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The Stream Team: Change is good edition, January 21 - 27, 2013

MJ Guthrie

Change is good. Especially when it's lots of change... like in the $100 bill variety. Of course, I'm talking coinage there, not alterations in life. When life changes too much, it can really throw us for a loop. Though come to think of it, is that such a bad thing? Watching your favorite Stream Team members doing loopty loops would be pretty dang entertaining!

A few things in my life have been on the path to change lately -- some abrupt, some gradual. Even here at Massively we've had recent changes (new streamer and cool behind-the-scenes programming goodies FTW!). And Massively TV is all about change, bringing you new shows to enjoy each week! In that light, I'm willing to accept that the whole change-is-good mantra isn't all bad.

Want to experience a bit of change yourself? Then check out your favorite games played by your favorite streamers after the cut, and be sure to let us know who you'd like to see team up for more two-hour blocks of Massively mayhem.

5:00 p.m. EST: Star Sonata -- Beau
Join Beau as he gives Star Sonata a second chance at coverage after he messed up the first one! Like space? Like ships? Then check this Rise and Shiny stream out!

7:00 p.m. EST: EVE Online -- Mike
It's time again for a mining op, as Mike loads up his Hulk and heads out into the black to gather some precious, precious ore. Can he survive?

10:00 p.m. EST: StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm -- GGraves
Nuclear Patch Detected! Join GGraves for another look at the RTS legend, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. Even more additions have been made to the game with buffs (and nerfs) to all three races. Tune in as he plays some Random 2v2 matches to get a feel for all of the changes and to have some fun with team play content.

3:00 p.m. EST: World of Warcraft -- Jasmine
Continuing from last week, Jasmine takes her hunter further into the depths of Pandaria. Join Jasmine and her faithful pet Susan as they battle for truth and justice... or gold. Probably gold. Okay, it's gold.

5:00 p.m. EST: WarMage Battlegrounds -- Beau
Join Beau as he attempts to conquer his enemies in this excellent, browser-based, turn-based, army-based, magic-based multiplayer game. If you like tabletop gaming, you might enjoy this one!

9:00 p.m. EST: EverQuest II -- MJ
There is so much still to see in the Ethemere, so join MJ this EverQuest Two-sday as she continues to send her Fury on adventures in the afterlife.

3:00 p.m. EST: Age of Wushu -- Jasmine
Get a peek into this closed beta as Jasmine ruthlessly jostles NPCs and snickers about it. Take a look at character creation, the starting area, and Wushu's vibrant graphics.

6:00 p.m. EST: The Secret World -- MJ
It's El Dorado or bust! MJ made it into two of the three PvP battlegrounds last week (and didn't even fare too badly!), and now she wants in that final one. She's never actually seen El Dorado before... could it be real, or is it only legend? Can she make it to the city of gold? Watch and see!

7:00 p.m. EST: Wizardry Online -- Mike
Permadeath? Open PvP? What dangers lie in store for Mike as he again leaps into the world of Wizardry Online? Hint: Mostly the permadeath thing.

8:00 p.m. EST: Vanguard -- MJ
Per request, MJ is high-tailing it back to Telon! And now is a great time to delve in; with all the race and class restrictions gone, you can join her. What adventures await depends on how brave you are.

9:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m. EST: SWTOR -- Larry
It's raid night again, and Larry's raid team is looking to make a real impact on hard mode Explosive Conflict. Tune in to find out whether Zorn and Toth will fall -- and maybe Firebrand and Stormcaller too.

7:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. EST: Guild Wars 2 -- MJ & Lis
Whether out of some maniacal glee or just to laugh at her low level antics, you requested that MJ give GW2 another go. Luckily, Lis will be there to help this time! Join the duo as they team up in another two-hours of foibles, follies, and fun!

10:00 p.m. & 11:00 p.m.EST: Guild Wars 2 -- Richie
Once again, Richie will delve into the dangerous world of Tyria with his trusty friends seeking adventure, fame, and fortune. Join him for this two-hour Guild Wars 2 stream and count the number of bad accents he performs.

5:00 p.m. EST: Nadirim -- Beau
If you enjoy the great expanding sands of deserts of the past, you will probably find this browser-based game interesting. Although Nadirim has been out for a while, it's time for Beau to check back in and see what's happening in it!

11:00 a.m. EST: SMITE -- Blake
Blake is back for another weekend edition of the Lunchtime Livecast. This weekend? More SMITE in show #51, including all your latest news, patch notes, and analysis for the latest game changes.

10:00 p.m. EST: SWTOR -- Dylan
Arm yourself for battle as we revisit Star Wars: The Old Republic's warzones! With upload speeds as fast as a speeder on the Forest Moon of Endor, he'll crush Imperial scum for your viewing pleasure. In the unlikely (or likely) chance of an Imperial uprising and victory, please send flowers to his family in Anchorhead.

I'll certainly admit that not all change is good. You might even be one who resists change. If that's the case, watching some reruns is definitely right up your alley! After all, there won't be any chance to surprise you in a show you've already seen.

Here's a handy round of applause for those of you who were willing to try something new by playing last week's inaugural "Pin the Quote on the Streamer" game. See, that wasn't so painful, now was it? And congratulations to the five who correctly attributed the line to Mike!

We at Massively also embrace change. No, really. I mean, look at the industry we work in; things can change on a dime (RIP SWG, CoH, et al.). We have to be accepting of change. So since we can't beat change -- over the head with a hefty club, repeatedly -- join it. With this in mind, we're asking who ought to team up for double the Massively streaming goodness. Which games would you like to see the dynamic duo in? Add your ideas in the comments below!

We make no promises on the execution of your wishes, but we'll certainly try to give your match-ups a go. So tell us the who and the where, and we'll get back to you with a when!

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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