WRUP: Space Pilot and the Spacing Spaceteers in Space edition

Space Pilot: The leader of the group, Space Pilot pilots his space pilot ship in space. Where he pilots. He wears a hat.

Space Ace: The senior Spaceteer, Space Ace lied on his resume because he’s not legally allowed to work in most of California due to a shoplifting conviction from when he was eight years old. The judge had it out for him due to his family history and the fact that he kept talking about obscene acts with goats.

Space Lady: Actually a dude named Kyle, but this way he gets two paychecks.

Space Puncher: She punches things with space punchers in space, usually jumping from Space Pilot’s space pilot ship.

Space Claims Adjuster: Also Kyle. Freaking Kyle.

Space What Are You Playing: Not a thing. That’s this column. Let us know what you’re doing in the comments.

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): ​I’ll probably try to play some Pokemon Go so I see sunlight. Other than that, I’m not sure. I’m prepping for con coverage which means tons of homework!

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): For me, it’ll probably be some Ultima Online; I’m hoping I can get some time on the test server this weekend to try out the new newbie stuff Broadsword has prepped for the upcoming F2P conversion. I also had the most bizarre urge last weekend to boot up the Star Wars Galaxies emu, so that’s on my list too. I’m sure it will remind me soon enough why I put it on hold awaiting Suncrusher – namely that we’ve been waiting on Suncrusher since my son was born I think – but it’ll be amusing in the meantime.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): My usual stuff in Final Fantasy XIV and World of Warcraft, getting started in Warframe, and also hopefully some time in Final Fantasy XII. The remake is very comfortable to play! I like it.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): There are a few small projects I’m trying to make some time for this weekend. I would like to spend more time evaluating Villagers and Heroes on the iPad to see if it meets Justin’s Standards of Quality. The new agent system in Secret World Legends might be worth peeking at, although I’m still holding out for actual gameplay content. Also, I’m trying to unlock the rest of the allied races in World of Warcraft, because who doesn’t like reputation grinding?

Patron Pierre: So many games got my attention these last week, I will end up trying to mix a lot of different games this WE: World of Tanks, PUBG, Monster Hunter World, and last but not least, Into the Breach. All that plus the Paris half-marathon on Sunday: Too bad it will be raining all along, but these raging elements will not stop me from trying to perform well. Enjoy your gaming weekend, MOP readers. :D

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kofteburger

Planetside 2. I’m playing Planetside 2. Somehow it runs even worse than ever before.

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mysecretid

Hokey Smokes, Bullwinkle! WRUP sure is rockin’ this weekend! Nice to see so many people turn out! :-)

Bit of strangeness in my gaming this week. With significant regret, I took Secret Worlds Legends off my hard drive. :-(

Now, I loved, loved, loved loved (more than Uta loves the color pink) the original The Secret World game. Some of its storylines still take up residence in my head, I found them that good, and most of the original The Secret World plotlines I remember clearly once my memory is jogged …

But here’s the thing …

I was almost through the Tokyo content (i.e. almost “finished”) when The Secret World was shut down in favor of Secret Worlds Legends.

I never managed to figure out how to access my original character on the original game’s servers (I tried, and failed), and I never managed to “reclaim” all my gear and pets and such from The Secret World for Secret World Legends either (my account said the transfer worked, but the stuff has never appeared).

So, my only option seemed to be restarting with a new character in Secret Worlds Legends and re-doing everything from scratch … and, well, dammit, I don’t want to do that.

Again, I LOVED my old character, and I do actually miss playing him.

I don’t resent Funcom for doing what they felt they needed to do — but there’s no good place for me in the new Secret World order, alas.

In other game strangness, I started playing Fallout 4 again (I hadn’t played the Automatron DLC yet, and it turned out to be far better than I expected), and I’m surprised by how much I still enjoy that game.

I’m pretty sure that I’ve played all the Fallout games in my time, even the originals, and Fallout 4 is definitely my personal favorite overall.

