WRUP: All of the sports edition

Sports! A surprising number of people who were shoved into lockers in high school like them anyway. They can be confusing, though, so here’s a quick guide to all of the sports. In America, the big ones are Muscular Men with Hats, Tall Men on Wood Floors, Helmet Men Hugging and Shouting, and Cold People Fighting with Sticks. Around the rest of the world, it’s also important to know about Running Men with Kicky Checkered Ball, and some places also like The Insect Game or Tiny Ball on a Too Big Lawn.

There are also people who want video games to be a sport, usually Warcraft III Mod With More Cheesecake or Warcraft III Mod With Other People’s Religions or Pixar’s Team Fortress 2. These people like to pretend that these are totally different from the sports they don’t like, usually Helmet Men Hugging and Shouting. It’s still all sports, though, so they’re the same thing.

All sports have the same basic structure. Everyone goes into the Sport Place, and then Excited Man and Laughing Man watch and tell people who are watching the sport game what is happening in the sport game. So, for example, one man will hit the ball in Muscular Men with Hats, and then Excited Man will shout that he hit the ball while Laughing Man agrees. Tell us about your favorite sports in the comments of this week’s What Are You Playing! Also what you’re playing this weekend.

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): I’ll probably do some Hearthstone on top of my usual Pokémon Go regiment. It’s probably counter-intuitive to my local scene’s metagame, but I want to evolve a bunch of Espeon and Umbreon, since I noticed a gap in my psychic attackers department and have found Umbreon a solid dark type (and the most awesome).

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Cleaning. I’m going to turn it into an MMO. The more I clean, the more my faction standing with next weekend’s guests increases! Nah, really I’ll probably be playing some Guild Wars 2 again, farming the Super Adventure Box a bit!

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): I’m slowly working through my second playthrough of Mass Effect: Andromeda between preparing for the next Final Fantasy XIV expansion and working on Black Desert. Also, I think the nearest Toys’R’Us has the Chaos on Velocitron box set? I need my Nautica.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I’m working doggedly to get my Legionfall reputation up in World of Warcraft to get flying once more, but this will depend on the invasion schedule. I have loads to do in Lord of the Rings Online’s new Wastes zone, and in the absence of The Secret World for the time being, I’m mulling over dipping into another MMO for some flavor. No idea what, however.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Pretty much all Mass Effect: Andromeda. I’m about 3/4 through the main content, 2/3 through total content (doing a lot of side travel), and grinding Bronze in MP until I feel I have that initial solid basis of progression (character, gear, levels) then I’ll see if I’ll progress to Silver later on while waiting for patches and content.

Its the biggest disappointment of a ME to me yet, but still enjoyable enough to me to keep me in the franchise. It really is like a ‘ME4’ that because of several circumstances, is more of a ‘Neo ME1’ that tries to emulate the better parts of ME2-ME3 but never hits the mark in that. If actually properly updated and with great newer content, sure it could be more in the quality range of the last couple games. A shame, but also a potential start of something better.

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thickenergy

Battlefield 1 on private hardcore servers (with full 200% bullet damage) and a little Atlas Reactor as I try to finish off the last chapter in Season 2.

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Helmet Men Hugging and Shouting 2017 releases on the Sega Box next week!

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nobleeinherjar

Pretty much Persona 5 most of the time. Kinda shopping around for an MMO at the moment .. which in my case means thinking of a handful I’d like to try out to see what sticks, but not doing the legwork to bother downloading/updating and hopping in.
Still making headway with Final Fantasy Tactics. I’m enjoying it a lot, though I’m looking forward to getting back to my true love, the Tactics Ogre/Ogre Battle series.

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Sorenthaz

Probably some Mass Effect Andromeda, ESO, Breath of the Wild, MUD stuff, and who knows what else.

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I’m playing Overwatch and Ghost Recon: Wildlands, and for the first time ever, Dwarf Fortress. I found an awesome tutorial here that includes a pre-made save file using the Lazy Newb Pack, and it really helped me. I didn’t finish before I started my own game, but once i figured out the basics, I could actually make sense of the game. I’m enjoying the hell out of it.

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Michael18

After a long break, I’m back in LOTRO. At first I was really enjoying it, mainly because the world building is still excellent (questing through Far Anórien, atm).

But then I got more and more frustrated, because
1. abysmal client performance. Lotro’s graphics performance was always poor, but the stuttering I have atm is insane. And laaag. And I’m not even using my war steed.
2. crashes. Within two hours the client froze my entire system twice, so that I had to turn it off by holding the power button pressed for a few secs. To avoid the crashes I began restarting the client on a regular basis. Helped with the crashes but not the overall performance.
3. broken progression. I entered my current questing area at exactly the correct level but soon became underlevelled. There are far too few quests (or not enough xp per quest).
4. quest design. They seem to have increased the amount of pointless running back and forth and added some blockers here and there (for example, 4-5 mobs guarding a quest item, and this in a solo quest). Together with 2. this means I’m pretty much stuck. I could grind skirmishes or buy xp boost, but nope.
5. many small bugs, like sun suddenly moving from day light to night in a matter of a few seconds; quests not advancing; npcs floating above ground.

idk, maybe I’m doing something wrong. I still love the game for all the great time I had in this world, but atm I can’t imagine questing through Mordor with the game being in this state.

