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Massively Speaking Podcast Episode 43
Wed, 11 Feb 2009 12:00:00 EST [download/play]



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Massively Speaking Episode 43 is just Shawn and Michael this episode as we discuss the week in MMO news and Michael's special announcement regarding the podcast. There's also talk of WAR's newest events, Fallen Earth's beta, our tour of Atlantica Online and much more. Plus, we thought we'd have a bit of fun at the end of this one with some Q&A based on our popular morning feature: The Daily Grind.

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Episode 43 Discussion Thread

'@ Michael' by Token
Submitted on 2009-02-13 04:03:00 CST
Please use your excellent people skills to convince SOE to make Planetside 2. Thank you.


'Nooooooooooooooooooooooo! ' by CindyL
Submitted on 2009-02-13 16:34:27 CST
You've done such a great job and I've only been paying attention to Massively for a few months. It's sad to see you go Mr Zenke but I wish the best of luck at Sony. ;)




'Stalker' by AlikSteel
Submitted on 2009-02-13 21:35:32 CST
Been watching you for a long time. From what I have read, and from all the podcast you seem to find your way onto. I can say right now I will buy and at lest try DCUO. Just to see what the kid from the internet can do when given a chance.

Not that I think you will go away (You seem to have to much to *CENSORED* say to go away), but I wish you the best of luck.

Have not done this cast as of yet. Just have not made the time yet, but wanted to post here before it got stale.

Alik Steel



'Zenke' by Checksix
Submitted on 2009-02-13 23:28:57 CST
Well, Zenke, I gotta say I almot never agree with you but I admire your work ethic when it comes to games. I'm sure you'll do fine there at SOE.

I remember my favorite Zenke rant was about 4th edition D&D's subscription service. Thats was a classic.

Good luck to you in Austin and I hope the job is everything you're hoping it is!

Now get to work you stinkin dev! /whipcrack

Checksix



'*Cries*' by Riknas
Submitted on 2009-02-14 02:11:44 CST
Oh god... Don't leave us Mr. Zenke! I...What about all the good times we had? All those shows where we didn't talk? All the...Oh, I need some time to be alone...


'WHOA...??? SOE!!!' by rocknerd
Submitted on 2009-02-14 09:39:58 CST
GRATISMO Mr. Z!!! sounds like you have been blessed with an incredible job, i envy you! and when i say blessed i dont mean it like an NFL football player scoring a touchdown and pointing to the sky, i just mean blessed in a general sense of the term.

anyways, have fun and let us know what you'll be working on and give us some info on your experience inside such a company.

cheers.



'sorry for re-post, for MMO-questionaire.' by rocknerd
Submitted on 2009-02-14 10:17:54 CST
if i could only play one MMO???
me too Shawn LOTRO!!!
Lotro is one of the few games that exist where when i receive a new item or weapon or a new piece of armor it really feels rewarding. like i can feel that swell new sword in my hand and i cherish me gear more than any other game... why? i have no clue. maybe the art style combined with the games rule system and of course the environment helps... not to mention, i havent made it to moria yet, but the legendary weapon system is VERY similar to one of my fave all time table top games, Earthdawn!!! i remember in ED when you found a magic item, unlike D&D you would just ID it and use its abilities, in ED you would have to ID THEN find how many threads (of magic) could be tied to it from you to empower it, anywhere from 1 to 9 times. each time you tie a new thread to it u gain its next level of abilities and stats. this is the only game i had ever seen like that and i loved it, so when my fave MMO announced to have a system almost the same, i was beyond stoked! and of course the world is gorgeous...

and i much prefer PvE over PvP, ALWAYS.
unfortunately im always playing alone cause i made the mistake of having my brother and gal play WoW for their first MMO and cant get them into anything else now...lol



'About Vanguard' by Fellmage
Submitted on 2009-02-14 14:37:06 CST
I've been enjoying the show since the beginning and I've really been enjoying it. However, when you reference Vanguard, you always mention that you've never played the game before and seem suprised that it is still around. I am here to point out to you that there is a reason Vanguard is still around. Vanguard is not like any other game on the market. You can say that Vanguard has had a slow and agonizing start, but it is now coming into it's own. Also, SOE wouldn't have picked up the game because they felt sorry for it. This game has a ton of potential and I hope that potential will be realized, despite your constant amazement that the game is still around and people want to play it. Perhaps you should try playing the game. Michael, now that you are working for SOE, I'm certain that you can find plenty of people who can tell why Vanguard is still around and why it will continue to be part of the station pass. /rant off


'Vanguard' by Shawn
Submitted on 2009-02-14 15:35:08 CST
I think we came across wrong on that whole thing, and I apologize. What I was talking about was the fact that SOE picked up Vanguard and it thrives with probably about the same amount of people as Tabula Rasa has, yet Vanguard is not being shut down. It's not anything at all against Vanguard, but more of a Sony vs NCsoft thing.

Sony has the means to keep a game alive when it's not wildly popular, while NCsoft will dump anything that's not making them tons of money, it seems. That's about it though. We certainly weren't bashing Vanguard as a game. I think our main point was that we'd love to see these games with under 100k users stay alive somehow, in a perfect world.



'Well, well, well...' by Mirage
Submitted on 2009-02-17 23:38:51 CST
Well, Mr. Zenke, I'll take this moment to give you some applause, and hope you do well in your ventures. Hopefully, you can help make DC Universe a beast of a game, and I may be convinced even more to pick it up. As for Shawn, I've known you for a good while, and from GuildCast, to OMGRL, to this, and all your other projects ((absolutely love Through the Afthermath)), there is a level of passion that permeates it all. I believe that you'll continue to do great things with Massively Speaking, even with the wonderful opinions of Mr. Zenke gone...

Good Luck, and May the Force Be With You Both...

((Yeah, I want my Old Republic...))