Massively OP Podcast Episode 320: Guild Wars 2 shakes and stirs

    
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On this week’s show, Bree and Justin talk about Guild Wars 2’s summer plans, EG7’s letter about Daybreak, the death and rebirth of SoulWorker, a huge week for content drops, and why MMO studios should be investing in perpetual content.

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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the_devil_knows_fire

Really speaks to the insecurity of the hosts, to say thanks to the “one guy” in the comments last week defending them on the Blizzard topic, when in reality, every single commenter EXCEPT one (me) was in total agreement with them.

Stop pretending you are under assault for being “too real.” Everyone agrees with you! You already won, be happy about it!

I wouldn’t have commented here at all, except my conversation was directly (and inaccurately) referenced in the episode.

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ivelbob

Had to come here just to look up the opening music for this week’s Podcast. Sounded so familiar.

Turns out it was from one of my fav FFXIV events. That one really hit all right buttons.

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TomTurtle

You answered both e-mail questions very well. I’m in total agreement.

Focusing on Guild Wars 2, I’d like ArenaNet to branch out with the game’s content to add some more replay value. But I also worry they listen to the vocal side of the community a bit too much since anytime such a suggestion is brought up players shoot it right down. Instead they ask for more “hardcore” content, which while I understand and am not necessarily against, I wish it didn’t feel like it has to be one or the other. It feels like that attitude is brought up a lot of the time making the game feel like it’s forced into a narrow design. I just hope End of Dragons brings something different to entice players back into the game and that it’s not strictly the same old content structure. (I would love good player housing!)

Also, in regards to your interpretation of the Icebrood Saga, kind of yes, kind of no. It did go on too long for those who’ve wanted expansion content and not just more Living World. But story-wise, it was cut horrendously short in terms of exploring its original vision. The second half was crammed with shallow story advancements in the form of Dragon Response Missions. I had already mentally checked out long before the finale so it was whatever to me. I’m one of those who just wants to get to Cantha and new elite specs already.

As for the e-mail about balancing critique, I know I can focus on the negatives too much which is why I’ve also tried to make positive comments in celebration of something I like from time to time. But I also get a bit tired of all the negativity here and on Reddit causing me to engage less and less. Like, even if I agree with the critique people have about a game, seeing the same people filter in time and time again with the same vitriol is draining. It feels like even if there were some news from a game that’s widely considered positive, some of these people would still find a way to make things negative. It’s that bad.

It all feels too black and white when reality has a lot more to it with shades of gray. At least here on MOP, you actively moderate personal attacks and such. On Reddit, it’s more of a Wild West feel where people fervently defend their right to act like a jerk. Echo chambers is a real problem with that site, especially with its downvote system that’s nothing more than a Like/Dislike system in practice with the horrible downside of hiding any opinions that go against the majority.

I guess I got fired up into my own little rant there. This is why I love this podcast. It gets me thinking.

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Bree Royce

“I had already mentally checked out long before the finale so it was whatever to me. I’m one of those who just wants to get to Cantha and new elite specs already.”

This, this exactly. My husband and I are thinking about finishing S4 (I know, we’re behind) this summer, but I just… don’t care about Icebrood (for after that). Maybe we should just start fresh in Cantha. If it gives me the Path of Fire feeling again, I’ll be thrilled. Hell, maybe I’ll just help my kids finish POF and call it a day.

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Bruno Brito

Best answer i could ever get <3

Me and boss-Bree rant all the time about these things MMO related and hearing in destructive decibels made my night.

Gonna ask more questions now :D