There’s something about recruiting all the various NPC companions, and building “settlements” for the various NPC folks, which works against the inherent nihilism and sense of loneliness a lot of post-apoc games carry by default.

I realized too that I’d really like another kind of game with companion NPCs to interact with, and things to create and manage between adventuring bits, but I don’t think that there are any of those kinds of games currently out there that I haven’t played already. Bummer.

Take care of yourselves, please, folks. I always say it, yes, but it’s true: you are the only you we’ve got, and that we’ll ever have, so try to treat yourself kindly, and be well!

Cheers,

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nobleeinherjar

I guess I should go ahead and add that Pillars of Eternity has you (eventually) building up a stronghold over the course of the game, if that will fulfill your desire to create and manage something between adventures. On top of having NPCs to interact with.

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mistressbrazen

“So, my only option seemed to be restarting with a new character in Secret Worlds Legends and re-doing everything from scratch … and, well, dammit, I don’t want to do that. ”

sorry you didn’t get your clothes, mounts and pets. A number of people had that problem. But you realize all the old players had to start over with new characters. We only got to keep our names, but everyone went back to zero and had to play the game all over (with fewer choices in the character creator at that!). I didn’t make it. Loved the content the first time, but the slimmed down, “we think you prefer to be stupid” version wasn’t my cup of tea.

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Alli

Wild Terra because I won a key from Massively OP! Woohoo! I’m waiting for it to download right now. Oh wait it’s done already.

Yesterday I had a birthday party for my son and no games were played. I should probably go check out Wild Terra now because I only have an hour on the gaming PC before it’s my fiance’s turn. Oh yeah he wants me to download Diablo III for him.

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nobleeinherjar

Oh boy. I am late to the party today. I’ve been sucked into Pillars of Eternity. I’d always imagined it was “probably a good game”, but one I just wrote off as something I didn’t have time for. But then Deadfire started looking really good to me, and I found out that the game is a direct sequel and carries over your character/save file so I was like, well damn, gotta play the first one, now.

And what luck, there is now a Definitive Edition that comes with all the DLC and stuff. Man do I feel like I didn’t give Obsidian enough credit. Pillars is even better than I expected. I love the art, the sound design is superb, and the themes the game plays with have already made me think about stuff. And I love that your stats matter outside of combat.

Anyway, I could probably ramble for a long time about the game, but I’ll stop and just say that it’s far better than I thought it would be. I’m even branching out beyond my elf/rogue archetype and trying something different.

In other gaming news, I’m trying to find a good location to build a new seabase in Subnautica. I’m slowly working through Stormblood on FFXIV. And I’m playing Into the Breach, the new game by the makers of FTL.

Also trying to decide if I want to try Vermintide II (wasn’t much of a fan of the first game) or spend near the same amount of money to get Where The Water Tastes Like Wine and Halcyon 6. Or if I just wanna save my money because Ni No Kuni 2 is coming out soon-ish.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend and staying safe/warm/dry if you’re in one of those areas being hit with crazy rain and snow.

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mysecretid

A question: a friend told me he didn’t enjoy Pillars of Eternity because, in his words, “all the characters in your party are assholes, and I got tired of that”.

Is this yout experience of the game, Noble? Or did my friend just not connect with the game?

I’ve been giving Pillars of Eternity the pass because I didn’t want to play a game where most of my characters are dicks (I have to deal with enough dicks in real life; don’t need them in my games, heh), but are the game’s characters really so bad?

Thanks and cheers,

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nobleeinherjar

It may be too early for me to say definitively, but so far none of the party members I’ve recruited are assholes. I’ll describe the three people I’ve met so far and put it in a spoiler block to read at your discretion. Any potential spoilers within are pretty minor.

