WRUP: Entirely too much about bears edition

    
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BEARS BEARS BEARS

I am legitimately fascinated by bears in video games. Not just because I love bears, although that’s true too. I’m fascinated because in the real world, bears are the closest thing we have to an end boss. They’re enormous piles of claws and muscle that can knock your head off without even trying very hard. And yet most games treat bears as just whatever, not tremendously dangerous, often low-level enemies.

I’m just saying, if I see a guy walking around with a pet bear, my reaction should not be “ah, that’s a Hunter pet, excellent tank choice.” My reaction should have more to do with being aware that any gentleman with a bear as a walk-around pet is no one to mess with.

What Are You Playing is not an exercise open to bears, chiefly because very few bears are able to operate keyboards. But I’m guessing most of the people reading right now are not bears, and you are more than welcome to let us know what you’re playing down in the comments. If you are a bear, you can still let us know, but please be aware that sleeping for 36 hours and then snurfling at a beehive is not a “game” in the strictest sense.

Brendan Drain (@nyphur): I’m still desperately trying to find gifts for people that don’t come from the Steam sales, but plan to get some time in on Guild Wars 2. I’ll probably also spend a few hours grinding in EVE Online to make back the cost of an embarrassing tech 3 cruiser loss on my pirate alt that was 100% my own fault, the worst part being that I forgot to eject and lost skillpoints too.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): If I’m really lucky, I’m finally going to get to sit down on Sunday and play something! Guild Wars 2 is still at the top of my list to really dig into.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): As always, Final Fantasy XIV and World of Warcraft are on my docket; I also took advantage of the sale on Star Trek Online ships and grabbed a few my main could make use of. Otherwise, there are various single-player games that I’ve decided I want to clear away before I jump on any more Steam sales, so I will… probably just tool around in various Saints Row titles without accomplishing anything significant.

Jef Reahard (@jefreahard): Star Wars: Battlefront and maybe Lord of the Rings Online.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): Right now I am all about the WildStar double XP, so I’ll be power leveling an Esper that see how that goes. I’ve also reinstalled RIFT just because.

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): I plan on spending the bulk of my time in ARK: Survival Evolved. I plan on mating my wolves together and trying for some adorable little pups. I also made a fancy new arena that needs plenty of testing! Other than that, I will be in ArcheAge doing some trade runs, in EverQuest II doing some questing and house decorating, and hopefully in Sword Coast Legends checking out the DM tools. There is also a chance I will pop into Landmark and start working on a new idea for my claim.

Patreon Donor Pierre: Hello everyone. I wish you a happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the week-end with a lot of gaming time (MMOs or not). Mine will be spent exploring the Wasteland in Fallout 4: I don’t know why exactly, but I love this game when Fallout 3 bored me as hell. If I had to guess, I would explain it by the presence of many MMO features in F4 like crafting, housing, or just because I like the story better. When I leave the Wasteland, it will be to explore the world of Tamriel in The Elder Scrolls Online. I really love this game, it’s my favorite MMO at the moment.

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wolfyseyes
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wolfyseyes

I would certainly miss the ‘tails.
As far as the oratory styles of others–either virtuous or vitriolic–it’s just better to soak yourself in the things and people you enjoy and who enrich your day-to-day.
Easier said than done sometimes, to be sure…but worth the effort.

Llokki
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Llokki

Zulika_Mi_Nam Noble_Einherjar Is it ever! I was late meeting a friend on Sat because I foolishly decided to start playing a game of Endless Legend a few hours before.

Esoteric Coyote
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Esoteric Coyote

Siphaed Esoteric Coyote Since my necro was my main I already had 150 points from… I don’t know map completing and before they took away skill points thingies?  And I just needed a handful more from events.  Pretty much got all the “easy” ones in the first zone and completed a few champions with some help.  Mixed feelings, I was so excited to unlock reaper and wanted the abilities now, but it was very fun to earn new abilities.  I was so excited to get last of them.  Like the final trait and the elite shout.  But my other characters do not have such a high pool of points, my mesmer doesn’t even have enough to unlock her elite spec yet, so ask me again how much I like the trait unlocks when I finally drag them into this stuff.
Even the champions though in the canopy didn’t seem to have a lot.  I got to do the dragon one we saw in the live stream, but I was late to the party on that one.  Since I’m newb to the zones I just picked the first chopper to take me up and it was 3 champions.  That turned into a very fun fight with a lot of “Oh S*#&!” moments, since I had no idea what I got myself into.
And finally found the portal to TD, hated TD, blundered into the portal for the last zone and basically cheered, got into the dragon ran around the map for a few minutes before it went “This map is closing” and killed everyone.  Da faq was that?  Whatever, gave me all the waypoints so beh!

Xijit
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Xijit

I completely missed this WRUP … Lets just say that GOG.com had The Witcher 3 1/2 off last week and I have spent and embarrassing amount of time in front of my PC since then.

CloakingDonkey
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Zulika_Mi_Nam CloakingDonkey my first foray into ESO was unsuccessful as I seem to be plagued by some kind of critical error that has my screen go idle every 10 minutes. =(

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Zulika_Mi_Nam CloakingDonkey thanks, I try to make them as good as possible =) Hard to do especially with stuff like Camelot Unchained. videos about games are tough when you don’t have access to gameplay footage xD

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

Galaxy of Heroes hahaha. Actually a little addicting…so far. A little SWTOR. Not much gaming!

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

BalsBigBrother ManastuUtakata 
To note, I am not planning on going anywhere from here. Not intentionally at least. :)

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Enikuo ManastuUtakata 
Well no particular reference was intended…as this was mostly a general thing. But there was an incident comes to mind that made me really think about this…where the intended aurguee thought that I was calling him a bigot. I said to myself then, if I had only not stuck my foot in that debate, this person would of never needed to concluded that. So stuff like that causes me to have pause and rethink my approach. Because the last thing I wanted to be perceived is accusing someone of something he or she is most certainly not. It not only makes feel terrible, but it further muddies the discourse where extra fires have to be put out due of my carelessness. :(

Zulika_Mi_Nam
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ManastuUtakata Your sketches have become one of the things I expect to see over the weekend. I like this carryover from last week – gonna start you own Mo-ette strip?

Just backtracked to see what I missed.  Ya – for many things text is not the best way to communicate either.  It can make things feel more confrontational than they are intended and things escalate for no real reason.