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Studio known primarily for Wizard101 and Pirate101.

Jukebox Heroes: Five great YouTube channels for MMO music

As a collector and reviewer of MMORPG soundtracks, I owe a great debt to fellow music lovers who take the time to somehow extract files from the game directories and make these tracks available to the world at large. YouTube has been an invaluable treasure trove of MMO music, thanks to these devoted fans, and I thought I would give some of them props today for their hard and continuing work.

While there are plenty of channels where you might see a person post a playlist at one point for a single game, there are a handful of YouTubers who see their mission to continually post new music for ongoing online games. Today we are going to look at five channels and the game soundtracks that they cover. We’re talking hours and hours of music at your fingertips here, so set aside your plans for the rest of the day and get listening!

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Wizard101 plans its 10-year anniversary while Pirate101 grooms Handsome Dan

With the 10th anniversary of Wizard101 approaching, the team at KingsIsle is squirreling itself away behind closed doors to plan a grand soiree. We don’t know the details of this party yet, but fans have the go-ahead to get excited about this “grand celebration.”

Over at sister game Pirate101, the team is adding “a little more flair” to the bulldog Handsome Dan and is promoting the 101 games Fansite Festival that’s taking place on April 15th around both games. You’ll want to check out the events page to see what the community is doing.

The KingsIsle team recently went to SXSW and had a lot of fun showing off its roster of games. Check it out after the break!

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Forget matchmaking – Wizard101 introduces ‘hatchmaking’

“Hatchmaking?” you say. “What is that?”

Leave it to Wizard101 to come up with a quirky new twist on MMO gameplay. In the family-friendly title’s next update, Wizard101 is introducing a hatchmaking system that allows players to breed pets that both they and others own. There are limits to how many times and how often a pet can be used for sweet, sweet love, and KingsIsle stresses that (at least for now) this won’t replace the old hatching system, but merely supplement it.

The patch also adds a new pet tome collection system to track your growing zoo of inbred animals, some visual changes in the core Wizard City, new loading screens, more skeleton key bosses for newbies and highbies, and plenty of bug fixes. Check out the patch notes for the full rundown!

Source: Patch notes

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Battle Bards Episode 112: MMO minigame music

It’s time to take a diversion to play — and listen — to the minigames tucked inside of our MMOs! The Battle Bards haul out their last show of 2012 with an eclectic and fun assortment of minigame soundtracks. While minigame-specific music might be hard to hunt down, this trio did their best and are reasonably satisfied with the result. Which is good, because no refunds on this podcast!

Battle Bards is a bi-weekly podcast that alternates between examining a single MMO’s soundtrack and exploring music tracks revolving around a theme. MOP’s Justin co-hosts with bloggers Steff and Syl. The cast is available on iTunesGoogle PlayTuneInPocket CastsStitcher, and Player.FM.

Listen to Episode 112: MMO minigame music (or download it) now:

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The MOP Up: Pocket PUBG (December 3, 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 Dark EdenMonster Hunter WorldPlayerUnknown’s BattlegroundsArena of ValorWorld of WarshipsRagnarok OnlineLord of the Rings OnlineAlchemia StoryHearthstone, OverwatchWizard101RuneScape, Guild Wars 2, and Caravan Stories, all waiting for you after the break!

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The Stream Team: Get your Wizard101 Empyrean Castaway’s Bundle

Did you miss out on the holiday deals this weekend? Well, Massively OP’s MJ has something better than a sale: a giveaway! She has a handful of Wizard101’s Empyrean Castaway’s Bundles to share. Like most bundles, it comes with armor, a pet, and a mount. And on top of a house, it includes an extra housing space elixir! Each pack gives:

  • Castaway’s Bungalow House
  • Junk-Copter Mount
  • Puffy Packfish Pet
  • Raider Scrap Attire
  • Raider Scrap Blaster
  • Extra Housing Space Elixir

Does that list look enticing? Who wouldn’t want a personal helicopter? Well don’t miss out! You can’t beat free, so tune in live at 3:00 p.m. as MJ practices her wizard spells while giving away goodies.

What: Wizard101
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

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Wizard101 sends players to adventure at the heart of the Spiral with part one of Empyrea

At the center of the Spiral in Wizard101 sits Empyrea, which was made to keep the Chaos Heart safe. It accomplishes that goal by, well, keeping pretty much everyone out. But player characters are going to head there with the game’s latest update, and wouldn’t you know it, there’s tons of great stuff for players in Empyrea, starting with a level cap boost to 125. That means a new training point, new challenges, new gear to earn, and all sorts of new fun to be had in the zone.

Players can also expand their understanding of Shadow Magic within the new zone with new Shadow Magic spells, become a Revered Crafter, and generally enjoy all of the content that comes along with having three new premium zones in the game. Of course, this is just part one of the venture into Empyrea, so there’s going to be more in the future; players will just have plenty of stuff to do before that future comes to pass.

