WRUP: Major features of the upcoming Crabs, Mark V edition

    
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WRUP: Major features of the upcoming Crabs, Mark V edition
  • All crabs will now be able to pinch even harder, especially when in close proximity to items manufactured or distributed by the Banana Republic clothing company.
  • Crabs will feature two high-speed USB 3.0 ports located on their dorsal surface for high-speed data connections. They cannot be used to charge your phone; instead, please use the wireless charging surface on the crab’s back.
  • All crabs come with two specialized “crabtrollers” for playing video games projected on the crab’s eye stalks. (Warning: crabs will pinch you for trying to play these games.)
  • The crab mark IV upgrade including rocket packs has been removed due to testing poorly with focus groups.
  • Crabs can now fire their claws during boss fights.
  • Glowing weak points will now display properly when crab grows to giant size to be a boss fight.
  • Forward walking.
  • Full backwards compatibility with prior versions of What Are You Playing.

Bonus question: What’s your favorite sort of nut to eat as a snack?

Ben Griggs (@braxwolf): Pretty much the same as last week, continuing down the Greymoor story and fighting for Sparta (or Athens, who knows) in Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey. I’ve also got quite a few boats in World of Warships that are starting to put out some good damage. They may need some attention, too.

My favorite nut to snack on is honey-roasted peanuts. They’re practically a candy, though, so I don’t know if they count!

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I know I’ll be in Star Wars Galaxies Legends this weekend. Didn’t get enough time in this week and I’m behind on a few projects.

Don’t like nuts generally – but I like peanut butter!

Carlo Lacsina (@UltraMudkipEX): Some friends and I will be running advanced quests on Phantasy Star Online 2 most likely. Levelling starts slowing down around level 53 so it’s becoming a matter of running quests multiple times. I want to see if I can get to level 60 with at least one of my characters this weekend!

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): The vast majority of my online gaming diet will be taken up with climbing the Umbral Escalation ranks in Dauntless. I really want to fight the Thrax again and again and craft neat stuff from its pieces. In-between that there’s some events happening with my guild in Final Fantasy XIV to attend, and my husband and I are going to try out cross-play in No Man’s Sky.

Just straight-up peanuts are my go-to nut snack. Honey roasted or lightly salted, please. Nothing too fancy or remarkable, honestly.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): I really need to get some review work done this weekend, but I’ll still find time to get a bit of Final Fantasy XIV in, as is my wont. Also might do a bit in World of Warcraft, although I really wish a lot of the expansion customization options were already in place.

Salted macadamia nuts are delicious, having edged out my previous favorite of some nice roasted cashews.

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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Rees Racer

Almost exclusively PSO2. I’ve certainly had to mess about with the installation a couple of times (using Tweaker was helpful), but I’m actually enjoying it even far more than I thought. Make no mistake, this is most certainly not a game for everyone, but I appreciate the intricacies and chaos of it all.

Despite the huge number of hours, I’ve only managed to level 3 characters into the mid-20’s, as I’ve swapped out classes a few times to experiment. I’ve never been one to rush to “endgame”, so I’m not at all fussed by my relative progress.

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Danny Smith

No games this weekend, my covid backorders finally showed up.

But i did end up uninstalling Resident Evil Resistance and not becuase Dead by Daylight is adding a Silent Hill crossover update. The game seems to lack any real sense of balance and feels more like a ‘other companies did stuff like this’ very shallow idea with little longterm draw. I got a really good first impression off it but it just didn’t last for me.

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Sorenthaz

FFXIV is kind of coming back in as my primary game of choice when I actually feel like playing anything. Also going to give Radiata Stories (old PS2 game) a try finally since a friend’s been wanting me to do play it for a few weeks. Might do a bit of something else too, just not really sure what.

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Utakata

This week: YouTube and streaming. Where I discovered in the pigtail’d isolation of things, I get see and hear acts entirely for free, that I once popped $20 to $45 to see back in the day.

Here is Ron Trent in the example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfQYJCVIOko

Also this week: Finally leveling a Goblin Arch…I mean, Arcane Mage. To which if successful in the max level, I’ll have a Mage in all 3 specs. This is something I originally planned to do in Vanilla also back in the day. o.O

Bonus: Almonds. Especially chocolate covered ones. <3

Have a great week and weekend folks. And please stay safe! :)

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Bryan Correll

Playing: Nothing in particular planned. I may play some PoE and just run maps that have a chance of spawning rare hideouts since Delirium league is practically over.

Bonus: Cashews are probably my overall favorite. And I can put a hurting on some pistachios, but they’re hella expensive. I really like Almonds but I can’t eat many of them without……um……intestinal distress.

I like most culinary nuts (I decided not to go off on a lengthy diatribe about how few culinary nuts are ‘true’ nuts, botanically speaking,) but the hazelnut (which is a true nut) can go burn in hell.

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Utakata

I like cashews too. They’re pigtail shaped. <3

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zoward

The weather here in northern New England is gorgeous this weekend, so hiking grilling, and removing the occasional wasp nest are top on my list of things to do tday and tomorrow. Gaming-wise, since LotRO and DDO both are giving out codes to get all the old questlines for free, I’ve jumped back into both, mostly the latter. I took some time this morning to grind out enough Quaal’s Feather Tokens (in “Keep on the Borderlands”) to get my very first mount in the game, a Chestnut for my low-level elven warlock. I’m already thinking about different builds to try out for some reason DDO exacerbates my alt-itis.

Have a great weekend everybody.

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Mordyjuice

`Maine?

