WRUP: Enjoy the smooth flavor of Mrs. Patter’s Bacon-Fried Cookies edition

Guys, we could not be more excited to start getting in on the branded content game, and we’re starting with endorsing Mrs. Patter’s Bacon-Fried Cookies! But we promise you, this won’t really affect our content, which is refreshing and fried in the grease of simmering hog fat just like Mrs. Patter’s delicious cookies! Available in all sorts of wonderful flavors, like Strawberries & Bacon, Vanilla Custard & Bacon, Peanut Butter & Cheese, and of course, Blueberry & Broken Glass & Bacon That Doesn’t Taste Right!

We’ll still be bringing you all of the same great MMO content you’ve come to expect, it’ll just cover a wider spectrum. Like which flavor of Mrs. Patter’s cookies to enjoy with your favorite game, or why Mrs. Patter’s Meth & Bile cookies help you stay focused during intense play sessions, or which games have GMs most willing to call an ambulance because you are eating a kind of cookie the FDA has prohibited from sale in the United States. Let us know what you’re playing down in the comments of What Are You Playing, and the best response gets a free box of Mrs. Patter’s Bacon-Fried Cookies (Now With Less Asbestos, Probably)!

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): ​Pokemon Go is happening but so is Overwatch because Moira’s out and I am in love. It’s not ’cause she’s a redhead and I have a weakness, but because I feel like I’m playing some kind of vampire/bloodmage healer, in a shooter. I still don’t think her art style matches the rest of the cast but she’s so fun, I’ll need an outdoor game to make sure my muscles don’t atrophy (and that I’m prepared for next week’s feast).

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I dunno! I logged into Ultima Online yesterday and puttered. I considered Marvel Heroes, but I just can’t even bring myself to do it. I’ll probably play some Trove with the kid, and I’ll definitely be playing games on my phone – I gave Pocket Legends Adventures a spin and really liked that, so maybe more of it. And if I get time to duo with the husband, Guild Wars 2 is likely, but ahead of the holidays, overlapping free gaming time has become a challenge.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): The usual stuff; Final Fantasy XIV, Secret World Legends, World of Warcraft, NaNoWriMo, whatever that game is where you sit in the bath for an hour and feel bad about your life choices. Mega Man 8? Sure, that’s probably it.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): Believe it or not, right now I’m having the time of my life in Dungeons & Dragons Online. These highly scripted and varied mini-dungeons are a blast to play through, especially with optional challenges, and I am looking forward to touching the new expansion one day. Other than that, some WoW Warlock leveling and Lord of the Rings Online questing are on my plate.

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): There is plenty of Egypt for me to work my way through in Secret World Legends, and a million things I still want to do in EverQuest II. There are also a number of the survival sandboxes that I want to dip back into, but I can’t quite choose. ROKH? Life is Feudal? Osiris? Hellion? And we know how bad I am at decisions.

Pierre, patron: I’m trying to max two characters in Destiny 2 before the launch of the Curse of Osiris DLC on December 5th. I hope I’ll be fast enough, so that I can join as many new activities as possible with my clan (they are all maxed out today, they’re so much faster than I am). On a sadder note, I was really shocked by the news of Marvel Heroes closing shop. I’ve never really spent a lot of time in the game, but I’ve only heard positive comments and praise about that MMO. It’s always too bad when a good game has to end like this. And I’m also thinking about all the players who liked this game and will not be able to enjoy it anymore; all my support goes to you guys, I hope you find another MMO of choice soon. Have a nice gaming weekend MOP readers. Cheers!

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Pandalulz

I’m actually not even sure what I’m playing this weekend. I let my FFXIV sub lapse because the DDOS has not played well with me, and I honestly have no MMO subs up currently. I think it will be time to pull out some single-player stuff from my backlog but I will roll with the flow on that.

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Sorenthaz

Dead By Daylight and Star Wars Battlefront 2 have been my recent ‘solo’ multiplayer games that I’ve been digging into. DBD I decided to come back to after stepping away from it shortly after Michael Myers came out in October 2016, and I’m having a blast both as a survivor and killer even if people still regularly complain about balance (which mostly means Killer mains whining about how they can’t 100% get 4 kills every game so they go put negative reviews on Steam mentioning it). Battlefront 2 at its core is very impressive, very fun, but the lootbox progression and the slow rate of earning credits is definitely a bit demotivating; DICE needs to fix this ASAP imo, especially when there are already folks who bought $100+ worth of lootboxes to get the higher weapons/Star Cards.

Beyond those two FFXIV and Conan Exiles with a friend, maybe some SMITE Adventure stuff and LoL, aaaaand will likely be doing some more pioneering before the weekend is over.

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mysecretid

No fun. No sun. No warmth. November. :-D

Yeah, you’ll have to forgive me, November is one of my least-favorite months of the year, weather-wise.

Gaming is good, but I confess, I’m kind of thrashing around for something new to play, or at least some new content to play.

