WRUP: How to speak to a cat edition

When the cat is doing nothing: [Cat’s name], hello! Hello, [cat’s name]!

When the cat needs to be fed: [Cat’s name], nummers! Nummy-nums! Kitty, num-nums, here kitty.

When the cat is sitting curled up and looks cute: Sir.

When the cat does not respond to being called sir: Excuse me, sir.

When the cat is being particularly ridiculous: Sir!

When the cat is walking on you: Sir, really? Really, sir? Is this necessary, sir? Do you [pause briefly to allow cat to step on your chest] require assistance, sir? Your call is very important to us, sir. What do you need, sir? Sir? Sir?

When it is time to write in this week’s What Are You Playing but the cat is preventing you from reaching the keyboard: Really, sir? Sir?

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): ​Project Gorgon’s happening. I’ve gone in semi-blind (meaning I didn’t pre-plan a character, read into endgame, or join a guild/follow friends), and yet… I don’t exactly want to stop playing yet, which kind of sucks since it’s eating Overwatch Retribution time. That will probably happen, but after I skin enough animals to appease a shopkeeper, so she’ll sell me bandages I need for a drug-addled monk, so he’ll teach me a skill that some random person suggest I get. And hey, no yellow exclamation marks! Oh, and Pokemon Go community day. That’ll happen too, before my Walking Dead finale event.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Still Trove! I kinda petered out of Guild Wars 2 again – turns out I don’t have it in me to farm SAB every day when I’m also in the middle of a zillion spring cleaning projects. But I’m still playing Trove, and I’ll probably be back in Ultima Online again this weekend too.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): The usual in Final Fantasy XIV and World of Warcraft, really. I should really just note when I’m not playing those.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): Having rerolled yet again on RIFT Prime, I should put in a few good sessions to see if I can get her up in the levels before I fall so far behind that I end up the little brother waddling haplessly after his older siblings. I’ve also felt a bit of a tug to go back to Star Trek Online, what with the new expansion coming and all. Should probably resist that, though.

Patron Pierre: “Far Cry 5 is my game of choice this weekend. Even if the game has some balancing issues, it’s really fun to play, and I find the scenario deeper than I thought it would be (I was not expecting more than the very classic sect leader baddies story). Lots of fun in perspective this weekend in Hope County :D. On the MMO front, I’m really glad I came back to The Elder Scrolls Online as it’s also very pleasant to play. There’s so many added content since my last time in this MMO. As I’ve always been very supportive of ZeniMax since the launch of the MMO, it’s really satisfying to see they are still kicking strong, and with one of the best MMOs available these days. GG. I also decided to go back to World of Warcraft, but rather as a side casual project. I like to come back to this brilliant MMO from time to time. And you MOP readers, what R U playing this weekend?”

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Armsman

Just surrendur to; pet, cuddle and love your Cat. (In the end that’s more rewarding than time spent in ANY MMO out there.)

Okay, so I’m a Cat person. :P

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kjempff

Been staring out the window most of the week, with long naps in between. Caught a mouse here and there but didn’t play games with it. Looked at some goldfish videos on youtube, but mostly research on development related theories and a dive into a better understanding of SpatialOS. You know the usual cat stuff, except no game is able to steal my attention at the moment.

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Sylkesh

Hey native English speakers here, I have a question (Pierre here): I used the word “sect” in my WRUP and when I read my contribution in the column, I thought that may be “cult” was more adequate.
Can you tell me what’s the best choice of word, sect vs. cult? I know, I’m quibbling here, but I like to improve my English speaking skills and would appreciate your help on this matter. Thanks in advance ;-) .
And thanks for bearing with my English language inaccuracies reading my contributions here, I’m sure there are much more then I’d like.

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mysecretid

Hi Pierre!

Your instincts are correct, good sir. Traditionally, a “sect” can be any recognized sub-group of a religion, while a “cult” implies a dangerous or radical religious group.

For example, Christianity was originally considered a sect of Judaism for a long time, until finally, the leaders of the jewish faith decided that Christianity was simply too different from their own faith to continue to be regarded as a part of ancient Judaism.

In Far Cry 5, those folks are definitely a cult — there’s a definite air of danger, radicalism and obsessive madness about what they do.

It gets confusing, for sure, because sometimes people use “sect” to mean an heretical or dangerous group as well — but generally, in modern times, a sect can be a harmless sub-group, while a cult is almost always a bad thing.

I hope this helps. If it doesn’t help, let me know, and I’ll try again. I’m not always as clear as I hope to be, I know. :-)

Lastly, Pierre, you never need to apologize for your English. If I were in France right now, my French would be so awful, I might survive for about a day, before someone took pity on me and started speaking in English.

Plus, English is not a logical language, compared to other languages. Lots of rules, and even more exceptions to the rules, with new rules forming every day!

If English weren’t my first language, I’d probably end up learning something else instead! :-)

Cheers,

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Sylkesh

Thanks a thousand times for this very clear and enlightening explanation. In French, the word is “secte” so that’s probably why I wrote down “sect” instinctively.
I’m smarter now thanks to your answer.
As for surviving in France without speaking the language, I always feel bad about the very low average level of English speaking skills of my fellow countrymen (and women). Our school system is improving on this matter, but too little too late imho. And when I compare with other countries, it feels bad to know that lost tourists may have a hard time finding help when visiting France.
Enjoy your gaming weekend.

