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The Stream Team: Human Popsicles edition, January 13 - 19, 2014

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Snow sharks one week, polar vortexes the next: What happened to just raining cats and dogs? The weather is a zoo!

Maybe you were in a part of the country that didn't turn people into popsicles this past week; if so, count yourself lucky. Many of us couldn't leave our houses and were forced to game furiously to keep warm! Wait... maybe we were actually the lucky ones! Either way, we accepted our lot -- as trying as it was -- and found additional ways to add to our warmth. Did you know that good, hearty belly laughs at the antics of the The Stream Team can raise your core temperature? It's true! So if you find yourself needing to stay warm this week, tune into Massively TV and test it out for yourself.

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Choose My Adventure: Deep in the dungeons of Allods Online

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Allods Online
Last week, I presented Choose My Adventure voters with one simple choice: Where, exactly, should we go next in Allods Online? The community responded by sending my low-level Psionicist directly into what many consider to be a core component of the modern fantasy MMO, the instanced dungeon. Understanding how a game approaches bosses, loot, grouping, and raiding is key in understanding that game's design philosophy, so it makes sense to dip a toe or two into the instanced content Allods has to offer.

Assuming, of course, that I can find a group.

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Choose My Adventure: Allods Online's compelling crafting

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Allods Online
While it may seem longer due to holidays with family and other time-crunching stresses, it has been just one short week since our last jaunt into the community-chosen Allods Online. In that first glance, we created a brand-new Arisen character, gave him a few magical abilities, and set off on a course for action and adventure. Quests were completed, loot was packed up, and enemies were destroyed.

This week, based on the results of last week's Choose My Adventure polls, we slowed things down. The community elected to stop and smell the roses and to pick up a crafting profession along the way. Taking a moment to observe details in Allods Online's character and environment design helps emphasize the title's unique and attractive aesthetic, which isn't much of a surprise. But our baby steps into the title's leatherworking profession unveiled an engaging and nuanced crafting system that's sure to deliver big payoffs down the line.

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The Stream Team: Happy Newb Year edition, December 30, 2013 - January 5, 2014

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Happy Newb Year, my friends! It's that time again, when a new year rolls around and all our thoughts turn to one thing. Forget resolutions, our minds are on the new MMOs that are slated for this year! A new year promises us new games to play, and who isn't looking forward to becoming a newb again? Even better, The Stream Team can help whet your appetite for these new titles by showing off advanced footage on Massively TV (like a certain closed beta that will be featured this week). Of course, there are also plenty of other shows starring your old-but-not-forgotten favorites, so check the schedule and then tell us which games you are most looking forward to playing in 2014.

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Choose My Adventure: Life as an Arisen in Allods Online

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Allods Online
The Massively community answered loud and clear when I asked who, what, and how I should play in Allods Online. Voters in last week's Choose My Adventure poll sent me along the path of the Empire in the shoes of an Arisen and equipped me with a Psionicist's dagger along the way. The community also favored the subscription server over the free-to-play server, with some voters claiming Allods is too "pay-to-win" on the free-to-play server and others simply expressing curiosity about whether they'd see a difference between the paid and free versions of the game.

With those voted handled and counted, my adventure had officially begun.

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The Stream Team: All I want for Christmas edition, December 23 - 29, 2013

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Sing it out everyone: All I want for Christmas is two more streams! Yes, we know what you really want (who needs front teeth anyways?), and The Stream Team is here to deliver. Don't look for us in a sky-bound sleigh, though; just keep your eye on Massively TV. That's where we'll help fulfill your fondest wishes for livestreams to enthrall and entertain you over the holidays... and to help take your mind off the fact that you got another package of underwear for Christmas instead of a new video card. Trust us, we understand, and we can make it better. So grab an eggnog, settle back, and enjoy the oodles of streaming goodness that is awaiting you this week.

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Norrathian Notebook: EverQuest Next Round Table roundup, round three

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Quick on the heels of our second Round Table roundup for EverQuest Next and EQN Landmark comes the third, filled with the next bushel of questions! In these (lucky) seven queries, devs asked players to give their opinions on starter zones, modding the UI, length of the day and night cycle, grouping, preferred Landmark building styles, and the role of NPC merchants. And of course, devs also offered their personal opinions on these topics.

Did you participate in all the polls the first time through? If not, we've got them all right here for you. Go ahead and join in the discussions; it is never too late to voice your opinions! You never know when your comment might be the one that turns the tide of thinking or offers a new solution no one had considered before.

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Choose My Adventure: Against Allods

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Allods Online
Last week's Choose My Adventure poll turned out to be something of a landslide. A couple of tweets and forum posts were all it took for gPotato's Allods Online to emerge the very clear winner of a race that included titles like Guild Wars, Champions Online, DC Universe Online, and Defiance. And now, with the winner chosen, it's time to leap into the fray and start smashing things in the face with fireballs or mallets or whatever it is one smashes with in Allods Online.

But of course, this is a community activity. I can't simply create a character and start questing. No, dear readers, I need your help in deciding where and how this adventure begins. So let's get it started.

