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Warner Bros: Having watched every single attempt at its franchises completely fail to gain any serious traction, Warner Bros ultimately decides to throw up its hands and greenlight the start of its Looney Tunes Cinematic Universe features. It’s a huge hit and immediately makes all of the money. Superman is immediately cancelled from movies forever.

Marvel Studios: The first cracks in the armor of Marvel appears (assuming you ignore Iron Fist, Inhumans, Thor: The Dark World, and Edward Norton as the Hulk) when the Loki series turns out to just be home footage of Chris Hemsworth wearing props from the films running around and saying “I’m Loki, blaugh.” He doesn’t even play Loki in the films. He’s not even using Loki props.

Sony Pictures: With two actually well-reviewed Spider-man pictures under their belt, Sony pivots to be all Spider-man, all the time. This includes Spider-man being inserted into unrelated films, including an Oscar-worthy historical picture about Joan of Arc which now features her best friend Pierre le Parc, l’homme d’araignée.

Disney: Since you people spent money on all of those godawful live-action remakes of Disney animated films, Disney announces animated remakes of its live-action remakes of animated films. Thanks, I hate it.

Overpowered Media: Basically just What Are You Playing, but more.

Bonus question: Were you involved in any youth sports when you were a kid? If so, what sports?

Andy McAdams: I’m not 100% sure – I’ve been feeling a little burned out playing so much Final Fantasy XIV, so I’m going to play some and I’ll probably try to fill the rest of the weekend with something else.

I was one of those “my Sport is your sport’s punishment” cross-country runners.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): Welp, that there No Man’s Sky update is callin’ me out to those space-dusty trails an’ wide open vacuum spaces. Time to saddle up my metal horse an’ rid on into that there distant sunset. Or is that a supernova? Oh crap! There’s also going to be continued casual flopping about in Final Fantasy XIV, and I went ahead and bought a truly silly early access game called Fight Crab, which sees you controlling various crab species wielding weapons like swords and the like. It looks hilariously janky and I can’t wait to try it out for a laugh.

I was one of those art club/drama club/marching band nerds through my schooling years. The most athletic I ever got was the forced nonsense they made us do in P.E.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): My time with FFXIV is nowhere near an end, but some of the ferocity of my early push through the game has quieted down as we move close to the two-month marker; while part of me would really like to be finished with more of my leveling faster, another part of me is happy to let it linger a bit longer. Other than that I intend to watch a movie or two and probably start focusing more on a single-player title; I have a backlog.

When I was young, I basically insisted that I be allowed to play in little league. I had absolutely no talent for the sport and hated actually playing it, another in my long list of things that I attempted in the hopes of connecting with my peers that didn’t actually work in the slightest.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): One title I’ve been trying out as of late is an emulator for The Chronicles of Spellborn. I missed the boat on this oddball fantasy MMO and want to see what it was like. I’m also going to roll up a character on Dungeons & Dragons Online’s new hardcore permadeath server to see how long I can go before biting the big one.

Samon Kashani (@thesamkash): Plowing ahead and leveling up in Legends of Aria for me. Word has it there is PvP somewhere in this game; I just need to find it and see if it sticks with me.

I was a soccer kid through and through. When the World Cup came to the US, I was pumped.

Tyler Edwards: After years away, I’m giving Neverwinter another try to see how things have changed post-Uprising. So far, it doesn’t look like much has changed at all. They really over-hyped this update.

Sports and I do not mix. I tried various forms of it as part of my school’s phys ed class and was terrible at all of them. The only thing I was ever decent at was being goalie in soccer, mainly because I’m the kind of crazy idiot who doesn’t care who much he injures himself as long as he stops the ball. Also I did like swimming a lot, but never did it in any kind of organized format.

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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What am I playing? No MMO. I want to but I’m can’t decide which. So its Pokemon Crystal, Mortal Kombat 11, and maybe one of the ARPG on my computer (either Loki or Titan Quest). I may drop some money on Age of Wonders: Planetfall for PS4. Also, I ordered Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 and it should be in on Tuesday. I also kinda wanna catch up on Spacelords and Warframe.

