For my final post of this “look back at gaming, blogging, and podcasting in 2019” week here at Bio Break, I wanted to share what I’ve been up to over at Massively Overpowered. Counting both the old and new sites, I’ve been writing for Massively for a full decade now. This was the first full year where I scaled back on news writing due to my main job taking up more time, although I was still pretty active in special projects elsewhere.
I also clocked another full year of doing the Massively OP Podcast with my co-host and editor Bree, which means that I’ve done something like 500 to 600 of these shows to date. Which is so very weird if I think about it for too long. Probably the highlight of the podcasting year was when we did a special City of Heroes secret server exposé show that helped get the game revived for real. In a very small way, I played a part in reviving an MMORPG, and that does make me happy.
So let’s talk columns now. I traded duties on two columns with MOP’s Eliot: Perfect Ten (a top 10 list) and Into the Super-verse (a superhero MMO column). On my own I handled Jukebox Heroes (MMO music reviewed), One Shots (community game screenshots), LOTRO Legendarium (the Lord of the Rings Online column), and Global Chat (curated MMO blogger quotes).
Pieces I’m particularly satisfied with from 2019 include the following:
- Jukebox Heroes: The 10 greatest MMO soundtracks of all time (as voted by you)
- Remembering the life and work of legendary MMO designer Brad ‘Aradune’ McQuaid
- The Game Archaeologist: Sierra’s Fates of Twinion and Ruins of Cawdor
- The Game Archaeologist: The day Dungeons and Dragons Online dropped the free-to-play bomb
- Into the Super-verse: Ship of Heroes’ character creator is bare-bones yet still engaging
- Into the Super-verse: A possible glimpse into City of Heroes 2
- Into the Super-verse: Why didn’t Champions Online do better?
- Into the Super-verse: Getting to know City of Heroes all over again
- LOTRO Legendarium: Lord of the Rings Online’s prettiest and ugliest places
- LOTRO Legendarium: A timeline of Lord of the Rings Online from 1994 to 2019
- LOTRO Legendarium: How LOTRO does Lord of the Rings justice
- LOTRO Legendarium: Is Moria amazing – or agonizing?
Special shout-out to my excellent colleagues at Massively OP, who genuinely care about these games and the effort to get our readers the best and most entertaining information. Our staff got a lot bigger this year and I’m proud to be a part of this team.