Massively OP Podcast Episode 318: Middle-earth no more

    
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On this week’s show, Bree and Justin lament the cancellation of Amazon’s Lord of the Rings MMO, investigate a super-secret Guild Wars Easter egg, get psyched over Star Wars Galaxies’ Bespin expansion, and discuss the internal logic of MMORPG worlds.

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cefiya

When I was in high school (English class), we learned about “willing suspension of disbelief”. That was in reference to theatre/stage productions, but it seems to apply in pretty much the same way to immersion in MMOs.

Also, I kind of remember FFXIV game designers saying in a Q&A, that they give lore reasons for hard-mode dungeons (which have the same map layout as the base dungeon, but with different bosses, mechanics, etc.), but that they wouldn’t provide lore reasons for why you’ve been through a particular dungeon a dozen times, yet when you enter again, all the bosses and mobs are alive again as if nothing happened. The answer ended with something like “try not to think too hard about it”.

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Jim Bergevin Jr

It all boils down to “it’s a game” and that’s the only explanation you have or need. It’s like trying to explain why you only have three cannons, and can only use one at a time against alien invaders that March like an old typewriter, or why a yellow circle with a triangle mouth is eating dots in a maze.

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Jim Bergevin Jr

The jump emote in GW was always there. In fact, it’s used as part of the Mad King Thorn finale every year.

In terms of the Easter egg sword, everyone, including the devs by current accounts, assume that it hasn’t been found up until now. To be more correct, it wasn’t publicly found up to this point. I know first hand that not every player in any game announces being the first to find things and what not. 😉🤫

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Celestia

Pssst, we’ve heard Justin discuss Lotro for years. Let Bree talk about SWG. 😊

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Kevin W

Regarding NPC man, have any of my you read the novel called ‘mogworld’? It’s about an undead NPC in a Wow-like game

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TomTurtle

Ah yes, Epic NPC Man and related content made by Viva La Dirt League on YouTube. I’ve enjoyed many episodes of that series. It’s worth checking out, though definitely not kid friendly at times.

Justin’s example of immersion in LOTRO with morale was great. Those poor demoralized birds.

I feel like you alternate between “We have so many questions we have to plow through!” and “Hey, send us more questions, we’re running out!” Feast or famine situation going on there. It amuses me. :P

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Minimalistway

Agreed on Albion Online quality, i was so impressed with the game before i even played it, the experience of making an account, downloading the client, downloading the game, all of these basic things are done well, some MMOs don’t have that and it does not make a good impression.

The game itself is well made too, i loved the interface a lot, and i played it for a while, it’s a PVP game so i was just testing the PVE parts.