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zoward

New Hampshire.

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Mordyjuice

I know a guy in New Hampshire, he’s got a fox den in his backyard been putting up videos lately on FB; plays Grimdawn as well.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

Found a mostly non-grey place in ESO. Gonna hang out around there for a while.

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Malcolm Swoboda
  • Wizards Unite – Finished the anniversary event and now about to set out on this month’s Community Day. Not worrying about much, since apparently there’s a bigger game overhaul coming at some point.
  • Another Eden – MY GOD!!, my phone finally updated to fix the audio issues I was having, so I can finally immerse back into this game. That means up to 2-3 other games must go on the chopping block… hmmm
  • Magikarp Splash – Kinda on the chopping block. Haven’t been playing much lately, and technically ‘beat’ the game, even though I have had a curiosity about maxing out all the things F2P.
  • Magia Record – Logins. Not on the chopping block. Its tempting because of its file size, but I do want to return. It’d help if the devs announce they’ll reinstate previous event story content as permanent, like some gachas do. ‘Season 1’ of the story is about to finish (a 2nd confirmed in Japan) so its a good time to get in.
  • Final Fantasy Brave Exvius – Logins. Sort of on the chopping block but its not really a problem and I have no aim to be a hardcore player anywhere. There would be weeks to months of story progress I’d have to make anyway.
  • Blade xLord – Dailies. The occasional SSR rarity characters and weapons I pull, and the kinda nice PS2-era-ish (with mobile trimming down) cutscenes keep me going until I at least catch up on the main story, which I should get around to!
  • Final Fantasy Brave Exvius: War of the Visions – Logins… this one is big on the chopping block. The concept of a Final Fantasy Tactics that riffs off of Brave Exvius is a great one, but the tie-ins are somewhat minimal, the game’s a weak reskin of the dev’s other game The Alchemist Code, and I resent most of the storyline a little more with almost every scene. I might do a push to catch up on story and see where I stand, but I do not like this menu-simulator with bothersome dailies.
  • Sub to my Adventure – It WOULD be on the chopping block, but its also no pressure and I like its feeling so it stays :). Not playing as much now though.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross – Logins. It WOULD be on the chopping block, but eh, I think I want to see where it goes first.
  • Exos Heroes – Of about 10 chapters I’m done 5, trying to rush Chapter 6-7 today so I can open up the event that started a day ago. I’m also doing dailies. Its weird how this game is so high production yet really weak in major areas. I’ll give it a shot through the story but then it may be given up on. Still, nice English voice acting and I like the gist! (and combat animations)
  • Guardian Tales – Finished World 7 through grit and uh.. gem continues because my team’s too weak and I don’t care. Still fun! Moved into the current World 8 asap because that’s where the current event is themed on, and progressing gradually. Not on chopping block but could be within weeks, depending on how things go. Its cute so maybe I just go down to casual play while preparing for future story content.
  • Last Cloudia – Dailies and on a smaller training event and not doing much else (Exos Heroes taking up the time).
  • SWTOR – Didn’t get around to it yet!
  • Distancing Hangouts – Stopped in-person at a friend’s for back porch (distanced) screening (literal bedsheet and projector) of Mythic Quest’s first episode! Also an evening of checking out Terraria’s update and making hellivator to the bottom of map.
  • Coromon – An early access Pokemon copy that has been neat to start so I’ll see how that goes. Just started with my starter ‘coromon’ chosen and doing the first battles.
  • Itch Bundle – We took some time to try some games. Lenna’s Inception was sweet and I kind of want to continue it. Another game, Fugue in Void wouldn’t work. Puzzle Puppers is a cutie. Got partner to try the silly Pikuniku, and he spent far too much time navigating the terrible controls of Babysitter Bloodbath.

Partner’s mostly playing Red Alert missions with maybe some Animal Crossing. Next up sounds like the Astral Chain he bought instead of SCII or FFVIII.

And while I don’t play this game, the track’s been stuck in my head

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Pet peeve rant: You’re out gathering and there’s a baddie right next a node that you want. While getting rid of the baddie, another player comes along and harvests the node! That, to me, is the epitome of RUUUDE! The general rule IS that if one is next to a resource and fighting someone, that is their resource. In most games I’ve played, most players generally follow the rule. But in Albion, almost no one follows the rule especially in safe-r zones (in full PvP zones, they’ll just gank you). It just may be the type of gamer who plays PvP games and/or the relative competition for nodes due to the high population. I’ve even had players who’ve had higher level crafting gear steal my resource, while I’m already mining it! There’s should be a special place in {insert your favorite gaming nether-region} for these players.

I’ll still be playing Albion this weekend, though (gotta feed those laborers). I really want to get back into Apex Legends at some point, as Albion is becoming more of a job than a joy. I also should try to get back into some other game at some point, but I’m not sure when that’ll happen.

Bonus: I love both pistachios & cashews, preferably both. But with my heart condition, they have to be low/no-salt plus I’m mildly allergic to both.

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Sorry about that, but time is money friend.

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BalsBigBrother

Just Borderlands 3 for me. More or less done with main story with Amara and trying to decide whether to run through the two dlc stories or do another main story run with another character (Zane or Fl4k?).

Also been watching the FIA WEC virtual 24 Hour Le Mans race on YouTube when I get the chance. Lots of famous drivers taking part in the teams and it’s been fun to watch a sim race get proper TV style presentation. Nice to see a game and genre given that good positive attention for a change.

Stay safe, be kind and enjoy your gaming