Massively OP Podcast Episode 155: Pirates, progression, and patches

On this week’s show, the fate of Star Wars: The Old Republic is up for debate! In addition to sorting that out, Justin and Bree discuss the new Age of Conan progression server, Final Fantasy XIV’s big content release, EVE Online’s disappointing battle, and more.

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Alli

Keep on with the oxford comma support, Bree!

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TomTurtle

I know too well that careful dye selection process when you get one of those dye kits on a character’s birthday in GW2. I’ve often banked them for a while knowing how long it’d take me to go through choosing.

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Minimalistway

We talked before about non-combat content, i think it is time to bring that question to MMO developers.

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zoward

No word of a lie: with my newborn cradled in *both* arms I used to surf the web using a trackpad I navigated with the large toe on my left foot. Look ma, no hands!

Nowadays I sometimes get muscle pains in my left arm as a form of RSI, so an MMO gaming mouse becomes a must. I use a Logitech G600, which I’m very happy with.

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Harry Koala

For gaming with newborns, my recommendation is to get a sling (or even better, a wrap) and get the hang of the whole baby wearing thing, so you can keep both your hands free. I’ve spent a fair bit of time playing WoW while baby wearing.

My wife once tanked a WoW raid whilst breast feeding. She’s good at multi tasking…

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Bree Royce

Great suggestion! Bonus: Dudes look like Jedi wearing babies in Moby wraps. :D

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zoward

That … is truly impressive.
/bow

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Sally Bowls

Triggered!

I was surprised you did not know bespoke. West Coast hipster was far afield. Perhaps, West Coast hipsters have moved on from Hong Kong to Shanghai for their tailoring. “bespoke” is the opposite;

In 1846, Henry Poole, credited as being the “Founder of Savile Row”, opened an entrance to his tailoring premises into No. 32 Savile Row. The term “bespoke” is understood to have originated in Savile Row when cloth for a suit was said to “be spoken for” by individual customers.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savile_Row_tailoring

The personal tailoring of your bespoke suit will require about 3 fittings and take four to twelve weeks. Prices for a bespoke suit start at £3,000 to £4,000 incl. VAT for the more famous names and can go up £10,000 for very exclusive materials.

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zoward

Interesting! Thanks for the vignette.

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Bree Royce

Right – that’s what I meant, it’s handmade and personalized. But the snobby, yuppie, hipster kind, specifically. You see it for craft beers and tooled leather, not for rag dolls and bird baths. To see it used for a randomized video game was absurdity.

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Sally Bowls

Harumph. As I see it:
snobby? Absolutely! and proud of it
yuppie? the Y in yuppie is for young and not many young can afford $5K suits
hipster? triggered. the old money wearing bespoke suits are the ones funding and later shutting down the hipsters’ startup-du-jour

But yeah IMO “bespoke” as pretentious/marketing/British for custom-made is fine. But as you point out, video games are not custom made (a/k/a bespoke) for me. They make the same video game for me as for others. They are just trying to pass off their lack of mass-market appeal as exclusivity.

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Bree Royce

I suspect it’s a matter of the word changing over time – same as with the word hipster, for that matter. (And since when did yuppie not imply young people with too much money?!) To wit: the top google searches on this wretched word.

Humanity, can we all please stop abusing the word ‘bespoke’?
Can you tell me why the word “bespoke” has become so popular recently?
Bespoke This, Bespoke That. Enough Already.
‘Bespoke’ Is the Latest Word to Be Ruined by Advertising

Let me just say, it floods Etsy. It’s not even the idea of handmade stuff I dislike fwiw. It’s the pretentious use of the word. :D

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Harry Koala

Yeah, bespoke is a pretty normal word in British usage. Maybe not so much in the US? But it basically amounts to “custom made” or “personalised” in this context.

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Jesse Wan

That wasn’t a Bree-rant. It was a… Bree-spoke. ;)

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Bree Royce

Hah! That’s awful/funny enough to be a Justin pun. <3

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Zulika Mi-Nam

Whenever I see a missing Oxford comma (or as I call it – a comma) I am immediately incensed.

..and ya you can play AoC Saga server as FTP. I jumped in this week.

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zoward

I was originally taught that it was incorrect, and even got docked on it a couple of times in English class. I had to unlearn it via Strunk & White and the Chicago Manual of Style when I started copyediting for my college newspaper.

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aYates

Nothing reallyto add other than great podcast!
I listen every week. :-)