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Leaderboard: Do you use built-in voice chat systems with strangers in MMOs?

I’ve been playing a lot of Monster Hunter World when time permits, and while I’m enjoying the game, I’ve noticed it’s been, well, oddly silent. Initially, I thought maybe it was just a PlayStation 4 thing. Then a friend who roped me into playing with her told me she felt the Overwatch PC crowd was much worse than the console crowd, but since she’s not much of an online gamer (and lacks a PC), I shrugged that off too.

However, as I’ve spent more time in online games that aren’t MMOs lately, I’ve noticed that don’t really use voice chat with strangers, even when it’s built into the game – maybe even especially when it’s built into the game, depending on how I feel about the community. I didn’t bother in World of Warcraft, and apparently EVE players aren’t into it much either, yet Heroes of the Storm is going to get it years later despite uproar. It’s not that I dislike voice chat; I’ve just been around the internet and feel that most randoms can’t be trusted with unmoderated chat.

What about you, readers? Do you use default voice chats? Maybe only with fellow PC users or to help keyboardless console users? Let’s take it to a poll…

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Stardew Valley multiplayer beta is due out for the spring

If you’ve long looked forward to farming with and marrying your friends in Stardew Valley, the day is inching ever closer. While the game’s multiplayer side has been delayed on multiple occasions, it’s aiming for a beta test starting this spring, so players can take advantage of all the patch features included therein. That includes playing together, new crafting features to distinguish belongings, and yes, the ability for players to marry one another instead of town residents.

No word yet on whether or not multiplayer will also allow you to have illicit marriage affairs after marrying your fellow players, but we’re going to go ahead and say that falls a bit outside of the game’s scope.

The patch will also add language support for French, Italian, Turkish, and Korean, so further players can enjoy more localized languages in addition to all of the multiplayer functionality. Again, nothing is certain quite yet, but if all goes according to plan the testing of multiplayer is just around the corner.

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Siege war game Conqueror’s Blade plans March European test

If leveling and organization get in the way of your true passion in online games — massive PvP siege warfare — then allow Conqueror’s Blade to cut to the chase and give you the experience you crave.

The massively multiplayer medieval war simulator just wrapped its most recent test, with over 10,000 players across the globe trying it out. Now the team is turning its attention to what it’s calling the European X Test (closed beta) in March. Interested parties may register for the test on the website.

“We are honored that so many players really loved playing Conqueror’s Blade, and they gave us a lot of good advice during the beta test,” said Producer Xi. “We’re working hard to deliver an even better gaming experience for the European players in the next test.”

Check out what the game looks like and how it plays after the break!

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The Survivalist: ARK’s latest exploit highlights how cheaters ruin official servers

Let’s talk exploits. And no, this is definitely not a how-to guide! For shame! If you are a person who exploits, a pox on you. No, we are going to discuss how exploits — and more importantly, how those exploits are handled — can seriously harm, if not irreparably damage, a survival game.

This exact principle was highlighted this week with Studio WildCard’s announcement and its accompanying emergency update for ARK: Survival Evolved. I applaud the studio for jumping on the fix, even when it meant a surprise major version change that locked folks out of unofficial servers until they updated. However, how the exploit and the exploiters were handled is a different matter. In survival sandbox games, cheaters can ruin the long-term experience for the entire server, as does the subsequent action (or inaction) against those cheaters.

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The Stream Team: A first look at the shooter Ironsight

Massively OP’s MJ may not be the most proficient with shooters, but that doesn’t mean she won’t give a new one a go! Someone has to be cannon fodder, right? Ironsight just launched its open beta this week and she is jumping in to try it out. Join us live at 12:00 p.m. as MJ attempt to stay alive in…

What: Ironsight
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

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Multiplayer shooter Ironsight goes into open beta

Lock and load, Ironsight is ready to go. Aeria Games’ military multiplayer shooter went into open beta testing on Thursday, allowing just about everyone the chance to duke it out in the near future.

The beta build is an improvement on the previous phases, as it contains four new maps, two additional game modes, and a new mission. Players can also claw over each other’s corpses to attain the best standing in the ranking system, which also went live with this patch.

We will be investigating this shooter and conducting an experiment to see just how many times and in how many ways MJ can get herself killed. Tune in to MOP TV this Saturday at noon!

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The Survivalist: The downside of hosting custom servers for survival games (and why we don’t do it)

After the latest guide introduced even more possible games to sink our survival teeth into, it is understandable that the question cropped up again asking whether Massively OP would be officially hosting any servers for any of these titles. Think of it, life and death alongside your fellow MOP fans! Of course, we think it could be great fun, and we like playing games with ya’ll. However, as much as we love having folks congregate and have fun together, the answer is unfortunately no. Could it happen in the future? You could say there is a possibility, but it is extremely remote. Remote as in you have a higher chance to win the Powerball lottery. (Of course if you do win and want to fund such an endeavor, let’s talk.)

