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The Stream Team: Heat wave edition, July 22 - 28, 2013

MJ Guthrie

What's hotter than standing in the way of a fire-breathing dragon's sneeze? Right now, my town! I didn't want to turn the stove on last night and chance my place spontaneously combusting from the extra heat, so I went outside and fried up an omelet on the sidewalk. I had to be quick about it, too, so it didn't burn!

Now I can understand that some people actually like the sun, but when your shoes melt between the house and the car, you know it's time to stay indoors for a bit. So that's what I am going to do. Instead of going back out in that insanity some call summer, I am just going to sit back and enjoy some cool Stream Team shows on Massively TV this week. Care to join me?

7:00 p.m. EDT: EVE Online -- Mike
Mike explores the new-player experience in EVE Online by starting a brand-new character and walking through the early tutorials. Space!

3:00 p.m. EDT: Guild Wars 2 -- Jasmine
Join Jasmine as she excitedly picks up her sword and skill points and heads off to experience Tyria for the first time on full graphics settings!

5:00 p.m. EDT: Mabinogi -- Beau
Join Beau and Mabinogi CM Sabina as they chat while Beau works his way through episode four of the Saga: Iria. Yes, Beau will be popping Nao stones like candy.

8:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m. EDT: EverQuest II -- MJ
Darkness Dawns launches today, and MJ is is going to dive in and show you what's new in the old dungeons.

12:00 p.m. EDT: SMITE -- Blake
Your Lunchtime Livecast comes to you a little early this week, and Blake is back to midweek SMITE-ing in #72. This time, he reaps the whirlwind after calling down the thunder with Thor.

7:00 p.m. EDT: World of Warcraft -- Mike
Mike hops back onto his Shaman shoes so he can crash around Pandaria and heal some horribly inept party members. Hilarity ensues.

8:00 p.m. EDT: Aion -- MJ
What will the solo dungeon Haramel be like for a Songweaver? MJ aims to find out this week!

9:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m. EDT: Star Wars: The Old Republic -- Larry
The SWTOR raid team is back on track with a new healer. She is mostly geared up, so it's time to tackle hard-modes again!

3:00 p.m. EDT: World of Warcraft -- Jasmine
Jasmine fights the DPS queue boss while continuing on her quest to become a pet battle master.

8:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m. EDT: The Secret World -- MJ
It's been a while since MJ has tackled a dungeon, so tune in for a trip into some dream/nightmare-scape or another. Better yet, be brave and join her!

7:00 p.m. EDT: World of Tanks -- Mike
Mike hops in his trusty armored war machine and seeks to wreak destruction on all in his path. Assuming he can remember how to make the thing go.

No streams? Then maybe you can find a local one to cool off in. A lake, river, or even community pool could do in a pinch, too.

2:00 p.m. EDT: Darkfall -- Dylan
Looking for a fight and barely wielding an axe, Dylan is diving into Darkfall Unholy Wars. Nothing starts a Sunday off like a soothing mountain walk atop a glorious Death Pig.

3:00 p.m. EDT: Awesomenauts -- Dylan
The side-scrolling bloodbath couldn't be more rewarding with Dylan and Awesomenauts. Join him as he levels up a profile and unlocks achievements in this fast-paced combat game.

By far, the best way to beat the sweltering heat is to completely shun that thing called "outdoors." All the cool kids will be inside, catching up on last week's Stream Team adventures while sipping a cold, refreshing drink. You do want to be a cool kid, right?

Highlight Reel
Heat can make people do strange things. And one of those strange things is making a brand-new character and starting over in a game, which is exactly what happened in this week's highlight:

Join this Stream Team member as she experiences life from the perspective of a newly made Warlock.

Air conditioning is really my only answer to a blistering heat wave; my computer and I camp out right in front of the unit and hoard all the frosty air for ourselves. But interestingly, I also found that I was gravitating more toward zones in games that were covered in snow and ice. A subconscious attempt at put myself in a cooler frame of mind, perhaps? Whether it worked or not, I cannot say, but it certainly didn't hurt any.

The subconscious can be interesting indeed, leading us about and making decisions without us even really thinking about them. How about you, Massively readers -- have you ever noticed that your gaming (or game, for that matter) has been influenced by external cues like the weather without any conscious thought on your part?%Poll-83617%
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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