WRUP: Has the whole world gone crazy checklist edition

Thanks, I hate it.

STEP 1: Assessing the world

Does the world appear to have gone crazy?

If YES, go to Step 2

STEP 2: Assessing the cause (mechanical)

Can you see a device that appears to be causing the world to go crazy, usually metal and with blinking lights?

If YES, go to Step 5
If NO, go to Step 3

STEP 3: Assessing the cause (biological)

Is the whole world flocking around a particular individual with an eerie appearance and either wall-faced stoicism or constant laughter?

If YES, go to Step 6
If NO, go to Step 4

STEP 4: Assessing the cause (extraordinary)

Are you aware of any mysterious objects that have fallen to the world from outer space, emerged from deep underground, or unexpected portals?

If YES, go to Step 7
If NO, go to Step 8

STEP 5: Deactivating the device

Attempt to deactivate the device, either through pressing buttons, ripping out power sources, or flipping switches. Has this fixed the issue?

If NO, go to Step 6

STEP 6: Destroying the cause

Find the nearest heavy object and attempt to use it to reduce the source of the madness to its component parts. Has this fixed the issue?

If NO, go to Step 7

STEP 7: Leaving

Get in your car and go somewhere else. Just keep driving until everything is fine. CHECKLIST COMPLETE.

STEP 8: Assessing the cause (self)

Is it possible that the world is fine and you are crazy?

If YES, go to Step 9
If NO, go to Step 1

STEP 9: Potato

What are you playing.

If NO, go to Step 1

Bonus question: Is there a movie you loved as a kid that you can’t stand now?

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I’ll be in Guild Wars 2 this weekend for sure. Good thing I like the Charr in this game because this episode is all Charr, all the time. I’ll be poking into Star Wars Galaxies Legends too for some vendor restockage.

Space Camp, fam.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Between wrapping up some long-running projects in Final Fantasy XIV and trying out the launch version of Astellia Online (well, headstart launch, at least), I’ll be pretty busy. Which is good, because I’m also entertaining this weekend and heading to Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live. So… yeah. Busy enough.

Oddly, the movie I just can’t stand to watch any longer isn’t about the movie being bad, even though it is. See, when I was younger a video store that my father and I frequented had one animated film that I found utterly fascinating. Even as a kid I recognized that it was a disjointed mess, but it enchanted me just the same. Years later, of course, I saw the actual film, because the movie that charmed be was Warriors of the Wind, better known as the savagely re-edited and badly dubbed release of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.

Mia DeSanzo (@neschria): I am going to be playing (and writing about) World of Warcraft and Trove. Otherwise, I will be doing homework and housework. This week got away from me entirely, as I spent my evenings teaching my daughter how to parallel park, so this weekend is going to be busy.

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): I will be spending the majority of my gaming time (and then some!) in Mo Mania this weekend! Lots more prizes to give away, and more shenanigans to be had. Hopefully I will see everyone there. As for playing… hmmm, last time we didn’t get much playing done at all! Will it matter which game I am in?

I didn’t really get to watch movies when I was young except for edited for TV ones and our Disney VHS tapes. And I still love Disney movies! I can’t recall any I’d seen that I liked then but don’t like now, but there is one that affects me very differently. I loved Dirty Dancing (I mean, come on – Patrick Swayze!), and I still do like the movie. However, as soon as I had a daughter and watched it again when she was little, the entire feeling changed. Watching it as a mom thinking of her little girl vs watching it as a young teen, it lost a bit of the romance. I think the same thing with Pretty Woman: Funny romance, or telling your daughter it will all work out if she becomes a prostitute? Messages look a bit different once you have those kids and look at it more critically that way. (And yes, I like both certain romcoms and many action flicks where people blow up into a million pieces. And horror! Can’t pigeonhole me!)

Samon Kashani (@thesamkash): Not a lot of gaming this weekend. I’m feeling pretty stalled out in general. Luckily Ashes of Creation: Apocalypse drops Tuesday and ArcheAge on the 30th, so that’s where I’m looking at now.

The Karate Kid. Hear me out though – pitchforks down! It isn’t that I don’t like it, but it’s not the story that I thought it was. I used to think it was such an underdog beating up the bully kind of movie. But if you really watch it again, Daniel is kind of a jerk kid constantly messing with Jonny; almost every encounter with Jonny he kind of provokes. Watch it, you’ll see.

