WRUP: This post was not written by a neural network edition

    
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Well, folks, I’m sorry. I strongly hinted in the last intro that the next installment of What Are You Playing would be written by a neural network. (If you missed that hint, go back and double-check the intro; I might have made it too obvious.) But after feeding all of the previous installments of this column into a network, the result it gave us was not an intro but a heartfelt evaluation of my failings as a human being and a humorist.

Despite being designed to treat the input dispassionately, it turns out that it took a hard look at the unstructured nonsense and asked whom we were doing this for. And to be honest, the network raised some really good points. Why am I doing this? How the heck am I going to get paid with this crap? Who is being impressed by it?

So, from now on, please enjoy a very sober and much more responsible set of What Are You Playing introductions. We’re sure you’ll enjoy our new format just as much as we enjoy using the royal “we” without warning mid-paragraph.

Bonus question: What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Wellll! I’m still in Star Wars Galaxies Legends, but I also sorta got back into Trove this weekend, and I installed Project Gorgon back on my new machine, so maybe I’ll be heading into there this weekend. We will see!

Sammich? Gourmet grilled cheese all the way. Maybe with some bacon if we’re being really decadent.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): Mostly focusing on The Elder Scrolls Online once again, though if payment stuff comes through then I might also be dipping in to Anthem at some point as well.

My favorite sandwich type is pretty simple: a hot pastrami with melted provolone and spicy mustard. But you gotta pile on the pastrami, otherwise it ain’t proper.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Between my continued prep work for Final Fantasy XIV’s next expansion and playing Anthem to form my first impressions, I’ll be pretty well full up with stuff to do for the weekend.

My favorite sandwich is now, sadly, restricted to my memory; a restaurant near home used to serve a delicious sandwich with turkey, apple preserves, and brie that was to die for. I also have a deep affection for cheeseburger grinders, which are more “sandwich” than “burger” by the wholly unscientific metric I use.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I’m all about Standing Stone Games’ library these days, so you’ll find me soloing on my Artificer in Dungeons & Dragons Online (got to clear up them lowbie quests!) and maybe leveling up my progression server Captain on Lord of the Rings Online.

Your turn!

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mysecretid

Sandwich answer? Egg-salad sandwich.

See, most egg-salad sandwiches are terrible, because they’re badly made — but if you can get a fresh one, made by someone who actually knows how it’s supposed to be done, egg-salad sandwiches can be really good, believe it or not.

I’d make one for y’all, but damn, there’s a lot of you! My arms might fall off before I was finished.

Cheers,

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The freezing cold of the north has gotten to me and I’ve gone all Blizzardy.

I Lvl capped my Rogue in WOW and even streamed my first stream.
I Just recently build a new Gaming Rig that can stream – RYzen 5 & RX-580- and the new AMD software allows an easy one click interface, very cool!

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Malcolm Swoboda

Not Anthem.

A mobile game, Another Eden. Favorite mobile game ever.
And some friend couch fun with various party games like Move or Die, Tricky Towers, etc.
Trying Enderal again now that it is directly on Steam.

My latest dungeon: https://youtu.be/FsG-9NKIAQM (Spoilers!)

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zoward

As usual thse days, I’m spending my sparse gaming time in DDO leveling a warlock, a clss which is surprisingly OP. I could level this character to 20 with less than 5 spells, and maybe even just with Eldritch Blast, the spell around which the entire class more or less revolves. I’m hoping to level up enough to try their version of White Plume Mountain – I’m hoping it’s as much fun as the old PNP version I played with my friends in the 8th grade was.
When not in game, I’ll be working, doing my tax forms well in advance of April 15th, clearing snow, and bringing my daughter for an overnight at Great Wolf Lodge, which we fortunately live less than 45 minutes from.
I hope everyone has an enjoyable and restful weekend!

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Armsbend

we’ve been considering that place.

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zoward

Oh yeah, sandwiches: I’m in Bree’s camp here – a well-made grilled cheese sandwich is hard to beat when served with a cup of well-made tomato soup.

Drat. Now I’m hungry…

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nobleeinherjar

I’m still chasing achievements in REmake 2. I just can’t get enough. Once I finish my current Claire B and one more Leon A, I’ll have all Records complete except for the ones related to 4th Survivor and the Ghost Survivors. I think I’m actually gonna go for unlocking the S+ rank weapons, too.

I put DQXI on hold for now to see if SE eventually adds the content that will be exclusive to the Switch (I hate that I also want the Switch version since it looks like it comes with the 3DS version, too). So I restarted Tales of Zestiria. It seems to be a divisive entry, but I really enjoy it.

I think I’m decently far on Route C of Nier: Automata. I’m not exactly looking forward to making more progress. It also sucks that I missed my first chance to get the Type-40 Sword. If my understanding of things is correct, I won’t have that long to enjoy it if I go back and try to get it. But I may as well, because there’s an important side-quest I missed on that same route.

