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So much for good times. Or all right times.

So… hey, Ion, you’re not reading this, but just for the record? I know you were trying to tell a big old jokey-joke with “ha ha, a World of Warcraft expansion in which the world isn’t ending, how silly,” but… that actually sounds nice. Do you know that? It actually would be more fun to me if we had an expansion that wasn’t escalating everything to an absurd degree as we fight off the latest world-destroying threat. You know, had a breather or something? That’d be fun.

Like, I get it, escalation of conflict and all that, but at a certain point the conflict is just silly and too far. It’d be kind of neat to just have an expansion wherein everything wasn’t falling apart? Or even had moments when we could just sit back and rest? Doesn’t that sound like fun times?

Also, tell us about cross-faction play or face wrath. It’s What Are You Playing.

Bonus question: What film were you excited to see that wound up disappointing you?

Andy McAdams: I’ll probably be lurking around the BlizzCon stuff and then a few IRL things this weekend. I’ve been alternating between The Outer Worlds, Minecraft, and The Elder Scrolls Online.

Bonus Question: I have to first set the record straight in that Serenity was an amazing movie that was one of the motivations for me adopting Serrenity as a handle and turned me on to to Firefly. Bree, I’m sorry to say it, but you’re just wrong on this one. (P.S. please don’t fire me.)

A Wrinkle in Time – that was a favorite book of mine growing up, and it had Oprah. The reality was they changed the core of the story to be something vastly different than the book and Oprah didn’t do much more than stand around and look majestic. She absolutely killed looking majestic though, for what it’s worth.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I’m playing BlizzCon, fam. Also doing my thing in Star Wars Galaxies Legends. Really got back hardcore into it the last few weeks, doing a rethink of my Core Businesses in there and dropping some products that haven’t been selling in order to try out some new stuff.

Serenity is a garbage movie. I had way high expectations, and they were not met. Hey, wanna see that thing you loved set on fire? Yeah.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): The new season pass for Dauntless is totally my aesthetic, so I’ll be chasing those goodies down. I’ve also done the only thing I care to do in Final Fantasy XIV’s patch 5.1 (the main story quests), so I might either let that sub go fallow for a bit or I’ll level up an alt, I’m undecided. In-between all that, it’s co-op Luigi’s Mansion 3 with the husband.

I haven’t really been let down by a movie I was excited for, but that might be because I don’t get that excited for most movies. I guess one movie that I arrived to curious and left furious about was Punch Drunk Love. It was this unsatisfying, pretentious, droll bore of a movie that seemed to just stop caring and ended.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Ah, BlizzCon weekend; I’ve got a fair number of things to do in terms of liveblogging, but beyond that I’ve got my FFXIV patch stuff to keep up, plus some single-player titles for reviewing, and also now I kind of need to think about World of Warcraft a bunch. It’s one of those weekends.

As a huge fan of horror films, I felt really let down by It Follows. People shouted about how great it was, but it ultimately failed to really deliver anything particularly scary or any characters I cared about. A disappointment, at least to me; I think it had more to do with how light we’d been on even halfway decent horror films for a long while there.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I have a pretty simple weekend planned: Get as much done on the progression server in Lord of the Rings Online before Minas Morgul drops, finish the Seventh Astral Era quest series in FFXIV, and start in on The Outer Worlds when I get a spare minute or two.

Tyler Edwards: I have a stomach flu, so I’m not really sure what I’ll be up for. A friend has a D&D one-shot planned for the weekend, but I’m not sure I’ll make it to that. I’d also like to continue my Mass Effect: Andromeda playthrough, or maybe dip into Anthem, or check out the new Star Wars: The Old Republic expansion… but yeah, it all just depends on how much time I spend lying in bed and begging for the sweet mercy of death.

Bonus question: Unpopular opinion here, but Logan. I’m a huge X-Men fan, and I’m all for superhero movies being more serious, but there’s a difference between serious and just being a monument to self-indulgent misery. The acting is incredible across the board, especially the little girl, but it’s just, like… not an enjoyable movie. It’s the only X-Men movie I haven’t liked.

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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Eboni

I’m playing OW so I can get a few more lootboxes and the Sombra skin. The kids and I are trying out the new Plants v Zombies. Then maybe some Dead by Daylight or The Outer Worlds since they both are on the Xbox game pass.

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Armsbend

I just got back from seeing The Lighthouse. A really fantastic movie. If you are a fan of Lovecraftian horror or of Greek mythology at all – do yourself the favor. Or if you just like really well done films that strike away from the norm.

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Thanks to BG1/2 EE on the Switch, I’ve gotten back into the DDO TR game when I’m home and left the Switch for commuting and travel.

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Armsbend

What are those acronyms?

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zoward

Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition.

