WRUP: Here are all of the neighborhood kids’ houses rated edition

So, like, Kyle’s house has the really big TV and the Xbox, but Kyle’s older brother plays on it a lot and Kyle mostly wants to just play kicking games when he can’t play on the Xbox. Mike’s house has a big yard but his dog poops everywhere and he says his mom doesn’t care at all. Timmy has a really great pool, but he has a really small yard and his dad yells at anyone who runs in the house, so you get kinda bored unless he lets us play on our laptops.

Olivia has a lot of really cool toys but she also has a lot of weird ones and she doesn’t like people touching them too much. Melanie’s mom is super cool and lets you watch R-rated movies without even checking, but she never has any good snacks, just lots of granola bars. Neil’s house is back in the woods and he always wants to let us know what he’s doing in What Are You Playing. Jackie has two lizards and sometimes she lets you hold them.

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): I’m sure everyone can guess that Pokemon Go is on my list, especially since Kangkaskhan will be in town. There may be some Dauntless going on as well, but it depends on my job search efforts

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Probably nothing! We’re headed on a trip to see the eclipse, so I’ll probably be gaming from my phone from the absolute middle of nowhere if all goes to plan. Feel free to hit me with your faves for Android, peeps; I haven’t loved much of what I’ve tried in the last year or so!

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): More stuff to do in Final Fantasy XIV. Will I ever run out of things to do in the game? Probably, I’m being pretty aggressive with this expansion. But it’ll be a while.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I’m being a jerk (on purpose!) in Lord of the Rings Online as I run Ale Association quests with the ultimate goal of snagging that snazzy goat mount. What’s a few face slaps and spilled beers compared to that?

Otherwise, I’m midway into Transylvania in Secret World Legends, so while I’m not quite “caught up” with the content cap, I should be on target to hit it by this fall. I’ve been musing heading back to Star Wars: The Old Republic, but time hasn’t really worked out for me lately.

Patron Pierre: I’ve been away from my gaming platforms these last weeks but I’m back home now. Back to my casual sessions of The Division and Destiny. The launch of Destiny 2 on PS4 is close now (September 6th), and when the game is out, I will probably spend most of my gaming time in it. During those last weeks, I tested coop play of Ghost Recon Wildlands and got a lot of fun in this critically underrated game. After a CoD-like GR: Future Soldier episode that I hated, Wildlands is back to requiring some mission preapration and tactical thinking, instead of rushing into action mindlessly as in Future Soldier. And thank God, the bot-partners that stole the game from you and did all the work in most occasions in Future Soldier are not here anymore when you play coop games.
Enjoy your gaming weekend MOP readers. Cheers!!

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Space Captain Zor

Played some Division 1.7, some more Diablo 3 Season 11 (finally beat that GR80 solo!), and some WoW (won first place in the Trial of Style somehow)

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Jack Pipsam

No time for MMOs >.<, final week of my degree so I need to actually do stuff for once.

But I did sneak in some Sonic Mania from time to time, that's great.

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Utakata

And this week: Utakata is always emphasizing her pigtails, because with out them I would always look like this: (See: Image attached). :(

Also this week: WoW and my experiments with PvP. (Hey, I want those weapon artifact unlocks!) And how I found out there are no Elin Gunners released for TERA for this past week on the North America side of things. (I seemed to be much more fruitful with the as for mentioned PvP.) /sigh

Have a great week and weekend folks! <3

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I have been trying to play ESO however the lag in that game has gone up to 330-340ms. It has really become unplayable from Australia so unfortunately I will have to cancel my subscription, which will leave me playing zero MMO’s.

On the non MMO side I have been spending some time playing an early release game called Factorio. Sunk many hours into it and still only scratched the surface.

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I’m playing Overwatch, of course, and Minecraft. I also just finished West of Loathing, which is completely charming and totally worth buying.

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Little Bugbear

I’m planning on trying out some gigantic. Diving deeper into BDO (The game is a little overwhelming). Work on my Hearthstone decks. Maybe some Overwhatch, HoTS, or FF14 on Sunday. Have a great weekend everybody and enjoy the eclipse.

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Paragon Lost

LotRO, motorcycle riding and the eclipse on Monday. :)

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wild-abyss

I just bought all the parts for a crazy overkill computer so am playing the waiting game. My current gaming PC can still run most things at medium but its nickname is Ol’ Shocky for a reason. I’ll scavenge the SSDs from it and maybe by next month I will be able to get a new 1440 monitor for PC Overkill by the time it all arrives.

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Sorenthaz

Probably Final Fantasy XIV and League of Legends will be the two main games I play this weekend. Likely will poke around some other games but for now those are the two that have been taking up most of my attention.

Also waiting with bated breath for a certain thing next week that aye can’t be talkin about.

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deekay_plus

sea of thieves alpha? if so you lucky bastard.