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You can unlock a chapter select mode after you finish the game once & can replay the game again (either from the beginning or from a specific chapter … Pretty sure that there is a new game plus mode too).

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mysecretid

Still stuck in the deeps of winter here, and getting pretty tired of it, to be honest.

I haven’t been playing much new or noteworthy: a lot of Star Trek Online and Pathfinder: Kingmaker, plus a little daily stuff in Star Wars: the Old Republic.

I haven’t invested in any of the big new releases this season (Anthem, et al), because none of them call to me strongly enough that I feel like spending money on them.

This doesn’t mean that I’m “over gaming” in the least — to me game releases are like popular music — some months, what’s being released is very much in-synch with your personal tastes, and other months, not so much.

You just bide your time until the wheel turns, and something new that you actually like is released to the public.

So, yeah, not a lot going on here, and not a lot of “new news” to pass along. Take care of yourselves, and each other, please, and I’ll post more when I actually have something interesting to say :-)

Be well!

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Armsbend

It been raining a week here. And its pretty much raining for another week. It’s like living in Seattle which is not what this is supposed to be. This winter blows.

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mysecretid

I have immediate family in Atlanta, Arms, so I hear you.

I’ve always been impressed with how most Atlantans are resilient but generally easy-going. I expect that both traits are survival-bred , given the city’s tumultuous history. :-)

But even Atlantans are having their nature tested by this soggy winter. One does not live in Georgia with the anticipation of being rained on constantly.

Stay warm and dry, my friend!

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Utakata

…I always thought you lived in the Deep, Deep South. As in where the kangaroos and koala bears come out to play, Deep, Deep South. Where Men At Work made an anthem about it, kinda thing. o.O

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Me? Uta? I can say that I’m not an Australian, nor have I ever lived there.

While I’m pretty adept at navigating various world accents, there’s a particular Australian accent that I find almost impenetrable.

After me saying nothing but “Pardon me? Excuse me?” and “Say what?” for an hour or so, I’m sure even the friendly Aussies would become exasperated, and ban me from their continent for life.

Cheers,

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Utakata

This week: Ah yes, it’s the weekend…so it means slow news days for the next couple. Not that I should mind…it’s just the more juicer stuff gets posted midweek.

“So it’s all about hitting the F5 button for this site, Uta?”

…err, well..to be more honest, I am looking for the MMO news that makes my day and/or gives me real hope for the industry.

Such as: Blizz ditched the Azerite Gear mechanics mid course with a sincere apologies to the WoW community. And decided to work on making the Heart of Azeroth like the Artifact Weapon system, where we can be all be fun and powerful again. To add, they also decided to rehire everyone they just laid off to make this really work! Where they rename patch 8.2, BfA, A Realm Reborn!

Or: NC Soft wants to assure all the Blade & Soul fanbase, that they are indeed working on mobile versions. But they have no intention of forgetting B&S proper. In fact, they just rehired the employees the let go with with GW2 and WildStar to focus on bringing all the good stuff they said they would. So Lyn Wardens next week! And next month, that engine upgade they’ve been promising!

And even: The sales of MMO’s in general have rebounded rapidly due to his impeachment being eminent. NO WAY! But like with every other aspects of our world, the industry has benefited from the great collective sigh of relief! And the famine that was now has become bountiful…

And so on! So if I keep coming here maybe this stuff will come true!

*Crosses fingers and pigtails*

Also this week: 5 Gnomes and 4 Goblins at lv 120! Go me!

Have a great week and weekend folks! <3

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Oleg Chebeneev

Playing through Enderal: Forgotten Stories (one of the best RPGs ever made).
Also started casually leveling on new WoW private server TauriWoW (based on Mists of Pandaria). Which is one of the most well scripted private servers out there.

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nobleeinherjar

Total conversions usually don’t interest me but Enderal looks amazing. I think I’ll give it a try.

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a mix of star citizen and conan exiles has been my poison of choice the past week, where many adventures and murder hoboing were done in the name of science and progess(ion).


i had a nice fight in star citizen this week where i was out manned and to hear the youtube comments outgunned as well. but spinning is a good trick so i tried that and then he rammed me to death qq.


our base in conan is just adjacent an NPC city, making it handy for exp grinding and slaving. has a pretty good spawn rate of named and level 3 thralls for the taking. thanks to this verse of slaughter and mayhem we now have some of the finest cuisine options one could hope for in a waste land such as this.


i also took a crack at delivery missions to get a feel for the gameplay and time spent involved. all in all pretty rewarding money wise stuff for the time and effort spent. at least when the missions work. bonus content dogfighting miner ships and the hammerhead (the biggest combat ship currently in the game).


and finally i was having a really good day earlier this week and being moved by the spirit of those who have passed and produced this song. which does not sound like i was having a good day at all…