With all the talk about bashing stuff lately, I can't help but envision a certain prehistoric child going around whacking everything with a club, "Bam! Bam! Bam!" Of course, who can blame the little tyke? There are definitely times in game that we've all wanted to swing a cudgel or two, be it a nerf design or a just-quitcher-whining bat.
Destructive tendencies can even be harbored in the gentle hearts of your favorite Stream Team hosts. A number of you can surely attest to that. Need proof? Just watch Massively TV and see for yourself. Warning: You may start to feel sympathy for those poor mobs...
5:00 p.m. EDT: Arcane Saga -- Beau
Beau is jumping into this redo of Prius Online to see just how things might have changed... or not. Come join in the chat room to throw him some questions!
7:00 p.m. EDT: EVE Online -- Mike
Mike is exploring again, this time in high-security space where he might actually be able to accomplish something without certain viewers blowing up his ship. Jerks!
9:00 a.m. EDT: RIFT -- Psykopig
A slight interweb glitch prevented the Pig from doing his RIFT show last week, but that won't stop him this time! He's back in RIFT to take on all the F2P newness that is going down in RIFT-town!
3:00 p.m. EDT: RIFT -- Jasmine
With the Defiant starting zone successfully conquered, it's on to Freemarch! Time to close those rifts and get that XP.
5:00 p.m. EDT: The West -- Beau
Join Beau as he shows off one of his favorite browser-based MMOs, The West by Innogames. It's an unusual MMO based in the history of the United States, but its sandbox gameplay and simple yet effective graphics might just convince you that it rules.
9:00 p.m. EDT: EverQuest II -- MJ
It's the triumphant return of EverQuestTwo-sday! Join MJ as she reintroduces herself to Norrath after a week away. Will she recognize the place?
9:00 a.m. EDT: RIFT -- Psykopig RIFT action is on the menu with a side of Pig! Or bacon... or ham... RIFT time! Join in as Psykopig checks out more of RIFT in its new F2P state.
5:00 p.m. EDT: EverQuest -- Beau
Join Beau and members of the EverQuest development team as they work their way through one of the great MMOs -- no, one of the great games in general -- battling monsters and finding adventure. Just prepare to see Beau die.
7:00 p.m. EDT: Firefall -- Mike
Mike's first Choose My Adventure Live involves some early Firefall content and the introduction of a character created by the Massively community. Get ready for splosions!
8:00 p.m. EDT: Aion -- MJ
There's only one last week before the new lands and classes open up, so MJ is going in the field after visiting the medics in the Code Red event.
8:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m. EDT: Darkfall -- MJ
With her CMA over, MJ's switching things up to be a Primalist. But one week of vacation may have made her rusty. Come see how she fares in her true calling as a healer.
10:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. EDT: Guild Wars 2 -- Richie
Level 39 Human Elementalist seeks group of adventurers to explore Tyria, defeat nefarious creatures, and gain experience. Bring out your alts to the Blackgate server and run around with Richie for two hours of leveling fun in Guild Wars 2.
A good way to release that feeling of wanting to bash things is to, well, bash them! And a good place for that is in PvP, as the following highlight shows:
Watch as this Stream Team member joins with fellow smash-therapy participants and wields his staff in some action-packed PvP in Tyria.
Since we are on the subject of smashing, bashing, and otherwise treating things to the bat-treatment, let's move to the subject of bash-worthy NPCs. One that comes to mind of many a Massively staff is Sara Oakheart in Lord of the Rings Online. If there was ever one deserving of a throttling or a swift smack upside the head for a reality check, it's Sara.
So what about you? What NPC would you love to string up as a piñata and have at with a sturdy stick? Let us know in the comments below!
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