WRUP: Of balls and pins thereof edition

Why are pinball machines so expensive? All right, that one’s obvious, they’re rather elaborate things with lots of moving parts all wired up to sturdy tables. They should be expensive. But it’s insanely frustrating that there’s no real way to get the proper feel of a pinball machine without spending a couple thousand dollars on a large, heavy table that plays one game.

And even “plays” feels a bit overly generous, because this isn’t, like, a similarly expensive arcade cabinet. A pinball machine is a matter of frantically mashing flippers and hoping for rain as various things happen with only moderate control. It’s incredibly frustrating and it’s pricey and I want one, because all of the digital solutions don’t have the tactile feel that is literally half of the fun of these things.

In summary, someone needs to make an MMO variant on pinball. Let us know why that’s stupid in this week’s installment of What Are You Playing.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Guild Wars 2 if you please! My duo partner and I are making our way into zone #3. I’ll also be poking around in Ultima Online; last round I was rotating my flower beds (this game, you guys), but with all the new anniversary and vet rewards, I need to get in there and figure out what to claim.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): I’ll be playing Final Fantasy XIV with the time I do have this weekend, but considering that I’ll be coming back from my anniversary trip mid-Saturday, I’m expecting my game time to be somewhat limited. Oh well.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): Fall time is usually when I head back to World of Warcraft, because there’s something that I associate between that game and this season. Dunno why, to be honest. Otherwise, Halloween activities in Secret World Legends, back to Mordor in Lord of the Rings Online, and some featured episoding (that’s a term) in Star Trek Online for me!

Patron Pierre: Destiny 2 on PS4 is still my game of choice. I don’t have enough free time for other games, even if, with the number of good games launching these weeks (last and forthcoming), it’s hard to keep up the pace when you’re a casual gamer :O. I’m also getting prepared for the launch of Destiny 2 on PC (updating my PC with a GTX 1080 Ti and rearranging my living room too :D). I have even taken a few days of vacation to play with my Clan when the game launches on Tuesday. Enjoy your gaming weekend dear MOP readers. Cheers!

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Malcolm Swoboda

Secret World Legends: Wrapping up Tokyo then onto getting all (or almost all) remaining few Legends to complete my collection, then back to Transylvania and Egypt to do the last achievements there. Tokyo achievements.. I know will be more of a task to wrap up (Spiral scares me). I’m finally starting to progress into endgame, Elite 1 and 2 content and Elite 1 raid! Halloween is all covered save for filling in some fluff (if I want), logins, and saving the Marks for all Haunted Cache fluff. At this rate my November will be just achievement hunting, the journey to Elite 5/purple gear sets, and playing my alt, unless Funcom has content surprises.

Bought Star Wars Battlefront (2015) for cheap with all content and might grind that some alongside Mass Effect Andromeda. Tried out DND Online again to remind myself its just too dated (especially in UI) to care about, sadly. Reinstalled Mobius Final Fantasy with mixed feelings; its becoming more and more of a ‘full game’ (opposed to incomplete mobile game) with more and more ‘fair’ monetization as time goes on, but its still a mess with that and a silly grindfest and I despise the one-time events, even as more of them that I thought are turning out to return in some form. Ugh.

Basically Secret World Legends and tryin out some things.

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Johnny

How the heck could you make a pinball game where hundreds of people would play together on one machine…. all those flippers….

Anyway, going to pop into ESO again. Otherwise been playing Stick of Truth. I didn’t finish it and its super easy to get back into and enjoy. The second one is apparently quite different, but I am sure I will enjoy it all the same.

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thirtymil

Spent all week waiting for BalsBigBrother’s ELEX report :)

And slept-walked through a few Warcraft legion invasions with alts.

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Nick Smith

Trove (main)
Secret World Legends (Samhein stuff)
The Elder Scrolls Online (double exp)
Star Trek Online (im hooked again)

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mysecretid

Pinball is one of those games I always wanted to like playing more than I actually did.

It didn’t help that I’m not very good at the game, either. :-(

What Am I Playing? Nothing too new this week, alas

Star Trek Online, as always.

I’m still having a huge amount of fun playing Agents Of Mayhem.

I dunno — I guess it’s going to be one of those games where the general gaming public just doesn’t like the game as much as I do — but I’m completely okay with that. :-)

Oh, and I just hit level 100 (yeek!) in World Of Warcraft. I don’t think I’ve ever levelled that high in an MMORPG before.

