WRUP: New euphemisms for eating edition

Stashing the carbs. Scarfing down the pre-byproducts. Making the mashy-mash with my bitey-bits. The great British chew-off. Food breathing. Taking an eat-load in the face port. Cramming ingredients together, extreme mode. The cook’s conclusion. Poop loading. Super happy chew-chew excitement delight experiment (only recommended for Japanese cuisine). Gobbleworking the lip bones (only recommended for Australian cuisine). Chewing on expired meat (only recommended for expired meat).

Chewy drinking. Bread gargling. Fueling this disgusting meat-prison of a body with stolen calories that are themselves drunk on the power of the almighty day-star until the moment that our black emperor’s cloak of night robs these feeble lives once more. The whole-mouth workout with added tongue exercises. Cheek largening surgery. What Are You Playing. Sneating (snake eating).

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): It is too hot for long walks in California, but since there’s new Pokemon Go raids, I’ll probably go out for that for a bit. I also admit I’ve fallen off the wagon and gotten into Fire Emblem Heroes again thanks finally getting not one, but two versions of Ike, one of my favorite characters (thanks to Super Smash Bros).

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Guild Wars 2, probably? It’s the last weekend before the school year starts up for my family, though, and it’s PAX, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t game much. I gotta turn my Ultima Online account soon too for the 20th anny stuff!

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Just Final Fantasy XIV like normal. You call it boring, I call it making solid progress. (And it means a solid backlog of games when I need a break, which is also good.)

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): The usual suspects of Secret World Legends and Lord of the Rings Online are enough to keep me occupied, but I’m starting to feel a little wanderlust to branch out into a third game. Dungeons and Dragons Online keeps pecking away at my interest, so maybe I’ll return to that old favorite.

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nobleeinherjar

Today was a day of fun grinding games. A friend and I grinded (ground?) ranks in Everbody’s Golf, did random side stuff in The Division, made progress with our new Bloodborne characters, and worked toward getting to the final DLC of Dark Souls 3.

On my own, I played some No Man’s Sky and some Warframe. Not much else to say about today. Just a day of relaxing and gaming.

Edit: Oh! And catching up on the Ys games I need to finish before Ys 8: Lacrimosa of Dana releases. I’m kind of hoping that next we get a remake of Ys V. It would make sense, since (iirc) it’s gone Ys 6, then a remake of Ys 3, Ys 7, then a remake of Ys 4, now Ys 8 is about to come out, so maybe a remake of Ys 5 is next.

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mysecretid

As a word-nerd, I can confirm that your instincts were correct — the past tense of “grind” is indeed “ground” — it’s why you see signs in stores that say “fresh ground coffee beans”. It means that the store grinds fresh coffee beans for sale on a regular basis.

It sounds like you and your friend had a lot of fun — and that’s what it’s all about. Good on ya!

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Space Captain Zor

Helped a couple friends finish up Diablo 3 Season 11 allllllllll the way through Guardian (whew!) Prior to that, tinkered around in NYC some with The Division. Sadly the Global Events weren’t up yet for September. Thinking I may go visit Argus tomorrow.

Monday, if that still counts as the holiday weekend, I’ll be helping friends and co-workers with clean up from Hurricane Harvey. #HoustonStrong!

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Phubarrh

My wife has been tugging at my sleeve to go back to FFXIV for nearly a year now, so once Stormblood dropped to the magic $20, we returned a few weeks ago. Well…her favorite part of the game was always the dungeons, but she’s now finding the average PUG to be fairly appalling in its behavior, where she only had good memories of it before, so now she’s pushing for a return to Guild Wars 2.

I’ll play that with her, but I am also going to take solo advantage of that subscription money I threw at Square Enix. It’s slow going though, not just trying to get back into a bunch of previously level-capped jobs, but also adjusting to the skill changes that have been made. There are interim-patch cutscenes to be slogged through, and an economy to re-learn. Today I tackled crafting after having completely forgotten the perfect rotations I worked out, and it’s still pretty much baby steps. Will I recapture the magic? Time will tell…

I was playing: Diablo III; after completing Season 11 on the Necromancer, I thought I’d go for the cool season rewards on another class too. But then I learned you can only earn them once per season, so I’m hanging that one up until next season rolls around.

Secret World Legends: Still not a big fan of the skill changes made, but the story managed to pull me in again. At least, up to where I have to move on to Blue Mountain, and the thought of that followed by Egypt has me holed up in the Innsmouth Academy library, logging in once a day to get my GM rewards. All those free keys, and so far the only special item I’ve gotten out of a cache is one (blue) weapon.

ESO: As with my first run through it, I started Cadwell’s Silver and made it halfway through the second faction’s questline before I ran out of gas. I made it some distance into Morrowind with another character, but still I was ready for a break. Should probably drop my sub for now, having picked up Horns of the Reach…

Champions Online and Shroud of the Avatar: Tried once again to get into them, but they’re still no City of Heroes or EQ2.

