WRUP: Is your house robot-proof edition

    
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Is your house robot-proof, dear reader? No. No, it isn’t. Of course it isn’t! You have never given a single thought to robot-proofing your house! You didn’t robot-proof your home at all. You are like a walking buffet to any robot who wants to enter your home and be a robot. That robot could enter your home and… do robot things.

Look, it’s not a question of what the robot would be doing. Maybe the robot in question would clean your house. But, like, really badly. Maybe the robot would clean your house by smashing dishes. Do you like your dishes? Because this hypothetical robot would smash them. If you don’t like your dishes, assume that the robot would smash something you do like. Your boyfriend, maybe. Your DVDs. Copies of the album “Smash” by The Offspring.

Robot-proof your home, reader! Why is your home not robot-proofed now? I suppose you can take the time to read our entries in this week’s What Are You Playing and let us know what you’re playing down in the comments, but do it quickly. The robots aren’t going to wait forever! Unless they are.

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): ​Busy weekend again, so at least Hearthstone and some Mario Kart. Still trying to do PvE in HEX but choosing a race as a recovering min maxer has been a time consuming effort that often results in more PvP.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I hope to be in Black Desert a bit this weekend. Time to check this puppy out! I also have guildies flocking to Grim Dawn, which I haven’t had time to try out yet. It’s an embarrassment of gaming riches right now!

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): I’ve really been getting back into 20XX over the past couple of updates – the patches for the game have made an already polished title even more so, and while there are rough edges still to be sanded off I’m enjoying my time in the game quite a bit. Other than that, the usual assortment of Final Fantasy XIV activities, as the patch has proved quite entrancing.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I truly wish I knew, to be honest. The safe bet is some Bard leveling in FFXIV and more Scorched Desert questing in The Secret World. But I’m hankering for something different, so maybe some Allods Online? RIFT? Skyforge? I’m just loading them all and feeling out my mood when the time permits.

Patreon Patron Pierre: I’m somehow tempted to play The Elder Scrolls Online (for me the best MMO available at the moment. Don’t listen to Matt Firor; imho ESO is an MMO indeed, but an MMO of 2016, not an MMO of 2006). But my addiction to XCOM 2 is too strong. It’s such an immersive, challenging, and emotionnally loaded video game. I haven’t been so captivated by a game for a long time. It’s my GOTY 2016, and I don’t see how another game will be able to dethrone it, even if we are just at the beginning of the year.”

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Valkyriez
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Valkyriez

Thanks for that write up, good points. I’ll still pick it up, the whole concept of memory altering is really appealing.

Xijit
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Xijit

Very “classic” type of MMO, but effort was put into it, and it was a nice tone down in pace and setting.

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

Haven’t updated in a while, but I finished my Mass Effect Trilogy Canon Insanity Completionist journey. Except New Game Plus for ME3. So I’m doing that. And I suppose I’m missing super niche content like getting that final fish and its war asset in ME3. Once I finish, it’ll be all about the wait for MEA, where I’ll be: 1)Playing the trilogy with my friend as she is her own Shepard, 2)I do up to several more streamlined playthroughs (aka not Insanity, not reading every planet, stuff like that) to have one of each class and with different stories, 3)I play ME3 multiplayer enough that I can complete Gold and maybe Platinum like I can play Bronze and maybe Silver difficulty.

Xijit
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Xijit

Look into buying a house you can craft tools at: most of them are unbelievably easy to get the materials for and the Thick Fishing Rods are awesome for how few materials they take to produce.

Zo5o
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Zo5o

Xijit Well i’ve been playing all day and it’s got me! :D That’s what you get for trying to get into a game with a stinking hangover.

Spent some time researching and have my workers running about, my gaff up and running and im fishing up a storm!

Voice overs are still terribad but the graphics have grown on me.

Happy me is happy!

Shienne
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Shienne

Valkyriez Sure, I’ll take a crack at it.

Remember Me is an action/puzzle/platforming game from the same studio that would go on to make Life is Strange. It takes place in a semi-dystopian future in which human memories have been digitized by your standard evil megacorporation and this has widened the gap between rich and poor to a substantial degree because reasons. The protagonist is a gorgeous young lady named Nilin who possesses the unique ability to enter people’s minds and alter their memories Inception-style. The game’s most unique mechanic revolves around this and takes the form of scrolling through a cutscene looking for subtle ways to change the environment of a person’s memory in order to drastically change the outcome and alter the person’s perceptions of things. I wish it were a more commonly used mechanic, but it only comes up four times in an eight-hour game. Much of the game consists of beat-em-up combat reminiscent of the Arkham series with a big scoop of God Hand on the side and a garnish of Street Fighter. You can construct combos to have different effects and it’s all very pretty and stylish, but it also isn’t very difficult. The combat is really, really easy. If you’re used to things like Ninja Gaiden then you’ll probably be underwhelmed. The story is really, really interesting and the world-building is fantastic, but they could have done more with it. Overall, I recommend it, but there’s a really unpleasant vibe of “what could have been” running throughout the entire thing, because as much as I love it, the original design document was an open-world sandbox game where you use jet-skis to faff about in a flooded city.

crackfox
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crackfox

Valkyriez The game sets a 24 hour timer on character deletion. I want to redo my beserker’s look and reuse his name, but I have to wait until the original is deleted.

Valkyriez
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Valkyriez

I’ve wanted to buy and play Remember Me. Is it good? Obviously everyone likes different things, can you give a small review? I’m very story focused in my SRPGs.

Valkyriez
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Valkyriez

Say what? Who is getting deleted?

Valkyriez
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Valkyriez

I just finished Grim Dawn on veteran on my first play through as a Pyromancer, really liking it and a great game to use as a break from the MMO burnout.