WRUP: World of Warcraft: The We Just Want Eliot To Come Back Expansion edition

Well, here’s our World of Warcraft expansion leak. Apparently, it’s titled World Of Warcraft: The We Just Want Eliot To Come Back Expansion. I think they’re courting me. The expansion brings in all of the subraces I want, including Eredar, and it’s introducing Wardens as a hero class? Oh, and they’re apparently like a fusion between Shaman and Paladin. That’s nice. Also, we’re getting player housing, no new levels, and additional artifacts for each spec.

Plus, they’re adding dance studios and a better character creator. Oh, and better lady Worgen models. Level scaling through the world, all content scales down to duos, and totems are back! Also, something called “nightmare druids” and “mechanical warriors.” Sounds pretty good; I’m curious about the “customizable giant robots.” Anyhow, let us know what you’re playing down in the comments because this is What Are You Playing.

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): ​Probably some Pokemon Go, even during LA Comic Con. Overwatch may see some attention too because I keep getting the wrong legendary skins!

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Easy! I’ve been tooling around in Trove, Ultima Online, and of course Guild Wars 2. The first with my kid, the second when I’m solo, and the last with the husband. I love my little lineup right now. But no offense, MMOs: If s’mores and hayrides beckon this weekend, y’all are gonna have to wait.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Lots to do in Final Fantasy XIV, so that’ll probably take up the majority of my time this weekend. I’ve got a hankering for some other projects, but with NaNoWriMo just around the corner, I should probably hold off on those until later.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I probably should be doing more Halloween stuff but I think I’ll be wading through Lord of the Rings Online’s Bloody Gore and leveling in World of Warcraft. Maybe a little Divinity 2? I’m a wild man.

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): I want to complete things in EverQuest II before Nights of the Dead ends. There are also more Jacks to do in Secret World Legends. I have more building I want to do in ARK: Ragnarok, and a few dinos I want to tame. I might slip into a couple more Halloween events if I can swing it, but I think this will cover my weekend pretty well.

Patron Pierre: Destiny 2 on PC. It’s a real pleasure to do the campaign once again. And the game is not a real MMO but there are so many MMO-ish features in it. I’m in a Clan (Destiny’s Guild) that’s very active and the social component of the game is so close to what you can look for in a MMO. I did some strikes with PUGs too and it’s been a real pleasure: great community in this game too. In 4K 60 fps, the game is also gorgeous: so more immersive than on PS4. TL;DR I’m having fun, a lot of fun :D. Enjoy your weekend MOP readers and let us know what you’re playing, I always like to read through your WRUP comments, they are very inspiring and it’s nice to have weekly news of the great MOP community too.

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Bannex

Looking forward to the next “why I hate WoW” article after the next expansion. Keep the creative juices flowing bud!

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nobleeinherjar

I’m a day late, but I spent my weekend grinding Yo-kai Medals on FFXIV to get all of the minions and the mount and playing AC: Origins.
Like I do with every open world game that allows for it, I spent most of my time with Origins doing my “Getting All The Fast Travel Points Before You’re Properly Leveled” challenge. And oh it was amazing fun. Not as amazing as it was in Breath of the Wild, but it gave me a good taste of places I can’t wait to properly explore. It’s rare that a game makes me just stop and examine things with fine detail or admire a view (something I’ve been actively trying to remember to do because it’s worth it), but I was constantly doing both of those things during my little journey. I even broke out Photo Mode a dozen times, which is also something I never do.

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mysecretid

This week was almost entirely World of Warcraft, believe it or not.

I really, really enjoy the personal garrison stuff introduced in Warlords of Draenor, and I transitioned to the beginning of the Legion content this week.

And I gotta say, I found storming the beaches of hell a pretty epic introduction to Legion, myself. :-)

As Hirku and others have said, I think WoW works best if you’re willing to take it as it is, and enjoy the fun bits while tolerating (or ignoring) the less-fun bits.

I realize and I respect that there are those for whom WoW is THE game from their childhoods, and they take that game very, very seriously, especially when it does something they don’t like …

… but I have to wonder if they’re only making things harder on themselves as players if they do this?

The constant thread of Dad humor and whimsy which runs through WoW, alongside the epic-adventure bits, makes me think that even the devs see the game more as loose, enthusiastic fun than Serious Business(tm) — but then, I’m a latecomer to it all — there are limits to what I could possibly know about the most successful MMORPG in the world.

I’m having fun; that I do know.

Take care of yourselves, please, folks. Like can be rough, so try to treat yourselves well. The world would be darker without you here.

Cheers,

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Armsbend

I’m in the same exact boat. I started the game for the first time around 45 days ago and there is so much to do I can’t even see the bad parts – and if I do I can skip it – because there is literally no way I am doing everything this late in the game.

Really good game if you are LTTP – and not being hit over the head with a cash shop is something I haven’t done in SO long.

