WRUP: Helpful pointers about the inter-nets edition

Hello, one and all, and welcome to the inter-nets! The inter-nets, or as they are sometimes known the “world wide tubes,” are a fascinating place where you can meet people of many races, genders, religions, and sexual orientations while referring to them with deplorable slurs. Here are some useful tips about the inter-nets to make the most of your time here.

  • The inter-nets are a public place. Please be advised that other people can see what you are saying and respond to it. If you don’t want to discuss it, perhaps you should keep it to yourself.
  • The people you meet on the inter-nets are real people, with real feelings and wishes. Treat them the same way you would treat other people in the real world. Then, treat them better than that.
  • The inter-nets are the real world. If you are a nasty jerk to people on the inter-nets, that is who you are in the real world. If this is not the person you wish to be in the real world, do not act like it elsewhere.

We hope you enjoy your time within the inter-nets! As an associated diversion, please take part in this week’s installment of What Are You Playing, which can be found down below. Thank you, good night, and as always, keep surfing the computer waters!

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): ​Probably just some Pokemon Go and Overwatch, but probably not too hardcore. It feels like the calm before the holiday storm, and as I know my weekends will be picking up soon, I’m just going to try to take it easy so I’ll have some survival stamina. I may try finishing Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy since the final episode was released last week.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I should probably be playing MMOs, but my Pixel got here, and it’s so shiny and I just need to mod it and fill it with games and apps and realistically that is how I will be wasting my weekend. Anybody have any Android game recommendations?

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Oh, you know. Usual stuff; some Final Fantasy XIV and assorted other projects. Also continuing to clock along for NaNoWriMo, which is eating into my time something fierce.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): Ideally, I would love to try out a different MMO just to get some wider experience, but there’s too much I need to do in my current games to free up that time. So back to World of Warcraft, Dungeons and Dragons Online, and Lord of the Rings Online for me! I’m not complaining; I’d rather have too much to do than feel bored and lacking direction.

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): I haven’t had the chance to do much in ARK: Survival Evolved this week, so I want to spend some time there. I am aiming to nab myself a griffon this weekend, and maybe take the compy army I have started out for its first hunt. I also will be vanquishing more puppets on more alts in EverQuest II so I can get all those patchwork boss plushies! And when not there, I hope to be pushing further into SMITE’s latest adventure. I can’t wait to see the boss in Muspelheim.

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Vexia

I didn’t do a good job keeping up with my daily/weekly stuff in FFXIV because I was too busy this week, so I’m going to be doing that, but my SO and I have also shifted into side-projects like crafting furniture to decorate our house. I definitely need a restful weekend for a change, so I’ll probably do some other gaming. Right now something like Blade & Soul on the MMO front or Mario Odyssey and Monster Hunter for otherwise sounds good.

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Bannex

Funny thing is that I’m nicer on the Internet than in person :O

I’m playing the endurance athlete mind games that happen this time of year when it’s too cold to go outside… as well as a lil WoW with Destiny 2 and For Honor sprinkled on top.

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rafael12104

First World Problems. I love mine.

So, Assassins Creed Origins. That’s what I’m playing this weekend and it is a dandy. I put down Destiny 2 for now. Will come back to it for sure especially with the upcoming content drop, but I had to shelve it for the moment.

And that brings me to my problem. BnS announced an xpac that will drop Dec. 6. It is what me and quite a few others have been waiting for. New massive area, new level cap, new high end abilities, new legendary weapons, new dungeons, etc. etc. etc..

There goes my gaming schedule.

On top of that, BnS has had events non stop since before Halloween. Good events too, the latest being a crafting event which is making crafting actually worthwhile especially before the xpac.

And so, BnS will dominate my time. CoD WWII will have to wait. Steam games will have to wait although I will buy my share as usual. Assassins Creed Origin will have a short run. And, my return to Destiny 2 is on hold.

The horror! The absolute horror of having too many games to play!

Oh and btw, ASTROS ARE STILL WORLD SERIES CHAMPS! (last one, I swear)

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deekay_plus

we had fun in guild teasing sundial about the stro’s game six loss. which had him upset. XD

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I will be playing Rift this weekend, focusing on working through more of the Prophecy of Ankhet storyline. I’m in Ashenfell, the fourth of I think 6 zones. My progress slowed a little during Autumn Harvest because I was also completing some of the daily and weekly quests to get a few of the seasonal items but now I’m back to leveling and following the zone’s story. So far it’s the weakest in terms of story of the four zones I’ve played but that might change.

The weird thing is the NPC companions that follow along have the potential to be the most interesting but so far the story isn’t compelling me along and the NPCs which are essentially an angel and a demon are proving to be one dimensional. There’s nothing interesting being done in their dialogue.

It’s exaclty what you would expect— the angel is constantly judging the demon and the demon is constantly judging the angel for being judgmental. All of the other zones have had great stories and the dialogue between the two NPC companions who follow along with the player character have really helped flesh the story out further giving them more depth than you would expect from an MMO. I’m just hoping eventually this one is the same. When it’s done right, I think it’s one of the best things Rift did with PoA.

That I think will be it for me this weekend. I’m also including a few screenshots of the Autumn Harvest items I purchased with the seasonal currency. I was able to get two new character specific mounts and an account wide costume. They do a great job designing these types of rewards. It’s one of the few games in which I participate in the seasonal events.

