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The Stream Team: Another fun Friday the 13th in AQ3D

Another Friday the 13th means another stay at AQ3D’s Camp Gonnagetcha! And now Massively OP’s MJ has her hardest decision to date: choosing between Camp Twilly or Camp Zorbak. The easiest decision is to give away more Mo helms! Join us live at 3:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you the crazy campiness of this event and maybe win a code.

What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 13th, 2018

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The Stream Team: Taking Alata’s parkour challenge in AdventureQuest 3D

Alata is not just a cute fairy dragon helping in the Dragons Graveyard in AdventureQuest 3D. Oh no, she has a dark side too — just look at that fiendish grin! Her dark side is demonstrated in her new jumping puzzle in the graveyard. Called Alata Jumps, this parkour challenge map is sure to test Massively OP’s MJ. Join us live at 3:00 p.m. as Death Counter turns into Fall Counter. (We’ll also be giving away a few Mo helms!)

What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, July 5th, 2018

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Confirmed: The Squirtle squad may finally be coming to Pokemon Go

Niantic, don’t play with my heart like this. After enduring years of Pikachu hats for various events in Pokemon Go, there may be a chance that Niantic will finally give some ascetic love (beyond shinies) to a Pokemon outside the electric mouse family: Squirtle.

Since the announcement of Squirtle Community Day, people have flooded the official Pokemon Go twitter announcement with demands that Niantic do more than it usually does with other Pokemon, giving rise to the hashtag #SquirtleSquadorRiot. While there’s been no official announcement, fans are hoping that the above header image may be a clue that the team has heard fans’ cries, though I remain skeptical at this point. (Update– It’s been confirmed).

Casual Pokemon fans just need to know that the original manga and anime had a gang of Squirtle in sunglasses that causes mischief, which naturally the hero must put right, eventually causing the gang to turn over a new leaf. The gang has been referenced in the game series as early as Pokemon Yellow and remains a fan favorite.

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AdventureQuest 3D is revamping combat to make it more fun, even when you die

Combat is supposed to be fun in AdventureQuest 3D. Is it currently not fun? That’s not important; what’s important is that it could be more fun, so the developers are hard at work to make it so. That means that you should be able to play the class you want in the way that you want, and that includes things that might be silly but are fun. Dual-wielding axes in battle? That’s fun. That should be doable. And so Rogues are currently dual-wielding anything because dual-wielding stuff is fun.

On the more technical side, the development team is hard at work to fix nagging issues like a lack of animation impact from attacks and the process in which your character dies. Yes, even dying could be made more fun. It also includes things like warriors being able to cleave things relentlessly in close combat, which allows them to take on many foes at once. Check out the full rundown of the impending changes on the official site, and check out MJ’s last stream if you want to see how the combat looks now.

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The Stream Team: Celebrating the start of summer in the second half of AQ3D’s Dragons Graveyard

What better why to celebrate the start of summer than in a cemetery? OK, fine, but this isn’t an ordinary graveyard! Massively OP’s MJ is ready to face the caretaker of the Dragons Graveyard. Why is he shirking his duties and stealing power? Join us live at 5:00 p.m. for the second half of this second backer-born area. Oh, and did we mention, Artix will be there, too.

What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 5:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 21st, 2018

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E3 2018: Hands-on with ReEvolve, Perfect World’s new mobile sandbox MMORPG

Remember how we learned that Perfect World would be showing off some new games at E3? Well, things happen at conventions like this – they don’t always go to plan. My FarSide didn’t materialize, for example. However, ReEvolve did happen, just not without setbacks. Our PR contact, Michael Meyers, did his level best to help me understand what was up with the game, despite the realization that PWE’s Chinese branch hasn’t pushed much information westward just yet. All this could have ended with my not writing anything, but despite it all, enough of the game showed through, and I’m definitely intrigued.

If a sandbox version of something like Adventure Quest 3D exclusively on mobile sounds like your thing, read on.

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E3 2018: Hands-on with the superb (and hopefully Switch-bound) Black Desert Mobile

While I’ve had kind words to say about the potential for mobile in the past – particularly MMOARGs – I just haven’t been able to get into mobile MMORPGs. The point of view, the auto-follow, the lack of chat, and a generally cheap feeling leave me feeling a bit ill. However, I was fortunate enough to get my hands on Black Desert Online’s mobile port this year at E3, which might just change my mind.

Now, let me preface this by saying I am not an active player of the PC version of the game, and my brief time with the console version of the game only confirmed to me that Pearl Abyss has competently adapted controls and UI for console, but oddly enough, the work on the mobile client stood out to me as particularly superb. And as Pearl Abyss CEO Kyungin “Robin” Jung told me during our interview, the company is indeed considering porting the title to the Switch. While it sounded interesting (and a bit odd considering Nintendo’s general status as an online-outsider), it wasn’t until I personally played BDM that I seriously started to consider the possibility.

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The Stream Team: Prowling through AdventureQuest 3D’s Dragon’s Graveyard

AQ3D just can’t seem to stop dropping new content on players! The most recent is Dragon’s Graveyard. Yah, how is Massively OP’s MJ supposed to not instantly want to explore that?! Of course she’s going to! And just to be on the safer side, Artix is going to be the bait — in case there are any hungry dragon ghosts. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. for more crazy cut scenes and off-topic Artix stories.

What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 4th, 2018

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Perfect World is showing two new games at E3: Mobile sandbox MMORPG ReEvolve and battle royale FarSide

Perfect World is up to some stuff at E3 this year. Some good stuff, by my estimation. The company sent ’round PR on two of its upcoming games today: a mobile MMORPG that actually looks really good, and a battle royale game too.

Let’s start with the mobile MMORPG. It’s called ReEvolve, and it’s sort of a post-apoc sandbox with an “immersive, real-world environment, replete with a range of different ecosystems, a day and night cycle, changing weather, and realistic animal behaviors including food chains and migration,” plus crafting, architecture, base-building, housing, farming, animal breeding, PvE, and PvP. Here’s the backstory – and you’ll probably agree it’s a cut above the typical mobile game.

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Mobile MMO roundup: MapleStory M, Jurassic World Alive, Crossfire Legends, TERA M, and Icarus Mobile

Welcome back to another mobile MMO roundup, those MMOs that obviously don’t count because they are played on a small screen instead of a massive screen, and we all know that’s what the M stands for, am I right?

First up is MapleStory M, the mobile edition of MapleStory, which soft launched in multiple regions over the holiday weekend; Canadians and Aussies can hop in, but those of us in the US and Europe are still waiting. Nexon is calling it a “real” MMORPG on mobile, and did I mention it’s cute as a button?

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Hands-on: The Jurassic World Alive ARG shows promise, but not for MMO fans

Ludia’s Jurassic World Alive isn’t being marketed as an MMO, but it is an augmented reality game that involves roaming in the real world for virtual dinosaurs so you can battle them against other players. Online. But not near you.

It’s not exactly perfect, kind of like the series, in several ways. It’s not as promising as Maguss seemed in some ways, and suffers from similar design issues, but it also does things differently from Pokemon Go that, with some tweaks, could potentially attract a playerbase, even among our readers.

Just maybe not right now. Let me explain.
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