WRUP: How to use all the social media sites edition

    
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Twitter: You have two options here. The first is that you can go around incessantly correcting people for things you think are errors based on your inaccurate and half-remembered education from high school. The second is basically just tweeting things that have no larger context and inevitably devolve into something like “taco bell flag” posted at one in the morning.

Tumblr: You’re just trying to get some porn. Well bad news.

Instagram: If you’re cute and have high self-esteem, you can clean up on Instagram. Everyone will care about your opinion no matter how ill-informed it is, and you can be bombarded by people who are pretending to like you so they can sleep with you. That’s right, Kenneth! Everyone’s just pretending to love you because you’re hot. I actually love you for who you are. Come back.

MySpace: Step one, be a band. Step two, travel back in time. Actually, it’s still a bad idea, but at least this way it’ll provide you some pop.

Facebook: The worst.

Mastodon: Was this one really a social network? I’m checking Wikipedia.

What Are You Playing: Turning Michael Stipe lyrics into article premises since 1963.

Bonus question: What song always makes you cry?

Andy McAdams: The Elder Scrolls Online all the things! I’m really enjoying the Summerset content and the Psijic skill line, so I’ll probably continue to plod along that path.

Songs that make me cry? Lullaby by Billy Joel. They played it a friend’s funeral in high school and every time I hear it, I think of my friend.

Ben Griggs (@braxwolf): World of Warships. Trying out some French destroyers as gunships. Basically used for spotting enemies and hunting down other destroyers.

Cat’s in the Cradle by Harry Chapin. Saddest song ever written.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Star Wars Galaxies Legends for me. We got oddly busy on the site this week, and my household is sick again for the third time since December (help me), so I neglected my everything in there. I’ve been testing out more bazaar selling and I hate not logging in every day to flip that because I’m making all the money. And no, I dunno what to spend it on.

Ug, I don’t even want to pick an answer to the bonus question. Let me go with something new; how about The Next Right Thing from Frozen 2. It’s still embarrassing, but not for the same reasons!

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): All this Black Desert Mobile has me itching to try out the “genuine” article of Black Desert Online itself, so that’s what I’ll mostly up to, along with my little dabbles in Final Fantasy XIV, Dauntless, and Star Citizen.

I can’t say many songs really move me to tears, but one that gets close is Oogway Ascends from the Kung Fu Panda soundtrack, with honorable mention to Po Finds the Truth from Kung Fu Panda 2, especially when it gets to the reprise of the former song. Hans Zimmer and John Powell did incredible work for those films.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Other than my usual FFXIV antics I imagine I’ll mostly be playing Fire Emblem: Three Houses (it was a birthday present for my wife and so now we’re trading off a bit) and Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. Single-player kind of weekend.

Oh so many songs make me cry. It’s not the sappiness of the song, exactly; it’s just that it’s really easy for me to form the emotional bonds necessary to make something tear-inducing for me. Off the top of my head? Father and Son by Cat Stevens, Fast Car by Tracy Chapman, Answers by Susan Calloway and Nobuo Uematsu, I’ll Take The Rain by REM, and 23 by Jimmy Eat World. Perhaps ironically, basically none of them make me weepy for obvious reasons. (Like… Father and Son has nothing to do with my dad.)

Mia DeSanzo (@neschria): I haven’t really decided what I am going to play this weekend. I will likely play some BDO; I want to level up my tamer. And then I may play some TESO; I am digging my khajiit necromancer. I have also been dabbling in Destiny 2 and Risk of Rain 2, and then there are all the things I picked up during winter sales. So much gaming goodness.

Bonus: Pretty much anything sappy enough will make me cry. I’m a sentimental fool.

Samon Kashani (@thesamkash): I’m not completely sure what I want to pay this weekend. Definitely ArcheAge Unchained, but beyond that I haven’t decided. I’m thinking of trying out something new for a change.

Songs to cry to… Maybe the theme to the Neverending Story. Because it reminds me that the movie ended.

Tyler Edwards: More Star Trek Online. I finished the Romulan story, and now I’m working on a Federation alt. These are the voyages of the starship Sato… Also beginning the second round of beta testing for Wyrd Street, my tabletop RPG.

Bonus question: Even though I love it, I have to be careful not to listen to Under Stars by Aurora too often, because it always makes me choke up. If you’ve played Mass Effect: Andromeda, you may recognize it as the song that plays during the end credits.

Patron Pierre: Trekking is on the menu this weekend as I will go on exploring in Death Stranding: It’s an easy way to travel to Islandic countryside without having to fly and emit lots of CO2. And it’s so relaxing. As I mentioned last week, it’s very difficult to explain what this fantastic game generates in terms of feelings, but for me, it’s a real treat.

Side project: I’m still progressing my Season of Dawn rank in Destiny 2. A little less than 60 days left and I’m only rank 12… and progressing 1 rank/day is already a grind. I’m a little disappointed as I’m not sure I’ll be able to reach rank 100 this season. I lack available time to be fast enough. I’ll keep you updated on the project status.

I’d like to go back to an MMO, The Elder Scrolls Online or Final Fantasy XIV mainly, or test Black Desert Online I never played, but the days are not long enough. Can we officially increase day duration to 30 hours so that I can play MMOs again? ;-)

And you MOP readers, WRUP this week?”

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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Finally got into Jedi: Fallen Order — really enjoying it so far!

I <3 this bonus question, a lot. To pick only one: Leningrad by Billy Joel, because I'm predominantly descended from people who fled ethnic and religious persecution in what was then the Russian Empire. Also, as others have said, RIP Neil Peart…

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Sorry, late comment!

