it hasn’t changed much at all. And the ways in which it has changed would make a much bigger difference if those changes affected things that initially drove me away from the game.

So in many ways, when I write about WildStar now, I’m still writing about the launch version of the game. It’s just that we’re now several years out from that launch, and its potential to really be something no longer has the time to turn into reality. It’s still just a hope for what it could be, and there’s not much more to the game beyond what we see right now. So it’s the same state of the game, but it’s gone from promising opportunities to unrealized potential.

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The Stream Team: Hopping back into EverQuest II Heritage Quests

EverQuest II-sday is back! As if Massively OP's MJ could ever stay away. She's back in Norrath to continue with her mission to complete all of the Heritage Quests. She's got The Teachings of Yoru to finish up before moving on to the level 45 tier of HQs. It the stars are aligned correctly, she might even try that last leg of The Journey is Half the Fun in Feerrott again! Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. as MJ knocks out more HQs.

What: EverQuest II
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

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The Stream Team: Black Desert's Port Epheria

Last time Massively OP's MJ was in Black Desert, she hitched a ride on a boat to a new port. Now she's got plenty of new areas to explore -- and plenty of trouble to get into! What's the story of this coastal village where a beached whale lies basking in the sun? There are locals to meet, mobs to massacre, and gold to earn. Tune in live at 3:00 p.m. as MJ wanders about Port Epheria.

What: Black Desert
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

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The Stream Team: Springing into Conan Exiles' spider cave

Aladdin visited a cave of wonders, but Massively OP's MJ is going to visit a cave of spiders in Conan Exiles. What better way to celebrate the first day of spring than by exploring a place that is bound to make her jump and run away? Perhaps she will have better luck surviving here than she did in the croc cave. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to see if that holds true.

What: Conan Exiles
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 20th, 2017

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The Stream Team: The joys of ARK jousting

Massively OP's MJ was quite excited when she first learned that ARK would have jousting. And now, thanks to the awesome ideas and teamwork of many, MoPark is ready for its first ever jousting tournament! This is en event you definitely don't want to miss (even if just to see the amazing list!), so join us live at 2:00 p.m. to see who comes out on top and who gets knocked on their back.

What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, March 18th, 2017

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The Stream Team: EverQuest celebrates 18 years!

Last night's stream was aborted thanks to Twitch's issues, so we're giving it another go tonight at 9 p.m. EDT!

It's happened: EverQuest has left childhood behind. The fantasy MMO turned 18 years old today and finally enters adulthood. And what do you do as an adult? Well you party, of course! There are plenty of anniversary activities to partake in -- including pub crawls and drunken gnome racing - and Massively OP's MJ is diving right into the thick of things. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. to take part in the celebration with her.

What: EverQuest
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, March 16th, Friday, March 17th, 2017

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The Stream Team: The Repopulation has resurfaced

It's definitely been a long, long time since Massively OP's MJ has played The Repopulation, but that's that's not on her! The game had gone offline, but has now resurfaced under new management. How will things play now? MJ is looking forward to re-exploring the world. Tune in live at 4:00 p.m. to see how things are shaping up.

What: The Repopulation
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 4:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, March 17th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Scorching enemies with Revelation Online's Swordmage

Revelation Online's open beta is underway, and Massively OP's MJ has been trying her hand at a new class. She made it through the tutorial on her new Swordmage, slinging lightning around at everything that opposed her. Now, it's time to dive into the game proper. What adventure will she find in the new port? What new threats will she find to singe with a bit of fire? Tune in live at 3:00 p.m. to see how much trouble MJ can get into blasting things with elemental magic.

What: Revelation Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, March 16th, 2016

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Choose My Adventure: A high-level venture in WildStar

First and foremost, before I start talking about my last week of adventures in WildStar, I'd like to thank the developers for giving me an opportunity I rarely have in this column. Nine times out of ten the reality of the column means I don't get to actually see high-level play at all; I don't know that I'd classify this week's adventure as being indicative of the whole level cap experience, but it gives me a better picture of it than just sitting down at level 10 or whatever.

I'd also like to thank a friend for accompanying me up to the high-level portion of the game, since she was curious about it as well. Teamwork, people, that's what MMOs are all about.

When I originally played WildStar, I had in fact reached level cap and done a fair number of the initial crop of dailies during one of the earlier patches. Thus, my friend and I decided to unlock the Primal Matrix and head out to Arcterra, which was added too recently for either of us to have seen it in the past. Yes, that meant I wasn't going to be in an area going "oh, I remember this," but it meant that I'd have a good idea about that part of the endgame.

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The Stream Team: Xsyon survives six years

Long before survival games became all the rage, there was Xsyon. In fact, it may very well be what started Massively OP's MJ on her survival path. She played the game in the early years as it was developing, but she hasn't been back in a while. It's definitely time to jump in and check things out again. Maybe this time she won't die to crazy chickens or psychotic squirrels! It's not like the Ides of March is all about death. Oh. Tune in live at 5:00 p.m. to celebrate six years of survival in...

What: Xsyon
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 5:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

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Sony is going to let you access PlayStation 4 games through your PC

Don't let the lack of a PlayStation 4 in your house stop you from, y'know, playing the console's games. On Monday, Sony announced that it will be paving a path for players to get their hands on PS4 titles even if they're on a PC.

This is thanks to the growing popularity of Sony's PlayStation Now cloud streaming platform, which allows PS4 and PC users to access hundreds of PlayStation 3 titles. With the upcoming expansion to the service, gamers will be able to get their grubby mitts on PlayStation 4 titles as well for those who subscribe for $20 a month.

Obviously, this is good news for MMO players who would like, for whatever reason, to access online titles exclusive to PlayStation. Sony has not revealed how many PS4 games will be available at first or when the studio will be rolling out the expanded service. A "private test" of the new PlayStation Now is set to commence over the next few weeks.

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