Tyler Edwards: Likely more Mass Effect: Andromeda. Possibly some Anthem. Also Dead by Daylight is having a free week, and I have a friend who’s super into that, so I might check that out, maybe.

Bonus question: The Phantom Menace. I was a child. I didn’t know any better. Don’t judge me.

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It’s Monday now, so it’s WDIP.

WoW Classic. Talked the family out of BFD and instead blew through Ashenvale and ended game day at level 28. On Sunday I made from 12 to 20 on my rogue alt, just to keep up his alchemy with the herbs I’m getting on my shaman. Between the two, I’d rather grind with the team as a healer than solo with a rogue. Nothing new there, but having the kids along this time is new and gratifying.

As for the bonus question, no, but my parents took me to see Alien at the age of 8 and the chestburster scene left me in a state of silent trauma that went unnoticed in the darkened theatre. By the time Ash got his head knocked off, I was done, but still shocked to silence. Afterwards we went out to Red Lobster. The clam chowder looked like android blood.

As an adult I went back and excised my aversion, and rediscovered a sci-fi masterpiece.

David Goodman

Bonus question: Is there a movie you loved as a kid that you can’t stand now?

Several, but the first one that comes to mind honestly, the Police Academy movies. I used to watch those all the time; i’d rent (yes, from a video rental store!) the entires series and just shotgun them with my brother in a marathon.

Now? .. I don’t know if they haven’t aged well, or I’ve aged TOO well. I can still quote some things without cringing (“The damn thing fits!” whenever we find a narrow parking space), but just thinking about them makes me roll my eyes.

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Has the world gone crazy? Well, it sure sometimes feels that way, these last few years.

Gaming this week, beyond my usual games? I got back into The Division 2 for a bit — I like it okay, I suppose, but I suspect I’d like it much more as a game if I hadn’t already played the first Division game, which I personally consider vastly superior, both as a general game, and as a story. Div 2 is serviceable, but it always feels “lesser than” to me.

I also poked back into Fortnite: Save The World (the PvE co-op version of the game). Epic launched a new secondary/limited time event questline a little while ago, and it was effectively a series of group co-op escort missions (!!!). I absolutely hated the first one I tried (Escort missions — you’re a gamer; you know why!) so I gave the game a rest.

I’d also been playing Fortnite: Save The World a little too much, so I needed a break or a change anyway.

Still “lost in space” in No Man’s Sky, and hoping to get myself “un-lost” soon!

Lastly, the game Remnant: From The Ashes seems interesting to me, but I don’t know if I want to take a risk on it. Maybe the budget will allow for it next month. We’ll see.

Thanks to everyone who posts friendly, conversational replies to my posts here. They are much appreciated, even if I don’t always get the chance to reply personally to everyone.

Take care of yourselves, and each other. That’s not sentiment; that’s survival.


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Welp, Borderlands 3 is eating my entire attention span lately! I used to suck out loud at First Person Shooters, but I’m actually, somehow, feeling like a total badass in this one. Dunno what changed other than me potentially sticking with it and getting better. Here’s my FL4K, who has just surpassed my Amara in the main story progression as of about, oh, 10 minutes ago. They’re actually just more fun to play than Amara is right now, and fortunately I have a couple kick-ass legendaries for them to use. Just hopped on down to down-home Eden-6 for the first time, so this’ll be fun!

Also picked up Untitled Goose Game for a honkin’ good time, but haven’t sunk my beak into it yet. Still really looking forward to it, though!

Hmm, I was just talking about this with a friend two nights ago, but I think Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is one of those “Loved it as a kid, cringe-fest now” movies. I think of the plot now and it’s just like… Holy crapweasels that’s transphobic. Jim Carrey’s elastic face doesn’t make up for all the harmful stuff about Einhorn/Finkle and trans women in general in there. Cringe-o-rama.


Final Fantasy XIV pretty much is the only game I’m focusing on right now as I try to get the GARO stuff wrapped up before “late October” when 5.1 releases. WAR and DRK just hit 41 each, NIN is at 55, DRG/AST are both sitting at 32 to be leveled last. Then for Wolf Marks I still need to grind out ~82.3k of them, so gonna be hitting the frontlines/feasts this weekend to get those challenge log bonus marks. Also need to get 18 more Feast wins and 22 Frontline/Feast wins to further give incentive to grind stuff out.