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Utakata

This week: I found my thrill, on Pinkberry Hill! <3

Also: Not much WoW this weekend, as I am at my folks visiting…in area where they are known still ride horse and buggy. Thankfully the internet connection is not via carrier pigeon. So at least I can let my pigtail'd presence be known in a limited capacity. Albeit, on that is sparse. And at a time where readers have long gone to bed, before waking up to the viewings of the morning One Shots here. :(

Have a great week and weekend folks! <3

PS: And yes, RIP Fats Domino. /bows

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Shannon Giblett

Having a bit of MMO burnout so playing a little South Park:The Fractured But Whole followed by a bit of Assassin’s Creed Origins.
But I do have SWTOR currently downloading, I think the freebies have me interested in finally hitting the level cap.

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mysecretid

For all my grumbling of late, Star Wars: The Old Republic IS a very fun game through most of its content (Makeb can drag a bit — a bit too much running about there, but it’s still a good tale).

Even the initial starting chapters of the Zakuul storyline are great fun — it just kind of … scatters to the wind …after that.

There are still some great moments, don’t get me wrong, but they come sort of haphazardly, and the plot lines go off in strange directions … or suddenly don’t go anywhere at all.

Coming in now, when you can push through any WTF? bits on to the following content may be ideal.

The reason I finally quit the game to “vote with my money” is that nothing of import has been happening with the storyline and the characters for quite a while now.

The devs tinker with class balance, and release group-oriented challenge content, while the much-touted “story-driven” aspect of this game rots on the vine.

Until you get to this current endgame; the “apparently, nobody’s driving the bus anymore” section, however, you should have a lot of fun.

Enjoy it. I certainly did! :-)

Cheers,

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Malcolm Swoboda

Hopefully in terms of storyline SWTOR rights most of it next year… or else I just see the game languishing, finally ‘dying’.

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mysecretid

Heya, Malcolm!

I agree that now is the time to watch closely. If SWTOR sorts itself, I will come back, but I’m staying out until they do improve the game to a certain point.

I know my subscription money doesn’t make a damn bit of difference to the financial colossus that is EA, but it’s the only (symbolic) power I have as a customer.

They don’t get paid until the game looks fun to me again.

Hope you and yours are well. Don’t eat too much candy this Hallowe’en! Hahaha :-)

Cheers,

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starbuck1771

Just try not to get Butt Hurt so you end up needing a break from South Park. :P

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butterpanda888

Neverwinter, Marvel Heroes, and Injustice 2 on Xbox.
Secret World Legends, Adventure Quest 3D, and maybe EQ2 on PC.
Game of Thrones Ascent, DC Legends, and the Stranger Things game on Mobile.

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Loopy

Destiny 2 and Overwatch are on my plate for now. I’ve also reinstalled Fallout 4 to complete my Sci-fi trifecta.

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mysecretid

I love it! Enjoy!

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starbuck1771

You hack my computer? or We must be on the same cycle. :P

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zoward

Alas, I’m blowing out most of my weekend renovating the kitchen cabinets – in sort, a repeat of last weekend. While waiting for paint to dry, I’ve been leveling my social alt in LotRO via the Haunted Burrow. Offline, I’ve been working my way through Ravenloft Strahd’s Possession. I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Hallowe’en/All Saint’s Day/All Soul’s Day/Dia De Los Muertes/Cthulhu Rising Day or whatever else you deem fit to celebrate this week!

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Sorenthaz

Until I have enough room to set up my computer (just moved last Sunday), Breath of the Wild and Hyrule Warriors are probably going to be what I continue to focus on. Might hop on my PS4 for Kingdom Hearts or Super Robot Wars shenanigans, but Nintendo games are currently more addicting right now.

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Cadaver

I finally upgraded my ancient 560Ti and replaced it with a 1070. I love how quietly this thing runs! Playing Conan Exiles at the moment and considering whether to pick up Die Young. I’m always wary of early access titles but the Steam reviews are Very Positive and this looks right up my street.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Secret World Legends – endgame (E2), finishing Tokyo content, Samhain ‘grinding’.

Mobius Final Fantasy – Returned? Ugh. Why. lol. Going to try to cram the current Battle Tower and Final Fantasy XIII tie-in events. Hours of auto-played grinding!!!! (except for manual boss fights)

Going to play scary games this weekend and/or soon after.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Update: MFF events incomplete. But the Battle Tower was a redo of an old one a year ago so maybe I get it done next time, and the FFXIII event may be included in an expanded version later on (next year?), so eh, its okay. They at least changed the monetization and progression models enough that I feel I may be generally good enough from playing (magicite – the cash currency – getting battle drops with a high monthly limit) and not just logging in.

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Bannex

Strange, I thought “breaking up was surprisingly easy to do”…?

XD

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Rees Racer

After claiming I would not be buying Destiny 2, of course I did anyway. Been having a lot more fun than I thought I might.

The Public Events are good fun, and really as close to an MMO as this game gets. The character creator is perfunctory at best (you can’t even choose a unique name), there is no text chat to speak of, and the classes are really not all that different…since it really comes down to how well you can handle firearms.

