Battle Bards Episode 15: Tearjerkers

Can music make a battle-hardened bard cry?  That’s what we’re going to put to the test on today’s episode.  Syl came up with the theme of “tearjerkers,” and it’s up to a bewildered Syp and a stoic Steff to figure out what will fit the bill.&n…

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Massive Failure #46 – Why Not Nickelback?

Blizzcon is over, and we have plenty to talk about regarding World of Warcraft’s new expansion, “Warlords of Draenor”, plus Blizzard’s horrible choice for the finale concert. Also, Rift’s new Update 2.5 is out, and Wildstar will have Hoverboards! Contents: Intro (0:32) * Playing Update 2.5 in “Rift”, and enjoying it a lot Main Topics * […]

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Massive Failure #45 – Douchebag

On today’s podcast, I explain why “Defiance” is not a dead game, question some people’s motives and mindset regarding the recent Extra Life charity event, and wonder what we’ll see at Blizzcon 2013 next weekend! Contents: Intro (0:32) * Vacation! Gaming and Halloween and Beach-trips, oh my! Main Topics * “Defiance” is not a failure!  (3:28) […]

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Massive Failure #44 – Samhain 2013

It’s Halloween Week, so we finish out this Month of Horror by discussing “Rift” shutting down operations in Russia, whether or not MMORPG players would do well to warm up to TwitchTV (and other Livestreaming services), and ask if this year’s Halloween event in “The Secret World” is possibly the best such event ever held […]

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Battle Bards Episode 14: World of Warcraft

Sometimes the Battle Bards have to give attention to the “little MMOs” out there.  Maybe you’ve never heard of World of Warcraft, but you probably have played Warcraft: Orcs & Humans back in the day.  Well, this is the MMO that’s set in t…

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Massive Failure #43 – IRL

Well, rather than being a few days late, I got off my ass and the show is only a few hours late! Who would have thought I could get anything done from my deathbed? Anyway, Halloween content has started in many MMORPGs, we talk about three of them this week. Also, yet another round of shard […]

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Battle Bards Episode 13: Spirit of Adventure

What does adventure mean to you?  Everyone has their own definition, and the Battle Bards are bringing that question to the MMO music scene.  In this episode, each of the three co-hosts submit their own favorite “spirit of adventure” tracks f…

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Massive Failure #42 – RPed to Death

“Star Wars: The Old Republic” looks like it is getting free-form space combat, so is the game now complete? Also, the ActivisionBlizzard split from Vivendi has been approved, so how will this affect “World of Warcraft” and the company as a whole? Also, can there be true horror in MMOs without Permadeath? Contents: Intro (0:32) * […]

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Massive Faulire #41 – Atmosphere

On today’s show I give an urgent warning to all players who have ever had an account with Turbine, discuss atmosphere with horror content in MMORPGs, and talk a bit about recent updates to leveling and questing in “Wildstar” Contents: Intro (0:32) * Gettin’ my Gore on in “The Secret World” and “Rift”, and actively avoiding […]

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Massive Failure #40 – October Thorns

On today’s podcast: What options are there for horror MMORPGs? Should we have less Raiding and more Scaling content? And SOE may monitor and ban players for bad behavior outside of their games: I think they should, and explain why herein. Contents: Intro (0:32) * Attended the last Renaissance Faire of the season in my area, […]

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