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The Stream Team: Heartbreak Hotel edition, February 11 - 17, 2013

MJ Guthrie

You knew this week was coming. Whether you dreaded it with the choking feeling of impending doom or blissfully looked forward to it with eyes brimming with anticipation, the cupid infestation is upon us! Regardless of your feelings (or ambivalence), there is no way to fully dodge the trappings of this heart-studded season. But all is not lost: Even if there is no escape, there can be distraction! That's where The Stream Team comes in.

Forget about love, promises, chocolate, and heartbreak (OK, maybe not chocolate) by watching your favorite games played by your favorite hosts on Massively TV. Heck you can even join them in-game. And remember, whatever else happens this week, there are candy conversation hearts and The Stream Team!

5:00 p.m. EST: Akaneiro -- Beau
Beau is going to check out Akaneiro, a new browser and client-based MMO by Spicy Games. It has a unique art style and action-based combat. Is it just another Diablo clone? We'll see.

7:00 p.m. EST: EVE Online -- Mike
Mike fires up the Drake and runs a few missions in this week's EVE stream. We're up to Tier III's now -- Mike may very well meet a nasty end while running NPC errands.

10:00 p.m. EST: Heroes of Newerth -- Dylan
Join Dylan in more action-packed combat with Heroes of Newerth 3.0. We will take a look at the effect of the latest update on the 5v5 matchmaking scene, and there are certain to be big plays -- big plays all around, big plays for the Hellbourne, big plays for the Legion, big plays for the Massively fans.

5:00 p.m. EST: Innogames -- Beau
Join Beau as he interviews members of the Innogames team to discuss the publisher's philosophy, possible future developments, and current lineup!

9:00 p.m. EST: EverQuest II -- MJ
After a week's break, MJ doesn't care what she does -- she just wants to play! Join her as she dives into some random adventure this EverQuest Two-sday. Chances are it will involve bows, arrows, and maybe Erollisi Marr.

7:00 a.m. EST: RIFT -- Psykopig
The RIFT adventure continues! Join in as Psykopig continues to unravel all the mysteries of huge giant openings in the sky!

7:00 p.m. EST: World of Warcraft -- Mike
Mike's affinity for PUGs is on full display this week as he dusts off his Shaman and heads out into the wilds of random dungeon matching. What could go wrong?

8:00 p.m. EST: World of Tanks -- MJ
This many be MJ's last chance to rumble across the terrain in the high-level tanks, so she's taking advantage of it. Come join her and help decimate the landscape -- er, enemies.

9:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m. EST: SWTOR -- Larry
After a brief hiatus, Larry and the guild are back for raid night. Changes were made, and this will probably be the best-looking SWTOR stream on the internet! You've gotta see it to believe it.

7:00 a.m. EST: RIFT -- Psykopig
It's a weekly double slam of Pig's RIFT action. DO you have experience in RIFT? Tune in to help him out because he is still mega-new to the game.

3:00 p.m. EST: World of Warcraft -- Jasmine
Love is in the air! Or at least an abundance of tacky decorations. Join Jasmine for a Valentine's Day stream as she explores the themed mushiness that WoW has to offer, plus some LFR action.

5:00 p.m. EST: Jagged Alliance Online -- Beau
This was one of Beau's favorite games when he first saw it at E3 years ago, so it's time to put it in a livestream. If turn-based strategy is your thing, check it out.

10:00 a.m. EST: Guild Wars 2 -- Richie
It's time for more alt leveling in Guild Wars 2! Join Richie as he runs through Kessex Hills on his level 18 Elementalist. Be a guest on the Blackgate server and smash through low-level content with him and the usual virtual army of viewers.

5:00 p.m. EST: Aion -- MJ
Since flying in the real world was such an exercise in futility last week, MJ desperately needs to get her fix in a better way -- with her own wings! Join her as she flits about Atreia. Maybe she will even find a group for the Nochsana Training Camp.

6:00 p.m. EST: DC Universe Online -- MJ
Travel snafus may have postponed the Home Turf tour, but they could not stop it. Join MJ as she pokes about through various lairs to see how people are decorating their new living spaces. If you want to see your place highlighted, contact MJ.

12:00 p.m. EST: SMITE - Blake
The Lunchtime Livecast is back on Saturday with show #53! Blake showed you Vulcan last time. Tune in to check out another playable god in SMITE's growing pantheon.

10:00 p.m. EST: Path of Exile -- Dylan
Freeze! We're going back into the deepest of dungeons to slay hordes of demons, undead, and large insects. Why freeze? Because GGraves plays an ice-focused Witch? Nope: It's because you might miss this great moment in Massively history as Gravespokks dings level 26.

Many games this week have celebrations that coincide with all the fluff of V-Day, from decorations to special events. That's all fine and dandy... if you are in the mood for it. Sometimes, however, you might not be. Luckily, here's a nice selection of shows without any of that... just in case you want to avoid it.

One place we gamers have really experienced true heartbreak is in the MMOs we play, whether by acts of omission or commission by the creators themselves. Maybe the deepest pain was felt when your favorite IP was crushed under the boot of artistic license. Maybe devs nerfed or removed your favorite feature, or maybe it was never there to begin with. Maybe your entire game was taken away. Or was never even built. Tell us, what's the biggest heartbreak you experienced in MMOs?

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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