WRUP: The alphabet of bird edition

    
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WRUP: The alphabet of bird edition

A is for albatross. B is for blue jay. C is for cardinal. D is for dodo. E is for emu. F is for finch. G is for goldfinch. H is for hawk. I is for ibis. J is for jay. K is for kite. L is for long-tailed antbird. M is for magpie. N is for nightjar. O is for oriole. P is for parrot. Q is for quail. R is for raven. S is for sparrow. T is for titmouse. U is for… for…

Damn it! Damn you, Reginald! You said there was one! You promised me there was a bird for every letter of the alphabet! You lied to me, Reginald! You lied to me and now you’ve let me down, and all the people who turn to What Are You Playing!

Reginald? Why do you have a gun? Oh, it’s going to be like that, is it?! You can’t stop me from speaking truth to power! Everyone’s going to know, Reginald, everyone’s going to know that you are very handsome and eloquent and did not take over this article after shooting me. Reginald is really cool. Let’s sing about the elocution of birds and give them power of attorney!

Bonus question: Do you remember the first music album you ever owned?

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Pokemon Go Charizard week, woo! Hoping to get a perfect Shiny because I love me that black dragon, even if it’s not great. Though megas in general still bum me out as a feature. Animal Crossing will get some attention too. I think my town’s looking good, but I’m worried what I’m gonna do with all the decorations after the holiday, ha ha.

I think my first music album was either a Doors greatest hits or the soundtrack to Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

Ben Griggs (@braxwolf): I’ll be mostly continuing to play random matches in World of Warships. I have a pretty decent arsenal of higher-level premium ships now (Massachusetts, Georgia, Alaska, Anchorage) which are all very enjoyable to play. I’ll also pop into Red Dead Redemption 2 if I have some time.

The first album I ever owned was Not of this World by Petra on cassette.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I’ll be working on house things, but I’m also planning to carve out some time for Torchlight III this weekend too, wheee.

For the bonus – I’m honestly not sure! I had access to a lot of my parents’ albums, and they had so many (and I’m grateful because it exposed me to a lot of weird genres), but we also made so many endless mix tapes and bootleg copies of friends’ stuff that I just don’t remember.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): I’m knocking on the door of Stormterror’s Lair in Genshin Impact, so that will be a primary objective this weekend. Otherwise, I’ll be dipping into Remnant: From the Ashes a bit more and continue casual doinking about in City of Heroes.

The first album I had ever owned was a birthday gift of Michael Jackson’s “Bad,” but that doesn’t count since I wasn’t a fan. The one that does count for me personally was R.E.M.’s “Monster,” since that was the first disc I bought that myself with my own cash.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): There’s a lot to do in Final Fantasy XIV at the moment. World of Warcraft… eh, not as much beyond leveling. Also I have a couple other projects to work on in my spare time.

The first album I actually owned and didn’t borrowed was still an older one, a tape of REM’s “Green.” For whatever reason as a kid I didn’t really own many albums of my own.

Mia DeSanzo (@neschria): It’s going to be a working weekend for me. I may play Among Us with my kids and/or grandkids in the evenings. That has been fun.

I am drawing a blank on what my first vinyl album and cassette were, but the first CD I owned was On the Threshold of a Dream by the Moody Blues. My dad got it for me when I got my first CD player. I loved it.

Sam Kash (@thesamkash): I’m still playing some Vendetta Online, but I’ve been really busy this week with couch co-op in Children of Morta.

Bonus: I went in for a double purchase. Eagle Eye Cherry and Third Eye Blind’s “Blue.” I was so excited. Listen to those hours on end.

Tyler Edwards (blog): I’m overwhelmed with choice when it comes to games right now. I’m working on finishing off Call of Cthulhu, but I’m also doing some prestige leveling in StarCraft 2, and I want to jump into the newly released Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition. On top of all that, I also want to explore the newly expanded Starter Edition in WoW. Plus, y’know, maybe trying to squeeze in some time for work, food, and sleep.

Bonus question: I’m a millennial. We don’t buy whole albums. I just buy the songs I like (I don’t see the appeal of streaming). I think the closest I’ve come to owning a full album is Fantasies by Metric. I have nearly every song off that album, missing only Twilight Galaxy and a bunch of covers and remixes from various special editions. The funny thing is I actually rate Fantasies as one of Metric’s weaker albums; my reasoning being that while Fantasies has a great many good songs, it has no great songs. When I think of all-time great Metric songs, none of them are from Fantasies, whereas nearly every other album has at least one track that seriously blew my mind. I guess you could make an argument for Help, I’m Alive, but even as much as I like that one, it’s still definitely not a song I would rank among the likes of Too Little Too Late, London Halflife, Combat Baby, or The Governess.

