WRUP: I’m cold and this place smells like farts edition

Ugh. Why are we here? This is dumb. I’m cold and this place smells like farts. When can we leave? Why did we have to come here in the first place? You never tell me anything. I have to pee, throw up, and watch four episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia in exactly that order. Your voice is awful. Stop pushing me. Where is my coat? Who took my coat? Who is that guy over there?

I don’t want to shake that guy’s hand. I want to lie down. I’m going to lie down and kick the ankles of anyone who comes near me for a quarter of an hour. Never mind, I want to put my face in a cake. When can we go? I want that cake now. It still smells like farts in here. Is this What Are You Playing? How did you get that car? Why is there a glowing portal here? I need new socks and shoes.

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): ​The Pokemon Go event will help me burn off some of that Thanksgiving chub and make sure I don’t go overboard with Overwatch because Moira + Mayhem = Mass Fun. Also, I may do a little Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp because it’s another AC IP that I love (RIP Asheron’s Call).

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Welp, it won’t be Marvel Heroes! Womp womp. Actually I did play a bit and sat my kid down and explained to him what was going on, so he went through and spent all our in-game currency on minipets. But yeah. I’ll probably play a bit of Guild Wars 2 this weekend, but mostly I’m shopping and working to get ahead of the end-of-the-year stuff. The December award-and-roundup hoopla doesn’t write itself!

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): I have a long list of things I want to accomplish in World of Warcraft prior to the next expansion. The bright side is that I’ve already made good progress along the way to most of those, and I still have a very long time before that expansion happens. So I’ll be poking away at that, and also continuing with my usual antics in both Final Fantasy XIV and Secret World Legends.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): Holiday weekends sometimes mean extra gaming time, so I’ll try to make sure mine isn’t going to waste. I’m slowly but surely working through the Marketplace quests in Dungeons & Dragons Online (I beat Proof is in the Poison, yeah!), Tokyo quests in Secret World Legends, Bloody Gore quests in Lord of the Rings Online, and all the quests in World of Warcraft. Seriously, I can’t commit to an alt. It’s a problem.

Pierre, patron: My trip to level and ilvl caps in Destiny 2 is not finished and I have less than two weeks left before the Curse of Osiris DLC launches. So I’ll spend most of my free time grinding in D2 this weekend; as I enjoy the game a lot, it will not be painful at all. Enjoy your gaming weekend MOP readers and let us know what you’re up to in terms of MMOs and gaming of course. Cheers!

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Guild Wars 2
Just got both my fiance and boyfriend-in-law playing as well, so been spending most of my time in old zones grinding on that last tier of Pact Commander as they level up.
I’ve never seen any of the sylvari story line, so I’m getting to see new (to me) content in the process.
Can’t wait until they get to Living World and the expansions.

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Chestnut Bowl

I’m playing Black Desert Online, Tera, and Wildstar. I’m having fun in all three, though BDO is the most impressive of the bunch and is a game I see myself playing long-term. Both Tera and Wildstar are more fun than I remember, though no one is around at the lower levels. I’m thinking about trying to learn tanking in either of those games, but it still intimidates me.

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Jonny Sage

Steam Sale! picked up A10 Warthog add on for DCS World and Shogun (Commandos 3?) Its awesome. Everything else on my list is still too expensive. I guess i could buy Call of Duty 2004, its only $49.99 (after 75% discount)!

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Koshelkin

Currently back in SWTOR. Enjoying it but I still hope the story will improve in future updates. The final of KOTET was nice but besides that I’d rank it pretty mediocre. I’m glad it’s done and I that’s not a compliment. Some of the messages(NPC mails) I got after the last episode makes me hope that we will go back to a more traditional Republic vs Empire route. We will see.

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mysecretid

For all my griping about EA as a publisher, I think that the biggest problem with the Zakuul storylines is that they went on for far too long, and that they set up a bunch of sub-plots which never seemed to amount to anything.

While a strict Republic versus Empire plotline carries its own problems — in that, it can start to feel very stagnant and repetitive, and false because everybody knows that neither side can ever really “win” or the game would effectively be over — I do agree that the Zakuul stuff seems to be flailing now, and it may be better to put Senya on the throne and leave Zakuul to the Zakuulans.

I did like that the player was involved with a third faction, comprised of both Republic citizens and Imperials seeking a kind of “greater good” for themselves, beyond Zakuul, but Iokath seems to be pulling the Alliance apart in a very heavy-handed, contrived way right now, so I fear we’ll soon be back to endless cycles of Us Versus Them which will go nowhere story-wise.