Despite those limitations, it runs well, is polished, and gratifying. I’m taking my time, and will likely not approach the 280-305 power levels for quite a while, at which time I will have a go at some of the “end-game” content with my clan.

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mysecretid

I dunno if all classes are virtually indistinguishable, and all ultimately about the guns. Firearms are rather secondary for my Warlock.

I also see a big difference in how the classes play, regardless of firearms carried. If I tried to play my Hunter main like my Warlock, or a Titan character, all the bullets in the galaxy wouldn’t save me. :-)

Glad you’re having fun, though!

Cheers,

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starbuck1771

Yeah it sucks they made swords a power weapon. Grenade and rocket launchers I understand but swords. Come on man. Yes no global chat sucks.

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Togashi Kokujin

Regarding your introduction: yes, yes, a thousand times yes!
Blizzard should scrap their plans for the next expansion, throw it all into the dustbin. Just grab the ideas from your intro here, make it happen, boom – happy players everywhere. I guess.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

Destiny 2 for me this week.

I guess I have played more than I usually do or maybe due to the action I rarely move my head much since my neck would be stiff at the end of each night. I just put my monitor back on its arm so I could place it lower. It had been on its stand since the hurricane came thru here, bout 7 weeks i guess.

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Knox Harrington

I’m stuck as the guild leader of a raiding guild in Warcraft. I’ve reluctantly ascended to the throne because there was no better option, and while I’m up to the task, it really makes the game feel more like a job than entertainment so I’m shopping around for another game on the side I can play to just relax. Maybe by the next WRUP, I’ll have found it.

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blah blazh

Assassin’s Creed Origins mostly for me but I’ll add a bit of GW2 as well.

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Line

It’s Halloween time in MMOs, so I do just that in Guild Wars 2 since it’s not really a thing IRL in Euroland.
It’s kinda fun as always, but it sure feels like a rehash, even with plenty of new rewards. Getting new weapon skins from the dailies is much welcome however, I do like this model. A lot more meaningful than the random loot bags that I’ll sell for gold next year.

Also, ELEX.
A new open world third person action RPG by Piranha Bytes, the good people behind Gothic and Risen.
And it’s great! In its own ways.
I mean, as usual, it’s clunky as shit, animation priorities make some parts of the combat miserable, there are some serious collisions issues, the story is a bit crap, it’s visually unequal, the UI is horrible (you can’t even know how much XP you need till next level… or how much HP you have! Very useful when you get +10HP gear, I swear) and straight up lies to you… if it even works unlike some broken skills.

But eh, but if you can go past that you get a very challenging, hand made RPG where you start as chicken food (literally – basic chickens will maul you to death), and by spending points in stats that mostly do nothing by themselves (…) you can equip gear and train for new skills making you a demi god capable of wasting all those pesky mobs that harassed you twenty hours earlier.
It has amazing power progression with none of that random loot bullshit and those meaningless stats making all rewards pointless and exploration a massive bore (hi Original Sin 2), it’s fun to get new stuff because it’s rare and powerful.
Oh and it has really cool, mutually exclusive factions that will alter the story, completely change your skill set, your weapons and armor; and tons of interconnected quests with many options that will also have an impact on the story line much later on.

It’s a good role playing game, despite all the issues.
And that’s pretty rare nowadays to have something else than a level scaled checklist honestly…

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BalsBigBrother

Glad you found an RPG that resonated with you. I am enjoying Elex too for much the same reasons though the exploring aspect is mainly what is keeping me busy. I have found some great easter eggs hidden away in various out of the way places, for instance a bunker complex with a crew manifest that was basically SG1.

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Exploration is quite nice, I do enjoy the little lore tidbits everywhere.

But really, it’s the reward systems that I really enjoy in PB games.
Now that the bug is fixed, you get XP from reading lore, that’s a pretty big deal, especially early on.
Same for having Elex as prime material to make XP, attribute and skill potions. You’re always happy to get some because it’s a direct power up. Same for rare herbs.
Even money and trash items to sell are welcome, since you can convert it into Elex with merchants. Super rewarding for completionists without slowing down less thorough players, it’s just a little bonus.

It’s good to know that doing X thing, be it killing a troll or exploring a poisoned area will get you something. Maybe not immediately useful, and certainly not a new OP weapon every five minutes until the next replacement, but you can make use of it.
Much better than random and scaled loot that will actively harm long term progress if you don’t do X thing in the right order at the right level (Skyrim and its quests rewards… *shudder*).

Now I’m a bit worried about Nioh.
I know I like the gameplay, but man do I get cold feet when I see all of those interchangeable random stat combos on weapons… the same system just ruined Shadow Warrior 2 for me, it just felt meaningless to get new stuff.

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Carebear

My Expansion Leak: You can play again with old models and old Animations! Blood Elves can now become Shamans and Druids! You can now send mail to your alts of the opposite faction! and last but not least, Account storage!

