WRUP: I like hamburger edition

    
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H A M B U R G E R

I like. Hamburger. I. like hamburger? Hambuuuger. Ham. bougar. I liek hamburger with CHEEEEESE i liek hanbarger. Man e placse serve hunborgor four ME adn I eat the. Hamburger. happy. Oen restourent in toown said they DO! NOT SVERE! HALMBORGER and, now i willn’t go too them agian. becose i Liek hAmbuggrer.

Bset part? Off hagmblerger is all thnigs put onn th maet. Here! are some things you can? Have! on ham brr gore,:

  • pickel
  • mshuroom
  • catsoup
  • CHEEEEEEEEEEEEse
  • o. n. yon
  • other? hambourge
  • must! ard
  • jalepeno
  • WARNNIG if yuo do not knwo JALA peNO? Is SPICEISH and make your haomborg VERY HOT eat careful
  • mayonnnnaise
  • egg! eggg? Egg.

Other thing can? be on. Ham. Burrtrge. but canont list all bceaus hvae not HAD allal type hadmbdurgar. there Is no hom inn habmgruger butt i like. tell? About! fvaorite hagmurgleger in cmoments o Waht aer U! plAynig. i like hamburger.

Bonus question: What bad habits do you have when playing single-player titles?

Andy McAdams: This weekend will likely be more The Elder Scrolls Online and Pokemon. Work has been a bit batty lately so I’ve not had as much as I would like to play.

Bad Habits in single-player games? I’m not sure I have any gaming bad habits that are exclusive to single-player games. But in both multiplayer and single-player I have a tendency of getting really wrapped up in a style of play that I don’t particularly enjoy or drive doggedly toward an in-game goal I set for myself, not consciously realizing I’m not actually enjoying playing anymore. Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I’ve been really into Star Wars Galaxies Legends (I know, I know) this week, so I’ll probably keep at it. I hit another milestone in my chef’s revenue there, plus they added a new questline with the Attack of the Clones rickshaw as the final reward, so I really need to go do it.

I have always had the tendency to play happily for a while and then realize I hate a thing in the game and either go off to find a mod to fix it or make a mod to fix it myself. This usually spirals out of control until my game is more mod than original. I often find fixing things and tinkering with them more fun than playing – which is 1) why games like The Sims and The Elder Scrolls etc. are really appealing to me and 2) why MMOs are good for me because they break me out of the cycle and force me to just play. Unless they have moddable UIs, and then… well… Carlo Lacsina (@UltraMudkipEX): It’s going to be a Guild Wars 2 kind of day! I just got to the latest story map and I want to finish the story content at least. Not much planned.

As for bad habits in single player games, it’s randomly alt-tabbing. I’m training myself not to alt-tab so much since it really does get in the way of the immersion. I also have a tendency to get bored pretty easily because I’m so used to just getting to the gameplay part rather than sitting through long cutscenes or exposition. I’m not sure if that’s a bad habit, or if it’s my opinion on long cutscenes on videogames manifesting itself, but I certainly know I perceive a cutscene as a “hurdle” to my fun. Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): I am less than a week away from Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries and I am absolutely chomping at the bit to the point that I might try Mechwarrior Online to slake my need. Otherwise, I’m probably going to very casually dip into Final Fantasy XIV or Citadel: Forged with Fire. I dunno. I need my big stompy robots.

Single-player games seem to frustrate me rather easily lately, which I feel like is my fault and thus is a bad habit. I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting old or bad or both, but there are things about some games that aggravate me more than MMOs do. Like, for instance, the stupid level traversal in Jedi: Fallen Order or the peanut brittle weapons in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Aside from my usual time in FFXIV, I might do some more Alterac Valley leveling in World of Warcraft, toy around a bit in No Man’s Sky or some single-player titles, and also head out for holiday shopping. You know, that sort of thing.

My weirdly bad habit with single-player games is to blow through all the difficult parts of a game, get myself up to the final boss with a great kit and all the power I need to take on that conclusion, and then… stop. Never beat the actual game. It’s one of the reasons I’ve gotten in the habit of powering through in full-on focused mode once I get past a certain point, since otherwise I know it’s just going to not get beaten. Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I’m working hard on my December goals of finishing up FFXIV Heavensward and Lord of the Rings Online Minas Morgul, so that’s where my primary gaming focus is going to be this weekend. As for the bonus question, probably the worst habit I used to have is buying games on sale that I never played. I am much more disciplined about that these days – and I actually do pretty well getting through my GOG and Steam backlogs. Mia DeSanzo (@neschria): I am going to play some Destiny 2, some GW2, and Black Desert Online.