Still enjoying World of Warcraft very, very much, but some of you will remember that I’m actually not a medieval-fantasy-genre-first kind of gamer, as so many seem to be, so when I go too long without an interesting non-fantasy game, I get a bit twitchy.

I love Star Trek Online, but I’m still waiting for the next content-drop there. It feels like I’ve seen and done everything, and I can only level up alts for so long before I get restless.

I’ve been playing Agents Of Mayhem, and I’m still loving it, but I sense that I’m getting near the end of that game (it isn’t an ongoing MMO, after all).

They did, however, just offer none other than Kinzie Kensington her own bad self from the Saints Row franchise as the latest DLC Agent Of Mayhem (her code name is “Safeword” Hahahahaha :-) ) so that will extend the life of the game for me a little longer. Kinzie is a tech/uberhacker character (of course) and fun to play so far.

I realized while playing that Agents Of Mayhem is now probably the closest thing to a fun superhero game I’ve got left, with the decline and demise of Marvel Heroes. :-(

I did actually pop back into DC Universe Online and while (as others here have noted) DCUO still has the most impressive cityscape environments I’ve ever seen in an MMORPG, it still feels as clunky as hell to me when it comes to delivering a true superhero game experience.

All these years later, and you still can’t easily create a super strong and resilient melee tank type character — even though two of DC Comics’ three most iconic characters (Superman and Wonder Woman) both fall under this archetype.

So, it’s been a good game week, overall, with a bit of searching for something new. No complaints — merely restless.

Take care of yourselves, please, people, and be kind to yourselves and each other. We’re all we’ve got when things get weird, so help each other out.

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rafael12104

Good stuff.

Yeah, I wonder if Disney could have saved something from Marvel Heroes. I mean, fire Gazillion, sure. But why not bring a new dev house in to clean up and continue?

But a clean break, might be best.

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Cadaver

Fallout 4. It’s taken me two years to get round to it, but I’m absolutely loving it.

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rafael12104

It is a great game. I spent a lot of time in there. No regrets, although I did get a little twitchy when walking around my neighborhood for some time. Always careful, peering around corners and such. Lol

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It’s a wonderful game. I wasn’t even expecting the whole building side of it. I’ve spent more time planting corn and building fences than killing raiders so far. I’ll be at this for weeks.
With all the recent discussion around pernicious monetization strategies and the debate around the price of games, it’s just so good to simply enjoy playing a bloody good game without any of the usual cynical bullshit. It would have been a bargain at twice the price.

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mysecretid

I was surprised by just how much I loved Fallout 4. Story-wise, it’s probably my favorite game in the entire series, for a whole bunch of reasons. Most of the DLC is quite good too — I particularly enjoyed Far Harbor.

Just be sure to make “I Like My Game At This Point, I Do” archive saves every once in a while, because there are certain Big Plot branches and decisions at certain points in the game, and if you’re running on too much caffeine and not enough sleep when you hit them, you could end up making a choice which takes your game somewhere you didn’t actually want to go.

Just a tip from a fellow gamer who’s been there. Enjoy! Enjoy! :-)

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Cadaver

No worries, I’m a very frequent saver :)

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Hirku

Starting Bethesda games years later is usually the best way to go. All the patches are done and all the mods have been released and refined. I don’t think I ever played one of their games during its release year.

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I agree. I’d probably be slightly less enthusiastic about the game if it wasn’t for the plethora of mods to address my niggles. For my first playthrough though, I’m sticking to only a small handful of mods.

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rafael12104

Heh. Yeah, and even then the same old bugs are still there. Whenever I play Skyrim, inevitably, I find them, as if they were waiting to say hello.

Good old Bethesda, a shelter for bugs and quirks in games of all types.

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A Dad Supreme

Star Wars Battlefront II of course.

Newest game out, my favorite IP. This is the only type of game that even gets me interested in any kind of PvP.

Just at that point now where I’m getting tired of all the older MMOs and the glacial changes that they make/produce content.

Finally ‘finished’ Borderlands: Handsome Edition few days ago. Great game, got it dirt cheap because I’m so far behind the times in console game, lol.

I’ll be rotating between SWBF2 and Metal Gear: The Phantom Pain for the next few weeks.

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Hirku

Everybody’s gotta do what they gotta do. Have fun!

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Rees Racer

I can at least appreciate the fact you’ve been consistently unapologetic about your desire to play (and love of) Battlefront II. Quite a few Twitch streamers have either elected not to feature it, or have abandoned the game due to harsh criticism.

As much as I’d looked forward to blasting Republic ships to bits in a TIE fighter, I just can not bring myself to buy it, for fear of soul-crushing guilt…

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Utakata

This week: Back in pink…

…yeah, I know that doesn’t rhyme so well…but work with me for bit. :(

Anyroads, finally broke 300 with my Gobbie-chan Priest’s ‘n Warrior’s professions (Enchant/Tailoring and Pink..I mean Blacksmith/Mining respectively) in WoWstar.

