WRUP: New conspiracy theories for Winter 2019 to Spring 2020 edition

    
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The monkeys know.

Seltzer is just denatured alcohol that has been yelled at by professional Yell Masters. It’s why White Claws taste good. (If you think they don’t, pretend they do for the sake of the theory.)

The Earth is a sphere, but Australia doesn’t exist. (Note: If your are Australian, you can “prove” this by claiming you actually just live a few miles from Spain.)

The odd-numbered moon landings were faked, but the even-numbered ones were real.

David Bowie is still alive but traveled back in time to evade reporters asking him what he thought of the Warcraft film.

Kennedy shot Lee Harvey Oswald.

Stanley Kubrick was a genius filmmaker who actually needed to be an abusive control freak in order to make art.

What Are You Playing is funny.

Bonus question: When do you tend to put up holiday decorations?

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Is shopping a game? I’ll be in some of my usual haunts, Star Wars Galaxies Legends for sure, and maybe Stardew Valley because I’ve had the worst urge to replay it. MOP reader Katerina also helpfully pointed me to the Humble Store, where The Sims 4 is $10 too, so that ended up in my cart somehow.

I drench my porch in even more twinkling lights than usual and decorate my mantle. This is the first year in a while we put up a tree too. Carlo Lacsina (@UltraMudkipEX): I’m catching up on Guild Wars 2 so I can say I’m at least caught up. I’m having a blast, but I still feel sad, can’t help but worry about the direction the game’s going… it’s like watching a good friend roll with a bad crowd.

As for decorations, they go up November 1, no exceptions. I start wearing ugly sweaters the Friday before Thanksgiving break as well. Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): The vast majority of my recent gaming time is being spent in single-player affairs like Rebel Galaxy Outlaw and Satisfactory (that game is a quicksand pit, holy crow), but I also have a nicer, more stone-y house to build in Citadel: Forged with Fire. I also want to maybe make friends with one of the folks on my server who chatted me up recently.

Space is a premium at Casa del Wolfy (read: tiny apartment is tiny),but when I do put up decorations, it’s usually at some point after Thanksgiving. And not a second before. Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Still on a low maintenance routine for Final Fantasy XIV right now, but that’s still on the list; I’ve got tons of single-player stuff to take on and I think it’s time for a touch of that, especially as I expect to be snowed in on Monday.

You don’t have to decorate for the holidays if you just keep that as your aesthetic year-round! Spiderwebs, bats, and jack-o-lanterns can just be the way your home looks! Wait, what holidays did you think I meant? Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I’m pushing hard to finish four major game projects by the end of December, so this weekend I’ll be plowing through Lord of the Rings Online’s Minas Morgul, FFXIV’s Heavensward, Fallout New Vegas, and The Outer Worlds. Not in a huge gaming marathon, mind you, just steadily rotating through all of them.

We put up holiday decorations the day after Thanksgiving and start “Christmas Countdown” on the first day of December. Mia DeSanzo (@neschria): I plan to play some Black Desert Online and to try to persuade my husband to try GW2.

My husband prefers to wait until after Thanksgiving to start decorating. I get excited and want to start decorating as soon as we’ve put away the Halloween stuff. We leave stuff up until Epiphany (Jan 6). MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): I’ll be playing a little Warframe and a little Conan Exiles for sure, but I think I will also sneak in some more survival with Subnautica and Astroneer, Maybe I can pop into LOTRO.

Traditionally, we put up our tree and decorations on the first Monday of December because Mondays are family nights. (We then leave our tree up until April 6th for… reasons.) However, we’ve missed the mark a few times now, like a couple years ago when we waited until my son was home from college to decorate so it was a mere day or two before Christmas then! Samon Kashani (@thesamkash): Not a lot of gaming this weekend due to the holiday, but where I can I’ll be in ArcheAge Unchained.