I generally try not to commit unnecessary virtual violence, but sometimes I just have to put down a whole camp, village, or faction, Anakin-style. Samon Kashani (@thesamkash): More ArcheAge Unchained. I’m not sure if I’ve been slowing down or if the leveling curve really slows down; either way I’m pushing through.

My worst habit is definitely saving all my consumables… indefinitely. Maybe I’ll need them for the boss. Not this one… the next one. Maybe the next one. Okay, that’s the end of the game, guess those potions weren’t needed. Tyler Edwards: Probably more Age of Empires II DE. It’s just so good. I can’t pull myself away for long. Maybe might dip into Kingdom Under Fire II again; we’ll see.

Bonus question: You know that thing where you save the game, but then you start doubting yourself and you immediately save again?

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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Refreshing the server status page so I can create a new FF14 character on a world with that sweet xp bonus.

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Hello all!

I wanted to mention a couple of games this week which might otherwise fly under the general radar.

I mentioned last week that I had installed Epic Games’ digital storefront Steam-alike because I wanted to play Battle Breakers, a casual clicky game thing designed for mobile, which I actually enjoy.

Like many of the publisher-exclusive Steam-wannabes appearing lately, I’d say around 95% of what’s on the Epic Games store right now is third-party stuff you’ve seen elsewhere, and can get elsewhere — but there are a couple of releases I want to call out.

This, actually, is part of why I’m not a big fan of “every publisher has its own Steam-alike” — certain “publisher exclusive” games which are worthwhile run a greater risk of disappearing from the notice of the general gamer population.

First, there’s Phoenix Point.

The creator and lead designer of the original XCOM, Julian Gollop, has returned with a “spiritual successor” to his most famous game, and I think it’s a good one.

Part of what makes Phoenix Point so cool (at least to me) is that Mr. Gollop is not just resurrecting nostalgia for a few bucks. He’s trying some new things; innovating on the classic XCOM play.

I also feel that Mr. Gollop and his dev team have returned XCOM to its classic status as a hybrid game — one part turn-based alien-fighting, and one part global agency management sim game.

Sure, the FiraxisXCOM reboot of a few years ago technically had bases and technological research and all the rest, but as the Firaxis versions worked to make their game versions more and more challenging, the gameplay became almost roguelike in the time pressure exerted on the player.

Sure, you had research, manufacturing, and base-building, but it always seemed like you never had any time to properly make use of these game aspects.

Phoenix Point embraces both the combat and the sim aspects of its design (heck, there’s even a Diplomacy tab in this game, for tracking your interactions with other game-world factions!).

I also like Phoenix Point‘s lore and story better than the recent Firaxis reboot games.

Also — no “voodoo math” when calculating chance to hit! 80% is 80%. Period. End. And the “Overwatch” option is significantly toned-down in Phoenix Point, so battles don’t just devolve into “Dueling Overwatch Fights”. :-)

There are already early reviews and gameplay previews for Phoenix Point on YouTube. Check them out, if you’re at all interested in the game.

Second thing: Epic Games is releasing a PC version of Detroit: Become Human soon — December 12th, 2019.

I have no information yet on the quality of this PC port, but I felt I should mention it here because, pound-for-pound, Detroit: Become Human was my favorite new game released last year.

It’s what a buddy of mine calls a “choice and consequence” game — you take control of a character in each of three different, intertwined stories in a near-future ,science-fiction version of Detroit.

The decisions and choices you make while controlling these three separate characters determine how each of their stories play out, and how they affect the setting as a whole.

If a choice doesn’t play out as you expected or wanted, you are encouraged to go back and make a different choice. The game contains a built-in branching timeline chart, which reveals itself as you undertake choices.

There is action, usually played out as “slower quicktime events” (think Telltale Games) but it’s largely a story and character game that you determine as you go with your choices.

The PS4 version of Detroit: Become Human was often gorgeous. I hope the PC port can live up to that standard.

That’s all from me this week. Take care of yourselves, and each other. Love to yas, my friends!

