WRUP: Unfairly rejected suggestions from my Pangolin Improvement Seminar edition

    
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They exist.

Sounds made: Car horn honking. Lightsaber noises. Screeching metal. The entirety of the Barenaked Ladies song “It’s All Been Done.” Cate Blanchett gravely saying, “Pangolin.” No sound, but it makes the eardrums of anyone who has cursed within the last 23 hours bleed. Meowing.

Diet: National Geographic magazines you will never read. Mountain Dew. Mountain Dew: Code Red. Everything except Mountain Dew. Poisonous plants. Space ghosts. Regrets. Thylacines (note: we will need thylacines back for this to work). Thylacine ghosts.

Natural habitat: Everywhere. My house. Specifically my house. I will die on this hill.

Amazing listicle trivia facts: Pangolins can smell fear. Pangolins are legally allowed to become prime minister in every country, even if that is not an elected position within that country. All pangolins are automatically registered drivers. Pangolins know why the caged bird sings and whether or not a tree makes a sound if it falls in a forest. Pangolins may use express checkout lines with as many as 25 items. Pangolins can fly.

Column of choice: What Are You Playing.

Bonus question: What’s your favorite serene movie? Something that’s just a tranquil watching experience.

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): This quarantine stuff is really hard, especially since I was stuck at home before the US was doing this, so I’ll be in Animal Crossing New Horizon hardcore. I may put my friend code in the comments below if people are interested. Pokemon Go will have an event, and given that they’ve made it easier to play from home, I’ll probably do some of that before going on a walk (which is luckily still allowed, but I have to avoid my favorite trails because people are just not being careful out there).

I really can’t think of any serene movie scenes off the top of my head. My favorite stuff tends to be moody, dark, funny, or a combination of the three (see the “Spiderman doesn’t wear a cape” scene in Into the Spiderverse). The only thing I can think of is March of the Penguins. The movie is pretty brutal, but there’s one part where all the penguins are stopped and Morgan Freeman (swoon) is talking about how we don’t know how the penguins know where to go. But even without the commentary, it’s just a bunch of penguins sitting around looking confused, and one just starts going. And the others start to follow. And we all know it works out, so it’s still kind of heavy, but it’s certainly a quiet scene that can bring peace of mind when stressing out about feeling lost.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): So probably Star Wars Galaxies Legends for sure (y’all saw my nutty video right), and maybe some City of Heroes. I got The Sims 4 for my kids so I might play too. And I’m probably going to cave and get Animal Crossing for my Switch.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): Like much of the greater gaming world, I’ll be deep in to Animal Crossing New Horizons and Doom Eternal. On the more MMO side of things, there will be guild shenaniganry in Final Fantasy XIV and more attempts at Blaze Escalation in Dauntless.

I guess my first pick for serene movie is the original Winnie the Pooh animated film. The whole thing is just so cozy and cuddly. Except for that heffelumps and woozles bit.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Some FFXIV, definitely… but other than that, I’m actually not sure. Anxiety has been kicking me hard this past week, and I’ve been a little low on Star Trek Online recently, so maybe I need to find something else to lose myself in for a while.

I made a whole Twitter thread about how I had never seen My Neighbor Totoro until this week, but I’m sitting here a couple days later and I can’t get it out of my mind. It’s just such a perfectly peaceful film, resolutely unconcerned with having things like antagonists or rising action or crisis or anything of the sort. Instead, it’s just a quiet meditation. It runs for an hour and a half, it could run for a week or a month. It’s just… living, calm, and quiet. Like a painting stretched into a film.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): Lord of the Rings Online seems to be the belle of the ball right now with all its content switched on and the spring festival running. I’ll be honest, it’s my least favorite festival that the game runs, but there are some pretty sweet cosmetics that I want to snag this year, so I’m going to gun for it. Apart from that, I want to clock in some Neverwinter and WoW Classic, and maybe some No Man’s Sky as well. I’m building a base!

Mia DeSanzo (@neschria): I am going to play some of my backlog of single player RPGs. I just got back into Black Desert last night, so probably some of that, as well as advancing a bit more in Revelation Online.