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I’ve recruited a farmer-turned-soldier who is just trying to live the way his chosen god says he should (basically do right by people, etc). Then there’s an elf who is guarded but well-mannered enough. There’s something going on with him that actually makes people in-game think he’s an asshole, but whatever it is, it doesn’t seem to be his fault and I can tell it’s something he’s struggling with.

Lastly (for now), is a very strange priest who .. isn’t an asshole, but he very much feels like an “all words are lies” kind of person, and is much more interested in actions over talking. Definitely a person who’s seen and done some shit in their life.

I’m no expert on the game mechanics, but the main character earns Dispositions as you make choices (Benevolent, Honest, Clever, Stoic, Cruel, etc), and apparently these dispositions change how people perceive you. So maybe the party members acted differently around your friend than they did me. Or maybe we just have different opinions or perceptions about the characters.

That being said, I’ve only met three of however many party members there are, so maybe I’ve just gotten lucky and haven’t met an asshole yet. But if you’re a fan of cRPGs, especially the old Infinity Engine games, I would wholeheartedly recommend giving Pillars a try.

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mysecretid

Thanks, Noble. I appreciate you taking the time to reply. I’ll give PoE another look, and probably put it on my Steam Wishlist. I could use another character-driven game right now, I think.

Enjoy!

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nobleeinherjar

You’re very welcome. I’m always happy to talk about games.

The character-driven aspect is one of the best parts. Especially when it comes to your main character. Your character’s race, culture, background, disposition(s), and stats all come into play in conversations, quests, and in these little “choose-your-own-adventure-style” vignettes.

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Pandalulz

PS3 progress slowed to a halt.
I played WoW until I couldn’t stomach it anymore and my sub ran out. Trying to get Loremaster in TBC drained my soul. But I did like playing the game again. The combat scaling feels really good. Maybe I’ll actually play at the expansion release. My final “gather and sell everything” bank account at level 67 made it to 13K gold. For some reason, I’m just amused by watching that number slowly work its way up.
So now I’m working on FFXIV again.
I also finished Black Mirror, the new Voltron season, and started Punisher.

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mysecretid

For what it’s worth, I thought Jon Berenthal was excellent as The Punisher, as usual, but the writers for this series seemed determined to make the show about everybody except Frank Castle, for the most part.

As one of my buddies said to me, “Frank seemed like a guest-star in his own series”.

Hope you have a better time with it than I did!

Cheers,

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Toy Clown

Still chugging away in BDO, where I’m taking advantage of the 2nd anniversary extra experience. Of course with all that grinding, my brain is slowly melting and cringing away at the thought of grinding, so I’ve been playing around with the agent system in SWL, and with a view toward getting Conan Exiles before May. However, I’m still terribly confused about the whole server thing there and it’s keeping me from jumping in yesterday, as it were.

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Jack Pipsam

Week three of no computer. Hopefully within the next two days i’ll get the call it’s done.
So nothing much to report on, worked, looked at the grass out a window and did my yearly CPR refresher course thing.

Main highlight was Super Lucky’s Tale got some DLC, so was playing that on Xbox. Anything with tropical vibes is good by me.
So yeah, just reading articles and watching a lot of YouTube lol. Can’t wait to spend a couple weeks re-installing everything XD

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mysecretid

Three weeks? Ouch, Jack. I fear I’d be climbing the walls in your situation. The computer is my main form of communication and recreation.

At least you’ve got your console to keep you busy — Super Lucky’s Tale looks fun!

Enjoy,

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Sray

I’ve been playing a lot of platformers of late and was wondering how Super Lucky’s Tale stacks up. Probably won’t grab it for a bit, as I’m working my way through Sonic Forces and Super Mario Odyssey (still), with A Hat in Time in the on deck circle, but still wondering if it might be worth the price of admission down the line.

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mysecretid

Pleased to see you back in, Sray! Hope your own console adventures are bringing the fun.

