The Stream Team: Secret World Legends Immersion Game must go on

The Game must go on! Massively OP’s MJ only made it through v2.0 of the text-based game in Secret World Legends, but there are still three more versions to go. And the third one is pretty fun. Can MJ solve it all? Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. as MJ dives deeper into Immersion as the Game v3.0 takes her Seoul.

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, August 16th, 2018

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One Shots: Selfie school

I certainly did not have to twist readers’ arms to get them to bring out a mountain of MMORPG character selfies set against interesting backdrops. Of course, everyone had their own definition of what that should mean…

“When it comes to character selfies the backdrop becomes less important if there is an important lore character in your picture,” said Ryuen. “Case in point: My humble Monk managed to snare Firiona Vie herself in EverQuest II for a quick pic before she had to attend to more pressing matters.”

She had more box art modeling to do. It’s exhausting, being one of the last of the Midriff Elves in the game.

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The Stream Team: Playing Secret World Legends’ The Game v2.0

Have you played The Game? Secret World Legends has a text game that mirrors the the real… we mean, game world. Massively OP’s MJ played through The Game v1.0 last time, and now she’s ready for the upgraded version. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. as MJ solves v2.0.

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, August 9th, 2018

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 181: Some devs just want to watch the world tree burn

On this week’s show, Bree and Justin sift through the ashes of World of Warcraft’s burning developments, make sense of Chris Roberts’ “You win by having fun!” mantra, get cozy with werewolves and tieflings, and more!

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 own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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The Daily Grind: Which MMOs are the best for occasional play?

As a longtime fan of MMOs, I struggle with one serious factor when it comes to playing them: time. It’s not just finding time to play, period, but instead considering whether or not an MMO deserves my time.

Unlike a lot of other video games, MMOs don’t often reward the occasional gamer. Their design and business model pushes hard for large, constant, and repeated investments of time. So it’s kind of difficult for me to just pick up a title and play it once to get much out of it. For most games, if it’s not something I can dedicate at least an evening a week to making progress, then it’s probably not worth “dipping” into.

Still, some MMOs are surprisingly friendly for occasional play. I find episodic titles like Star Trek Online and Secret World Legends perfect for this, since they have fewer content releases focused on a smaller amount of very defined and story-based experiences.

What do you think? Which MMOs are the best for occasional play if you’re not looking for a 100 hours-a-month investment?

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MMO Community Roundup: Battle for Azeroth bookclub, Secret World fashion show, Ashes of Creation map investigation, and RuneScape Classic preservation

The communities for MMORPGs are what keep these games vibrant and awesome, and today we want to shine a spotlight on various projects and activities that players are running this week.

The MMO Bookclub has decided that it will be gathering its community together to play World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth during the month of August. Well, the second half of the month, at least.

Over at Secret World Legends, the community is putting on a benefit fashion show on August 4th to raise money for Lupus awareness. It’s a good excuse as any to spend hours pouring over cosmetic options! (Thanks, Hikari!)

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Secret World Legends adds super-challenging faction missions

It’s not quite a full-fledged content update, but no Secret World fan has ever complained at the addition of new missions to the game. This week there are four more quests in Secret World Legends fans to enjoy along with some spiffy new rewards to earn.

Three of these missions are repurposed content from the original TSW that offer various difficulty modes as a way to work your way up in your faction. “These missions provide extra challenge aimed at seasoned agents, and competing your ranking missions unlocks the remaining iterations of your faction uniform, an additional Agent Network mission slot, a brand-new Agent Dossier, and new faction-specific headgear,” said Funcom.

There’s also a brand-new mission called Public Enemy Number One that wraps things up in South Africa. Players who beat that and finish up the zone’s meta-achievement will get a funky monster suit as a reward.

You might want to hold off on doing one of these faction missions, however, as there is a bizarre bug going on with Venetian Missile Crisis that is causing players to hear everyone else’s phone calls. Which is a lot like real life, we suppose!


