WRUP: Things Huey Lewis has lied to me about and the ways he did so edition

    
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Lie: “Don’t take money, don’t take fame, don’t need no credit card to ride this train.”
Format: Song (The Power of Love)
Truth: It in fact can take quite a bit of money to make a romantic relationship work, and credit cards are helpful. Fame is generally superfluous.

Lie: “I want a new drug.”
Format: Song (I Want a New Drug)
Truth: Lewis wrote that song in a few minutes after a dream he had about a movie called “Drugbusters.” He has later admitted to being fine with existing drugs.

Lie: “I just need to run out to my car, I will be five minutes tops.”
Format: In person, attempting to get a break on a bill at the laundromat
Truth: Lewis walked to a nearby payphone instead of his car, at which point he had an angry conversation for fifteen straight minutes. He then waited in the parking lot for an additional ten minutes before Ray Parker Jr. showed up, handed him $20, and told him that after this they were even. When he left, someone picked him up.

Lie: “It’s hip to be square.”
Format: Song (Hip to be Square)
Truth: It is not hip to be square, although it can be hip to be a trapezoid.

Lie: “I want a new drug.”
Format: In person, asking for a drug refill
Truth: Lewis wanted to get a brand-name medication for generic prices. His insurance company later billed him and he blamed us.

Lie: “You can talk about all of this in What Are You Playing.”
Format: Email with publicist
Truth: My lawsuit is expected shortly.

Bonus question: What movie, game, or book from your childhood do you still enjoy immensely as an adult?

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Well, I expected to spend this weekend playing the new summer festival mash-up in Lord of the Rings Online, but I don’t have high hopes based on the mess that is the game right now. And they just got another month of sub out of me that I wish I could take back, sigh. So I’ll probably check in on my Star Wars Galaxies Legends vendors and mod The Sims 4. I mean play The Sims 4. Play. Dammit Bree.

This is random, but I have always adored the movie Contact. We just let our kids see it this week and I just still love it so very much.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Having just finished up some single-player stuff, I’m a bit adrift between games… although there’s more stuff to be done in Final Fantasy XIV, and there is that Marvel’s Avengers beta happening right now. Hmm.

I’ve never cared much for Lord of the Rings, but I do really enjoy The Hobbit… and an illustrated adaptation of that was a gift from my grandmother many years ago that I still re-read fairly regularly. I love that book.

Sam Kash (@thesamkash): I think I’ll be swinging my sword around the Crowfall beta this weekend. Other than that I’ll probably take part in some of the festivities in Guild Wars 2.

Bonus: I still enjoy the Mega Man series of games. Going back and playing them from time to time is always fun.

Tyler Edwards (blog): I finally got Horizon: Zero Dawn working, so that’s my focus for the time being. I like it, but I wouldn’t say that it entirely lives up the hype. The setting is very cool, but once you look past the unique aesthetics it’s a pretty ordinary (and extremely grindy) open world RPG.

Bonus question: I feel like most of my main passions are things I discovered in childhood? Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, and The Simpsons come to mind as obvious examples.

Pierre, patron: As I’m a very slow completionist gamer, I’m not yet done with The Last of Us, both The Last of Us Part II and a NG+ of The Last of Us Remastered (but I’m almost finished with this NG+). That is still getting the majority of my gaming time. Final Fantasy XI is still my MMO of choice for a change, as I must admit that the The Last of Us saga can be quite depressing to play over a long period of time, especially with Part II as a much darker episode than the first game was.

Bonus question: As with so many grown ups, I still enjoy the Lego games a lot. And you MOP readers, what’s on your gaming plate for 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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Oh, Neuromancer

Vendetta Online – dueling an opponent player is still just as thrilling as it was 10 years ago. It’s free now, so y’all have no excuse! https://www.vendetta-online.com/newsletter/08.2020/newsletter.08.2020.html

Distance – some of my maps have been getting more playtime which is always nice to see; this fellow even posted a couple to YouTube: https://youtu.be/29vAi44jihU

Minecraft – server going strong: Kyoto.apexmc.co please be nice!