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Skardon

Brianna and others mentioned the eclipse, so I wanted to add that I live in north Nashville and we are under siege by travelers and traffic :). Been seeing some bare shelves in grocery stores. Regardless, Nashvillian’s are happy to have all the visitors!

I have been involved in astro imaging for a long time (when I’m not gaming!) and was asked to track the sun for our eclipse party at work. (300+ people expected). So of course, I’m over the moon (pun) getting asked to do this, and being a space nut, I hope I don’t hyperventilate before I can get to the party. I will use my telescope to show the image of the eclipse on a 20 foot monitor.

I was just out this morning practicing, and noticed 3 new sunspots just showed up this week in time for the eclipse, and wanted to share the image.

Otherwise, it’s Overwatch as usual. Just hit level 500 last night. Pharah main.

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Utakata

Every time I keep hearing this eclipse thing, I keep thinking of this:

“All that you touch
And all that you see
All that you taste
All you feel
And all that you love
And all that you hate
All you distrust
All you save
And all that you give
And all that you deal…”

Source:

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Skardon

oh, I should post this disclaimer to everyone planning to view the eclipse – please be careful! Really, really easy to harm your eyes in seconds. And I would not ever trust looking through a scope even though it has a good solar filter. Too many things to go wrong. Even though I have a very trusted solar filter, I only use a camera to view the sun on a computer.

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Utakata

My Mother was telling me I should pull my blinds down for this eclipse. I had to explain to her that I won’t go blind (no pun intended) if I leave them up. However, there significant damage to my eyes if I viewed the entire thing without eye protection directly. I think some folks believe the sun emits death rays during this though. o.O

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Skardon

lol – death rays! I’ve heard some other wild stuff as well.

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Paragon Lost

We’re gonna hit southeast of Nashville, between it and Murfreesboro. I’m hoping to find a spot that’s not really crowded off of I-840, east of Smyrna. :)

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Skardon

That’s a good place to try. Good luck!

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Paragon Lost

Yep that’s what I was telling my wife. :) I go up that way all the time when I’m trying to avoid the traffic heading into Nashville on my motorcycle. I-840 is nice and quiet by comparison. lol

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steve

That is a great idea, and a very nice scope. You’ve inspired me to drag my old Meade out of the shop. Now I need to find my box of filters…

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steve

Added a blank image so the snapshot doesn’t hog the page.

On-topic, this weekend I may play a bit of Conan Exiles, and I need to rewrite my Target scripts for my Star Citizen setup. After I rewrite the gcode for my printer (work comes first).

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Sray

Mostly playing “get my computer into a workable state” right now. Just bought a i7 7700k, Asus Prime 270 mobo, 32gb of RAM (yes overkill on the RAM, but my whole machine is overkill). I got that all installed into my new case yesterday with a fresh Windows install, so I’ve got tweaking to get done to make things livable. However, I don’t want to get too comfortable, as I’m going to be doing yet another fresh install within a week on a M.2 SSD that will be my new OS hard drive, which means yet another fresh install of Windows and blah blah… tech geek problems.

When not doing that, I’ll be tooling around in Mass Effect 3, and/or Final Fantasy XV.

I’m running what I think will be my finale with the Mass Effect franchise for the next little while. I’ve got all the DLCs and the “Mass Effect Happy Ending Mod” installed (so I get the only ending that makes any sense plus all the stupid is sandblasted off). Once that’s out of my system I’ll probably focus on some more recent acquisitions that have been a ignored.

Speaking of ignored acquisitions, I played about 3 hours of Final Fantasy XV last weekend, then got caught up with real life and haven’t touched it since. I figure that I may actually restart the game as I was still pretty shaky with the controls while not really very far into it (barely out of the tutorial actually); I think that might be a better plan than trying to get back into a game just as it’s starting to have actual enemies that are actually trying to kill me.

I might mess around in No Man’s Sky some more. It looks a lot better than it did when it launched, but it’s still a little lacking in depth (still no aliens actually walking around in the world). However, it still has that nice chill vibe that is a welcome break from the frantic pace of other survival games.

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Hirku

My overkill system of seven years ago is my over-the-hill-but-still-decent system of today.

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Overkill is fun. I did the same thing, though I never see near the whole 32gigs of ram in use. You didn’t mention the all so important gpu!

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I didn’t upgrade the GPUs yet as I’m waiting for either Nvidia Volta GPUs to come out next year, or for a price the GTX 1080 Ti below $900 Canadian. So for the moment I’m still running two GTX 1070s in SLI (and will continue to run SLI until they pry it from my cold dead fingers, thus the waiting for lower price on the 1080 Ti… s… they will be plural).

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Yeah the Volta’s are coming out at a perfect time…let me say that again… a puuuurfect time for me. :) I’m pondering doing a new build next fall since my current system is now four years plus old. The GTX 1070’s are damn fine gpu’s regardless, my wife is running one of those.

