WRUP: Lex Luthor All-Star Racing edition

    
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This failed for lots of reasons, let's be real.

Introducing the new hit crossover kart racing game, Lex Luthor All-Star Racing! How many characters can you play? Just one, Lex Luthor! You can dress Lex Luthor up in a variety of different costumes, but it’s always Lex Luthor, why would you play anyone else. Lex Luthor is the best!

Lex Luthor!

Look, we spent all of our money on the license but we only had enough to license exactly one character, and the guy who did the negotiating thought that Lex Luthor was Batman’s secret identity. He thought he was being smart. We all poured ketchup into his coffee and now we’re just asking you to buy the game. Pre-orders are open in the comments of What Are You Playing.

Bonus question: What was the first song you ever knew all the words to? And can you still remember them?

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Gonna be in City of Heroes this weekend of course, but I’ve also got some tidying up to do in Star Wars Galaxies. My vendors have been making good money for me while I’m over in CoH, but I need to restock them properly to make that continue!

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): I’ve made it to 70 on my Final Fantasy XIV Dark Knight, so now begins the steady climb up the item level and MSQ ranks. I’m biding my time, not worrying too hard about Shadowbringers’ impending arrival, and truly having a good time rebuilding my character. I’ll also very likely ponder a toon or three in City of Heroes, both in terms of a fun to play powerset and fun to RP character. There’s also, of course, a bit of Star Wars: The Old Republic in my future, both on my CMA Agent and even my RP-focused Commando. Basically, I’m hoping to do roleplay all weekend.

I cannot for the life of me really recall the first song that I knew all the words to. One of the earliest is Living Colour’s “Cult of Personality”, which at the time didn’t bear more significance to me at my young age beyond a song that sounded freaking amazing. Now that I’ve got a better grasp of the lyrics from a referential standpoint, it’s made the song even better.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Next week, it’s time for me to travel across the country to take part in the Final Fantasy XIV media tour, so this weekend will include no small amount of prep work for that. I will, of course, be playing the game itself along the way and possibly a couple other single-player titles whilst I stock up on things to do.

The first song I ever learned the words to was “Rocky Raccoon” by the Beatles, when I was young enough to think that it was a song about an actual anthropomorphic raccoon. And yes, I still remember the whole thing.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): Gotta say, Star Wars: The Old Republic is actually working to get my attention back, and I’m liking that. I may log in to pick back up my Operative and try to make some progress through the Knights expansions. Other than that? City of Heroes and Fallout 76 are entertaining me greatly these days, so why not feed the beast.

Mia DeSanzo (@neschria): I will likely be playing Tree of Savior and Riders of Icarus. I have no other plans for the weekend, for a change.

I can’t say which song, apart from maybe Patty Cake, that I learned all of the words to – my dad is a musician (and a painter, and a now retired chemical factory worker), so there were always guys with guitar in our living room when I was small, and I learned all their favorites from the 60s and early 70s in the early 70s when I was still very small.

Samon Kashani (@thesamkash): I should be able to get back into the swing of things and play this weekend. Hopefully, I’ll be able to hit level 40 in Champions Online. But, what I’m really looking forward to is the next chapter in Guild Wars 2!

First song was probably “Do Re Mi” from The Sound of Music, or any of those songs really. I absolutely remember the words and remember watching that movie on repeat!

Tyler Edwards: My usual D&D game will return. Also planning to finish off Dungeons III and perhaps try Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic before my Origin Access sub runs out.

Bonus question: The first and only song that I know all of the words to by heart is London Halflife by my past, present, and future favorite band: Metric. The fact it’s a very short song probably helps.

