Massively OP Podcast Episode 227: Your letters, our answers!

    
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On this week’s show, Bree and Justin tackle a full hour of listener mail! Topics from the MOP community include the sunset of City of Heroes, reporting offensive names in MMOs, solving the problem of open world housing, and more!

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
  • Mailbag: City of Heroes and sunsets
  • Mailbag: Offensive names
  • Mailbag: Player housing
  • Mailbag: Returning to MMOs is hard
  • Mailbag: Musical associations and MMO memorabilia
  • Mailbag: Would WildStar have benefited from early access?
  • Mailbag: Hytale thoughts
  • Mailbag: MMO modding
  • Outro

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Mia DeSanzo

EQ had a built in MP3 player that would start with whatever was first on your playlist, even with shuffle on. That is how “Brickhouse” became my dark elf shadow knight’s theme song. It was more deliberate when I switched to a gnome shadow knight and put “Low Rider” at the top of my playlist. Those associations are still there for me.

I also came to associate certain songs with certain activities. The song “My Place” by Nelly takes me back to pulling giants in Plane of Storms, even after all these years.

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McGuffn

For a laugh, you should have “coincidently” had the person who asked the question on the show to answer it.

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NeoWolf

I cannot stand nonsense/comedic or offensive names but then I only play on RP servers and way I see it is if you cannot be bothered to name your character appropiately on an RP server then you shouldn’t BE on an RP server to begin with because it is the only server type where it SHOULD matter.

I report every innapropriate or offensive names I see in any game and have done with literally hundreds upon hundreds. Part of our responsibility as players is policing ourselves in order to make sure our servers remain decent places. Also keep in mind most support staffs are actually tiny they cannot be everywhere or see everything so they genuinely rely on an appreciate us telling them about problems because they can do something about things they dont know are happening.

Also contrary to what most people realise there ARE rules about naming conventions in almost EVERY Term of Agreement you agree to when playing ANY mmo. So it isn’t trivial and is absolutely actionable.

Apathy is the worst approach you can take because that simply allows the problem to continue. So the whole just put them on ignore and I don’t have to worry about it is not a good or ideal approach as at no point in the approach does the offender ever realise they have done something wrong or make an effort to change it.

But then as I say I only play on RP servers so as far as PVE or PVP servers go I could care less as far as nonsens and comedy names go but I’d still report offensive names.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Marvel Heroes would not have been competition for City of Heroes and vice versa. Those are pretty different games.
I certainly didn’t play Marvel Heroes and never wanted to do so.
And the pitchforks were already being carried for NCSoft but it’s very clear CoH’s closure caused the most people to pick up the NCSoft hate.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Also, it’s completely inaccurate that multiple people couldn’t work on bases in City of Heroes. My supergroups in the original game had multiple people working on different sections of the base at any given time.

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Bree Royce

I personally found several things very similar – probably above all else the cooperative street-sweeping feel of the open world. I remember even talking about that on the podcast back when I first started in MH because it made me miss CoH. ;) But yes, not identical in every way.

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Minimalistway

About Hytale, i don’t have much to say about it, but i would like to talk about their website, because it is a delightful thing, whoever designed it and chose that shade of blue for it have a great taste, and the website is well made, easy to navigate.

This is how you make a good website.