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I’m seeing some fairly significant results in a couple benchmarks just from the CPU upgrade here: Rise of the Tomb Raider @4k is averaging 60 FPS in all three areas on very high preset, DX12; and Deus Ex Mankind Divided @4k on very high, DX12, averaged 42 FPS, which is up from averaging 28 FPS from my old i7 4770. Also, actually getting 60 FPS aboard Ryder’s ship in Mass Effect Andromeda on ultra settings, and I’ve never gotten that before on any setting other than lowest.

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Nice, yeah a decent cpu does play a role in your graphical performance as well. I just know that that 1070’s really are quite nice, I was surprised after thinking it wouldn’t compare with my Titan Black Edition. Damned if I was wrong on that. lol. In four years they’ve made some significant improvements I see.

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deekay_plus

my money is finally coming in in the next week or two so i’ll finally be able to replace this dying pc.

i’m going for a more money than brains build myself and was alf considering getting that 10 core or w/e i9 before bringing myself back from teh lunacy and deciding i’ll very likely get a 7700k. i am now deciding on wether to get 500gb m2 drive or go all out on a 1tb one.

i don’t think i’ll go with more than 16gb of ram tho. i rarely ever max out my current 8gb as it is.

i just need to find a reasonably priced nice looking case with good air flow a big window and an optical drive bay (as i burn mix cd’s on the regular).

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I would suggest one of the Cooler Master HAFs cases if you are going the full tower route. It is a beast, hardly anyone has anything bad to say about them and they are easy to work in even if you have a lot of big innards. Mine is the old version, not as sexy as the current one, but I have no reason to change it out.

…and of course if you can hold out until around Black Friday, you can surely make out better on all your parts. I have done my past few rebuilds around that time and it helps.

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My last rig was housed in a HAF-X, and that thing is a beast. Even with the PSU, GPUs and hard drives removed, it still weighs more than the entire new rig does in a Fractal Design Define R5. I really liked it back when I got it, but the industrial furnace look has kind of worn off on me. The airflow though is magnificent, but that comes at a cost of being a very loud case. Back when I was doing a lot of overclocking it was amazing.

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don’t care much for the HAFs myselfand afaik none of them offer some of my must haves like the big clear window.

and black friday doesn’t really apply as much in canada as in the US. especially with PC parts iirc.

as it is my PC is dying on me so i can’t afford to wait once i have the money finally.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

ya, I guess the side is mostly a huge fan with a small window. I just think of that fan grill as window.

Bah – your right…I tried to help a friend of mine in BC build a PC one time and it was a pain. That can be frustrating. I have Microcenter envy whenever I go to build too. GL!

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deekay_plus

imma get NCIX to build it to me then ship it here. i’ve dealt with too many builds myself and it’s a big anxious stress ball and sore back every time >< i'll pay the $50 to have someone else do it and give me neat cabling for a change :D

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I had NCIX.com build this rig for me. I picked the parts, and they assembled and shipped it to me. No issues.

I don’t need the stress of self-assembling my rigs (i.e. if something effs up, it’s on them to fix it), and I’m not doing builds anywhere near so esoteric that I need to oversee them personally.

The ability to pick my parts and components though, that’s a must. You can get so much more for your money, if you know anything about hardware (or even have a knowledgeable friend who does — although I know that you, specifically, keep up on hardware, deekay).

I notice that NCIX’s prices/profit margins have crept up in the last few years, but I still agree that they’re at least worth considering if you want someone to build a rig for you, and ship it.

Good luck!

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Zulika Mi-Nam

I ended up getting my water cooler from NCIX -they have a US side too. It was the only place I could find it at the time.

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NCIX is great, they don’t always have the best prices in canada but they’re excelent to window shop through thanks to their forums being integrated into the store.

which note: linux tech tips got his start working for NCIX, and imo he’s still just as much as an idiotic shill as he was back then today. some of his reviews are pure trolling i think. but then i don’t understand why pc part performance reviews would ever be ideally put into video format in general :S case reviews and such? sure, but cpu and gpu reviews? got to be the worst format for it to an extreme degree. XD

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Sray

They did my CPU installation for free in store when I picked it up. I’ve installed a couple dozen CPUs, but I’m not turning down a free service that takes that sort of stress away.

But I am still recovering from the sore back.

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ye for sure. i’ve got a spare desk in my room i could use as a decent work surface for it but tbh imma just save myself the stress on this one. that and and all my battlestation pics everyone makes fun of my “cyber punk” style cabling (see: messy af).

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Sray

There’s a bunch of Broadwell-E 6 core stuff out there that is clearance priced now (like this: http://www.ncix.com/detail/intel-core-i7-6850k-broadwell-e-processor-05-129722.htm?promoid=1239 ), that had me really thinking hard, but ultimately my uses are highly focused, not a ton of multitasking, thus the 7700K was perfect. If I was a big multi-tasker or content creator I’ve have gone after that 6850k or waited the extra couple weeks on the Threadripper 1900x, but in the end I’m mainly about pushing the frames at high resolutions and the 7700k is still king for that.