Also this week: Might reactivate my account with Blade & Soul, if NC still remembers me. It’s been a very long while. :(

Have a great week and weekend folks! <3

And RIP, Malcolm Young. /bows

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Rees Racer

Knew it was coming, but still entirely too soon.

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butterpanda888

World of Warcraft and Injustice 2 primarily.
Mu Legend, DCUO, and Maplestory as backup.
DC Legends and Game of Thrones Ascent on Mobile.

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Michael18

I planned delving further into Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup. But then came MOP’s article about this free weekend of Overwatch. But then I noticed there’s still Pool of Radiance waiting for me in my GOG library.

After a valiant struggle of all contenders, the Gold Box classic got the better of the shiny AAA treat and the timeless lure of a rogue-like. So, after a hiatus of 28 years I returned to the shores of the Moonsea this morning. Not sure yet if I’ll go for a full play through, just some experimenting with the party generator and the early city areas, for now. And to think how user friendly and convenient I found this game as a kid! Great fun.

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I was glad I finally purchased the Gold Box that came with Pool of Radiance. I remember watching my favorite YouTuber playing it and thinking, “I love D&D, but this game is just too old for me.”
But I finally gave it a try for some reason and it’s so much fun. When it comes to D&D games, I will always prefer turn-based over real-time with pause. And the whole game is just so very charming.

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I’m playing Overwatch and trying out Moira whenever I can. I’m really liking her. I’m also less than one level away from silver, so I’ll be playing enough to reach silver. I’ve been doing a lot more Tracer lately, too. I’ve gotten 3 Tracer Plays of the Game in three days. This is the best one of the three even though I died during it:

Also playing a single player platformer called Magicmaker. It’s cute and funny, and the core conceit of the game is that you mix and match elements to make your own spells.

The rest of the time I’m working on our own game. Last weekend we had a three-day game jam. For about 14 hours a day, we did nothing but work on it. We didn’t get as far as we wanted, but we did make progress. I’m focusing on the level creation, modeling, and texturing.

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deekay_plus

my industry buddy does the odd game jam and always has funny things to show from them.

my own ideas don’t fit into the concept being big serious mmo ideas lol.

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Utakata

Liked the screen catch…even though you sorta ended with splat at the end of the vid. :(

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She’s made of paper and sugar crystals and dies when someone breathes on her too hard, but she does a lot of damage. A true glass cannon.

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mistressbrazen

I guess I’ll do the obligatory two hours in SWTOR. Maybe the grand kid will want to play Wizard 101… and then I’ll wait for a game I like to come out.

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zoward

Well, after building a WoW classic server last week and rolling myself a dwarf priest I’m still leveling away, just finished the march from Thelsamar to Menethil across the big, bad Wetlands at level 19. Killed a gator along the way. Hoping to hit 20 this weekend. In between sessions, I’ve been enjoying the hell out of West of Loathing. if I lose steam before I start in on Duskwood in earnest, I’ll take a break and play me some LotRO. Have a fine weekend all!

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Minimalistway

I’m jealous, i want to play this game now! can’t wait for Blizzard :-)

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Rees Racer

And by the way…these bloody French Macarons have been in my fridge for more than a week. I suspect a female friend brought them whilst I was away on business/holiday. They look suspiciously like your header photo, Mr. Eliot Lefebvre! You can see I’ve not ventured to open them (thumbs down), but will wait until some other poor sod elects to have a go first.

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Utakata

The pink ones are the best! <3

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mistressbrazen

But…but macarons are soooo good.

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Skoryy

I’m on top of the on-call list at work, so I’ll probably be looking at nothing too enagaging over the weekend. I am grabbing World o’ Warships and Dungeon Fighter Online from Steam, as I pour a 40 for my Marvel Heroes install. I’m also wrapping my head around if I want to keep plugging at Guild Wars 2, now that I’ve found PoF map exploration is far more heavily gated by masteries and story progression than HoT was. It’s like I’m back in Eorzea, only its a trial in every story quest.

At least there’s always Secret World Legends. Eyes on the prize: Gotta get to 50, gotta get to Tokyo. Eventually. There’s just all these side missions that just need clearing up…

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deekay_plus

your comparison to ffxiv’s gating sent shudders down my spine. GL!

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starbuck1771

I have been playing WoW, Overwatch, and Marvel Heroes this week. I finished watching the six seasons of Chips plus Chips 99 now I just have the remake movie to watch again.

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Skoryy

CHiPs, you say

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Nate Woodard

There is bacon flavored chocolate at the meat market I frequent. It’s certainly interesting and I was pleasantly surprised at the taste. Not something I would make a staple, but it wasn’t bad! As for gaming this weekend, probably some WoW shenanigans. Might try to get a table top game going tomorrow. I think most of us are going to be able to put a few hours in, so it should be a good weekend over all!