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Utakata

This week: A small pigtailed programming notice!

I will be spending my next two weeks or so trying to get my last two Goblin’s up for my Guild’s Classy Goblin Cheevo. We’re on Mists of Panda’land currently…and will be shortly gravitating to War’nards of Draenor. And I would like to do this all before the expansion content and its pre patch roll out. And hopefully, least before Trump starts WW III…

Why am I telling this, as I told you this all last week?

Well, I want to note to my esteemed B&S colleague, Mr. rafael that I am not able to join him for the next couple of weekends to get my Lyn pink Master to a little harder than a wet noodle currently, as we originally planned. So my time in said game will be spurious and likely after he’s gone to bed. I hope he doesn’t mind. :(

Anywhoose, have a great week and weekend folks! <3

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rafael12104

I don’t mind. :)

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Eboni

I’m playing Overwatch and DnD (hopefully!) with some friends this weekend. I want to get into Fortnite, but I just can’t get it to run on my computer. I just got an actual gaming PC and finally dumped my potato-craptop. Now, I get to play more games, but I miss playing while sitting on the couch and sorta watching netflix. :(

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mysecretid

I sometimes think that’s why I like my PS4 — it allows me to relax-game, and it does Netflix. :-)

Enjoy your new PC rig, though. Always nice to trade up! Laptop gaming can be rough — a lot of laptops can’t really handle complicated games very well.

Cheers

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mysecretid

My cat has concerns that you may be mocking her, Eliot (see below) :-)

A sincere thank-you to everyone who wished me well last week concerning my health travails. I never got back to anyone because I was still recuperating (i.e. sleeping insane amounts), but I did see all of the kind comments, and I appreciate them profoundly. Crawling back up to standard now, so worry not, friends. :-)

This week in gaming? Mostly Star Trek Online, with a side order of The Division and No Man’s Sky.

Been having great fun with Stellaris since I turned off the Marauder Fleets in the ghame options, and maxed out the gameplay length.

A massive, sprawling United Nations of Earth this time, with lots of alien citizens alongside the humies. The game’s calendar is ticking down now , however, and the baddies are starting wars.

Hopefully Earth, and the Federation it belongs to, will be able to withstand the coming storm. Stay tuned …

Take care of yourselves, please, folks. I look forward to reading of your own game adventures here, and in the week to come!

Cheers,

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Loopy

What kind of content are you doing in STO?

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mysecretid

Mostly story missions. Trying to get my Star Trek: Discovery-themed alt and his crew up to speed.

Also working on getting my main as fully geared as possible. He’s my favorite, and I like to make sure he gets all the best toys for the game.

I’m sure you know how it is. :-)

Cheers, pal,

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Utakata

What a beautiful specimen. /nyaa <3

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mysecretid

Mostly a Russian Blue, she is, Uta.

For people with allergies, or bad sinuses (this last is me) Russian Blues are a good choice, because they don’t have the standard cat hair, but fur, similar to that of a rabbit.

Now, this girl is not a pure Russian Blue — there’s a little standard cat in there somewhere, so she’s not completely sinus/allergy friendly, but I loves her anyway. :-)

Russian Blue purebreds can be stupidly expensive, but you can find them at adoption spots like the Humane Society for normal cost, if you’re willing to look, and to spend the time — as the saying goes, #adoptdontshop.

Cheers,

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Armsbend

Abyssinians are good cats for the same reason. They have fur like the big cats – but in a small package. They look like the classic Egyptian worshiped cats too as a plus. A con? Also stupid expensive.

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mysecretid

As I recall, Abyssinians are indeed beautiful cats. Are they also the breed which doesn’t vocalize much (generally silent), or am I thinking of something else? No matter, don’t sweat it. I can look it up myself.

I didn’t know that Abyssinians were another breed with fur, as opposed to cat hair. That’s actually good news for people who want a pet but have trouble with allergies, or sinuses (like me).

As for the stupid-expensive, yeah that can be a real pain. As above, I know one can find Russian Blues for standard low rates at pet adoption places if you look — possibly because the breeders reject any Russian Blue which isn’t certifiably pure (This cat has a bit of “standard cat” in her — our first Russian Blue was “fur pure” (heh) but had an extra toe on each of her front paws).

I supect Abyssians are still rare enough, that they’re harder to find at adoption “scratch and dent” sales (heh), but that may well change with time.

I confess, something about “cat breeders” makes me personally uneasy. There are so many unwanted cats out there, euthanized on a regular basis, I just can’t feel right about paying very-high prices (even if I could afford them) for a “certified pure breed” when a “near-enough” version of the same type in need of adoption would suit me just as well.

