WRUP: Introducing some new garbage you can buy edition

    
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Folks, how long has it been since you bought something? Is it long enough that you’re starting to actually examine your life and ask why it doesn’t feel like you’re really rewarded for your accomplishments until you get some material reward? Introducing this new garbage you can buy for yourself just in time to stop you from asking existential questions you probably don’t want to think about too closely!

This utterly worthless trash that you know is consumerist waste with a thin sheen of conspicuous consumption despite desperately rushing out to buy it features colors, shapes, and probably some function or another. It doesn’t actually matter what it does, what matters is you can buy it and then you’ll spend time using it or playing with it before your next bout of lying in a temple of plastic and asking yourself, “oh, God, is this really all there is to consciousness?” Or maybe you’ll black out. Just get your credit card ready, orders can be placed after you’ve shared your weekend plans in What Are You Playing.

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): ​Probably another Pokemon Go and Let’s Go Eevee weekend. The PoGo community day is the whole weekend long, so I plan on getting shinies of some gen 1 favorites to use in Let’s Go. Walking around my house while playing Let’s Go during Thanksgiving helped me actually lose a pound, plus enough to fit into some of my old clothes from Japan. I’d really like to keep that up so I can enjoy my old winter clothes this year!

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I’m actually gonna be in The Elder Scrolls Online a bit this weekend, when I am not working! I’ve gotta flip harvesters in Star Wars Galaxies Legends too, but I want to see about getting back into TESO now that I have Summerset and a convenient Steam install. Of course, I’m probably just going to beeline back to Morrowind anyway.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): With the free fly stuff starting to wind down, it’s very nearly back to reality for me in Star Citizen. Which is fine, considering it’s time to do other stuff beyond enjoy the vehicular ambience anyway. The sci-fi bug has also made me return to Star Trek Online for some more ship-related shenanigans, so that will also likely be a feature in my weekend gaming diet. Then there’s the Red Dead Online “beta” going on, the newest season of Destiny 2, and continued leveling in Final Fantasy XIV for the more “typical” MMORPG needs. So a few options, really.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): There are always things to be done in FFXIV for me; it is eternal. Beyond that, I’ve got Granblue Fantasy to play along with Pokemon Go, and some single-player stuff in the form of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and Pokemon Ultra Moon. That’s actually more that enough stuff for a weekend.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): Our Dungeons & Dragons Online weekly group usually delves into some deathtrap or another, so I’m sure to die a few times trying to keep them alive. Past that, I’ll be adventuring in Lord of the Rings Online’s Trollshaws and trying to make progress in Pillars of Eternity.

Your turn!

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Suikoden

Been playing Warframe pretty consistently. Great business model, quality game, and lots to do. I’ve playing at my pace, having fun leveling stuff up and going through the star chart. Warframe really should get the credit it deserves for doing what so many other studios won’t. I also really love the Warframe world. It’s so unique and intriguing.

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Bannex

I am jumping headlong into ffxiv once again again…

I’ve spent 50 bucks skipping the main quests and buffing a warrior to 60. If I don’t like stormblood I can say I’ve given the game every possible try you can.

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mysecretid

I hope it’s actually fun, after all you’ve gone through to get there!

Cheers,

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rufty

More Everquest II, Wurm online for me this weekend. Along with some FFXIV and Dungeons and Dungeons online, well online but the board game over Discord and Roll20. :-)

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Bruno Brito

Tried to get into Wurm, felt a bit overwhelming.

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mysecretid

That happened to me as well, Bruno.

I could get a sense of why people liked the game, but I felt like I was in over my head.

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rufty

The in-over-my-head feeling is part of the survival vibe. I’ve been kind of enjoying it. ;-)

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thirtymil

Warcraft – but only doing the WQ daily on my main, can’t face levelling my alts or grinding for anything else anymore. Curse you, BfA, why couldn’t you have been another Legion?

Resubbed to ESO mostly as an antidote, really enjoying the feel of adventure that Warcraft doesn’t really do, plus also one-shotting mobs from stealth is always entertaining (without the Blade of Woe I might add, 2H sword does the job a lot better).

A bit of Elite, flying my Krait II round Alliance space looking for a new home. Shinrarta just doesn’t have the missions I want.

And Fallout 76, because after 35 years of gaming I just can’t tell the difference between a good game and a fun one. The /s may be strong with this comment… :)

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mysecretid

That last paragraph made me laugh out loud, Thirty. Thank you. I’m with you there, man!