Every Saturday, join the Massively OP community and staff for What Are You Playing, our roundup of what MMORPGs and other games we’re hoping to play this weekend (with a bonus question or two for our amusement). Tell us what you’re up to! Go off-topic! And don’t forget to have fun!
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Ririrawr

not much to say this time around (pause for shock to pass)

i rarely get time to game when i make plans so this time am jus gonna TRY to get stuff done on trek and champs and quit prancing around about my lovehate with neverwinter and hop on when 1) i has actual time and 2) my pals who recently started up (and are prolly way ahead of me now) are on too :P

annnnnnd maybe some rift and trove, if i have time to get grumpo to sit with me :3

hot weather reduces his gaming time even further, the poor bum

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butterpanda888

I’m now super hype for September’s release of Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus. Therefore I will be in Cryptic’s Neverwinter on PC while watching D&D videos on Youtube on the Ps4 when not actually playing actual D&D.

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PanagiotisLial1

I had been play SotA and STO mostly but downloaded also DDO and started playing. I just also realised I had bought some expansions last time I played LOTRO(2013 or 14) so it might not be as expensive if I decide to restart it but most of all got my eyes set on dual universe for the near future.

Apart from crafting, exploring scenes and leveling skills, I worked a bit on my houses on SotA and took some screens on twitter. My PC isnt great so I run the game on fast detail settings but here they are:

My Keep:

My Crafting Pavillion:

Both far from done since I run out on cash again but the keep is the closest to “done” state. The Keep also needs a new basement(I am leaning for the underground battle arena) since I moved the 5-story mine cave basement to my crafting pavillion. By the way I won that crafting pavillion and the house land deed with it on one of Atos raffles – its not often I get so lucky on game raffles.

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mysecretid

These houses look great, Pana! I had no idea the housing in SotA could look this good. Most of the screens I’ve seen from the game in the past looked kinda “meh” in comparison.

Nice work, sir!

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PanagiotisLial1

Thank you, mine arent even on par with the best you can see there.

Its not just that its good looking, it also has functionality. You can sit there on the stool by the Harp and play music. You can double click a bed or a chair and use them or even a bath tube. Crafting stations(like ArcheAge) are placeable in the houses. Lots lightsources, also people can grow plants there. The Crates and the Barrels as well as many other times are storage items too and can fit 300 items each. The training dummy on top is usable and you can “play” with the companion pets you placed there. Also you can place a seller npc or a cash register and sell your goods through your house. Its hard to find a better housing system. People can have even large ships as houses here too.

You dont see that many good screens because like most sandboxes, it suffers in how direct and fast the starter experience is so most people will just get a few screens around tutorial area or the first outskirts they reach into. Generally speaking starting a sandbox isnt easy for an average gamer. EVE is probably the easiest to get started and you see many people complained they couldnt get into.

Most housing is placed by players on player owned towns as not so many prefer the npc towns

Generally speaking the game has its flaws like all games do, and sandboxes dont got a big market in general too, but its a quite unique game in many ways and housing is one of those. Just many people, holding grudges from kickstarter era, try generally to produce a negativity level it doesnt deserve.

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Danny Smith

I spent all of yesterday going doon sooth to London to see Distant Worlds. It was great to meet up with other FFXIV players and to see Susan Calloway on stage with the royal symphony orchestra sing Answers and Dragonsong followed by Ritsuko Nakano singing Suteki Da Ne from FFX and some new footage of the FF7 remake was great but exhausting since its a 6 hour drive there and back.

Today i’m taking it easy with some Big Fishing in XIV and actually a little Destiny 2. I mained a Warlock in D1 but didn’t like it at all in the base D2, finally trying it and its new 3rd talent options in Forsaken and its clicked as my main again. Plus the ‘p-please come back!’ stuff made it so i rolled a new Warlock and go it to max level and light/power lvl650 in about 3 days which is nuts compared to what it was a few months ago. Game still feels like its on a skeleton crew as they are no doubt working on a Destiny 3 to ‘fix everything, again’ but its feeling better to play now.

Beyond that i’m replaying FFVI on my vita and really appreciating how much new stuff it does compared to FFV which was on the exact same hardware, we all remember FFVI being good but you forget how much little technological advancements that game has from a pure design standpoint.

Outside of games my go to Wierd Western meets gothic horror tabletop games Malifaux is launching its 3rd edition so i got the last of my 2nd edition models to add to my ‘chinese railworker metalbenders that are secretly the triad trying to sneak a 3 kingdoms army into Malifaux’ faction for next month!