As for those movie predictions, the only bad one from Marvel was Edward Norton as Hulk. Thor: Dark World, Iron Fist, and Inhumans were great. Especially Inhumans. Also, I am now eagerly awaiting the Pierre le Parc movie.

I played soccer, baseball, and basketball in elementary school, karate in middle school, and I was convinced to join my High School’s volleyball team despite having never played volleyball before not knowing the rules. I only played it for one season, skipped the tournament, and never played sports again. I really only like sports when played for fun not competitively.

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As usual, more FFXIV. I finished the MSQ so now it’s post-MSQ time. I feel a break coming on soon, though. The same qualities that make FFXIV a great fit for my MMO time are also qualities I don’t like about it. Go figure.

Most of this weekend will probably be devoted to No Man’s Sky Beyond. Maybe. I currently seem trapped in the Nexus, so if I can’t figure that out, I have to wait for a fix. But I always enjoy coming back to this game. I at least figured out how to solve my “flying with mouse and keyboard is terrible” problem: switching to locked mode.

NMS is still in need of more than a few QoL changes (especially regarding buying blueprints and trading for charts), but the game always manages to suck me in regardless of its flaws.

I finished Hollow Knight, and I’m trying to decide what game to replace it with. Current contenders are: Shovel Knight, Ori and the Blind Forest, or Wandersong.

And I’m still way back into my 3DS, but mostly I’ve been playing Bravely Default at night before bed. I used to read before bed but I don’t have the discipline to close books at a responsible hour. At least my 3DS gets low on batteries.

Bonus answer: I didn’t play any sports officially in my youth. The closest I got was sports-adjacent in high school because I was in the marching band.

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hallos~ (just when you thought you were rid of me)

been very busy with work, and gaming, then work again and …stuff! okay?

+5000 for the warner bros. thing, i legit laughed

so am gonna make up for all that time i wasn’t here writing five page long posts, so run while you can, coz here we go!

Cryptic

STO = i actually managed to get mostly caught up on my temporal recruit’s requirements woooooo! only have like three or so arcs to do! yay! one of them is delta quadrant… not so yay…. then i have to start working on my delta and gamma recruits… *cries* …buuuuuuut…. thankfully catching up in STO isn’t a massive pain, so i’ll get there!

CO = still end up spending most of my time on there, though one of my pals is having serious wornout/burnout issues (more on that latter) …and there was a tiny bug w/ collision in the latest episode where the enemies in a section would go thru a wall and be untargetable … BUTNOTFORME, mwahaha, years of breaking cryptic’s maps made me feel like that thing was specifically done for me :P yus am weird, shuddup

NW = yay, some better customization options, woo. i still find it very weird how, despite being a cryptic game, they have character visuals in such a roundabout and (still) an often frustrating manner. sadly, haven’t had a chance to play with my pals w/ the new characters we had started, but i’ll be able to catch up easy peasy. like trek, nw at least lets us catchup to stuff more or less easily (mid to late game, anyway).

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Trove = o boy, i finally hit the grind wall and kinna just puttered out of it for a bit. it does get dull if one doesn’t mix up the activities a lil so that’s on me…. buuuut yeah, been taking an extended break from it.

Rift = despite not liking the way the combat works, the one shot mechanics (because i suck at positioning my character in any game) and the fact it takes FOREVER to make progress… i surprisingly have been enjoying it way more than i expected. i still love the instant adventure deal where people can hop in and out whenever, too. that and i uh sort of maybe have started a um… dimension (like player housing but more pocket dimension) collection *cough*

DCUO = why yes, people CAN and DO play more than one superhero mmo, gasp. anywy, snark aside, i actually had a good amount of fun DESPITE the overly frustrating experience it was to get the dum thing to work to begin with and the obscene restrictions the game has for an F2P account. plus the mechanics (not gameplay) of how things are handled there just made me have serious dejavu with my NW love-hate fest. doubt i will be playing it much, honestly.