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So, after all the hype and discussion about the someday arrival of WoW Classic, I decided I just had to scrap my bassement Lich King server and rebuild it as a 1x classic server. Since I was stuck at home on call for work yesterday (and, amazingly, got no calls), I spent the day compiling C++ code and running (and debugging!) lots of SQL, after which I had my very own classic server. Oddly enough, after all the shenanigans I had to go through to get it to work, it now seems to be even more stable than my Lich King server! Since my WoW main has beena priest since forever, I immediately created a dwarf priest and started leveling, because who didn’t love leveling priests back in the heyday of vanilla WoW? Here’s my stalwart priest standing over the body of his fallen foe, Griknir the Cold. I suspect I’ll be at this for a while, so have a great long weekend y’all!

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rafael12104

So cool that you have the skill to do that. My knowledge of C++ is like my knowledge of Starbucks coffee. I know the various types and names, have no idea how to make them. LOL.

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Minimalistway

This is tempting, i thought of doing the same thing, but i’m not going to, i’ll wait for Blizzard :-)

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Sorenthaz

Likely will be playing a mix of Destiny 2, FFXIV, maybe Starbound, SMITE, LoL, Overwatch, and avoiding withdrawals from being unable to play something this weekend.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

About those tubes…

So after the hurricane action here is SoFlo it took a while to get all of the downed tree debris out of the neighborhoods. That debris was dropped in huge piles by random contractors in random locations. One of those piles happened to be placed on top of a box where some of my internet tubes are spliced together.

Later they sent a big claw machine backhoe thingie (it always a backhoe) to move the huge pile to its final location. While I was at lunch on Wednesday, the claw thingie man made it to the bottom of the pile.

To make sure he got it all that debris, he went hard and picked the last bit of debris along and my box of tubes, which has a top that is flush with the ground. He ripped up that box, my tubes, and the protecting interduct and conduits. He ripped ’em real good like. When I got back to my desk I had 6k+ emails from various devices complaining about the lack of tubage.

Luckily no kitten videos even blipped and no stories about random famous people doing horrible things were delayed due to redundant tubing. It was all fixed by Thrusday afternoon which is pretty damn good. We have had much worse.

Oh ya gaming, Warframe is where it is at for me right now. I have been to Earth, Venus, & Mercury, and I opened the path to Mars this morning. I built a sentinel pet that is helping me out now that I also have to level and mod up. I am getting ready to learn about how to make some back wing piece and still need to find all the required parts to hatch a dog…yes hatch.

I played MU Legend a couple of days and that was enough for me. I found nothing new or interesting there. It all worked fine though.

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Warframe tips:
1. have the wiki open all the time and read..a lot.. So much wierd and hidden knowledge you will NEVER figure out without reading, and not knowing WILL stop you from progressing at some point.
2. Sign up the the amazon twitch prime 7 day trial and claim your Prime Frost warframe, Prime Soma rifle and a slow but hard hitting melee weapon – Those will give you a head start and ability to start farming other serious stuff&Primes. You can cancel the amazon account after you got your stuff, afaik you will not be charged the 3$.
3. Grind.. Farm..read..grind more.. Or spend money to skip..but mostly..read! Knowledge is everything in Warframe (no seriously).

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Zulika Mi-Nam

Thanks for confirming about the reading. I thought I was missing something in-game to explain some of the systems. I have been googling quite a bit.

They need a little browser thingie in-game like Eve.

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CapnLan

Quick heads up on pets in Warframe. Once you hatch your dog, it’s going to need DNA stabilizers on a regular basis or else it dies. As in permadeath. As in you log in one day and Ordis is telling you that it died and he ejected it’s body into space. Seriously. You need to get another orbiter module from clan tech that helps out with that and automatically freezes them before they die as well as help with defrosting fees and maintenance. The amount of time and resources needed to care for pets for a new player can be a bit much to handle.

So my advice would be to go ahead and hatch your cute puppy to complete the quest and then promptly freeze him in stasis. Once you have the resources to properly care for him later on down the line after you become more powerful, you can defrost him and play with him then. I recommend you stick with your Taxon sentinel for the time being as sentinels need no maintenance.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

Thanks for the tip. When I was looking at the incubator cell blueprint on the market, I saw the kits that had the DNA stabs in them. I knew they had to be in there for some reason.

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thickenergy

Mu Legend for me, assuming they’ve sorted out the horrible latency and constant disconnects plaguing the Americas servers. Plus some Thor: Ragnarok in 3D.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

I saw no issues during my play, but I was playing on AM#3, the least busy one at the time.

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I didn’t have any problems on the 7th when the game was first available to play but things have gotten worse and worse since then. The servers really don’t like being full and I’m on what was AM#2. There’s also some bugs that lead to performance issues plus supposedly some DDOSing going on.

Webzen also stated on their Facebook page that the bulk of the problems for NA players are due to some issues with international cables. Which makes no sense to me at all if the servers are supposed to be in NA.

I played a bit this morning and game play felt somewhat better, but there’s no reason my latency should be around 250 if the servers are in NA.

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wild-abyss

I’m bored with SWL at the moment. I can only run my Tokyo sidequest route so often before I wonder why. So I’m into my Christmas knitting and catching up on 10 years of The Simpsons.

Now today I’ve spent the early afternoon adding mods to Fallout 4 and I’m going to start that again. I stopped playing before the DLC released so there’s some new stuff to try out. Of course that means I’ve lost 3 hours so far installing and organizing mods…

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Toy Clown

Still picking away at FFXIV. I’m enjoying the dungeoning and grouping aspect of the game, which is something I haven’t enjoyed in games the last several years. Just hit 60 and don’t have Stormblood yet, so leveling a bard-to-be in anticipation of the 4.2 patch and additon of performing. Weaning off of Secret World Ledgends as a sub player. I’m always happy being content playing just one MMO.

