Author Archives: Julien

Modern Warfare 2 – Stop Feeding the Hype Machine

Guest poster Julien chimes in on the eve of Modern Warfare 2.  Enjoy! (Disclaimer – The opinions in this post do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Channel Massive or their sponsors…blah, blah, blah.) A mere few hours remain until the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and the hype build-up around this [...]

Not-So-Massive-Blog-O-Steria: Turbine Drops the Ball

This past week has seen the release of the new free content for Lord of the Rings Online. Entitled, Book 8: The Scourge of Khazad-Dum, this update brings several new instances and one new raid to the game, as well as revamping the earlier content (in the 15-22 level range). That’s all great right? Well… [...]

Massive Formulas: That Blizzard is On Fire!

Author’s Note: So, it’s been just a little over a month since my last Massive Formulas blog, but, as promised, here is the second one. This one focuses on Blizzard’s launch of the most successful MMO property to date. And to clarify: by success I mean a financial success, because in our hearts the MMO [...]

The Soundtrack of MMOs

There’s something most gamers probably don’t think about when playing a MMO, and that is musical score. This is mainly due to the fact that, despite being pretty good, very few MMOs have great soundtracks that will get you blood pumping like the music from Gears of War 2 or Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The [...]

Massive Formulas: Spin that Turbine ’til it’s clean.

Author’s Note: After the failure of Age of Conan, Tabula Rasa, and Hellgate: London I decided to take a look at some of the successful MMOs we are playing today and see what went right. I’ll also take a look at some of the failures and see what went wrong. This actually takes a lot [...]

More video game regulations to come?

We wanted change?  Well it’s coming, and it’s coming fast.  Democrat Joe Baca of the House of Representatives has proposed a new piece of federal legislation known as the “Video Game Health Labeling Act of 2009″.  Since this piece of legislation is federal, it means if this thing passes we can expect nationally and not [...]

Whining about whiners

Mines of Moria has been out just under a month and the experience has been great for me, but not for all.  The forum trolls have returned with a vengeance and it seems this also relates to the Halloween zombie event of WoW.  Basically, a lot more pop culture references have been popping up in [...]

Listener Review — LOTRO: Mines of Moria

Julien (one of our long time listeners) has busted out a brief review of the upcoming Lord of Rings Online: Mines of Moria expansion.  Does he think it’s precioussssss?  Or does he think that it stinks like nasty hobbitsesss? Read more to find out! ***The following review does not necessarily reflect the views of Channel [...]

THQ announces Warhammer Online!

No, I’m not talking about Warhammer: Age of Reckoning.  Earlier this year THQ announced that they would be working on a new MMO in the Warhammer 40,000 universe.  Now, I’m not exactly sure what Games Workshop was thinking in terms of setting up competition for its other Warhammer game, but perhaps its a kind of “MMO [...]

Crime Craft: Screw CSI, lets just blow things up!

                                           Crime Craft was supposed to be the CSI MMO. The MMO where you could finally be like Horatio Cane from CSI:Miami….. But NO! Vogster Entertainment said earlier this month that they were scrapping the good guys and that Crime Craft would be gang versus gang, open street warfare. Ok, on the bright side Mark’s [...]

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