Usually the day after Thanksgiving we’ll put up decorations. This year things were kind of crazy so we got started after Halloween! Tina Lauro Pollock (@purpletinabeans): I’m attending one of my best friend’s toy shop opening, helping two of my other best friends decorate for Christmas this weekend (one of them is pregnant and due any day now, and the other was in a car accident and busted his sternum, so they need a diminutive Christmas fairy to visit), and having my dad and partner over to surprise them with fancy advent calendars I made, so I doubt I’ll game much. I will make time for some Overwatch, no doubt, and I’ll fit in GW2 as and when I can.

I decorate throughout November, but my tree goes up on the 25th of the month every year. I am a regular Mrs. Claus… you might find some photos of my mini grotto on Twitter! Tyler Edwards: I’m finally starting to slow down a little bit on Age of Empires II DE, but I just got granted a free month of Origin Access (somehow), so I’ll check out some games there. First up: Frostpunk and They Are Billions.

Living alone and having little family, I haven’t done any kind of decorating in a long time. That said, I feel strongly that decorations should go up no sooner than December 1 and come down no later than January 2. It’s not as special if you keep them up all winter.

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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Oleg Chebeneev

Not much recently. Played some Lost Ark and abit of Project Ascension Season 5. This month I plan to return to retail WoW and keep leveling my ironman naked rogue

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mysecretid

If I ever see a naked rogue in WoW, I’ll say “hi!”, Oleg! Have fun … and stay warm! :-D

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zoward

I’m traveling for work, posting from my work laptop on the other side of the world (yeah, I know, the world is a globe so “other side” is relative; I’m over it). The only MMO I currently have access to is “read MassivelyOP and post sometimes”. I suppose I could install one on my work laptop, but that would be … a bad idea in terms of productivity. I’m already missing my usual quarumvirate (is that a word? it is now) of LotRO, DDO, Trove and The Secret World.

Since I’m traveling, I put up the Christmas lights so my wife and kids could enjoy having them up . We agreed to wait on putting up the tree until I get back. The Christmas stuff goes back in the box around Epiphany (January 6th). We also tend to differentiate between decorating for Winter and decorating for Christmas, so decorations for the former will stay up until we’re sick of snow and start decorating for spring in order to compensate.

Have a nice weekend all!

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mysecretid

Yet another conspiracy theory: I’m not actually a person … I’m a secretly-sentient octopus who sneaks out at night to use the aquarium building’s computer to post to Massively OP. Glub. Glub.

First thing: I finished playing Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order this week, and I want to amend my previous comments on the game.

Yes, it might make you shout naughty words of frustration at your screen occasionally as you play. Yes, you may have to check out a couple of YouTube videos to get past a counter-intuitive puzzle or two.

BUT

It’s a really good Star Wars game. Better than I initially believed. The game gets better (and its story and characters get noticeably deeper) as the story progresses.

There are surprises. There are interesting twists.

Even the challenging nature of the gameplay is overtly reflected in the themes of the game itself: the idea that failure — and the decision to push forward after failing — is actually part of the path to success.

Pretty deep Jedi life-lesson for a computer game, actually.

So, yeah, if you like Star Wars, and you can handle a bit of frustration on your path to glory, you’re probably going to like this game, and you’re probably going to enjoy playing it overall.

The earliest parts of the game, where you’re at your weakest, can be the most frustrating. Keep saving your game, and trust in the Force. It gets better. :-)

What R I Playing?

The last two days, I’ve been playing Battle Breakers, a tactical action game designed for mobile (of all things) by Epic Games, makers of Fortnite.

The good news is, you can play it on your PC desktop; the bad news is, you have to install Epic Games’ bloody Steam-wannabe digital storefront program to run it.

Steam serves a purpose. GOG serves a purpose. Origin, Epic, and all the other Steam-alikes are just “as useless as tits on a boar”, as my farmer relatives have beem known to say. :-) Bah.

Regardless, I’m enjoying Battle Breakers way too much as a casual, fun, click-click-boom-yay type game.

I mean, one of my current heroes is a polar bear warrior, and the other is basically a ghost-robot ninja. Who could resist such awesomeness???? :-)

Warning, though: I’m not well-versed in mobile gaming, so folks like our own Malcolm Swoboda, who’s deeply into mobile gaming fun, might find Battle Breakers unremarkable and/or derivative compared to all the other things he plays.