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Zero_1_Zerum

Bonus question:
The Lord of the Rings was one of the books my mom read to me, and it’s the first big book I read all by myself (after the reading starter kit books like See Spot Run and the like). I still read it at least once every year. There’s also the Redwall series, I still enjoy them as an adult.

I grew up watching Star Trek: The Next Generation and I still enjoy that show. Same goes for Batman: the Animated Series.

Movies, the Back to the Future trilogy and the Original Star Wars trilogy.

Games… I guess Defender and Rampage are still fun.

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Malcolm Swoboda
  • Wizards Unite – Did the first week of stupid event. Now a stupid community weekend event is happening and some stupid functions broke for a day but now they’re stupid fixed. Getting borrrreedddd! Give me raid battles.
  • Another Eden – Just logins, but I won’t put it in the list because I want to say I love this game goodbye.
  • Suspended: SWTOR, Magikarp Splash, Sub to my Adventure, Coromon
  • Logins: Magia Record, Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, Blade xLord, Villagers and Heroes
  • Last Cloudia – More disappointment. I thought the new ‘ranking’ event was reasonable, but really it was terrible and I didn’t get the stuff I wanted from it :(. Tried to move on from it and advance some main story, which is also getting tougher with normal story difficulty mobs being… immune to magic? Whoh. There’s a new training event (and monthly battle tower) but that’s a relief after too much busy.
  • Tales of Crestoria – Hey, still a buggy mess! Didn’t quite wrap up the last events too, but making better progress on a new one as I better understand how the even want me to grind things. ‘Fixed’ communication errors for this and my other games by switching a wifi mode on my phone.
  • Distancing Hangouts – Partner is still RTSing with friends. And I just did a Remnant session!
  • Final Fantasy XIV – :S. Ok I’ll do a few quests tonight before bed.

Partner finished the Nova missions in Astral Chain, moved to the first Starcraft (Remastered), and is around the Luca point in Final Fantasy X. I got him to claim and setup Remnant: From the Ashes, but there’s no enthusiasm there haha. I’ve done the start of Remnant and managed to draw a friend into a campaign, and she had fun!

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mysecretid

At your house, it’s like a gaming convention every week! Not a bad way to beat the quarantine blues, I’m sure. :-)

Cheers,

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Malcolm Swoboda

Really just mobile, Starcraft, and Remnant :P

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Loopy

MSFS2020 is consuming my life. It will consume even more of it once VR support comes in.

Game is absolutely gorgeous, and the sat imagery couple with AI extrapolating relief is resulting in some highly accurate scenery. There are some hilarious mistakes here and there, but nothing overwhelming. I was even able to pinpoint my exact house from a low flyover. Pretty insane.

Here’s a screenshot i took of Toronto that i really like. None of the scenery is pre-built – it’s all rendered in real time by the AI engine.

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Utakata

Tiny pink undulating thing below is a pigtail waving at you. <3

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mysecretid

Wow, that’s a really nice pic of “Tranna”, Loopy! I’m glad you’re having fun as an airline of one, my friend!

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Robert Rose

What are you talking about? ALL of the scenery is prebuilt. Especially in cities like Toronto, where you’ve got full photogrammetry data for every structure.

There is absolutely nothing resembling a neural network or GAN algorithm operating in this game.
There ARE algorithms that would classify as AI by 2004 game design standards, and they are used to fabricate scenery where photogrammetry data doesn’t exist, but that’s definitely not happening in your photo. Also, the “AI” has a margin of error of >95% on building/texture synthesis. Most of the time it can’t even get the basic shape right. I’ve attached a comparison of Google’s photogrammetry data compared to Bing’s “AI” approximation. As you can see, it has no clue what any of these buildings are. It can’t get the basic shape of the apartment building right, and it thinks the row of houses to the rear is a massive block of fucking concrete. It’s absolutely garbage at synthesizing anything that doesn’t have existing data.