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blah blazh

Not a whole lot of MMO play this weekend. Just some GW2. For games in general, it’s all AC: Origins.

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rafael12104

Yes! Completely understandable.

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pepperzine

Dot hack G.U.// Last Recode for me.

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BalsBigBrother

I have been looking at that but I am not sure it would be for me as I have never played any of the dot hack series and have no history with it at all. I have it on my buy when on sale list at the moment.

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pepperzine

It’s great, I’ve been a fan since the original aired. The story is good, especially for people who like mmorpgs. Honestly, 4 games for $50 is a steal :)

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BalsBigBrother

Food for thought but my wallet is already huddled in the corner quietly weeping to itself :-)

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Sray

I spent about 12 hours playing Horizon: Zero Dawn yesterday. I haven’t done something like that in about a decade, but The Frozen Wilds DLC dropped this week, and that was the first chance I got with it; and I had nothing better to do anyway. I finished off the main DLC quest line and most of the side quests and tasks, but there’s still more, so there’s a 100% chance that’s what I’ll be doing today as well.

Beyond that, there’s probably going to be some laundry and other house work, and then maybe some time with Destiny 2 or Super Mario Odyssey. I’m unsure whether or not I want to commit myself to the endgame grind in Destiny, or start up a new character. And i feel like I’ve been neglecting Mario, so I might just leave Destiny alone for the weekend.

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A quick, spoiler free review of my thoughts on The Frozen Wilds:

It’s more Horizon: Zero Dawn; if you liked the main game, you’ll like this; but that also means that anything you might not have liked, or felt was a little weak, will still be there (being parkour master who can only climb in certain spots, for example); and if you didn’t like it, then this probably won’t change your mind.

The main quest line isn’t quite as good as the base game’s main quest, but that’s largely because it’s not really Aloy’s story, since she’s mainly really just there to help the characters that it’s really about; however, the story line really fills out the world with a lot of new information and strongly hints at the directions the guaranteed sequel might be going in. The side quests are as large as many of the base game’s main quests, and filled with a lot of interesting new characters. A minor complaint I have is that there doesn’t seem to be a clear spot where this side story chronologically fits into the main quest line, which is intentional; but because you can get more information about the history of a supporting character from the base game there, it would be nice to have some better indication of how far along in the main story you’re “supposed to be” when you enter into the new area.

It’s suggested as mid to end game content, and I’d have to say it’s more like just end game content: while story-wise the breadcrumb quest to the new area is made available pretty quickly, the content is clearly balanced around level 40+ characters who’ve gotten themselves the shield weaver outfit (even if you thought the shield weaver felt too OP in the base game, you won’t feel that way in the Frozen Wilds). The enemies in the new area are surprisingly aggressive: even when forewarned by many reviewers/streamers, I was shocked at how I basically had to relearn an entirely new way of playing because the tactics in the base game don’t work so well in the Frozen Wilds. The new creatures are also bullet sponges, so it’s best to always have lots of resources before going into the big missions, because even though with tons of resources boxes laying around, you’re going to spend a lot more resources on ammo crafting.

Anyway I liked it a lot: there’s a lot to do, it’s very well done, and frankly this would have been worth it as a $35-$40 stand alone game. Plus, you get to visit one of the most famous natural landmarks in the world.

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Thanks, Sray. You’re the one who tipped the balance with me earlier, when it came to picking up Horizon: Zero Dawn for my PS4, and I’m not sorry I did!

I like many things about the game, but perhaps the thing I like most is that it’s not quite like any other game I’ve played. The game-world is uniquely its own.

Cheers,

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rafael12104

Horizon Zero Dawn very well could be the Game Of The Year. And that’s without the DLC.

I won’t DLC Horizon just yet. I’m afraid that if I do, I will miss out on a bunch of ther games I want to cover this holiday season. Lol

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Games like Horizon really do make me want to pick up a PS4 at some stage. Glad to hear you got so into it, I’ve heard nothing but good things.

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mysecretid

Jack, for whatever it’s worth, I don’t regret owining a PS4 in addition to my PC.

I find that certain types of games just “play better” for me on one platform than the other, and the PS4 is how I game when I’m tired of sitting at my desk, but television looks crappy, as is often the case. :-)

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Sray

It’s definitely in killer app territory. The PS4 has a ton of absolutely amazing single player games. You could grab a PS4 and just buy all the older games they’ve put out since launch, and probably not have to play anything less than an 8 out of 10 game for years.

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Was at work location when the SWTOR server merger went down so I will log in at some point this weekend and see if my two characters still have a name. I did manage to play one mission last week…so maybe I will play one this week. Other than that, meh….not much to do online.

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thirtymil

All my mains kept their names…and yet all my odd alts on the RP server which were named after semi-obscure Cthulhu Mythos references (Tindalos, Voors, etc) lost theirs. I was well confused.

I was even told Ban’quo needed a rename…and he’s a minor Shakespeare character with an apostrophe in the middle – what are the chances of anyone else naming their character that and having a subscription? /boggle

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yet all my odd alts on the RP server which were named after semi-obscure Cthulhu Mythos references

Oddly enough I only lost one name (of characters that mattered), though it was of the character, if pressed, I would call my main (a smuggler formerly known as Wrake.) My two not at all obscure Lovecraft inspired names (Sothoth and Lathotep) survived intact.