Sounds like an entertaining mix of games. Enjoy!

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butterpanda888

I just got back into Warframe and I’m enjoying it. Just got Limbo, though I don’t yet have the weapons or colors I want for him. I am almost to yet another Warframe.

I am also playing Onmyoji.

Finally, if I have time I will be getting some time in with MH World and Injustice 2.

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mysecretid

Sounds like you’re keping busy in a good way!

Enjoy,

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Nate Woodard

I took the FFXIV plunge this past weekend after @BalsBigBrother and a few others were talking about it only to find that quite a few guildies are playing. Once we linked up and did some financial aid for a couple that needed it we started leveling. I must admit, I haven’t had this much fun in a MMO since my college days. Having a blast and really excited to see what happens next.

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mysecretid

Makes me smile to read this, Nate. Nothing like trying a game and discovering that you really, really enjoy it.

May it keep you entertained for a long while!

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Utakata

This week: “Make sense! Make sense!” That’s what my Goblins always tell me. And I still find I often don’t. :(

Also this week: Hopefully putting in the last Exalted for the unlock of my final Allied race in WoW. Although, it would of been simpler just to ask them to join, instead of grinding through all those hoops for them. But alas, sometime during 8.1…I will have access to all 8 of them. Unless Blizz decides to alters the terms of the deal, and pray they don’t alter them any further. /sigh

As well as, I am still poking around in TERA. Although, I’ve been poking at them for a bit now. o.O

Have a great week and weekend folks! <3

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mysecretid

Always good to hear from you, O Pink Empress! :-)

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Utakata

For that, you get a complimentary Pink Empress wallpaper! <3

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mysecretid

You honor us, O Queen! (nice pic!)

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Rees Racer

There are times when the peace, love, and serenity to which I’ve become so accustomed are more difficult to attain.

I’ve uninstalled so many games and reinstalled others so frequently the last 2 weeks, I actually had to defrag my hard drive.

I logged into Warframe, got a 75% off Platinum purchase coupon (a bit rare), so of course I had to use that…but I’ve yet to actually do anything.

I bought 3 months of VIP for Neverwinter…not played.

I’m subbed to both EVE and ESO…nil.

I reinstalled BDO to roll a Lahn. Played a couple of hours.

My new 23rd-century Andorian Engineer captain in STO is stuck at Lt. Commander.

The only thing I’ve managed to do really…is binge-watch 3 seasons of “The Last Kingdom” and “Bodyguard”. Not entirely constructive, but it’s helped pass the time. I still miss my dog.

This, too, shall pass.
I enjoyed reading everyone’s entries today.
Cheers.
Always.

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mysecretid

You gotta feel what you gotta feel. Loss sucks more than words can properly articulate, especially when it was the loss of a furry pal who made each day a bit better, as only good pets can.

Take your own path and your own time, man. If watching shows is what helps get you through right now, then that’s what you do.

You might want to check out The Expanse if you haven’t already., as another binge-watch candidate.

I disliked the books, myself, but I find the show significantly better. Lots of disparate characters, lots of intricate plot things going on to occupy your mind. Three seasons so far.

Best to you, and keep us posted on how you’re doing, whether you’re gaming or not.

Take care of you, pal,

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Rees Racer

The Expanse is fabulous, to be sure. I think I enjoyed the books more than you, however. The background provided lends lovely insight to the television series. I was never too fussed one of the streaming services wouldn’t pick it up for a season 4.

Many thanks for the kind words. I also wish you well, and earliest returns to better health!

I just started a new character for Skyrim (with all the best mods). A female Bosmer is certainly a change…for me.

New Zealand begins the 3rd Test (Cricket) against Pakistan tomorrow. That means almost 8 hours/day for perhaps 5 days. good recipe for zombie-mode. ;)

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mysecretid

Enjoy, enjoy. If zombie cricket’s what does it, then zombie cricket it is! :-)

See you around the Massively, pal,

Take care of you,

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Armsbend

Gaming is so very uninspiring now. Old, new…you are trying to get it back like a heroin hit – but it doesn’t come. It is going to get worse before it gets better. Fortune! lots of art out there.

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Rees Racer

Ah, my Twin Peaks mate…
It’s not so much the games are uninspiring, but more I am uninterested.
I certainly respect your opinions, but I feel this a much more a subjective loss-of-focus, presently.

