WRUP: Reasons you should not punch a goat edition

    
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WRUP: Reasons you should not punch a goat edition
  1. Goats are our friends.
  2. Goats provide milk which may be turned into soft and delicious cheeses.
  3. It’s really more unusual to think of reasons why you would want to punch a goat, as the goat has almost certainly done nothing to harm you.
  4. Goats have long memories and the allegiance of Bin-Y’thak, the Crow of Eld, meaning that your offense could call down the hordes of black wings which will lay pestilence upon both your house and your fields.
  5. You are capable of resolving your problems with this goat with words.
  6. The goat might strike you back, and in that scenario the goat would be justified, not you.
  7. Mange.
  8. What Are You Playing is avowedly pro-goat.

Bonus question: What character from a children’s show do you first remember identifying with?

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Pokemon Go, hard. Maybe it’s a mistake with the level cap lifting on Monday and new pokemon appearing Wednesday, but I feel like I was the turkey this year, so these calories have got to go. Animal Crossing may get a little attention if I can manage to sit up.

I’ve mentioned before that I wasn’t allowed to watch a lot of TV as a kid, and honestly, I can’t remember really identifying with any characters. Like, there were characters I liked and idolized, but identified with, especially as a mixed kid in the late 80s/early 90s… that’s really hard to answer. The best I can think of is Raphael from the 1992 live action Ninja Turtles movie, but I was almost a teenager when that happened. I had always liked Donatello because he was smart, but I remember finally feeling like I really “saw” Raph, that he meant well and wanted to be out with people, but had a lot of anger and his “parent” worried about how people would treat him, and that resonated with me. The few shows specifically for kids might have been entertaining, but they represented worlds I wanted to join, not really ones that felt relatable (aside from X-Men).

Andy McAdams: I’ll be romping around the Shadowlands – which so far is surprisingly good. The flow is a bit jarring after you move from zone to zone, but it feels intentional to me as opposed to a narrative faceplant. I’m interspersing my time in World of Warcraft with Oxygen Not Included because I’m a glutton for punishment and have a weakness for colony sims.

Bonus question: Uhh, hrm. Well my favorite cartoon growing up was Tiny Toons. (Maybe growing up? I dunno when I never really stopped watching cartoons for entertainment.) But I remember being really into the environmental activism of Tiny Toons

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I’ve been in both my favorite MMOs this weekend – Star Wars Galaxies Legends and City of Heroes – in between working on house projects and eating holiday cake. Cake! I expect that to continue. I spent a ton of time prepping factory runs in SWG last week, so my time in there is aimed at restocking vendors before I disappear for a while, and in CoH, I’m on a mastermind roll.

I honestly can’t remember identifying with any character from a children’s show, which in retrospect isn’t surprising since children’s shows back then were insane, overt advertisements for toys, where now much more of the programming aimed at littles is more subtle. Books and movies, though, definitely. If I could pick one now, based on all the shows my kids watched, it’d be Sarah from Sarah & Duck!

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): Doing a bit of RP stuff in Final Fantasy XIV in an effort to kick off some personal plotline things for my character and fold folks in if they want, but that really is kind of about it. Honestly, I think I need a vacation from gaming for a bit.

I think I most closely associated with Vegeta because he’s got an admirable (if sometimes poorly directed) drive, frustrates pretty explosively when things go wrong, but ultimately gets back up to try again – traits that I saw in myself then and still have now.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Between getting some games in the Steam sale and FFXIV and WoW, I’m pretty well set for the weekend. Probably more FFXIV than anything, though.

It’s probably kind of sad, but I always really identified with Wilbur from the animated adaptation of Charlotte’s Web. I always felt odd and awkward and unwelcome to begin with, and it felt nice to have a story in which someone cared enough to make an effort for that one weird outcast.

Sam Kash (@thesamkash): I’ve officially decided to put Hollow Knight down. A much longer game than I ever imagined, but satisfying to finally call complete (complete enough). I’ve had Guild Wars 2 queued up for some duo play, but I’ve just been too busy to make any time for it. I think I just about have Albion Online mobile set up, so the plan is to play that. We’ll see.

Bonus: Michaelangelo – cause he’s a party dude!

Tyler Edwards (blog): I’m still working on finishing the DLC for Control, and I recently signed up for the PC version of Xbox Gamepass to try out some new stuff. I’m not a huge fan of game subscription services in the long term, but they’re a great low-investment way to try out a bunch of games and see which are worth buying.

Bonus question: I’m… not sure I ever really identified with a character on a kids’ show? The first TV show character I can clearly remember feeling any sort of personal affinity with was Hoshi on Star Trek: Enterprise.