But yeah, I’m pretty much done with Zakuul by now as well.

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

Cheers,

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Koshelkin

A thoughtful and interesting reply! The thing is I would feel more at home in the old Republic vs Empire scenario because that’s Star Wars for me. The driving conflict. The thing is it doesn’t need to concentrate on that conflict per se. You can do alot of stuff in that scenario and SWTOR already did that with some storylines(Rise of the Hutt Cartel e.g.). There are rumours of cults of some sort from what I gathered so I’m here, still a bit excited how it will continue. The whole Eternal Empire thing was blown out of proportion and to give the player such a position of power is a bad move, imo.

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mysecretid

Sorry for the late (and long) reply. Koshelkin. The week’s been a tad frenetic …

I actually don’t have a lot of problems, myself, with my character being the head of a small third-faction organization by endgame — as with most things SWTOR these days, my problem is not so much the ideas in the game, but what the developers do with those ideas.

My problem with my character being the Alliance leader — beyond the fact that he’s a Smuggler/Gunslinger and didn’t actually want the job — is that he really doesn’t have any real say in what happens with “his” Alliance at all.

For all that Lana Beniko and the rest call me “Commander” and talk about how crucial I am, and how amazing I’ve been — inside the game’s story, I effectively work for them.

Nearly every story chapter starts with Lana, or Senya, or Theron or Koth, or somebody saying “Commander! A Very Bad Thing(tm) is happening, and we need to do x, y, and z immediately to stop it!!!”

And I get to agree, or not. And if not, I get told why disagreeing is not an option, and my character gets to reconsider and agree. :-)

Look, I do know they’re trying to tell us a story — obviously, we have to go along with the plot hooks if we want to see the new content. That’s not my problem.

My problem is, what fun story or gameplay benefits come out of being the Alliance Commander? What cool play options does it open up for endgame characters?

You guessed it. None, basically — unless a player really gets off on NPCs calling her Commander, or constantly singing his praises.

The whole Commander thing is basically just one big plot hook, and not much else. It doesn’t really add anything to one’s play experience (unless one is a praise junkie, as above).

Sure, you’re consulted on political events in the cutscenes, but how much input does the player really have as a “third faction” leader? None that I can see.

Remember when the game let us save only two of the three sets of faction representatives? (Republic, Sith Empire, Zakuulan) What ever came of that choice? Nothing.

And even if it does come up again, it’s been ignored for so long already, it’s lost its impact for players. Another story thread started and effectively dropped.

Remember when you possibly forged a cordial personal relationship between your Alliance and Empress Acina of the Sith?

That was intriguing, but it doesn’t matter now because the writers decided to have her go absolutely crazy-pants and hateful not long after. She’s not even Empress anymore.

See what I mean? — I don’t mind that my guy is Alliance commander, but being Alliance commander doesn’t really mean anything or do anything in the game, so why have it?

We have so little player agency (i.e. the ability to affect the game around us — or even the illusion that we can do so) in Star Wars: The Old Republic that it all feels a little false.

This is part of why I’m personally opposed to going back to the standard Republic versus Sith warfare as the focus of the game also — because it’s false.

Neither side will ever win the war, or the game will be over, so sending me on missions where I have to go kill X people “for the sake of the war effort” always feel dull and lazy and mildly annoying to me.

I think SWTOR, and the best of the Star Wars films, work best when the war is the background element against which stories about the characters play out.

The original Star Wars had this; Empire Strikes Back had this; Rogue One had this; Star Wars Rebels has this at its best points.

Even SWTOR’s original character stories had this at their best moments — they weren’t so much about “the war which will never end because it can’t, or we’re done” as they were about what was happening to our character and our character’s friends against the backdrop of galactic war.

I hope we can get back to that sort of gameplay in SWTOR some day.

My opinions, only of course. Yours may vary, and that’s absolutely cool.

Cheers,

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You guys used an image out of Black Desert Online and then didn’t even mention it! Well…I came here because I saw an image from Black Desert Online and Black Desert Online is an awesome game and that’s why I am playing it! Black Desert Online!

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butterpanda888

I just got a Nintendo Switch and Stardew Valley, so I am more time in that than I do in reality,
If I can break away from my Switch, I will try and play WoW.
Reality has no place in my schedule this weekend.