I never tried heroin, although I’ve too many other faults to list!

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mysecretid

Long post incoming. Get a snack and a cup of something good, okay?

Between this article, and his fun =/= good article, I’m beginning to worry that our Eliot has transformed into a were-Grinch for the season. :-)

First up, an apology to all you WRUP folks — I’ve not been very good at replying to posts and comments directed my way over the last couple of weeks.

I do see the comments, and I do appreciate them greatly,but my health is in one of its “taking a dive” phases right now, so being the kind of respondent I would like to be here has been hit-and-miss at best.

As always, these off-periods will not kill me, and I’m not in pain or danger, but they slow me down in terms of interaction. Know that you are seen, heard, and appreciated, please.

This dive has been longer — I’m starting to feel a bit like Battlin’ Jack Murdock, for those of you who catch the geek reference. :-)

Gaming has been much better this week.

On the encouragement of our Rafael, I cracked into Detroit: Become Human on my PS4 and have found it literally compelling — nights where I wanted to play “just one more section” to see what might happen next.

As Rafe warned, it’s not a “computer game” in the traditional sense; more like a cross between a classic Bioware choice-matrix story, and a pick-your-own-path adventure novel from years ago — but it’s visually stunning, very well-acted (top-tier character actors Lance Henriksen and Clancy Brown contribute star turns as voice/mocap actors) and as impressively immesive as you’ll allow the game to be, in my opinion.

Yes, there can be a lot of “Quick-Time Event” type action sequences, but the game has two difficulty settings.

If you choose the one they call Casual, the QTE-likes are made far more palatable for someone who’s not extremely quick-handed and who’s just there to navigate and determine a good story.

If I remember correctly, The QTEs in Casual mode are no longer on a timer, and many of them simply pause the game entirely while you choose your next button press.

This game won’t be for everyone, but I recommend it to anyone who might be intrigued, if it sounds like your sort of thing.

If you’re unsure, perhaps wish-list it somewhere, and wait for the price to drop to something which feels less like a risk, if it turns out you don’t like it

The Pathfinder: Kingmaker PC rpg game has been patched copiously by its dev team, and is now essentially playable, although there are still balancing issues if you run into on-map (i.e. non-random) enemy encounters in some places.

You can still get very dead very quickly if you “take a wrong turn at Albuquerque”, to quote Bugs Bunny, Esquire. :-)

So, if you’re interested, and can handle a few bumps and “reload game” moments, you might want to take a look at Pathfinder: Kingmaker on PC.

If, however, games which aren’t yet fully patched and polished in all respects make you crazy, you may want to hold off for a while longer. The devs are continuing to work on the post-release game on a near-constant basis.

My suggestion if you do go in now? Save your game after you finish the tutorial sections, just before you gather a party and set out on the quest to claim your barony, and be sure you keep this save.

This way, if you end up somewhere with the early game events that you don’t want to be, you can re-start without having to start the entire game from the beginning.

In general, it’s a good idea to make a lot of saves and keep them if you wade into Pathfinder: Kingmaker right now, just in case this mostly-ready game does something WTF? you don’t like along the way.

In other news, I’m not sorry I picked up Fortnite: Save The World for my PS4, but I don’t play it a lot right now, because even the PvE is designed more for co-op play than for solo play beyond the early missions, and I just don’t have the focus right now to do the “group with others” thing effectively.

On the upside, they’re always tweaking and polishing the PvE stuff, as promised, including adding an auto-sort for your base NPC teams so you don’t have to wade through the surprisingly complex NPC team management if you don’t want to do so (talkin’ to you here, Thirty :-) )

Still playing around with No Man’s Sky and enjoying it. Got my freighter, and my first NPC frigate ship. Looking forward to building out my rag-tag fleet as I explore the unknown. Just call me “Admiral Adama”. Or not. Hee hee hee.

Lastly, on the MMORPG front, I re-upped for Star Wars: The Old Republic in anticipation of trying out the new content arriving on December 11th.

I’m actually enjoying being back in the game again, knowing that there is new non-Zakuul content coming finally, and that some of my favorite NPC companion characters are also returning to the story.

That said, I’m pretty sure that this is my last dance with SWTOR if they f#ck it up again.

