WRUP: Gotta go fast edition

Go, go, go, go, gotta go fast. No, fast. I said fast. You call that going fast? You’re going slow. Stop slowing down. You have to go fast. Fast. Do you even… what is wrong with you? Don’t stop there. Don’t sniff something. Are you falling asleep? Go fast.

Oh, no, no, no. This can’t be happening. You’ve gotta go fast. Why are you not going fast? I will chase you with a taser if you don’t start going – wait! Yes, yes, you’re going fast now! Keep going fast! You’re going fast right… to… that convenience store. And you’re hiding and talking to the cashier, and… yep, he’s pointing at me, he’s calling someone. It’s probably the cops.

This isn’t good. You don’t understand, officer. Going slow isn’t an option. You’ve got to go fast. Faster. Please, don’t hit me in the face with a nightstick. Look, if you just look at the comments of What Are You Playing, it will all make sense. Please. You’ve got to go fast.

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Sleep’s a game, right? No? Hmm, well, probably I’ll play a little Pokémon Go at the least. A government landmark which houses a gym and only opens once a month is generally one of the few times I can meet other Pokémon Go players here, but it’s getting a bit depressing since spoofers have been fighting over it during its closed periods. Oh well, might embrace some Mario Kart 8 Deluxe when I’m not working or taking Mom out for Mother’s Day.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I FELL INTO A TIME PORTAL TO 1997. NO. MORE LIKE 2007 IF WE’RE BEING HONEST. ULTIMA ONLINE HAS KIDNAPPED ME. SEND HELP.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Crap, I’m heading to California on Monday. I guess I’ll need to get some relaxing time with Final Fantasy XIV and Final Fantasy XI this weekend, I won’t have a chance to do so much next week. Of course, considering the data center is moving anyhow, that was kind of a given.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): This is the last weekend for Star Wars: The Old Republic’s huge XP boost, so I feel compelled to take advantage of that or else lose out on some easy advancement. Otherwise, probably more Lord of the Rings Online scavenger hunts and plunking away at Guild Wars 2’s personal story with my Engineer.

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): I will be popping in my regular survival games, but most of my time is going to be dedicated to EverQuest II and The Secret World this weekend. I want to check out EQII’s competition modes, and I have to start looking at what my 100 Fury needs gear-wise, as well as maybe decide what race/class I want for the free 100! In The Secret World I want to go through all my items and make sure all clothing cosmetics and pets are claimed and not sitting in bags so they can (hopefully) transfer to Secret World Legends. Also, I have 10 more sabotage missions to complete to get my The Unseen achievement, so I need to shake a leg on that.

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Suikoden

Been playing a lot of Marvel Heroes lately. Good fun.

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hurbster

Back to ESO after a short break to play Andromeda. Didn’t even bother finishing it. Such a disappointment.

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Balen Arenas

How far did you play? I found it gets much better the further you get into the game.

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hurbster

94 hours. I just can’t be arsed to put up with the terrible writing any more.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Allods Online. Really. A bit of the leveling. Ha.

RIFT. Prophecy of Ahnket. Alt leveling as a Primalist Eth.

SWTOR. Alt leveling in Balmorra.

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Utakata

This week: I hedge my bets that your situation looks fairly prickly, Mr. Eliot. But I don’t want to hog your limelight. <3

Also this week, more WoWstar…

….and newly discovered commenting glitch that won't let me post everything I want to post. Hope this goes through. :(

Have a great week and weekend folks! <3

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Utakata

PS/Edit: Yes, it worked this time! /whew

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Bruno Brito

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Karma_Mule

For some unknown reason I started a fresh round of modding the crap out of Skyrim Special Edition, and hit on a grouping of mods I ended up loving (lots of the usual suspects plus Dolomite Weathers and Zera ENB) and now I’ve been playing it all day today.

