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Global Chat: The best of both worlds

If you have ever played more than one MMORPG, the thought has probably crossed your mind that you would love to see your favorite features from all of them put together. It hurts when one game has great housing and another has some of the best group content that you have experienced. Why can’t you just create the best of both worlds?

Zeriah spent some time wishing for exactly this as she drew up a list of features from both World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XIV that she’d love to see merged together.

“If I could take a bit from each game and combine it into one, I think I’d be in heaven,” she said. “FFXIV has some of the most amazing outfits I have ever seen in a game and while it has transmog system but I feel it would be made truly amazing by the addition of the armor journal WoW has brought in.”

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One Shots: Fashion patrol coming your way!

Well that is certainly one way to fill up the comments section with tons of screenshots: asking all of you to show of your best and boldest fashion! We had a virtual fashion show last week in the One Shots comments, and here are my personal favorites of the bunch (although most all were tremendous).

First up is UpayaBlossom, who brings some springtime cheer into the dour setting of Secret World Legends. “Oooh… fashion show? I was born ready for this!” she wrote.

Here’s a weird thought. What if all of the enemies in video games were adorable people and we played as the hideous monsters? What kind of fashion would we sport then?

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The Stream Team: Sifting through more Secret World Legends sand

With the South African story line done, Massively OP’s MJ is ready to move back to the desert in Secret World Legends to finish up her goal of completing everything in each zone. Those bosses aren’t going to locate and kill themselves! OK, this is SWL, so perhaps they could. But there are many more Egypt missions and bosses to finish up, so join us live at 9:00 p.m. to return to revisit a different part of Africa.

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 14th, 2018

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SCUM shows off pre-alpha character creation footage

Who is better suited to survive a horror-filled island than a bunch of hardened convicts? Running for your life and shooting anything that displeases you probably beats pick-up basketball and weight lifting in the yard.

SCUM’s survival game concept that mixes reality TV and hard-working prison folk got a lot more real this week when the developers showed off the pre-alpha character creation and customization process.

“Creating the character has never been so easy… or complicated, it depends on what you prefer more,” the dev team posted. “Check out the new dev blog video to explore how players will create and tune their inmate turned online star in everything from physique and constitution to mental acuteness and survival instinct. But remember, the character creation process is just the first step, how it will evolve from that point depends on what you do in the game.”

You can watch this humorous 14-minute look at SCUM’s character creation after the break!

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One Shots: Rave on Risa

I love how in the Star Trek universe, the universal consensus on what makes for an ideal vacation spot is a planet that looks a lot like Miami Beach. I mean, there’s a whole galaxy out there, people! Is it possible that there are any slightly more exciting, exotic, and thrilling vacation destinations than Jimmy Buffet’s island paradise?

Junior Ensign JonBuck doesn’t think so: “In Star Trek Online, there’s only one good place for vacations: Risa!”

Yes, I want to go to the place where humanoid cats are getting jiggy with it while wearing a two-piece. Wait, I thought cats don’t like water?

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The Game Archaeologist: Myst Online

The impact of Myst in 1993 was akin to an atomic bomb going off in the PC gaming world. The leap forward in graphical fidelity (aided by the large storage capacity of a CD-ROM and all of the full-motion video and gorgeous images tucked into it) captured gamers’ imaginations and made this adventure title the best-selling PC game of all time, at least for several years. Brothers Robyn and Rand Miller’s story about a stranger who had to solve puzzles through a good-looking (if deserted) landscape was devilishly difficult, yet that challenge kept players coming back for months and even years.

The Myst franchise surged forward at that point, with several sequels, remakes, and ports selling like hotcakes through the final game’s release in 2005. Yet something interesting happened along the way when an offshoot of the series — Uru: Ages Beyond Myst — evolved into an MMO. With a focus on multiplayer exploration and puzzle-solving instead of non-stop combat, it may be one of the very few MMOs out there that eschews fighting for brainpower.

It’s an oddity, no doubt, and despite it being an incredibly niche title, it has fascinated me enough to pull me into a research rabbit hole. So let’s take a look at Myst Online: Uru Live!