As I’ve said in earlier posts, I’m really enjoying WoW this time around, but I know that’s partly because I know what to expect from the game, generally-speaking, and I enjoy the game for what it is, rather than expecting it to be my “ultimate MMORPG”. :-)

I must say that I’m actually really enjoying my character’s strongholds on Draenor — it’s a bit like the standard MMORPG housing idea got mashed up with base-building in the original Warcraft strategy games.

In any case, I really like it, although I’ve already heard that Blizzard abandoned the whole notion when the Burning Legion expansion shipped.

Ah well, I’ve had a lot of fun with it while it’s lasted.

Have a good week, people. And do take care of yourselves, please. You’re the only you we’ve got, and the only one we’ll ever have.

Cheers,

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Caelium

I recently got back into Lord of the Rings Online. I started anew on the Landroval server and have already met a few very nice people. Enjoying my time back in Middle Earth so far!

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Battle Chasers: Nightwar and Terra Battle 2

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MeltWithYou

Far Cry Blood Dragon cause I love that game. It not the best shooter, but thats not why I love it. That and Return to Castle Wolfenstein are two games I get an itch to beat again and again every few years. My cousin does this with FF6 and Crono Trigger. I guess certain games just mesh with you.

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Hirku

I didn’t even buy or play Blood Dragon and I still love it just for them 80’s childhood feels.

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mysecretid

Every gamer seems to have a couple of personal favorites that they’re willing to go back and play again.

Enjoy!

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Utakata

This week: Trying to avoid those stink bombs in WoW’s major cities that makes my pigs all orange and smello. :(

Also this week: Something I drew up that’s a little more Halloweeno. (Please see: Image attached.)

Have a great week and weekend folks! <3

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Jack Pipsam

That’s an awesome drawing!

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mysecretid

Very nice! We haven’t seen art here from you since you and Bruno were offering up pages and commentary. Thanks for this!

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rafael12104

Lovely! A dichotomy that is a symmetry.

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Sorenthaz

When not moving: doing all the things on Warframe, working on some missions in LoL, working up Weaver Goldsmith to 15 before working further on DoL leveling on FFXIV… probably gonna be those three games primarily but we’ll see if I can squeeze in some time for other stuff.

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rafael12104

So. There certain pinball machines you don’t play. Not that there is anything really wrong with them, but sometimes the theme is wrong, maybe there is no multiball bonus or, in the old days, there is a line to play! The same thing applies to games.

Destiny 2 is on my agenda. I have downloaded the game. BUT, I will not break the seal this weekend. I’ll wait the weekend to avoid the line to play. Lol.

Star Wars Battlefront 2: Was on my list. I played the beta some until I found the loot box shenanigans with the cards. Supporting EA is the wrong theme.

As for other games? Well, it seems that there is one game that gives me that Multiball bonus I crave, BnS. I been getting a 130 percent combat xp bonus for some time now but it is going to end sometime. So, better ramp up now. HM levels after cap require lots of xp.

That’s it for me. I leave with a cap I lovingly refer to as “Down goes Frazier! Down goes Fraizer! Down goes Frazier!”

**(if you get that little reference as it relates to the pic, boxing, and Howard Cossell, you are old, like me.)

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rafael12104

Ok. I’m spamming my own post. But I couldn’t help myself when I found this:

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MeltWithYou

Every time I see George Foreman, I think of this…

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rafael12104

Lol. You get beat up just holding the bag. Just saying.

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Rees Racer

Honestly, some days I’m paralysed with indecision…

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thirtymil

Calculator is the obvious choice.

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Hirku

Just your top left corner is too much for me…

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mysecretid

They used to call this “an embarrassment of riches”. :-)

Honestly, if you’re going to have a problem, this is not a terrible one to have.

Just pick one, Rees. If it’s the wrong choice for that day, you’ll know it pretty quickly. Rinse Repeat. :-)

Cheers!

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nobleeinherjar

My MMO slump is over. I jumped back into FFXIV. I need to do some inventory maintenance but then I’m good to go. They weren’t kidding when they said they made veteran rewards easier to get. I had the Leonhart, Tantalus, and Wild Rose sets waiting for me in the mail. I’m also having to make some tough decisions about who to kick out of my little Maelstrom Squad to make room for new applicants.

