Backtrack: Warframe (The Archwing Update)

Original Review: Episode 45

Black Gold (Episode 69)

Sidequest: Royal Quest

Trove (Episode 68)

Sidebar: The Demise of Transformers Universe

Open Beta Tester Event: Trove

For those of you who missed the end of the Dead Island Epidemic video, we are running another Open Beta Tester Event, similar to what we did with ArcheAge.

For those not aware on how this works, an “Open Beta Tester Event” is when I offer up the “Beta Tester” Patreon Perk to all players who join the Grindstone community, (registering at the boards, and joining the Raidcall.)

As a “Beta Tester”,  you will gain access to the scripting process via a Google Doc that can be commented on, and added to. For example, say you’re playing the game being reviewed, and you see the script says something that’s not correct, (Like it reads “You can’t group with enemy players.” when you can group with them under certain conditions.) you can add a comment to that line and update the information to discuss it. You can also add your own personal experiences with the community, or just sit idly by as the notes and script appear so you’ll know what’s being said about the game before the video is ever released.

For those who wish to join us, head to this thread on the forums, and remember that unless you’re registered to the board, you won’t be able to view it. In this thread you’ll find all the info you need to join us, as well as a link to the Google Doc so you can join the event proper!

http://mmogrinder.boards.net/thread/269/open-beta-tester-event-trove

The MMO Grinder 2014 Year In Review

Hey remember how in the past two years I put together a subjective list of meaningless MMO accolades and derision that ended up causing more internet arguments than debate and discussion?

Why not do this again! This past year had a lot of major changes. I dropped Blip for Youtube, something I thought I would never do. I ended up opening a Patreon campaign, which I was honestly expecting (and in the back of my mind, am STILL expecting) to go nowhere, despite reaching three goals within a few months. I was really bad about keeping up this year, considering both January and March went without any full episodes. Finally, this was the year we finally made Grindstone into an actual thing, rather than just a dozen regulars jumping into whatever game I was reviewing, going as far to get us an official logo now.

DISCLAIMER: The following statements are not based on any sort of fact. This is an onslaught of pointless opinions, observations, and anecdotal evidence, based solely on the concept that people really seem to dig this kind of crap at the end of every calendar year. I don’t get it either.

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Dead Island: Epidemic (Episode 67)

Sidequest: Chaos Heroes Online

Shall we go on? Transformers Universe Episode

For many reasons, I don’t normally reveal the next episode, but this is kind of important.

Slated for the last episode of the year was going to be a Browser-Based with Optional Client Download title of “Transformers Universe” which I looked at previously in a sidequest episode. Since the game was constantly going under changes, I delayed looking at it as a full episode until it seemed like it would settle into a groove and build from there.

Note that when I gave my clue in the ZMR episode, I stated that the game I was looking at was starting to worry me. Yes, it was Transformers Universe and my reasons were as follows.
My first login to the game in a while was immediately met with someone asking me why I was logged in, and proclaiming the game as “dead”. I’ve see it before, though. A lot of times when a game is new, or makes a change, people get upset, and make a big stink about how they will never play again, offering up grand announcement forum posts as if their personal investment in the game was a load bearing beam in which the game solely rests upon. I’ve seen it happen in SMITE, FFS, and look where that game has headed.
However, when looking over the forums and announcements, I noticed that it had been a month since there was an update. That’s nothing major, as Funcom has gone months without posting news letters on occasion, but it was the fact that checking back the next month still had nothing. Also, the last thing that was posted announced that “something big was coming” (which ended up as a community meme of sorts) and that they would reveal that answer in two weeks from that post. That now three month old post.

And instead, this is the announcement we got today: http://www.transformersuniverse.com/en/news/2014/12/important-tu-announcement-161214

Yep. The game is being shut down on January 31st.

So my question is… should I still bother? The due date for the episode was the 29th, so I have PLENTY of time to find another one, but there was a lot of people looking forward to doing this as well. Knowing that the game will be completely gone in a month after the episode airs seems disheartening, and of course, renders the whole point of my show moot. It’s one thing to have a game suddenly announce it’s shutting down after I’ve made an episode on it. It’s a whole other thing when I KNOW the game is shutting down, and when, before I start to make an episode on it.

Let me know how you feel, as you’re the key audience here. Would you like to see a comprehensive guide on the game that you’ll only have a month to play, or should that time be spent looking at something less doomed?

THIS POLL IS NOW CLOSED. ALTHOUGH WE WILL NOT BE LOOKING AT TRANSFORMERS UNIVERSE AS A FULL EPISODE, I WILL BE DOING SOMETHING WITH IT.

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