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Armsbend

Theres a place near here that has Bloody Marys with peanut butter topped bacon as a stirrer. sounds gross…kinda is…but still works. As a novelty at least.

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Rees Racer

Picked up Squad last week (during free weekend and 50% off sale), but had not been able to actually play until yesterday due to travel and business engagements. It didn’t stop me from absorbing the YouTube tutorials and taking in Twitch streams to gather information. I suppose it’s most like the bastard child of Call of Duty and Arma.

Voice comm’s are basically essential and team-play is at the core of this modern military FPS. Presently it’s maxed at 40v 40 on the sundry maps, but 50 v 50 is coming. The game is in “alpha” but absolutely and completely playable with feature-rich content right now.

To be clear, I’m truly awful in this genre, but appreciate teamwork and intricate tactical (and more strategic) gameplay. After feeling so over-powered in most MMO’s and even Destiny 2 of late, this game has made me (again) realise that I can be sufficiently challenged and intellectually stimulated when I choose to devote the necessary effort.

Here, some in our squad are just holding an important map point after a brief firefight against the Americans. There are long moments of quiet reflection before the excellent tactical play and incredible sound-design resonate in one’s mind invoking gamer PTSD. Truly good stuff, but not for casual play or the faint-of-heart.

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I got a new computer this week and received Destiny 2 along with it. Must say, it’s a really fun game to play. Not sure how how I’ll feel about it once I get to the end game grind but right now I’m really enjoying it. Suffice to say, that’s what I’ll play this weekend.

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Loopy

I’ve resubbed to WoW to play with some of my friends that are relatively new to the game. It’s really fun to watch them figure stuff out on their own, and attempt to understand systems that have become second nature to most of us.

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rafael12104

Bacon fried cookies? It’s a thing. A serious thing in these parts. You see, every year during the Texas State Fair we try to out fry cook each other. And bacon fried Oreos are a big draw. If you can fry it? We’ll eat it. And most of the time, it’s damn good! **Try the chicken fried bacon.

So, I’ll admit my gaming life is in complete upheaval.

First, hell froze over, pigs flew, and BFII became the game I wanted it to be! Yeah, it maybe a temp thing, not sure, but damn… I’ve committed not to play a game that is now exactly what I wanted. Careful what you wish for kiddies.

Second, I miss Desitny 2. LOL! I’ve been away from it for a week, and damn if I don’t often wonder if I shouldn’t just chuck working for a living so I can play. Destiny 2 is everything Destiny 1 should have been. But now, I must stay the course.

And then there is Assassins Creed Origins. A great game. No bones about it. The best AC since the original, ironically. And I’m putting it down. Walking away for now…

So, you guessed it. BnS announced an xpac and it was like some one let the dogs out and I’m running around trying to catch them all. There is a lot I want to do in game before I dig into the new content. And it is time consuming, and rewarding, and just a little OCD insane!

So, I’ll be in my chair. Upgrading alts, crafting, and working through the latest BnS event.

Might need water and food every once in a while. If you could get one of the white coats to check on me, that would be great.

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Sray

I’m playing the living hell out of Star Wars Battlefront 2. I wasn’t going to, but I couldn’t resist the temptation. It’s the greatest game I’ve ever played, and my only complaint is that there’s no way for me to throw more money at EA for this game. Wait… maybe they’ll bring back online passes, but this time for console and PC… fingers crossed…
/sarcasm

Actually I did play the first couple missions in the single player campaign, which is the only part that I was ever interested in anyway, because I still have my Origin Access until May (I paid for a year), and I’d heard that ti could be finished in the amount of time the play first trial gives you; turns out they only let you play the first 3 missions because of that. I shut it off at the start of the third mission: I had no interest in the characters, all of the Imperial characters (including the protagonist) were mustache twirling evil and knew it, and it started to look like I’d spend two thirds of the campaign in vehicles and I hate vehicles.

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With that out of the way, I’ve pretty much dropped all pretense of even caring about anything other than Destiny 2 at this point. Sorry Mario and Lego Marvel Heroes 2, you’re going to have to wait a few more weeks before I consider even looking at you guys: I’m finally playing a MMO again!

It occurred to me last night that Destiny 2’s endgame progression is exactly what I’d hoped SWTOR’s galactic command would be. They’re both about filling up reputation/experience bars that award you with a random item once you’ve filled up the bar that may or may not help your power progression. It’s just that Activision and Bungie know that frequency is the enemy of RNG, whereas EA and Bioware believe that monetized grinding make you feel proud and accomplished. Seriously, Destiny 2 throws so many loot boxes at you it’s like they’re trying to get rid of them. I love it.

As a bonus, I realized that almost none of your gear in Destiny 2 is bound to the character that earned it: if you want to, you can get all the best gear for a certain class, reroll the character just because you want a different gender or race, and pick all that awesome gear right back up and lose zero progression. So I just rerolled my hunter because I didn’t like the look of the exo that I’d originally rolled, and I’m right back to full power now. How awesome is that?

