Synopsis

A weekly discussion of MMORPG adventures, news, and opinions by industry vets Bree and Justin.

Episodes

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 52: Horror sloth!

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 52: Horror sloth!

    23/02/2016 Duration: 47min

    The horror! The horror... sloth! Oh, the meme alarm is ringing and Bree and Justin are racing to respond to the latest weirdness in the MMO industry. Whether it be a game that's splitting in two to make more money, costumes that are full of themselves, or a sleepy tree creature that's being shoehorned into a boss role, these podcasters are on top of the MMO industry's latest developments. 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. Show notes: Adventures in MMOs: The Secret World, FFXIV News: Black Desert's wild cash shop ride News: H1Z1 splits in twain News: Guild Wars 2 and the horror sloth News: ArcheAge's stat costumes News: Devilian gets the Tempest Mailbag: Voice acting Other info: Podcast theme: "Horror Sloth" by Justin Your show hosts: Bree and Justin Listen to Massively OP Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Player FM,

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 51: Unsavory deeds

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 51: Unsavory deeds

    16/02/2016 Duration: 59min

    Is it wrong to get so excited about becoming a lawless thief in a video game world? Justin and Bree return for the 51st episode of the podcast to gleefully discuss their future criminal careers, the rash of lovey-dovey stuff across MMOs, design innovations in the industry, 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. Show notes: Adventures in MMOs: The Secret World, Ultima Online, Devilian News: Valentine's Day in MMOs News: Financial reports for Blizzard, Nexon, and NCsoft News: Blade & Soul continues to kick butt News: Open beta for The Division this week News: Becoming a thief in Elder Scrolls Online News: SWTOR chapter 10 arrives, chapter 11 next month Mailbag: When you can't play a beta Mailbag: Design innovations Other info: Podcast theme: "The Keep Has Fallen" from Elder Scrolls Online Your show hosts

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 50: Happy birthday MOP!

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 50: Happy birthday MOP!

    09/02/2016 Duration: 50min

    One year ago, the sky fell on the Massively crew and a desperate, last-minute plan was hatched to save the site by remaking it as Massively Overpowered. One Kickstarter, 12 months, 50 podcasts, and over 5,700 posts later, MOP is kicking butt and reserving character names in the MMO industry! Join us today as we celebrate the first year of MOP in style. 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. Show notes: Adventures in MMOs: The Secret World, Diablo III First year retrospective of Massively OP News: DUST 514 closing in May News: H1Z1 splits into two games News: DCUO unlocks cross-platform play News: Hearthstone's new game mode News: Anarchy Online gets a new zone Mailbag: Subscriptions Other info: Podcast theme: "Seascape" from Anarchy Online Your show hosts: Bree and Justin Listen to Massively OP Podcast on iTunes, S

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 49: Marvel Heroes 2016 interview

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 49: Marvel Heroes 2016 interview

    02/02/2016 Duration: 55min

    Look there! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a different comics franchise altogether that's spawned a popular online action RPG which is going through another leap in its evolution! Today on the podcast, hosts Bree and Justin are joined by the Marvel Heroes team to talk about the latest reinvention of the game. 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. Show notes: Interview with Marvel Heroes 2016's Senior Social Media Manager Christopher Baker and Creative Designer & Community Manager Ryan Collins News: The Repopulation switches game engine, announces spin-off News: RIFT throws up a paywall News: Trove adjusts its business model News: The Secret World beefs up its subscription News: SWTOR's lockboxception News: The Division breaks its beta promise Other info: Podcast theme: "Army Base 1" from Marvel

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 48: Blade  Soul runner

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 48: Blade & Soul runner

    26/01/2016 Duration: 01h03min

    The big news this week is Blade & Soul's long-awaited western release, and you can bet that Bree and Justin are going to be talking about jiggle physics, wuxia movement, and awesome character creators on today's show. Does this mark the beginning of a promising 2016? 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. Show notes: Adventures in MMOs: Diablo III, FFXIV News: Blade & Soul launches News: Black Desert makes its character creator available News: John Smedley reveals Hero's Song News: City of Steam shuts down News: Analyst has dire predictions for WildStar Mailbag: Global chat jerks Other info: Podcast theme: "Silverfrost Mountain (main theme)" from Blade & Soul Your show hosts: Bree and Justin Listen to Massively OP Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Player FM, TuneIn, and Pocket Casts Follow Massively Overpowe

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 47: The skys the limit!

