Massively OP Podcast Episode 334: New World’s fourth delay

    
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On this week’s show, Bree and Justin talk about Bless Unleashed’s launch, the latest in the Blizzard scandal, New World’s newest delay, why nobody’s rolling male characters in MMOs, and why everyone seems to be jumping to FFXIV lately.

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TomTurtle

On one hand I’m glad that games allow for people to explore outside of strict gender roles. But at the same time it’s really sad that a number of women feel restricted even there due to wanting to avoid being the target of inappropriate behaviors. It’s really frustrating.

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Paragon Lost

Finishing up the podcast after my walk and feeding the macaws when I suddenly hear Bree reply to a Justin remark with, “Oh I like the tentacles, like I think the Draenei are awesome, especially the dudes”. I laughed so suddenly and loudly that the two macaws looked at me like I was crazy. Glad I wasn’t drinking something. Thanks for that Bree and making me think of this meme…

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Bruno Brito

L-lewd!

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Paragon Lost

lol! Well I didn’t create the genre! Can’t help my twisted humor reaction either! I plead the corruption of the internet!

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Search parameters “Japanese” + “tentacles” = NSFW

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Paragon Lost

Lol. That’s a whole can of nope! 🤣 Would fall under the whole “things you can’t unsee category”, which these days I’m trying to mitigate.

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Danny Smith

I think the WoW to XIV jump is pretty simple. If you want something from an established IP thats probably not going to shut down any time soon theres a few options but if you want a hotbar mmo with a significant budget, playerbase and ears ahead of it? where else do you look? swtor? Rift?

Its not the only game in town, but you want something that plays remotely like WoW -and WoW circa mists and cata not bfa and shadowlands to boot- there isn’t really a better option that isn’t at best feeling like its on the backburner for its publisher.

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Malcolm Swoboda

EA could have capitalized on this if they properly supported SWTOR.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

Also the business model is one of the few left that is “mostly” the feel of old school MMOs – with the exception of being convoluted as to how to actually give them money.

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Minimalistway

This … i remember having hard time finding a link to buy the game, and that on FFXIV website, also a link to download the client.

These simple solved problems should not be problems in 202x.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

Ya, I often wondered how big the player base would be if it had a normal payment interface, even before this WoW migration.

You kinda already have to be dedicated to trudge through the maze of the process. Without a free trial it would take a giant leap of faith to be a customer/player.

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Ryan Allgood

On the character gender thing:

I think one of the problems is kind of what Justin was saying. Male characters just often don’t look “nice”.

I play male characters only, but I almost always have to spend forever trying to finagle them into not looking ugly, and I’m basically locked into one look for the rest of the life of the game.

Honestly, if I wasn’t attracted to men, I’d 100% play only female characters. It’s just so much easier to make a wide variety of nice looks with female characters.

Unfortunately, I think until we get more female devs into prominent positions (and maybe gay men too), I don’t think it will change.

And it’s not even entirely an attraction or sexual thing, like in Justin’s case. But I think a lot of guys are raised in a way that they think guys only want to play big scary mean characters to be cool when that may not be the case.

And I think that’s also part of why women don’t play male characters as much either. They tend to hit a narrower set of archetypes, lacking things like “cute” or “nice” or “friendly” or “soft” or even “feminine” styles.

In that same vein, I know a lot more women who play male characters in say FFXIV because of things like male Lalafell, male Mi’qote, and the upcoming male Viera, as well as a wider variety of gear aesthetics that can be used to make less stereotypical males.

I also find that female characters tend to be given more “stylish” hairstyles and gear, while male characters just get more ugly hair and faces and gear.

I’ll often see female hairstyles and think “yeah I could see my female friends having that hair in real life”. While the male ones are like “he looks like he cuts his own hair without a mirror”.

Overall, I think male character designs have a tendency to fit into a much narrower range of appearance archetypes, usually skewing towards ugly, angry, brutal, intimidating.

There’s a reason Blood Elves became such a popular race even for male characters. Literally none of the other races filled the niche they did, at the time.

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Bruno Brito

Your avatar looks lovely <3

Also, i recommend everyone to play Blade & Soul and PSO2NG just so you can explore the most androginous aspects of character building. Man, so many cute stuff.

My male character was a shortie cutie who looked like a fashion librarian. Beautiful long wavy purple hair, round glasses and green glossy lipstick.

WHY DIDN'T GOD MAKE ME CUTE?

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NeoWolf

Microwaving tea.. I have no words ..

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Paragon Lost

lol. Right?!! Who does that? Bree obviously. lol.

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Bruno Brito

Ain’t nobody got time for making tea.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

I admit I have done this before as well. Lately I started making tea via my coffee pour over rig and I really like it.

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maydrock .

After Grace Jones in Conan, who could possibly roll a male toon?

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Jadefox

Random thought.

Why doesn’t MOP better utilize their YouTube channel?
The channel is years old and filled with hour+ videos that the YouTube algorithm hates. I have heard that the magic is in doing 10 min videos multiple days per week.
This make YouTube recommend a channel. With enough subscribers you could even do live steams. I have seen steams make as little as a $100 to $10000 with less than 1000 people watching. A live steam would not be that different than the podcast.

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Bree Royce

We don’t run our YouTube channel to suit the algorithm; we run it to host our Twitch streams. ;) Generally speaking, video content is significantly more expensive to make than it’s worth for a generalist blog, and our attempts to branch into it over the last decade+ have only shown us it’s not worth our time/effort since we’re not super interested in being a guide repository or clickbait generator. So now, we save our streams there, and when somebody feels like doing a video – usually it’s me – we do them our way to enhance our writing rather than being slave to the algorithm.

(The same is kinda true for our Twitch stuff. We don’t make money on Twitch, or more specifically, we spend more paying our streamers than we make on Twitch. We do it because we want to and because our community likes it!)

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BalsBigBrother

All I have to say about the last part of your podcast is that I have forwarded the name Dave (friend of Bree) to the Queen for consideration for her honours list.

I figure that his act would fall under the public service part of the honours and be worth a Knighthood at least ;p

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IMO, if there was ever a time for “personal indulgence” it’s now. We need to replenish ourselves during these bleak days of Blizzard-induced woe.

Your discussion about women not creating male characters got me thinking, so I posted in the original story location.

Keep up the good work!

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Minimalistway

Content creators rob themselves by not doing things just for themselves, i know this because i don’t read anything unless i’m going to write about it, so i don’t read anything for fun, but lately i started to change this.

Since you liked tea talk last time here is more :-)

I add some spices to tea, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger, saffron, turmeric and black pepper.

Of course not all of them at once, ground black pepper is good for cold winter nights, i read that people in Russia add it to their tea and they drink more tea than anyone else, also ginger is good for cold weather.

Saffron and cardamom goes together, cinnamon by itself is enough.

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Bree Royce

PEPPER. I would’ve never thought to put this in tea!

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Zulika Mi-Nam

I got a few large tea sample kits via Amazon not long ago and was surprised by how much I like all the ones spiced at you stated above. Now I cannot go back.