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I ended Blizzcon with the declaration that Warcraft was going in a direction I didn’t like… so naturally I’m playing Warcraft. What can I say? My druid didn’t want me to go.

Also Destiny 2, because shooting those robot bad guys in the glass jar thing so the white fluid sprays everywhere isn’t getting old any time soon.

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My house is still being painted, so I am sleeping in the outside cabin, but it’s nice and snug, there’s internet so it’s all good.
Not been much time for MMOs I am afraid, mostly doing a music video editing project,
internship/job and helping move stuff around the house.

The only real game I have been playing this week is the recently released Super Lucky’s Tale. It hasn’t been getting good reviews, but I am honestly putting that down to the fact Mario recently came out and a lot of reviews are comparing the two.
Comparing a AAA core Nintendo game which has been in development by a skilled team for years with all the resources vs a literal indie game of like 30 people in development for like a
year or two from a VR background and only got a publishing deal with Microsoft because a guy who works there had some friends within MS from the old days of Ensemble. Seems like
a fair review comparison to me.

Still regardless of what critics are saying, I am having a blast with it. It’s a silly, overly cute
fun little game. It’s got cheerful vibes, not too hard (except for when the controls are a bit slippery at times), but it isn’t dead easy either if you want all the collectables. Being part of the Play Anywhere thing from MS means I can jump between my computer and Xbox, so it’s just been a fun time.
While I still love gritty stuff and things like Rainbow Six: Siege, i’ll always have a heart for jolly vibes.

I can see why people wouldn’t like it (it suffers jank), but for my opinion I am having a really
enjoyable time just playing a few missions each day and I really hope Microsoft considers
funding another one.

Oh, keen for new Warcraft stuff too.

PS. Site isn’t working right from my computer, so have to use phone.

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Vexia

Is this a 3D platformer? Because Mario Odyssey may be amazing, true, but there is still room in my heart for all kinds of 3D platformers.

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Yeah, it’s kind of a hybrid. So there’s mission hubs where you jump into doors which go to different levels. Mostly they’re all 3D platforming levels, but some levels are side-scrolling levels. Others are mini-game puzzle things, some are boss fights. It’s just a whole bunch of stuff thrown into the mix.
Pretty much it’s one grand ol’ homage.

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Thanks for the thoughts on Super Lucky’s Tale. I’ve been wanting to grab it since E3, but with Mario coming out a week before, I decided to wait until some time around Christmas (or just after) to grab it. It really does look beautiful, and I agree that many of the reviewers are probably a bit harsher on it because of its proximity to Mario, and the fact that it’s literally the only Xbox One X launch title and obviously not designed to be a great way of showing off the system’s capabilities.

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Yeah that didn’t help it either, I am just playing it on the Day One Xbox One and it’s really good looking in 1080p, it’s a very vibrant game, things have a nice ‘pop’. I am sure in 4K & 60fps it looks fantastic as well, but it’s such as stylish game that I think it doesn’t matter too much and would be fine running at anything. It’s a got a simplistic, almost geometric modeling style, however I really dig the style. It reminds me visually a little bit of Godus and for all the faults with that game, I really liked the style.

Mario Kart 8, Sonic: Lost World, ect were all running 720p on Wii U and looked damn good because of their colourful style.
But if you can pick it up on sale i’d recommend it later, I think the price might be a bit too steep for some folk as well. Digital if you’re interested in the cross-buy stuff between PC & Console, retail copies are only console.

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What is this retail of which you speak? Are you somehow implying that there people out there who still leave their houses, go out into the world where birds poop, and speak to live human beings in order to buy video games when they can do so from the comfort of their homes?

Madness, I say.

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mysecretid

Fun is always the key, and playing all kinds of different games keeps things from going stale.

I’m glad you found an unexpected gem — and fork the critics’ opinions. Unlike them, you actually pay for the games you play. :-)

Enjoy!

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Cheers!
Although I think it’s more that I have the luxury to play the game spread out over as long as I wish, while critics have to play through the game as quickly as possible.
I still reckon the reason why I liked Ryse: Son of Rome over critics was that I played through that game spread out over a couple weeks, so I never got the repetitive grind which critics having to finish the game in a day or so would have to feel.

I imagine Super Lucky’s Tale is much the same way, coming off Mario and having to beat the game quickly, I suspect the niggling issues of the game (of which there is a couple, i.e. can’t 360-spin camera) would become artificiality amplified.

I wonder if the reaction to Sonic: Forces is the same way, although I am avoiding that for a while, looks mighty meh.

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This week: Collusion…

First Party: “I didn’t do it.”

The Other Party Affected: “I TOTALLY believe him!” o.O

Also this week: Totally stuck on 1 to 60 WoW content! Why? Well, can’t seem to get my character’s day job…I mean profession skills up to 300. (They are close!) Which would be okay if the server was named Nostalrius. But it isn’t! And for some reason the skills for the next expansion itineration (TBC) don’t start until max level for the previous (Vanilla)…unlike with others which start 25 skill ups before. As the mechanics go, the higher the skills get to closer max for that relative expansion, the more difficult and more mats are used to get the skill ups needed. And as my characters are Goblins, they refuse to spend on AH to get around that… /sigh

I supposed I could wait till I get to that Garrison expansion which would alleviate a lot of this, but my pigtails are completionist. That is, they are just not going to let this go. :(

Anyroads, spoke too much about this! So have a great week and weekends, folks! <3

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No Halloween event, no MMOs to play. Starting to doubt I’ll even bother with the sparse offering coming in the next years.

