It turns out I’m still angry! I mean, why exactly are you this reluctant to just go ahead and say “beta” at this point? What do you think is magically going to change? The obvious argument would be that you know the game isn’t actually in a beta state, but if that were the case you shouldn’t be claiming it’s technically there anyhow! These words do actually mean things, and they’re not just there to mark time while it seems like forward progress is made.
It gets even more ridiculous because forward progress is actually being made! This isn’t just an illusion, things are actually happening! It’s just this insane sense of compensation, as if now that beta has gotten delayed you have to pretend things are going faster than they actually went, and really maybe we just need to stop pretending open development is a good time? This might be a gigantic problem with our industry wherein we think this is good but it actually sets up unrealistic expectations, especially with online games where the course of development is never really steady…
What was I talking about again? Uh… What Are You Playing, something something, badgers or whatever.
Bonus question: How late do you have to sleep before you feel you’ve overslept on the weekend?
Andy McAdams: I’m back in World of Warcraft. I’ve decided that WoW is a lot like going home for me. You walk in expecting all this dysfunction on multiple levels and you are never disappointed. In fact, you find the dysfunction a little endearing – yeah it’s a mess, but it’s my mess, you know? There’s every chance in the world, just like when I actually go home, that that “endearing mess” will turn to “annoying mess” and then eventually devolve into “infuriating mess” where I’ll probably meander back into the ether to Eorzea or Tamriel or… who knows where else.
10:00 a.m. and I start to feel like the day is getting away from me, 11:00 a.m. and it’s all over and I might as well give up on the whole day.
8:30 or so on the weekend is perfect. If it inches toward 9, I start to feel like I’ve lost too much of the day. To be fair, I keep a somewhat tight sleep schedule to help with insomnia.
Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): There are going to be a number of hunts in both Dauntless and Monster Hunter World, a few trips through leveling content in Torchlight III, and a little bit of RP in Final Fantasy XIV where I can manage it.
On the days that qualify as my weekend, I tend to feel like waking at 10:00 or 11:00 a.m. is the point of oversleep. “Lucky” for me, I never seem to wake up any later than 8:00 a.m.
Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Finally, I’m done reviewing a game I rather disliked… that means I can actually do more things I like, which mostly means a spot of stuff in FFXIV and I don’t know what else. I have a big pile of games. Sometimes it’s paralyzing.
Personally, I’m happiest if I wake up at 7. After going to bed at around 2. If I could just not sleep at all, that’d be killer.
Sam Kash (@thesamkash): I’ve been playing Valorant and even some Absolver recently. Absolver is such an incredible game. I’m still battling with the LOTRO site to play the game, although I finally was able to get an email confirmation that an account was created, so maybe, just maybe a I’ll be able to play it.
If I somehow sleep until 10, I’ve lost a lot of day. I stay up so late that without yelling or random noises my body will sleep late too. Fortunately, there’s plenty of loud sound to get me up.
Tyler Edwards (blog): I wanted something relaxing, so I’ve dipped into my Steam backlog and started working my way through Dungeons II. I’m playing the series out of order, so I’ve already played the third one, but in at least some ways I actually prefer this one. I’m also sampling an open alpha of Gatewalkers, an ARPG/survival game with some really cool ideas.
Bonus question: Ha ha ha, implying that “weekends” mean anything to me or that I have anything resembling a sleep schedule…