I was planning on upgrading around now for the last year or so, but I was going to waiting longer when it looked like Volta GPUs might be available in the fall. Once Nvidia announced they weren’t releasing GeForce versions of Volta this year, I had no reason to delay the upgrade anymore, and just stick with 1070s until next spring, when Volta cards will probably become available.

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the reason i was considering core i9 at all is that it’s got a nice turbo boost up to 7700k clock speeds for 2 cores when other cores aren’t needed.

otherwise there’s no better bet than a 7700k for gaming really, even if like me you stream and edit video as well.

i’m gviing the 1080ti some serious thought but i could just as well go with the gtx and hit up volta in the spring. as it is i have to do some serious window shopping for higher resolution monitors to even begin taking advantage of the 1080gtx so might not even bother with the ti.

i’d recomend against threadripper (or ryzen even) for gaming pc’s even if you content create. threadripper makes an exclent budget minded workstation cpu, while ryzen is similar but with more limited variety in applications due to it’s ram related limitations.but gaming wise you’e going to win in pure gaming performance and bang for buck with an intel solution everytime, even if you stream or record and edit gaming footage. especially in mmo type games where CPU matters alot.

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No such thing as overkill on the RAM. You know the old saying, yes? “One can never have enough RAM” :-)

As for Mass Effect, I liked Andromeda a lot, but yes, if you’re looking to play other things for a while, the natural break between the screaming stupidity of the “Space Kid” Diabolus Ex Machina in 3 and the fresh start in Andromeda is a good opportunity to do that.

Have fun, Sray. That’s what this gaming thing is all about, they tell me :-D

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I really enjoyed Anromeda as well. In fact, it was my enjoyment of Andromeda that finally got me to buckle down and play the original trilogy. The story and art aesthetics of ME1-3 are stronger (although it’s the same damn log line every time “Shepard and crew must find ancient object of knowledge/power in order to prevent the Reapers and their henchmen from killing everyone”), but for actual game play? Andromeda wins, hands down. It’s an actual open world that you can explore, not a bunch “one and done” of corridors to guide you from one cinematic to the next. And ultra snappy, responsive combat? Magnificent, and tragically overlooked by a bunch of over reactions by people who clearly have forgotten that the entire trilogy is loaded with terrible facial animations.

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More sun and fun outside. Maybe hit up the pool a couple of times. If I log on, it will be to old TSW for an hour or so.

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uBlock Origin is still blocking all the ads on the Massively website, even though I’ve explicitly ordered the add-on not to do so, and it reports that it has completely white-listed the site and is blocking nothing. Sigh.

I’ve been using UBlock Origin for a long time now, and I really don’t want to go back to AdBlockPlus, so if anybody with a better technical background than myself has any ideas how to resolve this, please speak up.

I’m not a tech-noob, but I am running out of ideas, and I’d really like to support Massively through ads.

I’m using the latest 64-bit build of Firefox as my browser (because I actually prefer Firefox for a bunch of boring reasons).

Gaming — my health was dodgy much of this week and last, so I ended up spending most of my time playing Elite: Dangerous.

Finally learned how to land my f#cking ship, both in stations and planetside (totally not worth all the trouble, in my opinion). and once I finally saved up enough credits to get myself a proper exploration starship (a Diamondback Explorer) I slotted in an automatic landing computer component and called it a win.

I can still land manually whenever I want to do so, but it can be such a time-sink for me, compared to auto-landing, that I’d rather let the onboard computer handle it.

Regarding the whole Elite: Dangerous versus Star Citizen comparison, I can say now more than ever that I think it’s a false comparison between the two games, as they are very different games. Apples vs. Oranges.

Elite: Dangerous plays as a modern version of the kinds of first-generation space-sim games (including Elite, of course) that many of us used to play.

You run various mission types (combat, courier, cargo speculation, mining, exploration) to increase your money supply, in order to acquire better ships and gear and factional reputation (if you so choose), in order to access better-paying missions, for better ships and gear …

… and so goes the loop. If you’ve played any first-gen space-sim games, you’ve done this before. Elite: Dangerous does a very good job of distilling down that style of game.

E:D’s universe is slightly interactive — faction approval is tracked, and game-wide Events affect the ongoing story of the game-universe, but it is very much a game universe. A good game, but a game.

By contrast, Star Citizen is trying to be something different, in that there are constant in-game systems and details ment to reinforce the idea of a “living universe”, even in the game’s current, limited Alpha state.

Sure, it’s likely you’ll be doing a lot of the same things, such as “mission loop content”, in both games, but the difference lies in how each game intends to respond to your presence as a player.

E:D seems focused on being a solid “space sim game universe” and so far, it does that well.

SC, on the other hand, is still working to give players that sense of inhabiting a living science-fiction universe.