And Carebear just cost us a raid tier…

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Utakata

…Goblins becoming Monks would be super sweet too! <3

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Armsbend

So are you going to try it Eliot? I mean…Blizzard did make the game for you and all. Give them the courtesy at least.

I’m probably just playing WoW. I’m down to just a small handful of video games these days. By the end of the year the plan is to just be playing one or two – buying the same amount each year. My goal is to spend less than a 100 (maybe 200 with subs) bucks a year on gaming. Not because I’m poor – the contrary – but because the industry sucks balls now and I need to do my part.

Cept you guys. Love you guys. I’m staying for the MOP.

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Hirku

I have to do it that way even if I don’t think the industry sucks balls completely. Just reading here about people juggling multiple MMOs and SP games at once gives me a headache.

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Sray

I am playing Destiny 2; which is everything I want out of a MMORPG these days (minus the ability to have an always on third person option, but that a minor complaint): a persistent multiplayer world, and the ability to interact with those other players; ergo, I says it is a real MMORPG. I am leveling pretty slowly, mainly because I suck; and I’m cherishing every moment of sucking, just like Riot Games told me to do. I’m at level 8 with a Exo Hunter, just wrapping up Titan.

I’ve also spent a lot of the week playing with streaming, getting the tech part set up. I’m thinking that next weekend I’ll try organizing a Hidden Agenda stream party. Hidden Agenda is a follow up to Until Dawn by Supermassive Games (one of two out this month, the other is a VR prequel called The Inpatient). This game is actually designed to be played by a group as sort of a party game/interactive movie via a phone app, not a controller. I’m thinking I want to stream it, and let the audience decide what decisions the characters make.

It has been a week of some huge releases and I kind of knew that I was going to end up grabbing something. Assassin’s Creed Origins looked intriguing, considering they went full on RPG with this installment; but it’s still AC, which means a lot of boring stuff before you get to the interesting stuff; so I passed on it. Then there was Wolfenstein II, which I have a rising interest in: single player only, no microtransactions, ridiculous looking story, killing Nazis (and I don’t care how controversial it is: I’ll go on the record as being pro-killing Nazis in video games); but I’m already neck deep in Destiny 2 and the Halo collection, so I don’t need another FPS right now. And then there is what I did end up getting: Super Mario Odyssey.

Super Mario Odyssey is terrible. Seriously gawd-awful! You’re just running around all these colorful, beautifully designed worlds, solving unique and intuitive puzzles that never feel overwhelming, and always bring a smile to your face once you’ve bested them. Then there’s all this upbeat music, and an overall cheerfulness that pervades the whole affair. And the fun… don’t get me started on all the damn fun that’s everywhere: whether it’s it’s using your hat to take control of an enemy and make them solve a puzzle for you, the laundry list of unique attack moves and movement abilities, or the seamlessly switching between the 3D world and 2D platforming sequences, there is so much fun on display here that it’s positively sickening. Seriously, avoid Super Mario Odyssey at all costs unless you’re some masochist who actually enjoys having fun in their video games, and who actually wants to play something other than a murder simulator. I can’t warn people enough to stay away from this thing!

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For what it’s worth, Sray, I found that the longer I played the Destiny games, the better I got at them (much to my surprise).

I’m not suggesting I’m über, but rather, that this is the one shooter-like game where I am clearly not the Worst Guy Playing :-) And that definitely came with time and playtime.

If I had to theorize, I’d hazard a guess that “intuitive tactics” matter a lot more in playing the Destiny games than it might first appear — meaning that the weapons and the abilities are so tightly modelled (at least on the PS4 version) as to become predictable, in the best sense, with time.

You get to know instinctively, through time spent playing, exactly what your favored weapon types and class abilities can do in a variety of circumstances (range, effect, stopping power, all of it) so you never have to hestitate or consciously decide.

I know what my Hunter’s dagger will do when I throw it, so I just throw instictively when the opportunity comes up.

And all this came just through playing the content and having fun, until I got accretionally better over time.

Honestly, I’ve never been this good/effective in a shooter-type game before. I think the specific game design “under the hood” of the game rewards configuring your character’s loadout and abilities in a way which suits you, personally, and then running that setup in the field.

You’ll find that your responses will start to become reflexive in the heat of the mayhem, because you’ve spent time playing the way you want, with the gear you want. You suddenly, automatically know whet you’re capable of when the weirdness manifests …

So, stick with it pal. When you start to notice the awesome kicking in, just smile, and mentally high-five your pal Secret. :-)

Cheers,

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Hirku

Whew, thanks for the warning, really dodged a bullet there, heh.

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blah blazh

really enjoying AC: Origins. The best AC game since Brotherhood in my opinion.

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rafael12104

Nice. I’ll be digging into that soon.

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Armsbend

You almost had me on the Mario thing. Even though I said above I am paring down my gaming budget greatly a new Mario tempts me into a new console every time. Worth buying a Switch for? How is the Switch overall? I’ve got a 3 year old who isnt quite old enough…but almost there. That would be a kickin’ Christmas present I think. errrr…for the…kid. yeah the kid. riiiight.