Rift: Started playing this with my wife again, but we ended up running off in different directions all the time, and were overwhelmed with systems by the time we hit the capital city. Very topheavy and still not sticky enough.

WOW: The price drop on Legion has me tempted, but not quite enough. Maybe once it hits $20.

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Armsbend

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Alfredo Garcia

Solomon Island is definitely the gem of SWL, story and quest-wise. It’s not that there aren’t some good bits in following content but that there’s a lot more cruft and bad MMO tropes piled on top.

I never made it to Tokyo though, so maybe things improve again. The game play just turned out to be far too shallow to hold my interest and I can get better story from other non-game sources.

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Phubarrh

Tokyo actually proved the highlight of the game for me, which surprised me as I took my time getting there after hearing what a grind it was. But it’s very well written and has some of the creepiest moments in the game; even the mini-dungeons of Orochi Tower were a gas. Worth a visit, for sure.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Even without Outer Kaidan, Orochi Tower, etc – Kaidan is in at least contention for my favorite zone (not in current state of course, but in the quality level of the existing content before the rest is patched in). If ‘Dark Agartha’ (if its a zone) and/or ‘Congo’ (if its really coming) are even just as good, I’ll be very happy. And nah, I don’t need the sprawling and towering design of Kaidan – very expensive for Funcom I hear – for the quality level to happen.

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Utakata

This week: I was told awhile back that chocolate croissants really go well with whip cream. Oooo…yum, yum, yum! <3

Also WoW, with plenty of wailing and gnashing of teeth in Argus…which I am also told is not actually breed of cow. o.O

Have a great week and weekend, folks! :)

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MikeInTheLab

Hearthstone is a daily item. The WOW itch is upon me, I never did play a gnome hunter… Some ESO and STO to round things out. The last two are fun to just jump in and complete a mission or two without any weighty Commitment.

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This is another good reminder of why Eliot gets to do the WRUPs, and why there hasn’t been a MassivelyOP staff dinner.

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Jonny Sage

Been playing Gw2 HOT content, so havent been around much. Heres my guild trying to defeat the Vale Guardian (we died many times).

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Malcolm Swoboda

Secret World Legends: I’m caught up on story! That is, I’ve done every mission up to part way into Tokyo. I’ve been collecting all available lore and I’m over 2/3 there, and after that, I’ll be focusing on more achievement collection and Blue/Purple gear collecting and upgrading. Raid content is upcoming but I may not get into that in September, but I will be advancing through Tokyo, Elite Dungeons, Scenarios, and maybe Lairs. Basically, I’m ahead of my personal expectations. I’ll definitely stick around to try Samhain event. With the Funcom Point ‘compromise’, it doesn’t have me excited to buy things, but I’m at least a little open to finally putting some money forward to get a bit of a convenient boost (inventory and such).

When I want a ‘break’, I do a part of Telltale’s Game of Thrones. I really like its presentation, and like its story, but hearing about how very little the choices affect things, just saddens me. But I knew that sort of thing going into a goddamn Telltale game. At least it gives me some GoT in the latter half of 2017. Maybe next year I’ll read the original SOIAF books.

My boyfriend may be getting Mario Rabbits whatever its called. We may play co-op together :).

Friend finally visiting again to play ME3. She’s almost done the Tuchanka story arc. At this rate I doubt we’ll finish the game this year, but probably next year, giving us 2018-2019 (2020?) for MEA, and hoping the series isn’t dead.

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mysecretid

There’s been a fair bit of matrimony going on around me of late, so as I read your post I initially thought it said “My boyfriend may be getting Married …” and I thought perhaps congratulations were in order for you. :-D

I imagine Mario Rabbits may be a better life option at this time. Less stressful. :-) Hee hee hee.

In any event, it sounds like you’re eyeball-deep in good games lately — sounds like a fun way to spend the time!

Be well,

Cheers,

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Sorenthaz

MUD stuff, FFXIV, possibly XCOM 2 War of the Chosen, The Divsion, Smite… *shrug* lots of stuff potentially depending on how this three day weekend goes.

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kofteburger

I’ve been playing Eve since 2006 on and off and I got podded for the first time.

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Oleg Chebeneev

We need a story! :D

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kofteburger

It was an overview mix up in a Faction Warfare complex. I thought someone was in Federal Defence Union but turns out it was a Caldari militia in a Federation Navy Comet.

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Jonny Sage

Thats an accomplishment!

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kofteburger

Not really when you never step into nullsec or lowsec. Also I always cloak when I’m in wh.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Playing Xcom2: War of the Chosen. Man, this game is tough.
RIPed my hardcore character in Grim Dawn, so I now leveling nonhardcore char in preparation for expansion.
Also lurking abit in Discworld MUD.

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mysecretid

Yeah, I agree that XCOM 2 is not a relaxing game, even though I like it too.

With that game, there’s so much happening at any given time, it can get insane, and now, War Of The Chosen has added even MORE stuff!

