Massively OP Podcast Episode 151: New year staff roundtable

    
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On this week’s show, the whole gang is here! To kick off the new year, Bree, Eliot, MJ, Tina, Brendan, Andrew, Larry, and Justin come together to talk about the past year, the Massively OP Awards, and yet more questions that listeners have for the crew!

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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Show notes:

  • Intro
  • The staff’s gaming year and resolutions
  • Massively OP Awards discussion
  • Mailbag: What is your most favorite MMO food item?
  • Mailbag: Why is there a perception that MMOs have to include PvP?
  • Mailbag: Are there any other MMOs that do something like Secret World’s investigation missions?
  • Mailbag: Is there something worse than lockboxes coming to online gaming business models?
  • Mailbag: What is the state of the site?
  • Outro

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Winter

@Bree does the amazon affiliate work at amazon.ca?

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KatsPurr

Really good podcast guys! I’m so glad you were transparent about the financial side of things. I’d be absolutely heartbroken if anything ever happened to this site. As I’ve mentioned before, it feels like I finally found “my people” and listening to you guys talk and how your personalities are, well it just feels so comfortable and relatable. I will be sure to try to help out in any way I can, even if it just means clicking ads once in a while or linking to your articles! I have some honest feedback as a casual listener to share, that might be of some use. I’m not sure if it can be remedied in any way, but it would be interesting to see if other people experience the same thing. Namely, the fast pace and huge amount of content that Massively OP churns out is overwhelming sometimes. I feel like I can’t keep up with everything and I get a bit stressed out about falling behind. Of course, I do understand that to be the top source of MMO information, you also want to share all the relevant stuff as soon as it comes along, but I would consider who your target audience is and whether they are actually interested in every little thing you guys report on. Sometimes it feels like you’re catering to people who are like you: people who need to be up to date on everything MMO, for professional reasons. When in reality, probably most of your audience here are just normal MMO gamers who only really need to hear the big stuff, or else in less frequent chunks. Something that this crazy fast pace affects is also the community and the lack of commenting. Sometimes I feel that it’s useless to leave a comment because new articles push the old ones aside so quickly that it will soon be lost to the bottom of the pile anyhow. I really don’t know how to solve this and of course it could be that I’m the only one who experiences it this way. It’s a tricky issue for sure, but it’s something I noticed and have felt from the very start of discovering your site.

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Bree Royce

Kats, I didn’t say, but I’ve cribbed this question to tackle on the podcast itself since it’s such a good one! :D

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KatsPurr

Yes I can imagine that finding the right balance is an ongoing process. I look forward to hearing you guys chit chat about this topic some day! BTW, something completely unrelated, but since I know you’re my UO homie, I was rummaging around my old UO screenies for the next Ultima Nostalgia episode for Nujel’m and came across a long lost and very special series of screenies that took place only days before 9/11. For some reason I had never published them on my UO site, so yesterday I finally got around to doing it. These screenies really showcase why UO is so special. * sniffles * This is just something that would never happen in any other MMO (well except you-know-what). http://andrea.net/uo/general/screenshots/screen43.shtml

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imayb1

Mushfest near the end, there! You guys are great. Keep up the good work and I’ll keep supporting you. :D Happy new year, all!

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Simon Clarke

Enjoyable roundtable, thanks all. But you guys really need to have someone on staff active enough in WoW to contribute to the discussion. Noteworthy example; the ARG / puzzle-based gameplay answers made no mention at all of the WoW ‘secret finding discord’, a player-driven community initiative which has played a major part in the Legion expansion to date, and has seen the devs actively raising the complexity of the in-game puzzles to outwit their insanely clever and devoted puzzle-solving portion of the playerbase. The most recent example which seemed to have slipped the collective MoP hive mind – The Lucid Nightmare – had players translating binary, delving into game lore, crafting rare items and navigating a procedurally generated maze. From a developer as traditionally risk-adverse as Blizzard, I feel like it at least merited a mention. The site is always quick to bash Blizz as the big fish in the pond that doesn’t need the coverage, but credit where it’s due guys?

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scrapper

Regarding Amazon, any chance you guys can add affiliate links for some international regions?

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wild-abyss

Came for the same question!

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Cadaver

Great podcast. The team’s thoughts on the future use of AI to manipulate gamers and maximize microtransactions were fascinating and troubling. I was also intrigued by MJ’s “anything not by Blizzard” remark :)

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Namtubb

‘eyyyy roundtable~
If I could do what I don’t really like to do but get urges to do and comment a little:
I’m still wowed that my beloved Warframe won that award. Talking about PvP though the game also originally didn’t launch with it. PvP was added to the Warfrizzle *yup, pet names* for the sake of those who reeeeeeeally wanted someone to beat on ’cause…wooo I’m better than you at something….bleh. It comes off like FFXIV’s PvP imo, it’s just something you can do on the side when you wanna feel more in tune with your violent, primal instincts but know it’s too dangerous *and maybe illegal?* to go outside and wrestle with some grizzly bears.
Thank you guys for managing to churn out a podcast every week, this episode confirms that I’ve listened to MOP Podcasts for at least a year straight now.

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TBPlayer2112

Great pod cast everyone! Nice to hear everyone in one show. Hope you can do that again soon! Happy New Year MoP! =)

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Alex Willis

Despite my many years of reading MOP, this was my first podcast listen. You all have voices! HUMAN voices!

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drgreenhoe

Was nice to hear from the entire cast. They are not robots, they also have differing opinions. :)