It’s a subtle distinction, in the end, one that many gamers may not particularly care about one way or the other, but Star Citizen is already (in Alpha) replete with many small systems and design touches intended to transmit the message: “you are here; you are inside a future world”.

How well these “living universe” touches succeed depends on the interests of the individual gamer, I suspect, but they do contribute to the idea that Star Citizen and Elite: Dangerous are actually very different games, with different design priorities.

The significant advantage Elite: Dangerous currently holds, of course, is that it’s already released. It’s here, now, existing in full, while Star Citizen works to transition from Alpha to Beta to release.

My opinions, anyway. Your mileage may vary.

Have a great week, everyone, and please take care of yourselves. You’re the only you we have and we’d like to keep ya! :-)

Apologies for the gigantic post, and sincere thanks to those who might care enough to read it all!

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Qupzilla (my preferred browser) has adblock built in, and blocks MOP’s ads even when I tell it not to. I use Firefox as my fallback for sites that don’t work well under the former, and no ad blocking software. I also found that my work’s filters drop the site’s ads under Firefox even without any ad blocking software, and even though they don’t drop other company’s ads. I sent a note to Bree about this, but it doesn’t appear they’ve been able to do much about it.

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Yeah I just use Adblock (not Adblock Plus) and Ghostery. I have MassivelyOp whitelisted to help out with their ad revenue.

Edit:Oh and I prefer Chrome, used to like Firefox years ago but just haven’t been thrilled with it overall in recent years.

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i also use 64bit firefox and ublock origin. that’s a really odd bug, as i’ve got massively whitelisted and i can see alllllll the ads just fine.

does your ublock button look like this?

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UPDATE: WHITELIST PROBLEM SOLVED

Turns out it wasn’t uBlock Origin’s fault at all, but rather, Firefox. Firefox has an “anti-tracking feature” auto-enabled (shield icon on the upper left in the address window), but of course, sponsor-ads need to “see” your presence to know you’re looking at the website with their ads.

Clicking on the shield icon brought up a menu which allowed me to turn off this “feature” for the Massively website.

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Yes, that’s the weird of it all, dear deekay. I am baffled, good sir!

Thanks for the response!

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you aren’t accidentally on ff beta are you?i had some wonkiness in certain things the other month and discovered i was using the nightly beta version somehow. installed the non beta version and it seemed to help my issues.

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I’ll look into this. Thank you!

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even in the game’s current, limited Alpha state.

there’s really not much more than a mostly empty pvp playground with limited quest and pve poi’s and bare thread systems to travel between them, spawn ships and “penlalize” pvp in sc right now.

with lucky 3.0 will add a big leap in stuff but right now there’s far less to SC in it’s current state than ed and nothing sc does right now that you can’t do in ed.

maybe that will change. but it’s important to keep in mind that fdev intends to do some of the same things that SC wants to do someday, but will probably get there first.

and that seems to be a similar story with DU and IBS as well – things SC wants to do someday, these games have already demonstrated working in action, if not on our desktops.

i rather do enjoy sc far more than i did ED, but i have to be completely fair to ED in that there’s alot more to it than what SC has right now. and while i am going to miss the silly alpha sandiness of 2.x, there’s just very little to it at all right now. and it’s all predicated on what it might be someday. and that someday is an always moving goal post that seems to get further away the more time passes.

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I agree that Time is Star Citizen‘s main enemy right now — perhaps more than Cloud Imperium realizes.

They’ve promised and hyped for so long now, that it’s started to work against them. Hype can’t sustain interest indefinitely, and it tends to sour badly, like milk.

I backed Star Citizen for a reasonable amount that I could afford, and I don’t regret doing so,

However, I’m starting to think that by the time the game finally sees release, my interests and attention will be elsewhere, both in gaming and in life.

I do think the game will release; I absolutely do not think it’s a scam or vaporware — but timeliness matters with game releases, and the clock keeps ticking.

My opinions, anyway,

Cheers,

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i’ve never spent more money on a game before it’s launched than star citizen, and i don’t currently regret it despite my regular criticisms of the project here on massively and in my sc irc channel.

i think i continue to get my money’s worth out of what’s there, and again i enjoy it vastly more than i did ED. and i hope that enjoyment continues.

but ye there’s just not much to it right now. which i’m going to misss the empty silly sandbox it is right now when it gets more fleshed out in teh coming patches i think.

but right now i’m done with 2.x and waiting impatiently for 3.x to hit my pc.

which hopefully 3.0 will be of a nature that i can bring guildies into it without souring them on it, which my guild event in 2.5 kind of backfired and they came away with a poor impression of the game. which i can’t fault them for. it’s on me for brining them in too early.

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Trying out the new elite specializations in GW2 and trying to make up my mind on what character I ought to make next that’ll focus on one of them. New playstyles are the best.

Have a pleasant weekend everyone.

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I’m gonna go outside. It’s gonna be tough, but I think I can handle it! :D

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Sray

Don’t do it: the chances that a bird poops on you will rise dramatically.