Why do we do this to ourselves, Oleg? Why? :-D Hahaha

Have fun, Commander!

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Ironweakness

I’m playing Breath of the Wild with my son (mostly watching and helping him figure out what to do) and then I’ll probably play Rift as well. I’ve made it to Nightmare Tide and I really like the expansion so far. I’m still in the first zone, Goboro Reef so I have a lot left to play through.

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I’m finishing up Titanfall 2’s SP campaign and probably playing some co-op. Playing Overwatch as usual and some Car Mechanic Simulator 2018 when I want something relaxing. We’re still trying to find something to replace Ghost Recon Wildlands for our Sunday game. Maybe Titanfall 2 co-op. Maybe something else. One friend mentioned PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, but another friend sounded rather indifferent to it.

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Sorenthaz

Wait, Titanfall 2 had a campaign? Dang I need to reinstall that and give it another go. e.e

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It’s good, too. Has some interesting levels.

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CapnLan

I’m actually going to put down Elite Dangerous and play No Man’s Sky. As much as I love Elite, the fact that I can’t get out of my ship kills me so bad. Star Citizen doesn’t have anything to offer me yet in terms of actual gameplay that I want to do and Elite stubbornly refuses to let me out of my ship and so I turn to NMS for the time being.

The last patch actually made the game look really neat so I grabbed it and have actually been enjoying my time so far. I’m only about 4 systems away from the starting point but have started on the Atlas Path. I’ve only pissed off the Sentinels once, so I think I’m doing alright. I did manage to scrape up enough cash to buy a new ship. Got a Class B shuttle with 21 slots for 800k. It was better than the junker I was flying before so I jumped on it. It’s not pretty by any means, but it has a nice industrial look suitable for hauling so it’s not too bad.

I think I might stick with this until Elite releases the 2.4 patch. Then it’s Thargoid time. But for now, more NMS.

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nobleeinherjar

The weekly-ish patches that’ve been coming out for No Man’s Sky since the 1.3 update have been amazing. All of them have added a lot of different QoL changes. I think NMS still has a ways to go yet, but I’ve been enjoying it far more now than I did at launch. It’s a really chill game to relax with.

I’m looking forward to the day when Elite Dangerous lets us out of our cockpits. I love the game so much (though I still pretty much suck at it), and I don’t even know if that’s a feature planned for the future, but the dream is there.

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As far as I know, it’s something that they want to do but aren’t going to get to it any time soon. Which is a shame since I now believe that being able to leave my ship and explore alien worlds on foot is an absolute necessity to any space game. Not having that ability makes Elite feel woefully incomplete IMO.

I’ll never quit Elite as I love it way too much, but I might spend a little bit less time with it to play the space games that let me out of the cockpit.

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Armsbend

I’m playing WoW for the first time ever with the Legion deal. I feel like a traveler from another dimension. Everyone in this dimension knows exactly what is going on but the most banal things confound me. That is always something I enjoy about MMORPGs – the initial confusion.

Just went and saw a puppet show with the kiddies. Mother Goose it was well done. Watching college football tonight with pals.

Tomorrow is the most important day of my life time – past, present or future. The Twin Peaks finale. Marriage, kid’s birth…meh…Dale Cooper IS BACK.

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Oleg Chebeneev

So how do you like WoW?

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Armsbend

I’m enjoying it. It is fun to see just how much people have taken from wow over the years. For instance I didn’t know Guild Wars took THAT much from wow. It is practically the same game. What they do they do well.

However, I always find these games really interesting for about a month or so and once the new wears off so does my interest. We’ll see I’d like to stick with it until something better comes out. It seems to be a decent fall for releases.

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Oleg Chebeneev

WoW is different. It can suck you in like no other.

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deekay_plus

it was awesome seeing cooper back again. and he’s wasting no time getting to twin peaks proper either.

teh raodhouse scene with audrey was incredible as well. and we confirmed that her son is mr c’s son as well… which makes my theory about what has happened to her even darker than i realized. on top of diane’s revelation

:-) all

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Armsbend

100%

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Hirku

Did they have a big dressing room?

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Xijit

A stupid facebook game called “eternal wing”

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Rees Racer

“And I thought to myself, ‘a little fermented curd will do the trick’, so, I curtailed my Walpoling activites, sallied forth, and infiltrated your place of purveyance to negotiate the vending of some cheesy comestibles!”

Had a go in the Destiny 2 open beta this week. Just…no…when really the best part of my experience is hearing Nathan Fillion and Gina Torres and thinking I’m in a Firefly reunion.

So, likely still experimenting with classes in Guild Wars 2. I don’t know why it took the full 5 years to let it lure me in. Still favour the Mesmer most, I think.

