WRUP: A new and largely identical frontier edition

The fun thing about new frontiers is that anything you haven’t explored before technically qualifies as a new frontier. This week’s What Are You Playing, for example, is exploring the new frontier of 9:00 a.m. EDT. And guess what? It’s functionally more or less identical to the existing time slot we’ve always used, except that it’s a bit earlier. It’s a new frontier, but it’s also a fairly boring frontier.

Then again, that’s human beings for you. We are constantly re-indexing our experiences so each new thing we’re exposed to becomes part of the existing mental landscape we occupy. So sure, the first time you go to space, it’s all about gasping in wonder. The thousandth time, though, you find yourself going into another galaxy in cryo-stasis because now space travel is boring and everyone goes to space.

Anyhow, let us know what you’re up to this weekend in the comments. It might be new for the moment.

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): ​It’s gonna be a busy weekend outdoors and on the road, so I’ll mainly only have time for Pokémon Go, though I’d like to do a bit more Overwatch for the event. I don’t really care much for any of the skins, but Blizzard made something akin to Battleborn, the hero fighter that felt superior in terms of gameplay but sadly didn’t have the player base support Overwatch got.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Saturday I’ve got plans out of range of the ol’ PC, but Sunday is up in the air; with Super Adventure Box over, I’m not sure whether I’ll be back into Guild Wars 2 right away or putter around elsewhere. I might try to change things up. I might have an idea for another video brewing too…

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): A bit of Final Fantasy XIV and some more Mass Effect: Andromeda, along with figuring out trading routes in Black Desert. I’ve been really down and unhappy lately, so I might mix things up a little bit in the hopes of finding some old familiar stomping grounds, like in Final Fantasy XI.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): The new Lord of the Rings Online anniversary scavenger hunt is going to keep me busy for a long, long time… but I’m not complaining! I would also love to get some time in with my Guild Wars 2 Engineer and mop up World of Warcraft emissary quests that keep piling up on me. At least I have flying now!

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): Gaming for me will be extremely sparse this weekend as I am out of town for a family funeral. WTB rez scroll. If I do manage some time, I will cheat and defy death as absolutely much as possible!

Your turn!

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Valen Sinclair
Valen Sinclair

I finished ME:A a bit ago and enjoyed it despite and the negative wankering online. Not playing anything right now…nothing has my interest.


I’ve been playing a lot of Fallout Shelter lately.
I’m also downloading Villagers and Heroes right now to give that a try.
I also just downloaded Runescape as I have not yet played the latest edition (aka I haven’t played Runescape since the original Runescape, which was like a decade ago).
Finally, I will be playing DCUO on Xbox One and Pokemon Moon on 3DS.

When not gaming I have been catching up on Bleach, watching My Hero Academia, and dipping into Silver Spoon to check that out. Oh, and listening to Simon and Garfunkle and watching the game theorists and the film theorists on youtube.

Aaaand I watched the televised King of the Kill event on the CW.

So besides catering for a friend’s wedding, I have been glued to a screen since Friday and will continue to do so for as long as I can get away with ;)


In a major MMO rut at the moment. Nothing is appealing to me – i think i’m just burned out on fantasy in general. I may give SWTOR another go to change it up a bit. In the meantime, i reinstalled STO. The game vomited out features as soon as i logged on, so i’m currently going through the clean-up exercise until i figure out what the hell i’m supposed to be doing.

Jonny Sage

Playing a bit of EVE, building a crusier for my f2p toon, and working on faction status. Jita was camped by an enemy faction all day so that made for an interesting time for my faction.

Danny Smith

On the final dungeon in P5 with around 100 hours played. Fantastic game but the easiest megaten game hands down, and in a series like 30+ games strong thats a real difficulty lowbar. Still a great game but still not my goty thus far, it oozes production value but Nier Automata just feels like it has a bit more heart in it for lack of a better term. Like P5 was made for another by the numbers atlus money maker but nier came out of nowhere and seemed to be made for no reason beyond the creators wanted to make it and expected it to sell poorly and that kind of comes across if you really get into trying to 100% both games.
Its a great jrpg mind, best this gen and last hands down, but behind the art style and music the story is very simple, the characters are all pretty tropey and by the numbers and after a two console gen dev time i had hoped for a little more creative risks taken overall.

also -since the switch is still sold out everywhere and i cannot play the zelda i bought, yes i was one of those 2% :p- i had they very good luck to find a barely used, spotless PS Vita with a memory card for £20! those things do not exist in my neck of the woods anymore so i snapped that up and as well as being able to play my cross play games like Vagrant Story, FFT, FFIX and Shovel Knight and so on there have been some games i have been dying to play like Yomawari: Night Alone. Which is this tremendously atmospheric game about a little girl in a japanese suburb alone at night looking for her missing dog as ghosts and monsters stalk the nighttime streets. Could be a kids warped perceptions of things being alone outside afterdark, could be completely legit but i really recommend it if you have a vita or use steam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li5YQxI_WQg

and still making dat sweet gil in FFXIV, lotta folks used to WoW (or finally jumping from FFXI after being mad salt for years it wasnt FFXI-2 after RDM got announced) hearing Heavensward is over going “well its going to be a year till the expansion right? lots of catch up time” and then they freak when they see its 57 days till Stormblood releases. Which means lots of new players hurriedly leveling crafting jobs which means the markets booming if you know what to sell :p


Started the morning off hauling a load of cheese to Amsterdam with a coffee and my fav morning radio station in Euro Truck Sim 2 and followed up with some very cool Mass Effect Andromeda (Luv my new Kett sniper rifle!).

Loyal Patron

After four hours of hard labor I sat in a chair with two ice cold coronas and watched robins flit about my yard looking for food for an hour and a half. It was one of my most spiritual moments I’ve had in some time – which I seem to be having more of lately.

For albums I listened to Kate Bush for the 300th time this month and Kendrick Lamar’s new album – which I really (really) dig. It’s hard to follow up such a solid album as ‘Pimp’ but he came close imo. Love the guy. Not as much as K. Bush.

Games – just Path of Exile. It’s all I have time for and I’m nearing my first lvl 90 and getting deep into the hard maps.

Malcolm Swoboda

Mass Effect: Andromeda. Over 80% through my profile, only the final main mission left. Lv 50s. Almost progressed through Common MP weapons.

Messing around with SWTOR, Lv 1-20 Sith Warrior.

possum440 .
possum440 .

Grim dawn and DCS A-10 flight sim.


This week: The identity politics of being pink.

Also my pigtails can fly again in WoW! Happened just this afternoon! /flap. flap, flap.

Have a great week ‘n weekends everyones! <3