Probably will finish up Saturday playing it then transition to ESO for my Sunday gaming because only a little over a week until early access for MORROWIND! 8-D

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thirtymil

Elite Dangerous. I’m sitting in port, buying Bauxite and Water off one side of the ship, and selling it to Imperial factions off the other. Quite why they’re too lazy to cross the dock and get it themselves is beyond me, but it’s easy money and promotion prospects and I don’t question the bureaucratic machine when they’re paying me to sit still.

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mysecretid

I spent most of my game time playing Dishonored 2 on my PS4 this week.

When the game works as intended (which is about 90% of the time), I love it. For various reasons, the first Dishonored game remains one of my favorite games ever, and this sequel is more of that, expanded …

… BUT when Dishonored 2 fails the other 10% of the time (usually,when involving its stealth and detection mechanics) I find it maddeningly frustrating. As in, “swear at your monitor using words which would make your aunt blush or faint”, frustrating.

Basically there’s a lack of consistency to the stealth and detection mechanics, so you can’t predict whether your stealth plans will actually work.

Most of the time, they work as you expect, but then a guard captain will see you through a solid wall somehow (yes, it happened to me), and she and her four guardsmen will immediately charge around the corner and kill you. Re-load your game save (again).

It’s pretty obvious that publisher Bethesda flung Dishonored 2 out on the market before the final tweaking of the stealth and detection code was complete; same with the hit/block mechanics of the sword fighting.

The fact that these game elements work properly most of the time, but still go haywire enough of the time to make me swear at my TV, when I’m typically a pretty calm guy, makes me wish Bethesda had just given the game the time it needed to be finished.

What good does pushing an unready game out the door do, except result in “warning” word-of-mouth like this one, and increase the publisher’s reputation as a game publisher that’s less than ethical about shipping functional games?

If, like me, you’re a big fan of the original Dishonored and its unique game world, you’ll probably want to play this — just be sure to buy it cheap, so you have something to comfort yourself with when the game hoses you for the fourth time in a row during a stealth attempt, because the guards suddenly gain the temporary ability to see through solid objects! :-)

Have a good week, everyone. Be kind to yourselves — you’re the only you we’ve got!

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zoward

Thanks for writing this – it’s always a treat to get a well-written game review in the comments.

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mysecretid

Thanks for the kind words, Zoward. Much appreciated!

Whenever I give an opinion on a game here, I always try to explain why I feel that way — my hope is that, even people who don’t like the same kinds of games I do will be able to get some sense of whether or notthey might like the game, I’m blathering about, based on my explanations.

If I’m frothing on angrily about how I really hated game X because “there’s too many damn kobolds in it!!!”, or whatever, somebody else can read my post and think, “Well, I love kobolds! Screw him! I’m buyin’ the game!” :-D

Thanks again for the kind words,

Cheers,

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thickenergy

I need to write some boilerplate that I can just copy and paste for WRUP, since Atlas Reactor and Battlefield 1 are usually on the agenda.

I also reinstalled ESO a couple days ago because I need a game to play to just chill, and MMORPGs are my chill games. I wish I didn’t find ESO so shallow from a systems and design perspective, which usually results in me getting bored after a couple weeks. Otherwise the game has a lot going for it. I’ve got over 900 hours of play spread over about 2 1/2 years, so the game is doing something that at least keeps me coming back, if only for brief periods of time.

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zoward

My son has taken a shining to LoZ: Breath of the Wild on the WiiU lately, leaving the Xbone open for me to play TESO, so that’s where I’ll be this weekend along with some time on my private Lich King server and some single player goodness with the new edition of Planescape Torment. .

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms in the MOP community!

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Malcolm Swoboda

Dalaran? Warmane? I am on Elysium but I wonder about later expansion ones.

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Crow

I’ve found a home for some publishing of short stories within the Elite universe, so that’s where I am. Also playing a bit of Elite and maybe continuing to work my way through FFXIII. Though gaming has been a minority distraction.

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Sorenthaz

Probably a mix of SRW OG Moon Dwellers/Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Final Mix on my PS4, then working on post-60 in FFXIV (right now PvPing to get GARO gear for my monk) and having fun on Streets of Rogue/Dead Cells (both super fun $15 games). Might do some Heroes of the Storm or something, dunno.