But in solo, Nioh.
Annnnd I already stopped because the game is boring.

It starts well enough, action game in Japan by Team Ninja, a Dark Souls wannabe, Sure, why not. Many different weapons, multiple stances for each with their unique attacks, and more to unlock. Cool.

The problem?
There’s almost no enemy variety. From the tutorial jailers in London to Japanese bandits to undead monsters? They use the same attacks, again and again; with one new monster sprinkled in the levels once in a while (before joining the rest, since they become another one of those copy/paste ennemies that repeat in every mission).
The loot is yet again, complete shit like in almost all “RPGs”. It’s random. Except you can reroll the stats (and keep the ones needed) as long as you have money. What’s random about rerolling until you get what you want?
All it brings is… no exploration at all. Why bother with the shinies in a level since you’ll only get random consumables or a shit blue item? Just run to the boss, kill it and restart to farm it again. Hella faster to gear up, level up and make money.

It’s super sad to see what could have a great action game, but ends up wasting time on awful and pointless RPG mechanics with entire pages of meaningless gear buffs, incredibly repetitive enemies and environments (oh yeah the camera sucks, but that one is not even worth mentioning with such massive issues), no reason to explore and a story that frankly makes absolutely no sense as far as I’m concerned (and I know how the shogunate formed, so that’s kind of a plus when the game doesn’t even explain that you’re working for its creation…).

Such potential wasted on repetitive mechanics, the game is not actually bad…. it’s just incredibly boring and uninteresting to play.
“Have fun with your sword” doesn’t hold up for 50+ hours. Especially not when you start fighting bosses with no hitstun and CC immunity. What’s the fucking point of chaining combos if you’ll never be able to use them on the monsters that could actually withstand them?

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That’s always disappointing. I’m sorry that happened to you, man. Always a bummer.

My cure for a bad game often involves jumping into another game as fast as I’m able, in the hopes of washing the “bad taste” of the bad one out of my psyche …

… but, if you’re in a self-described “gaming slump”, I realize it may be hard to find something fun. I don’t even know enough about your gaming tastes to make any recommendations, unfortunately.

But hey, might as well take a chance on something. It beats sitting around with the feeling that Nioh failed you, I suspect. :-)

Good luck. Hope you find something fun.

Cheers,

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Thanks bud.
Playing bad games isn’t such a terrible thing, you play, you don’t like it, whatever, it happens.

But for Nioh it’s like a brand new toy that’s super cool… and you’re not allowed to play with it.
It’s too bad to see such solid systems not giving the player any way to exploit them.

And I had no idea how bad Dark Souls would look like if all the loot was random… the Diablo gear grind is just anathema to exploring and finding items in the world.

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I hear you. As your doctor, (heh) I prescribe picking up a new game that looks interesting as soon as possible. :-)

Cheers,

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Going to be scaling back my Warframe time a bit. Operation Plague Star was [DE]layed to next week due to bugs and the Bounty reward changes didn’t make it this week either. Those were the two things I was heavily looking forward to, so this leaves Warframe a little bit empty for me this weekend. I’ll probably just level up some equipment I’ve been meaning to and then wait it out for the new stuff.

Picked up Borderlands 2 GOTY edition as it’s on sale for $8 on Steam. I enjoyed the first one immensely but missed the second one as it was released during a period of time when I was more concerned with how I was going to buy food the next day let alone how I was going to afford a new game. Time to catch up on this one.

My Fallout 4 engineer hit a nasty snag. Bethesda thought it would be cool to push new Creation Club updates which promptly broke F4SE and several of my mods. So I have to wait for the mod authors to update their mods or find replacement mods that work if they choose not to. I’m used to this whole updates breaking things cycle, but when it’s for Creation Club stuff and not any bug fixes or content expansion my patience runs thin. I am not pleased with Bethesda right now.

Witcher 2 is moving along. Finished up the showdown with Letho in the Elven ruins and am now solidly on Iorveth’s path. I think I’m moving slowly on this one because going back to Witcher 2 after playing some of 3 makes the whole game feel clunky and bad. They definitely learned a lot of lessons and improved the hell out of 3 but man, it makes going back to the older games rough.

Might restart a new save on No Man’s Sky. I keep doing dumb things and burning myself out and then not wanting to play on that save file anymore. Game is just too grindy so I think I’m going to do a “Whatever I get is whatever I use” play through. No more grinding for better ships. No more rushing to build a glass farm. No more beating my face against a wall of credits to get a freighter. Just grab whatever I find and live the life of a space nomad. I might do this later on in the week though once the call of space becomes too much for me to keep ignoring.

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Borderlands 2 was a big hit in this house, for whatever that might be worth.

It’s silly, and occasionally juvenile (in the “oh please” way, not the good way) but I liked it better than the first one — more of a story; generally more to do and to see. If you liked the first game, I suspect you’ll like this one.

As for No Man’s Sky, I think you may be on the right track. One plays games to have fun, and what you’ve been doing sounds an awful lot like work. Maybe it’s time to play it as it comes, as you say.

Good luck with it, Cap’n! o7

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i bought bl2 on sale at some point but didn’t get into it as friends that had it didn’t have interest to play more.

from what i hear the writer of the games lost his edge after that one too and the humour in them changes quite a bit in nature for the worst. tho i don’t recall much about that other than he was being a complete asshole on social media at some point around that time.

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World of Warcraft mainly. Maybe some AQ3D, as I really want to check out Darkovia. Oh, and Injustice 2, as I’m hyped for Hellboy and TMNT.

