The Massively CommunityMassively multiplayer games aren't really massive without hordes of people, right? At Massively, we don't sit here hidden behind our computer screens, writing stories about games we don't play. We're right there with you, experiencing the same updates, the same triumphs, the same sunsets, and the same bugs. We're PvPers, we're RPers, we're just starting the game, and we're at the endgame. Here's how you can get involved with the site!
If you're an avid social media user, follow us on Twitter, "like" us on Facebook, "plus-1" us on Google Plus, or even join the Massively Mob on Steam. During the day, we'll throw out polls, contests, quips, and quotes on all sorts of MMOs, in addition to circulating the most interesting stories of the day. Don't be shy! Retweet us, send messages to @massively, or comment on our links, and you'll most likely hear back from one of us. Reddit our best work and we'll be even happier!
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If you want to check out a game without shelling out for it first, you definitely want to join us for one of our scheduled livestreams! Each week, Massively bloggers take the reins of Massively TV on the Twitch website. Once registered, you can watch, listen, and chat with other viewers as we play and show off various games. And if you can't make a live show, you can always rewatch an older stream to see what you missed. Or why not learn to livestream yourself?
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Listen to us!
We produce a weekly MMO-themed podcast, Massively Speaking; it runs every Tuesday and is hosted by our own Justin Olivetti and Bree Royce. Subscribe to it through RSS or iTunes, and don't forget to send in your comments and questions to email@example.com -- we love to answer listener emails on the show!
Bury us in screenshots!
Every Sunday, we post One Shots, a community-driven screenshot feature dedicated to showcasing some of the cool screenshots our readers have taken in games across the MMOsphere. If you'd like to see your name (and your screenshots) in lights, just email your image to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't forget to include your name, the name of the game, and a description of the scene. Large, colorful, UI-free shots that tell a story and really show off the game make for the best images!
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