Besides that, I’m nearing the end of Alien: Isolation. I think. For a survival horror game, it’s pretty long. I’m still plugging away at story missions in Shadow of War. I’m slowly doing planet missions on Warframe. And I tried out Brawlhalla. Pretty fun game. I enjoyed it more than Rivals of Aether. I prefer Rivals’ pixel art, but the controls for that game cramp my thumb. But that might be my fault. Back when I was giving that game a try, I couldn’t relax my thumb for anything involving the analog stick.

PSN also had some kind of Halloween sale so I picked up a few titles and fiddled with them a little. Gonna focus on Lone Survivor first since it’s scratching my Silent Hill itch.

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zoward

Welcome back.

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Loopy

Been playing a bit of Flight Simulator X lately. Wanted to break the fantasy theme a bit and dust off my flight sticks. I’m trying to amp up the graphics as much as i can without resorting to paying for mods. But i might also have to dust off my wallet if i want the game to look relatively up to date.

On the flip side, still chugging along in Overwatch, as well as spending some time in ESO.

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Utakata

Hey, what happened to the ÏCE, Sun Life/Habour and 10 York towers that sprouted up like mushrooms over the last few years? They pretty much block those Bay Street bank towers from that lakeshore view. o.O

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Loopy

Yeah an up-to-date version of this screenshot would look a whooole lot different..

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Utakata

Yep. And to give an idea of that, you should have a poke through this:

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…it’s a photographical perspective what flying around Toronto would look like today. Enjoy. :)

Edit/Note: It’s a Flickr link.

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rafael12104

Nice! I love old airplane sims!

But, give me Falcon 3.0 from back in the old days. Hmm… I wonder if I can play that now, somehow. Thanks! You have given me something to look into.

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Loopy

One of my favourite fighter jet games was F-22 Raptor. The amount of time i sunk into that game as a kid is mindblowing. From there i graduated to Mig 22 Fulcrum. I’m not sure what the current reigning game is for fighter jets..

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rafael12104

I remember those. Both great games. There was also F15 Strike Eagle. I spent many hours on that one too.

Yeah, don’t know, the genre just fell off the map. I think some of it was due to company merges etc. Microprose was awesome though.

Here is a real old one but a great one!

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Hirku

My Microprose experience was F-15 Strike Eagle on the C64. I had no idea what I was doing but it all felt so complex and grown-up that I loved it anyway.

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rafael12104

Yup! Lol. I know the one. And, the C64 was the best for these games.

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mysecretid

I played the crap out of the original F117 game when I was much (much) younger! It was the only flight sim I ever truly loved, and I suspect it made me a fan of games where stealth mattered, even to this day.

In the first F117, Microprose designed the stealth plane based on research and theory, since the specs on the actual stealth plane were still classified.

After the real-world plane was revealed, I remember there was a bit of a laugh in the gaming magazines of the day because, apparently, Microprose’s theoretical F-117 was a better aircraft design than what the Air Force actually went with in real life. Oops!

I always wondered if we got the F-117A game sequel — featuring the real-world plane design — because somebody at the Pentagon called up Microprose and chewed them out for making the Air Force look bad? Hee hee hee. :-)

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rafael12104

Oh, yes! I remember it well. We knew nothing about the aircraft other than it existed. It was all top secret, but suddenly I could fly it on my computer!

Despite the graphics, based on today;s standards, the game was very sophisticated. You had to understand how radar works, the different types of radar and the best methods to avoid detection, how laser guided weapons worked.

Hell, even your planes load out was strategic. How many AMRAMs to load, or cluster bombs, or Mavericks, etc.

Great game. The innovation was incredible. It still holds up to this day.

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zoward

GOG has the Falcon Collection:

https://www.gog.com/game/falcon_collection

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rafael12104

Yes!! Thank you. :)

Graphics are dated, but I’m telling ya, you really felt like you were in a fighter. Watching your radar your instruments and then… a mig shows up. All hell breaks loose as you fight! So much fun.

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deekay_plus

is this the one that was f2p on steam before ms shut down GFWL? or a different one?

must be a different one becuase i remember trying the f2p one and it not liking my stick and having weird mkb controls, as well as the graphics looking more modern than this (and being third person rather than first as in your screenshot).

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Loopy

Hmm not sure which one that is, but this is Microsoft’s official Flight Simulator X for Steam (a re-released MS Flight Simulator X). It’s fairly out of date graphically, but probably one of the most accurate flight simulators for commercial planes, aside from X-Plane.

