Maybe you were in a part of the country that didn't turn people into popsicles this past week; if so, count yourself lucky. Many of us couldn't leave our houses and were forced to game furiously to keep warm! Wait... maybe we were actually the lucky ones! Either way, we accepted our lot -- as trying as it was -- and found additional ways to add to our warmth. Did you know that good, hearty belly laughs at the antics of the The Stream Team can raise your core temperature? It's true! So if you find yourself needing to stay warm this week, tune into Massively TV and test it out for yourself.
4:00 p.m. EST: Myst Online: Uru Live -- Beau
Join Beau as he dives into the very mysterious online world of Myst. If you think you have what it takes to solve puzzles, come join him in the chat room. Seriously... some of the puzzles in this MMO puzzler are really hard!
7:00 p.m. EST: DotA 2 -- Mike
Mike's favorite game of 2013 is DotA 2, mostly because of its immense depth and rich meta. Tune in as he faces off with strangers from around the globe in a battle for gold/XP superiority.
3:00 p.m. EST: Final Fantasy XIV -- Jasmine
Patch 2.1 added a random dungeon feature with the "duty roulette" system, offering daily bonuses for queuing up to help out folks your level and below. Join Jasmine as she shows off the ins and outs of Final Fantasy XIV's duty roulette system!
7:00 p.m. EST: Super Hero Squad Online -- Larry
The developers of Marvel's Super Hero Squad Online join Larry and his eight-year-old son to discuss the coming year. Watch and listen to find out how everyone will Hero Up in 2014!
9:00 p.m. EST: EverQuest II -- MJ
With so many Advanced Solo Dungeons throughout Norrath, there is certainly a variety to choose from. And MJ is going to pay one (or more!) a visit.
9:00 p.m. EST: Star Wars: The Old Republic -- Larry
SWTOR's Dread Fortress hard-mode operation takes heavy coordination and timing. Not all raid groups have this; some have to work harder to gain that balance. Where does this raid group fall? Or do they just have the natural talent to breeze through this raid night?
10:00 a.m. EST: WildStar -- Richie
Richie's Draken Stalker is level 8 now, and he's tearing up the zone of Deradune in search of those scrappy Exile scum. Catch his WildStar beta show to watch the skulduggery unfold live.
3:00 p.m. EST: RIFT -- Jasmine
Join Jasmine as she takes you through instant adventures, one of RIFT's most efficient ways to level!
9:00 p.m. EST: The Secret World -- MJ
MJ and her team couldn't get through the waves of Filth that attacked near the end of the last lair, so she's up for giving it another go. The Filth must be scrubbed away!
6:00 p.m. EST: Guild Wars 2 -- Mike
Mike was seduced by Guild Wars 2 just a few months ago but has let his character gather dust due to new games and new challenges. Join him as he renews his vows with ArenaNet's beautiful fantasy MMO.
7:30 p.m. EST: StarCraft II -- Mike
Mike is taking a newbie's-eye view of Blizzard's massively popular RTS, and there's no better way to do so than live on stream for an audience that is way better at the game than he is. Hang out with Mike as he finally learns why people care so much about pylons.
12:00 p.m. EST: Vanguard -- MJ
After a very successful run in Drahknarg, MJ is prepared to dive into the High Elves' beginning dungeon in Leth Nurae.
Best way to stay warm? Stay under your covers all day!
Need a larger sample to test out the laughter = warmth theory? Check out these reruns during your own controlled conditions, like when and where you view them!
- Allods Online: It was Mike's farewell CMA show.
- Brain Storm: Beau wracked his brain in this puzzle game.
- EverQuest II: With Frostfell ending, MJ finished up by fighting a horde of gingerbread men.
- FFXIV: Jasmine went dungeon-diving in Halatali.
- LotRO: After a successful skirmish, MJ made a circuit of festival quests.
- SWTOR: Larry and the raid team weathered hard-mode.
- TERA: Mike gorged himself on quests to stockpile XP.
- The Secret World: The Savage Coast's lair turned out to be quite savage to MJ and crew.
- Vanguard: MJ shadowed a Rogue through Bloodhowler's Cave on the latest Dungeon Tour.
- WildStar: After suffering through unexpected server downtime, Richie was able to get more beta time in.
- World of Warcraft: Mike sought the ultimate group.
This week's question is an easy one: Do you like the cold? At least one Massively staffer revels in it, but we totally think she's an anomaly.
|I LOVE the cold! I could happily live in Alaska, or even Antarctica.||12 (52.2%)|
|Not too warm and not too cold: I like the temperature to be just right!||6 (26.1%)|
|The warmer the better! A desert is just a beach without an ocean.||1 (4.3%)|
|I have no idea what "weather" is -- I stay inside at my PC gaming!||4 (17.4%)|
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.