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Sray

If you think the portable aspect of the Switch is something you’d actually use, then go for it: if not, wait for a price drop, which will probably happen in the spring. I’m loving Mario Kart 8 and Super Mario Odyssey, but in hindsight I find the unit itself a bit lacking. Processing power-wise, it’s not much of an upgrade from an Nvidia Shield tablet, which is perfectly fine, but the Switch does not have the same functionality of a Shield; or even the slightly more limited functions that Xbox One and/or Playstation 4 have. There’s no media apps like Netflix, YouTube or Spotify. The storage space is very limited: even if you get the biggest micro SD card available, you still only have a fraction of the storage of the other consoles.

I like the Switch. Super Mario Odyssey is probably in the killer app category (and Mario Kart 8 is close behind), but the console itself is a slight disappointment in the features department; at least from my perspective.

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Oh nice. Good to see your listing game possibilities.

AC Origins is on my list. Have to play it. I’ve played all the other ones and it is not an EA game. Lol. No more EA for me because of their loot box mechanics. I was serious.

And that means Wolf2 is on my list too. Bethesda is known for their bugs not their greed ;) . They get an upvote with my money. Yeah, the story will be outrageous I’m sure but hey, like you said, you get to kill lots of bad guys. Really bad guys. So, I’m in. Won’t buy until the shine has worn off Destiny 2 though.

As for Super Mario Odyssey? “It’s not my jam.” As my niece likes to say. Just… it isn’t. Old school Mario wasn’t my jam, neither was Sunshine. So, I’ll pass thank you. Have quite enough to play at the moment.

Nice D2 cap!

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Sray

I consider ridiculous story for Wolfenstein II a plus. Too many games are taking their stories way too seriously lately; except that they’re not doing a good job on the stories (hello BioWare). Violently killing Nazis and Nazi robot dinosaurs in a circa 1970s Nazi controlled America that still has all the disco, polyester, and giant afros? I don’t think that anyone can take that too seriously, and that’s a big plus in it’s favor.

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Currently suffering from “I have too many games to play and not enough time to play them all” syndrome. The true first world struggle.

Going to start with continuing on Warframe. I’ve eaten through the bulk of the Plains of Eidolon rewards and now settled into Ostron rep grinding. With the exception of one of the Bounty rewards rotations because it’s bugged and has never shown up. So I have to wait for that to be fixed.

Rep is easy as I can just fish for rep but the daily cap is killing me. I’m hitting the cap almost instantly now that I have fishing and bounties down. A bit frustrating but ultimately amounts to a minor annoyance rather that a serious gripe. I’m ignoring the Quills rep because I don’t like it though. No fun there. Also ignoring the new Focus 2.0 system. It’s bad. REALLY bad. Going to wait for Focus 3.0 before I dive into it which means never heh. The Plains was a fantastic expansion but that Focus system….yikes. I give it a 1/10. It gets that 1 point only because it’s technically usable. Technically. At the casual amounts I gain Focus at, the system might as well not exist.

After that I’m still plugging away at Witcher 2. Finished up the Troll DLC for the armor and now finally moving on because I’ve been super lazy with this game.

Diving back into Elite Dangerous. The Steam Halloween sale has some of the cosmetic packs on sale so I grabbed one for the Cobra and will be using it for random shenanigans I would never do in my larger, more expensive ships. Also if anyone is looking to get into Elite, the big Commander’s Edition with the Horizons DLC is also on sale for half off. Now is a good time to pick it up.

Restarted a new character in SWTOR to finally finish up the Sith Warrior story line. The free swag they gave away the other day did it for me. I grabbed it and reinstalled. Have no intention of actually treating the game as an MMO though. Will go full solo mode to finish up the story and then bail again.

Going to try to play some Nights of Azure as part 2 just came out. I grabbed it on sale a few months back but never got into it. Also want to restart Neir Automata. Started it but had BAD performance issues on PC (as did many others) so I dropped it and waited for a patch that never came. Might just suffer through it because I really did want to play it. Want to finish Rise of the Tomb Raider, Danganronpa, and finally finish up the Artemis story line in No Man’s Sky.

See? I told you I have too many games to play and not enough time to play them. Sigh.

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rafael12104

I have a different list, but same first world problem.

Enjoy your SWTOR, it truly is great, especially the class stories.

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I will be playing more Rift this weekend. My Rogue is level 68 and working through he swamp zone in PoA (I forget the name). Then there are also Autumn Harvest quests to be done as well. I’d like to get the Cinderella-style-pumpkin-carriage-but-also-kind-of-a jack-o-lantern-spider mount this year.

I’m also playing my Mage a lot more now that the Mystic Archer class is out. It plays a lot like a class from WildStar with telegraphed attacks. I’m actually surprised they were able to make a class like this work in a tab targeting game. It makes me wonder if this isn’t a test that will eventually lead to similar souls for each of the other 4 callings.