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Thank you zoward. Really a game that doesn’t have a common acronym :P

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Malcolm Swoboda
  • Wizards Unite – Technically completed the last dark battles event but did NOT complete the ‘bonus’ objective… which doesn’t feel bonus at all because it rewards a title and cosmetic! Grr! My first missed event! Then I did the Halloween fortress battle event because it was so incredibly easy. Still pushed both events to the limit of within minutes of them finishing.
  • Mobius Final Fantasy, Another Eden, Castlevania Grimoire of Souls– Logging, mostly. Mobius had me doing its Halloween event story, but I’m just going to pop into events for now. Dropped Castlevania, in the end it just isn’t for me, as I’m enjoying other things more. Logging Another Eden, but really really getting the desire to play, as the Global version starts dropping more than one major update a month in the apparent desire to catch up to Japan next year. Japan’s in the middle of 2.X and just got a CAT BATTLE patch (a little while after doing what I thought was the end with a CAT COLLECTION patch!) and I really want it, while Global’s on the latter half of 1.X. I think Japan is profitable enough that it’ll see a 3.X etc, and there’s no sign of Global being treated badly.
  • Magia Record – I did the Halloween event and it was ironically cute and innocent for this franchise! Now there’s another ‘training event’ (they always have story though) and I’ll do some of that. I might be back-back to this game, but it depends. Its been demoted to 2nd tier priority as I play Last Cloudia, but its far from dropping to 3rd. I should start writing these tiers.
  • Magikarp Splash – Slow progress :).
  • Antihero, Conarium – Partner an I played only a bit of Conarium, the big thing being that I fixed the terrible screen tearing so I’m excited to continue!
  • Last Cloudia – Did so much. Advanced my party levels from 30ish to 40. Completed the whole initial story on Normal, and nearly half of it on Hard. Completed the current story event on highest difficulty (and can often Auto it, but it takes a very strong support unit with the right skills) and now just grinding it a couple times a day until I get all rewards. Working on clearing out all shops. Completed the current state of the fairy and treasure collecting sidequests, but working on the monster hunting (including 2 hard bosses with it). Still a few sidequests left but then it’ll be waiting for more story. Still need to fight the harder versions of the current summon battles that rewards stronger versions of the summons. But I’m doing well. If things crawl by the end of the month I may slow down or take a break, but I know there’s events and content to come – the question is whether Global is big enough to support, and then if the content will come at the same or an accelerated pace to Japan.

‘Final’ boss music! That again, I only survived with one support character at less than 50 HP. The curse of pushing to finish story ASAP!

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mysecretid

No “Game of the Week” winner this wek, Malcolm? As usual, I am dazzled by the vast array of choices. Thank you for the update!

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Minimalistway

Playing “I should upgrade my PC but first i’ll do this” which means i won’t do it until 2020! i bought more RAM and SSD, hopefully by the next week WRUP they will be inside my PC and i’ll talk about how everything is faster now.

Any advice on upgrading graphic card? i have GTX 1050, i want something better but not to large or expansive, just run games smoothly like WoW, in new zones my current card struggle with high settings.

Playing FFXIV, i reached level 47 where the next MSQ is 49 and i don’t know how to gain levels fast, i did some dungeons and crafting.

For movies: Inception, all these years i read about how deep it is, it’s a good movie for sure but not deep, the story is simple, but i liked it anyway.

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I believe the next generation gap after your current card was the GTX 1080+ Ti and after that is any of the RTX generation. Check your game for the better compatibility as the older Ti’s still perform better then RTX on some games.

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Sugegstions for graphics upgrades that won’t break the bank or overcrowd your PC case:
Nvidia: GTX 1660, GTX 1660 Super, or GTX 1660 Ti (these cards range from roughly $220 to $300 USD); there is the GTX 1650 which is obviously cheaper, but not enough of an upgrade over a GTX 1050 to be worthwhile
AMD: RX 570, RX 580, RX 590 (price range $130 to $200 USD)
Any of the cards I suggested should chew up and spit out pretty much any existing MMORPG running at 1080p resolution. Unfortunately, Nvidia just isn’t competitive in the sub $200 price range now; but that balanced out by AMD not really being competitive at the high end right now.

If you’re not adverse to used graphics cards, you can get some high end cards like a GTX 1070 for around $200 USD on eBay, maybe even less if you search them out locally on Craig’s List.

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Andy: I knew from what I’d seen about it that I probably wouldn’t like A Wrinkle in Time, but it was my favorite books as a kid so I watched it anyway. The girl who played Meg was good, but everything else about the movie was a dumpster fire. Mindy Kaling’s quote thing was unbearable almost immediately and by the time she got around to the Chris Tucker bit it was worse than Hayden Christensen complaining about sand.

Bree: Serenity was awesome and I shall defend it to the death!

Eliot: You’re wrong about It Follows, but not nearly as wrong as Bree is about Serenity.

As for me, I’m rarely excited to see a movie what with my cynicism and almost never going to a theater. But The Dark Knight Rises was a real bummer after the other two films.

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Yes, The Dark Knight Rises was really no fun, after the previous two, I agree.

I dunno what exactly Tom Hardy thought he was doing while playing Bane, but it really did not work for me.

And Christian Bale seemed like he was phoning it in as Batman/Bruce, in my opinion. He seemed … bored?