For the bonus, I am going to suggest a couple of things that don’t quite fit the question. On Netflix, there is a series called Moving Art, which is just calm music and lovely scenery. That’s good to put on for sleep or for putting on in the background. On Amazon Prime, you can find Rick Steves’ Europe. That isn’t too challenging. And it is pretty reliable for calming me down to sleep, too.

Pierre, patron: I’m on vacation for one week starting this weekend, of course confined at home so no running for me; running shoes, you’ll be missed. But it’s just a minor inconvenience, and it makes more time to play video games. So let’s see: I have The Last of Us to finish, I’m considering playing Resident Evil 2 Remake to be ready for Resident Evil 3, and of course The Elder Scrolls Online, an immense universe to explore. Oh I almost forgot: I finished Braid, I’m really proud of myself, those last puzzles were quite tricky.

Bonus question: The Horse Whisperer is probably one serene movie I really enjoy, The Holiday is also one movie I watch when I want to relax and focus on positive thinking. Stay safe MOP readers and let us know in the comments how you’ll occupy your time this weekend.

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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The Fountiain; most semiotic movie since 2001ASO.

Vendetta Online in Gear VR, baby! These digital specs looove stereoscopy!

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Oh my goodness Eliot! Many words, so many thoughts!comment image

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One day, I may tell you all the story of how I accidentally scared the crap out of this Jeff guy.

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Phubarrh

My main thrust for a few months now has been a return to FFXIV, starting a new character from the very beginning. It feels like half that time has been spent plowing my way through the main scenario quests that filled out the time between the conclusion of A Realm Reborn and the beginning of Heavensward…it was lovely way to keep interest in the game at the time, but three expansions later it’s like being mired in a bog. I’m just about done with them, so I won’t complain too much.

I have felt the need for something a little more relaxed though, and with that in mind I was delighted to discover that EQ2’s Kaladim server has launched Echoes of Faydwer. So I’ve started a new Fae from the Nursery and am loving the nostalgia. Again I’m not sure if I’ll go very far with it, as life on the TLE server is rough if you’re largely soloing. But as a palate cleanser it’s nice.

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bobfish

That EQ2 server sounds interesting. Last time I played EQ2 seriously was shortly after Echoes of Faydwer launched and it was great.

For FFXIV, between expansion MSQ are tedious for each of the gaps, but they’re working on streamlining them.

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Bruno Brito

Gamewise, i just got my PC back, so i didn’t get into any games, altho i got ESO and a TBC server ready to play. Gonna try to get SWGL back too, and maybe Dota 2 and Smite.

Artwise, i’ve been doing some stuff.

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Armsbend

I like the coloring of the fur jacket.

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Bruno Brito

Yellow, orange, purple, pink. It wasn’t easy :p

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Thanks, Bruno! Always good to see the latest brain candy you’ve made! :-)

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Now i just need a good cellphone to take better pictures.

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Those are very good!

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Fisty

Stardew Valley has me again. ESO, as usual lately, gets a good 4 or 8 hours every weekend. Still haven’t hit 50. I’m f’n slow. Did finish up all of the Elsewyr content though and love my Hall of the Lunar Champion. I have no reason to buy those other large houses now. Furniture limits are capped too small for even large bois

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Malcolm Swoboda
  • Wizards Unite – Finished the bonus quests for the magical animal themed event! Took it easier after, especially as I wanted to just stay more in home and take care of myself. Reduced dailies. Probably will be used to the new normal enough that next week’s event will be done.
  • Magia Record, Brave Exvius, Another Eden, Magikarp Splash, Dx2, Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross, Dragon Quest of the Stars – Little of any of this, other than logins.
  • Last Cloudia –Advancing the ‘summer’ event though I don’t expect to totally clear it out, as I was earlier doing the training event too much instead. But that’s okay, since I lucked out on most of the best gacha rewards! New story has released and I should start progressing that soon (as well as trying to wrap up earlier activities). There’s also a tower challenge event but I will just go as far as I casually can go on that.
  • SWTOR – Haven’t played this week but I might go completionist on Coruscant this weekend.
  • Jackbox – Isolating friends started a group to weekly host Jackbox or maybe other games, streamed on Twitch, so I joined for a few games :)

Be healthy everyone.