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After not really playing Guild Warts 2 (at all) except for the launch 5 years ago, I’m having quite a lot of fun, actually. I even purchased the expansions, and am now trying to decide which class I favour the most. I’ve got some level boosts (including some of the level 80 variety), but I’m in no rush, and would rather enjoy the journey. I’ve got a Mesmer and Engineer into the mid-20’s presently, and will likely leave the Rnager and Revenant behind.

I reinstalled Kritika (not a horrible game, but not my bag either) for one reason only, and that is to quickly grind a toon to at least 20 so that I can get the free fabulous looking pink spirit wolf mount for TERA.

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Interesting thoughts regarding Guild Wars 2, as I too bounced off the game so hard in its early days that it left bruises. :-)

Yours is not the only voice I’ve heard praising GW2’s latest incarnation, Rees. I guess I’d start paying better attention.

Thank you for the commentary!

Cheers,

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Michael18

I’m close to finishing the 5 zones of open world questing in Mordor with my main, but there’s plenty of activities left (book quests, allegiance system, deeds), so probably mostly LOTRO for me.

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Malcolm Swoboda

SWL pretty much. Finishing Transylvania as I’m half way (?) through Carpathian Fangs, and all blue/superior gear. Considered paying them in September but decided not to, given how they’re treating vets (not me) with Funcom Points, as (less so of a bother) well as the weapon skins. I’ll finish all the story, but they’ll only start to see all my money after all that (so Oct+), if at all. Shame – was even open to plopping $100s down for the first time in years. Still enjoying the gameplay itself more!

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i didn’t even bother to convert my account especially after seeing the conversion was limited time only. unless funcom suddenly starts producing games that are alot more attractive and legit fun to play far beyond their current offerings, i don;t think i’ll be giving them any more time or business based on their products ofthe past several years.

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Maggie May

For Briannna … Been playing a little Villagers and Hero’s, simple little
Mmo that plays pretty well on Pc or android. I do Villager stuff on the phone. Not very deep but a cute little time waster. My brain is burnt out, I may just need to take a break. Still on SWL and Morrowind if I have the energy. And books, bought a pile of them.

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i think massively covered villagers and heroes a couple years ago iirc… i think iirc initial hopefulness and interest gave way to dissapointment primarily due to the monetization model for the game.

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I fiddled around and finally got Tree Of Savior working right on my media center PC.

It is still a quite flawed game, but it has a nice balance of being a MMO that plays like a single player RPG.

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Koshelkin

I should have time to explore Tokyo in SWL this weekend besides that I have Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice on my plate, which I’m almost done with and which is flippin’ fantastic.

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I didn’t realize Senua’s Sacrifice was out already. Enjoy!

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Sray

I’ve been on the fence about Hellblade. I’m hearing great things about the game (barring Jim Sterling’s notorious -and almost immediately retracted- 1/10 of course), but I’ve still got some reservations.

At first the permadeath thing really had me worried, as I’m not particularly good at not dying, and possibly losing all progress was worrisome; but from what I’ve been reading the permadeath thing is either a fake out or so toothless as to be nigh impossible to actually activate.

But performance is my main concern right now: no SLI support at the moment (read some talk of Ninja Theory possibly adding in high end graphical options like SLI and HDR post launch), and apparently trying to run the game above medium settings above 1080p on my cards (GTX 1070s) just kills framerate. I’ll keep an eye out over the next few weeks, but I’m in no hurry as I’ve still got a giant backlog that needs my attention.

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Koshelkin

All i can say that I like it a great deal, I had no problems so far running it at max with a gtx 1080 @1080p.

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At 1080p my setup should max it as well, but I alternate between ultrawide 3440×1440 and 4k monitors, and that’s apparently where the issues lay. Still hoping that we could see some patches that improve things; or barring significant performance patches, I might just grab it on the Playstation down the line if it’s on sale (not going to pay more for fewer graphical options though, so I ain’t touching there right now).

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i don’t give sterling’s videos the time of day especially after he hilariously mischaracterized the enemy mobs/factions in division (he somehow came to the conclusion that all the bad guys in div are black people even tho the run of the mill mobs don’t show any skin at all and all but one of the big villains are white men with one being a black woman, which if anything is a good thing diversity wise as well considering your primary point of contact/quest giver/narrative driver is an asian woman).

he seems to go after games with these social justice angles when it’s a massive leap to find such an angle in the games he goes after in this way.

and as well he’s often mentioned in the youtube content ID bullshit on reddit which niether reddit nor any of these “content creators” have got a clue about IP law or what fair use actually is and why it actually doesn’t apply to them, but act like teenaged rebels when it comes to regularly violating it and acting like big heroes for doing so somehow. which i guess he uses some masking techniques to obfuscate the IP content he uses that those companies monetize their use on youtube.