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Hirku

Thank you for posting about Dead Cells! That looks great!

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Sorenthaz

Definitely a very interesting blend of Roguelike and Castlevania. Though I’m finding Streets of Rogue more fun at the moment just because of how silly and crazy things can be (i.e. punching people through walls and having chaos erupt in the most random ways).

Both are Early Access titles I think and both show a truckton of promise, so they were some really pleasant surprises to discover.

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donvweel

Playing some level 8 content n DDO on my new Dragonborn sorceror. Will be exploring some more Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, my latest new game.

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butterpanda888

Marvel Heroes is first up for me as I am almost at 60 with punisher and then I have to try and decide who to level next (probably Venom or Jean Grey).

I will be returning to my Xbox One and playing some For Honor.

Other than that I may play some Maplestory or BDO

I also got Skullgirls about two and a half months ago and have yet to play it so I should probably check that out.

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deekay_plus

every so0 often i have the hankering to play jean grey in mh but then i remember my inventory situation and stop myself from bothering.

rather unfortunate. :(

also first issue of her first solo book is out and it’s quite good so far. as is xmen blue where she is team leader of the o5 again. tho i guess the press nad marvel forgets she was team leader during the bendis run because they are acting like her being leader again is a never done before thing. >>

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butterpanda888

Yeah, my inventory situation is a nightmare, but when I saw X-Men Apocalypse I went and bought Jean Grey and her red costume (the phoenix-y one).

And I should check out her solo book first issue. Thanks informing me of that.

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deekay_plus

i have both her bendis run costumes. :P

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mysecretid

The green-and-white costume is probably my favorite Jean Grey costume design ever. There’s just something about artist Stuart Immonen’s sense of art and design that I love. I wish he’d do more comics work consistently.

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yeah i loved those costums.a dn immonen is one of my fave artists. art on teh bendis run was in general top teir.

i was excited he was going to be at the con i went to a couple years ago. until i found out he doesn’t do commissions. wanted to get him to do me jean grey sketch. but no go sadly. QQ

i also like jean’s outfit in the last run of extraordinary. and slowly warming up to her current costume. but don’t care much for the new hair cut or the jacket. depends on the panel i guess >>

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Sray

The Playstation Store had some big discounts going on, so I just picked up The Order: 1886 and Infamous First Light for dirt cheap, so they might both be getting a bit of play time, or not: my Playstation queue is getting just as backlogged as my Steam queue.

And then on the PC there’s Gears of War 4 that I have a buddy wanting me to join him for some Horde mode; which is fine because it feels like its about time to take a break from Mass Effect Andromeda. I just finished a side quest that I never bothered completing on my first play through in ME:A that made me say “why the hell wasn’t that the main story of this game, instead of the lame evil aliens that make Marvel movie villains look memorable in comparison?” Plus, this week’s patch broke UI scaling for PC players playing on 1440p resolutions (standard 16:9 or ultrawide 21:9), so that’s super annoying.

And I’ll be playing around with the newly upgraded photo mode a bit in Horizon Zero Dawn. It is amazing how beautiful this game is; most PC games will never look this good no matter how much processing power you throw at them.You can throw all types of shade at Sony for a lot of stuff, but you can’t say that they don’t know how to get the absolute most out of their hardware.

And at some point I’ll have to finish rewatching Twin Peaks: as @Armsbend pointed out we’re a week away from the new season (I completely lost track of time), and I’m still barely a third of the way through season 1.

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mysecretid

For whatever it’s worth, I saw the infamous Angry Joe’s review for The Order: 1886 on YouTube, and he found it very disappointing. It’s pretty indeed, but it looked to me like another game which may have needed more polishing and patching time before release. Hopefully, it will have been fixed up sufficiently between then and now!

Cheers,

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Sray

Never watched that myself; but it was on for 4 bucks, so at that price it’s going to be tough to disappointed by whatever I get.

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Hirku

Haha, as soon as I read The Order: 1886, I heard AJ yelling, “Holy shit, that’s a good fuckin’ lamp!”