As a noob, I prefer FSX to X-Plane though. And there are some mods out there (costing close to $100 CAD) that make FSX looks pretty damn gorgeous.

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deekay_plus

hmm ok. there was a f2p one that had weird controls and was more arcadey compared to the old MS flight sims.

tho i found MS flight sim pretty newb friendly back when i was a kid tbh. but also with alot of depth potential all things considered.

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Loopy

Yeah exactly. It does a good job of ramping up a new player to a good level of competency, but it also provides a lot of simulator-level challenges to experts. The game is designed to be able to be flown at full realism-level if desired (way beyond my current skill).

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deekay_plus

yeah i’m thinking this is the one i played in the 90s on my 486 lol. had many hours having fun with it.

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Toanstation

I’ve gotten bitten by the Rift bug, so I’ve spent the last few days starting some new characters. This was nice, as lately my gaming has been mostly centered around my live stream.

Last night, I flew in an anti-Drifter fleet in EVE Online, and I’ll be streaming EVE Sunday night while I talk about player agency in games.

With most of my LotRO time lately been streaming and my system struggling a bit, I’ve been avoiding the festival and focusing on making my way through Minad Tirith.

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BalsBigBrother

Incoming wall of text warning, run to the hills, run for your life :-)

So Elex, I said earlier in the week Elex is certainly a Piranha Bytes game with all that entails good and bad. After further play I still stand by that.

PB games tend to follow a similar pattern in terms of what they offer so lets start on the bad.

(a) The interface is sadly one of those interfaces that tries to straddle the pc / console line and fails. You all can probably guess most of the issues as this continues to be an ongoing problem for games on multiple platforms.

(b) Character graphics are limited. There is no character creation you are a white dude with a shaved head and a scarred face, I am fine with that but it might bother some folks. This also seems to be a theme for the npcs too they seem to be based around a couple or three templates with different hair colours so limited is the word here. The animation is clunky and has clipping issues on your character, npc’s and during cut scenes.

(c) The voice acting is awkward at best to the point I turned it off and have been using subtitles to get my story. The music and game sounds are functional without being special.

(d) Combat again this is clunky. It often feel like there is a delay between you pressing an action key and it actually happening which is quite a problem in the combat more so at the start.

Now for the good bits to offer a bit of balance.

The world design is one of the highlights, it is a seamless world with no loading screens but it all still runs well enough for me at max settings (55-60 fps). Ok you are not getting anything close to 4k ultra textures but it gets the job done.

The actual world is just made to be explored and it seems the devs understand the exploring ethos too. Spoiler during the tutorial you get a belt mounted jet pack. So shortly thereafter I saw a derelict pylon, “oh hey those corrugated sheets look like platforms I wonder if ….”, a bit later I am at the top and find myself a bit richer thanks to a small reward hidden at the top. There was no quest for this and no reason to go up the pylon other than to go up. The world is full of stuff like that, ruins that have no quest attached to them but just beg you to explore.

What PB seem to do well is to make an rpg feel connected so that what you do feels like you make a difference within the world and how it views you. There are factions within the game, the main ones the player can join are The Berserker, The Outlaws and The Clerics, with some others that act as the protagonists or offer some flavour to the world. Within those factions are sub factions that you can help or hinder through your questing. Depending on your choices it will make a difference how the factions react to you or who you can interact with which in turn appears to affect the flow of the main story.

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One of the early quests is to solve a murder. As you go through the quest it seems the person who gave you the quest might know a little more about the events than they admit to. You find yourself in the position of either turning them in to the village elders but having to kill them or lying to keep their secret but that means you have to kill an innocent person. You get rewarded quite well for both outcomes though in a different manner, one gives your character a large xp boost early-ish in the game and the other nets you a travelling companion.

It a nice dilemma that has consequences no matter what you pick and the game seems to have a lot of similar things that affect your character for good or bad. Caveat: I am at the time of writing only 20 ish hours in. So I can’t say authoritatively how much change is possible or if it will change the main story ending. I have been locked away from some npcs through my choices so I hope that continues on throughout the game.

I should mention this game doesn’t hold your hand and you are going to die a lot but this appears to be by design. A lot of the encounters you have to begin with it seems the best course of action is to run away because if you fight you will die (one or two shot in a lot of cases.) This is not a game where you are a one man army from the get go you are weak and if you pay attention it tells you why this is.