ANYWAY, story time: i actually installed DCUO because that pal (from CO up there) had mentioned MONTHS ago that she had a fully setup base (hideout) there and was gushing about it. so i promptly (aka MANY MONTHS later) installed DCUO so i could actually see her place AND SMASH IT. except, this is the first and only mmo that took FOUR FLIPPING DAYS to install. i have no idea why.

so instead of surprising her with a HEY I HAS DCUO SHOW ME YOUR HIDEYHOLE, i instead went: I FINALLY INSTALLED THAT DUM GAME NOW YOU BETTER SHOW ME YOUR BASE SO I CAN SMASH IT TILL I FEEL BETTER. lotsa caps… i yell a lot.

and she did, and it was amazing, a sewer base with like three levels and so much stuff that it made me ENVIOUS….. and THAT DUMDUM TROLLED ME, because she did NOT warn me that i actually CAN smash items in her base. so i was being my pretend-over-angry-stabby-menace and poof, half her furniture and stuff is gone. i was MORTIFIED. …but then the stuff respawned and i was like oh yeah, they wouldn’t make things be easily breakable and have it be gone forever. …and then i spent fifteen minutes trashing her place and yelling at her for not warning me.

that is friendship. :P

also, with the weather knocking out my net for long periods, been spending a lot of time on some non-mmos like: Stellaris, Grim Dawn, Titan Quest, o and sorta got hooked to Bobothorium for a bit too. It’s a bit like Darkest Dungeon w/ robots and obv, not as dark (yet).

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Heh. You may be related to the Hulk! Ririrawr Smash!!! :-)

You’re not invited to any of my game housing until you take a breath and have a cup of tea!

Busy game week, you!

Cheers,

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Ririrawr

i toadly do yell “(MY-CHARA-NAME) SMASH!!!” when am cranky and wanna take it out on mobs :P so, yus, you are 100% on point. esp since i also workout a lot tho my grumpo just completely dwarfs me anyway coz he’s an overgrown beefcake cranky tank buuuuuuut thankfully am almost never prone to actual anger bursts for real, that’d be.. not cool :P

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sophiskiai

Playing lots of Age of Wonders: Planetfall, have got hundreds of hours in Age of Wonders 3 so this was pretty much a guaranteed day one purchase for me. The insectoid Kir’Ko are by far my favourite race but I’ve not yet settled on a favourite secret technology, Celestian and Voidtech and Xenoplague are all great!

And the usual Warframe, bought a few of the Desert Skate floofs from Baro for the dojo but trying to place them hit the decoration capacity cap, so I’ve been digging into the dojo rules and have started tearing down rooms for a complete dojo redesign over the next couple of weeks. Especially as Friday’s devstream showed the space and connections required for the Railjack drydock and it’d be good to have that next to the dojo’s spawn point.

At school I was the youngest in my year by at least four months, which convinced me that I was too small and weak to be any good at sports and made all school sporting activities an utter misery. It wasn’t till I started LARPing at university that I enjoyed any outdoor physical activity.

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I’ve been dancing around buying Planetfall, deciding whether or not to budget for it. I appreciate the first impressions here.

Cheers,

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sophiskiai

To give a slightly more review-style impression, I’ve got a lot of minor niggles with the UI and UX and some of the systems but all the gameplay basics are very solid. And they’ve gone for an interesting approach with the singleplayer campaign where rather than a linear story centring one or two races each race gets two campaign missions revealing a bit more about the setting and then there’s a big finale where you choose which side to play.

The worldbuilding is great, but the player has to do quite a bit of work to piece it together from mission dialogue (the voice acting is ok but the prose quality is… variable) and IC quotes from unit screens and tech research completion (both of which tend to have rather better prose quality).

Probably my favourite bit is the way race and secret tech combine to create a lot of vaiations in how each race can play, especially once you add in the tech and units you can get from befriending NPC factions during the game. Which for those who like multiplayer also makes it a bit harder to predict what you’ll be up against.

My biggest complaint is most of the races being some variant of human – fighty humans, sneaky humans, nature-loving humans, short humans who like volcanoes and can no longer breathe normal atmosphere, cyborg not-quite-humans-anymore, and the Kir’Ko.

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In the great words of all Skyrim Merchants ‘a little bit of this and a little bit of that’.

ESO/GW2/Grimdawn/Skyrim

can’t seem to focus enough to get really engaged how ever.

Started reading Johnathon Hickman’s Avengers/New Avengers run; to be honest I’m not sure if should have started with his Fantastic Four run first, I know it’s all tied together and reinvented the Marvel cosmology and lore.