Pierre, patron: I’m going to visit my family this weekend and will be away from my gaming platforms, so no real gaming for me. Maybe it’s for the best as I’m in some sort of hiatus these days; I’m not really tempted nor convinced to play by any game, probably because the The Last of Us Part II experience was so exceptional that every other game seems tasteless in comparison.

Bonus question: My first music album was also the first CD I owned, Suzanne Vega’s Solitude Standing album from 1987 (yes I’m quite old). And you know what, I still enjoy listening to it today. And you MOP readers, WRUP 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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Sleepy

/highfive for the Solitude Standing album. I borrowed her first album from my brother way back.

She still sounds amazing.

Edit – oh yes, gaming. New graphics card, which can manage Dragon Age Inquisition at 4k with only a few of the graphics options tweaked. So playing through and by god, it’s gorgeous.

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MikeInTheLab

Going through games in my library trying to find what sticks. Want to get more time into STO and SWG Legends but more likely going to alt level in WoW.

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Lethia Myune

I’m enjoying the heck out of my second stroll through FFXIV. First time i played it, 2 years ago, i reached a bit into Heavensward but i admit the big amount of mandatory group instances for the MSQ was starting to irk me so i lost interest. Not because they were many and…mandatory lol but because i had to wait up to an hour to pop a queue. I had like 2 hours daily to play or less so it was excruciatingly slow to go through the story. No i was not ready to roll a healer/tank just for this, too much anxiety so i just moved on despite loving other sides of the game

Fat forward to now, i finished Heavensward and the Dragonsong War chains that were absolutely epic and amazing and i had all the way through almost instant queues. So instant i was literally clicking the join duty button and….I was in. Not even time to build anxiety lmao. And it was the same for all the 10ish duties i had to do. Idk what happened in the meanwhile but this made me very happy. Mind you, still not a fan how some of these instances break a bit the flow of the story but i am ok to put up with them because the story is really epic and very good.

Now i just started Stormblood and i can’t wait to see what’s next :D Happy weekend folks.

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Phubarrh

As usual these days, my playtime seems a time of transition. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is…mmmm, just simmering on the back burner right now. There have been a couple times that I sat down thinking to play a bit, but then logged in to something else instead.

At first, that something else was Secret World Legends. Initially I was thinking that with Samhain coming up, I would collect the coolest quest reward in the game, that being the haunted radio with a set of recorded olde tyme plays included. But then I realized that I would have to power this relatively new character through Blue Mountain, Egypt, AND Transylvania in the space of a couple weeks to earn it, and that just wasn’t going to happen. Add in that the friend whose fresh discovery of the game encouraged me to play ended up dropping out for the same reasons that have put me off (elements of gameplay that he doesn’t even know were changed from TSW), and so it’s farewell again…

Now? My ex is back in FFXIV and invited me to join her, so why not? Nothing much to say about it as a fresh grind through the MSQ is pretty darn rote by the twelfth time, so we’re just meeting for the dungeon instances at this stage. But I’m also crafting. Lots and lots of crafting. Will I make it through Stormblood and into Shadowbringers this time? We shall see.

If I weren’t doing that, I would probably be back in WoW experiencing the last four expansions for the first time via the squished leveling system. How is that working out at this early stage?

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Jack Pipsam

No gaming at all in the last week, been far too busy IRL doing things, but I have next week off so I might re-attempt the Ultima Online stuff then, also need to finish off the Tell Me Why episodic series from Microsoft, I liked the first episode but never got around to the other two.

I watched a South Korean film called Burning, it can be a bit of a drag in the opening, but I would highly recommend giving it a shot if you’re in the mood for something different, it’s almost better going into blind like I did, it frames itself as mystery film. There was clearly a mastery of writing and framing at play, great performances.

And finally, all I wanted to say is a massive congratulations to New Zealand for re-electing Jacinda Ardern in a landslide victory, I know she’ll continue to make the world jealous with her incredible leadership.
One can only hope we follow suite next time.

