Massively OP Podcast Episode 52: Horror sloth!

    
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Memetic's sloth was less disturbing.

The horror! The horror… sloth! Oh, the meme alarm is ringing and Bree and Justin are racing to respond to the latest weirdness in the MMO industry. Whether it be a game that’s splitting in two to make more money, costumes that are full of themselves, or a sleepy tree creature that’s being shoehorned into a boss role, these podcasters are on top of the MMO industry’s latest developments.

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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0:00 Horror Sloth Intro
1:57 Grim Dawn, FFXIV, TSW
7:42 Black Desert cash shop
20:22 H1Z1’s split
25:13 Guild Wars 2 sloths
33:00 ArcheAge laundry
36:17 Devilian patch
38:20 Reader mail
45:29 Site outage upcoming

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Narq
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Narq

Puh-lease, I beg you- normalize your podcast! Bree is loud, Justin is all over the place- from whispers to almost hearable. Please normalize your podcast volume. PLEASE.

Tenthyr
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Tenthyr

I like GW2, and Bree is NOT being overly negative. They were making some jokes about a silly monster. But content is a bit of trouble right now, and she definitely likes the game, and feels rather disillusioned. Your disagreement doesn’t make Brees opinion any less valid than yours, mine or anyone.

Penge
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Penge

Enough of the GW2/Anet h8 from Bree, youre not even making reasoned arguments anymore just snarky comments.
At least get Tina on, who knows what shes talking about.

“what next? fighting a turtle?” Hilarious, oh wait Eq2 Turtle Dragon raid boss was fine.

solaru
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solaru

Kenny_ ten outta ten

flatline4400
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flatline4400

Oy, thanks for putting the He-Man theme in my head all day!  At least you found the regular, non-speed up PAL version of the song!

WHORE SLOTH!

Yangers
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Yangers

Did you really think the story and world building was good? Personally, I think it’s some of the worst writing and story content they’ve produced to date. I’m not joking – it was bad. The story was incomplete, rushed and made no sense. Compare it to Guild Wars 1. No comparison. The difference? Time.
Now, it had seeds of potential, but they didnt deliver. Rata Novus that you mentioned was a good example. Great concept and starting point – went nowhere. We spent several story steps just to find out ….. *GASP* Mordremoth has a weakness! WOWOWOWOWOW. But not what it’s weakness was. Or how to exploit that weakness. God forbid! They had numerous examples of this, where the story steps started something, and then it’s over. Also, the ending, we just magically know to go in his mind because REASONS. And that end boss? lol. And Trahearne is the biggest, hilariously badly written DEM I’ve seen in a long while. They didn’t even try.
But we all know why this is. It’s because they panicked, and rushed the xpac, and shipped it unfinished. That’s why no Rytlock explanation. No further Rata Novus. No Malyck. Barely any Nightmare Court. No Zepherytes. It’s not mystery – they just didn’t have time. Or didn’t care. The whole expansion never got any payoff with the egg. Thier are dozens of other examples. Its so frustrating.
I want the game to be good, but this xpac does a disservice to the previously good reputation of Guild Wars. They should be ashamed at what they’ve put out. It looks pretty, but lacks a soul.

Pandalulz
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Pandalulz

breetoplay So just FYI it had a Kickstarter in April of 2012, it’s been almost four years.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/crateentertainment/grim-dawn 
I backed it because I felt the world was severely lacking in ARPGs.  And then it was the time of D3, PoE, the Van Helsings and Torchlights, Marvel Heroes, etc etc etc.  So when they announced it was finally coming out, I was pleasantly surprised.

enamelizer
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enamelizer

WHORE SLOTH

breetoplay
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breetoplay

Serrenity breetoplay I loved Hero too — there are definitely facepalmworthy parts, but the storytelling device is epic.

Ata1
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Ata1

Yangers I think people have been spoiled by biweekly updates. It has just been just 4 months since the expansion and only one month since the Gliding and Shatterer update. We know another update for mostly casuals is coming in April and Living story is also starting right after that.

Season 2 of PvP so far is looking good. Just because someone posts on reddit that a guy named “Afkafkafk” was afk during a match does not mean that the season is being exploited by afkers. It just means someone is trolling and reddit as always is falling for it.

The story still has a long way to go, but I think expansion still had the best story telling and world building so far in Guild Wars 2. They told the entire story of Rata Novus and the golden story through contextual story telling using the environment and interactable objects spread all around.

While the expansion did increased difficulty,  grind, and time investment the actual quality of content, at least for me, is much higher than what they had before.