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WRUP: Early access maybe edition

This week, no one will exactly be surprised to learn that I’m playing Final Fantasy XIV‘s early access weekend. Or trying to, anyway, because while the servers are nice and stable and the content seems largely free of bugs, you’re going to be stuck with some pretty horrendous queues and lobby server errors the moment you try to log back in after you log off for literally anything. Which, you know, isn’t something I’m really going to rake the company over the coals for… but it’s still kind of annoying to sit through.

But enough about me, by which I mean a very small bit more about me and about others. It’s What Are You Playing, wherein we tell you our plans for the weekend (and our Patrons chime in) and you let us know your weekend plans in the comments! And there’s no queue here. There might be login issues, though, depending on how nicely Livefyre is running.

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WRUP: Exhausting movies that might just be Australian documentaries edition

I’m relatively certain that I left the theater showing Mad Max: Fury Road on the same day that I went in, but I’m not altogether sure. It was two hours of movie that felt like four weeks, see. If you ever want to see a movie that spends an hour and a half not slowing down in the slightest and really making you feel the tension of an ongoing car chase, boy, this is the film for you.

I am also not entirely sure that this was actually a post-apocalyptic film and not just, like, the Australian outback on a normal Tuesday.

Leaving aside the subject of movies I enjoyed immensely, it’s time for this week’s installment of What Are You Playing, in which your friendly neighborhood staff members (and our marvelous patrons) let us know what they’re going to be up to over the weekend. You can also chime in yourself down in the comments, if you like! Witness.

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WRUP: Fallout Seven or whatever edition

Folks, the big video game news this week was confirmation that Fallout Something is going to be released! Through powerful kung fu focusing mostly on kicks powered by guns, I’ve obtained some new information about the game that I somewhat bothered to remember. The game will take place in some part of Rhode Island on an average Saturday and features giant ants, even gianter ants, mutated beasts known as “mutated beasts,” a really mean guy named Steve Somerhausen, and ants so big that the earlier ants are no longer in the game because these ants are, like, so big you guys.

Are you going to be flinging yourself into the bathtub while fully clothed over this news? Let us know about that in the comments because it’s time for What Are You Playing! And it’s also the first time that we’ve got some of our marvelous Patreon backers in the mix for this week’s writeup, so let’s find out what people are playing for the weekend.

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WRUP: Goodbye, my sweet would-be treasure edition

I don’t think I can properly express how much I love the Ikthians in WildStar. The Ikthian Crawler is seriously something I would… well, not kill for, that’s extreme, but I’d punch a dude. Unfortunately, you all remember a couple of months back when we were all unceremoniously fired with no forewarning, and thus I had to make a choice that I now intensely regret – I made a choice to let my WildStar subscription lapse.

Had I known that I was choosing not to get a mount when the free-to-play conversion happened, I… well, actually, I probably would have done the exact same thing, I needed to save money. But it would have factored in.

On that note, here’s something completely unrelated to that note. It’s What Are You Playing, the game where the score is made up and the points don’t matter, because there is neither score nor points. There’s just us telling you what we’re playing for the weekend and you telling us what you’re playing down in the comments. What joy! Read more

WRUP: My only raiding story from Star Wars: The Old Republic edition

A friend asked me to come with her guild to run some endgame raid or another. I don’t remember what it was. Whatever raid had this guy as an end boss. The only thing I remember about it was that this guy was there, and then I said that everyone should stand back while my Jedi defeated him with the power of rock.

Then we all died like five times before clearing him. I had no emotional connection to any of this other than the screenshot.

What’s that you say? It’s time for What Are You Playing? Huzzah, I say! I have a deep emotional connection to that. Jump on down below to see what we’re doing over the weekend, and then let us know what you’ll be up to down in the comments.

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WRUP: This game existed, no one cared edition

The above screenshot is from Fantasy Earth Zero, a title that was developed by Square-Enix, launched to a resounding thud, got resurrected by another company, launched in the US and then closed a hot minute later. It had a tumultuous history is what I’m getting at here. I kind of liked it, although not enough to put it first or second or third or so forth on my list of games that I wanted to play, which kind of explains why the game closed down when it did.

The end! No moral. Just What Are You Playing, wherein we tell you what we’re going to be playing tomorrow and then you tell us what you’re going to be playing down in the comments. What does that have to do with the first paragraph? What does anything have to do with anything, dude. Just roll with it.

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WRUP: Chroma Squad is a thing of joy edition

If you had told me when I was 17 that I wanted to play a pixelated turn-based strategy game in which I got to manage my own team of sentai characters, I would have responded with an eye-roll and a loud “duh.” Because of course I did. I still want that now! Only now I can actually play that, and it’s called Chroma Squad, and I literally care about nothing else except that it exists and it works and it’s beautiful.

Balance concerns? Difficulty curves? Options available? I do not care about any of that. All I wanted was to get me some turn-based custom sentai creation, and look, I have it.