Sorry to see Sri Lanka fair so poorly against India (the present Evil Empire of Cricket) this last fortnight, but looking forward to Australia’s 3rd Test in Bangladesh this week. What this means is that I can perhaps see how much improved No Man’s Sky really is whilst keeping one eye on the match. :)

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mysecretid

My finances got a little better, briefly, so I was able to pick up Agents Of Mayhem for the PS4, and the XCOM 2: War Of The Chosen DLC on Steam for the PC.

Much to my surprise, I really, really enjoy Agents Of Mayhem. I figured I’d like it, but not to this extent.

Basically, it answers the question: “What if the action-comedy Saints Row games, and the GI Joe cartoon from the 1980s got together and had a gun-toting, `splodey, wise-cracking semi-super-powered baby?”

Not only are the game’s animated cuitscenes in that 1980s cartoon style, but they even do little “The More You Know …” style “life tips for the kids” public-service moments between certain scene changes.

Of course, since this is developer Volition, the advice given is typically a) hilariously inappropriate, or b) bizarre.

Will you like Agents of Mayhem? I have no way of knowing. It’s not just Saints Row doing open-world action cosplay. Check out some Let’s Plays on YouTube to see if the humor suits you, and if you find the action fun.

Me? I’m loving this single-player, PvE, open-world, third-person game of action and silliness.

So nice to play a new game that isn’t all about grimdark evil, and the fall of human civilization sometimes (<– games really do go there an awful lot for subject matter, you know).

XCOM 2: War Of The Chosen is fantastic, in my opinion.

It streamlines and/or improves on a number of the core XCOM 2 game mechanics, while simultaneously adding so much new content to the game’s broad storyline (new cutscenes, new characters, new story sections, new locations) that it feels more like a sequel in many ways than a mere downloadable-content add-on.

If you’re an XCOM 2 fan, be sure to get a preview look at some of this content on YouTube, or wherever; chances are good that you’ll want to pick this one up.

My opinions, anyway,

Have a good week, everyone, and please be good to yourselves. You’re the only one we’ve got! :-)

Cheers,

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deekay_plus

saints row is great fun, i just wish the coop was more than 2 players. saints row 4 kind of jumps the shark with the opness tho and has an overly long intro so i recomend 3 over 4. aside from teh super powers there’s not that much difference between them really.

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mysecretid

Hiya, deekay,

While I can’t personally agree that Saints Row 4 “jumped the shark” (since `jumped the shark’ implies that it became crappy as well as ridiculous, and it was never crappy for me), I will agree that Saints Row 3 was a much tighter game, and better structured for delivering story along with the funny.

Saints Row 4 was a lot looser and scattershot, in my experience anyway. It was all over the place at times with its manic energy, but some of the places it went were utterly hilarious to me.

Jane Austen? The Gat Out Of Hell DLC suddenly turning into a full-bore musical with singing characters? I almost fell out of my gaming chair laughing with glee at stuff like this.

See, for me, one of the saving graces of Saints Row is that its wonderfully absurd, and it plays dumb, but it’s not actualy dumb. There’s a brain behind all the lunacy.

They used to say of actress Barbara Eden (who played the djinni on TV’s “I Dream Of Jeannie”) that you have to be smart to play dumb and make it endearing, instead of annoying. I feel the same way about Volition’s Saints Row comedies.

Beyond all this, most games are typically pretty bad at comedy.

Most of in-game comedy plays like something like Beavis and Butthead (remember them?) would write — tits jokes and insults. Or else, its World of Warcraft‘s stale pop-culture references, and odd fascination with quests that involve getting the player to handle poop (I wish I were kidding).

Volition may not always get it right — and I’m not suggesting that they do — but they’re still usually better than most of what’s out there at any given time. Most games wouldn’t know how to crack a decent joke if human lives depended on it. :-)

As far as my early days in Agents of Mayhem, I’ve noticed that the tone of the comedy is dialed back here (it’s more gently goofy –subtler — instead of manically naughty, as the SR games could get).

I wonder if Volition reconsidered, after the completely over-the-top outlandishness of Saint’s Row 4? As above, it is a lot harder to tell a story if the comedic world you’ve created has almost no structure.

I was thinking the other night while playing Agents Of Mayhem that the game could almost (almost) pass for a Teen rated game, except for the fact that many of the characters swear like drunken sailors.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that one of the early characters who swears the most (Hardtack) is an actual ex navy man, in the game. :-)

Again, except for the blue language, the game’s humor is more goofy here rather than manic, and it could possibly pass for a Teen-rated game if not for the swearing and some of the concept humor that wouldn’t get past the ESRB, except in a Mature title.

In any event, I’m liking Agents of Mayhem so far.

It may not be for everybody, but it makes me smile, and its got sort of fun energy to parts of it that I personally haven’t felt since the City Of Heroes days.

That’s just me though, of course. Everybody who’s considering AoM should definitely check out the gameplay on YouTube first, to decide if it’s the kind of game they would enjoy.

Eesh. This post is way too long, deekay, and I’m just floating casual opinions.

Thanks for your patience!

