I have a mixed set of feelings about the various Star Wars: The Old Republic reputation events. On the one hand, it annoys me that I can’t just go do bounty contract stuff when I want, but I have to wait for the week to come back around. On the other hand, the rotating schedule means that I can’t burn out on it after a couple of weeks, and I actually can have goals for when it shows back up again. It also means that the state of the game isn’t static from week to week, which I can appreciate.
The net result is that there are usually events running in the game, though, which prompts this question: How frequently do you want events in an MMO? Is once a month for a week enough for you to feel as if the game is being shaken up by new events? Would you prefer more frequent events rotating on a regular basis? Or would you prefer fewer events, allowing you to just dive into new content more regularly until you’re done with it or tired of it?
Put down those textbooks and pick up that mouse and keyboard, kid, because you’re going to game for your education this spring.
Blizzard announced today that Heroes of the Storm is hosting the return of Heroes of the Dorm, a tournament aimed at college students and loaded with prizes and scholarships. Teams can register for the event through February 18th, after which the tournament will take place in March and April. Heroes of the Dorm will be broadcast on YouTube, Twitch, ESPN3, and ESPN2.
There’s a lot on the line for winning teams beyond publicity. Undergraduate and graduate students can win up to $75,000 in scholarships apiece for being number one. Other prizes include in-game skins, custom-built PCs, and limited edition portraits (the last will be awarded to all participants). Viewers can get a slice of the $500,000 prize pool, too, by voting on winning brackets; the most accurate prognosticator will receive $10,000.
Hello. My name is is MJ. And I have a golem problem.
Boy, The Secret World got me good — hook, line, and sinker. By the time you read this, I should have finally gotten some sleep, some much needed sleep. And that’s only because the latest golden golem event is now over. I don’t think I have ever spent so much time grinding in one game in so short a time since I was aiming for master dancer in Star Wars Galaxies.
Wait, what? Isn’t TSW all about the story and the atmosphere? Oh, it is definitely that. But for a short burst of time, Funcom found a way to make me grind nonstop until I either passed out at the keyboard or I was forced out by a shut-off. Luckily for what shred of sanity I may have had, the latter has happened. (Although there’s a distinct possibility that the former occurred a time or two.) For an entire week, story and every other kind of gameplay was basically tossed on the back burner while I focused solely on repeating one thing over and over and over.
How did this happen? How did an anti-grinder become a crazed grinding addict who couldn’t stop? It’s called the Gilded Rage event. And I am already counting down the days until the next one — whenever that may actually be.
MassivelyOP’s MJ has taken a break from Issue #13 in order to gorge herself silly on AP and items during the latest Gilded Rage event. What has her grinding her heart out? The chance for a variety of golden goodies, of course! There are tons of cosmetics and even some pets that are only available through tonight, so if MJ wants them, she’s going to have to hurry. She already got one epic item in her first bag; tune in live at 8:00 p.m. and find out if her luck holds out, or join her in-game to get your own goodies. One viewer will even win a free 30-day trial key!
What: The Secret World
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
The sixth anniversary of Star Trek Online
is nearly upon players, complete with all of the requisite celebration events. That means plenty of little bits and pieces to celebrate the game’s continued operation, but let’s be honest, your main concern is probably the fact that you can get a new ship out of the event. The Krenim Science Vessel is a new Tier 6 starship
, complete with a new starship trait and a new universal console which can both be equipped on any other ship.
The console, a Timeline Stabilizer, passively improves the recharge on Science bridge officer abilities. It also can be used to slow the recharge, turn rate, and flight speed of nearby enemy ships while improving the recharge, turn rate, and flight speed of your own. Mastering the ship unlocks the Improved Feedback Pulse trait, granting a stacking buff to your ship when enemies attack you while Feedback Pulse is active. They’re both solidly useful on a variety of different ships, enough incentive for captains of all types to get their hands on the ship from the anniversary event.
You can also get free specialization points just for logging in today for just a bit more incentive.
Even in games set far in the future, people still think about living in the World of Tomorrow. EVE Online players are already experiencing a world far advanced from our own, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still places to go, such as with the brand-new Citadel stations under construction. And players can aid in the construction of the first five Citadels in exchange for fantastic prizes.
And branded apparel, if that’s something which matters to you.
