Massively OP Podcast Episode 248: Saying farewell to Aradune


On this week’s show, Bree and Justin bid a fond farewell to Brad “Aradune” McQuaid, evaluate Google Stadia’s launch, investigate Guild Wars 2’s latest episode, Justin’s biggest gaming regret, and whether or not it is socially acceptable to play MMORPGs completely solo.

Please note that this episode is partly sponsored by Gameforge; there’s no segment, but there is a 30-second ad spot for Kingdom Under Fire 2 at the very beginning and very end of the show.

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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On the subject of Soloing in reference to the mailbag question, If I can throw another perspective into the ring from that of an actual Soloer I would echo the sentiments of Justins analogy too.

On Massively for quite some years now I have been saying how soloing is my thing and to this day you still get a subset of MMO gamers who simply cannot wrap their heads around the notion of playing an MMO solo as if it is in some way not doing “it” right, whatever “it” is? lol

I have had to defend my preference and explain it many MANY times over the years and you always hear the same old tired ignorant response, “well why not go play singleplayer games then”… to which I just sigh as those folks just don’t get it and the analogy used I think explains it very well.

It isn’t that we do not want to be around other people or do group activities, indeed most of us myself included love being around other people BUT we also just want to do our own thing. Playing groups is a lot of extra work and aggravation you don’t have the liberty of prioritising the things you need to do or achieve or want to get finished you have to think and make time for everyone and it is for some of us just inherently stressful.

I know for myself when I play I have my little laundry list of things I want to do or get finished, or objectives I want to achieve and I go off and I do it. I’m still chatting with people and interacting with friends and guild etc.. I still take time to help folks when they need or want it, but inevitably its all so I can go back to just do my thing at my pace and in my own way and it makes me happy. I “Need” my happy :)

Solo or Multiplay, PVE or PVP, these are just preferences, not WALLS to separate us. So long as we are all respectful of each others preferences then there is absolutely no reason why wecannot all play in the same games together.

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Well said and agree completely.

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I always love the “go play….” response. My response to that, is that I would if whatever game it is was a single player game. If given the choice, I would choose a single player version of every MMO I have enjoyed over the years. That’s not strictly because I want to avoid other people at all costs, but it’s simply that my skills and play style in games is more conducive to solo play (ref. Elliot’s Vague Patch Notes article). In addition to that, I don’t have big blocks of time to play, and what time I do have is often interrupted by Real Life, which again is not conducive to group mechanics.


For me I solo because either: A, I either get bored fast and want to do something else or dont really pay attention to the game, but I also feel an obligation to stick with a group ive joined to the end of the thing so I end up getting resentful.

or B, I obsessively chase a single goal to the absolute exclusion of everything else and I dont want to subject anyone else to my unreasonable obsession.

so it really comes down to I just want to do what I want to do, when I want to do it. I will group sometimes, but Ill usually pug just so I dont have any long term obligations.

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Well here in the UK we do not have Thanksgiving we have to wait until Christmas Day to get our Turkey dinner, but with that said I am with Justin I’m ALL ABOUT the Turkey, I love it, yum! I would eat Turkey all year round if I had my way :)


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