Seriously, how is this year over already? This is it. The clock has nearly finished ticking down on 2012. In fact, before this week is out, we will leave the year behind us. It was a fairly good one, and I will give it a fond farewell. But then it is on to a brand-spanking new year.
It is at this time that many folks make resolutions to enhance their lives. What better way to enhance life than by adding more The Stream Team hilarity? I shall join in this time-honored tradition and commit to immerse myself in as much Massively TV as possible, starting with all of the great shows this week. Or was it that I will avoid being committed... either way, it will make for some great entertainment. So why don't you join us in filling 2013 with gaming goodness? And be sure to drop us a note about your favorite New Year's traditions in the comments!
7:00 p.m. EST: Mike -- New Year's Eve EVE
It's almost 2013, and we're going to need some fireworks. Since New Eden is light on bottle rockets, we'll have to settle for Mike's ship exploding into thousands of flaming pieces during the last cannonball run of the year. Tune in and be merry.
8:00 p.m. EST: Dylan "GGraves" -- StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm
GGraves is back with more Heart of the Swarm coverage. Last week we did some 1v1 random coverage; now we'll dive a little deeper into the race changes with a look at the Terran! Mech play is a lot more viable in HOTS, so let's have a good time blasting our opponents with many shells and then chat about it afterward.
11:00 a.m. EST: Blake -- SMITE
The Lunchtime Livecast heads your way for its 47th edition and first of the new year. Just ahead of football, Blake will prime you for SMITE's newest god and first from the Mayan pantheon: Xbalanque. The Mayans may or may not have been right about the end of the world, but one thing is for sure: Xbalanque can hold his own in the SMITE arena.
8:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m. EST: MJ -- EverQuest II
Surely you've caught up on your sleep by now, so join MJ as she dives back in for another Frostfell-filled EverQuest Two-sday! She barely scratched the surface of all the holiday activities last time, so she plans on knocking out more quests as well as the main Frostfell dungeon.
7:00 p.m. EST: Mike -- World of Tanks
What better way to kick off 2013 than by running over cars and demolishing small homes with an armor-plated death machine? Tune in and watch as Mike crashes across the battlefield, wreaking havoc and disappointing his team all the way.
8:00 p.m. EST: MJ -- The Secret World
Hot on the trail of Tyler Freeborn, MJ finishes up this new quest line from Issue #5. Word is, there is a puzzle involved. Still, she needs your help to succeed with less than 25 deaths, so come join in!
9:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m. EST: Larry -- Star Wars: The Old Republic
A lesson to every budding raid group: You never win them all. But defeats don't set raid night back; we learn from them and continue on. Toth and Zorn are hard bosses in Hard-Mode Explosive Conflict. Tonight, we take them on again, and this time, we will take them down.
7:00 a.m. & 8: 00 a.m. EST: David "Psykopig" Desi -- Champions Online
Thwack! That's the sound of crime fighting. Click! That's the sound of you, heading to Massively TV to get another dose of Champions Online with the Pig!
2:00 p.m. EST: Lis -- Guild Wars 2
The holidays are (basically) over, which means it's time to get back to the srs bsns of leveling and saving the world! The snow is behind us, the dragon ahead. Join Lis as she and her Charr Necro continue to save the world.
9:00 p.m. EST: MJ -- Vanguard
Crazy panther-phoenix antics? You will find them here! Who knows what trouble MJ will get in this time around or what deep dark bottomless pits she might fling herself down. Join in to see.
10:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. EST: Richie -- Guild Wars 2
Richie is set to ring in the New Year by playing his favorite MMO, Guild Wars 2. What is he going to do this week? Well, that's an enigma wrapped in a mystery. Or it can simply mean Richie hasn't decided yet. He could go for 100% map completion, run a dungeon, or finally start leveling his Elementalist. In any case, join him for this two-hour stream and watch the Tyrian adventures unfold.
5:00 p.m. EST: MJ -- Aion
For some reason or another, MJ is always distracted from her questing in Sarpan. But this time she'll do it. Really. We pinky-swear!
6:00 p.m. EST: Mike -- Pirate101
Join Mike as he sails the high skies again in a slicked-out pirate ship with all the bells and whistles. And cannon. We cannot over-emphasize the cannon.
7:00 a.m. & 8: 00 a.m. EST: David "Psykopig" Desi -- The Secret World
Secret World Saturday is back, and Pig is ready to rock! He's going to take you through more of the Blue Mountains and even try to spot a Bigfoot. Join in!
8:00 p.m. EST: Dylan "GGraves" -- Borderlands 2
Christmas gifts on Steam are the best! Thanks to a gift from Massively fan and frequent guest Nullpointer, GGraves can share Borderlands 2 with you. Prepare for some hack and slash enjoyment (or more accurately, shoot and duck and reload) in this multiplayer masterpiece.
Even if you watch the ball drop, that leaves six other days you need to fill with viewing goodness. So why not set a few hours aside to watch last week's streaming gems again? It will definitely be worth your while!
- Champions Online: Super-hero crimefighting is in; Psykopig enjoyed some super-ero crime-fighting.
- City of Steam: MJ and special guest devs celebrate Christmas in the Nexus.
- Guild Wars 2: How did Richie fare in the Ascalonian Catacombs? Watch and see.
- EverQuest II: Frostfell on Christmas day -- MJ knows how to party!
- PlanetSide 2: Dylan tried his hand at this MMOFPS.
- SMITE: Blake discussed recent changes in this Lunchtime Livescast.
- StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm: Dylan took a first look at this beta.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Larry proved you can't win them all, but you can always have fun!
- The Secret World: What happened to Tyler Freeborn? MJ almost found out.
- Vanguard: What to do when you see a deep dark pit in River Valley? MJ jumped in! But did Jeremy follow?
Just because much of New Year's Eve is focused on a party doesn't mean that there aren't important traditions connected to it. Some folks have certain dishes to promote luck and wealth in the new year, while others gather around and watch that infamous ball drop. Another famous one is a kiss at the stroke of midnight. Me? I play games, watch movies, and make crazy resolutions with my family.
How about you? Do you participate in the usual holiday festivities, or do you celebrate in a unique way? Share your New Year's traditions in the comments below.
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