It’s not perfect, there are a few abilities that are supposed to drop arrows on the ground for the Mage to pick up (which are then necessary for using other abilities) but sometimes it would be several seconds before they would appear. The timing was never consistent. That’s a problem when you have to move around to pick them up and they are essential to your rotation.

But the mobility! You have a dash forward and a retreat back ability that you can use quite a lot, especially out of combat. You can zip around the terrain quickly which was great for doing instant adventures or collecting artifacts in the fae realm for Autumn Harvest.

My Mage is only level 51 though, so I also don’t have all of the abilities unlocked, let alone legendary version so who knows how it will play at higher levels. So far though it was more than worth the cost (about $6-7 worth of credits) and if it leads to adding more souls that allow you to play the game in a whole new way? Even better!

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Malcolm Swoboda

Little do the RIFT community realize, but these souls may become Pay2Open world in future design ;)

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Toy Clown

FFXIV’s Halloween content was short if you didn’t own a house, so the quests fulfilled me for about 20 min before I was done. Tried doing GW2’s Halloween content and kept getting full instances, or hitting groups that fell apart shortly after I found an instance, so gave up. Been enjoying the hell out of Secret World this Halloween, and I’ve combined it with Stranger Things to give me that Halloween Glow! Now just waiting to play dress-up in RL for Halloween!

On a side note, anytime housing is mentioned in an MMO, my interest is piqued. FFXIV has been getting me over the PTSD-like symptoms of grouping with strangers, maybe… maybe people aren’t so toxic in WoW anymore? Maybe?

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Welp. Can’t beat Deekays vid down there. So, I’ll play some Destiny 2 and BnS this weekend to make up for it. No cool vids or caps from Destiny yet. But they are coming.

In the mean time, lets go back to the old stand by.

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I conquered the GW2 Halloween jumping puzzle after countless tries so I’m taking a bit of break from that game :)
Meanwhile, I picked up and started Dreamfall Chapters so there’s a lot of nostalgia / feels and I’m also catching up with Star Trek Discovery on Netflix.

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My problem with internet connection still there, i don’t think i’m playing any MMO until next month, which is slowing down .. waiting makes time stop! in the other hand weather is getting better here, time to go out of the cave and embrace the sun :-)

Oh, i’m playing Magicka, so much fun there.

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Bryan Correll

Some PoE and Wildstar, but it’s mostly going to be a Stranger Things weekend. And I had Eggo waffles for breakfast today because that product placement stuff apparently works.

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Don’t be ashamed Eggos are good.

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Bryan Correll

The shame is in how many of them I ate.

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Hirku

No shame in that unless you ate less than 4.

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Bryan Correll

It was only two. Because that’s how many were left in the box.

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leggo my eggo!

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BalsBigBrother

Well after a vicious fight with some Nazis in Wolfenstein 2 The New Colossus I am sad to report a casulity in the battle. Sadly my GTX 690 gave its life fighting for freedom.

Ok so it was my fault as my card was under spec for the game but it was running fine um until it wasn’t. Still I got more years out of it than I could have hoped for so I can’t really grumble.

I have ordered an emergency replacement, it is only a GTX 1050 ti but it will do me as a stop gap till I can get the money together to do a proper upgrade of my computer.

So not playing anything right now other than refresh the Amazon parcel tracking page on my tablet. Hope to be back in the fight before the day is over though in Wolfenstein 2 and also continuing with my Elex adventures.

Oh and will also be watching Stranger Things 2 I expect. Hope everyone has a safe, fun and spooky gaming weekend. 👻😱

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UPDATE: Well new card is fitted and seems to be working correctly so the killing of in game nazis will resume shortly. This might seem strange but I kind of got used to the noise my 690 made so I keep periodically getting distracted by its absence, man this card is sooo quiet :-)

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Zulika Mi-Nam

Retired my 690 this year too. It was a workhorse, but once I went 3440×1440 I knew its time was coming.

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And as usual all bad things happen at the start of a weekend!!!

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Thanks for the PSA – seriously. I rarely think of frying my card when I play a game above my own specs.

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rafael12104

Ah, crap. Yeah, I hate when that happens and it has happened to me as well.

Nothing wrong with a stop gap and the 1050 will do quite nicely for a long while.

Wolf2, need your impressions. I will be in there in about a week I think. I’ve bought it but won’t “break the seal” until D2 is at least partially out of my system.

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Well before my mishap I was having fun, it follows on right after the last one and seem to be more of the same in your face shoot nazis and feel good while you do it.

I didn’t get too far so can’t comment on the story telling other than there is a really disturbing bit, at least it was for me, right at the start. Certainly made me hesitate a little to do what had to be done. Not that I think it was a bad thing to have in a game of this nature but I can see some folks getting a bit upset with it. Hope there will be more things that make me pause and think a little.

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Currently using a 1050 Ti myself. Can confirm it’s a very solid card for the price. I can play most games on a mixture of high and medium settings at a comfortable 50-70 FPS on 1080p. You made a good call on that one.