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TomTurtle

Honestly not sure. Feeling pretty peeved about ArenaNet’s response to the mount skin monetization issue in GW2. Unexpectedly, the question of whether I should continue with the game or not actually crossed my mind briefly, and that’s not a good place to be left in.

On a positive note, I watched Zootopia for the first time with family last night and really enjoyed it. I was surprised by how dark and frank it could get in parts in regards to children watching, but all I have to do is think back to what shows I watched as a kid and realize how kids can handle things that adults do not give them credit for.

Have a pleasant weekend everyone. For those like me who are now dealing with colder weather, stay warm!

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Oh yeah Zootopia is a good one, really dug it.

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I was surprised by how much I liked Zootopia as well (I suspect I have a cuteness allergy, you see :-) ) but it was a unexpectedly good movie, in a lot of ways. A favorite of mine now, when it comes to animated movies.

The Guild Wars 2 lockbox shenanigans sounds very irritating. I think the whole lockbox thing in games is getting waaaay out of hand now, but apparently they make absurd amounts of money for game publishers.

As my father says, “Money makes some people stupid” I’m guessing that absurd amounts of money makes some people absurdly stupid in their behavior? :-)

Here’s hoping the ArenaNet gets a clue before it drives you from your game. You’re certainly not the only person upset by this bad decision.

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i saw the the thing about the mount skins on reddit this week. doesn’t surprise me they’d do it that way much with their quarterly reports being what they’ve been the past year or two but eh… never expect anet not to renege on core sales points progressively as time goes on is my experience with them.

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To be fair, RNG bullshit is not new to the gem store. The difference here is that people care more about the contents of this particular iteration. Some people are acting like this is the first time they crossed the line with RNG without realizing it’s been there all along.

I wasn’t surprised they’d try to pull it, that’s how sadly commonplace it has become.

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from what i’ve seen the big difference between this and the prior lockbox shit is that these come account bound and with teh gem conversion rates are quite the grind for the casual average player to just afford one or two once a month without spending upwards of $200 usd or w/e to buy enough of them to get them all/guaranteed the one you actually want.

also seen indications that they add even more visual noise to a game that is infamous for it’s visual noise(notwithstanding options to turn some of that off mind you).

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Those and more have been brought up, but the way I think about it is that technically it’s an improvement from the Black Lion chest since there’s a cap on how much you may pay before you get what you want. People have mainly taken issue with the RNG nature since they realize it’s quite likely they’d end up paying more for a mount skin they want with this system than if they could buy the skin outright.

People have complained about the RNG nature of the Black Lion chests before, but it’s never boiled to such a point. In my mind, that’s because they could ignore the contents of the chests to a better degree than they can for mount skins, which when it comes to MMOs, people care a whole lot about.

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yeah seems people would be less fussy if they could buy gems for gold ot buy them off the TP like with the black lion stuff.

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For sure. One thing to keep in mind though is that they have had unsellable, desirable weapon skins obtained through Black Lion chest system multiple times before this so it’s not like this situation hasn’t happened before. The key difference is that mount skins matter a lot more to more people.

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I’m never sure when Eliot’s being honest and when he’s being sarcastic (and who knows? he may prefer the ambiguity) but I absolutely agree with his statement above that, if you’re a dick to people online, guess what? That’s who you really are. If consequence is removed, and you default to assholery, then check the mirror, and you’ll see anus. :-)

I finally did my first Strike in Destiny 2.

I did a lot of Strikes (group missions, for those who don’t play) in the original Destiny game, but I’ve been holding off in the sequel for what may be an odd reason.

In Destiny, Strikes were listed on the master map for the game, and they carried a short description, so you had a clue as to what kind of mission it might be …

In Destiny 2, you simply queue up for a Strike, and you go into it “blind” — your mission could be anything — and for some reason, this irritates me.

But I’ve done most of the non-group content, and the next DLC is a ways off yet, so I went on my first strike. It worked out, but I still don’t like going in knowing nothing at all about the op, not even a location.

I will say that I do like the 1 – 3 person Strike team limit in the Destiny games, and I always have.

For some reason, it’s always been fairly easy to assemble a random group of three players whenever you queue up — but I’ve been in other games which use four or five players for a group, and I seem to wait forever for that last player or two.

Other than my brief foray in Destiny 2, it’s been pretty much all World of Warcraft all the time this week. I’m having a really fun time in that game.

Take care of yourselves, and each other, folks. Life is hard, and we’re all we’ve got, so hang on tight!

Cheers,

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Agree on the strike list thing. I did four or five and only got two of them repeated so I’m curious how many there are in all even.

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There are six strikes in total. Of which I’ve tried zero so far :)

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i was thinking of the random content/map/mode thing in regards to crucible this morning nad how it would be nice if they let you choose but incentivised random maps/modes with a bonus. kind of like how other mmo’s tend to do it.

idk what kind of bonus they could give tho. maybe a higher chance at legendary engrams over rare? idk.

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Maggie May

Playing RL the thrown out back edition, will be downing tri-pots and maybe some ESO. Also working on provisioning and healing a feline who just lost his mojo.

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Sray

Ouch… did that myself last year. Was not fun: you can’t sit for very long, you can’t stand for very long, and you can’t lie down for very long; constantly having to shift around when you can’t do anything anyway is so annoying. And the pain meds? I just have some fairly ordinary muscle relaxants, which suck: the number of things that your body needs muscles for becomes a shocking revelation after you start taking them, and remember that both breathing and sight rely heavily on muscles (translation: muscle relaxants can impair breathing and sight).

