On this week’s show, Bree and Justin celebrate the possible preservation of downed MMORPGs, boggle over yet another return of Hellgate London, sort through the Lord of the Rings Online progression server announcement, 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. Listen to the show right now: Show notes: Other info: Download Episode 194 Podcast theme: “Hills of the Shire” from LOTRO Your show hosts: Justin and Bree Listen to Massively OP Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Player FM, TuneIn, Google Play, iHeartRadio, Pocket Casts, and Spotify Follow Massively Overpowered: Website, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Twitch If you’re having problems seeing or using the web player, please … [Read more...] about Massively OP Podcast Episode 194: It belongs in a museum!
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It’s the longest of all long shots, but WildStar could be kept alive — and in a museum, as Indiana Jones intended. And not just the soon-to-be canceled MMO, but previously sunsetted ones such as Star Wars Galaxies and City of Heroes as well. With the recent DMCA ruling allowing for the preservation of online games, the Video Game Museum said that it is open to giving shuttered MMOs a home within its walls. The caveat? It would need the server code for these games to be handed over from the legal owners. “If anyone has dead MMO server code out there, and wants us to lock it away for a few years until it’s clear to relaunch the server, or if you’re ready for us to reboot it right now, let us know,” the museum said. “[It] must be a legitimately acquired copy of the server code.” The museum specifically put out a call for SWG and CoH’s server code and was open to fans’ suggestions that Asheron’s Call, The Matrix Online, … [Read more...] about The Video Game Museum offers a home to Star Wars Galaxies, City of Heroes, and WildStar
In returning to the video game preservation debate this week following the DMCA exceptions granted to museums and archivists allowing them to archive online games, I got really angry all over again at the ESA. Earlier this year, the bajillion-dollar video game publishing industry lobby fought tooth and nail to stop preservation efforts, smearing a freakin’ charity museum as degenerate software pirates to thwart their work. And why would they do this? They’re scared, fam. They’re terrified that this is one more step toward allowing consumers access to old online games instead of leaving us no choice but to shell out new ones. And they should be! A lot of old MMOs were awesome, and a lot of the new ones that have replaced them are not. As I put it in Overthinking, “If you’re genuinely afraid that the emulation of a 20-year-old MMORPG will cause people to stop playing your new games, maybe you should stop churning out regressive, abusively monetized … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: Which MMORPGs should be preserved in the Video Game Museum?
When Hellgate London relaunched for like the 500th time a month ago on Steam, probably the biggest criticism, other than the fact that it’s missing the multiplayer component that made it worth playing in the first place, was that the Tokyo content was delayed over “internal circumstances.” But it’s in now, so if you for some reason bought this (again), you’re getting a bit more bang for your 13 bucks. “We are thrilled to announce that Tokyo Main quest is finally available!” T3 Entertainment and HanbitSoft say. “Tokyo content brings new maps, dungeons and, of course, new items! In addition to the main update we added some improvements that we hope will help you in your adventure!” There are new buyables in the game now too, including an inventory bag, a parts pack, a mod socket expander, and a few other bits and bobs for crafting. Source: Steam. Thanks, Xijit! … [Read more...] about Hellgate London’s latest incarnation has finally added Tokyo
After hinting about a new Secret World feature with the monster T-shirt contest and letting players speculate for a week, devs finally revealed their plans during the latest Streaming Ones episode. Called the Museum of the Occult, this new feature is an interesting mix of almost-housing and the long-ago mentioned bestiary. Basically, each player is given the task to repopulate the now empty museum that sits in London. The right to display creatures is earned through collecting lore, kill achievements, and exploration, and different levels of display pedestals allow for different poses. With these poses, players will be able to customize their personal museum space, then invite their friends to come on in and admire it! The livestream also touched on the upcoming Fusang improvements that are expected to hit the test server next week. These include changing to one offensive and one defensive kill mission to pull people into battle in the facilities, adding dynamic events (like … [Read more...] about The Secret World reveals the housing-esque Museum of the Occult