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it’s ok it was a good read and i more or less agree!

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Sray

I wanted to love Agents of Mayhem, but I wasn’t really all that impressed with the story and humor, and there too many launch bugs on the PC that got in the way of me finding the fun. Probably in a couple months I’ll try it again, but for now I have to give it a pass. Good to see you’re enjoying it, and once their PS launch stuff is worked out I’m sure there’ll be a good game in there.

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mysecretid

No worries, Sray. Everybody has their own likes and dislikes, especially when it comes to humor.

Part of it with me, I think, is that I needed to play a “fun” or “funny” loose sort of game right now. I needed that sort of break, because I’ve been playing a lot of “serious” games of late. I needed laugh, basically.

(Plus, have you seen the news lately, brother? Eesh!)

Sorry to hear that the PC version of Agents Of Mayhem is buggy right now. I haven’t seen any major bugs on the PS4 version so far, if that’s any help to know.

I never expect anybody to like what I l like — I just try to speak up on WRUP about anything I’ve played that I like, just in case there’s somebody out there who says “Hey! I need a game like that! Right now!!!” :-D Hahaha

So many games are coming down the pipe between now and early 2018. I wonder which ones we’ll be talking about most after all the dust settles?

Good to hear from you. Take care of you!

Cheers,

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kidwithknife

I’m kinda drifting between games, I’ll likely do a bit of SWL and Marvel Heroes (or How I Learned to Stop Complaining and Love Taskmaster’s Hook Kick Build), but most likely I’ll be taking another dive into ESO. Such a good game.

I’m also finally getting around to digging into Bayonetta; that really is a stupid good game. Totally bonkers in a good way, and more accessible than some games of it’s type. I mean, your hair turns into your clothes turns into a giant boot to kick dudes with turns into a HOLYSHITGIANTFUCKINGDEMONTHING that eats your foes! Lady’s got SWAGGER!

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Armsbend

Bayonetta is a constant top 5 of my personal all time favorites. The perfect video game.

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EQ/2 are having a double xp and -25% off event for the holiday weekend so I’m grinding alts hard. When I’m not grinding AA I’ll be getting my frag on in Quake Champions. I’m back in my element and the overwatch kiddies are not adjusting well :D

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Paragon Lost

What an amusing list of euphemisms for eating. lol. Playing only Lotro these days, so I’ll be doing that. :)

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“Poop loading”?! … no comment here :-D

World of Warcraft, Argus and talking dagger.

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Koshelkin

Secret World Legends and back to BDO after my summer break. Probably some Total War:Warhammer as I got the Woodelves DLC on sale, and reinforced my Empire Army with the Grim&The Grave(Empire&Undead DLC). I might dare the Multiplayer, I’ve been good in older titles but didn’t play much TW1 so far.

It’s funny how 2 of my top 3 factions are in TW2, Skaven and High Elves, and apparently all others are released in the first round. And I’m also curious to see where the third part of it will finally lead us because I can’t really say which factions are missing after TW2. Some obscure/more recent ones like Ogre Kingdoms but no “high-profile” factions and TW2 might get some faction DLC as well… geographically there’s only the east and deep south left and there’s no official armies in that region, Araby, Cathay, Nippon, Genghis Goblins. Only Chaos Dwarves got a minimum of coverage and releases. We might be in for a surprise!

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Sray

Managed to get some GTX 1080 Ti’s at MSRP (how sad is it that it’s an accomplishment to be able to buy graphics cards at the price that they’re supposed to be?), so I spent most of yesterday dealing with hardware swapping, and testing (those high end cards really bring the heat, literally), plus setting up a RMA on one of my old cards as it finally dawned on me that the clicking noise that one of the fans made wasn’t normal.

With all that out of the way, my new rig finally in a state that I can call completed (for now), and a end of summer heatwave forcing me indoors (west coast forest fires + heatwave = poor air quality that makes my allergies go haywire), I have all day for gaming. Not that I would have been outside all that much anyway: there’s, like, at least a 7% reduction in the chances of me being attacked by a squirrel if I am not outside. Also, being outside means that I might see other people in person, and have to be nice to them; and I can’t say that I care for that idea much.

Life Is Strange: Before the Storm is going to happen today, but beyond that it’s anyone’s guess.

I kind of want to start a new game of Rise of the Tomb Raider just to really put my rig through the paces (there is a reason all the tech sites put this one in their GPU benchmarks), and also because it’s fun.

I’ve been spending a bit of time in both No Man’s Sky and Ark this last week, but I’m starting to hit the point with them that I go “oh yeah, survival games all reach that point of ‘why am I still doing this?'”

And… I also kind of want to check out PUBG and Dauntless. But I also don’t really want to spend money on buying them.

As always, lots of options, probably won’t get to many, if any, of them.

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deekay_plus

i decided to go with just gtx 1080. the prices on that in CAD are alone rediculous. NCIX is taking no chances on the dollar dropping again i guess.

