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But am I a hero? At the start of an MMO, no, I am not. I am a blank slate. My character has no backstory inside of the game, no accolades under her belt, and no past adventures in which she showed herself to be anything out of the ordinary. That's another thing about heroes, apparently: They can't be ordinary. They have to become uber-elite and save the world, preferably on a weekly basis by beating something to death with an axe or immolating it with a fireball spell.
Lord of the Rings Online and its dev team may not be innocent of trying to shove us into the roles of heroes and play to that allegedly universal fantasy, but what I do appreciate is that this game has made me truly consider what it is to be a hero and how most MMOs get it wrong.
The Road to Mordor: How LotRO explores what it means to be a hero originally appeared on Massively on Sat, 08 Feb 2014 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Host: Mike Foster
Date: Saturday, February 8th, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. EST
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The subject of this article is a statement of what the Massively staff members plan to play over the weekend. It is titled "WRUP" as a shortening of "what are you playing," intentionally misspelling the words "are" and "you" to the phonetically identical "R" and "U." Clicking the "Continue Reading" button below will allow you to continue reading. Comments may be left below the article by clicking the "Submit Comment" button. Readers may wish to submit comments refuting the central point of the article or carrying on in the theme.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Kittens are not the only things that grow, though. Even though there have been some notable missteps, I'm dazzled by how much Final Fantasy XIV has grown over the past few months, and while I'm not playing Star Wars: The Old Republic at the moment, I'm similarly fascinated by how many ways that's expanded. What about you? What MMOs have surprised you with their growth, adding on strange or unexpected elements or just becoming bigger in ways you wouldn't have expected at launch?
Every morning, the Massively bloggers probe the minds of their readers with deep, thought-provoking questions about that most serious of topics: massively online gaming. We crave your opinions, so grab your caffeinated beverage of choice and chime in on today's Daily Grind!
The Daily Grind: What MMOs have surprised you with their growth? originally appeared on Massively on Sat, 08 Feb 2014 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
So, yes. Not such a quiet week this time around.
There are still other games in testing, of course, and we have them along with our testing notes just past the break. As always, if we overlooked something such as a game shifting into another phase of testing, please, let us know about it down in the comments so we can correct that as soon as we confirm it. Three or four games could have launched this week without getting noticed, really.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Game: The Secret World
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Friday, February 7th, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
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The Stream Team: A second date with TSW's Gatekeeper originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 07 Feb 2014 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Gazillion is celebrating with a weekend full of bonuses that include increased drop rates and login prizes. Marvel Heroes is also coming to the Mac platform, with closed beta testing slated for late February of 2014.
[Source: Gazillion press release]
Marvel Heroes adds Asgardian-themed crafting, Mac client coming originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 07 Feb 2014 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Sandbox Interactive plans to bring Albion into beta later this year. Click past the cut to watch the clip.
[Source: Sandbox Interactive press release]
Here's Albion being played in real time across five different devices originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 07 Feb 2014 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Wander is "a collaborative, non-combat, non-competitive MMO game focused on exploration and joy." Players begin the game as giant trees.Permalink | Email this | Comments
- Source: Announcement
Or perhaps not holding on to those remnants, as one of the class specialties, Frenzy, is specifically for casters who have let themselves go completely bonkers and derive power from that madness. The other specialty, Aspect, allows the wizard to maintain sanity through martial perfection, creating shrouds of mana and summoning duplicates for various functions. Take a look at the full reveal for more details on the lore and mechanics of these casters.Permalink | Email this | Comments
- Source: Source: Kickstarter update