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deekay_plus

in my experience and observations, the games people tend to consider “pretty” tend not to have particularly good graphical fidelity, but rather an art style/aesthetic they find pleasing.

not saying that the case with this game, which ii understand has some clever rendering system to improve the grpahical fidelity given the ps4’s weak horse power.

just something i’ve observed across the years.

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mysecretid

Aye, it’s not typically the technology we respond to, but rather, the aesthetic effect delivered through the technology.

On a related note — to be honest, I’m still not convinced that my human eyeballs can detect a difference between a DVD movie and a Blu-Ray movie, provided that the TV I’m watching them on is decent. :-)

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Sray

I know exactly what you’re getting at: there’s a lot of people who confuse aesthetics with graphics. HZD obviously has a lot going for it aesthetically, but they’ve also worked wonders with lighting and render distances, which this photo doesn’t show very well, but if the camera was turned about 30 degrees to our left you’d be able to clearly make out structures on the other side of the map (which is a significant distance away). There’s some things that could be improved up on: Aloy’s hair physics are messed up; there’s times if you come into a cutscene from the wrong angle her dreds are just climbing all over the place like Medusa’s head of snakes.

Of course the advantage that console developers have is that they’re working with exactly one hardware configuration, sometimes two, so they can learn the ins and outs of what they can and can’t do, and how far they can push it, in ways that are simply impossible with the millions of PC hardware configurations.

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Ysayle was right

Ahem. She doesn’t have dreds. Those are braids.

(I was genuinely worried she was a “white girl with dreds” for a while after the game was announced so I made a point of checking.)

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Sray

lol

That’s true, she actually does call them braids when she climbs out of the water.

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deekay_plus

ghost recon wildlands is also impressive in these regards. i wonder how it stacks up on console compared to pc.

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Minimalistway

Doing some paperwork (i hate it!) Ikea shopping and lots of GW2, i’m slowly leaving WoW behind, maybe i’ll farm some transmog sets in old raids.

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deekay_plus

my ikeae chair i bought for xmas to replace my champ of a chair from ikea broke a couple months ago after only afew months in action. tbh it kind of was uncomfortable compared to my old ikea chair anyway. so now i’m back on my old ikea chair but remembering why i replaced it and thinking i really need to get on getting a new chair. qq

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mysecretid

I’ve had such mixed results with Ikea, I tend to shop elsewhere. While I’ve found (or inherited) the odd great piece of furniture from there, I’ve also had a bunch of flimsy, shoddily made junk from them that broke within a month. I used to joke that Ikea was the Swedish word for “crap”. because of this. :-)
So, yeah, good luck in chair-hunting. Ikea can be good, but it can be awful. Spin the wheel … I wish I could offer you a better shopping alternative, but none leap to mind.

Good luck!

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deekay_plus

yeah i had a nice desk from many years ago that ended up falling apart. tho after much abuse and many moves. curretn desk is a beast but i’ve treated it rather poorly the past 7 years . still rock solid.

but other stuff i’ve gotten from them is piss poor.

idk i honestly thought i was getting the same model of chair shopping online but as soon as the box came i knew it wasn’t. and it was just uncomfortable and hard on my lower back, and then leaned too far back so had to lock in upright mode which additionally didn’t do my back any favours.

i may have to get some super expensive office/gaming chair thing at the end of the year (or sooner perhaps). i’ll have to see what options are in town but probably not looking too good there. ><

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mysecretid

If you spend as much time in your gaming chair as I do, you need to get a good one. A bad one can mess with your back, your neck, and give you all kinds of muscle pains and problems (Just nod and say, “Yes, Dad” — I’ll let you and Wally go play in a minute, Beaver :-) )

You might want to try out a few favored chair candidates at local shops, and then order online for the cheaper price? No substitute for a test-drive to determine if a chair sucks right out of the gate,or not.

Good luck!