which frankly IP owners allowing use of their IP on youtube but on the caveat that they put an ad on it is massive progress from where we were with using the IP of these media companies even just ten years ago, and it’s not something we should be upset about if nintendo wants to put ads on videos of games which is not only entirely within their rights as the owners of that intelectual property but highly positive for us regular people that want to share our gameplay with our friends using a free service like youtube. something we couldn’t do not so long ago and is just such a great and fun thing that we can do now. that people feel like they deserve to make money off other’s IP and turn youtubing into a job is so infantile imo.

lol that turned into an unintended rant but as an 11 year youtube uploader and game video maker for a couple years before that, it’s just so infuriating where the whole thing has gone and how it’s evolved from when i started out making my videos an the sort of ettiquette surrounding it into the narcisstic greedy and disrepsectful clusterfuck of propaganda and blow harding that it’s become. and it doesn’t surprise me at all that google’s adsense clients don’t want their ads on a large chunk of this trash anymore, what with the nature of alot of it just being completely awful behaviour.

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I watched someone stream Hellblade the other day and it looks to be a great game.

I don’t know what it was about the voices but they really gave me the shivers to the point I was getting goose bumps for some reason. Not sure how I would get on actually playing it if I have that reaction just watching a stream :-)

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The voices are recorded in binaural 3d, that means they can appear to be coming from any angle. It can make the game feel quite oppressive and dark. It IS a dark game. Not sure if I want to see the ending, can’t be good.
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nobleeinherjar

I’m uh .. rather surprised how much No Man’s Sky has sucked me back in. It’s a slow burn of a game, but I feel like I have goals and plans to work toward now to supplement my exploration. There’s a bit more structure to progression instead of things being entirely random.

I recently purchased MGSV: Definitive Edition for the PS4 and spent the week building my perfect Ground Zeroes save. Today I’m starting on The Phantom Pain. I already basically 100% the game on PC, but I’m super excited to start all the way over.

In between NMS and MGSV I’m sure I’ll be putting more time into Warframe. I still feel like there is a lot I don’t understand about the game, but I’m making progress. I might see if I can find an up-to-date guide to maybe help explain some parts I don’t fully understand yet.

I might actually hang up Duelyst and MTGO for a weekend. I’m still enjoying both games immensely but I feel like if I keep going like I have been I’ll start feeling some burnout.

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I know what you mean about No Man’s Sky. I hoped back in last week to check it out and ended up spending about four hours straight getting started all over again before realizing how much time had passed.

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Got quite a plate this weekend. Starting off with diving back into Warframe. Working on Oberon Prime but the last piece I need is being a turd. I have all the pieces for the frame itself but now I just need the blueprint to actually build it. Of course that’s the one that I can’t get to drop. After that I suppose I might try to plug away at the Glast Gambit quest. That’s the quest that made me quit Warframe for a while because I hated it so bad I made it halfway through and then just dropped the game. Maybe I can work up enough patience to finish it. Or maybe I’ll just keep ignoring it, I don’t know yet.

After that I’m thinking about plugging away at my Warrior in GW2. I might check out the new Warrior Elite spec in the preview weekend but I won’t be spending any time on it. Want to keep things fresh for when the expansion goes live.

Wrapping it up with more Elite Dangerous. Made it back to the bubble after my exploration journey and there’s a new round of Community Goals happening. There’s a new ship (Type-10!) coming soon as it’s listed in the beta so I need to build up my cash reserves to buy and fit that beast. No clue what it looks like or any stats on it but as a Lakon fan I NEED IT.

Frontier also decided to sell some golden paint jobs this weekend. Obviously I had to have some. Especially for my Cutter. Nothing says “BASK IN HER GLORY” quite like flying around in a golden Cutter. It’s gaudy. It’s hideous. But I love it. Oh god it’s so bad it’s good.

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Is it wrong that the ship design makes me think of the delivery ship in “Futurama”?

Nice pic, for sure! Enjoy!

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Koshelkin

i think it’s neither gaudy nor hideous, it looks fantastic.

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Heh, it’s definitely grown on me. Enough that I went and got others. Let’s see if I can upload all of these properly.

1. Golden Corvette with body kit
2.Golden Anaconda
3. Golden Beluga
4. Golden Python
5. Golden Dolphin

I think my favorite is probably the Beluga. I named it the “Glorious Narwhal” because it seemed fitting for an over the top cruise liner haha.

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“Doctor, everything CapnLan owns is gold-plated”

“Oh, God. CapnLan has contracted Trump Tower Disease! To the intensive care unit! Quickly!”

:-D

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Hah! I’m actually considering renaming the Cutter to “Trump’s Toilet” because one of the main things I haul with it is biowaste. That’s right, I use that fancy gold ship to literally haul poop in huge quantities across the stars as agricultural systems use it for fertilizer. Seems like a fitting name I think. :p

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Hee hee hee

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I found a lil normal gecko lizard in my kitchen this morning and he snuck under the dishwasher before I get my hands on some cups to get him back outside. Hopefully I will be able to save him before becomes a husk.