Now whether this is good or not in terms of game play depends on your point of view. Personally I found it refreshing that I had to work quite a lot in terms of character development to even begin to feel comfortable even just starting a fight let alone being confident I would win. It does lead you to look at other avenues to solve disputes at least when it comes to human npcs. You can’t bargain with mutant animals so better keep the running shoes handy.

Yikes wall of text so last paragraph summary time. A lot of wonky but with I would say an equal amount of good shining through enticing you to keep playing. That said while I personally am still playing the game I would still hesitate to to say its a must buy but it might be one to look out for in the sales. Your enjoyment is going to depend on how tolerant you are to the wonky so that you have some chance of getting over the initial hump so you can find the good bits.

TL:DR a diamond in the rough

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thirtymil

Thanks for that, Bals – sounds like the kind of game I would have played for hundreds of hours, ooh, two decades ago. Unfortunately these days I’ve been spoilt by character creators and less clunky combat systems and it’s hard to go back – and to think I made it through the whole of Deathtrap Dungeon back in 1998! That had clunk all over it and I still thoroughly enjoyed it.

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nobleeinherjar

The only PB game I’ve played extensively is the first Risen. I enjoyed it a lot despite its flaws, and I still would love to give the Gothic series a legitimate try some day.

I can look at a game like ELEX from the outside and judge it based on funny gifs people post and stuff. But then I remind myself that I legit love Two Worlds AND Two Worlds 2, which takes away any platform I have to stand on. Those games, despite huge flaws, are just so very charming to me. I love them so much. So I totally get the idea of loving a diamond in the rough.

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Utakata

That’s not a wall of text. It’s a dissertation! O.o

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rafael12104

Not a bad wall. Good read if you are a gamer. Insurmountable if you are just a poser. Lol. Works for me!

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Hirku

Thanks for the review, think I’ll pass on this and anything else from PB. They don’t seem to realize it isn’t 1999 anymore and that you don’t have to endure their clunk to get an open-world experience. I guess they have Gothic fans to keep them afloat so more power to them.

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BalsBigBrother

They supposedly already have an initial team planing Elex 2. So let us hope their animators / UI persons learnt a few things in this one or take the criticisms on board. So they can remove some that clunk should it ever see the light of day :-)

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Hirku

Actually I’m hoping their writers learn something, too. The nameless convict/mercenary juggling factions in the prison/wilderness routine is getting stale.

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Sray

Thanks for the “brief” review. Glad to see that you’re enjoying it.

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BalsBigBrother

Hey that is the condensed version my initial draft was nearly 2000 words this is a little over 1000 :p

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mysecretid

It wasn’t a wall, though, thankfully. :-)

You understand the need for frequent paragraph breaks in long posts, and it was an honest review which strove for balance by presenting both the good and the not-so-good. of the game.

Much appreciated. Thanks, B3!

(Oh, was that an Iron Maiden reference in your opening disclaimer — in honor of Hallowe’en perhaps? I’m sure band mascot, Eddie, would approve. :-) )

Cheers,

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zoward

I’ve been all in on running my alt through the Haunted Burrow in Lord of the Rings Online. When I start to feel like running through that little warren over and over and over and over again is a little too … Pavlovian, I do the Inn League quests. Who knows? After I’ve acquired every tchochke possible at the Harvestmath Fesitval (and I’m indeed close at this point), maybe I’ll even take a peek inside Mordor (which is way less fun that the festival, if you ask me).

After that, it’s a tossup between pre-ordering the Mists of Ravenloft expansion for Dungeons & Dragons Online, or playing through the original Ravenloft: Strahd’s Possession again for old time’s sake. Seriously, I can’t decide. Somebody please help me.

Have a safe and happy week!

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Hirku

Original first, then DDO. You’re welcome.

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zoward

Yeah, that’s probably how it’s going to happen, lol. In the interim, someone gave me a copy of Skyrim SE for the Xbone, so I can see that being in my near future as well. Happy gaming!

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CMDR Crow

I’ve been taking a break from Elite, as I am want to do after long trips. While I’m back in the bubble, I need some well-deserved vacation time from the pilot’s chair. I think it is part of the draw for me, that it actually does feel like a fun job.