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The Stream Team: Basement dwelling in a Secret World Legends’ mansion

Massively OP’s MJ finally made it into the mansion… sort of. She’s in the basement. Which means she’s closer to unraveling the mystery of the Morninglight in Secret World Legends. Of course, this basement is creepier than your average one, so who knows what all she will run into. OK, you have an idea, but join us live at 3:00 p.m. to see if your suspicions are correct. Remember, spoilers x 1000 here!

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 7th, 2018

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The Daily Grind: Would you play a new Guild Wars 1 expansion?

With all of the talk and revival of interest in classic Guild Wars, it’s certainly been a great time to celebrate this beloved MMO (yeah, I’m calling it an MMO, what are you going to do about it?). I’m certainly happy that the game is still providing a fun playspace for fans and is even getting improvements in 2018.

So here’s a pie-in-the-sky question: What if ArenaNet decided that there was enough of a community for Guild Wars 1 that it commissioned an actual new expansion or campaign for the game? I know, I know, it will never happen. For all I know, it can never happen because of technological limitations and whatnot.

But… what if it did? Would you play it? Since we’re dreaming here, what kind of classic Guild Wars expansion would you love to see made?

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Secret World Legends preps first anniversary event, delays next mission pack

If there’s one thing that the Secret World Legends team does really well, it’s keeping upcoming content, well, a secret. It can’t help itself there. Even so, Lead Designer Chris Meredith popped onto the forums to talk in broad, non-specific strokes about the next steps for this rebooted MMO.

First up is Secret World Legends’ anniversary event, which will debut sometime this month. Preparations are ongoing at Funcom for the celebration, and Meredith said that it is “close” at hand. Following that will be the next mission pack at some point down the road. Unfortunately, it sounds as though the studio had to delay it somewhat to get it done.

“Due to the cost and complexity of implementation, the pack won’t be ready as soon as we wanted,” Meredith wrote. “That said, I think you’re going to like it when it’s ready.” He went on to tease efforts in an experimental technology that will allow for difficulty scaling past dungeons.

 

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Perfect World is showing two new games at E3: Mobile sandbox MMORPG ReEvolve and battle royale FarSide

Perfect World is up to some stuff at E3 this year. Some good stuff, by my estimation. The company sent ’round PR on two of its upcoming games today: a mobile MMORPG that actually looks really good, and a battle royale game too.

Let’s start with the mobile MMORPG. It’s called ReEvolve, and it’s sort of a post-apoc sandbox with an “immersive, real-world environment, replete with a range of different ecosystems, a day and night cycle, changing weather, and realistic animal behaviors including food chains and migration,” plus crafting, architecture, base-building, housing, farming, animal breeding, PvE, and PvP. Here’s the backstory – and you’ll probably agree it’s a cut above the typical mobile game.

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How the best devs are ‘fleeing in droves’ to escape the abusive games industry

My only nephew is something of a math prodigy, and the fact that he wants to be a game designer when he grows up (and has even been to game dev camp) fills me with the creeping horror that only someone who’s been living in or chronicling the game industry for years can know. The industry is awesome, and it is also a meat grinder that chews amazing people up and spits them right back out. He deserves a better future than that. Everybody does.

Such is the subject of a lengthy piece on Gamasutra this week. Author Simon Parkin interviews multiple developers about their experience making games – and their obvious relief when they finally escape. They’re not just talking crunch; they’re discussing relatively low pay, contract positions, nepotism, instability, post-launch exhaustion, sexism, and actual corruption driving people away.

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The Stream Team: Discovering Secret World Legends’ South African secrets

Getting through the gate was not as easy as Massively OP’s MJ had hoped. In fact, Secret World Legends had quite the surprise waiting for her. Like we’d expect anything different! But today MJ hopes to unravel the rest of the mystery in South Africa. Join us live at 3:00 p.m. for the next (and final?) step of the Season 2 adventure.

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 31st, 2018

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The Stream Team: Opening the gate in Secret World Legends

It’s time for Massively OP’s MJ to open the gate. She’s destroyed the wards protecting it, so now she can finally get to Marquard. What will she learn in that mansion on the hill? Secret World Legends is known for its secrets, and MJ is determined to learn them all. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to storm the mansion! Remember, every SWL stream is a spoiler!

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 24th, 2018

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