So you can probably guess part of my entry for this week’s installment of What Are You Playing, but can you guess the rest of the staff? Oh, you can? Well, aren’t you smart. Why don’t you share what you’ll be playing down in the comments, smart guy? I mean that. Totally serious.

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WRUP: Throw hams at hyenas edition

Folks, do you find yourself with too much ham in your house? If not, go buy some ham, then throw it at some vicious hyenas. Note that I said “at” and not “to,” in case that was unclear. I am advocating spending like $200 on ham and then hurling it, at high velocity, toward the nearest hyena. Even if that means getting in your car and going to the zoo, jumping the fence, and beaning some stupid hyena with a glazed ham.

You have to admit, those stupid not-dog losers deserve to be hit in the face with processed pig meat.

Before you get on with throwing ham, though, you should probably check out this week’s installment of What Are You Playing. Not because it has vital information regarding hams and hyenas, no; because we want to tell you what we’re up to over the weekend and we’re curious about your weekend plans. Or at least what they would have been before you flung a ham at a vicious predator that can chase you down and bite off your legs. Read more

WRUP: What ever happened with that button thing edition

Does anyone remember this? This was a thing that happened. I wrote a news post about it. A thing was done with a button, stuff took place… I mean, I seriously never bothered checking up on it again, what happened when the timer on that ran out? Does anyone know? Was that the button that kept the world turning? Is the world still turning? We might want to get out and check.

The important thing is that I’m curious about what ever wound up happening with the button, but not curious enough to do the five seconds of research on Google to answer the question. Maybe there were kittens involved, who knows.

Anyhow, that was all I had for the week. I’m packing for a trip again, I’m distracted. Listen, just… head on down to the comments and let us know what you’re playing this weekend, like we did up above. It’s What Are You Playing, you know how the deal works. Read more

WRUP: Yes, there was a new Star Wars trailer edition

If you managed to avoid all contact with the internet this week, you might have missed that the next Star Wars film got a new trailer this week. Otherwise, you couldn’t stop hearing about it. Like, every five minutes. It certainly exists, and there sure are characters on the screen, and it looks like your grandfather is cosplaying as Han Solo with a Chewbacca that hasn’t aged a day or something.

Needless to say, if you aren’t a fan of Star Wars or just don’t particularly care much, it’s been a week of everyone acting like the world is coming to an end while you just sort of look on in confusion.

You can feel free to talk about that in the comments below, or you can let us know what you’re playing this weekend. That is the name of the game here, after all – What Are You Playing? Maybe you’re playing “watch the same two-minute trailer over and over until I see its ghostly afterimage in my retinas.” I won’t judge.

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WRUP: Hourly content update edition

Over the past few years, we’ve seen developers fall more and more in love with the idea of making faster and smaller updates to their games. Clearly, the reason people are disappointed with a given patch has nothing to do with the content of the patch and how much it adds and everything to do with the speed of updates. So we propose the new hourly patch model, in which developers take the server offline every 10 minutes to patch in 1% of a new dungeon or map or quest. Delivering the fastest fragments of content you can imagine!

We already use it on Massively Overpowered, more or less! Our current content update is What Are You Playing, in which you tell us what you’re doing for the weekend after we’ve told you what we’re doing. Community interaction! It’s a great thing. In another hour, look forward to our guide to reading other guides to playing your favorite class. Read more

WRUP: Twilight over Eorzea edition

It’s hard to make a storyline that leads perfectly into an expansion. There’s always more that could be done, the challenge of making something that feels like a conclusion while at the same time giving a logical reason to move on to a new set of conflicts and challenges. So while I have some conflicting feelings about the end of Final Fantasy XIV‘s 2.0 storyline, I’m overall happy with how it creates a bridge to the next era, giving players a reason to venture north while wrapping up conflicts… and still laying the groundwork for familiar issues to be addressed.

It’s a feeling much like the ending of a week leading into a weekend, to use a rather tortured construction to bring us along to our next installment of What Are You Playing. No expansion gaps here, folks, just us telling you what we’ll be up to over the next two days and you telling us likewise. And then we burn our homes to the ground and run away? Maybe that’s taking the analogy too far. Read more

WRUP: How to fry and eat your motorcycle edition

There comes a time in every woman’s life, as well as the lives of most men and the occasional CGI humanoid monster, when you need to eat some fried motorcycle. First, get your fryer ready; you’ll need to make sure it’s big enough to fry the whole motorcycle, not just part of it. Otherwise the frying process won’t really seal in the flavor. Also, make sure to fry it in either motor oil or peanut oil. Do not use canola oil; the police will arrest you and send you to Motorcycle Cooking Jail.

Anyhow, that more or less wraps up the discussion of frying and eating your motorcycle, but we do still have What Are You Playing going on down here. You can find out what we’re playing just past the break, and you can let us know what you’ll be up to in the comments. Have a good weekend, and as always, remember: Never fry a motorcycle you aren’t serious about marrying.

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