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BalsBigBrother

Not sure what to suggest but hope you figure things and get to enjoy the game some :-)

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For MMOs, just a bit of GW2 and the super adventure box.
It’s fun and all, but I really dislike the tribulation mode and its “I wanna be the guy” approach to platforming. It’s just lame to die on invisible traps when you know where they are hidden… but still fuck up because collisions and MMOs is a dubious partnership at best.

Outside of that, I played The Witness.
And… this is maybe my biggest disappointment in gaming. I loved Braid, my favourite puzzle game ever, smart and always adding more to a simple concept beautifully executed.
But in The Witness… it’s polished, looks good, explains very well the mechanics and… then you realize that it’s all the mechanics that you’ll get for what, 15 hours?
Goddamn maze puzzles. It’s not very interesting to begin with, but it’s just more and more of them each time… some use the environment, so cool, look at rocks and shadow and stuff… and complete twenty or thirty copy paste maze puzzles in each zone.

I mean, what the fuck? Everything ingame is just small mazes served in batches of a dozen or more with the same gimmick… it activates a machine and you’re done with the zone. Next.
Only played for a few hours, and gave up. I watched the ending by curiosity… but no, they don’t explain what the fuck the island is, what were those statues or anything. There’s just no lore at all, it’s a mobile maze game sold for $40 (originally).
What a joke.
Without even talking about the “secret” ending which might be the worst “twist” (and that’s generous for such a stupid idea that I hadn’t seen since Super Mario 2) to ever appear in a commercial game.

At least I know not to bother with Jonathan Blow’s new games.

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Nick Smith

Lots of Elder Scrolls Online
a bit of Cloud Pirates
Some Trove
and some Atlas Reactor

But mainly, ESO. Double exp woohoo!

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Rees Racer

ESO 3rd anniversary festivities, of course. Still enjoying TERA quite a bit, although not certain the new Valkyrie class will be needed to replace my beloved Warrior for melee activities, or my favoured Gunner, presently.

Speaking of sport, and specifically the “Tiny Ball on a Too Big Lawn”, it is the weekend for The Masters, so despite to horrific hours it airs live here in the middle of the night, I’m watching whilst playing Winning Putt, which I’ve really grown to love.

The game now has an auction house, clubs to enchant, clothes and costumes to upgrade, and a remarkably acceptable/accurate physics system.

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Eliot, I love your rundown of sports! <3

I'll just be playing some GW2, even though all my guildies have been sucked into Super Adventure Box and I have not.

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I’m on my New Game+ playthrough of Mass Effect: Andromeda, too, Eliot! Here’s a pic of the Ryder twins on my SisRyder playthrough. And a pic of my BroRyder (different character from SisRyder playthrough) from New Game+. I love this game. LOVE it. If you’re on the fence about it, pull the trigger. The combat’s great, the story is engaging, the characters are distinct and fully fleshed out, and I’ve not had a problem with more than one or two bugs in either of my playthroughs.

Sniper rifles for the win!

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A Dad Supreme

Ice Cleaning and maintenance is a sport? Oh those crazy Canucks and Europeans!

More The Division this week focusing on Legendary missions. Won’t be any PC gameplay for about two months due to torn labrum repair surgery and a giant sling. One handed typing is not cool.

Fortunately, a PS4 controller fits so well so that’s the limit!

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zoward

Hope your labrum heals quickly!

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A Dad Supreme

Thsnks zoward. The nerve block was interesting to say the least!

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deekay_plus

my mom is out of town all week for eye surgery. the the surgery went well but i’m stuck here cooking my own dinners and shit. it’s weird.

anyways gaming wise just a little bit of wildlands and a toe dip of hots. which sundial pushed us into pvp in hots and i don’t care for it much at all.

this week’s video share is idk what becuase i haven’t looked at it since i pulled it together last weekend. that’s just how little i’ve gamed this week. but check it out anyway as it features music by gorillaz!

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McGuffn

Co-Op shuffleboard is the best shuffleboard.

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Xijit

Persona 5 …. AND IT IS GLORIOUS!

kinda sad to think back on how Atlus Online died / SMT Online was such a let down.

*tear* I miss Pandora Saga … That was the fist game I was introduced to C/O Beau Hundman’s Free For All column (which in turn is what got me hooked on reading Massively of old).

… Anyone else remember BigDownload?

*sigh* seems like a lifetime ago that, that site got shut down.

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Wolfyseyes

Gonna be derping about in Master X Master, poking things with a Lancer in TERA, and watching videos of Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator.

