WRUP: How the articles get made (a look behind the magic) edition

    
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WRUP: How the articles get made (a look behind the magic) edition

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After that it all pretty naturally comes together! Anywho, here’s What Are You Playing.

Bonus question: What’s your favorite kind of soup?

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): My usual Pokemon Go/Animal Crossing routine. I’ve been planning some more creative efforts for October and November, which means I have research and outlining to do.

Favorite kind of soup!? Like, just broth-based, or with stuff in it too? Um, okay, if we’re talking just broth, curried pumpkin bisque. If we can have stuff in it, I’m gonna get sneaky and go with hotpots, since that means I don’t have to choose between sukiyaki, oden, and shabu-shabu, especially when you get to use the broth at the end with some udon noodles. Yes, I win again! (Except now I’m hungry…)

Andy McAdams: I picked up Fire Emblem: Three Houses for my Switch and I’ve been playing the crap out of that – so probably more of that and putzing along trying to make some more money in World of Warcraft.

Bonus Question: Is chili a soup? I’m going to say it’s a soup and turkey chili is my favorite, the spicier the better.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Ideally, playing get out of my house and find more deserted places to get some fresh fall air, but I’ll be in Star Wars Galaxies Legends too, and Chris’ escapades in City of Heroes have made me want to go back there too, so… we’ll see.

Chicken noodle with a grilled cheese or cheese crackers is perfect comfort food. Thanks, Eliot – I’m gonna make it a point to eat some this weekend.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): The aforementioned City of Heroes antics continue (I have been enjoying my Pistols/Nin Sentinel quite a bit) as will some delving around in No Man’s Sky and maybe a sniff around for a space sandbox that isn’t EVE Online, Elite Dangerous, or Star Citizen. Clearly I am in a sci-fi frame of mind.

I am a sucker for broccoli and cheese soup, but I also cannot hate on a good corn chowder either. I tend to like the thicker soups in general. Not to hate on brothy soups, but the thick and creamy soups just have way more body to them.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): There’s stuff to do in Final Fantasy XIV, but mostly I’d actually like to lose myself a bit in something single-player for a while. Not sure of exactly what, though. That’s the problem. Shame there’s no prepatch in WoW yet…

Broccoli and cheese soup and split pea soup are delicious, but I’m a sucker for a good french onion soup. It touches something deep inside of me. My stomach.

Mia DeSanzo (@neschria): I will be playing some No Man’s Sky. The Origin update roped me back in.

Tyler Edwards (blog): With October coming up, I’m thinking of sampling some horror games from my backlog. Probably going to start with Alan Wake, though Call of Cthulhu is also tempting.

Bonus question: Thick, hearty, and curried.

Pierre, patron: First of all, I finished The Last of Us Part II, and I have to tell you my verdict as the jury is not out anymore. The Last of Us is the best video game I ever played, and I played a lot of them. I say The Last of Us as I don’t think you can separate both parts of such a coherent and dense story. I understand better the choice of naming the sequel “part two” and not “2”, it’s so logical now. So I will not try to rank parts I and II, they both contribute to each others’ impact.

Why is it an excellent video game? Because it made me feel so many strong emotions. It shocked me, it moved me, it unsettled me, made me try to stop some actions when I couldn’t as it was a cutscene. It showed me how video games can convey much more emotional impact than movies, as you are acting and interacting, you’re not passively accepting the story someone tells you, you are part of the story. Mix that with the know-how and talent of Naughty Dog and you get The Last of Us, a masterpiece. I will not say more as I really don’t want to spoil the story, but I can tell you that even when you have finished the game, you think about it for days, for weeks, maybe months. You rethink the choices you made through the characters in the game, and the story and moral choices go on growing inside you. I will summarize the process: your own moral compass updates through this kind of games, and you become a better human being. It’s so much more than just a video game.

Enough with TLoU. This weekend, I’m playing Death Stranding on PC, still playing The Last of Us Remastered with one objective, the platinum trophy (and it’s very difficult to obtain). Final Fantasy XI will fill up the gaps in my free-time schedule.

Bonus question: My favorite soup is the mixed-vegetable soup my mother used to make when I was young. Unfortunately, she’s not with us anymore and I miss this soup so much. And you my fellow MOP readers, what are you playing 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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Ashfyn Ninegold

I’ve been playing a couple of rogue-lite card battlers, Erannorth Reborn and Gordian Quest, which is in early access. These are simple RPG games at the outset, but both have some devilish card interactions that take some thinking to make the best use of. Erannorth has a fairly simple over world and plays very fast. Gordian has a more complex story and a world map with nodes of varying kinds, including dungeons.

In the real world, I’ve been obsessively playing games to avoid the real world.