Patron Pierre: I’m back in Destiny 2 with the launch of the Beyond Light extension and season of the hunt. I haven’t played for a few months, almost a year probably. I played so much of this game that I think I really needed a long pause. It’s so good to be back. Bungie are so talented creating visceral punchy combats, it’s really fun. They developed a new “new player experience”, trying to explain the newcomer a very rich lore in just a few quests, and it’s really a challenge. This new NPE is a little better than the former one, but anyone who didn’t play Destiny and didn’t watch a “player’s digest” video summarizing the lore and the story so far will still be lost when talking to some NPCs. But you know what, it’s not a real issue as you’re not in Destiny to be told an interesting story, but for the fun of the fights. TLDR: I’m having a treat coming back to this game.

I’m also in episode 3 of Life is Strange. Still in my top three of the best games ever (probably #2 after The Last of Us parts I & II). Playing this game relaxes me a lot in very busy and stressing times at work. Finally, I’m playing Outer Wilds. I now understand why so many people consider this one as an exceptional game. I join the Clan and deeply recommend playing it. I will not tell you more about why you should play it, just so you have the surprise of discovering it without any bit of spoiler.

Bonus question: I remember watching a lot of Goldorak, one of the first animes that was broadcasted on TV in France a very long time ago (yes I’m old). I remember being really fond of and identifying to the main hero, Actarus, because he saved planet Earth so many times, even if it wasn’t his native planet.

And you MOP readers? What are you playing this holiday weekend? Let us know in the comments and enjoy.

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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Eliot, you can’t pick Wilbur! I haven’t watched Charlotte’s Web since I was like 8, and that was for school. My mom got a 2 pack with that and the Velveteen Rabbit when I was 3 or 4. Horrible decision getting TWO tear jerkers and showing them to a kid the same day. I still don’t know what I must have done wrong for my mother to have done that. Thanks for opening old wounds, Eliot!

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Salutations- that’s some pig!

I’m wondering if you were a particularly difficult birth?

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I’m currently alternating between Halo 1 (from the Master Chief Collection on PC), We Happy Few, No Man’s Sky, and Saints Row 2, depending on what I feel like playing at the time.

I’m borrowing an old laptop from a relative. It’s no gaming powerhouse, so some games don’t work at all or just barely work at minimum settings. But, I definitely appreciate being able to game again, even with those restrictions. It’s been years since my own laptop stopped working, so I’ve got a lot of catching up to do.

As for the bonus question, well…I don’t really remember identifying with any characters in children’s shows. I did have crushes, on Trini from Power Rangers, Storm from X-Men, and Wonder Woman from Justice League.

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Playing a little bit of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla on Stadia, but not too much: I’m finding it’s too much like Odyssey, but with the stealth de-emphasized, which makes the game less interesting to me. Plus I’m eagerly awaiting Immortals Fenix Rising, and don’t want to OD on Ubisoft open world stuff before then.

So in the meanwhile, I’m using my ridiculously expensive gaming PC to play with video enhancement Artificial Intelligence programs. I use one to interpolate standard definition videos to high frame rates, and then another to upscale them to 1080/4k resolutions. It’s fun taking old DVDs of the Star Wars trilogy and blowing them up to 4k/60fps, but time consuming. When Skynet actually becomes a thing, it’s probably because I was trying to make a 8k/120fps version of One Punch Man season 2. Before you ask why I would do that: because I can, that’s why.

Bonus question: Starscream, because he was the only one who seemed to have good ideas (“Hey, instead of this overly complicated, and easily disrupted plan to build a 100 storey tower to stop the moon’s orbit, why not just ambush the Autobots, kill them all, and just go back to Cybertron?”)

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“When Skynet actually becomes a thing…”

This is why we can’t have nice things.

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This weekend’s gonna be some mix of FFXIV, WoW, Diablo 3, and maybe Fallout 76 + some singleplayer stuff. My weekend was kind of a weird one though since I ended up working yesterday in exchange for having Thanksgiving day off. Today’s kind of just my lazy recovery day.

Bonus: Tommy Pickles from Rugrats or Wolverine from X-Men. Technically I’d just consider any cartoon I watched when I was to be a children’s show since “kids shows” didn’t really expand or get big until I was like… 6 or so with stuff like Blue’s Clues coming out in ’96.

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I spent more time playing ESO this week as I’m at a standstill for supplies I need for miniatures. Several hobby-based stores in town are shut down and being sanitized due to COVID outbreaks.

ESO graphic updates are stunning! I know it was just shaders/shadows, but it’s amazing how much of a visual improvement was given to the game. It lost a lot of that flat, washed-out look. Been working on some crafting and gathering achievements and also redid my Sorcerer’s build. Expanded the water garden area in my Sleek Creek house and started planning out the build in my Moon Sugar Meadow. I’m excited about that one because I’ll be building a house from scratch. It’s a pet peeve of mine that I have to zone into a house within a house zone, so I tend not to use the insides of houses.

