MMO Week in Review: The patch before the patch before Legion (July 24, 2016)
Posted by Massively OverpoweredMassively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 July 2016, 8:00 pm
Were you too busy gaming this week to pay attention to MMO news? Get caught up every Sunday evening with Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review! World of Warcraft fans of every stripe rejoiced to see the Legion pre-pre-patch drop this week: tmog junkies, lore junkies, animation junkies, website junkies, nostalgia junkies. Well maybe not this guy; maybe he’s still pissed about totems. And [...]


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EVE Evolved: When was EVE Online’s golden age?
Posted by Massively OverpoweredMassively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 July 2016, 6:00 pm
In the latest Massively Overthinking article, our Patreon patron Duane got us thinking about whether the golden age of the MMO industry has passed or MMOs are actually in a better position today than they’ve ever been. Today’s MMO market is certainly a lot more crowded than the relatively quiet one that EVE Online first released into back in 2003, lending gamers considerably more options for the types [...]


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Watch 'South Park' creators explain why their next game is better
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 July 2016, 6:58 pm

Now that the long-in-development South Park: The Fractured But Whole is close at hand, Ubisoft and South Park Studios are finally opening up about its creation. To start, they've posted a behind-the-scenes video that isn't quite the usual puff piece. South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone not only why the game exists, how it was made and what's new, but how they got some of their feedback on The Stick of Truth. They apparently got plenty of helpful input by watching PewDiePie's playthrough -- after all, the YouTube star is telling you what he thinks at any given moment.

Source: Ubiblog, IGN




The MOP Up: Planet of Heroes comes into orbit (July 24, 2016)
Posted by Massively OverpoweredMassively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 July 2016, 4:00 pm
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! [...]


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Ben Heck's Nintendo PlayStation prototype teardown, part 1
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 July 2016, 4:15 pm
The Ben Heck Show - Episode 246 - Ben Heck's Nintendo-Playstation Prototype Pt 1 Teardown
It was originally thought to be a rumor: a games console that combined Sony and Nintendo hardware. Now Ben Heck proves it does exist. Thanks to Terry and Dan Diebold, who approached The Ben Heck Show team with the console, Ben was able to give you an exclusive teardown of the elusive Super Nintendo / Famicom and Sony PlayStation hybrid console. While taking apart the device, called the SFX-100, Ben guides us through the post-production alterations made to fix the prototype and gives us a tour of all the components on the board, including a custom audio chip and standard Sony integrated circuits. We also compare the system to similar consoles at the time, such as the PC Engine / TurboGRAFX-16 and the Sega MegaCD. The real question is, can we get it working? Let us know what you think of the teardown over at the element14 Community, where you can also interact with The Ben Heck Show team and learn more about Nintendo and Sony's history.





Wherein My Galleon Capsizes
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 July 2016, 2:18 pm
I've been playing Eve consistently for the past five years, and have spent all of that time in null-sec (I did start out in high-sec in the two years prior, but that was intermittent). I really should know some things that I clearly don't know.Recently,


Der GiantSecureContainer Cast ist da!
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 July 2016, 3:06 pm
Der Blog www.giantsecurecontainer.de ist jetzt ziemlich genau 5 Jahre alt geworden. Eine laaange Zeit in der ich unglaublich viel erlebt und aufgeschrieben habe. Jetzt ist es Zeit ein wenig Politur aufzutragen… Erstmal: DANKE an all die treuen


Ultima Online newsletter addresses Publish 94, special moves, and armor enhancing
Posted by Massively OverpoweredMassively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 July 2016, 2:00 pm
Ultima Online’s latest newsletter is short and sweet: Broadsword Producer Bonnie “Mesanna” Armstrong confirms that the team is still working on Publish 94, shooting for the end of August, though what’s included now is limited to weapon special tweaks. She also teases the return of the Treasure of Tokuno/Doom event, which will this year take place in Kotl City and [...]


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Original Xbox One drops to $249
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 July 2016, 2:58 pm

Just want an Xbox One for the lowest price possible, and aren't dead set on getting the sleeker, slightly more powerful Xbox One S? Microsoft is about to make your day. It's lowering the US price of the original, 500GB Xbox One system to $249 "for a limited time" -- no doubt to move units before the 500GB Xbox One S arrives later in the year. This includes any bundle, too. You can find the discounted console at Amazon right now, and GameStop is sweetening the deal further with a $30 gift card.

Source: Larry Hryb (Twitter), Amazon




Leaderboard: Is Black Desert’s new subscription value pack pay-to-win?
Posted by Massively OverpoweredMassively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 July 2016, 12:00 pm
Black Desert players are on fire over the new subscription value pack. Well not literally on fire, but damn close. MOP reader Sally pointed us to threads on the MMORPG and Black Desert Reddit subs, where players are feverishly debating P2W in the game yet again. When we wrote our post on the new packs earlier this week, I thought [...]


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Discover a long-lost empire in Neverwinter’s next update
Posted by Massively OverpoweredMassively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 July 2016, 11:00 am
Cryptic’s been adding new content so regularly to Neverwinter that what was one a 14-page adventure booklet is now a mighty campaign tome large enough to keep players busy for a very long time. This tome is about to get even larger with the imminent advent of the Storm King’s Thunder module, which will contain a three-part campaign with plenty [...]


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CZ Minutes: Casino War
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 July 2016, 10:06 am
At the onset of what we all now know as World War Bee, there was a kerfuffle about the naming of the war. One of the names that was bandied … [visit site to read more]


One Shots: Strange voyages
Posted by Massively OverpoweredMassively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 July 2016, 10:00 am
As cool and iconic that Star Trek ships look, I’ve always thought they also came across as fragile, with pieces sticking out here and there. Plenty of opportunity for some star god to play around with the Enterprise and accidentally snap off a nacelle or let the ship tip over when he has to go to the bathroom. Today’s headlining [...]