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hurbster

I brought the latest Football manager game, so that’s the weekend gone.

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PanagiotisLial1

I got Football MAnager 2019 a few months now already too but I end up playing my mmos instead, lol, so I am still in summer before first season starts

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I had a great day of fun at my kid’s birthday party and the laser tag park. Tonight, I think I’m going to chill out with some FFXIV and Netflix.

I feel like such a newb because I *just* discovered raiding/dungeoning – I have no idea what to call it, but the group content, lol. Normally, I just craft and explore, etc.

Anyway, FFXIV does a good job of easing a player into their roles with the Smith quests and the Guildleves. The Smith quests show you the basics of your role and I think the guildleves get harder and harder and introduce different mechanics (I think I’ve only done the first 2). I’m starting out as a DPS. Healing seems stressful, lol so I may just stick with co-healing. I felt accomplished when I quick casted resurrection on our healer yesterday, then they mass healed everyone so we could finish a boss off!

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Bruno Brito

My fan broke. I took it to be fixed on the thursday. Still not fixed.

I can’t focus. It’s hot as hell in here. I’m like a waterfall.

I took 4 baths today and it’s still 4:30pm.

There’s no games. No drawing. No kitties. Nothing. Just the heat. The hellish heat.

Kill me.

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Mordyjuice

Why no cats, did they screw it and peaced out? Heat sucks for me and I live in the states, I figured you would be used to it considering you live in Brazil though.

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Bruno Brito

No, they’re just outside having fun. If i open the doors, they all invade my home and crap/piss all over it. So, i have to deal with no wind flowing around to keep it clean.

Mosquitoes are devouring me right now. I can’t get used to this heat.

I was used to it when i had a fan :C

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deekay_000

just consider the silver lining here… your fan is no longer a threat to your very life…

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fan_death

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Bruno Brito

I’m welcoming death without it.

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yeah i feel that way generally around july.

right now tho, faster than normal warming in the canadian arctic means extra water downsouth giving the appearance of unseasonably cool temperatures so it flip flops pretty quickly between “this is nice weather for t shirt and shorts” and “oh god why am i suddenly sweating to death i need to open the windows and strip down more/turn on my fans” and “omg i’m freeeeeezing why are all these windows open i need my winter hoodie back on now!”

my mom says it reminds of her of when she was a kid.

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Bruno Brito

Oh, i’m missing the strong, 3 day rains here a lot. A LOT.

Right now, my street is being sunbathed by hell itself.

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when it’s been raining here the past some weeks it tends to flood in places that idiots decided to build things like houses and roads and other buildings.

luckily my home is on high rocky ground so at worst we get flooding in the basement.

plus we seem to be at the perfect spot from shore to avoid bearing the brunt of the destructive extreme wind storms we’ve been getting the past few years.

i feel very blessed for sure.

come july i’ll be suffering in the all day every where you go sauna that is ontario in the summer tho. XD

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Bruno Brito

Biggest issue with rain here is that the streets are earth, so it’ll be full of holes. But i’m not really an adventurer, i spend most of my days home.

Well, i suppose it’s mostly about being used to the climate, altho i find it impossible anyone to get used to this hellhole right here.

Brazil is too damn hot. I’m not even getting winds.

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PanagiotisLial1

Curious, are fans too expensive there? I had a few great friends from Brazil back when I played Conquer Online and they were indeed saying lots devices were quite expensive but havent seen them since 2009ish. Fans are fairly cheap here in Greece(just our salaries suck) and they are between 15 and 25 euros for a decently big one so typically not even worth repairing if one breaks. I tend to close my windows around 18:30-19:00 to dodge mosquitos too – usually works. As for my cat he lives in house and just can play in the balcony(apartment) till 18:30 or so but temperature is still OK as in between 25 and 28c most days

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Bruno Brito

Everything is expensive here. Specially given i live in a small town, north of Recife.

So, i would say that the euro here is what, 5x our currency? So, a 15 euro fan would be 75 reais. Thing is, i’m not considering taxations. Brazil have some of the most disguisting taxes worldwide. We end up paying normally 40% or more of what the product is worth it.