Sounds like a good weekend to me.

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hugmonster

Just finished Mass Effect Andromeda. It was great. And the end-credits song is really good. I’ll be playing the multiplayer for the rest of the weekend probably and next week I should be back in the MMOs I neglected over the past few weeks :)

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Nick Smith

Epic :)

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deekay_plus

i like her song running with the wolves! :D

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BalsBigBrother

Well the UK seems to enjoying its annual visit from the big orange UFO this weekend so I am exposing my naked milk bottle white legs to the world. Um once the police finish charging me for wilfully exposing my knobbly knees without due care and attention I expect some gaming may be had after I am released.

Probably Elite: Dangerous for the most part as this game has fully recaptured my attention again. I recently got the Tycoon ranking in the trading category though it isn’t something I am actively working to increase and it just came about from my playing the way I do.

The next rank up is the Elite one and if I keep doing what I am doing it seems trading will be my first Elite ranking in the game. For someone who generally hates even using an auction house in most mmos I am a bit surprised but hey space trucking seems to be my cup of tea.

I am still poking Lotro too and have nosed my way into the new zone. It is a lot bleaker than the previous one which I suppose is expected as Sauron is really know for his landscaping skills but I do rather miss the pretty lush green vistas.

Well that is me so I hope you all have a safe and fun gaming weekend o/

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BalsBigBrother

EDIT (sigh) : as Sauron is really not known …..

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Danny Smith

Getting 50-60 stuff for RDM in XIV and playing Persona 5 which might be the best jrpg since the ps2 era.

also replaying different routes in Night in the woods and oof, some stuff gets real dark that did not my first time through.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

Funny that I now watch more Dota 2 tourneys than any normal sport these days. My old favs have either been wussied up to the point where rules are now an arbitrary judgement call (NFL) or popularity has become more important that performance (UFC) and they took the ability to engineer changes during the season out of Formula 1 a few years ago.

Got 2 new “what passes for a MMO these days” things I tried this week:
1) Heroes of Dire (2nd image) – It is a multiplayer turn based combat game with many MMO-like/lite features (Guilds, an auction house, treasure finding – even getting to treasure someone else found the map for before they do, etc.) While the graphics are really basic (it has tablet versions), I love that I can have multiple characters work as a team – I currently have 3 teams of 3 for a total of 9 characters I can take into battle at a time and/or group with other players to battle enemies at the same time. It is FTP and on Steam if you want to check it out.

2) Shardbound (1st image) – From what I have seen so far take some HearthStone where the troops/heros are on a grided battlefield and can move around add in some guild quest features. It is in EA and currently has issues with ultrawide (21:9) views of the grids on some maps (this is why I have not played more of it.) , but the gameplay is pretty cool. Also FTP on Steam.

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mistressbrazen

My playing partner and I are going to run through as many of the missions as possible in Transylvania (TSW) in that quest for AP to get our museums to wherever we can get them before the game vanishes. We probably have 18months to 2 years after SWL is launched before it vanishes, but with the way FC is behaving we don’t want to take the risk that in 6 moths they will decide to cut off TSW ad our museums won’t be at least finished at the superior level. I probably will play one mission in SWTOR to try and recall how my skills work. Bah,who am I fooling, I will Google and read something about how the skills are supposed to work, and then I’ll do a mission.

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Rheem Octuris

You forgot Lost Men Drive Around in Circles, Two Men Hit Eachother, and People Rolling Balls Down Indoor Streets

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Bryan Correll

I’d call it “Men Drive Billboards in Circles.”

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zoward

After giving my son my gaming laptop after his aging desktop died, I’m back to playing after purchasing some memory and a new PSU for what was left of his old rig. Having gotten everything up and running, I’m now playing Lord of the Rings Online, Dungeons and Dragons Online, and I’ll probably install and dip into The Secret World over the weekend as well. Of course, I’ll drop all of that immediately on Tuesday when Planescape Torment Enhanced Edition arrives on GOG, after which you may not hear from me for a while :-P.

Beyond that, it’s time to start the process of saving up for a new rig. Have a great weekend everyone!

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wild-abyss

I’m finally into Mass Effect Andromeda and it may have been a mistake to play it immediately after ME3. I keep jumping into enemy fire trying to roll to new cover when that isn’t a thing anymore (?). I’m playing a biotic for the first time after three games of going sniper Shep and using actual abilities that aren’t just switching my ammo is feeling more hotbar-ish than I expected which means I forget them and end up accidentally firing my pistol instead of Singularity.

Aside from the mess of UX that is the Andromeda menu design, I am having a good time and don’t even miss MMOs just yet. That said, if I ever get picked for SWL beta, I would put ME aside so fast.

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wild-abyss

Missed opportunity to say, “We come in peace.”

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deekay_plus

i enjoyed biotic gameplay in me2 alot but i heard it’s different and more limited in mea. qq

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