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mistressbrazen

Back to SWTOR, trying to slog through the original story. Had a “Bree” moment with the grand kid on Thanksgiving day. I was explaining to my daughter, his mother and him what happened to Marvel Heroes. I made the mistake of saying the last installed game I had was SWTOR. Some little light bulb went off in his head ad he said, “Don’t I have a character on your SWTOR account? Let’s play that while the turkey cooks.” I looked with desperation to his mother, who lowered her eyes and walked away. For the next TWO hours, I said repeatedly, “Open your map and look where you are going.” “Open your map…open your map.” “Heal yourself…no really, you have to heal yourself.””See those little red marks with the minus sign in front of them, that’s the health you are losing every time you jump off those high rocks [bridge, top of the steps, ledge in the valley, add whatever you want here].” By the end of the two hours I only had one nerve still intact in my whole body and I declared “It’s time to log out.” First thing Friday morning: “Let’s play SWTOR!” I died a little inside but there it is…the things you will do for a grand kid… Maybe one day this weekend, I will play my own character.

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mysecretid

Your noble forbearance here is part of why children tend to love their grandparents so much. You’re taking the kind road, and kids eventually remember that pattern of kindness.

Cheers,

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mistressbrazen

Trying my best to model good gaming habits and how to be a decent human being, but wow! He’s a tough nut. Love him to death anyway.

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mysecretid

As a former young male myself, I can say that most of us seem to behave like borderline feral a-holes, until parents and grandparents come along and teach us the rudiments of civilization through a combination of love and boundary-setting.

Love and tough-love, and you’re definitely on the right track already. :-)

The irony is, when he gets older, he will most likely forget what a little terror he used to be, but he will remember the love, and he’ll be grateful for you and his parents teaching him the rules of civilized behavior. :-)

Cheers,

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mysecretid

I bought the science-fiction game Tacoma from the Steam sale on a flyer, and ended up absolutely loving it.

It’s one of those games, however, that IF you like the way it does what it does, you’ll probably love the game, as I did, but if you don’t like its gameplay style, then it’s probably not a game for you.

Here’s what I sent to my gamer pals in an e-mail, about Tacoma, in case anyone is interested:

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Tacoma is a relatively short game (you’ll play it through in about six hours, tops), but it is utterly excellent IF you’re the kind of gamer who doesn’t mind a purely investigative game every now and again.

There are no lurking xenomorphs here; no gun-toting badguys. You play an AI specialist sent to recover a dormant AI from a damaged near-Earth space station so that the corporate owners can determine what happened. You’re told up-front that the crew has already evacuated the station.

While you wait for the sections of the AI to download, you begin to explore the station and to piece together for yourself what might have actually happened, and that’s the basic gameplay.

You find “virtual reality” fragment clips of the Tacoma station’s crew as you investigate — corrupted excerpts left unsecured when the AI shut down — and these provide interactive clues to past events.

You can also examine and handle many of the objects aboard the richly-detailed, entirely immersive environment of Tacoma station itself as you seek to interpret what exactly happened aboard.

The game never explicitly explains the science-fiction setting of Tacoma station in 2088, but through inhabiting and investigating the station, you will get an acute sense of the immersive future world your character now inhabits.

Perhaps best of all, as your investigation progresses, the question becomes not so much “What actually happened here?” as “Which of many possibilities actually happened here?”

The clues you find suggest various possibilities. Will you guess at the correct answer? Very likely, near the end, but only as a number of equally-plausible scenarios competing in your mind as you explore Tacoma station.

An excellent change of pace from what we usually see from science-fiction games.

Absolutely, utterly recommended if this sounds like a style of gameplay which would interest you.

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Have a good week, and know my best wishes go with you. Take it a day at a time folks, and be good to yourselves. The world is better because you’re here too.

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Sorenthaz

Conan Exiles with a friend (finally figured out how to get a private server up and running, wee…), Dead By Daylight (oddly addicted right now to it), Smite, something of something’s technical something, maybe FFXIV, and who knows what else.

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Xijit

Picked up Horizon Zero Dawn and Conan Exiles on Black friday … Still haven’t beaten FF15, but the pacing on it kinda sucks and I am a good 30 levels over the quest content (the xp multiplier on hotel rooms just breaks the shit out of this game … Just run every hunt you can until they get so hard that you can’t finish them, then go crash at the 2.0x XP hotel) and zero Dawn is so fucking good.

…. Playing it with french dialogue & english subtitles; anyone else do this kind of stuff to give titles a more otherworldly feel?

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mysecretid

Horizon Zero Dawn is better than I ever expected it to be.

So nice to play a game which feels unique in so many ways, while still being accessible.

Sray here tipped me to that one, and I remain grateful. :-)

Enjoy it, Xijit!