Considering i paid 95 reais to fix my fan, which will only be a engine change, the whole carcass will be the same, a real fan would be in the midst of 160 reais. Something near the realm of 32 euros. And that would be a CHEAP fan. A good fan gets in the realm of 200 reais.

It’s not easy being brasilian, specially when our minimum wage is in the realm of the 1k reais, aproximately 250 dollars. It’s no wonder that almost all brazilians, except the extremely rich, have some kind of dirt in their name because of extremely old bills to pay.

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PanagiotisLial1

Yes I can see what you mean. Here just salaries suck – most jobs are part time and in the 250-300 euros range monthly(4hours daily for 6 days a week) on a mid-sized town so compared to rest of europe we are in about the bottom but still not as bad I guess as you have it there

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Bruno Brito

It’s a harsh world for sure. I think the difference is how much you can buy. I don’t know the aquisitive power of the EU citizens, but Brazil is losing aquisitive power extremely fast.

Our known cuisine is Rice and Beans. We all luch beans and rice on our food. It’s the basis of our nation, and we’re paying 10 reais for one kilogram of beans. It’s funny because it’s nothing when you convert to dollars, but it’s a LOT when we take it out on our monthly pay. A lot of brazilians stopped buying beans because of it.

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PanagiotisLial1

Our main problem is that even local products are centered around average EU prices(plus a bit more due to higher taxes) but we dont have average EU salaries – in fact we are quite near the absolute bottom within EU so the buying power is quite low. But when a fan costs 15-25 euros and any tech wont charge anything less than 20 euros for the work + whatever parts he replaced in addition its not worth to go for repair.

I will give you an idea, a refreshment costs usually 1 euro, loaf of bread 1 euro, monthly payment to electricity like 70-80 euros(but comes 4montly), internet 90 euros monthly(but comes bimonthly) etc

Like I said its not as hard as there but quite low for EU. As for my pet, Catfood alone costs me 60 euros per month as well for a single cat.

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Ririrawr

ugh. i can so relate to that (on more than one instance, sadly)

one thing to try and do to deal with hellish weather is to take 1 or 2 spoons of yogurt and mix it up well with some drinking water (cool/cold if possible), add some salt/sugar to taste, chug it down… it really helps cooldown the internals

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I actually looked up fans on Amazon Brasil, to see if they had anything good they could deliver to you.

Unfortunately, all they seemed to have were small “desk fans’, while I presume that what you need is a fan that cools a room: a ceiling fan, a box fan, or one of those fans that sit on a tall pole (<– possibly best?).

So, my pal, the only suggestion I've got for you is something I used to do during college when we were hit by a bad heat wave: fill your bathtub with cold water, strip off, and just soak in it. Drain off some, and add more water as the water warms up over time.

When the heat's so bad, you can't really do anything anyway, and it's too hot to sleep well, so you might as well just soak in the water and meditate until the firestorm passes.

Wishing you better days!

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Utakata

This week: Speaking of hero kart racing, I am now fully caught up on MCU! Go me!

Although the negative aspect of this exercise has giving the pigtails and myself a perverse craving for those magical stone MacGuffins. As in, putting them altogether on a pink honking gauntlet, then snapping my fingers to few “Inevitables” out of existence. And in keeping my posting privileges in tact, I’m going to let the readers guess which inevitables I might be referring too. >.<

That said, and also this week: More WoW!

Have a great week and weekend folks! <3

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zoward

Been playing Trove again. I discovered that the Geode expansion shamelessly ripped off the cave mechanics from Landmark … which works for me because I absolutely loved Landmark! I’ve been grinding like crazy in the caves. Time to break from it go outside, and mow the lawn. Have a nice weekend all!

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Eboni

Haha, I only played Landmark for a very short time but I thought it felt familiar!

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Ririrawr

trove is insanely addictive to me right now (kinda have a lovehate with it right now, so not sure how biased i am… yet) still at the figuring out shadow towers stage tho :P

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WoW until Monday, then leveling a Necro in ESO.