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Schmidt.Capela

Not quarantined yet, but between the slowing economy and the restrictions meant to slow the spread of the virus I have quite a bit more free time in my hands. Animal Crossing is, thus, the perfect escape; tranquil, relaxing, and portable (a big plus due to how much slower work currently is).
(I’m not sure I prefer this one compared with the previous installment, though; it still feels a tad bare-bones, based on both my first-hand experience and the info already out in reviews and guides. But a lot of that might have to do with Nintendo doing its best to prevent players that manipulate the clock from seeing seasonal events ahead of time, thus Nintendo intentionally shipped the game incomplete.)

I’m also playing Subnautica still; I’ve basically finished the game — finished the story and have all the material I need to build the last piece of gear to get to the ending — but I do enjoy building my bases and tweaking them. I’m currently making all my bases across the planet into aquariums that show the native fish and plants of the surrounding biome, and creating new ones in the biomes I didn’t yet have a base at, which does take a lot of time and materials.

As for favorite tranquil movie, I can’t decide; just about anything from Studio Ghibli that isn’t an action movie fits the bill, such as My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Whispers of the Heart, etc. The studio is great at making good animations where the main drive is a journey of self-discovery, be it a figurative or literal journey, and often manages to include quite well crafted introspective moments even in their action movies.

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I haven’t seen Whispers of the Heart yet.

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Whisper of the Heart is probably my favorite from Ghibli.

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Armsbend

will check it out then thanks. Mine is Nausicaa by a hair above Princess Monoke which is just a fingernail over Totoro.

when I was a kid Fox, when it was still very new, aired Nausicaa on a Saturday randomly. I was transfixed, having never seen anything like it.

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As the weather’s been wonderful for the past day or two, I spent most of today taking advantage of it by raking and deadheading the front garden. Damn I’m exhausted, but the garden looks great. I’ll probably spend some time in DDO tonight, notably Sharn, which is free for non-owners for the rest of the month (thanks SSG!).

On the single-player side, I’m in the middle of Planescape: Torment, Titan Quest, and Wanderlust: Travel Stories. I was hoping to jump into Fallout 4, which I have for the Xbone, but my son just got Doom Eternal and pretty much has the Xbone on lock for the foreseeable future. My daughter’s buried in Animal Crossing on the Switch. It’s a good thing I’m a PC gamer! And since one can never have enough of pandemics, I’m reading John Barry’s The Great Influenza.

Stay safe, be well, don’t panic, and have a good weekend!

Serene movies. Not even sure I have an answer fo rthis one. If it counts, Walt Disney’s Fantasia. Not all of it is serene, but it is for me…

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Ashfyn Ninegold

House Flipper with Garden Flipper DLC atm. Somehow it’s just very calming mowing the lawn (something my tiny apartment doesn’t have) and planting trees and flowers, picking weeds and cleaning up trash.

Probably some Diablo 3 as my solo Whirlrend Barb closes in on 200 paragon, still no pieces of the set of the Wastes to supercharge him. Got enough of the Ancients set to use with Ring of Royale Grandeur so that the Ancients are helping me clear content and keep WW up 100% of the time, but I really, really want that set.

For those who really want a calming video experience, go to YouTube and search for Slow TV. There’s over 50 hours of Norwegian TV of trains going through landscapes in all kinds of places. Unless you prefer the knitting Slow TV, which shows wool from sheep to sweater. Slow TV, if you’re unfamiliar with it, is real time TV. Take that train from Bergen to Oslo, all 7.5 hours of it.

I find movies with satisfactory resolutions fits the bill for me. I’m big on You’ve Got Mail, Bridge of Spies (it’s the Rule Book, stupid), Criminal, Guardians of the Galaxy. And yes, The Equalizer. Well, Denzel Washington reading the phone book.

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Amorey

Playing Lord of the Rings online this weekend, just getting together with some hobbit friends tomorrow evening for some music and a chat. It is not easy for me, I have family in Italy, and well I am sure you know the rest. Please, please take this seriously. Thank you.

Bonus question: What’s your favorite serene movie? Something that’s just a tranquil watching experience.

‘Jack’ with the one and only Robin Williams <3