Seriously, if this game had a permanent third person option and a more robust cosmetics shop, I’d have probably spent a hundred dollars on their cash shop at this point.

Anyhoo, have a great weekend everyone, and enjoy the hell out of whatever it is that you’re playing.

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Still loving Destiny 2, but I absolutely had to draw the line in the sand for Battlefront 2. I’m gratified the press has been so critical, and have even realised it has rarely cracked the top 10 (or even 20) for Twitch streams through today…which is actually rather shocking for a brand new AAA title released on all platforms. As much as I had fun in the starfighter sections in the beta, I absolutely will not buy the game. I just hope it matters even a little bit moving forward.

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mysecretid

Voting with our money is the only power we have in these situations, brother Rees. Sometimes, it even makes a difference.

I’ve got a bad case of November (as posted above) and normally, something like Star Wars Battlefront II might be an antidote, but like you, I won’t touch it.

I’m certain the Nine Circles of EA management can only laugh derisively at my little gesture, but sometimes you just gotta stand up for your principles, regardless of how much difference it makes.

Cheers,

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Sray

According to a story from VentureBeat.com that’s been picked up many other mainstream outlets, Andrew Wilson (EA’s CEO) got a phone call from Jimmy Pitaro (Disney’s head of consumer products and interactive media) that may or may not have included Bob Iger on the call as well (conflicting stories). A few hours later, the microtransactions were dropped. No one has denied the story. The words used were probably more diplomatic, but I’m guessing that Pitaro basically said “take the damn lootboxes out, because we don’t give a damn if you lose a billion dollars on this: you’re not going to screw up our ten billion dollar holiday release cycle.”

Here’s the thing, we’re probably not going to see any sort of microtransactions put back into the game until January at the earliest, at which point it will probably be too late. The game will likely have sold the majority of the units that it was going to, and the game’s population will likely have dwindled down to whatever core of players there was ever going to be; and this game is always going to carry an Xbox One type of scandalous stink that will keep players away even a year from now. The opportunity for the majority of the game’s projected revenue will have since passed. That’s a win as far as I’m concerned.

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rafael12104

I’m right there with you on this. We will see how it shakes out.

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rafael12104

Destiny 2, yes! I’ll be back. Might be awhile, but when I return, I’ll have new content to burn through too.

Good to hear you have returned to MMOs. Knew you wouldn’t be gone that long. Lol

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Sray

My absence from MMOs has not really been by choice; other than the choice to stop playing games that I don’t find any joy in.

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rafael12104

Yup. Understand. It was just a matter of time. There are a lot of MMOs out there, but get the right fight, it takes time.

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CapnLan

I find my willpower to resist Destiny 2 weakening and you aren’t helping any! :p

I just might have to grab it if it goes on sale this holiday season. I don’t need it to be super cheap but if it goes down to like $45 for the PC version I’ll slam that buy button.

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Sray

I got it for “free” with my new graphics card, and it was worth every penny! But I still keep delaying on grabbing the expansion pass because I feel like I’ll be able to save $10 if I just wait until Black Friday.

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the unbound gear + rerolling toons is the exploit my guildies do becuase you can do powerful gear weeklies multiple times per week or it helps with the soft cap or something i’m not sure.

today me and jose willbe powering through the campaign on alts in part because of how all of this works which makes little sense to me but it is how it is >>

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rafael12104

Hmm.. had not thought about that. Interesting!

As usual a wealth of info coming for Deekay.

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now mind you i don’t think it’s something they’re actioning. i just call it an exploit because it feels exploity to do and is the sort of thing other game companies would ban over.

but i believe they have mentioned something about it and put in some fixes making it less exploity than it was before lol.

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rafael12104

Yup. And that is why I am interested. After all, you are rerolling a toon, not hacking a client.

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welp five hours solid gameplay… level 19 and a fair bit through the campiaign and like level 200 gear or so. we’ll see what happens next.

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Toy Clown

The article reminds me of a character I roleplayed that created scents. One of the first scents she created was bacon-scented water. It was a real hit with male characters, although most emptied the bottles down their gullets instead of using it as essence!

Amazingly, I’m still plugging away at FFXIV. I just bought the latest expansion last night and look forward to playing through the content, although I’m not done with Heavensward by any means! My favorite activities this past week have been getting further integrated into the roleplay community, getting serious about raising the best racing chocobo I can, and playing around with raising reputation with a beast tribe that has my favorite dyes locked on it! Oh, and hit Palace of the Dead for the first time this week as I level a character to 30 for the Bard class in anticipation of the new performing ability they will get in an upcoming patch.

I logged into Secret World Legends a few times this week to check out the new quality-of-life features and patch content. Also played a little more through Besieged Lands.

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rafael12104

FFXIV! I will come back to for sure. Again, I just respect the hec out of that team of devs. They will keep me coming back again, and again.