  • Wizards Unite, Magia Record, Final Fantasy Brave Exvius – Dailies or daily logins. Also logins on a downloaded Dissidia Final Fantasy Omnia Opera, but I think I’m too busy to pick it up again.
  • Another Eden – Various grind and advancing on the Persona 5 collaboration, looking forward to moving near the end of main story, especially because… well I’ll show you, but new content requires me to be further along.
  • Magikarp Splash – Done the Elite League! Only the Master League left, and I guess I’m in for up to months more ‘grind’ for completionism.
  • Last Cloudia – Just regular play for a ‘training event’.
  • Mobius Final Fantasy – Doing some event stuff, ‘Moonlit Masquerade’, New Years, FFX Collaboration
  • Everything – I’m.. not sure if it was this recent, but my partner and I somewhat-recently messed around with this game into late night. Trippy. Weird. Not all that great but still fascinating.
  • SWTOR – 100%ed Hutta on a new Bounty Hunter! Thanks Mandalorian. Lots of guilds around me referencing the show. I’m not sure I love this guy, but the journey is nice and I actually like several of the changes the designers have made over the last few years. However, it is downright stupid that Heroics have been sloppily ‘streamlined’ to the point of pointing us towards certain questgivers if we want to get the quest cinematics but still REMOVING THE NPCS THE GAME IS TELLING US TO GO TO. After 4 years? PATHETIC. I want the story. Give me the story.
    And half my time was trying to optimize my laptop performance with various settings. I think I managed enough?
  • Neverwinter – I don’t know why. But I did the Cloak Tower zone or whatever. Smashy smash with my Gith Paladin.
  • Mass Effect Andromeda/Witcher 3 – My friends replaced their PC and the results have been great. Witcher 3 on max settings and I downloaded MEA to try and … okay, its poorly optimized, I have to be on 1080p and Ultra settings (as compared to 4k and Max settings) to get consistent enough 60FPS… and not always that.

CATS CATS CATS CATS. Another Eden adds a cat encyclopedia to swap your cat follower and a post-original-storyline activity where you play as your cat. Later content update will add cat battles and more:

TLDR: Another Eden, Last Cloudia, SWTOR, testing friend’s new pc with them.

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Hikari Kenzaki

We’ll go for a game song.

The ending of Dreamfall Chapters (if you pay attention to my TLJ/Dreamfall streams and know how the game ends, you’ll get it.)

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Yep… in the time it took me to cue it up and post that… bawling. lol.

It came on at work a few weeks ago, just as someone came up to ask me a question. That was bad.

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Sorenthaz

Monster Hunter World will probably be the main game this weekend. Helping a friend catch up since she somehow got her old character eaten up and couldn’t recover it, then onto Iceborne at some point.

Beyond that probably dinking around on FFXIV or HotS. Probably a bit of Smash Bros Ultimate on the side.

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The SSD in my gaming rig died. The one with all the games on it. Ugh. I installed a new one, reinstalled Windows. First MMO I installed? Trove. I’m currently grinding the Geode caves for bits and bobs. I crafted the Pressed Wallflower book this evening. Other games to be installed as time (and bandwidth caps) permit: Lord of the Rings Online, Dungeons & Dragons Online, Secret World Legends, and I dunno … something new? Anyone want to suggest something that isn’t too graphically demanding (it’s a Ryzen 5 laptop with 2nd gen Vega graphics). Thanks, and have a good weekend all!

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Playing BATTLETECH right now while watching football with my best friend on voice chat. Same thing as usual this weekend, between BT and FINAL FANTASY XIV.

Song that makes me cry? The sheer emotion put into this performance by Eddie Vedder. It’s POWERFUL.

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I found Jeremy to be more poignant personally.

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Loopy

WoW Classic has got its grip on me nice and tight. After my first lvl 60, i’m well on my way with the second one; this time opting to take a more completionist approach and visit zones i skipped over during my first run.

Additionally, couple of my friends picked up E:D while it was on sale and they’re having a blast, so i decided to join them. It’s a good change of scenery from standard fantasy setting.

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Still EverQuest on P99. Nothing else. Send help.

Bonus:

You were turning ’round to see who was behind you
And I took your childish laughter by surprise
And at the moment that my camera happened to find you
There was just a trace of sorrow in your eyes

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… and this one:

I sit before my only candle
But it’s so little light to find my way
Now this story unfolds before my candle
Which is shorter every hour
As it reaches for the day

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Mordyjuice

ESO for the most part, maybe some Grim Dawn, finishing up Annihilation Conquest on Marvel Unlimited and then moving on to the next thing in the Cosmic Marvel reading list since I’m caught up to what ever’s available for the X Men.

The most recent songs that made me tear up were

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Utakata

You don’t see much Tom Waits references around these MMO parts. o.O

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Mordyjuice

I’m the outlier in all circles I travel in, easy to think outside the box when you’re never really in the box to begin with.

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Utakata

This week: It’s the ones that tend give me hope that make me cry…

“Invisible airwaves
Crackle with life
Bright antennae bristle
With the energy
Emotional feedback
On a timeless wavelength
Bearing a gift beyond price
Almost free”

…R.I.P Neil Peart. /bows

Also this week. More B&S&WoW. O.o

Have a great week and weekend folks! :)

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Yeah. Rush pretty much provided the soundtrack to my youth (and more or less until the present day). Rest well, Neil.

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And just in case anyone is wondering origins of said lyrics, here is the rest of the track in it’s entirety. Enjoy. <3

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zoward

Here’s the one I keep listening to lately:

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Utakata

I haven’t heard that one before. Though that has to be the most The Cure sounding Rush to date. Yet another testament of how far they where willing to stretch their sound. o.O