Started tanking in Frontlines though and it’s fun as hell to be a juggernaut who can just cause so much disruption for healers and whatnot. WAR is pretty much my goto for Frontline queues right now, meanwhile I’m dinking around with AST/WHM in Feast and finding it more successful than when I was playing as the party’s tank. All-in-all it’s been a fun way to sort of push me out of my rut that I was having with XIV and I’m finding new things to enjoy about jobs/roles/activities I might have felt daunting to get into before.

Oh and I guess maybe I’ll play a bit of Smite and hop on WoW Classic long enough to transfer my Alliance chars off of Stalagg to Heartseeker if my guild decides to go through with that.


This week:

Who’s gonna tell you when
It’s too late
Who’s gonna tell you things
Aren’t so great

You can’t go on
Thinking nothing’s wrong
Who’s gonna drive you home tonight…

RIP, ‎Ric Ocasek. /bows


The Cars’ Ric Ocasek: 17 Essential Songs

Also this week: Assessing Canada…

…welp, that was horribly embarrassing. /bleh

And finally: I might finally get Exalted with the Rustbolt Resistance (WoW)…as they can really find the gears to grind over there. >.<

Have a great week and weekend folks! <3


Nicely done. RIP Ric. Great talent, The Cars were a great band.


I’m setting Three Houses aside over the weekend to play Link’s Awakening. It’s super fun and adorable. I’m not a fan of all of the remixed music, but it’s good for the most part.

I’ll also be starting Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Mysecretid’s posts about it convinced me to give it a shot.

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I really enjoyed it, Noble, and it’s on sale on Steam right now, so at least it won’t cost you a fortune.

As always, if you hate the game, you can always come back here and call me bad names. That’s what the internet is for, right? :-)

But seriously, I hope you have lots of fun. Enjoy!

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Catching up on a roleplay show that I’ve fallen behind on. It’s one of those rare shows that’s too good to not devote 100% of my attention to, which causes me to put it off until later when I’m willing and able to do so.

Aside from that, having completed Pokemon Gold, I’m onto Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, which makes me appreciate the modern series’ design that much more. I’m so glad I don’t have to worry about inventory space anymore. I’m also so eager to get into generation 7’s Ultra Sun because of the removal of required HM moves for travel, along with having a more diverse selection of Pokemon types to catch. But I must be patient. Alpha Sapphire is a blast anyhow so it’s not really a big struggle.

I already got through the Guild Wars 2 patch content I care about and am back to minimal login time. No big surprise there. I also had an enjoyable binge of Dead by Daylight where I progressed my unlocking of teachable perks. The new Stranger Things content looks solid, though I won’t be getting it anytime soon since I’ve got a lot of catch-up to do. It’s one of those games I play and have a great amount of fun but only in intermittent spurts. I get my fill and move on until I get another craving for it.


Huh. I made it all the way to potato in one pass. Hmm. It might be right.

Borderlands 3, it is still fun and engaging. So, on we go. Not sure I’ll continue to pour as much time into it. But for a quick frag and laugh, it will do.

*sigh* BnS has me back in its clutches. I’m loving the Archer. I don’t recommend it for everyone though. It is easy to shoot but a tough class to master. Combos and resource dumps are a difficult mix. But it is something new and challenging. Besides, I’m knee-deep in a BBQ cook-out in the Cinderlands right now. What could be better?

Control is a game I need to try. I’ll be doing some Twitch watching of that one this week.

Other than that, work, sleep and get my car inspected are all on the agenda.


I’m exploring the island of Eastshade, lending a helping hand to the locals along the way. Assisting a ranger in healing an injured water fox, encouraging a pilot to find the right name for her hot air balloon, and such.

I bought it as a walking sim, but as it turns out it’s more than that. It has many quests and a nice progression based on items that allow you to reach areas that were unaccessible before or are helpful during exploration in other ways. It’s a bit like Skyrim in summer, but with combat replaced by landscape painting as a player skill, lol. And as an indie title, so smaller world and some minor graphics glitches here and there (but nothing dramatic).

If anyone is looking for a serene little exploration game without combat, I can recommend it (I’m only 4 hours in, though, so take with a grain of salt).

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Thanks for mentioning this, Michael. It looks interesting. I suspect I’ll check it out!



You’re welcome. If you do, be sure to let us know in WRUP how you liked it!

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If I get around to trying it, I will comment in WRUP because you asked me, pal!