Bonus: Torn between a good homemade lentil soup and my childhood favorite, Campbell’s tomato soup make with milk, not water, with a pat of button melting in the middle and a side of oyster crackers or saltines. Comfort food.

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PanagiotisLial1

I have been playing mostly SWTOR(has double exp too) getting the remaining 8 out of my 16 characters to lvl 75 while doing their class storyline – eventually I will do all content up to and onslaught. In between I had been working on engineers in Elite Dangerous and doing the even for Star Trek Online but also downloaded UO after several months since I format this PC. I probably will re-check Project Gorgon too if I find any extra time

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Hikari Kenzaki

Conan Exiles: Isle of Siptah, all day, every day. I’d post pictures, but MOP needs to up the size limit to something human-like 6-8mb and I’m being lazy.

Have a tweet.

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Hikari Kenzaki

And no soup. Ever.

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Toy Clown

This week I have weirdly played only one MMO, and that is FFXIV! Working my way through the Crystal Tower series atm with two raids under my belt. I’m not sure how to feel about my desire to raid again. This is strange behavior!

Okay… honorable mention is logging into ESO in an attempt to do some event-y things, but I can’t seem to get my head into it.

In the real world, I spent the afternoon decorating for Fall and Halloween. I love this time of year!

Bonus Question: New England Clam Chowder, which makes a great soup for dipping chile lime-flavored pork rinds in, semi-using them as a spoon.

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Schmidt.Capela

No Man’s Sky with a side-dish of Subnautica.

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Bryan Turner

Still playing ESO, I want to play some Grim Dawn but the thought of the gold faucet being turned off depresses me (I mean I could just pay my dues off for a year at this point but I don’t know).

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mysecretid

I can’t believe no one’s posted this here yet. Eliot’s muse seems evident. :-)

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Sorenthaz

Started dabbling in Fallout 76 again and had a lot of fun with what I experienced. Still has jank, but I was having a lot of fun just jumping into a public group and running events + the daily op. Overall it just feels good and fun.

Also started dabbling in LoL again, not sure if I’ll actually try to jump into Ranked before the season ends or not.

Hades has pretty much been my go-to solo/singleplayer game – it’s astounding how well designed and put together this game is. So many good elements… very easy 10/10.

For everything else I guess there’s XIV, though it’s been getting the backburner as I wait for 5.35 I guess.

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mysecretid

I’e still got the flu and the fever this week, although both seem to be lessening slowly.

For some reason, I’ve been on a bit of a superhero game kick this week.

I started off with City of Heroes: Homecoming, but as I’ve said before, while I love the game; love its world-design and its rules mechanics, the character graphics have aged poorly over time (at least to my eyes), and I can only play CoHH for so long before my tolerance is expended.

So, I’ve been playing a lot of Champions Online, much to my surprise.

See, I bought a lifetime sub to CO the day they were first offered, believing (like many of us) that Champions Online was going to be essentially City of Heroes 2.0.

Hoo Boy! It was not!

To use a more-current analogy — CoH fans were hoping for the game equivalent of a Marvel Cinematic Universe film like Avengers: Endgame.

Instead, the Champions Online lead dev at the time, Bill Roper, delivered the equivalent of the campy 1966 Batman movie starring Adam West.

No disrespect to Mr. West, but the initial overseers of Champions Online clearly did not fully understand what actual superhero fans like about the superhero genre.

Happily, the game has shifted its tone and focus over time. Once you get past the earliest content (some of which seems to be gone from the game entirely now) the game moves into a more legitimate take on superheroics.

Is it as good as City of Heroes? Absolutely not. :-) But it’s something I can play while feverish, and the character models don’t make my eyes bleed. :-)

What else R I Playing? I’ve started dabbling in the new No Man’s Sky content and I love it so far. So much fun!

Lastly, I’m playing a little bit of Star Trek Online, as ever, but I confess, playing it well takes more concentration than fever-boy here has most of the time, so I only play in small doses. :-)

Take care of yourselves, and each other, and I’ll see you soon!

Cheers,

Secret

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I almost always forget to give the bonus answer — I really like “Bean and Bacon” soup, but usually only when I’m sick. Yes, I’ve had some this past week. ;-)

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TomTurtle

Waiting on that WoW pre-patch which is looking more and more to be October 6th or later. Filling my time before then with battle pets and island expeditions. I’ve taken great advantage of the increased pet battle experience and filled out my roster with many that I had left sitting on the side. I’m also aiming for a mount from island expeditions but RNG has not favored me so far. I can only do so many before I take a break. I really cannot wait for the shadow priest rework to handle such content better.

I’ve also been catching up on YouTube content that I had saved for later and am enjoying some roleplay shows. They help me pass the time when I’m doing less engaging MMO content.

I don’t really have a favorite soup, though what commonly comes to mind are ones like chicken or pea soup. It’s nice to eat those with some bread and butter on the side.