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rafael12104

So, for me, this week has been another bust. My PC power supply unit got fried last year (and just outside the warranty too) and it was only after replacing it that I found that it took several fans and my liquid CPU cooler with it.

Damn, it hurt. The damn PSU failure has been like a rebuild. Not a complete rebuild as the motherboard and rest of the peripherals are fine, but in order to install they new cooler I had to take the motherboard out of the case.

All the parts I needed arrived yesterday and the system is now back up and running and better than ever.

So, I’ve been playing the old computer tech two step boogie for more than a week. Thankfully that should be over now and it is back to BnS, Jedi: Fallen Order, Destinity 2, with a little bit of Anthem sprinkled on top.

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mysecretid

Ouch. So glad things seem to be back on track now, Rafe!

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Utakata

Oh…I heard if those things leak, it’s over for your desktop. >.<

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PanagiotisLial1

What seperates good PSUs from bad PSUs is how easily burnt the resistance fuse is. Its job is to get burnt so no dangerous surge passes through(think it like the surge protected multiplugs). Its important generally to never buy cheap PSUs as most of them got a low quality one. Typically the warranty of PSUs is also a myth since there are a lot “ifs” on it and on many it doesnt cover oversurge. An important thing before spending money is check EVERY capacitor on your mainboard if it is good condition(not bloated or cracked). Solid capacitor mainboards are usually ok but many have a combination of solid and simple capacitors. If capacitors are deformed it means sooner or later you will have problems that will require replacing the mainboard. Most commonly it starts that every 15-20 starts it wont start by pressing power or will give a black screen. Anyways I hope the mainboard’s capacitors are good

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rafael12104

Oh yes. The PSU that failed was part of a deal that came bundled with the case. It lasted 3 years, exactly what the warranty period, and then failed spectacularly. It was an Antec 800 watt.

So, here is my public service announcement:

Let my pain be a lesson to everyone. Heh. Don’t buy bundle deals. Don’t try to save a few bucks on a PSU. Always go with a highly rated, quality brand: Corsair or EVGA. Bronze, Gold, or Platinum (if you can afford it).

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Malcolm Swoboda
  • Wizards Unite – Started the winter themed event, but didn’t focus on the game this time due to being too busy.
  • Another Eden – Reached about 1/2 way through the original story and then had so many problems switching between my new and old account to get more giveaway currency on my old account. Despite the problems, I’m IN, baby!
  • Magia Record – Very little!
  • Magikarp Splash – Slow progress :).
  • Last Cloudia – Nearly finished the Secret of Mana event but still haven’t gotten the 3rd exclusive character. The devs felt it necessary to run a second ‘training’ event at the same time, all with some shoddy localization. My patience is running thin!
  • Final Fantasy Brave Exvius – Very little!

I derped around some Soul Calibur VI I got through Humble Bundle.

2.0 recent released for Another Eden in Global version, bringing the story to a second eastern ‘continent’ (and later content unlocks past and future time periods to visit, I think). Here’s examples of what you hear in this more Japanese land! Some of the best JRPG battle tracks I’ve heard, personally. Persona collab is coming though!

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mysecretid

I know I’ve asked this before, Malcolm, but is there a clear favorite in the current rotation? Or are these games “the favorites” by virtue of being listed?

Hope all is well!

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Malcolm Swoboda

In the current? Another Eden.

Wizards Unite is more on the ‘great walking aid’ side. Magikarp Splash is just a habit. Magia Record is more for its anime/mangas. Last Cloudia is kind of to be determined.

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Danny Smith

Picked up Pokemon Shield and finished it in 2 days. There is no way that couldn’t have run on the 3ds. Its removed more than new stuff its added and if i had a series of words to describe it i would probably use “safe”, “fine” and “mediocre”. Its more pokemon. Its not more good pokemon. Looking at the jump monster hunter made going to consoles is bad but looking at what the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 team did on 20% of the teamsize and not having a budget from the biggest IP in human history thats not a major religion is frankly absurd. They phoned it in, didn’t try and increased the box cost by a third. Its simply not something i cant recommend the 20 hours or less playing when there are far better entries in the series that have been around for years.