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 47: The sky's the limit!

    19/01/2016 Duration: 01h28s

    You can't take the skies from these podcasters! Today's show will see Bree and Justin plowing through the big MMO news of the past week, including the welcome addition of gliding in Tyria, an unfortunate producer's letter, and a name reservation controversy. 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. Show notes: Adventures in MMOs: Diablo III, FFXIV News: Gliding is coming to Guild Wars 2's core world News: Blade & Soul's name reservation controversy News: Elder Scrolls Online looks ahead at 2016 News: TERA newsletter causes forum riot, devs apologize News: Lord of the Rings Online's new datacenter causes problems Mailbag: LOTRO reboot Mailbag: Volunteer worlds Other info: Podcast theme: "Auric Wilds" from Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns Your show hosts: Bree and Justin Listen to Massively OP Podcast on iTunes, Stitch

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 46: The high price of VR

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 46: The high price of VR

    12/01/2016 Duration: 01h01min

    Would Bree or Justin spend $600 on an Oculus Rift? Probably not in this universe, but it certainly won't stop them from talking about this new VR platform and its implications for MMOs. Is virtual reality the future of the online RPG genre or merely a fad? 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. Show notes: Adventures in MMOs: Final Fantasy XIV, World of Warcraft, Project Gorgon, Guild Wars 2 News: Oculus Rift will cost $600 News: David Brevik leaves Gazillion, forms his own company News: Divergence Online starts early access News: John Smedley comments on emulators News: TUG gets new funding, delays a year to grow Mailbag: Touching stories Mailbag: MOBAs getting better? Mailbag: Skill trees in sandboxes Other info: Podcast theme: "Main Theme" from Dawntide Your show hosts: Bree and Justin Listen to Massively OP Podc

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 45: A new year

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 45: A new year

    05/01/2016 Duration: 59min

    It's a brand new year for MMOs -- and who knows what it will bring? Today on the show, Bree and Justin welcome 2016 as they discuss the big news over the past couple of weeks, including a lot of industry drama and a ray of hope for one struggling MMO. 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. Show notes: Adventures in MMOs: Final Fantasy XIV, Marvel Heroes News: Albion Online turns its back on free-to-play News: The Repopulation suspends development, issues with Hero Engine News: Firefall has payroll problems -- or does it? News: Crowfall reveals vessel system News: Pathfinder Online has possible investor Mailbag: EverQuest Next speculation Mailbag: ArcheAge's health Mailbag: What could replace WoW? Other info: Podcast theme: "Alpha Music 7" from Landmark Your show hosts: Bree and Justin Listen to Massively OP Podcast

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 44: Guild Wars 2 sounds and space questions

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 44: Guild Wars 2 sounds and space questions

    29/12/2015 Duration: 50min

    For our final podcast of 2015, we have a special treat for you: a double-header of interviews! First up is a talk with ArenaNet's sound design team on the audio of Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns, followed by a talk with Paul the Space Ace as he answers your astronomy and gaming questions. 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. Show notes: Interview with ArenaNet Sound Designers Jerry Schroeder and Drew Cady How did you get into the industry? Making sounds with strange objects Why create unique sounds? How do you work with the other teams? Misconceptions and sound design Mixing sound and music The Revenant Getting started in sound design Interview with Paul the Space Ace Interstellar accuracy and Pluto Star fields Funded test on Jupiter moons Visible nebulae Star Citizen Other info: Podcast theme: "Battle in Tarir" f

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 43: End-of-the-year roundtable

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 43: End-of-the-year roundtable

    22/12/2015 Duration: 01h09min

    As 2015 comes to a close, the Massively Overpowered team crams into the recording booth to share their own thoughts on the year and our annual awards. It's a rollicking good time with 450% of your RDA dose of outspoken personalities! 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. Show notes: What was the best gaming experience we had this year? Best MMO of the Year Underrated MMO of the Year Expansion of the Year Story of the Year Negative awards Most improved MMO What are we excited about or want to do in the new year? Other info: Download Episode 43 Podcast theme: "Matoya's Cave" from Final Fantasy XIV Your show hosts: Bree, Justin, Larry, MJ, and Eliot Listen to Massively OP Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Player FM, TuneIn, and Pocket Casts Follow Massively Overpowered: Website, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Twitch If y

