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Massively Speaking Episode 301: No tricks here

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We're back to our normal programming format this week, as Justin and Larry dive into the thick of layoffs, new classes, dogfighting, and the quarantine of Tokyo. If time allows, they'll also have a pillow fight and engage in a "pun-off" battle. So, business as usual?

Get all of our opinions and analysis on the most important stories of the past week right here on Massively Speaking, the industry's leading MMO podcast. And if you have a comment, question, or topic for the podcasters, send an email to podcast@massively.com. We may just read your email on the air!

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The Daily Grind: Has E3 become irrelevant to MMO gamers?

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E3
During last year's E3, I asked the Massively readers whether they thought E3 was slowly becoming irrelevant for MMO gamers thanks to 1) competing, gamer-friendly conventions like PAX and 2) E3's focus on tech and blockbuster non-MMO titles, not to mention 3) the expense of showing at a venue like E3 for smaller MMO studios and existing games. Lore Hound's Patrick Mulhern recently voiced similar concerns, suggesting that MMOs in particular show poorly at conventions partly because of the noise-and-visuals-induced sensory overstimulation of the arena but also because few MMOs provide a "hook" that can grab a typical attendee during a 15-minute demo. Consequently, he argues, it's not worth the trouble for studios or MMO journalists to attend.

Massively writers are present at this year's E3 to report on MMOs, but we're curious what you think all the same -- has E3 become irrelevant for our genre?

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!

Week in Review: CCP rides the emotional roller coaster

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EVE Online
At the end of every week, we round up the best and most popular news stories, exclusive features, and insightful columns published on Massively and then present them all in one convenient place. If you missed a big MMO or WoW Insider story last week, you've come to the right post.

CCP and its supporters took a roller coaster ride this week, from the high of EVE Online's Kronos expansion release to the low of the company's latest brush with layoffs. As if that wasn't enough, a former World of Darkness dev spilled his guts to The Guardian, calling into question CCP's executive decision-making as well as the company's ability to make a successful title after EVE.

Oh yeah, and WildStar launched.

Click past the cut for the rest of this week's top MMO stories.

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WRUP: The internet isn't real edition

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Yep, you are what you do online!
Welcome back to Massively's What Are You Playing, the game where we tell you what we're playing this weekend and you tell us how you're not a jerk even though you act like one on the internet. Which is perfectly OK, of course, since the internet isn't a real place and what goes on there is but a figment of our collective imagination.

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Betawatch: May 31 - June 6, 2014

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Shards
Remember Argo Online? Oh yeah, we do too, and this week it transitioned into open beta. ArchLord 2 is also eyeing a beta before the month is out. Shards Online, meanwhile, is taking on all comers for a free preview weekend even though the fantasy sandbox isn't even in alpha! What else is happening in MMO beta news this week? Well, we're glad you asked!

The Repopulation improved its combat abilities
We played some of Black Gold's ongoing beta
Trove added the Fae Trickster class
Swordsman got a new gameplay trailer
Firefall kept on keeping on

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Massively Speaking Episode 300: WildStar's launch with Jeremy Gaffney

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WildStar's launch day is finally here, and we've got Executive Producer Jeremy Gaffney on the show to talk about the struggles and joys of getting a fledgling MMO off the ground. This is also our 300th episode, so we indulge in a bit of retrospection and celebration.

Get all of our opinions and analysis on the most important stories of the past week right here on Massively Speaking, the industry's leading MMO podcast. And if you have a comment, question, or topic for the podcasters, send an email to podcast@massively.com. We may just read your email on the air!

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The Daily Grind: Do you mask your gender when playing MMOs?

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City of Heroes
Last month, Polygon published an article about the invisible privileges some gamers enjoy without realizing it. The author, Jonathan McIntosh, included among those privileges the idea that men "probably never think about hiding [their] real-life gender online through [their] gamer-name, [their] avatar choice, or by muting voice-chat, out of fear of harassment resulting from [their] being male." Granted, he was specifically talking about gender; plenty of men online have every reason to hide aspects of their identities to avoid being harassed on the basis of their nationality or ethnicity or religion or handicap or sexual orientation or age, for example. But gender itself is generally pretty safe for straight male gamers compared to female gamers.