My opinions, anyway,

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Utakata

As long it was not a Norwegian Blue….wait, that was a parrot! Err…nm. o.O

….thank you for sharing that anyroads. /bows

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MikeInTheLab

Trying to get that Blazing Drake in WoW. Then I’ll have the achievement done to get the Emerald Drake.
THEN i have to decide if i want to make a gnome toon… and what class they’ll be… 🤔

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Loopy

FFXIV – I still haven’t reached max level on any of the jobs, but the MSQ is definitely shaping up nicely. I’m really enjoying the storyline, and even the zone quests aren’t boring me to death like Heavensward did. So i’m pretty much rotating between PLD (main), AST, and NIN jobs, making sure neither lag too far behind. It’s a game within game, trying to balance exp gains on multiple jobs.

ESO – Buddy of mine decided to come back to the game, so i’ll be doing some Morrowinding with him as soon as we get some time together.

Overwatch – The event is fun, although i wish i had a more steady group of friends to attempt the higher difficulties. So far, Extreme is doable, but i don’t see Legendary being pug-able. Other than that, i’ve pretty much completely given up on Competitive, and am just having a nice and relaxing time in Mystery Heroes mode.

Honorary mentions:
EVE – Reinstalling in preparation for the expansion.
Worms: Armageddon – introducing my daughter to one the staple games of my childhood.
MS Flight SIM X – I’ve purchased the FTX Global texture pack while it had a massive 50% off sale, so i’m really excited to check out how the simulator looks like with updated graphics.

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mysecretid

Would you say that Final Fantasy XIV is your “main” game right now, or do you like a number of the games on your list about equally? Just curious.

Hope you are well, and that the weird weather has afforded you time to enjoy your motorcycle. Drive safely!

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Loopy

Unfortunately the weather has been absolutely abysmal, so no riding yet. Luckily it gives me time to do some cleaning and tuning on the bike to ensure it’s in tip-top shape prior to the season starting.

I wouldn’t say that i have a “main” game at the moment. FFXIV is definitely taking up a lot of my time, but i still don’t feel like i’m fully dedicated to it. I’ve been in a sci-fi mood as of late, so i’m trying to figure out what i could play to scratch that itch. E:D is kinda boring still, and SW:TOR just doesn’t appeal to me. I’m wondering if EVE is the answer…

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mysecretid

I hear you about the science-fiction thing. I like Star Trek Online, of course, butI know full well that’s a very specific flavor of SF, and not to everyone’s taste.

Online gaming is still (surprisingly) sparse when it comes to space science-fiction options. If anything leaps into my brain, I’ll try to remember to come back here and post about it.

Good luck!

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I’ll be playing Secret World Legends this weekend. When I left SWL shortly after launch I was still in Blue Mountain however this past week I finished up that area and moved on to Egypt and the Scorched Desert. As much as I’d like to be playing season 2 content (it’s the reason I returned to the game after all) I’m not sure if I’ll make it that far. I’m still grumpy about having to go through the whole game all over again. And SWL is perhaps the only MMO where I feel compelled to clear the map of all missions before moving on to the next zone, which is slowing my progress greatly. That said, I’m really enjoying the game again and while I was dreading a return to Egypt at first, I’ve actually enjoyed my first few hours in the zone.

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mysecretid

I hear you. I was almost finished the storyline for the original Secret World when it shut down, and I just can’t seem to muster up the will to replay everything again — especially since I don’t particularly like the combat changes and simplifications.

Good luck with Egypt. The zone’s actually got some really great stories in it, it was only the constant walking back-and-forth across the zone which tried my patience.

I discovered that there were a pair of underground passages on the map which made traversing Egypt a lot faster (more direct) only as I was about to leave the zone. Sigh.

Hopefully, the passages are still there in the rebooted game, if you need them. Google will know, I expect.

Have fun!

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nobleeinherjar

I’m still a bit disorganized with the current games I’m playing, but I feel like I’m doing a teeny bit better compared to last week. I’m still playing Stardew Valley mostly, but I’m making time for a few missions/side objectives on Sleeping Dogs and managing a little progress between Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Ni No Kuni 2.

I managed to tear myself away from a new playthrough of Breath of the Wild. I decided if I’m going to put another hundred or so hours into a game, it should be a game I haven’t finished yet. The likely candidate is Witcher 3. It’s a crime that I haven’t finished that game yet, even after several “for real this time” attempts. I was going to finish Shadow of War, but I figured I may as well wait for the game’s big July(?) update that’s getting rid of loot boxes and rebalancing the game and all that jazz.

I also feel a desire to replay Dragon Quest IX creeping up on me. But that’s probably just because I can’t wait for DQXI, and don’t have DQX to tide me over COME ON SQUARE-ENIX!!!!!

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mysecretid

Wow, that’s a big gaming slate, Noble! Try not to overload! :-)

At the risk of adding more to the pile, last week you asked me about Star Trek Online.

I wouldn’t presume to know your tastes, but the game is free-to-play, and it has a fairly solid tutorial section, so if you’re ever sufficiently curious, playing through the first sections should give you an idea of whether or not you enjoy it.

Also, there’s a fairly solid wiki for the game out on the interwebs (called STOWiki) which should be good for answering any questions you might have, whenever I’m not around to ask. :-)

Whatever you play, have fun!