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Sray

Between NCIX, Newegg, and Amazon, I’ve spent a lot of time price watching, and honestly I really didn’t think I’d find anything before Black Friday, so I was prepared to not upgrade graphics until then. I was a bit shocked when I found them. The cards I grabbed were available on Newegg for about two hours before they sold out. I prefer buying from NCIX, but it was close to a $100 difference between this and their lowest price cards, and they weren’t carrying these models so no price matching.

And a GTX 1080 vanilla can max pretty much everything at 60fps up to 2k resolutions, so it’s pretty damn far from a poor alternative.

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deekay_plus

normally i shopbot.ca all my pc part purchases. the only reason ididn’t this time was wanted them to build it for me. otherwise i go for the lowest price every time even if it means not getting the bonus games/software.

and part of the reason i went with gtx is strong possibility i’ll get volta when it comes out. that and i am indecisive on which monitor(s) i will get to replace these old 1080p 60hz screens. i am thinking ultra wide but i might go with some blingy gsync 144hz bullshit instead even tho i don’t really notice any of the so called problems those things are said to solve with my current screens.

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Koshelkin

Not so sure about Gsync. Panels with it generally ask for a pretty premium compared to the Freesync alternatives.

Panel type, refresh rate and resolution are all more important than G-Sync imo. Hard to set priorities here because you can’t really have everything at once atm. The Acer Predator X35 will release next year with 35″ curved, quantum dot, 144+hz, g-sync, 3440×1440 and quite surely the price will be outrageous. Asus plans something similar with the ROG Swift PG35VQ.

Atm I’d upgrade with a Samsung LU32H850UMUXEN(Quantum Dot, UHD) or a Asus ROG PG348Q(100hz, g-sync, uwqhd) but won’t be able to afford either before I get my christmas bonus.

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Sray

While freesync isn’t proprietary, Nvidia hasn’t enabled it on their cards, hence freesync doesn’t work with Nvidia cards; and Gsync doesn’t work with AMD cards because it is proprietary to Nvidia.

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Koshelkin

Yes, I know. The thing is I’m not sure if the technology justifies the additional costs and there’s also the fact that I don’t know if I want to support Nvidia’s stance here. In the end they’re double-charging their customers while making life for monitor manufacturers harder because they need to decide if they do freesync, g-sync or both on their models and hence negatively impact the development of gaming displays. G-Sync and Freesync do effectively the same thing but G-Sync is a good deal more expensive, sometimes over a hundred dollars on a given model.

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freesync is apparently a sub par tech right now to the point it’s better without it i’ve been told.

gsync actually works really well supposedly. it’s just in my case i’m not sure i notice w/e it’s supposed to solve too often. i just noticed minor screen tearing in gtao the other week for the first time in 3 years of off and on play becuase i happened to be focused on the part of my screen it happened. lol.

i’ve also played on 120hz monitors and not really felt any difference from my 60hz monitors as well.

i’m only considering higher hz and gsync because it’s kind of a waste to have 1080gtx on my current screens. and really i’m also considering 1440p instead of some fancy 1080p shit.

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I’d rather go for a 4k display then. I think the additional fidelity of those is much more noticeable than the reduced tearing from high refresh rates/g-sync.

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4k is just retarded to me. i cant see any pixels with the DPI of my 1080p 24″ screens as it is. and i’m not sure i want to get much larger physical size than my current screens.

which is why i’ve been on the look out for 1440p screens but ncix doesn’t have a good selection for them for w/e idk what reason. so i’ll probably shop around other sites for one that looks decent.

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24″ is a really small screen size and higher resolution becomes much more noticeable the bigger your screen is.

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eh i still remember the adjustment it took to get use to 24″ from 22″ and some certain game’s ui’s are just so poorly laid out (cough gw2 and their self and target frames at the top and bottom) that it literally fatigues my eyeballs after an hour or so of play.

i also don’t have room on my desk for bigger than 27″ really.which is my upper limit for this purchase i think.

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Sray

The thing I’ve found with ultrawide is the support can be spotty sometimes. Most MMOs are actually fantastic about it, but big AAA games seem to have a hell of a time implementing it: if they do it, the UI is often messed up, or else they just stretch the image wider across the screen (as if it never occurred to anyone that would just look terrible). But I suspect you’re thinking about going ultrawide to do away with multiple monitors while maintaining productivity capabilities.

Also, Chrome has a nice little add-on (UltraWide Video)that will let you watch YouTube and Netflix stuff in full 21:9 which is awesome for theatrical release material, but useless for TV shows and originals as usually they film in 16:9 to begin with.

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yeah that’s a concern i’m aware of. it’s something i’ve noted to zulika and he says most of the games he plays are better about it than in previous years. but ehhhhhhhh idk.

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Destiny 2 ran well on 3440×1440 right off the bat and the performance was impressive. UI was fine too, even though I saw no adjustment for it. I run the Predator x34 @ 100Hz g-sync.