What surprised me though was how glad i was to be done with it -massive pokemon fan since red and blue by the way- and to jump back into Death Stranding. I ended up finishing chapter 3 with all the roads in the second area built which is an asburd amount of ruckin’ and truckin’ for resources but it meant the “you have 35 minutes to do this or people die!” time trials i just got in a truck and tear arsed it down a highway that floats over BT infested areas and handed it in about 90-120 seconds later. And add in the new ziplines i unlocked and this is infastructure porn thats giving me the same OCD fix as trying to perfectly place optimal ziggurat/cyst placements to cover a map in blight or creep in blizzard rts games. Back when they made those of course.
On the whole its a slow burn and i think the first area of the game kind of sucks as an introduction and i would advise just follow the main quest and come back to do the side stuff there later when you have better stats and gear because the second area and its story and events are so much better. I just had my first case of going into a temporal storm and fighting through the battle of the somme with skeletons with barb wire umbilical chords and tanks overflowing with cronenburgian organs from the inside to fight mads mikellson for a jar baby and i’m on chapter 4 of like 14. I just know theres going to be people that see the bland, empty first area and go ‘this games not for me’ and its going to be a shame like the people that go “i hated bloodborne for the werewolf plague story” not knowing that it drastically shifts tone and subject matter in a similar way.

Also totally calling it that Bridges are the bad guys and this is some Evangelion 3rd impact bullshit. But at least Conan O’Brian gave me a sea otter hat to increase my swimming stats.

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Otters are cool, so you’re all set now, Danny!

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Armsbend

While I’m enjoying it – it is a pale comparison to my favorite game in the series – Pearl/Platinum. I skipped the 3DS generation so I cannot speak to those.

It’s funny how Platinum had more robust online features…that a new console.

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Danny Smith

X/Y in my opinion is a far better game while Sun and Moon has a lot more pokemon and side content but its offensive in its handholding and constant tutorials till the very end but worse it got rereleased as ‘ultra sun and moon’ and the only interesting part of the story -that one of the main characters mother who on the surface was a kindly conservationist but in reality was a insane monster who literally fuses with a creature from another dimension to become a boss fight and seriously mistreated her kids- was completely rewritten to be a generic anime waifu.

It feels like a series now made on a schedule worse than EA’s yearly schedules: they have to be rushed out when all the toys and cards and merch are ready, not when the game is.

At least on the plus side as Pokemon has got lazier and more by the numbers the Digimon games have just kept improving. From the best monter raising sim rpg Digimon World Next Order to the recently ported to switch and maybe pc unless i remember it wrong Digimon Cyberstory which is made by a lot of the Persona and Zone of the Enders people and is vastly superior to Sword and Shield and it originally came out for the vita.

Throw in a Final Fantasy Tactics meets survival horror visual novel game called Digimon Survive coming next year for the Switch and its not shock the brand whos leaders said “we understand our original audience didn’t go away, they just grew up and want new ideas not the same hand holding games designed like they are still 10 years old” and boy could we do with a few pokemon spin offs of the same ethos!

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IronSalamander8 .

I save a LOT in single player games. If anyone remembers Drakan: Order of the Flame, I had an insane number of save files for that one as I saved constantly (and one reason I get annoyed at games where I can’t just save whenever I want to).

For burgers, I like it simple; medium, regular bun, cheese, ketchup and mustard. In fact I just had one from the local place!

Finished both Quake 2 expansion packs. I’m so glad that even though we can buy these on Steam when we can’t find our old disks that there are 3rd party fan patches and launchers that let us play these games with modern controls and other pluses! Started Apocryph which has mixed reviews but apparently mostly for being too short, I’m on the 3rd level and it’s pretty good to this point with a few quibbles.

Of course BfN as always! Little annoyed about the Rux store but we’ll see how it pans out once they’ve made more tweaks and things shake out better. The TTK patch was mostly good at least.

Also the new trailer is great and has Sir Patrick Stewart narrating it!

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mysecretid

There’s nothing so painful as realizing you forgot to save and loding two hours of gameplay progress. I’m with you on the “make many saves” wagon, Sal! :-)

I’m curious –since you’re such a fan of Plants Versus Zombies, did you ever play the original PvZ “casual” game which spawned the whole franchise?

Me, I loved that game — played the pixels off of it. Played the thing through maybe 2 -3 times, and it’s rare that I ever do that with a game.