Cheers, pal,

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sophiskiai

Mostly playing Into the Breach, the new game from the 2-person studio behind “FTL: Faster Than Light”. Think Pacific Rim meets chess, with time-travelling mech pilots fighting skyscraper sized aliens in short turn-based battles across infinite parallel timelines.

I’ve also been dipping into a bit of indie Viking RTS Northgard (which launches out of Early Access with its full campaign release this week) and being a ravenous hivemind again in Stellaris (where I’m enjoying all the changes the Apocalypse expansion brought). Plus a few Warframe missions a day, doing some tasks for Cephalon Simaris and slowly farming cryotic.

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mysecretid

I’m loving the Stellaris changes as well.

Not to say that they didn’t take some time to get used to — I liked the changes a lot more after I played with them for a span of time, and started to see for myself how it all worked together.

Federation allies are still pretty much useless when you’re getting your arse kicked by baddies — your AI “friends” just sort of sit there, polishing the hulls of their 10K-plus fleets and waving while you get devoured. Gee, thanks, a bunch, guys! :-)

There really needs to be some sort of “Red Alert” or “Distress Call” feature so you can let your AI allies know that you could use some help.

Ah, knowing Paradox, they’ll get around to it, eventually. Iteration is what they do.

Enjoy your games,

Cheers,

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Danny Smith

Waiting for Eureka the Forbidden land in FFXIV so right now i’m playing a lot of Monhun. At 120 hours in i reached a point where i checked the list and i have one quests left at HR100 which feels super fast for monster hunter. Though hey the first content update with new monsters hits next week so good timing?

Overall MHW is a mixed bag as a 14 year series veteran. The controls are undeniably better but not only is the roster of monsters smaller all but 3 of the new ones are just do overs of monsters of the same type, and in some cases skeleton and moveset, as previous games. Plus variety is slim. two poison monsters, two electric, one bleed. But lots of “slams the ground and stuns everyone for 8 seconds” which gets real dull real fast. It means theres only so much of the gear you actually need to make because theres such a small amount of things you need to counter so you run out of stuff you ‘need’ fast. Like the Diablos Charge blade can be set up with gear to have quadruple figure raw damage so all others become redundant. You farm that items mats and bam. Until they add a better one you are done with CB’s forever. You can get those mats if you focus in a day or two. Thats not a lot of longevity compared to 4U. So while it controls better its variety and player choice is so narrow it feels like a rocky first step at returning to consoles while MH4U still feels refined and brilliant. Plus personal taste wise 4U’s soundtrack is stellar and 5/worlds is entirely forgettable.

Beyond that Metal Gear Survive which is fun but strange. Lots of messages in game from staff ‘suggesting’ higher ups are falling apart not knowing what direction to take while giving premium currency every day so that ‘charge for save slot’ issue -which kojima did with MGO, but of course the public court of sensationalism forget that as the bloodrage takes them- means by the time you beat your first run you will probably have the points for a second character slot.
Almost like they added them to appease higher ups but are sabotaging it themselves. Strange. But fun gameplay when you get to all the silent hill monsters. Shame the advertising made people think its just a zombie game.

Also hard into the alt universe wierd western tabletop game Malifaux. Just finished my Rail Crew for the Ten Thunders Faction. Inspired by real Chinese rail workers in the old west they are the downtrodden people who take such harm building the lines that entire limbs are replaced with steam powered tools. Behind the scenes they are a front to let a chinese triad style organisation called ‘The Ten Thunders Clan’ to infiltrate all levels of Malifaux City to usurp the Guild’s control.
This crew is lead by Mei Feng who is just a metalbender from Avatar with a familiar made of burning coals. She makes limbs for the workers and is a champion of the people by day, hitman for the clan by night. Also she makes things called ‘Rail Golems’ that are belching steam engines in the shape of a steel man and thats rad.
Also Toshiro a wandering Samurai the necromancers of the clan raised for hired muscle.

Happy with the paint job even if i’m still rough at painting faces instead of skeles or helmets but its nice to see improvement. Plus its a really fun game and watching Westworld lately got all my friends in the mood to jump in!

