It's definitely not a new thing. Throughout the ages, when intense frustration strikes, a colorful epithet can slip past the lips of even the most soft-spoken. Heck, at particularly annoying times, a full string of them has been known fly forth from the most unexpected sources. And we all know that there are plenty of frustration-inducing situations in gaming. So it's not hard to equate swearing with gaming, right?
Of course, we at Massively TV advocate a responsible use of language during our adventures. While there could be a time or a place for the universally known curses, we prefer bursts of creative language skills. And if there's one thing The Stream Team has, it's an abundance of creativity! We've learned it is possible to express frustration while avoiding the censors because censors are mean and carry big, painful sticks! Ouch.
Need proof? Pop into any of the shows scheduled this week or the reruns from last; watch how deftly (or not) our intrepid streamers react to curse-creating incidents. Hope as they might, nothing can go smoothly all the time... or for the very unlucky, at all! A perfect demonstration of this is highlighted in our newest section, a place devoted to showcasing a stream of the week. Catch MJ's colorful repurposing of the English language first-hand in Highlight Reels, then offer your most creative expression in the Outtakes.
5:00 p.m. EDT: Dinostorm -- Beau
Beau is going to mount his giant reptile and ride off into the sunset in the hopes of hunting down some other dinosaurs in this dinosaurriffic MMO. Did he mention dinosaurs?
7:00 p.m. EDT: EVE Online -- Mike
It's a new month! Time for another cannonball run into the depths of nullsec in the hopes of meeting a glorious, explosified death.
12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. EDT: Star Wars: The Old Republic -- Larry
Rise of the Hutt Cartel early access starts today! Join Larry as he loads up SWTOR as soon as the servers come on, and experience Makeb alongside his Sith Marauder.
5:00 p.m. EDT: Villagers and Heroes -- Beau
Beau loves the game that used to be called A Mystical Land, so he's decided to visit it again, this time with some developer help. Join him and ask some questions in the chat room!
8:00 p.m. EDT: Free Realms -- Larry
We had a last-minute replacement (Larry's 7-year-old son) last week, so this week, Larry and his daughter will continue their adventures through Free Realms. Come join us for Family MMO Night!
9:00 p.m. EDT: EverQuest II -- MJ
Feel the fury of the, well, Fury! Watch as MJ continues her adventures as a max-level DPS/healing hybrid. With Chronomentoring, there's no where she can't go, no place she can't explore, no trouble she can't get herself in!
5:00 p.m. EDT: Champions Online -- Beau
Beau is giving Champions Online another chance to wow him. Will it work? It's possible, but then it's also possible that he'll get stuck on character creation.
6:00 p.m. EDT: Age of Wushu -- MJ
It's launch day! Join MJ as she jumps back into this open sandbox and explores the changes.
7:00 p.m. EDT: World of Tanks -- Mike
World of Tanks makes its glorious, armor-clad return to the livestream line-up. Tune in as Mike crushes cars, fells trees, and fails to help his team earn victory.
8:00 p.m. EDT: DC Universe Online -- MJ
Has MJ shanghaied a dev? It sure looks like it! If you've ever wanted to peek inside the lairs of the man behind the lairs, join MJ for this special stream. Jens Andersen will be giving a tour of his various private abodes and dispensing tips for tricking out your space as a truly epic battleground!
10:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. EDT: Guild Wars 2 -- Richie
Where can you go to find over-sized frog royalty, bauble-filled honeycomb, and tornadoes made out of bunnies? The Super Adventure Box in Guild Wars 2, of course! Join Richie to see the new 8-bit content that everyone has been talking about.
8:00 p.m. EDT: The Secret World -- MJ
Forget that meanie Tyler Freeborn; this time MJ will stick to the plan of completing missions in Blue Mountain. Success will be hers! Or maybe at least fewer deaths?
9:00 p.m. EDT: Aion -- MJ
It's time for MJ to stretch her wings again -- literally. Will she jump into a dungeon or even (gasp!) level? She'll have to soon with 4.0 a-coming! Come join her in Atreia for an hour of high-flying fun while anticipating Dark Betrayal.