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Hadn’t touched WoW in over a decade, and didn’t get deep into it back then. So after my recent bout with a bunch of F2P grinders I figured I might just get more satisfaction from going backwards rather than trying to navigate the charnel ground that is the “modern” MMORPG.

So, back in World of Warcraft, playing different classes to 20 to see how I like them before I decide if I’m enjoying myself enough to subscribe.

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Less asbestos? Are you on a diet or something? Pfft. Light weight.

This weekend is going to be dominated by Warframe. Operation Plague Star is in full swing and is only here for this week so I have to get in as much of it as I can. The new Hunter mods are fantastic. Hunter Munitions in particular is so silly it’s bordering on being broken. It lets me take mid range weapons and turn them into high end killing machines. Weapons that were already high end are now broken end. Soma Prime in particular stops being a gun and starts being a human lawnmower with this mod. Love it.

The new infested zaw parts are pretty cool. Built an infested scythe last night but didn’t get the chance to use it yet. Next on the menu is an infested rapier. I do love the rapier stance so this is going to be fun one to use.

After that I’ll continue on Borderlands 2 as a break from event grinding. The crude humor is a bit more than I remember from the first part but eh, I’ll live. Handsome Jack is a stupid villain though. Barely a few hours in and already he’s making butt stallion jokes. Some of the bandit bosses are more convincing villains than he is.

To wrap it up I’ll be starting the yearly game of Buy Holiday Gifts for People. Especially with Black Friday deals starting already I’ll be looking around. Going to look into getting something nice for my brother. In the lovely holiday spirit of our great nation, his corporate overlords decided to lay him off along with his entire store and toss them all out right as the season is getting started. Gotta find him something nice to lift his spirits a bit. I’m thinking a new 1050 Ti as his PC is running an old 750. I think that might do the trick.

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I’ve been so happy with my new wiki-guided questing style in World of Warcraft that I decided I wanted to play this way from the start, so I stashed a small amount of gold with a temporary character and rerolled. Now when I hit lvl. 20 today I’m going to use that gold to disable XP and enjoy a long leisurely period of pure adventuring through all the 1-20 human/dwarf content: questing and crafting and digging up archaeology sites without a care. I’m just going to walk the earth…you know, like Caine in Kung Fu.

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Ah, young cricket, you are truly on your way to enlightenment. Stay away from Vanilla, I hear it is fattening.

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“So you’ve decided to be a bum.”

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Can you tell me about this wiki-guided thing? i saw “wiki” and my nerd-self felt so happy :-D

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To avoid overleveling zones I use this guide to complete only the main quests. After a zone or two I disable XP and go back to previous zones and leisurely complete all the side quests I skipped, along with as much crafting, archaeology, pet battles, and easymode dungeon-running as I want. When I’ve had my fill I enable XP and continue with the main quests.

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Am currently attempting to check out Life Is Feudal. Otherwise, I’ll be playing Warcraft. :)

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Interesting! Be sure to let us all know what you think of Life is Feudal (I guess you mean the MMO version, right?). It does look tempting.

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So far it’s a wait and see game. They’re having connection refused errors all day today. Hopefully I’ll be in soon :)

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:(

Good luck!

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FF15 … I need to stop being a completionist and finish the main game so that I can move on to the DLC chapters and the MP expansion.

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Playing single-player game called Tanzia, still early access, it is weird little game, feels like single-player MMO! also Warcraft stuff.

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I’ve got that one on my Steam wishlist. I’m mostly avoiding early access stuff, so I’m waiting until that one launches. It looks fun.

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Well I was going to continue on with Assassin Creed Origins but I was completely blindsided by Titan Quest releasing its Ragnorak expansion so I imagine I will be playing that pretty much all weekend.

TQ is showing its age in terms of looks and design though they did futz around a little with the UI in with the expansion to try to make it a little cleaner. While it did take me a little while to get back into the TQ groove once I did the fun hasn’t stopped so that is all the really counts.

Only other thing on the cards is binge watching The Punisher on Netflix. I have to say Jon Bernthal nails Frank Castle to a tee imo at least he does in terms of what I know of that character. From what I have watched of the season so far it is at least on par with the best episodes of Daredevil. If it continues the same through the rest of the season it might even topple DD from the top spot imo.

Hope everyone has a safe and fun gaming weekend o/

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1. I was stoked to hear about Titan Quest’s new expansion. I’m so excited.

2. I’m about to start watching Punisher. I just gotta finish binge-watching Blacklist. I do have a question though. Would I be missing out on connections, references, plot, etc. for Punisher if I haven’t finished watching The Defenders?

3. Punisher was my fave character in Marvel Heroes :'( The show may be my undoing.

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The Punisher doesn’t figure in Defenders in any significant way, and the beauteous Karen Page only appears briefly in the new Punisher series — her scenes with Frank are much more connected to her time with him in the second season of Daredevil.