The funny thing now is most cut scenes and splash pages are still 16:9 even when the game runs 21:9. I have had to edit a few config files to get 21:9 when it is not available in the options.

In some games (GW2, ESO) it looks like however they implemented 21:9 stretches out what ever is in the last 5 inches of screen on each end, but I do not see that in the newer games. I assume this is because it is baked in from scratch instead of being tacked on later. Playing with the UI scale is a must sometimes, but I have been doing that even on 2560×1600.

Here are some shots of Warhammer 40k: Inquisitor Martyr in Alpha/EA. No adjustments available yet, but I have no issues with it.

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yah i guess that brings up a new concern – is in my old age i don’t like dicking around with fixing things to make them pleasant. i just want things to work well out of the box.

so maybe i’ll go with 1440p instead :P

but thanks for the response. :P

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np bud, 2560×1440 is surely more widely used. I have had to run some games at that res and just ignore the black bars.

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That pic reminds me of a bear claw I got yesterday in a small french bakery after lunch. No one appeared to know what I was talking about when I asked for it after seeing it on the way in. I had to go point to it and they said “Oh you want an almond croissant ?”

As far a gaming, I will stare at my desktop and just let my hand go where the Ouija spirits take it.

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I recommend Wireshark! A good game of Wireshark gets the blood flowing. lol. Also, I’m with Sray, the choices! Soo many choices! Man. lol

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That is the only thing on my desktop I would not recommend to anyone. If for some reason you already know how to use it, never ever tell anyone that you know how, especially anyone involved in software support that has no business in that field. If they ask you about it play dumb, play dead, or just run away….or lie for goodness sake man lie!

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hehe..yeah agreed. I know how to use it but I don’t pretend to be ultra savvy these days. I’ve long been out of the industry and really don’t normally find myself needing such tools anymore.

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Sray

How can you handle having so many games available all at once? Any more than 7 or 8 on a system at a time, and I become paralyzed with indecision.

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Hirku

I’m even worse…4 to 5 is my absolute limit, and even then they have to be drastically different from each other.

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Probably about half of those are in some state of EA/testing, or in a content holding pattern, so I only consider them options when an update arrives that I want to check out.

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Hirku

I’m getting tired of Secret World Legends in more ways than one, so that’s been shelved until at least next year. Stellaris is still my main game, but for those times when I want to get off the throne and hit and/or shoot stuff, I’m having another go at the SWTOR class stories.

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Still continuing my adventures in Path of Exile though I must admit that I am looking at other games a little more so it might be time to step away for a short break.

Also a work in progress are the Krynn gold box games. I am moving through Death Knights of Kyrnn. which seems a bit harder to me now that I remember it being way back then. I also picked up Prey and Doom when they were on sale a short while back so I need to slot those in somewhere and it might be they are the ones I use as my break games from PoE.

Last but not least I am also finding the time to watch Dad of Light on Netflix. I have only watched a couple of episodes so far and it isn’t going to win any awards or anything but I like it for what it is nevertheless. Plus it is nice to see an mmo (FFXIV) used in a series by writers who seem to get what an mmo is about to the point that some scenes resonated quite a lot with me from when I first started in mmos.

Hope everyone has a safe and fun gaming weekend o/

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Krynn – I tip my old school hat to you sir.

I was just thinking last night when I went to purchase an EA game, after looking at people playing it on Twitch and going through Youtube vids, that I used to buy games on a cassette in a clear sandwich-like bag with nothing other than a few sentences typed on a sticker on the outside of it to give me an idea about it.

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Hirku

Any tv show that depicts video gaming accurately needs to win all the awards.

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what you didn’t like the law and order svu gamergate episode? XD

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Didn’t see it, but if the actors can’t even hold controllers right I can only imagine what a trainwreck something like that would be.

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they didn’t play any video games in that one at least lol. it was just about evil and murderous gamers are lol

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Hirku

So they actually got it right for once? 8 |

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i don’t see how gamers are any more murderous than non gamers. actually i’m sure there’s been studies showing gamers are less violent than non gamers on average.

it’s easy and cool to pick on nerds nowadays tho.

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Its always easy and cool to do that, but its consistently generally wrong and belies peoples’ insecurities about intelligence.

And no, I’m not so smart or so nerdy, myself. Just a little protective of different peoples around me.

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i agree.

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Until Monster Hunter World comes out, I’m pretty much all about Dauntless right now. Otherwise, my multiplayer appetites are generally pretty thin right now. Until Destiny 2 PC anyways.

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I’m extraordinarily excited for Monster Hunter World, but it looks to be a fairly long wait until the PC version arrives…maybe by 2Q next year if we are lucky. Watching the early gameplay vid’s has me booting up the God Eater games to temporarily sate my hunting inclinations. The original and sequel are really enjoyable, both tactically deep and satisfying.