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Bruno Brito

In this week of “what’s that jackass drawing”, i’m failing miserably at it. This digital thing is hard.

As for games, eh. ESO, Smite, EQ2. Same old, same old.

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mysecretid

No failure, no misery here, Bruno! Thanks for sharing what you’re creating; I always like seeing it.

My artist friends have also said that getting used to digital/tablet drawing is hard. Just keep hammering away at it, and it will slowly get better/easier over time. It’s an incremental process, apparently.

And keep sharing your creations here, please! :-)

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Bruno Brito

It’s more than an “incremental” process. I feel like it’s more akin to learning how to ride a motocycle having only experience riding bikes. It’s relearning at the same time where you put basic concepts to use.

Texture changes from paper to tablet. The way you work changes, the flow changes because of how the program lays the tools to you, your hand movement changes, even your posture changes.

It’s pretty new to me.

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Andy Turner

Immediately supported by and i quote from Huey “The power of love, is a curious thing, make one man weep, make another man sing, turn a hawk, to a little white dove, that’s the power…of love”. Other words omitted here. Huey not pictured there.

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Pandalulz

After my wall of text last week, this week is easy. I’m actually sticking with games and just alternating back and forth between Ys VIII and FFXIV. I’ve got 90% of the map explored in Ys so I’ve got to be right there at the end somewhere.

The bonus question is hard. I’m a child of the 80s, so everything was a “BUY-THIS-TOY!” thirty-minute advertisement on TV and so much stuff today is just marketing people saying, “Hey, we heard you like stuff from the 80s…” so I have a hard time deciding what things I actually like from childhood and what things are just some form of stockholm syndrome nostalgia.

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Pandalulz

Also Contact is a fantastic movie. Just to make the point that I’m way too nerdy, when I had to go to New Mexico for a job, I made a six hour detour just so I could go see the Very Large Array. It’s the loudest quiet place I’ve ever been.

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mysecretid

Hey everybody!

Not a lot new to talk about this week, unfortunately.

I’m still playing a lot of Greedfall on my PS4 — which I still like despite some of its design quirks and flaws — as well as bouncing around between Neverwinter Online, No Man’s Sky, and Assassin’s Creed: Origins when the mood strikes me.

On PC, I’ve been playing yet another round of Stellaris. So far, so good!

Hope all of you are alive and well. Please, please take care of yourselves, and each other.

I leave you with this cartoon, which I feel speaks to the nature of the year 2020 with a strong nerdish accent. I speak fluent nerd, you know :-)

Love to yas,

Secret

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Sorenthaz

FFXIV’s probably going to be my focus with maybe some Fall Guys for a little bit on the side. Not really feeling like much else but might push myself on WoW to do some pre-Shadowlands stuff.

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firithnorm

I actually saw Huey Lewis & the News live during their Sports tour. Good show, lots of energy and really showed their range. Tower of Power opened and really brought that R&B, bluesy feel that carried over for HL&tN’s set. One of the few shows where they mixed all the instruments properly and didn’t just blast SOUND to the audience.

I’ll be playing Albion (what? no!) and maybe hopping into Apex or LOTRO… er, uh, I mean SWTOR as well.

Bonus: Rather than say The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings this time, I’m gonna go with Star Wars. I saw it multiple times when it came out. When our fam went on a 2 week camping trip to Nova Scotia, I devoured all the new fanzines during the long drives. Actually, my greatest satisfaction is that my youngest daughter & son are such SW geeks that they’ve watched the entire Clone Wars and Rebels series multiple times (I just don’t have the patience to get through it all – I’d rather play games).

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mysecretid

Solid point about bands and concerts which just seem to blast raw sound at the audience; volume rather than quality.

Good sound mixes often seem rarer than one would hope. Even “heavy” bands can have a sound mix that’s more than just mere noise.

Cheers,

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zoward

I saw Huey during the Small World tour (I think it was the year after Sports). He also had ToP as his backup then. The man does a great live show! Over three hours.