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Index 47289983-BBA-4683: Ducks do not quack but sing the Ghostbusters theme song.

Index 47289983-BBA-4684: The Ghostbusters theme song is just ducks quacking.

Index 47289983-BBA-4685: Stan Lee sent a letter to a young Kevin Feige which contained only an inappropriate drawing and the caption, “This is what I think Spider-Man’s pee-pee looks like.”

Index 47289983-BBA-4686: Ghost Rider is named “Burny Ol’ Skullface.”

Index 47289983-BBA-4687: Our universe.

Index 47289983-BBA-4688: Zach Snyder’s Watchmen adaptation does not set the uncomfortably long sex scene to Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” but to Smash Mouth’s “All-Star.”

Index 47289983-BBA-4689: Due to a clerical error, People Magazine voted that Peggy Hill from King of the Hill was the “Sexiest Woman Alive” in 2001.

Index 47289983-BBA-4690: The zone in World of Warcraft is actually called “The Outlands.”

Index 47289983-BBA-4691: Bill Murray has an irrational fear of ducks.

Index 47289983-BBA-4692: What Are You Playing bothers to explain itself.

Bonus question: What was the first computer that you had in your household?

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Playing Pokemon Go and Pokemon Sword with a friend this weekend, assuming her dog allows it.

Our first computer was an Acer. That’s all I remember. There was a sale so dad bought it. The thing was, it already had trouble running cheap Windows programs on sale at the grocery store. We all remember those, right? Andy McAdams: Pokemon! I don’t really care about the Reddit-mob rage over it – I’m going to enjoy the ever-loving crap out of this game. Also probably some Minecraft and The Elder Scrolls Online.

First computer: a Tandy 1000. Had a whopping like 200kb some-aught hard drive and a custom OS Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I’ll be in Star Wars Galaxies Legends again. Crafting, mostly! Husband’s been trying to get me back into Guild Wars 2 again, but we’ll see.

First computer? No idea. I was little. A big ol’ ugly cream box that my brother and I fought over. We had a couple of games – Jeopardy was one. Didn’t own a real console, but my dad had a CS degree, so yep, we were relatively early adopters for PC. Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): I am legitimately unsure. I’m sort of coasting around between a few different games but not outright being hooked in by any of them for a great length of time. Bit of Final Fantasy XIV, bit of Dauntless, bit of Star Citizen… I also feel like I want to try something wholly different to shake things up. Maybe I’ll give Kingdom Under Fire 2 a swing.

The first PC we owned was a hand-me-down IBM thing from the Navy. It was one of those chunky suckers that required you to turn it on in a specific sequence. As for our first “real” PC as far as gaming goes, it was a Gateway thing. That was at the mid-90s, at the height of CD-ROM point-and-click adventure gaming. Return to Zork and The 7th Guest anyone? Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): I’ve got my usual stuff in FFXIV as I take on some challenges in World of Warcraft (finishing up reputation is 15% faster during the anniversary event, that’s just barely enough motivation). Otherwise, I’ve got stuff to play for reviews, and maybe I’ll fit in something else along the way, but nothing definite.

My first household computer was an Apple IIe, monochrome green display and all. Oddly, very few of my old computers actually had games on them, which is probably why it took a long time for me to really think of desktops as gaming machines. Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): Pretty much the same as last weekend: Minas Morgul questing in Lord of the Rings Online, Heavensward questing in FFXIV, and intergalactic space pirate awesomeness in The Outer Worlds. Mia DeSanzo (@neschria): I will be working this weekend, both housework and jobby job work. On Sunday, I plan to jump back into ArcheAge.

The first computer we had was a Texas Instruments TI-99/4A. We had a cassette tape drive and voice synthesizer (which was a separate bit of hardware). Programs came on cartridges or cassettes. It was awesome. MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): Pretty much the only thing I will be living, breathing, and playing this weekend is Path of Exile here at ExileCon. Big announcements and hands-on opportunities abound.