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destiny 2 also killed my appetiate for anything else. QQ :(

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After 30 minutes in Destiny 2, I forced myself to stop playing because I knew that I wouldn’t be able to handle not playing it for two months if i let myself become more invested.

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yeah we played only about an hour – the single player introduction and then the one strike. which we had 4 ppl online but it only allowed 3 in it oddly. well i guess it’s a known thing but still odd.

teh video below is our final attempt and you might barely be able to make out that i’m pretty much fucking done with that boss at that point lol.

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i was sick all week for the most part so i didn’t get much gaming in while i was sick. i suppose i managed to manage my farms in albion but that’s getting a bit tedious at this point.

i pulled the trigger on my new pc order this morning and that’s a good thing as my current pc is dying even more so than usual the past few weeks.

i did get some star citizen in this week tho, as well as the destiny 2 beta, which the boss fight in the strike available to play coop is the subject of this week’s share.

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We (shameful US peeps) have Labor Day sales at good PC parts spots like Newegg right now. Hopefully you were able to get some deals as well with your PC order.

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ncix has random small discounts for no reason regularly. but all the stuff i ordered went up in a price mostly but overall it balanced itself out somehow to be about the same price as when i put the cart together.

i just wish ram was cheaper. same thing happened to me 8 years ago where ram was stupidly expensive for several months after it had been cheap for a while and dropped in price again later. i heard there was an accident at some factory that is impeding production and i’d believe it since most of the decent stuff is sold out.

but yeah we don’t generally do labour day sales on most things in canada afaik. we kind of sort of do black friday now tho not as insane as in america. most of our yearly sales is boxing day the week of xmas.

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I saw an article yesterday that GPU prices were going to start increases due to that RAM issue as well. GL with it!

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also twin peaks season 3 ends tomorrow night. i’ll be a day or two late as usual but i’m super psyched to see how things are wrapped up.

with the revelation that richard is mr c’s son and apparent waking up of audrey from her dream state and her being “inside” somewhere, i am definitely hyped af to see this play out and hoping lynch will deliver and not give us a muholland drive. lol

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Armsbend

stop spoiling dk. and muholland drive was perfect.

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no spoilers, just a fan theory.

the fb pages are really good for the most part aside from posting screen caps of key moments without context making them fairly mild spoilers at most.

also stay away from the actors’ instagrams. one of them apparently posted a MAJOR spoiler on their account there yday. :@

and mulholland drive still annoys me with all the convoluted theories people had about it back when it was new. i read one a few weeks ago that pretty much summed up what i had always figured more or less was probably the case tho, which was nice. but back in teh day people reading all kinds of asnine shit into it used to drive me nuts lol.

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some people think this is the definitive “best” explanation for everything going on and lot of makes sense.
http://www.mulholland-drive.net/analysis/analysis01.htm

careful though the thing is a novel, but really interesting. I watched Blue Velvet for the first time in a long time Thursday – great movie as well. Hard to beat Frank Booth.

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Sray

“Heineken? Fuck that foreign shit! Pabst Blue Ribbon! That’s what you’ll drink tonight.”

Easily Dennis Hopper’s greatest performance.

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Armsbend

He was in equal parts a psychopath, threatening and vile in equal parts – but obviously tortured in some respect. It isn’t my idea but the brilliance of Blue Velvet is not the story or characters as much as it is what is left unseen – left to the human consciousness.

The more I learn about Lynch and his work the more I become obsessed.

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That means now is the perfect time for me to finally grab the whole season and binge!

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i highly recomend watching the previous material first. i’ve read there’s some deleted scenes collection that is also referenced in the new season.

for the most part i’m being amused by sundial watchign the old stuff and talking about it. which i skipped out on binging the old stuff cuz i had done so not that many years ago but i feel i should’ve now that i’ve been watching weekly.

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I got the bluray set of the complete series and movie as a Christmas gift this, and I watched a few episodes before getting distracted. Part of me is thinking I should just got through it all from the start, new series included, an episode or two per week for the next few months. That’s probably the better way to do it, because otherwise I’ll probably just burn out half way through and forget about it.

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some years ago i did the marathon binge watching thing and the lesson learned from it is i don’t remember fuck all about the show if i do that. so even when i’m watchign something i CAN binge watch i’d rather watch an episode or 2 a week one at a time.

not that i watch much tv at all no matter the delivery method at this point. this is the first series i’ve watched in a couple years and i think the last series i watchd was the first two seasons.

anyways enjoy, twin peaks can be hard to watch at times but it’s just so damned rewarding to do so.

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One of the times where the parts equal more than the whole.

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Battlefield 1, a little Albion Online, and some of The Amazing Eternals. Going to see just how much tolerance I can muster for the 1337 dudebro crowd this weekend.

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Ah yes, the 1337 dudebro crowd — legends in their own minds. :-)

Wear a bulletproof vest, and earplugs, and you should do okay (heh).

But seriously, have fun. If you’re not back safely in a week, we’ll send out the Massively recon teams to find you!

Cheers,

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