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Utakata

…and how! Goodness. o.O

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Zulika Mi-Nam

I happened to catch when she just showed up on a Twitch Stream out of the blue.

https://www.twitch.tv/broxh_/clip/VibrantTrappedStapleThunBeast

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zoward

I’m still in single player game mode, so I’m doing playthroughs of Skyrim and (when I get tired of killing things) Stardew Valley. I also bought two Vampire: The Masquerade visual novels to enjoy the Hallowe’en season with. Finally, in what meager spare time I have left, it looks like I’ll be joining some friends in a PNP Pathfinder campaign via Zoom or somesuch. Have a great weekend all!

The first single I bought was a 45 of Barry Manilow’s Copacabana – and I can probably still remember all the lyrics for it if I try hard enough. The first full album was Boston’s Don’t Look Back, which I still listen to on occasion (the music, that is; the album is long gone!).

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Utakata

That’s actually pretty good song. It has less cheeze than many would think of it. O.o

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zoward

It is, actually, and Barry was very talented, but between this landing smack dab in the middle of the Disco era and Barry being pigeonholed as a “boring adult hits” icon, it never got much radio play once it dropped off the Billboard Top 100 list.

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Finished a stream earlier today of the SEASONABLY THEMATIC HAUNTED TRAINYARD portion of FINAL FANTASY VII: REMAKE, (playlist linked) so that was a lot of well-timed fun. :) Going into one of the heavier portions of the game for later tonight’s stream, though. It’s going to be an emotional one.

Been going through GUILD DRAMA in FINAL FANTASY XIV that I’m not about to get into here, other than to say it was handled poorly by the powers that now be, so I up and transferred myself off that server/data center with a quickness, and removed them from my life, because it was ugly. Oh well, it was my alt, and now my alt is with my main’s Free Company/guild, who are wonderful, welcoming folks all the same, so all is well.

Been playing a moderate amount of PATH OF EXILE as well, just as a kind of release for the stress i’ve been gathering. Nothing quite like playing WayTooStabby, my chaos damage shadow. :)

ALSO just started up a career mode on BATTLETECH, which has been giving me the most joy of the non-streaming games, strangely enough, because I do love me some turn-based strategy with Giant Robot Pokemon. 🤣

BONUS QUESTION!: Well, I’m not going to say my first album, because that’s a security question somewhere, but ONE of the first SINGLES I bought was the Pearl Jam / Dissident 1 single, of which there were Dissident 1, 2, and 3. Each one had 1 of 3 parts of a full concert on it, and they were EXTREMELY rare to find parts 2 and 3, but dang it, I was able to find part 2. This was before the internet as we know it, too, so eBay and the like wasn’t really A Thing™ yet. Never did try to find part 3 in the new internet age, since I’ve now lost parts 1 and 2, but I do have the concert digitally, as well as, like, 100 others, since Pearl Jam puts out “Official bootlegs” of all their shows – soundboard recordings of each show they play, no more than a month or two after they play them, for every show since the 2000 tour.

Can.. can you tell I’m a Pearl Jam super hyper mega ultra fan?

‘Cause I am. :)

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WayTooLateTV

(Also, rebranding on MOP complete, BigAngry has evolved into WayTooLateTV!)

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Bryan Correll

So are you no longer angry?

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When I started streaming in earnest, my buddy Pound0fFlesh basically said “You’ve gotta change your name for 2 reasons. 1) You need to consolidate your social media and your youtube got grandparented in as named to WayTooLateTV and you can’t change it since you don’t have 100 subscribers, and 2) You’re, like, the LEAST angry person on the internet.” and so I took it to heart.

Besides, BigAngry kinda ran its course a while ago. I’ve had it for over 20 years, and it’s not even close to relevant anymore. It started back in 1997 when I used to play Action Quake II and needed a quick nickname, and thought “What’s the scariest thing I can think of running at me? A big, angry man.” and thus, BigAngryMan was created. I dropped the “Man” like Hollywoodland dropped the “land” a few years later, and stuck with it mostly ever since.

I usually stay up way too late for my own good, so that’s when I typically stream, too. Thus, Way Too Late TV. Reminds me of my days working in actual TV on a late night talk show (and other random shows) back in and after college. Good times, from what I remember of ’em. :)

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Y’know, it’s funny, it kinda morphed INTO the ironic definition, but I used to really be an angry person a long time back, when the name first came into fruition. But, thanks to a life-saving and life-altering medical procedure I went through called ECT back in 2004, it changed my entire personality and I’ve been super chill ever since, and the moniker hasn’t really been totally appropriate for the last 10 or 15 years.