In the meantime I’m halfheartedly doing the SWL Jack fight (I hate daily logins that force you to play) when I notice it is on the hour and I have the roughly twenty minutes (okay, that’s exaggeration) needed to load up a game from 2012.

Mostly I’ve been back in ESO for the first time in awhile. I grabbed the DLC 4-pack a long while ago when it was on sale and barely scraped the surface of the new content. I’m leveling up a new character there and having a bunch of really good fun. Everything they’ve done has really made ESO into one of the more RP/immersion friendly games (which it had huge issues with closer to launch with the super-strict leveling and necessity to nearly 100% every zone to be “on-level” for the next while providing minimal actual guidance to find the necessary content without going through the zone like a search party.)

Otherwise this weekend is going to be for Arkham Horror. We’ll likely do a Mansions of Madness this evening and a proper Arkham Horror game tomorrow. maybe I can break out the AH Card Game as well, which is surprisingly awesome.

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another slow week of watching friends play space engineers and hearthstone. but i did get some time in making new music with my new box/software combo and i’ve been getting good feedback on that which is nice.

so video share is one of two new songs, accompanied by random unused pubg footage:

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rafael12104

Nice!

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and here’s a demonstration of the process with the new box and software. apparently it’s become the thing for samplers to have software they integrate with on a pc, and i find it absolutely fascinating. the work flow on this one took some learning and banging my head but i’ve more or less figuring out the initial learning curve, tho there’s still plenty to learn.

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rafael12104

Well, if I had any skill at it, I would be all over it. But, its taken me years to learn Yankee Doodle on the piano. So, I’ll leave to you musicians. Lol

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deekay_plus

eh i am really bad at actual musical instruments. but i can whip together coherent sounding songs with equipment or software like this offers.

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Hirku

Heh, I just had a flashback to the Synth & Sun radio ad in GTA Vice City:

BEEP-BEEP-BEEP-BOOP-BEEP!

I made that just by pressing a button!

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Going to try to get some more of Witcher 2 done. Warframe stalled my progress there but I got back into it yesterday. Gotta kill me a Kayran and then hop onto Iorveth’s path.

Fallout 4 is still chugging along. Made it to Diamond City on my engineer character. My robot army did alright against the super mutants at Trinity Tower but they need some tweaks. It seems that melee only robots really don’t do well in city areas with pathing. They just stand there and look menacing while getting shot up. Tried to have a mix of melee and sniper bots but I might have to rebuild them into medium range fighters.

Still working on Warframe as always. Plains of Eidolon progress has slowed down a bit mainly because the rewards are still all out of whack. DE is adjusting the rewards and are on the second or maybe third adjustment right now. They still aren’t great but it’s getting there. I did make it up to rank 2 in Ostron rep. That’s slower than others but I’m taking my sweet time and have mainly gotten it through fishing. Haven’t killed an Eidolon yet because quite frankly I don’t think I’m good enough to do it. I’ve watched some streams of people killing them and just thought “There’s no way.” So that might have to wait until much, much later on.

In the meantime I’m still fishing it up and catching boots. This time with the fun pumpkin heads they released for Halloween. I also went out after dark for some spooky night fishing. It’s great stuff. I might not be good enough to kill Eidolons, but I have become The Boot Menace. My collection of boots will blot out the sun.

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Hirku

I bet that boot is full of rocks, too. Good grief!

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Sray

A bit of Persona 5, a bit of Mario Kart 8, and a whole bunch of Halo: the Master Chef Collection.

After settling down with some Halo earlier in the week, I figured out what really bugged me about Destiny 1. Turns out it wasn’t so much playing a FPS with a controller as it was the ridiculous amount of recoil that the guns in that game had. I’m having a blast running around as Master Chef, making a Covenant omelette (yup, that wasn’t a typo, just a well planned joke). Playing some Halo makes the wait for the launch of Destiny 2 on PC a lot more tolerable.

I had planned on grabbing Elex this week, but the reviews and streams are in, and it’s definitely not for me. Good or bad, the reviewers are all saying the same thing that pushes me away: it’s a game that has an extremely slow start, and kind of a janky combat system. Unfortunately, the streams just make the game look so boring: I’ve tuned into a dozen different streams and all I ever see any of these guys doing is running around medieval villages, talking to NPCs, and then talking to NPCs, and then more talking to NPCs, and then to switch it up they stop and talk to some NPCs. And so many of the user reviews all have the massive warning for me: a bunch of rambling about games being “too easy today” bullshit, and “if you liked game X from ten years ago that doesn’t hold up to today’s standards, then this is a game for you”. Gonna give this one a pass for now, but I’m happy to see that it’s getting a fair of play on Steam and attention from games media: it shows that you can make a decent, complete game that doesn’t need to be loaded up with deluxe editions and microtransactions.