Rather than yammer on about it, I’ll just post a few screens below, so you can judge for yourselves. Always the best way, right?

The game is (very intentionally) a strange mash-up of 1980s Saturday Morning cartoons (stuff like Thundercats, and all of that) and Japanese anime action.

The game has a sense of humor about itself as well (see pics) which always helps. :-)

Right now, I’m still in the “welcome new player!” part of Battle Breakers, where the game is still granting me free things.

If this “free-to-p(l)ay” game turns out to be non-skeevy in its monetization, I’ll probably stay with it.

If it tries to pick my pocket every time I turn around, I’ll drop the game like a hot rock.

Fortnite has been pretty up-front with it’s monetization, so hopefully Battle Breakers will follow that pattern.

I don’t begrudge paying for my gaming entertainment, but I hate it when companies try to trick or coerce me into paying more than I consider fair trade.

Take care of yourselves, and each other, my friends. That’s how we’ll get through. Love to yas, my friends, and I’ll see you next week!

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Armsbend

I’ve been spending time (for over 9 months now) on AFK Heroes. It’s another idle battler but it has really good artwork, not terrible writing and an upfront development team.

thanks for the tip imma find it now!

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mysecretid

I hope it entertains ya, Arms! If not, you can come back here and blame me — that’s what the internet is for! :-)

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rafael12104

Love the caps. I’m going to have to check it out!

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Malcolm Swoboda
  • Wizards Unite – Boring week, little progress, almost boring enough to not go outside for half an hour of dailies after this comment! Almost.
  • Another Eden – Wow, not just logging in!! I (hopefully) saved my progress through Facebook and transfer code linking, and restarted the game with a new account so I can review the storyline I did so many months ago. I’d say I’m 1/4-1/3 through this already, not counting certain character quests which require gacha characters. I’ll see how I feel about progress and gacha pulls by the end of December and if I don’t like it enough, I’ll go back to my stacked original account in time to get a 1000 Chronos Stones (premium currency) gift, an offer running until Jan 6 FYI!
  • Magia Record – Not playing much, but I have been doing bursts of progress on some days. I try, but Magia Record is clearly a secondary title for me at this point, mostly due to going too fast with release of temporary events/content and with too much grind for them.
  • Magikarp Splash – Slow progress :).
  • Last Cloudia – Secret of Mana event started and its very controversial. I won’t get into that right now though, but just say that I personally managed to luck into getting 2/3 of the exclusive characters and 3/3 of the exclusive ‘arks’ from gacha. So I can’t exactly complain for myself. The event, however, is pretty boring. The fights too long, there being near zero storyline, and weeks ahead of me knowing that new main storyline won’t happen until after that. I’ll play less than previous events and take what I can get, and it’ll still likely be enough for at least almost all rewards anyway. I still recommend the game but I have more concerns – that’s partially why I went back to Another Eden. Another reason is a video I’ll link below.
  • Final Fantasy Brave Exvius – Not much, actually! Slow progress through the very start of things…

A little goosey game. Honk.

Another Eden! Here’s one of my favorite tracks from the Global version of it. I’m hearing it a lot in the part I reached.

And one of my favorite battle tracks, the image background being the boss I reached today.

And the big-un: a permanent collaboration with Persona 5 is coming to the Japanese version! – and at the rate of releases, maybe as soon as before late 2020 in Global. Free characters (Joker and Morgana), new story, zones, dungeons. Much of the content will be weaved into the general progression through the now-earlier main storyline, so its basically being treated as totally canon that Aldo (protagonist) mixes up with the Phantom Thieves. And since its placed earlier in the storyline, I’m sure there is intended room for future additions to the game (more characters, content) to take place after it, like the more in-universe ‘episodes’ feature. Gacha players everywhere are stunned that this is permanent content, but that’s been the policy of absolutely all Another Eden content, a huge rarity.

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mysecretid

Another fine cavalcade of gaming, Malcolm! Enjoy!