Bonus: Electra Woman and Dyna Girl. It didn’t last long, but the show made a huge impression on me, largely due to it reminding me of my relationship with my mother. We used to sit and watch it on late Saturday mornings, then run around and say absolutely silly things in public like, “Electra wow!” and “Electra Yikes!” My mother used to call me her kilowatt cutie. The Gilmore Girls had nothing on us!

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BalsBigBrother

Still on the racing kick so will continue on with my F1 2020 season which I have nearly finished with just a couple of races left. I won’t be winning the championship but I have had some solid finishes so hopefully as my R &D progresses in subsequent seasons me and my car might be in a position to do so.

I also did my first ever serious online race this past week in a different sim, Assetto Corsa Competizione, which covers GT3 & GT4 class of cars. I didn’t come last … Ok I finished next to last but I wasn’t really expecting anything else. Honestly I was happy to survive the race without binning my car or anyone elses to be honest.

Not sure if it’s something I am going to do on the regular but as an occasional challenge maybe. Folks spend a lot of money on racing rigs for ACC and other games like iracing but I don’t think I am at that point yet if ever.

If I do get done with my F1 season I will probably jump into Fallout 76 and explore the Steel Dawn content.

Be safe, be kind and enjoy your games (Wear your masks.)

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Buying flight sim gear is what’s kept me from Elite: Dangerous. A friend who plays this game tells me it’s more fun playing with the realistic physics enabled, for which flight sim accessories are recommended.

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I am sure the extra sim gear enhances the fun factor by a huge margin no matter the game. That said you can still have a lot of fun without it so don’t let that put you off a game if it sounds interesting to you.

I will be driving or flying a ship with a controller with no plans to change anytime soon and having a blast while doing so. It’s all good whatever you use as long as you have fun.

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Michael18

Last week-end I logged back into retail WoW for the first time in 7 years and leveled a character from 1 to 20 with the free trial. I really liked the story telling at the beginning of the BfA content (alliance side) and this harbour city brought back memories of Blizzard’s excellent zone building. I was close to resubbing and maybe getting Shadowlands, but then thought that this won’t last long and that I should probably rather support a game that is closer to what I’m looking for in an MMO in general and that I play more often, such as LOTRO (and that needs the money more desperately, heh). But it’s nice to see so many other people excited for Shadowlands and enjoying the new content!

So, this week end I will instead look into some single player games probably, thanks to the sales on Steam and GOG.

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Bonus: I wouldn’t say “identifying”, but I liked Willi from Biene Maja. :)

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SmiteDoctor

You don’t punch a G.O.A.T because theres a good reason why they would be the greatest of all time, oh you’re talking about Goats.

On a side note Tyson is boxing for charity tonight with another older former champion, not willing to spend $50 to watch it but I totally plan on pirating it.

Playing WoW BFA with my wife since she didn’t want to drop $40 on an expansion, opting instead for a 2 TB external Drive for her music to free up her SSD for games, smart move really and besides she never played BFA. Unfortunately my progress through Shadowlands still leaves me in Bastion, is what it is I mean hell this expansion will be around for 2 years any way and theres always content lulls in WoW.

Watching that Scientology show with Leah from King of Queens (can’t remember how to spell her last name). Seeing the level of harrassment former members go through it’s a wonder these PIs that get hired don’t wind up getting shot, I mean can you imagine if you loved in a castle doctrine state and had people showing up to harass you on your property and root through your trash multiple times a day, I sure as hell wouldn’t put up with that kind of crap.

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I have been enjoying single player Xbox 1 games this past week, going to be doing that this weekend. Specifically playing Technomancer, and Battlechasers: Nightwars, both very fun. I have been slowly adapting to the controller which has been for me a challenge but getting a little better, and fortunately I am not embarrassing myself with my incorrect button mashing in online games. I have decided to put off getting internet power turned on for awhile, but still looking forward to that. In the mean time, I have many single player titles to play, all RPG’S that I picked up at the local used game store, and at really good prices, some older titles on 360 for very cheap.

Bonus question: Charlie Brown, also Spiderman, others too but those come to mind. Saturday mornings, much like this one, when I was younger, I would get up before dawn and watch Saturday morning cartoons, it was a highlight of my week. Scooby Doo and Justice League of America were favourites. I wonder what Justice League of Canada would be like? Wasn’t Wolverine Canadian? Maybe not, might have been they just filmed some of the movies here. Also he’s Marvel not DC. Well proud to be Canadian anyway, it’s not all about media and stories, but they’re fun.

Thanks for your stories America! :)

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Addendum: More so thanks to those of you who see and deal with what really is.

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Bryan Correll

PoE, cause what else?

Bonus: Oscar the Grouch.