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Chaos Theory: How The Secret World makes you learn

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Maybe it's my age or maybe it's just a little bit of laziness about me, but I'm finding myself a little peeved whenever someone or something wants to make me learn a new system. I mean, I'll be the one constantly reading Wikipedia to all hours of the night because I like soaking up info, but if a game asks me to go through a two-minute tutorial, I'm like, "Forget that!" and upturn my computer desk while I go to the other room to calm down.

It's not that I don't like learning -- I end up really enjoying myself when I do, in fact -- but that the energy and attention required to absorb a new lesson can often be a tad daunting. This is what drives me back into familiar gaming arms again and again, and why I'm more than a little apprehensive about all of the sandbox tools that will be coming to MMOs near us.

That's why I have to hand it to The Secret World -- here's an MMO that pushed me out of my comfort bubble and made me learn, sometimes kicking and screaming, and sometimes with a giddy and joyful heart. This is an MMO that isn't content to spoon-feed you the same mush you've been downing for years; it's one that operates under a practical mission statement of teaching through gameplay.

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The Stream Team: Fighting the Filth in The Secret World

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It truly is filthy in The Secret World! Massively's MJ and her cleaning crew couldn't keep up with scrubbing out the Filth in last week's lair and it washed over them in a mighty painful way! But that doesn't mean that the dirt wins. No, she's heading back to conquer the sludge -- if not in the lair with friends, than somewhere on Solomon Island or Agartha. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. to cheer on (or be a part of!) the cleaning crew.

Game: The Secret World
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Thursday, January 16th, 2014
Time: 9:00 p.m. EST

Enjoy our Steam Team video below.

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Chaos Theory: The best of The Secret World in 2013

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Chaos Theory:  The best of The Secret World, 2013
When December wrapped up, so too did The Secret World's first full calendar year, having debuted the summer prior. Coincidentally, the timing also marked the first year of the buy-to-play business model; the game transitioned in December 2012. Looking back over those 12 months, I wonder what can be said of the horror-themed MMO. Certainly updates and new content didn't come as quickly as players would have preferred (what game can ever deliver that?!), but there was still plenty of activity during that time. We're going to delve into highlights of TSW's year that started with awarding all players a coveted pet to counter an exploit discovered during the 2012 holiday event and ended with Hel on earth.

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The Stream Team: Searching the Savage Coast's Lair in The Secret World

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The Stream Team:  Searching the Savage Coast's Lair in The Secret World
Apparently Hel was lonely because she kept her vistitors much longer than expected last time! But with no holiday events to distract, Massively's MJ will finally get to venture into another one of The Secret World's Lairs. These overland dungeon runs aren't to be trifled with, and they are a good place for cabals to collect some gear. Will MJ and her team make it through to end and find some great treasure in Savage Coast? Join us live at 5:00 p.m. and watch the action unfold.

Game: The Secret World
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Thursday, January 9th, 2014
Time: 5:00 p.m. EST

Enjoy our Steam Team video below.

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The Secret World's December Game Director letter talks Filth, Tokyo, and beyond

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With the holidays (and holiday events) over, eyes have turned back to the update that all Secret World fans are looking forward to: Tokyo. And December's Game Director letter assures that Issue #9 will be released within the the first quarter, so players will step into Tokyo before the end of March. Penned by Lead Designer Romain Amiel, the letter also shares that Issue #10 will introduce a new lair and Issue #11 will have a new raid.

But before all that can happen, however, the Filth must be eradicated from Agartha. Amiel offers an update on The Whispering Tide event, and players may be happy to hear that the end is near; the final phase, featuring the 60-man indoor world-boss-style fight against Flappy, will commence as soon as the current gate is cleansed.

Additionally, the team is working on a way to let players stream music directly through the game and player-designed outfits will be available soon.

[Thanks to all who sent in tips.]

Chaos Theory: My modest Secret World wish list

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I'm not a greedy man. At least, I like to think I'm not. I try hard to be content with what I have, including the bounty of gaming options before me. And when it comes to The Secret World, I find that I have plenty to be thankful for.