Funcom is hiring for the ‘cooperative online shooter’ it teased earlier this year

Remember earlier this year, when Funcom announced in its Q4 2017 financial presentation that its North Carolina branch had greenlit a “cooperative online shooter” using the Heroic Signatures IP – and it was supposed to go into pre-production last spring?

It looks like production has ramped up. MOP reader Hikari noticed that the company’s hiring page has several newish posting for programmers, engineers, and QA working on what’s clearly the same game. Here’s one:

“Funcom is looking for an enthusiastic, talented and versatile game programmer to join its development team in North Carolina, working on a new cooperative online shooter game with a Premium business model using an IP from Heroic Signatures. The Gameplay /Console Programmer at Funcom, Inc. will implement game features and systems within the Unreal game engine for development on PC and most importantly on the PS4 and Xbox One consoles.”

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Space survival game ROKH has suspended development

Following ROKH’s early access debut in May 2017, the space survival game faced significant obstacles. It got bogged down in a legal dispute last fall and vied for the attention of its dev team when a new project arose this past spring, though at the time the developers promised they wouldn’t abandon its original game and backers. It was one of the games that MOP’s MJ wanted to love but said that she couldn’t (yet).

But hope is dwindling fast for the game, especially now that Darewise Entertainment has officially confirmed that ROKH’s development has been suspended.

“We are on the hunt, every day, for a publisher or a financial partner to bring back ROKH in development,” said the studio. “It takes times but we won’t give up until we exhausted all options. We do understand the frustration. Unfortunately, we need a new source of funding to go on with the development as the game makes barely zero revenue at the moment.”

Darewise has asked that supporters create a petition for the revival of the game in order to show potential investors that there is an audience for this project.

Source: Steam. Thanks HolyAvengerOne!


The Game Archaeologist: Digging up the history of City of Heroes

For the longest time in the early 2000s, MMORPGs scared me off. They looked too obtuse, too grindy, too ugly, and too unapproachable for my tastes. It took a special title to really draw me in with its more casual friendly structure and colorful graphics. In early 2004, I found myself entranced with this superhero MMO that let me be whatever type of caped (or non-caped) crusader I wanted to be. From then on, there was no going back with my interest in these types of games.

I assume that many MMO gamers owe a great debt to City of Heroes for the way that it introduced, encouraged, and excited them about MMOs. It was a new type of online game, one that boasted an unbelievably flexible character creator and invested in the fantasy of playing as a superhero fighting villains all across Paragon City.

Today we’re going to kick off a Game Archaeologist series looking back at City of Heroes. And as with any remarkable superhero, we have to begin with its origin story. Where did it come from? How was it made? Let’s find out!

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The Stream Team: Investigating Immersion in Secret World Legends

Massively OP’s MJ was almost ready to move on in Secret World Legends, but then she remembered that she still needs to dive deep into Immersion. And by Immersion, she means the investigation mission that further blurs the lines of reality. This is just too fun an experience not to share, so she’s inviting you along. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to see some virtual gaming in a virtual game.

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, July 26th, 2018

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One Shots: Party animals

Apologies for the disruption in the normal One Shots schedule over the past couple of weeks, but we’re back and freakishly abnormal! Everyone behave themselves while I was gone? Good.

I don’t exactly know what’s going on in our headlining picture this week, but it looks like it is both the most exciting and unsafe party ever held in Secret World Legends. Of course, it’s all taking place on platforms without handrails that are standing over bottomless pits, so it’s not like a couple of baseball bats are going to make that much of a difference. Swing away!

“You can’t have a party with strangers without mentioning all the Megaversary fun in Secret World Legends as we all mob giant Beehemoths,” posted Hikari. “This event has been so much fun, it really captured the soul of The Secret World we remember.

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The Stream Team: Solving Scorched Desert mysteries in Secret World Legends

It’s time to give her brain a workout! Massively OP’s MJ left the best for last in Secret World Legends; she still has five investigation missions to complete in the first half of Egypt. Today, she’s picking one or two to complete with you. Will she have to work out all the answers from scratch, or will she remember enough from TSW to skate through them? Tune in live at 3:00 p.m. as MJ puzzles her way through the rest of Scorched Desert.

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, July 19th, 2018

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