Massively OP Podcast Episode 215: Anthem exposed

    
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The last chance.

On this week’s show, Bree and Justin cover the kerfluffle around Anthem’s exposé, get a little hopeful about Guild Wars 2, discuss season passes in MMOs, pine over Dragon Quest X, and talk about “event fatigue” in our online games.

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xpsync

Only got around to listening to this one today and missed a few in there i think, anyway if it’s a popularity contest then MJ ofc!

I’ve mentioned before i was totally into Wild Star then the Halloween event happened. I dunno it was a great event (that went on for far too long) and when the event was over it was like a switch, click OFF i was done with the game?

The problem is when the entire game becomes entirely themed around said event, some of us just want to play the game, a week or two fine, when it goes on for a month and longer, well wtf it’s not even an event or special anymore it’s like its the game now. (it that makes sense)

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Carlo Lacsina

The events in BDO can get super exhausting. We just finished a month long event where players got the opportunity for some high end accessories. Each week, players got the opportunity to receive a different accessory. First week was a ring, second was an earring, third was a belt, and the fourth was a necklace. It had a learning curve because the NPC you can get these from disappeared after the Wednesday patch, and people were getting really confused at that part. Some people missed out on some valuable accessories just because of how confusing it was.

What really hurt about it was that the TRI accessories were not guaranteed. There was RNG. And also, some people lost valuable grind time doing these events. Suffice to say, I’m glad that event’s over.

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Barnoc N'Draak

So very much in agreement on not letting the entertainment dictate my schedule.

I actually like games that don’t change too quickly because then I can enjoy them on my terms. Events that add spice to the world are fun, but farmable timesinks not so much.

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Barnoc N'Draak

The lack of Babylon 5 coverage in the opening sci-fi show tangent makes me sigh like a spoo.

Bree Royce
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Bree Royce

Never got into it, sowwy! <3

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Barnoc N'Draak

Oh but it’s soo gooood!

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TomTurtle

I’m a strange person. Sometimes I’ll completely avoid timed events because I don’t feel like being told when I should play certain content. And yet other times I’ll dive all in even if it’s not the most fun.

I feel like the approach to these types of events relies a lot on your mental state and how able you are at discerning whether you should be participating or not.

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Mr. Bigglesworth

Well Bree, Zenimax has heard your cries – they’ve thrown in the towel – and are now practically giving away event tickets for free!

They’ve made it a piece of cake, literally!
All you do now is just log in, use your Cake toy (pick up the new 2019 version), eat a slice, and viola! 2 event tickets. You don’t even have to move your character. You can now log out and check again tomorrow.

Bree Royce
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Bree Royce

Wow, that might be taking it a tad too far. :D Yeah, I don’t think the problem was what you had to do as much as how long it seems like it’s been running and how they were essentially chaining these events together.

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McGuffn

It’s always nice when the special events completely burn you out on the game so you don’t want to even look at it anymore.

Behind the scenes someone has actually turned the holiday content into a punishing grind to pad their player retention numbers.

You’ve failed when the game design makes everything a hassle instead of fun.

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BalsBigBrother

I always enjoy it when you get guests in on the show so whomever you can tie down to do it from your new folks would be great as far as I am concerned. Not going to name anyone specifically as some folks might not be comfortable podcasting and I wouldn’t want to pressure anyone.

So whichever victim um sacrifice oh um new massively reporter you can get to join you both I am sure they will make for an interesting and fun podcast.

Thank you as always for the podcast and I probably don’t say that enough but I do look forward to it each week so I very much appreciate you both for doing them.

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Jim Bergevin Jr

It would be nice for ArenaNet to reinvest back into the original Guild Wars above and beyond what Stephen and Bill have been doing. It has always been the better of the two games.

It’s my feeling that Prime and Defiance 2050 we’re brought about in part to sweeten the pot for the eventual sale of the Trion assets.