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Utakata

This week: Finally got my Fairy Cube 1.o sketch done (see: image attached). And now working on Fairy Cube 2.0.

Also this week: Got to cat sit my friends’ cats while they where away. Nyaa, nyaa, nyaa…admittedly, this was my first excursion in doing so. But I guess I was doing okay, as they didn’t up and die on me. /monkaS

And finally: More WoW & Soul, Retail and World of LynCraft.

Bonus Answer: No, I don’t hang the pigtails as Xmas baubles on a tree! >.<

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Utakata

PS/Edit: Oops…and speaking of brain and pigtail farts… >.<

…have a great week and weekend everyones! <3

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rafael12104

There is always so much detail in your work. It is awesome!

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Bruno Brito

Uta is way better than me when you give her the time <3

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Utakata

That’s the point though…time. As in, slower than molasses trickling down a 10 degree inclined plank on a cold Winter’s day. :(

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Bruno Brito

Expected. Too many details enrich the drawing but they take longer to do. It’s a trade-off :p

Since i draw everything like i’m sketching a dirty raccoon, it’s easier for me hahahaha

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mysecretid

Indeed. Different creative styles. Bruno is like one of those Renaissance painters: super-focused and working fast, hammering out his creations. Uta is like a pink-pigtailed Michelangelo (Michelangela?). Painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel takes time. Different styles; both good!

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mysecretid

Lovely, lovely, lovely work, as always. Thank you for sharing this, Uta!

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Bruno Brito

Eh…nothing much. End of the year, so i’m kinda just stringing along, waiting the festivities to actually start.

Gonna eat like an complete idiot, and neglect my family talk on religion and politics.

Playing a WoW Wrath pserver that launched a while ago, Sunwell Frosthold. While i’m not really into the Sunwell staff that much, the server is relatively solid, and i wanna relive my Death Knight for a bit.

Made him a Undead tho, this time. I’ll never roll a Belf, ever again. F that noise.

As for art, well…i did some stuff.

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rafael12104

Good stuff!

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mysecretid

Indeed, so! Always happy to see your work here, Bruno! Thank you!

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Bruno Brito

I aim to please.

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mysecretid

And you do, my friend! Salute! o7

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Sorenthaz

Dead By Daylight, Final Fantasy XIV, and Stardew Valley with a friend are probably what I’ll be playing mostly this weekend. For some reason I haven’t yet been burned out by DBD which is a bit odd, but I guess it helps that their new battle pass is giving me objectives to pursue and kind of a reason to keep playing daily.

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rafael12104

Alas! But for the best laid plans of mice and men… So, I had the week off and with the weather being crap, and the fact that I would have a lot of me, myself, and I time, I had planned a great gaming get away.

And so it seemed it would all go according to play on Monday morning. And just as I logged in and started catching up on email, I hear a “pfttz!” And I felt a huge pit in my stomach as I was then staring at a black screen.

Yes. My PSU was toast. Fucking hell… Not hard to fix but a pain in the ass. And not something I could do until the end of the week.

So my gaming week was ruined. I did manage to play Elder Scrolls: Legends, the ZOS card game. Not bad. And I did play the original, 1992 DooM. That game still holds up, btw. So much fun. But that was it.

I replaced the PSU yesterday. It seems to be working fine, but now my cooler fan is flaking out. DAMN IT! This was supposedly my week! My gaming week!!

Namaste.

This coming week, I’ll be playing Blade and Soul, I mean it Uta. Lol. Come hell or high water I will be on Monday.

I will also be catching up on the Mandalorian and whatever else floats my fancy on Disney plus.

If I can squeeze in a little ESO and Fallen order, I will do so.

Wishing everyone the very best this holiday season!

Our Christmas decor doesn’t come out until after Thanksgiving. That’s the way John Wayne would have done it.

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Utakata

Off-topic though. And here’s a question for you though…

…where do I find these desired hue based outfits in Lyn & Soul (please see: 2 x images attached) ? o.O

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rafael12104

Oh yes. The last one isn’t out as far as I know. I think we had seen that one before and we have been waiting for it to drop.