People probably wonder how I have this much time on my week ends, I work 12 hours days and 3 day work weeks so my weekend is Wednesday through Saturday.

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Sounds like a grinder work week, but if you can do it, more power to ya!

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I created a new character–a Viera–in FFXIV. I purchased one level boost to 70 for Dragoon, and one ARR story skip. I’m going through Heavensward now and having a blast. Love this story. Meet Thesa. Since she can’t wear most helmets, I just glamor her some glasses.

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Everyone has beat me into submission so I have caved and jumped on the bandwagon…I am playing FFXIV. I have not played since the month after the relaunch – but i played a crapload during the rebuild.

I heard so many bad things about the game during its original launch that I had to play it. I had to see it, for science, so I found a collector’s edition at game stop for $25 and jumped in – ya it was bad. But Yoshi P came to the rescue and I got experience a good deal of the transition.

So much to relearn and do that I probably be hanging out there for a while.

Also powdered peanut butter is awesome and it is totally ok to stick a banana in a pile of it that you have dumped on the stovetop. I mean you really had no idea how powdery it would be when you opened it so you took the film off of the jar opening over the trash can. The you came back and set the jar back down on the stovetop placing it halfway on the lid you left there making it tumble over. It happens…..

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Welcome back!

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Malcolm Swoboda
  • Wizards Unite – Now Lv 22, almost 23. Slowww leveling. Did the phase of the Hogwarts event in record time! Hoping that the upcoming Fan Festival also has opportunities for non-attendees, because regional ‘dragons’ being so exclusive is a bad sign for gameplay IMO.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story: Magia Record – Okay, finished Ch 4 (of still 5) but still behind on main story and a bunch of things because.. another event! Ugh! At least this one is more interesting and it looks like the devs might be adapting to player and scheduling demands. We’ll see. They’re releasing temporary-available gacha characters and I am no fan of that, but I got 2/3 of them so… eh, lets just hope I get at least one copy of the last one.
  • Magikarp Splash – Lv 58 and its slowww moving now, but also more interesting events and rewards are starting to happen so at least the (longer) grind is more fun(?).
  • Mobius Final Fantasy – Still FFVIII event, got some to catch up on.
  • Pokemon Masters – Caught up to the pre-release content and it just kinda.. ends. So I can play daily and try to max out the existing free characters I guess, and mess around on the half-implemented co-op.
  • FFXV Pocket Edition – Skipped this week!
  • Another Eden – Daily logs!
  • Tried the Mutant Year Zero Road to Eden game free from Epic Store, but it doesn’t run well enough on my laptop :(. Time to upgrade my PC(s) sometime.

    Was going to FFXIV demo week but after just logging in, I didn’t do anything more.

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Wait, what ? Mutant Year Zero Road to Eden if being given away for free um brb and thanks I somehow missed that one.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Yes, go quickly, only a few days left :)

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Malcolm Swoboda

Update: Lv 23 now

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You are a busy gaming man, Malcolm! Interesting to see such a wide array of things listed, and many of them which don’t get a lot of general gaming press. Always good to see what’s out there, thank you!

Be well!

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Thanks, you too.

I’m surprised and a little dismayed that I’m so into mobile gaming now, but it comes with my situation now I guess. I got my first good-for-gaming phone a year ago (my last one stopped at weaker 2d mobile gaming, and the one before that couldn’t do games) and it led to a burst of trying anything I could. Only a few titles like Elder Scrolls Blades aren’t covered, and that example is probably more because my phone model is an import (Nokia 7 Plus) than because it couldn’t handle it.

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Beyond my usual Star Trek Online stuff, I played a fair bit of Pathfinder: Kingmaker on PC early in the week, and then returned to Shadow of the Tomb Raider on my PS4 and played long sessions of that.

Honestly, SotTR is the first TR game since Tomb Raider: Underworld that I’ve genuinely liked, and the first TR game that has Lara Croft once again thinking and behaving like the heroic and competent protagonist I remember.

Someone here on Massively mentioned that the controls for the PC version felt somewhat loose and unresponsive; I’m wondering if that’s a versioning issue, because I haven’t noticed similar problems with the PS4 edition of the game?