I still have my first “computer,” which was also my first “laptop.” It was a Brother portable word processor with equally portable printer my mom gave me when I left for college. I’d take it to campus when I had to spend the day finishing and printing a paper to turn in. It also provided my very firs computer catastrophe when the power went out in a school building as I was literally typing the final sentence of a 15-page research paper and erased everything. Apparently the auto save toggled off, leaving me nothing to give for a paper that was due in 30 minutes. Half the class walked into that class in a daze (most of the campus lost power for a bit, including the computer lab). Professor gave us all three days to redo, saying if we had it done once then it shouldn’t be hard to recreate. My paper was nowhere near as good as the first one, but the grade was decent and it was over. Samon Kashani (@thesamkash): ArcheAge is going to take up all my gaming time this weekend; finally getting up into the danger zones and hitting the upper levels so things are getting interesting.

First family computer was an IBM. It had bunch of kid games and stuff. I thought it was so cool. Tyler Edwards: Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition morning, noon, and night. This is how you do a remaster, folks. It changed just enough while preserving the spirit of the original perfectly.

Bonus question: I don’t remember. I was too little.

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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kjempff

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Index 47289983-BBD-46d9: Commodore outperformed both IBM and microsoft. Steve jobs had a carreer in advertising and Bill Gates became a safari tour guide. Skynet became self aware but it didn’t matter because in this reality people had enough sense to not connect everything in a global network.
World of Whopass by Buzzard entertainment became the best selling game of all time. The newest commodore computer is entirely module based, with all modules being hot-pluggable.
Dungeon Defenders is going closed beta on nov 22..and in that Universe I have time to play it.

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laelgon

Played through all of Jedi Fallen Order. It’s a relatively short game, I finished at 90% world completion in about 12-13 hours. Combat was pretty solid. Best description I’ve seen is that it’s Dark Souls Lite, mixed with Uncharted. Biggest complaint is that their are so few boss battles with lightsabers that by the time I felt like I was really getting the hang of it, the game was over. Lack of a new game plus also is kind of a bummer, since now that I’ve unlocked all the cool moves and powers, there’s just the minions to kill when revisiting previous areas. Still, a very solid game, and definitely one of those games where it feels like the sequel will be the one that shines, now that they’ve figured out and proven the formula works (hopefully, no idea if it’s selling well).

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Finished The Outer Worlds toward the end of last week, and absolutely loved it. Good game; good ending, and Obsidian had the dignity not to sequel-bait the finale.

In fact, The Outer Worlds actually does one of those “what happened to your crew and the setting after the story ended, based on your actions” type of slideshow + narrator voiceover things after the game ends.

Could there be a sequel game? Sure, but it’s unlikely to be just picking up where you left off for more of the same.

I promise, I’m not trying to over-hype The Outer Worlds here, or anything like that. I’m just trying to tip my gamer friends here at Massively that — if you are interested in the game –make a note to yourself to not let it get buried in the rush of all the other pre-Christmas game releases. It deserves better than sinking to the bottom of your “maybe someday I’ll play this game” backlog pile. :-)

Speaking of other game releases, I did pick up Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order. It’s better than I expected in a lot of ways, but I’m still deciding whether or not I truly like the combat mechanics and the control scheme. More on that some other time …

Like many of you, I’m also watching episodes of The Mandalorian on Disney+ and enjoying it mightily thus far.

Rounding out the Star Wars theme, I’ve been banging around in Star Wars: The Old Republic again, and enjoying its return to genuine Star Wars storytelling.

Bonus: I didn’t get my first computer until I started university in earnest. Home computers had been around for a while before that time, but as a Lit Major, I wanted/needed a computer to help me compose my essays more quickly and more easily.

Some gaming happened too, of course. :-)

Told ya I was a semi geezer :-D

Take care of yourselves, and each other — it’s how we’ll get through. Love to yas, my friends.

Oh, and speaking of Star Wars

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rafael12104

That is great! LOL It reminds me of this.

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Sray

Pretty much all Star Wars all the time at my place these days: my play time will be alternating between SWTOR and Jedi Fallen Order this week.

Still leveling up alts in SWTOR. I’m running a Jedi Knight through the class story right now. I’m all XP boosted in about 4 different ways, so I should be hitting level 60 as a I finish off the class story, so then I can leap into the Knights of the Fallen Writing story before finally moving into the new expansion content. That will all happen either in the next week, or I’ll still be piddling about to the end of my sub time without ever touching the expansion. I see absolutely no possibility of there being some sort of middle ground on that.

