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The Stream Team: A sneak peek at Defiance 2050’s closed beta

Whether or not you were a fan of Defiance, you might be interested in seeing what Defiance 2050 is about. Massively OP’s MJ gets to sneak into the closed beta and take a peek around at this new reboot. How will she like it? Tune in at 3:00 p.m. to join her for this first look at…

What: Defiance 2050
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, April 23rd, 2018

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Enter to win a copy of Wild Terra from Juvty and MOP!

B2P MMORPG sandbox Wild Terra isn’t resting on its laurels: Developer Juvty Worlds patched up for the faux-holiday at the beginning of April, adding “crystal” equipment and letting players vote on gear. Want to give it a go? Juvty has issued Massively OP a bundle of keys for the B2P game, worth $14.99 apiece on Steam, to distribute to our readers. There are no regional restrictions, other than the caveat that the game must be available to you on Steam for you to use the key. Read on to enter to win!

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VR-based ARK Park has patched in free locomotion and better tutorials

How’s virtual reality dino land ARK Park doing since its early access launch one month ago? Magic 8 Ball says reply hazy. Steam’s aggregated review score is currently “mixed,” with even even positive reviews admitting the game lacks content and scope, which lines up neatly with our own impressions of the game.

Snail (apparently rightly) believes one of the game’s major problems is the movement system, and it’s just addressed that with what it’s calling a “major update,” which is already being received well by the community.

“One of the biggest issues is locomotion. You wanted free movement so here it is! Our dev team has been working hard on the movement system and now you have the option to choose between teleportation and free locomotion.”

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EVE Fanfest 2018: CCP Falcon on EVE’s community team layoffs and having Hilmar as a CEO

It’s safe to say that it’s been a rough year for CCP Games, with the company pulling out of VR game development and laying off around 100 staff worldwide. The entire EVE Online community team was reported to have been slashed down to just two employees, and many of the studio’s most experienced PR staff were let go when the Atlanta office was shuttered. EVE players (including me) came down hard on CCP and on CEO Hilmar Veigar Petursson in particular, and some inside the company were notably shaken.

EVE Online Community Manager Paul “CCP Falcon” Elsy was one of the few members of the community team left after the layoffs, suddenly finding himself organising the 15th anniversary Fanfest without a team. It’s now been almost five months since the layoffs, so I caught up with Paul at EVE Fanfest 2018 recently to find out how the company has coped with the loss of so many skilled community staff. He also clarified CCP’s role in tackling harassment outside the game client in the wake of a recent virtual scuffle on the Open Comms show, and gave a fascinating account of how Hilmar himself dealt with the recent layoffs and how he’s been getting more involved with EVE lately.

Read on for our massive in-depth interview with EVE‘s Community Manager Paul “CCP Falcon” Elsy.

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The Survivalist: Four hopes for the future of ARK Survival Evolved

As we explored last week, game development isn’t always an upward trajectory. Some things soar, and some things crash. Our last Survivalist conversation was about four ways that the ARK: Survival Evolved that launched was better than the early early access build and four ways that it was worse. Since launch, development has continued, some on the base game and quite a bit on expansions. Whether the overall game as it stands right now is better or worse depends in part on what aspects are more important to you and likely which expansion you play. (Let’s hear it for Aberration!)

Even with improvements made to the game since launch, there are areas that could really use some attention. Today, I’d like to focus on four things that I really want for the future of ARK!

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The Stream Team: Checking out another ARK: Aberration cave

There’s another cave on ARK’s Aberration server that Massively OP’s MJ has never explored. This must be rectified immediately! She has gathered a group to dive into the depths of this cavern to find out what secrets it hides. Join us at 12:00 p.m. for this latest spelunking adventure.

What: ARK: Aberration
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, April 21th, 2018

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The Stream Team: Trailblazing in Wild West Online

It’s been a right long time since Massively OP’s MJ has moseyed through Wild West Online, and much has changed. One thing has stayed the same: The world is gorgeous! But you can’t just ride around admiring at the scenery, not when everyone is packing a gun or five! Can MJ survive as a new trailblazer? Join us at 2:00 p.m. and place your bets!

What: Wild West Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 20th, 2018

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The Stream Team: Exploring the South African night in Secret World Legends

The South African night is dark and full of… what? That’s exactly what Massively OP’s MJ plans to find out in Secret World Legends. The Morninglight insists she obey curfew, but she’s going to ignore it. The Morninglight night life is sure to be more exciting than picking corn! Join us live at 8:00 p.m. to prowl the camp in the moonlight.

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
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The Stream Team: Driving in California (totally not a GTAO stream)

While Massively OP’s MJ is in California, we thought it would be fun to join her for a bit on her adventures. So here she’ll be letting us tag along for a live feed of her traversing the beautiful southern California coast: stopping in shops, talking to locals, and enjoying the city live. (This totally isn’t a GTAO feed; Los Santos is real!) Tune in live at 1:00 p.m. for a wild ride.

What: Grand Theft Auto Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 1:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

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Russia’s Telegram crackdown blocks access to WoW, EVE, and Guild Wars 2

If you play Guild Wars 2, World of Tanks, EVE Online, or World of Warcraft in Russia, you may find that access to these titles has become spotty or non-existent as of late. This is due to the Russian government cracking down on the Telegram messenger app, which came under fire for essentially allowing people to communicate without being spied upon by intrusive government agencies (and then refusing to grant said agencies backdoors into the system). Over 20 million IP addresses have been blocked in the country as of April 17th, a move that has affected many services and sites not related to Telegram.

The crackdown has basically shut down access to the login servers of Guild Wars 2 and EVE Online for some, prompting outrage and frustration among players who suddenly were not able to access their games.

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The Stream Team: Soloing Star Trek Online’s latest featured episode

Because of her hesitation to do the featured episode solo (as is required), Massively OP’s MJ shied away from it last time and focused on her story line after the rocket event. Now, she’s gathered her courage and is launching into Renegade’s Regret. Tune in at 5:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you our first premier!

What: Star Trek Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 5:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

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The Stream Team: A first look at Radical Heights

How radical is Radical Heights? That’s the question Massively OP’s MJ aims to answer as she pokes her head in this new game for the very first time. Could this blast of ’80s thug life make this battle royale “the one”? Can it convert MJ to the genre? Can she just not be the first to die? Find the answers by tuning in live at 8:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you a first look at…

What: Radical Heights
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, April 14th, 2018

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The Stream Team: A big boss beat down in ARK

Just because there are no pillars to enter the lairs of the spider, ape, or dragon bosses on ARK’s Aberration doesn’t mean that Massively OP’s MJ can’t fight them! That’s one of the benefits of being a server admin. Since the team didn’t transfer to this server, many of the tech recipes are unavailable without fighting these bosses, so those monsters will be called forth to face the MJ and the gang. Can they devise winning strategies using the aberrant animals? Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. to see.

What: ARK: Aberration
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, April 14th, 2018

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