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yeah i’m at my desk 16+ hours a day every day (don’t worry i stand up and walk around regularly so no threat of DVT here). and i know full well from the chair that broke how it goes. lol. my back was hating me after a couple months in that chair.

problem with shopping local is i’m in a small ish touristy town and the office depot closed down a couple years ago and my other options are potentially walmart and canadian tire, which i know walmart’s chair selection sucks. tho they had a clone of my current chair a couple years ago. but we bought one for my bro to use when he was here and it fell apart on him so idk if i’d wanna risk it.

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mysecretid

Hmm. I hear you. I wish I had some other useful suggestions for you, but I’m coming up empty right now, alas.

I can share my best “Why Ikea is Swedish for crap” story, though:

Friend of mine had a pair of those tall, very narrow “arrow slot” type windows above his kitchen sink, and he wanted to cover them, because, y’know, blinding light rays. :-)

So, he measures, and goes to Ikea. Eventually he buys a pair of narrow vertical blinds which match his previous measurements. Two of the same blind, with the same printed-on labeling, in identical sealed plastic wrapping.

He gets them home (I was there, visiting, so I actually saw this). He unseals and hangs the first blind — it looks good.

He unseals and hangs the second blind, and despite what it claims on the packaging, the blind is almost two inches narrower than the first blind, and doesn’t cover the window!

Yeah. Ikea. Just say “no” :-D

Cheers,

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deekay_plus

now that’s a funny story. lol.

i’ll have to see what i can find when i have the spare cash to throw around. have some money comign in this years so maybe then.

in th emeantime i might hunt down an allen key to tighten these bolts before it falls apart XD

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mysecretid

An Allen Key is probably your friend now, yes. And I suspect Canadian Tire should be able to provide one that works, if all else fails. Good luck!

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I never found a good chair for myself, all of them are higher than i needed, all of them are uncomfortable, so i’m trying stand-up desk for months now.

Check The Wirecutter website, they make serious reviews for many things including office chairs.

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my older ikea chair is perfect it’s just that it’s showing signs of 7 years of constant daily usage. it’s still super comfy tho, but the bolts are coming loose and i’m afraid it’s going to fall apart underneath me.

i wish they still carried it, but seems they don’t. maybe they were too good and people stopped buying them because they didn’t need to replace them as often? XD

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Hirku

This month I’ve settled into Fallen London as my new gaming home. I’ve always enjoyed the setting but couldn’t stand the gameplay of Sunless Sea. Now I get nothing but the good stuff without the tedious sailing/survival in-between.

After a few days I decided to try the Exceptional Friend subscription to see if the monthly story is worth it and for me the answer is a big yes. Switching to a text-only game has nicely eliminated the frustration I’ve had with MMOs not being able to produce worthwhile new content in a reasonable amount of time. After only a week I have a journal packed with many crazy adventures of my gentleman thief and his Hungover Terrier.

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mysecretid

Sunless Sea — I never got anywhere with that one, either. I could never seem to make even one profitable trade run before starving to death and/or running out of money. After something like my tenth attempt, I lost interest in the game and gave up.

Hopefully, Fallen London is more fun for you!

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Armsbend

Is the one you are playing a mobile?

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Hirku

No, the original browser version on PC.

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Armsbend

thanks :)

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Hirku

You’re welcome. If you end up playing mobile, don’t forget to WRUP about it because I’ll be curious.

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deekay_plus

this week has been a lot of HOTS pvp thanks to the nexus challenge requiring it. which when we do coop has me asking what dificulty level we’re doing because what was once a comfortable dificulty level is now too easy.

i also took some time to answer the question if RP is possible in star citizen. and the answer is in this week’s video share folks!

double feature time! some HOTS pvp action featuring nova!

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Sray

What’s up with the new avatar? I liked Gwenpool.

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http://qpla.ca/post/141268077647/firelight-1-6 here’s the rest of the variants of it! :D

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new avatar is some of my original art! and yeah i liked gwenpool too tbh but was feelin the a e s t h e t i c of this piece the other day and changed almost all my online avatars to it! :D

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oh also almost forgot minecraft. while i mostly enjoy just watching my friends build things jose finally twisted my arm to start progressing. one new room for mining and one new room for machines.