I don’t have any expectations of perfection with SWTOR (I never did), but I do have a “minimum quality and effort” expectation threshold in me somewhere, and if that’s not met, that’s almost certainly the end for me and SWTOR. There are other games out there, and more arriving every month.

We’ll see how it all plays out, I’m sure.

Thanks for reading, and be kind to yourselves and others, please. There is no “ultimate boss battle between good and evil” in real life. It’s more like a daily tug-of-war. Every day, you show up, put your hands on the rope, and pull as best you’re able. Every day that evil doesn’t swallow us all entire is a victory. :-)

Be well, all,

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BalsBigBrother

Hope you off period ends quickly and you get back up to speed soon. :)

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mysecretid

Working on it, my friend. Thank you!

Cheers,

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Hirku

Get well soon! My snack banana just barely lasted to the end. One more paragraph and I would’ve had to start eating the peel. ; )

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mysecretid

Everyone here thinks you’re very a-peel-ing Hirku, so that might’ve been appropriate! :-)

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rafael12104

Great update. Thanks.

Yeah, Detroit: Become Human is an interesting game. if you like branching stories lines and outcomes based on your input. And some of the outcomes are very harsh and unpredictable. Lol.

Glad you liked it. It was a nice change of pace.

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mysecretid

Not quite done yet, but getting close. Liking it so far, but man, that game can really bruise your heart a little in places, can’t it? Good acting and writing can do that.

It’s interesting too — I’d read a review before playing which said that the Markus storyline was probably the least engaging one of the three intertwining plots, and I find that I agree.

Not because the Markus plot is bad in any way (it’s not), but as the reviewer said, the whole “revolutionary freedom fighter” storyline is one that we see a lot in gaming, so it feels less “fresh” somehow, y’know?

Even the cop-partners story — as common as that plot can be — it has anough SF quirks in it to keep it feeling different, at least for me.

The Kara plot is my favorite. Not quite like anything I’ve played in a while, and it keeps pulling me in …

Thanks for the metaphoric kick in the butt to get me started on this one, Rafe!

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rafael12104

Excellent writing, acting, and overall storytelling, yes, I agree. I was glad I played this one, but was hesitant given how you navigate, so to speak.

Kara’s story had me yelling at the screen more than once in response to her situation. Heh. The Cop story, as you say, a bit more stereotypical, but very emotional too.

I think the Markus tale was the anchor. An inevitable result to all of the shenanigans. But as the anchor, it was more predictable and less impactful. Still pretty good, though.

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Michael18

Always enjoying your WRUP posts. Get well soon!

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mysecretid

Thank you, Michael. It’s always good to hear from you, as well!

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thirtymil

“talkin’ to you here, Thirty :-)”

I’m listening! Thanks for that – will take a look when I’ve got some space to reinstall it.

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mysecretid

No rush, Thirty. They’ve straight-up said that they’ve got a large number of tweaks, changes, and improvements planned for the PvE before it gets out of beta-mode, and that it will be substantially expanded and tinkered with before it goes fully live — so I think you’ve got a fair bit of time to spare.

Given how the insane popularity of the PvP mode keeps demanding the devs’ time and attention, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s at least a year before the PvE leaves beta (that last bit is just me guessing, though).

Cheers,

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Jack Pipsam

With all the Fallout talk, I’ve been going through Fallout 3 again. There was certainly a magic to that game back when Bethesda Game Studios still cared about things.

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mysecretid

I liked Fallout 4 very much as well. I think Fallout 76 may be the only Fallout game I haven’t played since the very first one from Interplay, way back when digital dinosaurs roamed the Earth! :-)

Have much fun, Jack!

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Jack Pipsam

I tried Fallout 4 when it hit Gamepass for a short time, I liked some things, but I really didn’t enjoy the whole voiced character aspect of it, the writing I feel was really limited by it compared to previous titles.
I’m really scared they’ll do the same in the next Elder Scrolls.

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mysecretid

There’s been consistent pushback on the voicing, yes? Maybe they got the message that “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it?” I’m sure we’ll find out eventually!

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Jack Pipsam

Hopefully, that’s the case, but it’s hard to say. Bethesda hasn’t shown a great interest in what the core fans think provided it has sold well, the Creation Club is proof of that (paid mods had a massive backlash first attempt, then they did it again).

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mysecretid

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see, and keep our basket of rotten throwing tomatoes handy in case they do it wrong again! :-D Hee hee hee

Cheers, Jack!