And Anne Hathaway as Catwoman mattered so little to the movie’s plot, it probably would’ve been better to leave the character out for another time, where she could actually be a real part of the story.

It was indeed a downer of a way for the trilogy to sign off, I agree.

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Bryan Correll

Wait a tic, which Serenity were you talking about Bree? Cause I totally forgot the 2019 one was a thing.

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blah blazh

Playing a bit of The Outer Worlds this weekend. An enjoyable game but something is off for me. I’m still looking for that great sci-fi game. I wish there was one as an mmo as I’m tired of the fantasy genre. Right now I just don’t feel motivated playing any mmo.

One thing that I’ll say about Blizzard, and I know it has been said before, but their cinematic team is the best in the business. That Diablo 4 trailer was absolutely superb. Makes me excited for their game (yes I know, cinematics aren’t representative of the game).

Bonus question: I loved the first two Alien films so when Prometheus was coming out I was pumped to see it. That was a big letdown.

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Sorenthaz

Dead By Daylight is my primary focus this weekend because they’re running their Halloween event AND double bloodpoints for the next two days. Time for me to get Nancy Wheeler and Steve Harrington leveled up to 40 for their teachables. And also try to burn through all of the pustula petal offerings I didn’t use last year on my Doctor. Also they added in the Archives which is a fun system that dives into the lore of DBD and gives you goals to try and achieve so you can get extra bloodpoints and progress in their new battle pass system.

Final Fantasy XIV and Outer Worlds will likely cover the rest. I neglected the phantasm tomestone grind pretty much 100% up until patch 5.1, so I’ve kind of got to start doing that if I want to spend these YorHa coins. Also still have the MSQ to go through. Then might take a look at the crafting changes and start working on leveling those classes up again.

Outer Worlds, just progressing more though it, but it’s been steadily taking a backseat due to online games having things that demand attention. It really does feel like it’s basically designed to be a foundation game, or the first in a series that they then hope to expand on in the future. I just hope that for future games that the writing improves.

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I’m at a loss regarding building this FrankenPC for my wife.

Made some progress last week end, got it to boot up past the mother board screen to a flashing cursor, tried 2 different hard drives of hers that had Windows 10 on it, the MOBO recognized that they existed but they would not boot to Windows.

I assumed my issue was the HDDs perhaps.

So today I bought a brand new SSD, and salvaged a DVD/ROM from her old PC, hooked every thing up, had to use a molex adapter to hook up the SSD, and now it won’t even turn on.

the power/reset is still plugged in, I know the board is getting power because the green light on the mother board is lit up.

I’m at a loss.

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Mordyjuice

Nevermind fixed it.

The Weeb formerly known as Sray
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The Weeb formerly known as Sray

I was just starting to type up some questions when you posted this follow up. Glad you got it under control.

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yeah one of the case fans got unplugged when I was hooking the new parts on and I plugged it in backwards.

Only problem I have is that the only copy of Windows I own is a builders copy of XP, hoping I can still get her a free upgrade to Windows 10.

barring that will WoW Retail/Classic, GW2, and Diablo 3 run on Windows XP?

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You could throw a linux build on it. Ubuntu is pretty foolproof these days, and the linux nvidia drivers have caught up and in some cases surpassed the official retail versions.

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I figured out how to get a free upgrade for Windows 10, it’s silly I would think Bill Gates left that back door there on purpose (it’s the third link that shows up in any search for Windows 10 and it’s Microsoft so it’s not like I went some where shady).

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Microsoft is going down the “get them into the ecosystem” route these days, so anyone who pays to upgrade Windows right now is basically just not looking hard enough. I suspect basic Windows will be completely free within the next couple years.

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sophiskiai

A little bit of DDO, a little bit of Conquest mode in Northgard (completed it with the Horse, Snake, and Dragon clans, now working on the Bear clan), mostly a ton of Warframe! So, so much stuff to do now the Old Blood update has dropped…

I finished incubating my vampire spacecat this afternoon, I’ve named her Bella in reference to the Sounds of Silence vampire rpg.

I’ve got my first Lich nemesis and have driven his influence back to a small corner of his planet, am holding off on facing him until I’ve got a full set of Requiems – have acquired 5 of 8 so far (love the lore they feature!), after playing more Kuva Flood missions in the past 2 days than in the previous 2 years.

Been doing lots of Forma polarising and gear relevelling to try out different melee weapons (I use daggers and greatswords more than whips, so think the range mechanic changes are awesome) and make room for weapon Exilus mods and get my Limbo in a fit state for Lich Excavation missions.

Spent 75 Vitus Essence to get the Grendel mission keys, but the missions are ridiculous – defence and survival missions against level 35+ enemies with no access to mods or gear items or operators! They feel like they’ve been tuned to be a tough challenge for perfectly balanced premade groups, which makes soloing them (nobody seems to be bothering with public matchmaking, and I can’t blame them) impossible. Might have to give up and buy him with plat.

Haven’t even touched the Ember and Vauban reworks and the new Leverians (besides Grendel’s) and Prexes and Vasca floofs and farming Parazon mods yet…

Bonus question: Prometheus.