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This is one of those comments where a the /upvote maybe be construed as endorsing the posted suffering of the commenter. And it’s certainly not my intention to do so. :(

…but either way, sorry to hear this. I hope you do get better soon! /bows

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I have a lot of muscle-related health issues, and the only thing which works for me when my muscles go haywire is Robax Platinum.

There’s something like six different kinds of Robax for sale, but only the Robax Platinum (it’s the one with the purple label) does anything for me. The rest might as well be tic-tacs.

It will make you drowsy, so do plan accordingly, and please read the label, in case it has some active ingredient which is unfriendly to you, but it’s the only over-the-counter drug which has ever helped me in these kinds of situations.

I hope it helps you feel better.

Cheers,

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i read yday that pairing advil and tylenol is just as effective for most pain as opiates. idk how true it is but that’s exactly what they gave me for my toe, tho i didn’t really pair them together at home (just alternated).

i smoked some high CBD low thc weed this summer that was like a miracle for my pain issues as well as sleep issues and anxiety. but i haven’t brought it up to my doc yet (have been doing tests to rule out causes of my symptoms other than my meds, tho the meds are the obvious culprit). have an appointment with him this month, which i need to get on getting the latest round of testing done before i go in as they don’t do oneof the tests at the doc office so need to go downtown to the other lab to get them done.

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Good luck with it all. Medical appointments can be such a pain in the arse to keep straight and to organize. Hope your doctor does right by you!

Cheers,

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he’s a good doc. hopefully we rule out anything serious and can get on a reliable treatment for the pain and anxiety stuff.

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Maggie May

Pretty sure mine is a work stress issue, only its the second time this month, I just need to get more exercise . Removing the stress is a little more difficult. I feel you on the anxiety/sleep issue front.

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Hirku

I have a low Willpower stat, so I realized early this week I wasn’t going to be able to wait for WoW’s level scaling update before continuing to play. Instead I found a nice zone-by-zone storyline/quest guide on Wowpedia and I always have that open in a browser to keep me on the main path without overleveling from fluff side quests. It’s working well so far and I’m enjoying the game more than I already was.

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I have been playing an unhealthy amount of Assassins Creed Origins something which I am very surprised about. Surprised mainly because I am on record as hating any game with an Egyptian setting or being desert based.

However I will be the first to admit that in this case if I had dismissed it based on my preconceived ideas of those two things I would have been a total idiot to do so. This game absolutely nails the Egyptian theme and the vastness that I associate with a desert while keeping an interesting variety to the locations throughout the game.

The game story is a little cliched but there is still enough to keep me interested and with the huge map to explore full of hidden tombs, pyramids and caves I may well be here for a good long while.

If I tear myself away at all it will be to do a bit of the new race that started in Path of Exile, I won’t be troubling the top of the leaderboards but I will get the lockbox that is on offer at the very least.

Hope everyone has a safe and fun gaming weekend o/

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Just digging into ACO now. And.. WOW! I’m quite satisfied so far. Ubi did a good thing here!

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Have you been a player of the series, B3? I understand that the last few games have been underwhelming. Do you consider this one something of a “return to glory”?

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It’s the best AC game since Brotherhood in my opinion. The extra year they spent developing the game was well worth it.

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from what i’ve observed is people are just bored of “ubisoft the game” in general – at leas the vocial visible masses of people who say things visibly and vocially ofc, given they all tend to sell gangbusters.

if this is the one they showed gameplay of this past summer at w/e con it looked interesting but i don’t think it had the coop element that has been bringing my crew into ubisoft games the past couple years.

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I am probably not the best person to judge if its a return to glory or not as I have the only other one I have played is Black Flag.

From my own perspective I think AC:O is a damn good game in its own right but whether that translates to a good Assassin’s Creed game someone with more experience of the series will have to answer that one.

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Cool. Good to know. Thank you.

Even though I recognize their general quality, the Assassin’s Creed games never held my interest personally when I tried a couple.

I guess I’m fussy about “history” in my games; there are only certain historical eras, locations, and situations that I find compelling, and the AC games I tried didn’t hit those areas.

Interestingly, the Blag Flag stuff was probably the one AC iteration I was still tempted to buy after I knew the franchise wasn’t really for me. We must have similar tastes in some ways.

But as you suggest, my buddy James has been a huge AC fan up until recently, so I was wondering if Origins was something I could reccommend to him.

The screenshots you attached certainly look good!

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Hirku

Are they still doing the split storylines where you get zapped out of the Animus back to the present day / near-future? I stopped at the first game because I didn’t like the Sci-Fi aspects at all.

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Yeah there is still a present day aspect to the story but I would be shocked if it amounted to more than 30 minutes of my game time out of the 45 hours I have played according to the steam shame counter …. um time played counter :-)

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“the Steam shame counter” — I love it! :-) If I told you how many hours I have on that counter for Star Trek Online, we’d probably both faint! Heh heh.

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Lol. I keep all my worst offenders (Warcraft, ESO, SWTOR, DCUO) off Steam so my steam shame counter looks fairly respectable – a couple of hundred hours to the Left 4 Dead series and I look fairly respectable, I think :)

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Been playing destiny 2 & World of Warcraft this week. Other then that have been watching the entire Chips series on DvD. Almost through season 1.

