The Stream Team: Giving thanks edition, November 19 - 25, 2012

The Stream Team Giving thanks edition, November 1925, 2012
Thankfulness. We all know that it isn't just for one day a year, but that doesn't diminish the significance of the holiday! Not to mention, it's a day off to game all we want while indulging in great food! So let's take a break from our busy lives and really reflect on all those reasons we have to be thankful: sandboxes, focus on emergent gaming, more sandboxes, livestreaming... did I mention more sandboxes?

Honestly, I am more thankful for family, friends, and a totally awesome job, but I am not ashamed to admit that I am also grateful for this pastime of ours, the community it has introduced me to, and the close relationships I have built because of it. I am thankful for a variety of games to fit many individual tastes, a surge of indie developers willing to push the envelope and try new things, the increasingly amazing graphics, and the chance to livestream it all for you on Massively TV!

Yes, folks -- I am grateful for the The Stream Team and all the amusing antics that happen live, right before your very eyes. And this week has plenty of shenanigans on the schedule, including two games in beta, so be sure to tune in! In between the live versions, you can take a peek at past streams. And feel free to share what you are thankful for in the comments past the break as well as cast your vote for the best holiday food.

5:00 p.m. EST: Beau -- Salem
If you're curious about this free-for-all sandbox of a game that is set in colonial times, then this is the stream for you. Beau will fire off his week of Rise and Shiny play with Björn Johannessen, Creative Director for Salem. Jump in the chat room to ask questions!

7:00 p.m. EST: Mike -- EVE Online
Well, EVE fans, the long wait is finally over: Mike is ice mining again in this week's stream! Make yourself some warm tea and cozy up for an hour of mellow, relaxing gameplay, assuming no one out there is plotting a suicide run on Mike's Mackinaw. Watch and see!

9:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m. EST: Richie -- Guild Wars 2

Richie streaming at night? What is this madness? Blame Thanksgiving and his kids being off from school. Richie will be doing a two-hour Guild Wars 2 show to explore some of the new features added in the Lost Shores content update. Bring the melted butter because he's going to be flaying some deep sea karka!

5:00 p.m. EST: Beau -- DC Universe Online
Want to watch Beau get pummeled in Legends PvP with a member of the SOE developer team? You've found your stream. Don't worry; Beau's horrible PvP skills might be enhanced by SOE knowledge!

6:00 p.m. EST: Mike -- PlanetSide 2
Celebrate the launch of Sony Online Entertainment's PlanetSide 2 by hanging out with Mike as he captures, defends, kills, and destroys. This free-to-play shooter promises combat on an epic scale, so tune in and see whether it lives up to the hype as well as the normal "Mike being bad at things" stuff we've all come to love and enjoy.

9:00 p.m. EST: MJ -- EverQuest II
The first trip to the Ethernere was just checking out the scenery. For this EverQuest Two-sday, join MJ as she actually delves into the quest lines of this new land in Chains of Eternity.

10:00 p.m. EST: Dylan "GGraves" -- DayZ
Return to the world of the unliving with more DayZ coverage! Survive with Dylan in the massive zombie-infested world, where a can of beans could be your only food for days. Join in as we collect some resources and hunt some bandits in this late night stream.

2:00 p.m. EST: Blake -- SMITE
Lunchtime Livecast #41 will send you into your Thanksgiving break in a good mood! Bacchus, the god of wine, will soon make his debut in SMITE. If he's out, Blake will play him! If not, he'll still have all the latest news and notes on one of the most unique MOBAs available today.

6:00 p.m. EST: MJ -- Age of Wushu
Martial arts in a sandbox -- how could MJ resist? Closed beta has started, and besides the obvious kung-fu maneuvers, MJ wants to explore the life skills where she can play board games or music. Join her and come check out the beauty of ancient China.

7:00 p.m. EST: Mike -- City of Steam with the devs
Join Mike as he enters free-to-play browser-based steampunk-styled MMO City of Steam alongside a few special guests from the dev team. On deck this week are fireballs, monsters, quests, and all the other things you would expect -- plus sweet motorcycle mounts. What more could you want?

7:00 a.m. EST: David "Psykopig" Desi -- Champions Online
Tune in as Psykopig continues the adventures of Styus, the Jedi-themed hero you told him to roll in Champions Online! Watch as Styus beats up bad guys, view the vilification of villains, and just plain FEEL THE SQUEAL!

3:00 p.m. EST: MJ -- The Secret World
It's the Turkey Day Dinner and a Show Event! At least, it will be if MJ can wrangle up some other actors to take the stage with her. Everyone knows that today, dinner starts when you wake up and ends when you go to bed, so settle in with your favorite eats (just protect your keyboard!) and watch as MJ puts the new Albion Theatre in The Secret World to good use. Feeling brave or craving the spotlight? Then let her know you want to join the cast!

2:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. EST: Elisabeth -- Guild Wars 2
It's time to help the Order of Whispers save the world from the nasty dragons! Join Elisabeth as she and her Charr Necromancer race to save Tyria.

8:00 p.m. EST: MJ -- City of Steam
Didn't get enough City of Steam beta with Mike on Wednesday? Then join MJ as she sashays into the world of cogs, gears, and total steampunk goodness!

7:00 a.m. EST: David "Psykopig" Desi -- The Secret World
You asked for it, so we are delivering: more Psykopig Secret World Saturday shows! Tune in as he finishes up whats left of The Savage Coast and possibly makes it to the Blue Mountains. Can he get that far? Come find out!

7:00 p.m. EST: Jeremy -- Vanguard
Dungeons run the gamut of uniqueness in Vanguard, and Jeremy is going to try and hop into one with a group. Hillsbury Manor in Misthaven Crossing should do the trick. Come along for the trip through the manor or tune into the livestream.

7:00 p.m. EST: Jeremy -- Age of Wushu
Wondering what this water-walking, player-kidnapping, and beautiful MMO is all about? Jeremy takes you on a tour of Age of Wushu to look at how an MMO without levels but with unique mechanics like begging and kidnapping works.

10:00 p.m. EST: Dylan "GGraves" -- Star Wars: The Old Republic
Kick back in the cantina and enjoy this Sunday night stream of Star Wars: The Old Republic! Dylan will be covering questing content from the perspective of a level 35 Jedi Guardian. The light side Jedi is a great story line, so join in the chatroom and talk Star Wars with other Massively TV viewers.

Another reason to be thankful: the ability to watch all the streams, whether or not you had the chance to see them live! Here's a handy list if you happen to have missed anything last week. You can use it to fill in those torturous hours when you can smell that Thanksgiving dinner but are shooed out of the kitchen because it isn't ready yet!
I'll freely admit it: One of my favorite parts of this holiday season is the food that I have only this time of year. It's not that I can't cook it other times; it's that it's tradition to have it all together on Thanksgiving! Two of our family favorites are BBQ turkey right off the grill (moistest thing evah!) and a double-layer cream cheese pumpkin pie on a graham cracker crust. YUM! For my mom, nothing beat the day-after turkey sandwich. So which traditional Thanksgiving dish lures you away from your computer the most?%Poll-79065%
Watching the Massively Stream Team play video games is the next best thing to playing them yourself! Join us every Monday morning for MJ's guide to this week's livestream schedule, classic stream reruns from last week, and all the best outtakes and ephemera.
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