Hope this helps,

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Yes. The Punisher looks great. I’ll be watching some of that myself, but in small doses. Best to do that with vengeance and blood programming.

Why is it every time I read your posts, another game gets added to my list of games I need to play? Why?????????????

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punisher being good is a return to form for marvel tv after the trains wrecks of second half of luke cage through defenders and the dumpster fire that is inhumans. so that’s good to hear.

and speaking of marvel they recently lost their top writer who is heavily criticized by fans the past some odd years for various things he does as a habit to spite fans and get reactions out of them as well as dare future writers to retcon so he can prove how righteous he is and how everyone else are terrible people… to DC which my comic book group all hate marvel because of him and now have to suffer through the twists and turns of sudden unbuilt up character replacements amjor changes in personality and other attributes killing off characters to bring in mary sues and so on and so forth that have marked the past decad eof his work across way too many books at marvel. so i’m having fun teasing them about that when it’s relevant.

as well there is a bit of joking about on thor ragnorak vs JL with some of the bigger JL fans being quite dissapointed by JL it seems. while reactions to thor is a mixd bag overall and some noting it’s the general direction MCU has been going – towards more comedic over comic style.

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‘Believe it or not, right now I’m having the time of my life in Dungeons & Dragons Online.’

Me too! Started playing last week after a ~5 year layoff. I love the part where the ominous god-voice tells you mysterious things. And there’s a lot to be said for the low-key play style. No ‘epic, world-ending, soul-shattering superdude is here to kill you and every person you ever met very dead for all eternity’…just me, my Hireling and maybe a few pickup partypeeps taking a walk in a sewer full of smashable crates (!) and some angry fishpeople. Good stuff.

p.s. The pic looks more like macaroons than Bacon-Fried Cookies. Just sayin’.

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I was on a D&D kick and tried getting back into DDO. The eleventy billion ‘BUY MORE COINS’ icons in the UI just turned me right off. Not that I mind cash shops, but there’s far more appeal to them when they’re well off in the background.

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Agreed. I have no problem with games trying to make a profit — but I have a big problem with being nagged to distraction while I’m trying to enjoy a game.

Cheers,

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They’re macarons. Different kind of cookie.

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We have a macaroon shop (only macaroons) in the city that is fantastic. Love them.

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Had a few from Fortnum and Mason in London recently. Soooooooo yummy.

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I’ve been working through the Kingdom Hearts series, which is a surprise to me. And I gotta say, they hold up better than I remember. Though I only ever played KH1 and KH2. But Chain of Memories was extremely fun. I loved the card system.

When I’m not playing KH, I’m playing the remaster of LA Noire since I never finished my old PS3 version and don’t have it anymore. They changed “Trust” and “Doubt” to “Good Cop” and “Bad Cop.” Which gives more context to Cole’s sudden outbursts. But I’ll miss how “Doubt” often made Phelps seemingly flip out and go nuts.

I’m also going to spend time modding up Skyrim for the final time (for real this time!). Seeing Skyrim all over the place now that it’s on Switch is giving me the itch to play it again. I even want to buy it on the Switch, even though I have absolutely no reason whatsoever to do so.

I unlocked Bard on FFXIV so I can make use of Perform. Ugh, that was an ordeal. Archer is nooooot my Job in that game. After I do a huge inventory purge, I will finally start Stormblood. I guess I’m going to take DRG into the expansion. I love RDM, but it just isn’t as melee-oriented as I would like. I don’t like being predominately ranged. Ugh, though even now I’m agonizing over my decision. RDM is so perfect for my character. And the level 70 AF RDM armor is boss, while the level 70 AF DRG armor is .. not boss.

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I remember looking at KH 2 and thinking it was ridiculous and that it would never work even in a game.

Lol, Now, it is one of my favorite games of all time.

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Playing KH1 and KH2 back to back, I have a much better appreciation for just how much smoother the sequel plays. Both games have amazing balance, though. I was surprised by that. They’re balanced almost like early FF or DQ games.

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I’ll take an order of Blueberry & Broken Glass & Bacon That Doesn’t Taste Right. I like living dangerously.

Watching Desert Bus for Hope and hopefully getting in some more time with The Sims 2. I started playing it to decide whether I should get into #4, but this has been satisfying the itch well enough for now. I really am put off by the monetization of the series and would love to get a compilation version of 4 should that ever happen. If I can hold off until then that is. Knowing that a Cats and Dogs expansion exists right now is very, very tempting.

I’ve been dabbling a bit in Guild Wars 2 again. Still able to resist the mount licenses, which aren’t sticking around that long anyhow. Trying to casually enjoy PoF content again with my various alts. I’m always hopping between characters and builds to try to keep things fresh.

Enjoy the weekend all. <3

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Heya Tom

For what it’s worth I got into the Sims on a whim back in the day, and I ended up loving The Sims 2 (my first game in the franchise) far, far more than I ever expected.