But why, you ask? Didn’t MOP have an ARK: Survival Evolved server? There are a number of reasons that official servers are not in the future, some of which the official unofficial ARK server helped illuminate or reinforce.

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War of Rights makes the battlefield sound like hell

In its quest to replicate the authentic Civil War battlefield experience, the team at War of Rights has added a sound pack with this week’s Update 91 that adds all sorts of things that you would expect to hear during a fight. These sounds include soldiers fighting in hand-to-hand combat, wounded people crying out, and “lots of different nasty ones.” That must have been a fun recording session.

“This initial version of the wounded sounds include rebel spoken lines,” the team posted. “The system will be expanded upon with several voice actors as well as more refined events for specific actions as the game develops.”

Curious what a battle from this multiplayer simulator looks — as well as sounds — like? One YouTuber put together a cinematic short film featuring the Union charge at Dunker Church, which you may watch after the break.

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Stardew Valley multiplayer arrives – in the creator’s house

Sorry for the headline tease, but we couldn’t resist. As Stardew Valley fans — or “Dews” as they call themselves — eagerly wait for the long-promised multiplayer update, creator Eric Barone teased the community by saying that he was enjoying it in the privacy of his own home.

“Four-player Stardew Valley LAN party at my house,” Barone tweeted. “It’s really fun. It still needs some work, but the underlying network code is solid. Being in the same room and yelling at each other about what to do next, or if anyone has any stone, is great fun. Can’t wait to share this. Also, I’m finished with the new content and have shifted all my attention to getting multiplayer ready!”

Barone confirmed that players can indeed marry each other in the game. The last we heard, Stardew Valley’s multiplayer mode was slated to arrive in early 2018. The PC version is scheduled to get the mode first.

Source: Twitter

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PSA: Grab sci-fi squad game Red Solstice for free

How about a completely free multiplayer game to brighten up your Tuesday? Humble Bundle has you covered.

The games deal site is running a free promotion to hand out copies of 2015’s The Red Solstice (normally, the title retails for $20). The Red Solstice throws eight players together in co-op missions across a hostile Mars. You’ll want to move fast to grab this, because the free promotion will be over on Wednesday.

“We are thrilled to see so many players online once more,” the game’s devs said on Steam.

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The Survivalist: Another year, another Survival Game guide

A new year, a new batch of survival games! Yes, the genre has become so popular that one guide, no not even two guides could contain all of the survival goodness. More keep cropping up. I certainly can’t say as I mind, since this is the style of game that has been giving me the feeling of having an impact on my environment. And it’s not all the same collection of zombies, although there is still plenty of that. It is interesting to see what new takes developers are bringing to the table. Want to do a survival reality show? There’s a game for that! How about living like a viking? Yup. What if you want to be the psychotic killer that survivors are trying to, well, survive? Got you covered. Fell like upping the ante and surviving via VR? There are a few of those available.

If you are looking for a new survival to sink your teeth into, here’s the addendum for some newer games in development as well as some newly discovered ones since the last mega double guide. Note: This collection will be a mix of multiplayer and single-player titles with some uniques thrown in.

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Multiplayer game show SOS heads to Steam early access this month

Ready to scheme, sabotage, and survive? Then you might just have what it takes to play SOS.

A virtual game show set on a tropical island, SOS throws 16 players into the same area to compete in a 30-minute match. The goal? To find a relic and escape via helicopter. The twist? There can be three winners, which means that players can use voice chat to try to form alliances on the fly and strategize against opponents.

There are monster hordes to contend with as well, so finding weapons and making traps is essential to living through the experience. Additionally, each match will be viewed by a live audience that can give feedback and influence events. What else would you expect from a game that is made up of veterans from Twitch?

You won’t have to wait long to try SOS out, either. The multiplayer title is coming to Steam early access on January 23rd with a sticker price of $30.

Source: Steam

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Perfect Ten: 20 multiplayer games to watch in 2018

A couple of weeks ago I covered 20(ish) MMORPGs that we are looking forward to seeing develop, test, and launch in 2018. But as you well may know, Massively OP covers a small university’s worth of “not-so-massively” multiplayer games that have some crossover into the MMO space. We do this because it gives some people much-needed gripe fuel and also because a lot of our readership is also interested in these games.

There is a lot of movement in the multiplayer game space, especially as the larger video game market continues to adapt and hew to MMO design. It’s a blended mess as we continually try to sort these games out into their proper categories, but while we do that, you can enjoy this list of 20 multiplayer games that you should be tracking in 2018. From survival sandboxes to pirate simulators to sequels, here we go!

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