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Halo, the original? Because I think I enjoyed Halo 2 just a little more. Same thing, Master Chef whipping up a meal of bad guys is very tasty.

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is that the game that comes with steam link for a dollar this week?

i had to ask why one would want a steam link for even a dollar (plus shipping). lol

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CMDR Crow

For $1 (actually $9 with shipping) having a box that can stream Steam from PC to television sounds awesome. It can run anything that is set to launch through Steam, including Kodi (and other media centers.) Frankly, as someone who likes playing controller-enabled games due to RSI it sounds awesome. Getting back into ESO makes it a perfect bit of hardware.

The game in the bundle is ICEY, which people seem to really enjoy.

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I wasn’t even aware that the Steam Link was being sold for a dollar this week.

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it’s not available to us canadians for better or worse, but i’ve had people sharing the news about it on my feeds all week.

i’ve known some people that have dicked around with better devices for streaming and found them wanting so i wouldn’t bother tho. the responsiveness of controls is just incredibly poor when streaming in this manner, if you really insist on gaming on your tv there’s just nothing to it other than building a secondary box to pair with your tv.

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if you really insist on gaming on your tv there’s just nothing to it other than building a secondary box to pair with your tv.

I mean… you’re comparing a $9 streaming box with a likely multi-hundred dollar rig. I have a steambox made from old components (it gets hand-me-downs) but I’d honestly rather just use a Steam Link at this point. Even if you really insist on gaming on your tv there’s just nothing to it other than building a secondary box to pair with your tv.

I mean… you’re comparing a $9 streaming box with a likely multi-hundred dollar rig. I have a steambox made from old components (it gets hand-me-downs) but I’d honestly rather just use a Steam Link at this point. Even with the “miracle card” HD 5770 (bought mid-range for Cata, long ago) still running surprisingly well.

The big thing is that you need a hardline ethernet connection for anything twitchy. But for slower-paced games wifi, by reports, is fine. I wouldn’t try Overwatch through it, but plenty of games, by report, work just fine. And I’d likely never see a Steam Link as any kind of primary device. Hell, part of it is just being able to run some fighting games in two-player mode on a television. I’d never rely on a Steam Link, but I’d be hard pressed to pass it up as not worthwhile. The pricetag alone is so tempting. I wonder if it can be easily rooted and modified?

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i mean it’s just it doesn’t meet baseline useability for it’s purpose.

that’s it that’s all.

you can either spend the money and effort on something that’s pleasant to use or spend $1-50 on something that’s unpleasant to use.

there’s really nothing more to it.

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I’ve got active subscriptions for FFXIV and ESO running, but just for now, I’ve returned to LOTRO for the first time this decade. Having fun with a human Lore-master in the Lone-lands, but I only ever made it to Rivendell before…it remains to be seen whether I venture further this time around. One thing I notice at least, after the two games above (and SWL and GW2), it’s a huge relief to just hit buttons in combat without needing to constantly run circles around the mobs.

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Years ago i found pinball machine, new one in a furniture store, it was about $10800, is this normal?! this is small car money here … anyway still playing Minecraft, role playing an evil farmer, cute house but with underground full of zombie flesh!

I wish i could have fast connection now, Hollow’s End in WoW is my favorite time in this game, but i’ll probably miss it this year.

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mysecretid

New pinball machines seem to be “toys for people with the money to spend on them” these days.

They certainly don’t sell them cheaply anywhere that I’ve seen. The prices can be a bit crazy, for sure.

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TomTurtle

Playing the heck out of the Lunatic Inquisition in Guild Wars 2. Every year for GW2’s seasonal PvP games, I come into the season feeling indifferent about playing them. I dip in to give them a shot again and end up getting hooked, playing them to the exclusion of all else. And yet I won’t touch the main game’s PvP. I think it’s because I really like the simplicity of them in comparison to sPvP/WvW.

I hope everyone’s having a good time with the various Halloween events for those that like them. Have a good weekend my fellow MOPheads!