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The Daily Grind: What MMOs did you like more when you started than later on?
Posted by Massively OverpoweredMassively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 July 2016, 8:00 am
When I first started playing Warhammer Online as part of Choose My Adventure ages ago, I had a lot of fun. Until I leveled out of the unlimited free trial, anyway. That’s when the game went from a series of pitched PvP battles to being nothing more than a series of mobs roaming about, cycling through fixed PvP battlefields but [...]


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BB77: To Die Is to Live
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 July 2016, 12:59 am
Blog Banter 77 – The Malaise   Is there a malaise affecting Eve currently? Blogs and podcasts are going dark and space just feels that little bit emptier. One suggestion is that there may be a general problem with the … Continue reading


My Favourite UT4 Maps
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 July 2016, 10:41 pm
Unreal Tournament 4 already has a large number of custom maps, remakes and ports out there. These are my personal favourite maps to play in UT4.DM-Broken - by ConradJustin"This is my shield, I dare you to come try take it from me!"This one really stands


'Gears of War 4' will have plenty of PC-specific features
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 July 2016, 10:14 pm

The history of Microsoft-backed Xbox One games coming to the PC isn't exactly stellar. When Remedy's Quantum Break reached Windows, it was saddled with limitations that were partly dictated by the Universal Windows Platform's own limits, such as frame rate issues and an overall lack of features. You shouldn't run into those problems when Gears of War 4 rolls around, though. As part of a Eurogamer interview, The Coalition has revealed that the cover-based shooter will have ample PC-specific features. You'll get much deeper video settings that include dynamic resolutions, so your ultra-wide display won't go to waste. It'll also take advantage of many-core PC processors, higher-resolution textures and UWP's recently unlocked frame rates, offering a distinct visual advantage to playing on a brawny computer.

Source: Eurogamer (1), (2)




Ben Heck powers on the Nintendo PlayStation's CD drive
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 July 2016, 8:50 pm

When we got our hands on the legendary "Nintendo PlayStation" prototype last November, the device worked fine as a Sony-branded SNES console sans audio, whereas its CD drive -- the part that eventually led to the birth of the PlayStation -- failed to be recognized by the system. The device has since been handed over to hacking maestro Ben Heck, who has just revealed that he finally got the CD drive to power up. First of all, Ben cleaned the contact pins on the Super Disc driver cartridge to get its 256KB of extension RAM talking to the console, then he removed one of the mod wires on the logic board, which got the CD drive to make a ticking noise and even pulling its tray back in.

Source: The Ben Heck Show (YouTube)




Command Links – The Bard of EVE
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 July 2016, 7:13 pm
As we all know, command link changes are coming “this summer”. However, we are almost into August, and we still have no real information as to … [visit site to read more]


Make My MMO: Hero’s Song’s update and the Elite: Dangerous mystery map (July 23, 2016)
Posted by Massively OverpoweredMassively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 July 2016, 8:00 pm
This week in MMO crowdfunding news, John Smedley tweeted a few teasers for his upcoming pixel MMORPG Hero’s Song. “We’re at 5400 items in our game now. It’ll easily be over 10,000 when we’re done. Maybe more like 20k,” he told his followers. “21 classes too. none of our items are randomly generated [‘even the common stuff,’ he added later]. We’re taking [...]


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The Game Archaeologist: Sega’s 10six MMO
Posted by Massively OverpoweredMassively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 July 2016, 6:00 pm
If you were to think of Sega and MMOs, chances are the only thing that would come to mind is the Phantasy Star Online franchise. While those are great games (even though we’ll probably never see PSO2 in the west!), there was another MMO that Sega dabbled in during the boom years of the online gaming industry. This game was 10six: [...]


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Take a sneak peek at Guild Wars 2’s newest map
Posted by Massively OverpoweredMassively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 July 2016, 4:00 pm
Revenge is coming! Revenge is coming! Lock up your puppies and your kittens because nothing will be safe when Guild Wars 2 goes on a rampage. Actually, it’s just a heads-up for the game’s newest scenario, Revenge of the Capricorn. This will be a reworked conquest PvP map teeming with pirates (arrrr) and should be hitting the live servers on July [...]


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WildStar lights a fire under PvP with its Battle Chase event
Posted by Massively OverpoweredMassively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 July 2016, 2:00 pm
You know how your parents would sometimes outright bribe you to do something you were scared of or hated? Don’t put it past an MMO to apply the same tactics to a playerbase that’s sometimes reluctant to get outside of its comfort zone. To incentivize players to enter into its battlegrounds, WildStar is currently running a Space Chase event that [...]


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World of Warcraft preps new site, fixes the cross-realm RP mess
Posted by Massively OverpoweredMassively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 July 2016, 11:00 am
The World of Warcraft site has gone through a number of changes and overhauls over the years, so don’t act too surprised to see Blizzard doing it once again. The studio will be rolling out the newest version of the website on July 26th, although you can get a preview of what it will look like right now. “Consider it [...]


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The Stream Team: Testing the shark taming cage in ARK
Posted by Massively OverpoweredMassively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 July 2016, 11:55 am
Shark week is over, you say? That doesn’t matter to MassivelyOP’s MJ! The ocean is a dangerous place in ARK, and MJ needs a new shark friend so she can have some aquatic adventures — and survive! Since the server reset, she doesn’t have any of the scuba equipment or dinos to make the waters safer. That’s where creativity comes [...]


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