Massively OP Podcast Episode 199: Delay after delay

    
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On this week’s show, Bree and Justin grouse about the trend to delay until after the holiday season as well as the end of WildStar’s rocky run. But at least Western fans are getting a new online fix!

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Barnoc N'Draak

I fell off Conan exiles pretty much immediately after writing that. I do have plans for fielding my own in-family group, but at this point I am sticking to the more kid friendly games with my kiddos.

Back in gw2 after 4 years away, which is something that I would never have anticipated.

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xpsync

Justin you’re funny, but sometimes you absolutely nail it.
I laughed so hard… Fallout 76 is the new Christmas coal bit was great. Kids you better be good or you’ll only get Fallout 76 for xmas. omg! lmao

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agemyth 😩

Non-combat game suggestion: MEADOW!

I think Bree checked it out once. A cute little multiplayer… walking sandbox(?) that usually has a few dozen players scampering around an environment communicating without language (emotes and stuff).

The developers have been updating it for over two years now even though its just a cute little $5 game on the surface. It isn’t incredibly deep and is a bit obscure in the beginning, but the player interactions in my experience have been wonderful.

Most people would look at a game with 30-100 players online as being dead, but I think the developers just created it with an appropriate scope in mind and found enough people over two years to justify regular patches and content updates.

population source: https://steamcharts.com/app/486310

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Bree Royce

Oh yeah! I forgot about that one. I did try it. It was so bewildering, but definitely original and worth a couple of bucks just to see something different!

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Minimalistway

Thank you for the suggestions, i’m checking Skotos Online right now, and i went back to playing Minecraft with mods, which is a whole different world, the game can turn into any other kind of game.

p.s: Patrick Stewart facepalm is the best facepalm, i even think about it when i’m in the real world and in need of him, someone please invent real life gifs badge!

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sophiskiai

My toys’n’games related childhood trauma was my mum buying into the whole “Satanic Panic” mess in the 80s (I remember when the Fighting Fantasy adventure game books were on the evening news here in the UK for giving some kids nightmares), confiscating all my rpg rulebooks and being so horrified by the Chaos related stuff in the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay ones that she burnt them in the fireplace!

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Tanek

With the Bethesda/Fallout issues, I am a bit conflicted when it comes to how this might affect an Elder Scrolls VI game.

On the one hand, yes, it could be good if Bethesda learns from this that they can’t rely on players just accepting broken and buggy games, so more time needs to be spent on polish. But…on the other hand, what if taking more time to work out the bugs in TES6 results in a lesser experience for the player? A smaller world, fewer options, etc.

Oblivion and Skyrim are ambitious worlds. Each time I play I find more that I had not seen before. Basically, I hope that Bethesda can get through this and make new ambitious RPG worlds, even if they are a bit broken at the start. They just need to be on top of things and not send the game into the hands of players expecting that it is no longer their responsibility. I mean, all the releases and rereleases of Skyrim, I think the Special Edition still has some of the big bugs from 7 years ago.

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Nathan Aldana

if the game is “lesser” because they were worried about bugs, that says to me bethesda is a seriously incompetent game studio

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Tanek

I am just saying that games like Oblivion and Skyrim were given a bit of a pass because even with the bugs they are games with a world so full of things to do that you can spend hundreds of hours in them and still have new experiences. And that is without any “live service” crap.

I hope Bethesda can see the difference between that and NOT getting a pass on Fallout 76 where the world is so empty it looks like you could spend those hundreds of hours just scavenging instead. When it comes to future RPGs in the franchise, I’ll take amazing (and buggy) singleplayer worlds to explore over polished and linear games that are meant to be played through rather than played in.

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McGuffn

Hey now, we have a solid 3 weeks of bad news before Christmas. Don’t short change us.

On the mailbag, launch hype is really bad for single player player games too. People insist you’re missing out if you’re not feeling the euphoria with everyone else. On Conan Exiles though, depending on the type of server you play on your stuff will probably be gone if you take a week or month off.

Also, am I sensing that a certain emulator might be game of the year material?

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Bree Royce

I might be able to bring Larry and MJ around to form a SWG:Emu GOTY faction, but I think the readers would disown us. :P