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Hirku

I’m halfway through my free month of WoW and there’s a lot to enjoy, but the stupid story and pop-culture references are starting to annoy me. I’ll probably add 2 months of time to finish off the year, but a regular sub is no longer a certainty unless they tone that shit down.

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I noticed that the bad pop-culture “Dad jokes” never entirely go away (Neither does Blizzard’s weird fascination with the occasional quest where the player has to deal with poop) but thebad jokes do seem to lessen after you get into the Lich King content.

For whatever it’s worth, the bad jokes really got on my nerves after a while, and I typically love to laugh, and I love bad puns.

It’s just that the pop-culture references are so lame-ass most of the time — like, just referencing something is enough to call it done and funny.

And the various poop quests. Sigh.

Some days, I wondere if WoW was written for eight-year-olds or BY eight-year-olds? Hahaha :-)

So, I do think it gets better — but your mileage may vary. I would not attempt to predict your tastes, Hirku!

Good luck!

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Hirku

I don’t mind the silly humor too much–it wouldn’t be a Blizzard game without a few Dad jokes–but they’ve been laying it on a bit thick. I can deal with it if it’s at least toned down a little, so thanks for the glimmer of hope.

And I got my first poop quest yesterday. Oh how happy I am to know there will be more…

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mysecretid

As gamers have been saying for years, some WoW quests are just crap. (hee hee)

Enjoy!

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zoward

Not to completely trash the game as it certainly has its good points, but if bad story lines and silly pop culture references irk you, then World of Warcraft is not the game for you.

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Hirku

That’s a real shame, because I’ve read enough background lore to be interested in the universe but all I’m getting in the first two zones are a bad CSI parody and a Rambo-themed questline that makes the CSI stuff look like Tolkien.

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yeah was gonna say, the entire story of the game is dated pop culture references and memes and chris metzen’s half thought out shower thoughts. it’s dreadful. lol

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Secret World Legends.
Injustice 2.
Shin Megami Tensei IV.

Maybe Marvel Heroes as well.

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nobleeinherjar

I hope you enjoy/are enjoying SMT IV. Even as a huge SMT fan, IV was kind of ‘eh’ for me. I enjoyed Apocalypse a lot though.

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Ironweakness

I should be finishing the Gedlo Badlands zone this weekend in Rift, then on to whatever zone is next. I’m also poking around in a few of the games I purchased from a recent Humble Bundle pack; mainly Borderlands but also Guild of Dungeoneering (my kids love to help me with this one) and Van Helsing.

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I enjoy the Borderlands series and just like the silly humour they have. For me Borderland 2 was the peak and the one I played the most, though I still put in quite a few hours into the others.

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Ironweakness

The second one came with the Humble Bundle purchase as well, I may skip over the first to try it. I’m about 6-7 hours into the first and I don’t really see the humor. Gameplay is fun but it’s getting repetitive. I’m not much of an FPS fan though to be fair, so that’s partly way. But I received all 3 Borderlands games plus 4 other titles for $10 so even if I only get a few hours of enjoyment out of each one it’s still a great value. And I’ve always been curious about the series.

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Toy Clown

I’m on a 4th or 5th attempt at playing FFXIV and this is the first time I’ll be playing more than a month. Back in the EQ1 era I enjoyed dual-boxing a cleric and enchanter and I was damn good at it! As I headed into other games (namely WoW) and used random PuGs, I developed anxiety over grouping. It started a process of where I stopped playing healers and stopped dealing with complete strangers in games.

After all these years, FFXIV is opening that playstyle for me back up. I haven’t come across any nasty people in FFXIV at this stage and it’s just been a breath of fresh air to enjoy a playstyle I once loved again. Sadly I blew through the All Saint’s Wake content in one series of quests and there’s nothing further for me. The rewards to run the haunted mansion repeadedly are housing items, which I don’t foresee having for awhile.

On top of that, been enjoying Secret World Legends Samheim content for the first time ever! It was a hard pick which games to do Halloween stuff in, and GW2 was very tempting. But logged in, did a few hours in the Mad King’s Maze only to find my inventory so crapped out with stuff that I didn’t know how to offload it. I ended up logging out and haven’t gone back.

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mysecretid

If you just want to ditch inventory clutter, I think you can mouse-click and drag it out of inventory, and onto the ground to delete it.

Or you can just go to the nerest Bank NPC and just throw it all in there until you decide what you want to do with it.

Good luck!

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