Justin Olivetti

Senior Reporter

A casual gamer and long-time MMO fan, Justin is often heard yelling, "Player housing for all!" in the Massively Overpowered offices. In addition to news, he tackles LOTRO Legendarium for LOTRO, The Perfect Ten, Jukebox Heroes, the retrospective Game Archaeologist series, One Shots, and the Massively OP podcast.

Personal blog: BioBreak
Twitter: @sypster

Elder Scrolls Online sends out console transfer offer for older accounts

For a limited time, Elder Scrolls Online is offering a deal to allow PC players to copy (not move) their accounts to the upcoming Xbox One or PlayStation 4 version of the game for $20.

Emails have gone out to qualifying gamers notifying them of the one-time offer, which can be found on the ESO account store page and will continue until May 9th. After that, ZeniMax says that PC players will be unable to move their characters over.

To qualify for the offer, you had to have purchased and activated the game by June 30, 2014. You can choose to copy your characters to one or both console versions, but be aware that certain things like crowns and friends lists won’t make the jump. Once the transfer is purchased, the studio will send out an email with a code and more instructions. The console editions of Elder Scrolls Online will release on June 9th.

[Source: Imgur, support database #1, #2, #3, #4]


World of Warships begins selling pre-order bundles

World of Warships may not be playable by all yet, but it will gladly accept your money now. Wargaming put several pre-order bundles on sale today for fans of the upcoming WWII ship title. If you are planning to buy one of these, you’ll want to do so before the end of the month, as the sale ends on May 1st. Bundled ships will be sold at a further 15% discount through April 12th.

So what is available to buy here? You can pick up ships such as the Tier IV Japanese Cruiser Yubari, the Tier V Soviet Destroyer Gremyashchiy, and Tier VII US Destroyer Sims as well as premium account time and gold doubloons. Wait, were they on the gold doubloon standard in World War II?

The studio says that current beta testers will receive their goods right away while everyone else will need to wait for open beta before the items are delivered.

[Source: Pre-order bundles]


Anarchy Online and Lineage II to be inducted into the MMO Hall of Fame

Say hello to the newest members of the MMO Hall of Fame: Anarchy Online and Lineage II.

The nominating committee for the organization voted to induct the two titles out of 173 potential candidates for the class of 2015. According to the site, games chosen are selected “based on their major contributions to the massively multiplayer online gaming industry as well as to the millions of fans who have enjoyed them over the years.”

The MMO Hall of Fame has been recognizing significant industry games since 2012.

[Source: Gamasutra, MMO Hall of Fame]


Windward sets sail on May 12

If the sea is calling to you yet you lack the bouyancy to be a truly successful marine conquerer, then it would probably be prudent to live out your dreams in the safety of your own home. Thankfully, we have Windward for that, a sandbox sailing game that works like a cross between Freelancer and Sid Meier’s Pirates!

Windward players can pick from one of four factions and set sail to battle pirates, explore the procedurally generated map, complete quests, and make a fortune from trading. There are options to play both solo and with others, and the team even added an option to play a game free from combat entirely.

The title has been in early access on Steam for quite some time but will be releasing on May 12th. It carries a price tag of $14.99.

[Source: Steam]


The Secret World fans prepare ‘investigation RP event’

The Secret World has always had a vibrant roleplaying community, and now these players are creating the next big event for the game. A group of roleplayers are planning for a large-scale “investigation RP event” for April 18th called The Visible Dark and are inviting any and all to participate.

According to the description, “The Visible Dark is a full in-character RP event. You’ll need to solve all the dark secrets behind the number of mysterious murders and reveal some gruesome conspiracies within and between the secret societies. You’ll need to use all you’ve got and more to get to the end of the bloody thread stretching from dark dungeons, candlelit halls of London, cold concrete of New York sewers and rainy streets of Seoul.”

If you’re interested, check out the rules and directions that the event team has posted.

As for the official team, it’s been posting teaser images of the next issue’s cover art, so perhaps we’re on the verge of the big content release!

[Source: TSW forums. Thanks to Nordavind for the tip!]


Hearthstone players achieve two massive records in day-long match

Remember back when that crazy Hearthstone player wanted to set a record for the longest turn ever? Well, he’s back with a new scheme to create a pair of additional records: the most cards drawn in a single turn and the most fatigue damage.

By setting up an elaborate Rube Goldberg-style of card reactions, player Mamytwink and his friends forced 14,745 card draws and inflicted 108,000,000 fatigue damage during a match. It took a little over a day for the game to resolve.

Mamytwink describes himself as “an expert of ‘useless challenges’ in Hearthstone” and said that he will be attempting a “triple world record” soon.