We've asked before whether you roll characters that match the gender you identify with in the real world, but today, we're expanding that question: Do you go out of your way to hide your gender when you're playing MMOs? Do you avoid voice-chat, lie about your name, or alter your avatar choice, as McIntosh suggests, to avoid the potential for harassment? Or are MMO players just more socially well-adjusted than the typical gamer such that this is less a problem for us?

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!

MMO Week in Review: On your marks, get set, WildStar!

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Too bad WildStar isn't as fun as this screenshot
At the end of every week, we round up the best and most popular news stories, exclusive features, and insightful columns published on Massively and then present them all in one convenient place. If you missed a big MMO or WoW Insider story last week, you've come to the right post.

WildStar's headstart kicked off this weekend, and apart from the DDoS attacks, all appears to be going... exactly as most AAA launches go. Some people are irate, some people don't care, and some people are too busy forgoing sleep in favor of playing. Prior to the early access period, Carbine dangled some account security incentives, released an official server list, and unveiled the final pre-launch trailer.

Click past the cut for the rest of this week's top MMO stories.

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WRUP: Who's not playing WildStar edition

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WildStar
Welcome back to Massively's What are You Playing, the game where we tell you what we're playing this weekend and you tell us that we're writing about WildStar too much. You might also want to remind us that we hate Elder Scrolls Online, love and hate Star Wars: The Old Republic, and carry a rather hopeless and pathetic torch for Star Wars: Galaxies. One of those statements might even be true!

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Betawatch: May 24 - 30, 2014

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ArcheAge
ArcheAge's alpha is so popular that Trion had to upgrade its hardware to support "the massive number of Archeum Founders." Yes, I know, this is Betawatch and not Alphawatch, but since alpha is the new beta it seemed like an appropriate story to mention. But that's not all that is happening this week in MMO beta news. Click past the cut for the full Betawatch roundup.

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Ask Massively: Misconceptions about jerk players, Kickstarters, and untrustworthy studios

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WoW
Continuing our miniseries theme from the last Ask Massively, today's edition will focus on a brand-new set of misconceptions commonly held by MMO gamers and participants in our comments section: jerk players in MMORPGs, the playerbase of one particular sci-fi sandbox, Kickstarters vs. investments, and learning to trust a studio that's done you wrong.

As always, if there's a misconception you want me to add to my list, let me know in the comments!

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The Daily Grind: What does your Steam library say about you?

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Steam
A weekend or two ago, I was paging listlessly through my Steam account, looking for something to grab me. Like a lot of Steam's members, I've got dozens of games I've purchased cheaply or been gifted but never got around to playing, so you'd think finding something would be easy! As I poked around, I wondered just how much my library reflected my actually gaming interests. I have a lot of MMOs, obviously, but just as many deep RPGs, clicky action-RPGs, sandboxes, and puzzlers. Oddly, I have a bunch of hardcore roguelikes even though I'm terrible at them and rarely play them, but for some reason, I can't stop buying them just to see if maybe this one will satisfy that itch.

What about you, Massively folks? What does your Steam library say about you? Bonus question: How many games do you own through Steam and other digital distributors?

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!

Choose my Adventure: Goodbye Defiance, hello WildStar

Sci-Fi, Game Mechanics, Opinion, Massively Meta, Hands-On, Choose My Adventure, Defiance, Buy-to-Play

Defiance
‚ÄčIn my final week with Defiance in this Choose my Adventure series, I want to talk about my overall impressions of the game as it stands.

First off, I'm sad to say that I didn't reach my goal of a 1000 EGO rating, because seriously, what was I thinking? I am, however, happy to say that I had fun and experienced more of the game than I ever had before. But will I continue to play when it goes free-to-play next week?

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Massively Speaking Episode 299: WildStar's Matt Mocarski

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It's the final week before WildStar's launch, and this week we have Development Director Matt Mocarski on the podcast to talk about the unique look and style of the game.

Get all of our opinions and analysis on the most important stories of the past week right here on Massively Speaking, the industry's leading MMO podcast. And if you have a comment, question, or topic for the podcasters, send an email to podcast@massively.com. We may just read your email on the air!

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Not So Massively: Destiny's pre-orders, The Division's delay, and Heroes of the Storm's Murky

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NSM - Murky
Welcome back to No So Massively, where every Monday we round up the highlights from the past week in the world of MOBAs, roguelikes, MMOTCGs, and other games that aren't quite MMOs.

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