I loved the constant wacky humor, and the wide range of things you could play beyond the ordinary (aliens, monsters, plant people, and on and on).

While criiics derided the game as a “digital dollhouse game for pre-teen girls and stay-at-home Moms”, they were demonstrably wrong, and the game was actually so very much more.

Unfortunately, after playing The Sims 4 on and off since launch, I finally removed it from my hard drive.

The recent state of the franchise had just disappointed me once too often

It’s now become so generically bland, it verges on becoming exactly what it was once falsely accused of being — an unremarkable digital dollhouse simulator marketed squarely at pre-teen girls, and the stereotypical “bored Mom”-gamers.

Looks like EA put a bullet in another franchise … oh, it will sell, no doubt, but it’s a shadow of its former self.

My opinions only, of course. Your mileage may vary, and that’s cool.

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The WoW anniversary event. I’ve love to not get killed by one of those dragons eventually. Question for you long time players. Do tanks have a hidden stat that draws hate from mobs? Every game I’ve played as tank character seem to be equal. It is only the tank’s abilities that draw hate to it. In wow I’m doing damage with my crappy gear with 50 people hitting it and the big monster looks at me! Me!!! Why I ask you. I’m not using hate abilities and my damage must suck compared to all of the other guys with ponies swirling over their gear.

Other than that, we went to a block party last night and my entire family got rotovirus. Last night was a real blast. So it’s Disney movies and the couch for everyone all day more than likely. I just bought Bambi. Haven’t seen it since I was maybe 6.

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Yes, at some point (with Pandaria, I think…?) WoW made a few changes to tanking that made tanks automatically draw extra threat with every action they take. It used to be a 400% dmg / threat conversion or something like that – no idea what the figure is now. When you switch to tank spec, this will be on by default.

It wasn’t always the case, but I guess because of the rapidly increasing output of dpsers with every new expansion and with the few rounds of ability pruning over WoW’s lifetime, Activision chose to make it simpler for tanks…

So if you’re in a random group and don’t want aggro, switch to a dps / healing spec.

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rafael12104

Hmm.. sounds like the time I went to an Ashlee Simpson concert. ;)

In all seriousness, take good care. That sounds awful, not lethal, but all at one time? Awful.

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The spouse and I got it two years ago so we just had pain. We had it but it wasn’t bad. The two kids both got kicked around all night by it. Which means we did. Sleepy saturday!

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Feel better soon, man.Sounds awful. Best to all of you!

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Still playing dot hack// G.U. Last Recode. I finished up my 100% of the first game and onto the second now!

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I would love to play Last Recode (and honestly I would love if they remastered the first quadrilogy). I just feel like I don’t have the time. That might be a game I have to relegate to watching a Let’s Play on YouTube or something.

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continuing the power level gear grind in destiny 2 a s well as finally getting on teh mida tools quests which my guildies are making fun of me for waiting so long to do them and now suggesting i do the reroll exploits they’ve been doing so i can get max power level mida multitool LOL.

also something clicked for us this week as we progressed everyone’c crucible weeklies and we are actually winning matches more oftne than not now and the lost matches tend to be very close.

otherwise checking out wild west online which is the subject of this week’s shares! there’s not a whole lot to it but i find it kind of charming. tho when i bought jose a copy he didn’t care for it becuase of the lack of mobs to kill on quests.

first video is a few pvp snippets of ganking and getting rekt in pvp in the game

while the second is the full stream so anyone interestede can see how the game plays in raw format :)

also lamenting that star trek is on break for the next several weeks. but the mid season finale was extremely satisfying and i’m excited to see what happens next! i’m feeling some classic star trek TOS villain vibes from those previews!

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I have been enjoying Discovery too but I could do without all this mid season finale break nonsense. I know why they do it and the sound reasons for having it from a broadcasting point of view. However as a fan it is complete bull poop imo.

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It comes back officially on January 7th. Hold on, B3. You can make it! :-)

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it’s been a thing with regular tv for a long time now but it’s definitely annoying.

i first came across it one year i really got into smallville and suddenly took mid season break for 2 months and never got back on to it.

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Looks better than I expected to be honest.

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there’s not a whole lot to it right now. there’s a whole bucnh of quests and some progression (there’s a placeholder for “skills”) money income vs costs of things is out of wack and needs to be alot more generous especially with the loot dynamics of the bandit/deputy system (non flagged players don’t drop loot when killed).

there’s some jankiness in teh animations overall not bad. when we grouped up yday we kept crashing until we suddenly stopped crashing and at that point jose’s will to play was more or less sapped and wasn’t willing to go ganking people with me so we headed back to d2.

but i found it rather pleasant the 3 hours across 2 toons i played solo for what it is. it’s not so gank boxey that you fear seeing other players tho there is often a bit of hesitation and changed routes and such.

also as noted by jose no shooting from horse back which feels kind of meh.

and as i told him as well it’s no rdr2 online by any means what soever.

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