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rafael12104

Nice! I just wouldn’t have the patience to paint them. Great detail!

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mysecretid

Same here, Rafe. Plus, I’m a terrible painter, so all the time would be spent, and my figs would still look crappy! :-) Nice work, Danny!

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Danny Smith

It took maybe 12 hours total i think? I just threw on Netflix and watched some bad movies interspersed with the westworld soundtrack for inspiration. It might seem a lot but compared to something like warhammer 6 figures on average for a crew -and a £25 price point- makes it way less daunting to get into the game.

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Armsbend

Those pieces look all kinds of awesome.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Hmmm.

  • Mobile games: Mobius Final Fantasy (PC) Sepheroth event, Final Fantasy Brave Exvius (some story, using tickets to get FFIX characters), Dissidia Final Fantasy Omnia Opera (my now regular, but not enough to not miss some event things), Fire Emblem Heroes (rerolled,
    just doing story and ignoring the glut of other content and events), South Park Phone Destroyer (just a nice game to visit), Alchemist Code (eh, kinda cool), Grand Summoners (at least to finish all story), Final Fantasy Record Keeper (eh, might quit). Really, I’ve gone mobile mad; whether actually on my phone, or on an Android emulator, or on a PC port.
  • ‘Demoing’ Stellaris before buying. Its nice. Complicated, but maybe in a good way for me.
  • I’m about to play around in Defiance, just to remember it before I try Defiance 2050.
  • Considering Rift Prime, but probably not, but maybe?, but probably not, ahhh!
  • Secret World Legends logins for trying Agents and maybe more; I droppd off
  • I’ve deleted all of my WoW private server clients. While I’m not as anti-them as many on Massively seem to be, I do want to give WoW Classic a try and I hope it releases next year. Maybe I’ll try it again if I’m bored this summer, I dunno.
  • I tried FFXV benchmark and demo on my laptop (mid-gaming, ~2015 standard) and desktop (gaming, earlier 2010s standard) and neither run the game as well as I’d want. Something like Low-to-Medium performance where I’d want Medium-to-High at the very least. I’ll either get a desktop GPU (and maybe CPU) this year or save any costs for next year when the FFXV saga MIGHT, FINALLY, END, MAYBE.
  • A little Rocket League (Switch) fun with friends.
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mysecretid

Lots of stuff, Malcolm!

Any clear favorites in your list, or are you simply trying a bit of everything that catches your eye until you find something that you really like?

Enjoy!

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Malcolm Swoboda

For mobile, I’m stuck to Omnia Opera but I try others (maybe to whatever point their story modes/campaigns end). I don’t rightly have time for Stellaris but I’m deciding whether its a good activity for later. I don’t love Trion games anymore, they’re just not blacklisted nor ignored. Secret World Legends depends on their support of it this year.

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mysecretid

Gotcha. Thanks for the reply!

Myself, I really like Stellaris, but I’m generally a big science-fiction fan, and I like how it’s a purported strategy game which actually feels like an rpg when you play it (i.e. it generates these epic stories of your people in the galaxy, complete with unexpected twists and turns in the plot as time goes on).

The only thought I’d pass on regarding playing Stellaris is, if you start a game and it feels non-fun or no-win, just delete the game and start a new one.

A lot of the starting circumstances are randomly generated, so you can definitely get “Oh, please, no” starting scenarios (I once started a game surrounded on three sides by “fanatical purifier” and “slaving despot” empires — like that was ever gonna go anywhere good! Ha!).

There’s no point slogging through a no-fun scenario; just start again and hope for better RNG! :-)

Related to this, you may as well play on Iron Man mode (one save, kept automatically by the game) and earn the achievements (only way to get them in Paradox games is to do Iron Man) if you care at all about achievement bits, since Stellaris games tend to be all-in or meh-restart, as above, anyway.

Have fun!