[Source: Kotaku, Mamytwink Twitch]


Fantasy city-builder Elvenar launches

Sometimes you reach a moment in your life where you have to take a side. With the launch of the fantasy city-builder Elvenar today, the moment of choice is here: Do you side with humans or with Elves?

The two factions are now available to play as the US version of this free-to-play game goes live. Players can build up a fantasy city, establish an economy, explore the game map, and (of course) go to war with each other. The battles aren’t glossed-over affairs with disassociated numbers but are tactical clashes on a 3-D map.

You can watch the trailer after the jump and decide which race to side with — if you pick one at all.

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Wurm Online player deified, founds a religion

What have you done with your online life lately? We bet you haven’t ascended to godhood and convinced other players to follow a new religion devoted to worshipping you. One Wurm Online player has done this, however, by becoming the first gamer in that MMO to start up a religion.

The team announced the news today: “There’s a new deity in Wurm — Tosiek has ascended and became the first player in the game to found his own religion! There are people converting already. Some quirks still remain and converting is a bit of a gamble.”

Becoming a full god in Wurm is a difficult and involved process, and once attained will put the player on the same level as the computer-controlled deities in the world.

[Source: New deity]


Phantasy Star Online 2 has a crossover with Tales of Zestiria

One of Phantasy Star Online 2’s big hooks is doing crossovers with other major game franchises. The latest of these mashups is with Bandai Namco’s Tales of Zestiria, which was recently released in Japan and will be coming here in the summer. And no, we don’t know when — if ever — Phantasy Star Online 2 will follow suit.

Thanks to this crossover, PSO2 players will have access to Tales of Zestiria costumes starting today. Zestiria characters such as Sorey, Dezel, Lailah, and Rose will contribute their wardrobes and weapons to the effort.

PSO2 previously included costumes from several Sega games including Valkyria Chronicles, Sonic, 7th dragon 2020-II, and Virtua Fighter 5.

[Source: Siliconera]


Here’s how to jury-rig a VR alternative for Elite: Dangerous

If you’ve had dreams of flying spaceships in the third dimension but were too poor to afford an Oculus Rift, then one clever gamer has a possible solution for you.

YouTuber Colin Ford filmed a video in which he took an Android phone, Google Cardboard (yes, it’s a real thing), Trinus Gyre, and Open Track and combined them to make a jury-rigged VR headset that could project Elite: Dangerous in glorious 3-D.

You can watch the how-to video for this “Oculus Thrift” setup after the break!

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Sanctions force World of Warcraft, Diablo III ban in Crimea

When gamers are caught in the crossfire of international politics, bad things can happen.

Due to US sanctions against Russia, World of Warcraft and Diablo III service to the Crimea region was suspended yesterday. Blizzard said that it did not have a choice in the matter: “In accordance with current trade regulations relating to the region of Crimea, we are legally required to suspend access to your Battle.net account. All current subscriptions will be canceled.”

Blizzard is the latest company that has had to rescind business with the region due to sanctions, following others such as Apple and Amazon. Economic sanctions against the peninsula were levied by President Obama in December 2014.

[Source: The Moscow Times]


The Daily Grind: Where do you stand on MMO emulators?

Emulators. They’re a touchy, murky, grey-area subject for many people and one that we don’t touch on a lot here on the site due to their often quasi-legal status. But we can’t ignore the fact that they exist, and so I want to devote today’s topic to asking where you stand on the issue of emulators.

Keep in mind that there are three categories in play here, more or less. There are emulators of currently operating MMOs, there are emulators of dead MMOs that studios often turn a blind eye to (such as Star Wars Galaxies or Earth & Beyond), and there are studio-sanctioned player-run servers, as in the (eventual) case of Asheron’s Call.

Personally, I’m torn. The law is the law, but in the case of abandoned projects, I would much rather see them continue in some format than left to rot. What do you think?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!


Global Chat: Are MMO players too mean to game developers?

Is it too easy to forget that MMOs, like all video games, are made by people just like you and I? Belghast over at Tales of the Aggronaut thinks so; he says that our inability to see devs as real folks breeds hostility and makes it “hip to be mean.”

“I have a hard time viewing these companies as the evil empires they are made out to be,” Belghast writes. “No one sets out wanting to make a horrible product, and no one deserves to feel like they are hated by the people that are supposed to be their fans.”

The blogging community has plenty of kind, helpful, and critical words to say this week, including a return to Star Wars: The Old Republic, a guide to Guild Wars 2 achievements, and why data mining messes up the fun for all of us.

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