I will say that, in my opinion, the controls in the Tomb Raider games have never been as on-point as I hoped they would be, so maybe that’s a factor here too?

I dipped into the upgraded, multiplayer No Man’s Sky and I was more impressed than I thought I would be. Hello Games has put a lot of extra work in here, and improved elements of the game — including the graphics — in ways one might not have anticipated.

The game’s been hotfixing some connectivity issues since 2.0 — it seems like the crush of people arriving in-game to “try the new stuff” has been revealing any flaws in the code rather speedily.

I like what I’m seeing in No Man’s Sky, but it will take me a while to sift through all the systemic changes to know how the game really feels.

Lastly, I picked up Subnautica for my PS4; I own the game on Steam, but my desktop monitor is relatively small (because my desk is relatively small), and the visuals in that game are so — no pun intended — immersive, that I wanted to see how it all played on my larger TV screen. So far? Better.

Bonus Answer: I never participated much in sport — even the sports I loved for a time, like swimming. Why? Mostly, the mind-set and attitudes of a lot of jock guys and coaches I knew.

I know there are a lot of athletes now who consciously don’t participate in the “jock attitude” cliches, but it seems like I was surrounded by people who did when I was growing up. Even as a kid, I sussed out that they were using sport and competition as an excuse to be assholes, so any interest I had in sports quickly evaporated.

That’s all for this week! Thanks for reading! Take care of yourselves, and each other. Remember the old saying, “If we don’t hang together, they will certainly hang us all separately” :-) See you next time!

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I was the one who said the PC controls felt off. Turns out the problem is in my chair, not the game… at least, not exactly. When I played Rise I used a controller and so I’d just thought that the particular idiosyncrasies of the game’s controls were based on that. For Shadow, I used mouse and keyboard, which is my preference of late for anything that involves aimed shooting (even the semi lock-on targeting of Tomb Raider), and I found that the controls were really loose and float-y: it felt more like Fallout or Skyrim than an action shooter. Most of my issues seemed to go away with a controller, which indicates that control responsiveness has been designed around controllers, and not touched up for the mouse and keyboard.

All this leaves me very hopeful for one thing in the next console gen: since we’re likely to see mouse and keyboard natively supported in-game on both Scarlet and PS5, that means PC gamers are less likely to see as many bad ports of console games… at least as far as mouse and keyboard support goes.

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Thanks for the response! Apologies for blanking on the fact that it was you who posted about the controls — I tend to remember the gist of interesting posts, but the memory of who posted falls away quickly. I don’t know why it works this way, but my brain has its own rules, I guess.

As for Tomb Raider, for whatever it’s worth –in my opinion anyway — the combat controls in TR games have always been their worst aspect , going back as far as the original game.

The guns always seem weaker than they should — even after being fully upgraded in the more modern games — and the target acquisition, and move-and-fight controls have always felt loose and imprecise even in my favorite TR games.

I sometimes think that the TR devs should kidnap the guy who works for Bungie. :-)

Supposedly, there is one fellow at Bungie whose job is finessing the weapon-handling and performance for Bungie games (first the Halo series, now the Destiny games) — and apparently, a lot of what he does, and how he does it, is a Big Secret(tm) in-house.

I heard a rumor (so take it with the requisite pound of salt) that when Bungie split from publisher Microsoft and left Halo behind, that MS offered the weapon guy a pile of money to stay behind, and work with their new Halo devs. He declined, and works on the Destiny games now.

Anyway, Sray, I digress (as usual), but I agree with you that it would be nice if the next-gen tech helped to focus game performance across platforms.

And while we’re on the topic of combat in Tomb Raider games, have you noticed that we’re three games into the big “reboot” of the franchise, and they still haven’t given Lara her iconic twin-pistol mode back yet? I mean, what is up with that???

Best to ya, pal,

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Utakata

This week: The only thing I am entitled to is when playing there should always be a pair of holes in the helm I’ve acquired to comfortably poke the pigtails though. The rest is fair game! >.<

Also this week: I am starting to tire of WoW again. But this may due to more of my focus issues than the game itself. I can tell my mind to stop being bored and wandering…but it seems to get bored wandering anyhows. It's like herding cats sometimes…

…anywhoose, what was I talking about? Or right! Have a great week and weekend folks! <3