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Cosmic Cleric

I’ve deleted all of my WoW private server clients. While I’m not as anti-them as many on Massively seem to be, I do want to give WoW Classic a try and I hope it releases next year. Maybe I’ll try it again if I’m bored this summer, I dunno.

You probably should have waited a bit on those deletions, might be late 2019 before we see anything out of Blizzard, if not later (no competition with their new upcoming xpac, etc.).

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Malcolm Swoboda

Deleting the client is no big deal. I didn’t trigger deletion of data on anyone’s server. I can get it client again and assuming my character/accounts were not wiped, continue. Getting some addons back and working will be the most annoying part.

And I said “hope it releases next year”, which means I hope it releases 2019, but implicitly acknowledge it may be later (2020 or Light-forbid 2021).

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Bruno Brito

Yeah, but Blizz gave nothing of news in relation to dates. They only said they’re working on it. Honestly, this can end up being Diablo 3 all over.

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Malcolm Swoboda

That’s fine, it doesn’t disrupt anything for me. I just saved up some of my HDD space.

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Cosmic Cleric

Fair enough, but yeah, it seems like a bit of a logic disconnect on your part, as they are not mutually exclusive. You can wait for Blizzard’s Classic server and keep playing on the private servers. Depriving yourself of WoW vanilla/wrath gameplay for a long time seems excessive. But to each their own, I guess. /shrug

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Malcolm Swoboda

Did you notice how many games I have on my list? My point is that I once focused on WoW private, then decided that rather than continue WoW private, I’ll decide to play other games with my time until WoW Classic, as well as save some of my HD space. I’m well aware that I *can* play WoW private – there’s no ‘logic disconnect’. I even said I might play private this summer. Understand?

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Bruno Brito

A lot of people are doing what you’re doing. But honestly, makes no sense for me. Vanilla is 6gb, only. It doesn’t take much space. And i’m honestly sure people are overestimating Blizzard on this. They’re ALWAYS late to deliver “new” stuff, that’s not patches.

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Malcolm Swoboda

I had more than a few WoW clients, not one. And you didn’t even ask my drive size, instead ‘makes no sense to me’.

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Cosmic Cleric

It just honestly doesn’t. /shrug

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Malcolm Swoboda

I wonder if you get confused at anyone deleting any game of GB size. Such a mystery.

I’m a student taking video classes with file sizes into the GB, if it helps.

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Cosmic Cleric

I wonder if you get confused at anyone deleting any game of GB size.

As a computer programmer and a gamer, who uses lots and lots of GBs myself, no, I don’t get confused.

My primary game drive is also a SSD drive with not so much room, so as I go from one Steam game to another, I uninstall. I do get drive volume issues.

I’ve deleted all of my WoW private server clients. While I’m not as anti-them as many on Massively seem to be, I do want to give WoW Classic a try and I hope it releases next year. Maybe I’ll try it again if I’m bored this summer, I dunno.

I didn’t mean to offend, truly, its just that your original wording of what you were doing (see above), and why, didn’t seem to make sense to me, as well as to others. The fact that you were excluding yourself from a certain type of gameplay for one+ years, while waiting for another version of that exact same gameplay, just seemed odd to me. That’s all. Nothing else meant.

My bad. Feel better. Game on! And most importantly, take care.

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Malcolm Swoboda

For ‘anti-them’ all I meant is that I don’t consider them legitimately supported activities with better responsibility behind them. At best, just shady. At worst, shitshows. I just don’t write them off and I enjoy myself when I play.
And they don’t have exact same gameplay. There’s reams of material how one priv server is off on this or that detail or content or lack of attention.

I can download a client again this evening. But I won’t, because I’m playing other games. I don’t really understand the ‘excluding’ word here. I can do it any time, but I consider it a potentially lesser experience than what Blizzard may offer. (MAY) In the meantime I have more space on my HDD and I play the other games. I have literally hundreds of games I want to play.