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The Stream Team: The night is dark edition, December 16 - 22, 2013

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The Stream Team: The night is darkest edition, December 16 - 22, 2013
And so full of terrors! Or is that streams? If you've seen some of The Stream Team's antics, you'd most likely say it is a combination of the two! With Winter Solstice this week, we will soon enjoy the longest night of the year here up north, so what will you be doing while it is dark for so long? Here's an idea: How about dive into some live shows on Massively TV mingled with a heaping helping of reruns? There's no better way to pass the time until more light starts creeping back into our days than with your favorite hosts in your favorite games. Check out what we're playing this week and join us.

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The Stream Team: I'm a unique snowflake edition, December 9 - 15, 2013

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You know, it is true that every single snowflake is unique... just like every other one! So really, being unique is not unique. If you wonder what's got my mind on snowflakes lately, it's a combination of some incredible examples of photography I have seen recently and the fact that a nasty storm was supposed to hit over the weekend. I was expecting a ton of those little unique fellows to strand me in my house. Sad news? No way! As long as I have powerm I have Massively TV, so being unable to venture forth into the world and run errands does not wring a drop of disappointment from me. And there are plenty of good shows on this week's schedule, so bring it on, snow!

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The Tattered Notebook: EverQuest Next roundtable roundup, take two

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Back in September, The Tattered Notebook gathered together the first 10 roundtable questions that EverQuest Next and EQN Landmark devs posed to fans, with their accompanying community thoughts, developer opinions, and video clip answers. However, that was only the tip of the iceberg. The Round Table discussions were not just an introductory fad; they are a permanent part of the development process. As such, new polls are put up every week for fans to vote on and to post their own feedback and thoughts about on the forum.

So now that a couple of months have passed, it's time to round up the next wave of questions in one central location, focusing this time on the six questions with dev responses. Maybe there is a query or two that you missed as the weeks rolled by, or maybe you just want to see what direction the community is leaning. Got some strong opinions about death penalties or fast travel in EverQuest Next? What about in-game holidays? This is definitely the time to share them!

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The Stream Team: Stuffed to the gills edition, December 2 - 8, 2013

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If you partook in Thanksgiving activities over the weekend, chances are you enjoyed a tasty morsel or twenty (thousand)... and that's not even counting leftovers! As much as I love the holiday, I am often glad it's only a single day because there is always just way too much food. It's certainly not uncommon for people to end the day feeling like Violet Beauregard after her brush with an Everlasting Gobstopper. And instead of a juice press, we have to settle for a bench press.

Luckily, overindulging in Massively TV does not have any of those pesky side effects the holiday dinner has; you can watch The Stream Team as much as you like and never feel as if you have to roll out of the room. Why, you can even watch while using the bench press if you want. If, however, you'd rather not mix the two activities, use the schedule below to sort out when to do each.

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Free for All: Five MMOs that deserve more of my time

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There's only so much time in the world for playing video games. Yes, yes, I know it pains us to admit it, but it's true: We really can't sit around and explore MMOs all day long. Well, we could, but it probably wouldn't be very good for our relationships or health or finances. For me, this means that I have to balance playing MMOs for work and playing them for the sake of the hobby. I typically take one of my weekend days to jump into any number of MMOs. I might even spend a good hour just updating them all.

Let me tell you, it's plain painful to log into an MMO and realize just how much good content, events, and player interaction I have been missing. I'm sure this is a common issue though, right? In today's Free for All, I want to take a look at five MMOs that deserve more of my time.

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The Stream Team: Celebrating vets edition, November 11 - 17, 2013

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In the MMOverse, we talk often about veterans -- those old-timers who have stuck with a game through thick and thin, playing steadfastly as the years go by even when others head off for new horizons. And with a nod to their dedication, we pay homage those stalwart members of the community who just don't give up.

Today, Massively TV recognizes vet in a different context, honoring those who preserve our freedoms through their service in the various armed forces. Because of their sacrifices, we can do the things we enjoy, even things like diving into our favorite games and hanging out watching The Stream Team. So a big thanks to veterans everywhere, and may we all remember them in our thoughts as we partake in those freedoms we have.

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The Stream Team: Embracing change edition, November 4 - 10, 2013

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The Stream Team Embracing change edition, November 4  10, 2013
A number of you already heard some rumblings about changes coming to The Stream Team. It is true: There are changes to the who, the how, and the how many. And those changes are all in effect starting now.

But not all change is bad (remember that collection of coins you found under the couch cushions?). In fact, change can be good and exciting. You may have already noticed that you no longer have to rely on just a tweet to remind you when the shows are starting -- they will also be published right here on the front page of Massively! You can watch the stream and chat live right from the post itself. And if you happen to miss anything, you can go back to the posts at any time afterward and watch the reruns right from there.

Change, however, is rarely easy. Our stream staff lineup has changed, as has the frequency of streams on the whole. But you will still find a variety of shows every week on Massively TV, so tune in and embrace the changes with us. And watch us die amusing deaths at times... we know that's something you love to see.

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