I have a wonderful cabal that gathers together once a week for a riotous good time. I'm still in love with TSW's atmosphere and story well over a year after its launch. I adore the game's wardrobe options and can't stop playing dress-up with my Templar. I find the intellectual aspects of the missions and builds stimulating. I even get to write about all of this right here on Massively.

So don't take the following wish list as a lack of contentment. I'm really happy with the game as it is, but as with any gamer, there are always desires and wants that rise unbidden into my consciousness while I play. I recognize that Funcom has its hands very full as it tries to create as much content as it can with a reduced team, but that's not going to stop me today from wishing out loud for a few quality of life improvements for 2014.

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The Stream Team: Living it up in more Secret World Lairs

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The Stream Team:  Living it up in The Secret World's Lairs
Last week, Massively's MJ and her team were unable to procure all the body parts necessary to summon the final boss in The Secret World's Egyptian Lair. If all goes well this time around, the plan is to start with a ritual summoning (hey, what's more TSW than that?), then move on to another Lair in a different zone. As a bonus, MJ will start with an extra summoning: Hel in Niflheim. Don't miss out on this summoning and Lair extravaganza and join us live at 5:00 p.m. for a front-row seat.

Game: The Secret World
Host: Mj Guthrie
Date: Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
Time: 5:00 p.m. EST

Enjoy our Steam Team video below.

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Chaos Theory: Cramming your Krampus in before TSW's holidays end

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Chaos Theory:  Cramming your Krampus in before TSW's holidays end
Christmas 2013 -- it's quite a different experience in The Secret World than in other MMORPGs. Instead of offering some colorful cutesy characters based on the jolliest aspects of the season, TSW's festivities draw on the darkest parts of our lore to bring you a Christmas devil, a demoness, and undead Mayans. The only carol you hear is a twisted Jingle Bells whispered in the hellish Niflheim dimension, though wave after wave of horny Hel jokes fill the air. But even with all the differences, one thing is definitely the same: the stress of running around trying to get things done in time!

As much as I am grateful that a form of last year's End of Days event has returned (I did ask for it after all), the fact that there are three events -- A Mother of a Season, Ever-Ending Days, and Whispering Tide -- happening simultaneously is a bit overwhelming. Add the whole real-life part of the holiday season to the evil RNG, and I am truly scrambling to complete my holiday wish list of pets, achievements, and apparel. I am even struggling to get the lore. (And you know that makes for a very unhappy MJ!)

Luckily, the holiday events don't end until January 2nd, so I am going to make a push to finish up as much as I can. If you happen to be in the same boat, here are a few hints to help wrap it all up. If, however, you are one of those people who got everything done early, feel free to skip to the end where I have penned a more appropriate take on a holiday favorite in honor of the season. Hopefully it will become a new cherished tradition!

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The Stream Team: Exploring The Secret World's Lairs

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Have you ever been to a Lair in The Secret World? You'd know it if you stumbled across one while adventuring solo because you'd be PDD PDQ: Pretty Darn Dead, Pretty Darn Quick. And yes, Massively's MJ found that out the hard way once! But now she's heading back with a friends to exact her revenge on those bunched-up hordes of evil. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. see what awaits the group in these overland challenges.

Game: The Secret World
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Thursday, December 26th, 2013
Time: 9:00 p.m. EST

Enjoy our Steam Team video below.

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Chaos Theory: Why TSW's Orochi have an uphill battle for respectability

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The other day I posted a Daily Grind here on the site that asked about NPC factions that are, in effect, a total joke. I used the example of the Orochi from The Secret World, which got one commenter's ire up. He said it was "insulting" that I was singling this out this organization, and I assume that I'm no longer on his Christmas card mailing list.

Defensiveness aside, I think I have a pretty good case here that the Orochi are, well, almost laughable. Just about everywhere you go in the game, you encounter their corpses, burning vans, busted camps, crashed planes, and botched excavations. As a friend put it, they're like well-funded kids who go into a military zone with professionals and end up like you'd expect. I've been mocking them for months now, and I am far from alone. After a certain point, their grisly tableaus become a running joke that makes it really hard to take them seriously.

