Massively Opinionated: EVE vs SWTOR vs The Plunderbund

    
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A large part of the appeal of MMOs is the communities that can be built around a persistent online presence. In fact, much of MMO debate stems from how games handle their communities. And that’s exactly what we’re discussing on this week’s Massively Opinionated vidcast.

We’ve brought on three different online content creators to discuss community as it relates to content creation: YouTube games reviewer and Brit living in Georgia Cosmic Engine; game designer, Massively OP writer, and man with magnificent hair Brendan Drain; and Twitch streamer and super Star Wars fan Redna. Each of these panelists has come to debate which content platform is the best for reaching the MMO community, what is the perfect guild size, what MMO guilds really ought to be called, and of course, how best to build a community-focused MMO.

The rules of the game are simple: Our arbitrator, Larry Everett, asks the panelist four questions before the show starts so that they can formulate the best defense strategy. When the tomfoolery begins, the panelist with the best argument wins one point per question. The panelist with the most points at the end of the show wins the internet. Let the debate begin.

This week’s panelists

Larry Everett
Twitter: Shaddoe
Blog: Hyperspace Beacon

Cosmic Engine
Twitter: CosmicEngine99
YouTube: The Cosmic Engine

Brendan Drain
Twitter: Nyphur
Site: Predestination

Redna
Twitter: R3dn4
Twitch: R3dn4

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Tina Lauro
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Tina Lauro

hugmonster Kanbe  That’s exactly what happened. It should now be listed, gang! :D

hugmonster
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hugmonster

Kanbe I’ve been wondering why the video is still unlisted as well.  I understand that patrons get a one or two days early sneak peek but once the post goes live on the site I see no reason for it to stay unlisted on youtube. I’m guessing someone just forgot to switch it to Public *hint, hint*

Kanbe
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Kanbe

Looking forward to watching this but I dont see it listed on your youtube channel. MOP doesnt work on my work computer so I have to get it off youtube. Not watching on my phone lol

Zariarn
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Zariarn

Lateris Zariarn I don’t like comparing two completely different MMOs styles.  It isn’t fair to either party.  :)

bossrprouse
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bossrprouse

So chaotic, but very enjoyable. I love the range of opinions and ideas.

BalsBigBrother
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BalsBigBrother

Nreff BalsBigBrother Loyheta heh maybe you are right I don’t honestly know.  
However I do seem to remember the same argument being made for Landmark. They give people the ability to build what they want and I don’t recall any seeing any overt phallic towers or symbols there in all my travels.  Now i am not saying its never happened i just havent seen it. So maybe Landmark does have  a good set of moderators in the game or good players or some combination of those i don’t know.  
However, to give player that same kind of freedom when it comes to crafting items I think it would be worth the effort.

BalsBigBrother
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BalsBigBrother

Nreff BalsBigBrother Loyheta Well you could offer a set number parts I guess if that was an issue but it would be up to the player how they want to assemble them for appearance or stats etc.
In addition you also offer player studio like option that gives players a place to submit new shapes for inclusion in the parts list that people pick from.
(Also swords are kind of phalic on any case even without trying :-P )

Tina Lauro
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Tina Lauro

BalsBigBrother  Brendan is under strict orders not to shave that beard off! :D That’s his development beard… we always make the best progress on our game while he’s bearded. :P

BalsBigBrother
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BalsBigBrother

Loyheta Selym I liked the idea of the Plunderbus that R3dn4 slipped into a couple of times.  I have this image of pirates hanging off a big yellow school bus stuffed with treasure as it speeds down the highway :-)

BalsBigBrother
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BalsBigBrother

Loyheta I really really liked Cosmics  crafting ideas too.  I am not a crafter never have been as I find most of the current iterations of crafting  tedious in the extreme. However the idea that I can design a weapon / armour or whatever to do what I want and to look how I want it to look would probably make me a convert. No more of this everyone looks the same nonsense because they all have to wear the same specific armours because it has the best stats that the devs have decided.
I would want crafting to be a creative interactive experience where the player decides all those things depending on what they want from it for themselves.  Oh and no watching a bar go across the screen, let me hammer the metals or sew the leathers and make it something that you have to actually learn physically to do yourself via the game rather than arbitrary numbers .  Give me that and I will craft till my eyes bleed and then some more just to be sure :-)