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Armsbend

I saw you guys in hots last night and desperately wanted to get in ;_; Once you go full pvp it is hard to go back. pve is great for quests but the challenge isn’t there even at hardest level.

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need to set you up with some discord details which is where we get groups started. hmu on bnet deekayzero #1268

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Armsbend

GD it! My rings just shot out all over the place….now I have go pick them up.

Path of Exile and while I’m trying to load up HotS I’m having a heck of a time doing it due to software errors. I had a piece of that malware the other day and while I think I have it locked down changing all of my admin level passwords and such has created some havok on my pc.

8 days to Twin Peaks everyone. EIGHT. DAYS.

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it’s happening again!

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MesaSage

Used the free Level 100 boost in EQ II to max out my Mage. The stats are head shakingly huge. The armor is too cool to hide with cosmetics. I’ll probably derp around with him one-shotting stuff in the regions I was questing previously as a level 60.

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mysecretid

Vengeance is yours! Zot! Zot! :-D

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I am also in a time portal – 2008 here with Return of Reckoning being the only thing I have enjoyed all week. I ducked in ESO to expend that rest xp, but that felt like work.

A few podcasts ago there was talk of some competitive PVE and later follow-up article. I was thinking about this soon after, while in an app I spend most of my days in, and started fittlin’ around in a separate window when I had to wait to progress in my main window. I forgot about it, but found it yesterday when I was sorting all the random files that had accumulated on my desktop into their appropriate folders – I hate a messy desktop. For whatever it’s worth…here it be.

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Ingress, Ingress and Ingress. The Magnus 13 event* is still going on and I need to do my part in deploying those resonators. Also, there are badges involved. BADGES!

*I’d link you the news but they seen to have been lost.

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Danny Smith

Really enjoying Corpse Party on the vita right now, so much i bought the sequel before finishing it which is rare for me but says how much its my jam. Also waiting for Amazon to finally ship a switch to me with more FFXIV hoarding for Stormblood.

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BalsBigBrother

Still working on my Elite:Dangerous project to head into deep space in a fully engineered Diamondback Explorer. Not quite there yet and but anticipate being able to set off by next weekend all being well and the rng gods willing.

Yup, I have said that before but I obviously didn’t prey hard enough to the RNG gods as my engineering didn’t go well. I have nearly all the materials I need for another go at it again. Also to appease the rng gods I sacrificed some expensive top quality goats with the best slaughter knife so I am optimistic it will be better this time round.

I am still playing The Division too as much has changed in that since I last visited. I still enjoyed the basic level 1-30 story run, though it did seem a little harder this time round from what I remembered. Once that was done there isn’t a great deal of open world pve content but there is just enough to keep me interested and playing for now. Yeah its basically a gear grind, yes I know I am going to get bored with it eventually but for now the fun of shoot n loot and collecting gear sets is enjoyable enough for me to keep playing.

Hope everyone has a safe and fun gaming weekend o/

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mysecretid

I really liked The Division for what it is, also.

It’s never going to be one of those “something for every gamer” type of games, but it does what it does well. Glad you’re having fun too, B3!

Be well,

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BalsBigBrother

I love all the attention to detail that has been put in the game both in the weapons and the environment.

I noticed the barrel of my assault rifle heats up and glows red if I empty the entire clip in one burst. Or me being entirely absorbed for five minutes watching a crow fight a rat in the distance through the scope of my sniper rifle.

Lots of other things too that all add up to really sell the setting of the game world to you as a player.

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mysecretid

Indeed, the attention to detail in that game really adds to the already strong sense of place that it carries. I play games partly to “visit” unusual places I would never otherwise see, and The Division certainly delivers in this regard.

Be well!

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thatlanteshguy

Going to be playing “Pack Up Everything I Own Because I’m Moving Next Week.” The grind is a bit much but the rewards at the end of the main mission are pretty damn good. I’m not looking forward to the “What broke/got lost” sub quest though. That one sucks.

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Nordavind

Recently been there, done that.