But that's the question I want to grapple with today. If the upcoming Tokyo zones will be featuring the Orochi on their home turf, are they too far gone in terms of respectability in the eyes of players to change the narrative? We've seen them kicked up and down across the world, so I'm wondering if it's too late for the Orochi to put on big boy pants and be invited to the adult table.

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Pick up MMOs on the cheap in Steam's holiday sale

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Steam Holiday Sale
It's that time of year again, folks -- the time when grandfather Valve slides down the chimney and offers you a huge pile of reasonably priced games. Yes, Steam's holiday sale is now in full effect, bringing with it some nice deals on a few MMO titles.

Here's what we've found so far: Keep in mind that sales change daily and that some games above do require subscription fees. The Steam holiday sales ends January 2nd, 2014.

The Stream Team: 'Tis the season (for Krampus) in The Secret World

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This holiday season isn't all about cute little elves and brightly lit packages, especially not if you are a part of The Secret World. Instead of a giant jolly old elf dressed in red velvet, Massively's MJ is on the lookout for a cloven-hoofed beast with horns. Rumor has it he can even open a portal to a realm of frost and ice. A new place to explore... where do we sign up? Join us live at 3:00 p.m. for some holiday shenanigans, and maybe a lair, too.

Game: The Secret World
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Thursday, December 19th, 2013
Time: 3:00 p.m. EST

Enjoy our Steam Team video below.

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Krampus has arrived in The Secret World

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Bust out the holiday cheer, Krampus is here! The holidays have officially arrived in The Secret World with the start of the all-new Christmas event, A Mother of a Season. Until the 2nd of January, brave groups of adventures can follow Krampus into the realm of Niflheim to fight even more enemies, and even call forth Hel herself. PvPers can try and become the Lord of Misrule, a five-minute title that grants special abilities during PvP. Of course, there are plenty of themed goodies and loot as well, not to mention the return of the End of Days event.

Today's patch also brought a handy new addition to the game: a pet inventory. Now you can free up your bag space by clicking on all your pets and moving them to the new pet window (shift + p), earning an achievement for each pet collected.

Chaos Theory: A few useful mods for The Secret World

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Do you use mods in The Secret World? This was a question I have actually asked friends and colleagues as the idea of corralling the best and most useful mods bounced around in my head for a while. The irony in that inquiry is that I, personally, do not use any addons for TSW; in fact, I tend not to use them for most any game. But I do hear people swear by them, so I thought finding the best ones used throughout the community would be a helpful service. And then I set the idea aside.

You know how it is -- other things jump in the way or catch your attention screaming, "Look at me! Look at me!" So helpful mods have been on the back burner, bumped in favor of other more timely matters. And then suddenly it was the timely issue. You see, once I started trying to run scenarios, one of the mods that everyone keeps talking to me about suddenly became very relevant. (If you've ever tried to do a super-quick swap using the gear manager only to find that once you're in combat, one weapon didn't make the switch, leaving you without half of your skills, you can totally understand why).

Once I started thinking about that, it led me to wondering about the other addons out there. And if I am wondering about them, chances are someone else is, too. So that makes now the perfect time to check out the various addpons that players use to make life smoother in TSW.

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The Stream Team: Celebrate Friday the 13th in The Secret World

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Friday the 13th -- it just doesn't come around often enough for Massively's MJ. And now that one is finally here, she's got the perfect way to celebrate it: in The Secret World! It doesn't matter what she actually does once there, but there's just no better way to spend the creepiest of days than in the best horror MMO around. Could there be a surprise event for the day? One can hope! But if not, MJ still has a dark and gloomy warehouse to creep through while investigating the next step of her story mission. She's bound to cross the path of a black cat or break a mirror or something, so join us live at 9:00 p.m. for the ultimate in Friday the 13th gaming.

Game: The Secret World
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Friday, December 13th, 2013
Time: 9:00 p.m. EST

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