Hardly any gaming this week, but I have caught up to the current episode of Game of Thrones. While the visuals themselves are very impressive and I was very happy to see how some of my fav scenes were interpreted, with each season the abandoned/changed storylines have made me appreciate the good writing and world building of the books that much more.

Due to work stuff I will have to be on my PCs most of the day and probably into the night so I will prob get into ESO at some point.

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Rheem Octuris

Geckos are nice because they eat crickets, and depending where you are if you have a lot of crickets there could be other things eating them, such as scorpions which you really don’t want around.

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Update – the lil guy has been returned to my little patch of grass outside. He will surely pay me back by eating many insects.

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South Florida – crickets do not stand a chance down here with all the lizards we have. Here I see a cricket as often as I used to see a lizard where I used to live in Maryland. No cricket noise here, just frogs.

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I used to like crickets until one accidentally trapped itself inside my house. My God, how can something so small be so unbelievably loud!

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Koshelkin

Here I am still waiting for Mr. Martin to finish the next book so I can read it before continuing the tv show.

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you might be waiting a long time. i think i read in my nerd news blog that he is moving to other non “GOT” related stuff already and has been pretty much less than aquiescent to questions of when the final book will be finished or if he’s even working on it.

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Koshelkin

*shrug* It took almost six years for book 5, you get used to it. The first one was released 20 years ago. I can wait that litte much longer.

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fair enough. but as a wot fan that didn’t care for sanderson’s style, i do urge caution on getting hopes up so late in the game.

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Rheem Octuris

I really need to finish that series. I lost interest when Robert Jordan died.

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i got the first sanderson book as a gift and lost interest before the end of the first chapter.

eventually i went and read the synopsis on wiki. :P

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Maggie May

I got a lot more out of it when I reading/watching the two together.

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Hirku

I’m continuing to enjoy Secret World Legends despite Funcom’s best efforts to make me feel otherwise. It’s awkward wanting a game to prosper while at the same time not wanting to give the developer any money because they’re untrustworthy asshats.

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I call it the Trion Dilemma. ;)

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I’m doing an all-day road trip into the mountains with my son tomorrow, so no gaming there. Today will probably be about DDO (trying out a new wizard build) and LotRO (trying to keep my hobbit minstrel’s butt from getting kicked in Mordor). If I have extra time, I’ll start up the single-player game I picked up on GoG last week – Oxenfree.

On Monday, I’m taking a half day of vacation to watch the eclipse with my family at the party being thrown by the town library. Alas, it’s only a partial up here in the northeastern US. Looking forward to 2024! Have a great week everyone!

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Bree: for Android games, i recommend Monument Valley, single player game, puzzles, artistic, beautiful, it is so far the only mobile game i ever enjoyed.

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sundial is getting set to drive back to texas tomorrow with stops for the eclipse on the way, but we’ve found time to group farm in albion anyway which we’ve settled into collecting random PUGs to aid us in fast exp in a sub open dungeon near our base of operations.

we also finally found some legit pvp which albion has these little random pvp events around chests which spawns a sort of “bubble” that flags all who enter. even tho we got zerged we still had fun and got a kill in.

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I am still neck deep in build testing in Path of Exile, current one is a tornado shot ranger. It is still early days yet but it is looking promising and may be the one I take into end game maps.

I uninstalled Secret World Legends after getting tired of Funcom being Funcom so that is off the cards at least for now.

I picked up a survival horror game called Darkwood that looked interesting and is a little different to the norm for those games. Its a top down rogue like game (with permadeath if you want it) that has scavenging / crafting with a day night cycle and a Lovecraftian feel to it story wise. You need to make the most of your day time because well lets just say you don’t want to be outside or undefended when it get dark. I have only played it a little but the game and sound design really ratchets up the tension so that it does get pretty scary which is no mean feat for a top down game.

Other than that binge watching The Defenders on Netflix is also on the cards. I have watched a couple of episodes so far and it has been fun to catch up with all the Netflix Marvel characters again (sighs at Disney boo.)

I think all that should keep me busy so hope you all have a safe and fun gaming weekend. o/

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Darkwood did look interesting to me. I might pick it up myself at some point. I love a good horror game.

I keep telling myself I’m going to jump back into Path of Exile but something always distracts me. After so much time with Diablo 3, which I do enjoy, I want a loot-em-up with some consequence like PoE or even Torchlight 2 which I also never played as much as I wanted.

That sucks about SWL. Hopefully in time something will change and you’ll be able to enjoy it again.

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I’m going to pick up Darkwood too. First spied it about a month or so ago.

I cranked up a Scion for the new POE patch. From what I read Scions are blah at the top end, but I never played one and the run up is always good.

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Hirku

I bought Darkwood years ago and still can’t believe it’s actually released. I’m not a fan of the survival aspects but damn those nights are scary!

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I’ve been meaning to track down some gameplay videos because it does look interesting. :)

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