Jedi Fallen Order. Can’t say much about it as I literally just finished downloading it about an hour ago, played about 20 minutes and then stopped for dinner. It seems pretty good so far. Some advice if you’re playing this on PC: when the game tells you that it’s preferable to play with a controller, keep your PCMR gripes to yourself, save the headaches, and just play with the controller because they’re really not lying about it. Seriously, the mouse and keyboard controls are criminally terrible. RDR2’s M+K controls are worse, but this game is still one of the worst offenders for poor M+K support I’ve seen in a while. But once you get past that, it seems like there’s a decent game there.

And I’ve also been watching The Mandalorian. It’s a decent watch, certainly better than the new trilogy, but I preferred it under its original title: Lone Wolf and Cub. If you understand the reference, by the second episode you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. Still, there’s worse things than copying the formula of a classic manga and plastering a Star Wars skin over top of it. I’m enjoying it right now. Enough to keep subbed to Disney+ for the entire run? We’ll see; but they need to bring in some more stuff to appeal to grown ups.

Anyhoo, I’m off to do… something close to nothing, but different than the day before. Have a safe and happy weekend folks, and remember this: only users lose drugs.

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MurderHobo

I’m playing “Shell two bushels of pecans” this weekend, and I don’t even know what I want to do when I get back into gaming. I was all hyped for Classic WoW, but current events have soured that experience. I’m currently adrift.

My first computer was a Timex Sinclair 1000 when I was twelve. It had 1 kilobyte of RAM and a tape recorder for a drive. I wrote two games on it — a basic word adventure and a single-room roguelike thing.

Dad was in electronics design, and used to sell RF down converters through mail-order and at HAM/electronics swap-meets. I would sit on the tailgate of his truck and play Frogger and Snake on the T/S 1000 being broadcast wirelessly to a TV to demonstrate the product. People were buying the kits to steal satellite TV of course, but my little demo met the legal requirements for plausible deniability at the time.

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That’s a lot of frickin’ pecans, Hobo! Are you sure this isn’t some bizarre form of punishment inflicted on you in contravention of the Geneva convention? Do you need rescuing? I’m sure Massively can get the chopper headed your way! :-)

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MurderHobo

It was quite the haul this year, as the renters next door weren’t interested in harvesting their trees. It’ll take more than one weekend to get through it, but I get them cracked at the farmer’s market, so it’s not so bad.

At $12/pound I don’t mind at all.

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JonBuck

FFXIV crafting. Pushing to get them over 60 this weekend. The L60 Job Quests are pretty annoying because they usually require very rare materials. Fortunately the materials are supplied in the Stormblood questlines.

Apple IIgs purchased in 1989. The gs stood for “graphics and sound”.

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Utakata

This week: Where I get to experience an alternative universe where my internet is fine, but the phone line has exploded. As a result, I have no way of communicating over long distances outside of the said medium…

“You know, you should get yourself a cellphone…like all the cool kids do, Uta.”

…yes but, I am not in a disposable income position to have two lines, for one. As the second line budget is gone into my love for MMO’s.

AND switching entirely to mobile exposes another big weakness of mine. That is, I’m a scattered brain…in that I would leave behind the head and pigtails if they weren’t attached to my body. So I can’t afford to lose my only source of phone communication due to an obscure brain fart. :(

Anyways, my ISP is planning to fix this all…err, next Tuesday. >.<

Also this week: More Lyn & Soul and World of Goblincraft, Retail this week.

As well as: 386.

Have a great week and weekend folks! <3

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Mordyjuice

Don’t try playing Rift, I can speak from personal experience their security does not like mobile connections.

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Utakata

…oh before I forget. I have no real interest playing mobile games, let alone Rift on one. But good to know I guess? o.O

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Danny Smith

Playing Death Stranding. I’m a big fan of Kojimas work but the guy is an infamous ‘starfucker’ who loves western celebrities and spent more time pre release shilling which ones were in his game as cameos than mechanics and knowing his usual work i was really, really worried the game was going to be an even more masturbatory shell of a game than MGSV which was too much even for him. So i left it a week as my friends bought it to see what they thought since i knew a lot of reviews would score it high just because ‘hes owed it for the konami blow up’ alone.

