john smedley

The former head of SOE and Daybreak. Affectionately known to gamers as “Smed.”

And Justin weeps, silently, in the corner. No one feels bad about it.

Dave Mark: EverQuest Next’s AI ‘was not vaporware’

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AI developer Dave Mark has weighed in mightily on the EverQuest Next cancellation. Mark worked on the game's expansive AI system years ago alongside...

Interview: John Smedley on Hero’s Song crowdfunding and the future

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Following the abrupt cancellation of the Kickstarter for Pixelmage Games' sandboxy OARPG Hero's Song, we chatted with studio CEO and MMORPG veteran John Smedley about...

Leaderboard: Massive servers vs. custom communities

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One of the trends cropping up in the MMO industry in recent years is the Neverwinter Nights custom shard phenomenon. Games like Star Citizen,...

Massively Overthinking: The cynicism of modern MMO Kickstarters

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This week we've been abuzz about Smed's Hero's Song Kickstarter cancellation - the KS more than the game, mostly because the game is happening...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 48: Blade & Soul runner

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Justin and Bree discuss Blade & Soul, Black Desert, Hero's Song, City of Steam, NCsoft, Diablo III, and FFXIV, with a mailbag question on global chat jerks.

John Smedley’s Hero’s Song Kickstarter project is cancelled

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John Smedley has just announced that the Hero's Song Kickstarter has been cancelled: https://twitter.com/j_smedley/status/692005956482256896 He went on to stress that the game's development is ongoing, but...

The Daily Grind: Do MMO graphics influence your immersion?

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This past week, in the hubub surrounding Smed's new OARPG, Hero's Song, we interviewed bestselling author Patrick Rothfuss, who's building the lore of the game's...

Here’s how Hero’s Song’s gods and races work according to Smed

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How do gods work in Hero's Song? What races can you play? John Smedley's just posted a new and lengthy explanation on both to Reddit. In his upcoming...

Smed’s OARPG Hero’s Song adds $15 Kickstarter pledge tier

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Were you a little puzzled by the fact that the Kickstarter for Smed's OARPG Hero's Song was offering a $25 base pledge when the...

Pixelart OARPG Dragon of Legends launches on Kickstarter

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Smed's not the only one launching a pixelart OARPG on Kickstarter today: Thrive Games has just revealed Dragon of Legends. Dragon of Legends is an...
Pre-burned.

Interview: Fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss is working on Smed’s OARPG, Hero’s Song

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Among the dream team John Smedley assembled for Hero's Song -- studio Pixelmage's new 2-D open-world ARPG -- is Patrick Rothfuss, an acclaimed fantasy author who rocketed to stardom...

Exclusive Interview: John Smedley reveals Hero’s Song, his new open-world OARPG

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Today, we finally learn what John Smedley has been working on since he resigned from his decades-long role at Daybreak. The industry veteran has founded indie...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 46: The high price of VR

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Justin and Bree discuss the Oculus Rift's pricetag, Marvel Heroes' David Brevik, Divergence Online, Smed on emus, and TUG, with mailbag questions on tstories, MOBAs, and skill trees.

John Smedley on player emulator projects: ‘Good for them’

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Ex-Daybreak President John Smedley took to Twitter last night to throw his support behind MMO emulator projects. While most studios publicly ignore or condemn these...

EverQuesting: EverQuest, EverQuest II, Landmark, and EverQuest Next in 2015

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When it comes to the EverQuest franchise, looking back at 2015 is a much different experience than looking back at 2014 was. That previous...

MMO Year in Review: Into the Heart of Thorns (August 2015)

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This year, we're taking a time-machine back through our MMO coverage, month by month, to hit the highlights and frame our journey before we head...

MMO Year in Review: Smed & Smart (July 2015)

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This year, we're taking a time-machine back through our MMO coverage, month by month, to hit the highlights and frame our journey before we head...
Because we are no longer friends.

Ask Mo: Massively OP’s 2015 awards debrief

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Massively OP's formal 2015 awards technically ended on Friday, though we've got a few stragglers and roundups left to go. As I do every year, today I'll round...

Perfect Ten: The biggest MMORPG news stories of 2015

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For as long as Massively Overpowered exists, this will be one of the most memorable years in our site's history. It was the year...

Massively OP’s Best of 2015 Awards: Biggest MMO Story of the Year

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Massively OP's end-of-the-year awards continue today with our award for the MMO story of the year. This isn't an award based on popularity as measured by hits...

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