WRUP: Anyone could have caught fire edition

Last but not least, I want to close out this meeting by addressing the elephant in the room. Yes, I am your boss, and I am currently on fire. This is not negligence. I realize that this is having an impact on the team and our work environment, but I don’t want you all to let this impact your performance, and I definitely don’t want to hear about people going over my head to report this to corporate. Anyone could have caught fire in this situation. It happened to be me, and that’s a mark of leadership, not irresponsibility.

Yes, some people might say that no one else would have the office take part in Wear A Suit Of Matchsticks To Work day, and you might also point out that I was the one who decided that it would be a fun time for a corporate fire-starting lesson. But what’s done is done, and the important thing is to move on and – I must stress this again – not report me to corporate. Also, leave your plans in this week’s installment of What Are You Playing. Meeting adjourned. Please bring me some water.

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Pokemon Go is happening for sure, but I’m hoping I won’t be seeing any raid invites for Saturday since I’m going to another console party. Mario Kart, Smash Bros, Overcooked, and maybe Splatoon 2 will be on the menu.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Guild Wars 2! I have enough guildies playing again that we’ve made a date – no easy feat across four timezones and four countries – to do some dungeons Sunday. Yes, dungeons! I’m so excited. It’s been a long time!

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): I’m actually a wee bit behind this week on my usual Final Fantasy XIV antics, so I’ll be using the weekend to catch up. Simple and straightforward.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I’ll be equally splitting my gaming time between Secret World Legends’ Shadowy Forest, Lord of the Rings Online’s Mordor, and Dungeons and Dragons Online’s Harbor. I do have a notion of checking out a new MMO for the whim of it. Perhaps Stash?

Pierre, patron: Destiny 2, Destiny 2, and some more Destiny 2. I’m addicted to this game. It’s very similar to Destiny and you could think it’s Destiny 1.5, but it has improved on so many points. Moreover, the story is interesting, the main bad guy is charismatic, the NPCs are funny and their dialogs and punchlines are amusingly written. Of course, Cayde-6 (voiced by Nathan Fillion) is exceptional, but all the new NPCs are funny and nicely voiced too. The fights feel very punchy, like they did in Destiny. The missions during the solo campaign are slightly more challenging than in Destiny and it’s a good thing. Besides the main story missions, Bungie introduced what they call adventures, some secondary missions just for the loot. These adventures are also scenario-ized and quite well-written for secondary missions. But I’m sorry, I have to leave you here; I’m so addicted that I have to go back at once. Enjoy your gaming weekend, MOP readers. Cheers!

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Esoteric Coyote

Nothing! I work 42-46 hours a week while attending college full time, because I hate myself. And I bought a car… Adulting. I just wanted to say, I’m still alive.

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mysecretid

Always good to see “proof of life”. :-)

Cheers,

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Loopy

I hopped back into GW2 after an unsuccessful initial stint in the game when it launched. I’m finding that it appeals a LOT more to me now than it did then. Having a ton of fun going through the content, and after a friend gave me a brief tour of a crapton of zones, i can see that i won’t be lacking things to do.

Aside from that, OW is still on the table for quick gaming, alongside The Division for times when i’m feeling like doing some PVE shootin’ (at least until Division 2 drops).

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mysecretid

I bounced off both Guild Wars games pretty hard, but |I’m glad Guild Wars 2 is working for you. I know you’ve been looking for a worthwhile game for a while now. Very cool, Loopy. Enjoy!

Cheers,

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mysecretid

As I mentioned somewhere on Massively earlier in the week, I’m feeling pretty lucky right now when it comes to gaming. I’ve got a few games I really enjoy, all happening more-or-less at once.

I’ve got XCOM2: War Of The Chosen happening on PC; I’ve got Agents Of Mayhem on the PS4, which I find very entertaining, despite its quirks and flaws; I’ve finally broken up with Star Wars: The Old Republic (come talk to me when you care more about us having fun togther as a couple, than you do about my credit card) and instead, I’ve re-upped to World of Warcraft (of all things) because I had so much fun playing the game back in July.

And Destiny 2 on the PS4 is absolutely ruling my gaming world right now. Perfect? Nah. No game is perfect — but I’ve sunk hours and hours and hours into this game already, and I’m having so much fun.

Rather than rabbit on endlessly about Destiny 2 in this post (that may come later, be warned! Hahaha), I’ll just say the following:

If you play Destiny 2, be aware that the game opens up content both as you level up, and as you progress through the main “Red War” storyline.

So, if you’re playing the game, and you’re around level 10, and you’re thinking, “Hunh. I like this, but I thought there would be more”, well, there IS more.

Hit the current level cap of 20, and finish the main storyline. After the credits, and the ominous but expected after-credits clip (no spoilers), you will be returned to the game, only to find that the setting has expanded yet again, and there will be still more for you to do.

My vote for “Best MMORPG That’s Pretending It’s Not An MMORPG” in this year’s Massively Awards poll. :-)

Hope to see all of you that want to be there in game eventually.

Take care of yourselves, folks. You’re the only you I’ve got, and I’d like to enjoy your company as long as possible!

Cheers,

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Bobuliss

A friend of mine from the Navy recently got me back into Heroes of the Storm, so I’ll be indulging in a bit of that. Most of my game time, though, will be spent in EVE Online helping CO2 defend our space against the harbingers of the Blue Donut, TEST. We successfully defended a Sotiyo timer today when we formed up a full fleet of Feroxes plus a decent ONI fleet and TEST pussed out and decided not to show up at all. Impass will not fall!