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 42: Starstruck

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 42: Starstruck

    15/12/2015 Duration: 56min

    As the podcast crew prepares to wrap up the year, there's still an avalanche of news with which to deal! On today's episode, Bree and Justin talk about Star Citizen's milestones, the MOP awards, Devilian's launch, the debate around multiboxing, 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. Show notes: Adventures in MMOs: World of Warcraft, WildStar, what games would Bree play with a week of free time? News: Star Citizen raises $100M, launches alpha 2.0 News: Devilian launches News: Mytheon returns News: Landmark's holiday patch News: Cube World is back! Sort of! Mailbag: Multiboxing Mailbag: Dipping into MMOs vs. monogamy Other info: Podcast theme: "Speed Activated" from Star Citizen Your show hosts: Bree and Justin Listen to Massively OP Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Player FM, TuneIn, and Pocket Casts Follow Ma

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 41: Trove Talk

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 41: Trove Talk

    08/12/2015 Duration: 01h02min

    How do you add PvP to an MMO after its launched as a strictly PvE game? That's the fascinating question we have for Trove's lead developer today on the podcast! Also on tap for discussion: the new SWTOR subscriber rewards, TSW's Issue 13, LOTRO's insta-95s, 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. Show notes: Adventures in MMOs: Path of Exile, RIFT, Guild Wars 2 News: SWTOR reveals subscription reward program News: The Secret World Issue 13 preview News: Marvel Heroes 2016 slips to... 2016 News: Advance to level 95 in LOTRO instantly Interview: Talking about Trove PvP and its newest class with Lead Developer Andrew Krausnick Mailbag: MMO censorship Other info: Podcast theme: "Hills of the Shire" from LOTRO Your show hosts: Bree and Justin Listen to Massively OP Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Player FM, TuneIn,

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 40: Gnome Huntarz

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 40: Gnome Huntarz

    01/12/2015 Duration: 01h03min

    Stuffed with turkey, cleaning up from guests, and heady from holiday time off, the podcast team stumbles into the recording booth for its milestone 40th broadcast. And what a show this is: intrigue, mystery, revelations, Gnomes, and launch dates! 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. Show notes: Adventures in MMOs: WildStar, Guild Wars 2 News: Gnome Hunters coming to WoW News: The Repopulation hits a major snag News: Devilian launching on Dec. 10th News: Marvel Heroes adds Magik News: Dogma starts Kickstarter campaign Mailbag: More podcast recommendations Mailbag: Finding time to play Mailbag: Is EQNext vaporware? Other info: Podcast theme: "Sentience" from The Repopulation Your show hosts: Bree and Justin Listen to Massively OP Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Player FM, TuneIn, and Pocket Casts Follow Massively Overp

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 39: Giving Thanks

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 39: Giving Thanks

    24/11/2015 Duration: 01h01min

    With the holidays craziness beginning, Bree and Justin take a somber, dignified moment to give their thanks for MMO gaming. After which they complain about outta whack developers, speculate on the new year, and handle a whole bunch of listener emails. 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. Show notes: What are we thankful for in MMOs? News: Pre-orders are up for Black Desert News: Blade and Soul gets NA and EU launch date News: The great SWTOR companion nerf of 2015 News: Funcom to announce three games in 2016, teases TSW update Mailbag: Podcast recommendations Mailbag: WTB real sandbox Mailbag: F2P account restrictions Mailbag: Create a race and culture Other info: Podcast theme: "Balenos Riding" from Black Desert Your show hosts: Bree and Justin Listen to Massively OP Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Player FM, TuneI

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 38: BlizzCon strikes back

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 38: BlizzCon strikes back

    10/11/2015 Duration: 01h02min

    What did you expect? Of course we're going to be talking about BlizzCon on today's show. While there were no major surprises, there's certainly enough to chew on, especially in regard to Overwatch and World of Warcraft. Bree and Justin (but mostly Bree) have a lot to say about the convention and its reveals. 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. Show notes: Adventures in MMOs: BlizzCon, WildStar, Guild Wars 2 BlizzCon discussion News: WoW drops 100k subs and buys Candy Crush dev News: NCsoft Q3 is down across the board News: Funcom lives another year Mailbag: Cosmetic mounts Other info: Podcast theme: "Main Theme" from Heroes of the Storm Your show hosts: Bree and Justin Listen to Massively OP Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Player FM, TuneIn, and Pocket Casts Follow Massively Overpowered: Website, Twitter, Facebook,

