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Massively OP Podcast Episode 153: It’s a whole New World

On this week’s show, Bree and Justin sift through early 2018 news, including a possible leak of Amazon’s New World, a touching player memorial in RIFT, warnings of alien attacks in Elite: Dangerous, and more!

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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WRUP: It’s time to figure out if we’re wanted by the police and why edition

All right, everyone, settle down, you’re probably wondering why I called this meeting. Let me get right down to it: Last weekend was a lot of fun, but since then, there are some disturbing indications that we may all be wanted by the police for a variety of crimes. I don’t want to point fingers, but I think it’s time to figure out if we’re wanted by the police, and if so, why.

Like, seriously, I woke up with a lot of blood on my sheets. But that could actually mean lots of things. And I didn’t write myself a note about what I did, but Liam remembered to. It’s just that Liam’s note reads “make seven bob right proper quick in Londonderrydo” and Liam is, I must remind you, from Wisconsin. He doesn’t even know how much money seven bob is. I don’t know how much money that is. Is it even money?

Oh, those are sirens outside. Look, we’ve got to sort this out quickly before the police arrive, if for no other reason than it would be helpful to know whether we should confess, pay a fine, or book it. Let us know what you’re doing this weekend down in What Are You Playing, maybe we can work backwards from that.

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 152: Allied races and superhero sprints

On this week’s show, Bree and Justin dig into the allied races that are coming soon to World of Warcraft, the non-race of the City of Heroes spiritual successors, meaty early 2018 patches, and more!

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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WRUP: Introducing our cast of characters for 2018 edition

As always, a new year means a new cast of characters, because I hate resolving plotlines and we’re not going to be having a bunch of uppity actors hold this feature hostage like The Simpsons. If you want closure, assume everyone died except that guy you liked. Now, let’s meet our new cast for 2018:

  • Happy Walkin’ Steven Steven, a convicted drug dealer who is currently coaching seven different children’s sports teams to learn the true meaning of friendship, Christmas, teamwork, and IRS form 1040-A.
  • Camilla the Snail, who is a snail.
  • Jacktron, defender of Earth, the heroic robot who repeatedly insists to people that it is a CPA named “Jacktron, defender of Earth,” not an actual defender of Earth in any way. That is not a title.
  • Sandstorm Jones, your father. Or mother. Whichever.
  • Catfood Collectin’ Steven Steven, who is played by a meth addict prone to reckless driving and will be quietly retired after he tries to make an entire episode about how you should eat squirrels right off of the trees. (He calls them “squeaklemons.”)
  • Wolverine But Not The Marvel Comics Wolverine, A Totally Original Character Who We Made Up. This one speaks for itself.
  • And last but not least, Obnoxious Catchphrasia, the objectively worst character and therefore the comedic sociopath everyone will idolize.

So, let’s enjoy this band of whatevers on their adventures until we kill them off next year! Until then, feel free to let us know which character’s merchandise you would like to purchase in the comments of What Are You Playing. Or let us know what you’re playing this weekend. Honestly, whichever.

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Food and video games, two great tastes together at last!

If you thought that the World of Warcraft official cookbook was a stupid idea, then you may not be the target audience for the plethora of sites devoted to helping you cook up a true taste of the game you’re playing. But they’re still out there, and after we talked about them on the podcast this week, we couldn’t not hunt some down. Fans of Guild Wars 2 have a whole blog devoted to making the recipes from the game into real food, while Final Fantasy XIV Culinarians can level up in the real world with a similar blog.

Yes, the authors of these blogs are well aware that you have to make some substitutions for the lack of raptors and drakes. It’s done with care and thought.

If you’re more of a generally video game sort, there’s also the Moogle Pie blog (which is devoted to various game treats or themed treats from games). And you can always check out the Earthbound cookbook once it finishes publishing after a successful Kickstarter. In other words, with some patience and dedication, there are lots of ways to make your real-life food into the same stuff you eat in-game.

Maybe not Delicious Cave Mold, though.

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Final Fantasy XI starts off 2018 with dog enemies and associated controversy

The first update for Final Fantasy XI is scheduled for later this month, and it’s hitting the ground running with controversy. See, it’s the year of the dog, and that means that the first new Ambuscade content involves the two most famous dogs in FFXI, Fenrir and Carbuncle. But… is Carbuncle a dog? Producer Akihiko Matsui firmly declares it to be so, but we have no doubt that many other players have wildly different views about the radioactive fox-squirrel-thing’s proper taxonomic classification.

Regardless of whether or not you agree with Carbuncle as a dog, he’s still floofing about in battle content, and there are also changes to the items required to Oboro’s job-specific equipment by changing the rather obnoxiously rare Iridal Staves requirement. There’s also the continuation of the game’s anniversary events and various other quality of life improvements across the board, so it’s pretty clear that the game is hitting the ground running for 2018. Which should mean you have plenty of reason to get in the game as you argue about whether or not Carbuncle is, in fact, a dog.

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 151: New year staff roundtable

On this week’s show, the whole gang is here! To kick off the new year, Bree, Eliot, MJ, Tina, Brendan, Andrew, Larry, and Justin come together to talk about the past year, the Massively OP Awards, and yet more questions that listeners have for the crew!

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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Massively OP’s 2017 Blooper Awards: Schlag meme of the year

Massively OP’s not-so-serious end-of-the-year awards conclude today with our blooper award for Schlag meme of the year, given to and in honor of MOP commenter Schlag Sweetleaf, who’s well-known as a snarky and insightful mememaker in the chatter under our articles. I know I’m not alone in frequently skimming the comments hunting for his jokes.

And the winner is…

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