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the 1050ti is a solid card especially for the price point. and a big upgrade effectively over your 690 without having to deal with SLI bs. :P

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Jack Pipsam

Sucks to hear about your graphics card, I hope your replacement will be sweet!

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Jack Pipsam

My whole house is going to get painted, starting with my room. Meaning that everything (as in everything) has to moved out. It’s like an archaeological site of my entire life, I am finding all sorts of stuff from when I was like 7. But the key thing is had to move my computer temporarily, good news is that it’s now next to the router, bad news is that its in a open part of the house instead of my isolated private cavern of darkness. I have to deal with looking outside now, at light, nature, trees. Ugh, it’s gross, keep me inside.

Gaming wise, I am trying out SWTOR again. Apart from taking the free expansion, I was too curious about the server merge not to patch it up and give it a spin, the results are predictably awful. East Coast = no fun, but at least it doesn’t seem to affect the cut-scenes.
Planning on giving WoW another whirl as well, all this talk of the rumoured The We Just Want Eliot To Come Back expansion is really getting me all up and tizzy about Warcraft again, always good vibes (and good ping).

Also got Knights of the Old Republic to play on the Xbox One, still need to download it. I have never actually finished it, I know the twist, but I think it’s a classic so I feel obligated to try again.
Aside from that, whatever, just still looking for a proper job, or at least one where the boss will give me more than one shift a week for three hours (k thanks rate-increases).

Oh and I guess Halloween?, but that’s not really a big thing here. Might get a few around knocking, but normally most people don’t honestly bother.

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I’m looking out of your window searching for a Koala bear.

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While you won’t find one in my front yard, if you took a ten or or so minute drive from my place into either the Wombat State Forest or Macedon, you might come across some if you’re lucky. You won’t normally get them near a housing estate unless it edges directly onto the bush, but I do live close to where they live funnily enough. One benefit of the countryside, also Kangaroos.

But Kangaroos suck. And Magpies. And Snakes. And Spiders. Oh and Humans too, they’re the worst :P

PS. Fun fact: There are a lot of people in Australia who have never actually seen a Koala in person (unless in a Zoo), most people live in cities and you’d never find a Koala natively near one.

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Armsbend

We Yanks like to think they are everywhere. Don’t take that away from us.

I need to take a trip down under one day. It’s just so damned FAR.

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Jack Pipsam

They’re certainly not everywhere, in fact they’re getting really rare in some parts. You need to be in a specific kind of forest really, so outside of cities and typically more in the south where I live.

But you know, stereotypes. We reckon there’s a gunshop on every street in the USA and that you’ll come across people carrying guns or a shoot-out almost straight away :P

I’m sure the real USA is quite different to what is in our minds.
A lot of folks avoid Australia because they’re scared of dangerous animals, which is silly in reality. But likewise there’s an increasing number of people here who’d avoid the USA due to gun-related matters, which I am sure is silly in reality. Everywhere is dangerous, yet everywhere I am sure is safer than we like to imagine. Media + Imagination fuels a fantasy world.

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The US has extremely dangerous neighborhoods. But they are also very easy to avoid. Much more dangerous than say Europe or Australia but having traveled to South America a good bit they feel safer than there.

Each city or town has a small handful of gun shops. Pawn shops that sell guns are more prevalent. There are however big box stores like Wal Mart and a few sporting goods shops (think exercise stuff and outdoor gear) that sell guns which strikes me as odd.

Only weirdos carry guns out in the open. They are seeking attention and they are comfortable making people uncomfortable. That is their schtick. They are generally looking for trouble and sometimes they find it. I sincerely don’t mind when those people get killed. Relish it really. They found what it was they sought. Trouble.

I own about five guns, mostly for hunting. I grew up hunting with friends…that is what people from my region do for fun if they are lucky enough to have friends with land. One for humans if they decide to come in my house uninvited. I doubt that one will ever happen – god willing. I am very comfortable around them as will be my children at an early age.

tl;dr there are a lot of guns but certainly not like you picture in your mind’s eye. it saddens me to think this is the reputation we’ve earned though. It is deserved.

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It’s just cultural differences. See here, if you even think of owning a gun, you’re automatically considered dangerous or of a bad sort. The general attitude here is “Why do you need a gun?”. So if you’re farmer, you need one, that’s cool. There’s still a bunch of laws and they need it locked up in a vault, but it’s understood if you ‘need‘ one. Police, needs a gun. Armed forces, naturally. But the average person living in a suburb? No way that’s going to fly, even if that person has all the required paperwork and stores it correctly, just seen as wrong.

I simply grew up scared of guns, it’s how I am conditioned by society.
We’re a scared people, the tough outback rugged persona, that’s a lie. We like to hype ourselves up, talk tough, but we’re a bunch of wimps.
See a snake? Spooked. Sharks? Spooked. Spiders? Spooked. Heck even backyard pools spook folks.

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We’re a scared people, the tough outback rugged persona, that’s a lie. We like to hype ourselves up, talk tough, but we’re a bunch of wimps.

Still like knives though, right? C’mon, don’t completely ruin the image for me.