What? No Friday streams? I guess you'll just have to actually go to work!
Ahh, the glories of a weekend day with nothing planned... oh, you mean you have a list of spring chores to do that's a mile long? Well, at least you can't blame The Stream Team for distracting you from them this day. Of course, if you settle in for some reruns...
2:00 p.m. EDT: SMITE -- Blake
Lunchtime Livecasts are never better than when they are enjoyed on the weekend, and Blake is back to deliver another hour show filled with MOBA goodness on Sunday.
6:00 p.m. EDT: World of Warcraft -- Dylan
Join Dylan in this epic return to Azeroth! The Horde vs. Alliance has never been so real as GGraves plays his first Alliance toon since Burning Crusade. What are these eagles people are riding? Why is everyone so happy? Why are they not asking for gear score when creating public groups? I don't know the answer to these questions, but luckily there are only about 70 levels between Massively and the truth.
8:00 p.m. EDT: DotA 2 -- Dylan
Battle to the death for honor and glory (and loot) with GGraves in this Massively fan favorite, DotA 2. Today we will impress our teammates with our clear display of skill by randoming or playing restrictive game modes. Join Dylan online to jump into the slugfest. See you where the creeps meet and the river runs red with the blood of poor sportsmanship.
One of the great things about reruns is that they are captured forever! There's no going back, and there's no denying what happened; it's all there in technicolor and 720p resolution. OK, not always with the 720p, but still. Want to rewatch some of the great blooper moments, or maybe share them with a friend who missed out the first time around? No longer must you be cheated by "You had to be there." We've got them all right here.
- EVE Online: The poor New Eden residents dealt with Mike the space pirate.
- EverQuest II: Arasai MJ collected jokes from a pirate hideout to get a magical color-changing mount.
- Free Realms: Larry's son got a turn at showing dad up on family MMO night.
- Fruity Loops Studio: Dylan pulled an April Fools' Day prank.
- Guild Wars: The Charr of the Northlands were no match for Lis.
- Guild Wars 2: Lis sought tomfoolery; Richie focused on an alt.
- Heroes of Newerth: Dylan participated in the 5v5 slugfest.
- RaiderZ: Beau explored the new expansion.
- RIFT: It was the final two hours of Psykopig taking on rifts.
- Scarlet Blade: Grouping was more enjoyable that Beau expected.
- Second Life: A little sightseeing occupied Beau as he toured the virtual world.
- SMITE: Apollo strummed his tunes in Blake's Lunchtime Livecast #58, while Bakasura took center stage in #59.
- SWTOR: PvP was the order of the day for Larry and crew.
- The Secret World: In the battle of Norma vs. MJ, MJ learned to never underestimate filth-infused old broad with a shotgun.
- World of Warcraft: How many PUGs can Jasmine survive?
A new section we're introducing this week is the Highlight Reel. While Outtakes is the place to go for occasional blooper reels along with polls, questions, and other interactive stuff, here is where you'll have instant access to a stream (or two) from the previous week that caught our fancy for one reason or another.
For the inaugural reel, we shined the spotlight on the stream that inspired this week's theme. Watch as one Stream Teamer reinvents a whole new vocabulary.
You know it's possible, but have you ever participated? Have you ever said something in extreme frustration that wasn't a classic swear word but was something totally random and otherwise benign instead? One anonymous Massively streamer admitted to writing a unique curse into a play when just a wee little one. (The phrase was "Mamma kill a cockroach!" -- we kid you not.) We dare you to beat that one! Feel free to share as long as it is kept clean.
|I'm not afraid to admit I put sailors to shame with my language. There's a reason they made push-to-talk keys.||14 (50.0%)|
|I try to express myself creatively and avoid the foulest of language.||11 (39.3%)|
|I could write a book on all the alternative phrases I've coined... any publishers here?||1 (3.6%)|
|I've never uttered a single word in anger, either foul or fair. And yes, I really DO play MMOs!||2 (7.1%)|
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.