  • Massively OP Podcast Special: Heart of Thorns chat

    Massively OP Podcast Special: Heart of Thorns chat

    05/11/2015 Duration: 30min

    We finally body-tackled Guild Wars 2 expert Tina Lauro for a special half-hour podcast to talk about Heart of Thorns. She's got opinions, praise, criticism, and foresight coming out of the wazoo, so if you're at all interested in the expansion, check out this episode! 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. Show notes: Raids Most enjoyable and most annoying aspect of the expansion Grinding Masteries Community tone and reaction Difficulty level MOP guild Revenant review What does ArenaNet need to do from here? Story Guild halls Other info: Download Heart of Thorns podcast special Podcast theme: "Main Theme" from Heart of Thorns Your show hosts: Justin and Tina Listen to Massively OP Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Player FM, TuneIn, and Pocket Casts Follow Massively Overpowered: Website, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, T

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 36: Team Sparkles

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 36: Team Sparkles

    03/11/2015 Duration: 52min

    Bree is the world's biggest vampire and Star Trek fan! This and other dubious "facts" are what you'll discover on this week's show, as the podcast crew talks about CCP's White Wolf sale, several major game updates, and something called "post-purchase rationalization." 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. Show notes: News: CCP sells White Wolf to Paradox News: Star Trek Online has a New Dawn News: LOTRO releases Update 17 News: Marvel Heroes adds Blade Mailbag: Minimum viable products Mailbag: Spaced out MMOs and social ecosystem Other info: Podcast theme: World of Darkness 2010 trailer theme Your show hosts: Bree and Justin Listen to Massively OP Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Player FM, TuneIn, and Pocket Casts Follow Massively Overpowered: Website, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Twitch If you’re having problems s

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 35: Expansions galore

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 35: Expansions galore

    27/10/2015 Duration: 50min

    What happens when not one, but two major MMO expansions drop on the same week? The world goes insane and players freak out in a good way. Also, it gives the podcasters plenty to talk about! This week Larry and Justin discuss the launches of Heart of Thorns and Knights of the Fallen Empire with a dash of Halloween tossed in for flavor. 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. Show notes: Adventures in MMOs: WildStar, Star Trek Online, SWTOR News: Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns' launch News: SWTOR: Knights of the Fallen Empire early access News: MMO Halloween is here News: EVE Vegas 2015 News: ArcheAge nixes blockades Other info: Podcast theme: "Peace, The Jedi Consular" from SWTOR Your show hosts: Larry and Justin Listen to Massively OP Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Player FM, TuneIn, and Pocket Casts Follow Massively Ov

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 34: Rollbacks and breakups

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 34: Rollbacks and breakups

    20/10/2015 Duration: 53min

    It was a largely upbeat week for the MMO industry, and the Massively OP podcasting team is back to bring you the good word. New games? More content? Massive rollbacks? Studio independence? We have it all this week! 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. Show notes: Adventures in MMOs: RuneScape, SWTOR, WildStar, Guild Wars 2, meet up with guildies News: Marvel Heroes 2016 rebranding and initiatives News: Black Desert Online confirms early 2016 launch News: Nexon and NCsoft part ways News: World of Warcraft brings back valor News: Wakfu's fubar Mailbag: Expensive expansion Mailbag: MMO accessibility Other info: Podcast theme: "Holey High Forest" from Wakfu Your show hosts: Bree and Justin Listen to Massively OP Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Player FM, TuneIn, and Pocket Casts Follow Massively Overpowered: Website, Twi

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 33: Ascents James Hicks

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 33: Ascent's James Hicks

    13/10/2015 Duration: 59min

    On today's show we have a very special guest: the creator of the upcoming Ascent: The Space Game, James Hicks. Hicks has been crafting an ambitious space sandbox and opens up to us on the show about the technical challenges and how this gives him insight into what else might be going on in the industry (Star Citizen, anyone?). 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. Show notes: Adventures in MMOs: Wurm Online, Ultima Online, WildStar Interview with Ascent's James Hicks News: What's Daybreak working on? News: Elite's Xbox One, CQC launch News: RIFT updates to 3.4 News: Funcom continues financial struggle Other info: Podcast theme: "Main Theme" from Ascent Your show hosts: Bree and Justin Listen to Massively OP Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Player FM, TuneIn, and Pocket Casts Follow Massively Overpowered: Website, Twitt

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