Now i’m about 8 hours in and its pretty fun and far less up its own ass than MGSV was, i can see why it would put people off but it really feels like ‘take MGS cutscenes, botw’s stamina and weighty movement, a lot of MGSV’s core ideas (which further suggests to me that metal gear survive was going to be dlc for V konami revived to sell alone like a lot of rumours and kojimas tweets of ‘i want to make the zombie game’ at the time of V’s production suggested) and the building of fortnite all tied together with the message and rating system of the souls games’ and it works but its one of those wierd games where you know you can cheese things like a spooky forest full of ghosts but building a ladder to a clifftop of the canyon the forest is in and just walking around it, but then the idea of leaving marks to lead other players the same way is intended gameplay so are you spoiling the experience or is the collaboration the true experience?

Overall its interesting but i think the gameplay could get stale, but i’ve only had one mission involving human enemies and most of it beyond that was just trying not to eat shit and trip in a river so i have to see when the equipment unlocks and i see more areas to really judge it. Right now i want to see more of the world and the story and i think more than anything this highlights that the dark souls idea of leaving messages to appear in other players worlds is a criminally underrated and highly effective form of lowdisturbance multiplayer content.

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Mordyjuice

Played some WoW, if my wife ever decides to log in and do anything other than sleep I guess we can play WoW or Classic, if not then I have Path of Exile slowly downloading.

First PC I owned was some IBM that required a boot disk and ran on DOS, found a gigantic dot matrix printer collecting dust in the basement of an Insurance office my mom was a manager at, all my papers smelled like mildew.

Don’t remember too many details about my first MMO PC other than it was a Gateway, cost 700 and change in 2005 and my coworkers picked it so that it could play WOW, upgraded to a HP HP Phoenix with a Phenom CPU in 2008, threw a Radeon 5800 GPU in it when Cata released with a PSU that could handle the load, in 2013 I had a PC built with AMD FX 4300 Quad Core, 8G Ram, GEForce 650 (which I later rebuilt recently for my wife), recently I built a new PC with AMD Ryzon 3 Quad Core, 8G Ram, and Radeon RTX570 4g onboard Ram.

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mysecretid

Saw your note about your wife’s health issues late last week. Genuinely sorry this fell upon the two of you, Mordy, and I hope things get better for her soonest, man.

Best,

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Mordyjuice

She’s getting there, she just has to adjust to new meds. She had been referred to a Psychiatrist that decided to titrate her off of Cymbalta with out putting her on a different med in the same class to ease her off the withdrawal from it which lead to a hospitalization, you see Cymbalta only comes in capsules with no smaller doses so this doctor expected her to titrate by going 2 days on 1 off to eventually 1 on 1 off, to then 2 off 1 on (that’s when the fun began).

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Rees Racer

Lots and lots of hours into Red Dead Online. I really haven’t touched another game since its launch. For all the fuss surrounding the rocky PC debut, it has been stabilised to such a degree, I’ve not had any serious issues (a bugged mission, perhaps) for the last week.

I like my PvP lobby shooters (e.g. War Thunder, World of Warships), but I was quite concerned RDO was gonna be a griefing festival from the start. Certainly too many buckaroos shooting up towns and such, but not another player has so much as pointed a gun at me in the marathons I’ve put in to date.

(My first proper computer): 1995. I think it was a HP Pentium 75 with 8MB of RAM. It was good enough to play Dark Forces and Mechwarrior 2. I’m not counting the playtime in the early 80’s on my mate’s Apple II+. ;)

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MurderHobo

Mech Warrior 2… I remember having LAN parties at the local gaming club using netmech. Would have been ’91-’94. I think that was MW2 and it was the best multiplayer experience I remember outside of Tribes.

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PanagiotisLial1

MW2 is the game that made me a battletech fan – graphics were crude but was a lot of fun. *Critical Hit – Gyro* *Critical Hit – Weapon Destroyed*

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rafael12104

It was amazing. I played it on a Lan setup as well. And there was nothing like it. You really felt you were in a Mech.