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BalsBigBrother

I always get a little nervous about the “Meet the neighbours” quest. You never know if you are going to meet pve carebears or pvp griefers. Well I hope you get the ones you want in any case and everything else goes well too :-)

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Loopy

Still trying to get out of the MMO rut, but nothing holds me for longer than a couple of hours. I’m thinking of jumping back into EVE or possibly Elite. Something radically different from the fantasy MMOs i’m used to – maybe that will kick start my MMO engine again.

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mysecretid

Alas, MMO choices are sort of dry right now, especially if (like me) you’re looking for something that isn’t fantasy.

It’s not an MMO, but I can’t remember — have you tried Mass Effect: Andromeda yet? That held my interest pretty strongly throughout — nice mix of story, character, and action.

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Loopy

I haven’t yet, but it’s been on my radar for a while. I was worried a bit that i would be lost story-wise for not playing through any of the other ME games, which delayed me in trying it out. But now i’m thinking – screw it, it’s not like i have anything better to do.

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mysecretid

Honestly, Loopy, I think you’ll be fine. Why? Well, Mass Effect: Andromeda isn’t really a sequel in the strict sense — it’s basically a new game set in the Mass Effect game-universe. New characters; new villains; new problems; and new locations.

Also, the game is very good about making sure that, if there’s anything a new player needs to understand about the game-universe to enjoy this game, the game finds a way to tell you, through the story, the characters, or demonstration.

Beyond this, it’s an rpg, so the game keeps adding short lore-notes on various subjects to a folder on your main game menu. So, if you’re suddenly all like, “Dammit, I want to know more about this Salarian alien race I keep seeing around the galaxy”, you can just look at these notes for all the extra background details, if you want them.

But yeah, you should be able to play ME:A “cold” — it’s designed to be a new story.

And as I’ve said before, if you try it out and hate it, you can always come back here and blame me. Isn’t that what the internet is for? Heh. Heh. :-D

But seriously, I hope it gives you the fun distraction you’re looking for, if you decide that it looks like a game you might enjoy.

Be well!

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Loopy

Thanks @mysecretid, i appreciate the suggestion! I think you’ve persuaded me to give it a go :)

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mysecretid

One tip for you, going in, Loopy (beyond the usual “save a few game-states and save often, in case you want to back up a bit):

Mass Effect
is one of those rpg games whose plotlines will “wait” for you, regardless of what it says.

Meaning, if you get to a point in the main plotline where your crew comes to you and says, “Captain Loopy! We have discovered where the Big Evil Smelly Villain is hiding, and we must go and kick his arse RIGHT NOW or THE UNIVERSE DIES!!!!!!one1!”

It’s not true; it’s just story-drama.

You are never on a timer with the Mass Effect plotlines in this way so, if after your crew tells you this, you decide you’d rather go off and explore some side-missions, scan some random worlds, and gain some levels over the next three weeks of real-time gameplay? You can absolutely do that instead.

The game never forces you to play missions before you want to do so.

The boss-fight plotline in my fake example won’t “trigger” and move forward until the moment you decide to show up and start it, saying, “All right, Stinky, let’s dance” and striking an heroic pose. :-)

Hope you find some fun. If you think there’s any way I can be of further use, you can ask here, and I’ll answer. And again, if you hate the game, it’s okay to vent at me. That’s what the internet is for, right? :-D

Cheers,

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Paul

Tried both of those recently to no avail :( Playing Civ 6 and hoping Pantheon hits alpha soon

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Koshelkin

Already done in TSW with claiming all faction specific loot and also trading the Lucky Coins I had for the last outfit I really wanted(Orochi Baseball Outfit). My grandmaster made me a very fashionable person in TSW. I own so much stuff! Pets, Sprints, Clothing, Uniforms *en masse*.

My main playtime will be dedicated to BDO where I plan to spend most time on my slow struggle to Level 60 on my Maehwa Plus some scroll, gathering and crafting duties. If everything goes well I’ll also start on on enchanting my last 2 boss pieces.

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