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rafael12104

Ah SWTOR. It should be a good time. They killed the game for me after being around for so long by not taking care of old players, but in terms of class stories, leveling, and the associated
group content, thumbs up!

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Oh it’s in a shocking state without doubt. Only reason I am playing is Star Wars and they’ve made doing the base content easy street, so it’s good for listening to podcasts.
I am a bit scared of doing group content with the my ping, but solo I can just deal with it I suppose.

But I did get randomly invited to join a guild, I randomly accepted and it turns out to be a pretty sweet guild full of fantastic people. Desirable too apparently as I got a random message from someone wanting in, they got in after I passed the message on and they were thrilled, so that felt really good.
People make an MMO an MMO. Good vibes.

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job hunting is the worst, i hope your area is better than much of canada where most of our job listings are temp agencies masquerading as actual full time positions that you are unlikely to get when “applying” for them.

after almost ten years of that bullshit the news media is only beginning to look at it (as white collar jobs are not affected really and ofc news media workers don’t talk to alot of us blue collar people unless they’re doing some feel good screw the man investigative fluff piece).

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Australia isn’t too hot for new job seekers. There is a lot of casual work around, but very few stable jobs. The idea of a solid 9-5 job is few and far between, so it’s mostly random shifts here and there of multiple jobs.

I live in the country-side so most jobs for me are stuff like supermarket jobs, small shops ect. My long-term plan is to get a gig in video editing or the like, then maybe I can move out and most likely live in Melbourne (the capital city of my state). Although the prospect of that is still long-term. I am just very, very fortunate that my parents are totally cool with me staying them, which is good as most people my age are either living with parents or relying on government benefits.

Still, the hunt continues.

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Been binge watching Star Trek episodes on Netflix the last week so I’ll be firing up Star Trek Online again and taking a look at the episodes I missed and trying to convince myself I don’t need another ship no matter how cool it looks.

Might poke at either Final Fantasy XIV or World of Warcraft this weekend if the urge hits me. Been wanting something superhero related but I dislike DCUO and Champions Online has finally gotten on my last nerve so I guess that will go untouched.

Aside from that I’ll be considering what I want to play in the new D&D campaign my DM is starting next weekend.

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That reminds me, didn’t get around to this weeks episode of ST. Need to do that.

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i am behind myself. maybe tonight i will get on it. i caught my mom up this week so we could watch newer eps together on the tv instead of my pc.

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I will probably watch more esports than play myself with the LoL Worlds semis and HotS HGC/SC2 WCS tournaments going on in preperation for Blizzcon next week. Don’t play much of anything anymore regardless though, mostly just looking forward to upcoming MMORPGs.

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this weekend i am gonna take some time off destiny 2 and catch up on star trek discovery. i swear it i will!

otherwise like everyone else and their mother i am slowly trudging along in destiny 2. i seem to be the slowest leveling person i know and people who started after me have passed my level up at this point. hell p3rcept0r has two level 20s completed the campaign now. i feel like this bodes ill for the longevity of the game for him but who am i to dictate how someone plays a game they are enjoying amirite?

i’ve made various efforts to record teh game with different apps since fraps doesn’t work with it to various degrees of success. yday i did a spuky halloween stream with face paint on as well as running shadowplay which strangely enough shadowplay hooked into OBS instead of the game which produced the oddities in today’s video share.

this planet and mission gave me some real aliens vibes in a cool way. other than that i don’t get what the deal is with the devs masochistic and sadistic jumping “puzzles” they insist putting into the campaign missions.

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That’s funny, i literally just now finished the exact same mission. I absolutely loved the visuals and the crawling around.

100% agreed on jumping puzzles. The part where you have to re-engage the turbines annoyed the crap out of me. I actually had to change my jumping skills around as well to ensure maximum lift, because some of the scaffolding was not reachable on my Warlock.

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Awesome sauce! There it is. Nice vid and tunes.

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found out about this band from twin peaks as the first song in the vid sort of became the unnoficial new theme song of the new season (sort of like the one song back in the day was sort of the theme song of the series, forget the name but also very ethereal.) been listening to them on my playlists and jaunts through youtube ever since.

teh band is the chomatics btw, check em out!

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The Chromatics – Shadow

if you like their sound Johnny Jewel is really the guy behind the sound. He does a lot of solo projects that have the same vibe. Heavy on echo, sax and the like. Like a lite version of My Bloody Valentine’s guitars.

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i also used cherry in the video :P

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Hirku

Obviously a fake, the next expansion’s title is “World of Warcraft: Who Needs Eliot When We’ve Got Hirku Hooked”

So yeah, still playing WoW and still enjoying it. Also still have some frustrations but the good far outweighs the bad. I’ve become more tolerant of WoW’s flaws since the MMOs I’ve cared most about are fubar’ed and there are very few options left for me.

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That is a mirage. The real title is “World of Warcraft: Come Back Rafael, We have new mounts and candy!”

But it won’t work, I tell you. It won’t.

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