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wrt today’s blurb i would suggest that like irl if you see a group of people having a conversation amongst themselves online that maybe like irl you shouldn’t inject one’s self into that conversation to have a raging arguement with some triviality you’ve nitpicked out of their conversation that you sought out to eaves drop on and insert yourself into rudely.

you wouldn’t do it on the street or at a restaurant or at the bar, so don’t do it online.

same goes for showing your genitals to people unsolicited really.

in other news i’m stuck in softcap hell in destiny 2 this week again and quite annoyed by the fact my guildies reroll in a day and outgear me on their fresh toons before their finish the campaign that i cba to trudge through again solo.

also been doing alot of crucible to get ppl’s weeklies on said rerolls as it takes at least 5 matches to finish it this week as opposed ot just 2 last week. at least we’;ve finally starting winning once in a while and close matches otherwise. as opposed to getting face rolled.

also anticipating the mid season finale of star trek discovery as the previous episode was giving me vibes of the TOS episode of the organians which is a great lore piece especially if you every played the SFC games on pc or SFB on table top. tho i doubt the forest spirits are on the level of th e organians. >>

today’s video shares (yes two of them) regale our misadventures in crucible this week. there’s really not much more to it than rekking nad getting rekked as i search for the perfect hunter grenade to use in pvp. i think i’ve settled on one of the void subclass ones at this point >>

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Awesome vids. Thanks!

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np glad you liked em! :D

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Hirku

same goes for showing your genitals to people unsolicited really.

Well that escalated quickly, lol.

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Some guys do need to be told, apparently, Hirku. Makes you wonder what the hell their parents taught them, doesn’t it?

I read an article a while back about a semi-famous model who was getting a lot of anonymous dick pics sent to her phone — she started sending back pictures of her poop to the offenders. :-)

The best one, though, was the model who would do an internet search to find friends and relatives of the addresses the dick pics came from, and then she would forward the dick pics with a message: “Your husband/boyfriend/son/grandson sent these pictures to me without my persission. Would you please ask him to stop?” Heh.

Cheers, pal,

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having done the exchanging nudes (consentually and solicited) thing last summer with a couple women i don’t get it. i’d rather see their junk in person and them mine, and idk what about sending them to ppl online is so appealing.

like don’t you want them to unwrap them and get a surprise or w/e in person?

but then again i don’t do tinder either (and had to explain to coyote this week that tinder is not for making friends XD poor coyote :( ) and not sure what is so great about that either.

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figuratively and practically it’s not much different to inject yourself into someone else’s conversation or rant on social media to argue and “correct” them as has become a thing than to inject yourself into someone’s conversation or DMs to put your genitals in their faces.

i’m all for venues where people show their genitals to each other as they please if that’s their thing just like they’d be welcome to have spaces where they rant about what some randoms said on social media if that’s their thing.

but going to random strangers on social media to “correct them” in their conversations and rants is both rude and ignorant.

people really need to learn boundaries in this day and age of centralized social media and stop trying to police strangers on the internet on social media that they’ve beholdened themselves as some kind of righteous crusader of what is right in their own imaginations and dictate to others over the most trivial things that others might talk about amongst themselves publicly with no intent to protrude into some greater sphere.

yes i am tired of randoms butting into my conversations and rants on twitter and tumblr.

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bonus video share: my earth shaking rendition of baby hit me one more time by brit spears.

tho i really need to work on my mic recording for this purpose and do this one again. >>

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I’m jelly of that Pixel Bree. February for me once I pay for this current iphone. I’m done with Apple I think.

I’m playing World of Warcraft. It’s the only game I’ve been playing and I’ve been enjoying myself as much nor more in the game than any other game I’ve played in 2 years or so.

But right now I’m going to go blow leaves while listening to npr on my radio ear protectors. Something I find very relaxing. Beautiful day here in Georgia! (~~and for Estranged’s eyes only~~ Go Dogs!)

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PS Arms! It’s the 2 xl I got and I’m liking the bigger size and especially the bigger battery. None of the reported problems affecting my device fortunately,just the blue tint that is super ignorable. It’s so zippy! Very happy, would recommend so far!

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Oh man my old phone was beyond sad. I’ve retired it to bedside clock, which tbh it’s only moderately overqualified for.

We’ve been Android for so long… Just was the clear choice for someone who wanted to mod and tinker.

I get what you guys are saying about the headphone jack. I might’ve used headphones with my last phones maybe 5 times ever. I hate wearing stuff on my head or in my ears that much. If I had a long train commute or something, they’d be way more necessary.

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Having stuff like earbuds physically inside my ears makes them itch. I just can’t do it, apparently.

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@armsbend I knew it! War Eagle!

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i convinced my mom to get a keyone like i have been enjoying since april. so far she loves it tho she types on hte pkb like a screen keyboard which drives me nuts when i catch her doing it.

it also features a ear phone jack which the pixel 2 does not. LOL (even tho i never bring my earbuds with me anymore so evne when i do want to listen to something on my phone i don’t because i consider it rude to play video/audio on my phone in public which is when i am using my phone the most).

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Hmmm I do like an ear phone jack. The 6s, which i currenty am using, does have one. I don’t like bluetoothing music even in the car. It doesn’t sound as good.

speaking of: another WRUP for me today was too new suggestions from Amazon Music (based on my tatses I guess) that I’m really digging. Solange and Dornik. Really good stuff if you like R&B.

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I still refuse to buy any phone without a headphone jack, dongles be damned!

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i think the tutty underground might be on amazon music but i’d have to check ;)

joking aside i don’t do music on my phone normally either let alone bluetooth with cars. i just want to watch my own videos now and then while out and about and that’s about it, but like i said i cba to carry my ear buds around (and i’m amassing a fair collection of them from phones over the past 6 years XD)

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