The first one has definitely dropped and was in the store for really cheap actually. But that was about a year ago or so. And that means it will be back soon as they usually cycle through especially in the new year.

I actually have that first one. If it isn’t locked I’ll give it to you. BUT, if I’ve used it, I won’t be able too. I’ll check when I log in this coming week.

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Utakata

Thank you!!! That would be great! /bows

(And no worries if you can’t…the thought very much counts! )

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rafael12104

No worries. I have the PSU fixed. One more fan, and I’m good to go. Should have the part tomorrow.

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mysecretid

Oh, Rafe! So sorry my man! Why is it that when computers go plonk, they always seem to fail in multiple ways at the worst possible times?

Hope you manage to salvage some gaming fun from your week!

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rafael12104

Thanks. It’s par for the course if you own PCs and build your own. BUT the timing sucks. Lol.

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zoward

It’s not so much losing the PSU that’s painful – it’s all the other hardware (CPU, GPU, motherboard, ad nauseum) that the PSU can take with it when it goes. I hope the damage was limited to the power supply.

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rafael12104

Exactly. In my case it seems that 2 CPU fans were taken out. Everything else checks out. I used a voltage meter and the MB is fine.

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Rees Racer

Putting some lights up today (Sunday), as it’s customary for us around the 1st of December. Lovely and fine weather all Spring so far, and Christmas usually signifies an unofficial start of Summer (in my eyes), regardless.

Still playing quite a lot of Red Dead Online (and Destiny 2). After many (many) hours, finally got into a proper gunfight with another bloke in RDO, and learned some of the finer points of taking cover. I’m not a traditional PvP sort, but I did not feel as though I’d been griefed at all. It was just a bit of violence developing organically amongst the mayhem when two players converge simultaneously and coincidentally upon an NPC hideout…where the survivor claims the spoils.

Also, I’ve been trying (again) to develop an affinity for World of Warships. It really is a bit more esoteric an exercise than WoT, and I’ve always been fond of ships. My mates are encouraging me constantly, and I’m quite keen for the upcoming addition of submarines. In the meantime, I just need to find the boats that best fit my playstyle, whatever that is.

Finally, I’d again be remiss if I didn’t mention new Zealand Cricket putting the screws to England in the second Test (in Hamilton). It’s been all quite evenly matched throughout most of their month-long tour here, but a victory would be a lovely boost before heading to Australia for the 3 test matches there in less than two weeks.

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mysecretid

Always good to read the Rees Report from New Zealand!

Cheers,

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cursedseishi

Pokemon aren’t actually Pokemon. No monsters are ever in anyone’s pocket. They are on belts or accessories. ‘Pocket Monsters’ is just the catch-all they introduced early on because they were all more than well aware of how it’d… take off regarding the rules of the internet. Also, Snake is Ekans backwards, so if you ever bring an Ekans in-game to any resort. Any. Resort. Asking people to trade with you there will instantly have the police at your door. It’s the Alolan variant Nintendo didn’t want you to know about! And here’s 5 reasons why…

DANGEROUS POKE INFORMATION! DON’T READ!
… I lost the plot with this whole thing. Why are you even reading this? Shoo… I… Why are you reading this still?! My train of thought went pear-shape on conspiracies, I got nothing…! Nothing. So stop… Stop reading… Don’t read past this, goddangit!

Gone? Great. Cause now I can talk about how Victini is the one responsible for the success of the Dugtrio-led mole-person shadow government infiltrating ours with Sandshrew operatives on a gyarandos scale. it’s frankly magik-arp.

… Aside from that?! Tales of Vesperia: DE still… I’m like one boss fight away from one of the worst ‘secret mission’ fights ever in that game, and I’m not looking forward to it. So Yakuza 4 is helping me put that off. Madman Moneylender Akiyama definitely helps with that as well as the furious flurries of frightening footwork he frontloads his fights with. It’s fun. Then I’ll be poking into FF14 still, finishing up the last of my jobs needing to hit 70, then working them all up to 71 so I can start playing them through trusts for that bit of tasty ambient lore and dialogue, as well as maxing them out.