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Ririrawr

i demand to be able to +thumps up this multiple times coz fellow pearl jam lover

tho haven’t heard ANY of their stuff in ages because life=hell/busy/blaaah

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WayTooLateTV

ALWAYS awesome to meet fellow Jamily members!

HIGHLY recommend their album from earlier this year, Gigaton. Easily their best outing since 2006’s eponymous album (aka “Avocado”) and if you don’t like it the first listen, keep listening over and over, because it grows and sticks into the nooks and crannies of your brain crevasses really well. You’ll be bobbin’ your head in time with Quick Escape while in the shower before you know it.

I won’t say standout tracks, because that sets up expectations, and I like people going in without those, so if you’re able to get time/space/energy to align, the whole album’s on youtube on the band’s channel for free with “visualizer” placeholder videos, and just sink down into it, fellow Jamily. :)

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Ririrawr

definitely will be checking it out! …at some point, hee ty

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PanagiotisLial1

Yes Battletech is awesome and once you got done with main campaign and play a while you discover even further avenues for playing through big addons the community has made

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mysecretid

It was my birthday this past week, so I’m moving slowly from being a semi-geezer to being an actual purebred geezer!

This week in gaming:

I’ve been moving up a couple of alt captains in Star Trek Online.

I tromped around in Assassin’s Creed: Origins (i.e. Ancient Egypt) on my PS4 and had a surprising amount of fun. I think I underestimate that game when I’m not actually playing it.

I popped into Fallout 76 briefly, but honestly, having to scrounge for every morsel of food, and every shell of ammunition starts to irritate me after a while. The game feels too much like work a lot of the time, at least to me.

I didn’t try anything new this week. I was looking at the indie game Space Crew over on Steam, but the user reviews suggest that it’s got design and difficulty-level problems, so I’m going to wait to see if those get patched out.

Bonus Answer: Do I remember the first music album I owned? Why, yes, Eliot. Yes, I do! :-)

Take care of yourselves and each other, please, folks. It’s how we get through.

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Ririrawr

happy belated b’day you old goat
*ducks flying vernacular*
i kid i kid

….k thats enough baaaaaad goat puns

runawayfastfast

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mysecretid

Thank you from the goat! :-)

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Loopy

Happy birthday friend!

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mysecretid

Thank you, brother Loopy! Hope you and yours are very well!

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WayTooLateTV

Happy ding dang diddily birthday, mysecretid!

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mysecretid

Thanks! And a good change of name there, by the way. You really don’t come across as angry. And this is the internet … we all know angry when we see it! :-)

Cheers,

Secret

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zoward

Happy Birthday, man!

About that first album you owned …
;-)

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Utakata

Yes, I saw that. O.o

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mysecretid

I should’ve know I couldn’t get past you two! Well, there’s a bit of a clue further down in the postings here. That was the first album I chose explicitly for myself, way back when. :-)

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Jack Pipsam

Happy Birthday!

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mysecretid

Thank you, dear Jack. Hope you and yours are well!

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Utakata

*Pigtails dance to a birthday song*

…and have a happy one! <3

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mysecretid

You honor me, Uta! Thank you!

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BalsBigBrother

Happy cake day

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mysecretid

Hahaha, No cake here, my friend — a bit too much sugary overkill, you know? I did have a couple of really nice cupcakes from the local bakery though. I’d share one with you if I could.

Cheers!

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PanagiotisLial1

Happy Birthday

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Godnaz

I’m officially ending my Wurm Online experience. It was a good run and the game has some great concepts. However, it’s apparent that Code Club AB has no concept of player retention and frankly, they don’t want a big community based on just how many years players have been asking for an endgame experience and have never gotten one. Later Wurm Online, it was.. interesting. I’m playing GW2 until Cyberpunk 2077 is released.

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Robert Mann

Excepting the pattern used with L (which can be replaced) X and Z are the only letters that do not have a specific bird associated with them. Accepting the pattern used with L, all letters easily have multiple entries (X being the lowest with 3 that I can find).

Accepting the descriptor marking a sub-type feels cheap though, and so does accepting the discoverer’s name instead of an actual type or specific species, which means X and Z are the true problem letters here. U can be managed.

Oh, and I’m playing work, which is one of the least fun games, but it pays for other games……………..