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The Stream Team: Giving away creepy clown Halloween bundles in Wizard101

Halloween is all about collecting goodies, and Massively OP’s MJ has some Wizard101 goodies to give away! Special for the season, she has a handful of the new Spooky Carnival Bundles to pass out while enjoying the holiday content. Who wouldn’t want special Halloween treats like a new outfit, a new mount, and a creepy carousel housing item? And what’s scarier than clowns? The pack includes:

  • Scarousel Housing Item
  • Creepy Clown Car Mount (4-Player + 50% Speed Boost)
  • Booloon Pet
  • Spooky Carnival Outfit
  • Spooky Throwing Knife Weapon
  • 1 Month or 5,000 Crowns

Celebrate Halloween the scary way! Grab your squirting flower and red nose and join us live at 8:00 p.m. for your chance win one of these bundles

What: Wizard101
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

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Boat mounts, Halloween, and Billy the Kid blast into Wizard101 and Pirate101

As Pirate101 celebrates its fifth birthday this month, there is no shortage of things to keep budding buccaneers occupied in this strategy MMO. New boat mounts, a practice PvP mode, emojis, more quests, a team-up ledger, and automatic companions have all arrived thanks to the latest update. Additionally, Billy the Kid — a cowboy goat, get it? — has joined the roster of companions that players can collect.

Over in Wizard101, Halloween is more pronounced as Spooky Bob and his crew return for another creeptastic event. “Dworgyn and Jack Hallow will again offer their spooky quests to wizards new and old. You may even catch the ink-hungry Vampire Squid in Cyclops Lane if you’re lucky,” the team cackled.

Additionally, KingsIsle has signed up to be part of this year’s Extra Life charity gaming marathon. Players can help out by joining the KI team and raising funds for local hospitals.

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Wizard101 relishes its accomplishments so far this year

It has been a big and busy year for Wizard101, and the team wants to make sure that you notice and appreciate everything it’s done to improve the game. In this week’s producer’s letter, Leah Ruben runs down all of the additions and changes that have happened already in 2017. And looking over the list, we have to admit that it’s a pretty impressive amount.

The spring and summer updates got the lion’s share of the reflection, with a spotlight on the new tournament types, the monstrology collection system, tweaks to PvP (which Ruben calls “a game of inches” when it comes to balance), improved menu chat, and a slew of other additions.

“What’s to come?,” Ruben asks. “Well, we’re turning nine in just a few days. Nine! Can you believe it? Thank you to our fantastic community, we wouldn’t be here without you! We’ll be celebrating all month, so stick around for the fun. Also, we’re in the thick of building the next update! We’ll give you more details soon, as the winds turn a bit cooler.”

Source: Wizard101

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Wizard101 and Pirate101 weather DDOS attacks

If you have tried to log in and play Wizard101 or Pirate101 in the past 24 hours, you may have experienced disappointment as the game services informed you that it was down. This is due to some nasty DDoS attacks that have been targeting KingsIsle’s games, according to the studio.

“Since yesterday, KingsIsle has been mitigating severe DDOS attacks against our games Pirate101 and Wizard101,” KingsIsle reported. “This means your game play will be impacted until we can resolve the issue. Many will be unable to log in. We have always taken care of our community when trouble arrives, and we will be sure to do so again once the issue has been fully resolved.”

It looks as though some service has been restored to both games, although it doesn’t sound as if the attack is over.

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Wizard101 celebrates its ninth birthday with free gifts

Here’s one MMO that we didn’t realize was creeping up on a decade of live operation! Wizard101 is celebrating its ninth birthday this week, and you are invited to the party.

The fun starts with a whole pack of free gifts that can be redeemed on the website. This bundle includes a birthday hat, sparkler wand, gala gazebo, confetti cannon, and various consumables. Players don’t have forever to grab this, as the promotion will vanish — as if by magic! — on September 5th.

The game’s anniversary continues in-game with the reprisal of the Five B.O.X.E.S. and Lost Pages events, as well as a sale on special birthday-themed items in the cash shop. Subscribers also get all sorts of bonuses during this period, such as extra experience and a free training point respec.

Source: Wizard101

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The MOP Up: State of Decay 2’s multiplayer mayhem (August 27, 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 Paladins StrikeWarfaceMonster Hunter WorldHeroes and Generals, Pirate101TroveSkyforgeThe Black DeathStar Trek OnlineEverClickerNeverwinterJust SurviveDauntlessBattlejackDungeon Fighter OnlineLeague of LegendsHyper UniverseDark Age of CamelotMU Origin, MU LegendEVE OnlineAge of WushuState of Decay 2Dota 2Splatoon, and Starcraft Remastered, all waiting for you after the break!

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