I’m cool with the new 3D life (unlife???) that Plants Versus Zombies has found in gaming, but sometimes, I wish they’d toss us a sequel to the original game as well.

Cheers!

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IronSalamander8 .

Oh yes. I still have it on Steam and my phone although I mostly played it on Steam. PvZ 2 was good but it has too many microtransactions so stopped playing it.

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PanagiotisLial1

Sort of busy week, I raised my crafts a bit on SotA and worked on a viking type row house a bit, done the winter event on STO and talked with guild(always KDF side), advanced a bit on Project Gorgon, done a couple combat missions in Elite Dangerous, tried out a bit Black Desert Online, done a few quests in ESO and more crafting and research, done a few dailies in ArcheAge Unchained and a tiny bit of harvesting but the biggest surprise maybe is I reinstalled to retry UO(enhanced client) a couple days ago and starting playing a bit today:

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Utakata

This week: A previously curious quote from one of MOP’s patron enduring regulars this last week:

“I am pasty white old bald dude. Unless the UK has had some sun by some miracle then that changes to sunburn pink old bald dude.”

Source: https://massivelyop.com/2019/12/04/the-daily-grind-do-you-ever-pick-a-human-skin-tone-other-than-your-own-in-mmos/

You know, I don’t know whatever everyone looks like behind their avatar’s. Unless this this case, the person gives a brief description of himself or herself. As this was the case with Mr. BalsBigBrother in the example. Which lacking of any details or specifics, leaves plenty of room for interpretation in the vast fertile imagination of the head and two pigtails. Given the girth of a Gnome’s head, which is larger than the average Humans’, strange and out there “what if’s” start to occur…

…in this scenario, the brain matter starts to ask what if Mr. Bal’s is actually Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys. But he obviously didn’t want anyone to know about it. I mean, the Mr. Bal’s description above would almost fit Mr. Tennant’s persona currently. Even from the things he has posted here, without ever eluding that he was the singer behind one of my favorite acts. And emphasizing he was a gaming otaku instead for this medium.

So if this being the case, I always wanted to say what a wonderful voice you have! It always takes me there. And if not, my apologies for getting it obviously wrong, but do take it as a compliment instead! /bows

Also this week: More WoW, B&S and cat sitting.

Bonus answer: I don’t play them. Unless you are considering my solo activities in MMO’s as single player. o.O

Have a great week and weekend everyones! And go west… <3

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BalsBigBrother

Well that is certainly A Different Point Of View but you would expect such from folks All Over The World and its something that maybe Always On My Mind.

Am i said singer well i might have Delusions Of Gradeur but For Your Own Good that must remain Confidential.

However, If I was Left To My Own Devices i would certainty Go West and do some Domino Dancing for you Beautiful People till My Head Is Spinning.

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Bryan Correll

Hmmmm. I think Uta’s on to something. A fake would definitely have worked West End Girls in there somehow.

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Utakata

…or least It’s A Sin thinking about it. O.o

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Phubarrh

Now into week 2 of Grim Dawn, and if anything, I’m loving it even more as I go along. Just pile on the proc gear and watch all those flashing lights! I’ve even been staying up past midnight playing, which is something I haven’t done in a long, long time. Mind you, a lot of that is probably due to the nature of the genre (if you’re going to start a zone, you might as well go ahead and clear it to the next rift gate)…but I do find myself enjoying going back through zones to hunt bounties, which even the Diablo games couldn’t make me do. I’ll probably have finished the base game by next weekend, and then it’s on to the expansions, which I’m also looking forward to. (I haven’t even felt the urge to try any other classes, if they’re as much fun as my Archon [Oathkeeper/Shaman] combo, this could go on forever.)

I did take a little break one evening to reinstall Conan Exiles and try it out again. It seems to be running much more smoothly than it was in the early days. On the downside, figuring out how to play is a much more arcane process than before. I’m definitely up for digging more deeply into it now, though!

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Fisty

Outer Worlds, Conan Exiles and Minecraft will likely be on the slate for the week. I really need me a horsey in Conan, but am starting from scratch, so it may take a while. My vanilla Minecraft server has opened a new modded, so Im learning Astral Sorcery this week.

My bad habits are like Bri said; finding a thing in a game u otherwise enjoy, modding it, finding more mods, changing the game, losing interest in the original bits, ultimately never finishing it.