Players who wish to take part in this event will need to deliver Research Components to assist in the deployment of these prototype stations, with a fully researched Astrahus citadel BPC as the ultimate prize. There’s even an in-universe video just below about the fiction behind this event, which is really leaning on that whole “World of Tomorrow” angle. It’s a world in which tomorrow you could have more stuff than you presently have, which is pretty great.
Do you like to PvP in WildStar? Would you especially like having even more rewards than you normally get from said PvP? Because this weekend is letting you have exactly that with a double Prestige bonus event for the weekend. Players will earn twice the Prestige from January 28th at 5 a.m. EST until February 1st at 3 a.m. EST.
It’s worth remembering that players can have only 12,000 Prestige on-hand at any given time, so you’ll want to be sure to stop by the faction-specific PvP vendors to collect rewards rather than let your bonus overflow. But then, why would you be taking part in a double Prestige weekend if you didn’t intend to spend any of it?
Don’t fear the winter — embrace it! That’s the thinking of Path of Exile
this month as it prepares to launch a new seasonal race that revolves around the theme of icy combat.
The Winterheart race season begins on January 29th and concludes on February 25th. The main hook of the season is that characters move faster when on chilled ground, which will be all over the game. There are 155 smaller events that fall under the overarching umbrella of the fixed seed event, including new game modes like races that start in later acts and no-portal party races.
Naturally, there are some tantalizing winter-themed rewards for accumulating those seasonal points, so plan accordingly and may the odds be ever in your favor.
Star Trek Online
seems to be one of those MMOs that always does its anniversaries justice. As the game hits its sixth birthday this month, it’s kicking off an extended event that includes lots of giveaways and a new episode.
The anniversary event, which begins January 28th and runs through February 24th, will send players to the future for a time-travel episode involving the Temporal Accords. When players are done with that, they can participate in the Omega Particle event, through which they can earn a free tier 6 Krenim Science Vessel.
Cryptic will also be hosting daily giveaways from January 26th through February 1st, so log in at least once during those days to snag a free item or unlock from the store.
The past few years have seen MOBAs take over the competitive gaming landscape, with just a handful of games managing to attract millions of tournament viewers each year. Heroes of the Storm obviously wants to be one of those few, and it’s got an ambitious plan to make it happen in 2016 with a full year of seasonal competitive tournaments. The 2016 Global Championship Circuit will consist of three main tournaments (Spring, Summer, and Fall) leading up to the main world championship tournament, and Blizzard is stumping up over $4,000,000 US in prize money throughout the year.
The Spring Global Championship qualifiers are now are underway in China, South Korea, and South-East Asia, with qualifiers for North America, Europe, Latin America, Taiwan and Australia/New Zealand still to come over the next few months. The top teams from each region will then meet for the finals from April 1st to April 3rd in Seoul, South Korea, where they’ll compete for a slice of the $500,000 US prize pool.
The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!
This week players were invited to roleplay a Guild Wars 2 Quaggan (“ooOo”), the humans vs. supergods MMO Titan Siege hit open beta, Cabal Online released on a new platform, the Ultima Online community bought out Stratics, and more!
Rumors swirled earlier this week that The Division would start its beta testing this month; lo and behold, the rumors are true. Players can start testing the game on the Xbox One on January 28th, with the beta remaining as a platform exclusive for one day before PlayStation 4 and PC players get into the beta on January 29th.
Don’t get too comfortable in the beta whatever you do, though, as it ends on January 31st. It’s more of a stress test for the servers than an extended opportunity for testing, in short. The closed beta comes not too far in advance of the game’s currently planned launch date of March 8th, 2016.
The galaxy of Star Trek Online
has just finished dealing with a destructive war against a race of almost incalculable age and power. There’s a lot of rebuilding to be done at this point. So the game is holding a rebuilding event for the remainder of January
, starting right now and running until January 28th. But that rebuilding effort isn’t just a matter of bonus rewards for players; it’s entirely based on how much effort players contribute.
For the first week, players will be tasked with completing fleet projects and earning Fleet Credits. Based on how successful that effort is, players will subsequently unlock a bonus mark event for everyone the following week which could be a 25% bonus, a 50% bonus, or even a 75% bonus. So contribute this week and get something better next week. That seems like the sort of rebuilding process everyone can get behind.