Massively OP Podcast Episode 302: Your MMO mail, our MMO opinions

    
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Massively OP Podcast Episode 302: Your MMO mail, our MMO opinions

On this week’s show, Bree and Justin engage in their annual Christmas week mailbag spectacular! It’s a whole episode of nothing but listener questions and topics, including discussions about crafting, exploring, the mind of Raph Koster, underwater combat, 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 question to the show, use this link or call in to our voicemail at (734) 221-3973.

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Show notes:

  • Intro
  • Mailbag: Gaming music and writing awards
  • Mailbag: Should more MMOs have exploration abilities?
  • Mailbag: Crafting and getting started in EVE Online
  • Mailbag: What vanilla Guild Wars 2 features should return?
  • Mailbag: The “only one MMO” gamer
  • Mailbag: When has one game made you want to play a different one?
  • Mailbag: Paid transmog in World of Warcraft
  • Mailbag: Getting into the mind of Raph Koster
  • Mailbag: Talk about Shadowbane!
  • Outro

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TJ French

Heads up, google play is dead. Podcast still points there as an option. The link goes to a page stating so and then pointing you to youtube music.

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Guild Wars 2 sit jumping:

An early bug that allowed you to jump while in the sitting or sleeping pose. It was pretty great.

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Celestia

This is the only podcast I listen to where I do not automatically skip a single mail bag episode, and this one was especially delightful.

Wishing the entire Massively OP Family a safe and happy holidays! Thanks for another year of bringing us the very best in MMO news and opinions.

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Pandalulz

It’s kind of funny about the whole one-game thing. The mail reads like it’s something new, but in the heyday of WoW, back in the Classic/TBC/WotLK era, I felt like every third person was somebody who had literally never played video games before. My guild made of IRL people was full of grandmothers, older parents, and people who had gotten drug into the whole phenomena by their friends. I was and still am the outlier for being the dude always jumping around, trying new stuff instead of sticking with the tried and true. It’s why when everybody I knew stopped playing WoW, I didn’t have any MMO friends left. Nobody moved on to other stuff, everybody just quit cold-turkey.

Granted, these days I’m mostly a one MMO person. Because of all the jumping about I did in my younger years, I’ve pretty much figured out what I do and don’t like, so now I just stick to the one I like best. If I ever exhaust all of the ones content, then I’ll move on. I’ve always been a “gamer” though, so I have plenty of single-player side-hustle going on. I’d get terribly bored otherwise.

Oh, and also everything Bree said about WoW there at the beginning. It was always about following the bread crumbs. The trail was just a little bit more obscure in classic.

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Hikari Kenzaki

On the Only One Game front:

For me, I think what made me change to a multi-game player was multiple single games failure to deliver.

I started playing City of Heroes early on and played it non-stop for 7+ years. The same missions over and over. Part of that was the community, but that’s only really an excuse for the last couple years when I got into RP.

For me, City of Heroes gave me what I needed in a game and except for a dabble in games like SWTOR, LOTRO, and CO, it was all I really wanted. Until it was gone.

So, I poked around a few games here and there but had luckily found The Secret World which dragged me back in as my single game with maybe a login to Neverwinter or SWTOR occasionally. I’m still involved in the community, mostly as a photographer, but I really started looking around for other games when TSW really began to fail in delivering new content. Sure, I’d go back for new expansions, but my days as a single game player were over.

If CoH hadn’t shutdown, would I still be there running the same missions everyday? Maybe? Can I do that now in Homecoming? Not a chance. CoH is fun, but I can’t go back to running those same missions over and over anymore.

So, I wonder, if WoW, EQ2, or another game that is still alive and making content had been ‘my game’ if I would still be there now? It’s honestly, a good possibility.

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Pandalulz

Journey was nominated for a Grammy in 2013 for Best Soundtrack Visual Media. It lost to the score for Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross… which ok… that’s some tough competition. I love TR&AR film scores A LOT.

That was the only game soundtrack nominated in the last eight years though.

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Celestia

Austin Wintory’s Journey score is one of my all time favorite and most played albums, and I’ve yet to play the game.

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Pandalulz

You should play the game. It’s fantastic.

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Minimalistway

Long comment this time 😅

Game is art, the debate is over years ago or it should be, Journey deserve to be in many art museums permanent collection, the whole game is breath taking and it does not have one word, all the story telling is art and environment the player observe.

Exploring is hard, no matter how much world you have the players will of places to explore, from time to time the developers can add few new things here and there to refresh it, what ESO did with archeology and also Runescape is a good way to refresh exploring.

Speaking of empty zones, last time i played EQ2 i was so excited to play it and i enjoyed it so much, i loved Queen’s Colony then Qenynos, both have so much to do and collect shinies, after that the quests led me to Antonica, a huge empty zone, almost empty, it took a lot of running to find mobs, a lot of time to find materials, it drained all my excitement and i stopped playing.

GW2: when i found there is achievement for setting on chair i started doing just that to get a chair! give players silly stuff to collect and they will collect it, in Maplestory Chairs is a big deal, people will hangout in some zones with their chairs to show off!

About GW2 dungeon, i never saw one, trying to find a group never worked, can i solo them? the only one i saw was in a video by Wooden Potatos.

What is Brosci? is it Broskie? how do you spell it?

Thank you Bree and Justin for every thing, this podcast is one of few i listen to, the other one is Battle Bards.