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mysecretid

I imagine it’s tough to be afraid of an enemy force calling itself “The Blue Donut”. Imagine if Darth Vader had named his flagship star destroyer The Blue Donut — he’d hardly have gotten so far as a bad guy!

Cheers,

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Bobuliss

Hahaha, true! Believe me, the Blue Donut is terrifying. It’s the death of content. And in EVE that means the inexorable death of the game itself.

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Hirku

He’d do it just for fun:

“The Blue Donut?! That’s the stupidest name I’ve ever h–ACCCCKKKKK!”

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Hirku

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butterpanda888

Batman Telltale Series, Titan Quest, Banner Saga, and Game of Thrones Ascent.
Although Secret World Legends has been tempting me lately…

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thirtymil

After three weeks with limited internet access due to house moves, this week I played ‘lets rip out a few kitchen cabinets and fit a dishwasher and a fridge/freezer’. An epic sword is nothing compared to a 750 watt power drill if you ask me.

I then followed it up with re-enabling my ESO account, whereupon the support guys there offered me access to any limited time offers I may have missed during my lack of internet – which was extremely generous of them.

Then I loaded up Elite Dangerous, discovered I’d missed a whole bunch of gold paint schemes and got in touch with their support, and they told me they couldn’t do anything to help. Which wasn’t so generous.

So I’m playing ESO.

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mysecretid

Yup. I’ve found that generosity in customer service wins my loyalty time and again. Glad they treated you so well. Even though Elder Scrolls Online doesn’t feature +3 Power Drills Of Home Repair, it’s a fine game. Enjoy!

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Hirku

I’ve spent all week testing / bugfixing my own little educational project and will keep doing so through the weekend, so no way am I using my spare time to play more freakin’ video games.
; )

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mysecretid

Heresy! :-D Good luck with the project, Hirku!

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Hirku

Thanks!

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Nater

I hate this feeling I’ve had lately of not knowing what to play or having no desire to play games I already have. I’ve tried or revisited 6-8 MMO’s over the past few weeks and I find myself bored out of my mind. I guess I don’t solo MMO’s very well. I’m one of those guys that can hate an MMO, but if someone I know is playing it and willing to group, I’m there! Here’s hoping I find a way to pass the time in the next couple of days! I’m tired of going outside. There’s not enough SPF. :D

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thirtymil

I know that feeling well. I still have the same three games on my system and still play them, but a lot of the time I feel like I’m just waiting for something new and can’t find it. I’m worried my brain may be looking for something outside of gaming…

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Nater

Heh, yeah. I picked up the Ukulele recently. It’s a fun little instrument and it’s definitely helping me pass the time, but not quite enough.

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Cadaver

You’re not alone. I haven’t played any games for a few weeks. I have the time but not the inclination.

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mysecretid

I’ve been in those “dry spells” myself. I wish I had some wise “Ben Kenobi” style advice to pass on which would solve the issue, but I don’t, alas.

Maybe just keep peeking in on massively and see if anything mentioned here suddenly seems like a good idea? One thing about the game industry — there’s always new stuff coming out — especially between now and January!

Good luck!

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Armsbend

I played a game of HotS last night that might have broken me. During the placement matches we had a guy who was trashed who could not stop typing and trolling with 3x the amount of deaths. We still only lost by a fraction. My anger level was high going into sleep and it made me wonder if it is worth it.

WoW has been a really relaxing factor. I definitely think I’ll be subbing past this first month. I think I realize now how much more I enjoy paying for a sub over f2p. I get it.

Now that Twin Peaks is over I’m a bit lost on Sundays.

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mysecretid

There is a “filter effect” to subscription games, indeed. It may not be consistent or predictable, but one does see evidence of it.

People tend to pay for a sub because they’re actually interested in playing the game, not just because they’re bored, or for the sh#ts and giggles of trolling or whatever.

In free-to-play games, the best antidote to the problem is to find a good guild to join. It takes a while to find the right one, and the process of looking can be an annoying pain in the ass, but when you find a good guild, the effect is very similar to a paid-sub game — you’re suddenly playing alongside people who are there for similar reasons to your own, and you can bypass 90% of the ambient foolishness.

Cheers,

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nobleeinherjar

I’m all over the map this week. Been playing a new game of MGSV, grinding ranks on Everybody’s Golf, playing Starcraft Remastered, Medieval 2: Total War (with the Stainless Steel mod), Civ 5 (and wondering if I should invest in Civ 6), and Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War since I finally stopped being lazy and looked up how to get that game to support widescreen (and a more zoomed out camera). Also still working on finishing up previous Ys games before Ys 8 comes out, though I don’t think I’m quite going to make it.

I finished my Necromancer playthrough of Diablo 3, so now I’m trying to decide if I want to play Torchlight 2 or Path of Exile next. I’ve only dabbled in both games for a teeny bit.

Haven’t been doing much in the MMO space. The only online games I’ve been playing are The Division and R6 Siege.

Props to another edition of WRUP for making me laugh. Enjoy your weekend, everyone, and stay safe if Irma is something you’re having to contend with.

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mysecretid

Friends tell me that Civilization 6 can be very different from Civilization 5 in terms of how it plays, so you may want to watch a few YouTube videos, or whatever, to make sure Civ 6 is something you want to spend money on. Just a thought.

Cheers,