WRUP: How to make a giant mess out of the inside of your car if that’s your goal for whatever reason edition

    
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Banjo music.

What you’ll need: A box of plastic disposable forks. Four bottles of foaming shaving cream. Rubber bands. Glitter. A Roomba. One full set of golf clubs. A car. Duct tape. Seven pairs of scissors. A complete lack of any sensible reactions to the things you’re about to do. Construction paper. Personal injury insurance.

How to do it:

  • Open the bottles of shaving cream, then use rubber bands to stick the nozzles to on and throw them inside of the car so it starts filling with shaving cream.
  • Your car is already ruined now. Throw in the plastic forks all over the place along with the glitter.
  • Now you’re not getting into your car any more. Fling the golf clubs in there too. No one is ever going to be able to use your car again for anything.
  • Tape the construction paper in strips over your windshield. Why are you doing all of this? Why are you doing any of this? Cars are expensive and this has no practical purpose, but this is apparently the life you have chosen for yourself.
  • Jab scissors into your tires or something. Please explain why you have done this in What Are You Playing. This is nonsensical.

Editor’s note: Your car has died of scurvy

Bonus question: What’s your favorite way to relax after a long work day that doesn’t involve video games?

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Oh man, I’m super excited about the start of Pokemon Go’s Easter event. I’m gonna be trying to fill my egg space with 10k and 12k eggs before it starts! Animal Crossing may get a bit of service, but between the dreaded Bunny Day event and Monster Hunter Rise’s release, my town’s seen less activity lately. Oh, and yes, lots of MHR. I’ve almost completed a good looking and fairly effective Switch Axe suit and trying to do the same for hammer.

One thing I really miss is movie theaters. Even in Japan, if there was a new movie I was even vaguely interested in seeing, I’d go straight from work to someplace to grab dinner and a movie. A nice chat afterward or just a quiet walk home mulling over what I saw, especially with a fun movie, was a great de-stresser. In fact, I remember getting a feeling things would shut down “soon” about a year ago, and going to the movies was kind of my last hurrah before all this.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Got a big outdoor project planned this weekend, so I might not get to games, but we’ll see. I’ve been tooling around in my usual haunts already this week – mostly City of Heroes – so I suspect I’ll do that a bit at minimum.

What’s relaxing? Is that like sleeping?

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): I’m probably going to dip a few more times into the Odyssey alpha of Elite: Dangerous, or just do some space truckin’ in the base game. Perhaps there will be a few voyages in Sea of Thieves with my regulars. Or perhaps none of these things will happen and I’ll just sort of poke at my backlog for a little something else.

Most of my downtime after work or in-between jobs involves watching YouTube videos, honestly. I don’t really do much else beyond that since I don’t have too much time to myself and very often am drained of energy during the five days of the week where I have to hold two occupations. On the weekends I do have, my best unwinding activity that isn’t video games-based is cooking.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Obviously I’m excited for the next patch in Final Fantasy XIV at this point, so I’ll be doing some stuff in there; I also have a weird desire to level some alts in World of Warcraft. Might wind up doing some of that.

Nothing helps me de-stress like laying on my bed and cuddling with my cats. They’re very affectionate.

Sam Kash (@thesamkash): I’ll continue my quest in Rogue Heroes with my gaming group. We’re going into the fourth dungeon. Other than that I’ve been itching to play For Honor again. I haven’t played it since it released which was about five years ago so we’ll see how it goes.

Bonus: I suppose I can relax by watching some TV with the family. With all the different streaming services available now it’s easy to find something we can watch. That or maybe even playing a simple board game.

Tyler Edwards (blog): Got another session of my Rime of the Frostmaiden campaign, and I’m continuing to play Magic: Legends. May also check out the new patch in Wolcen if I can find the time.

Bonus question: If I’m stressed, I find listening to music is a good way to unwind. Chvrches especially is really soothing.

Pierre, patron: After a brief pause, I’m back in Persona 5 as I’m far from being finished with this excellent RPG. As it’s available on the Xbox Game pass, I will also try Outriders. It doesn’t seem to be an unforgettable game, but I miss a good fun shooter and this one may be exactly what I’m looking for. On the MMO front, no decision yet, but I’m more and more tempted to go back to The Elder Scrolls Online. I’m missing the well written quests of TESO and will probably enjoy playing it again. Time will tell if I will succumb.

Bonus question: My favorite way to relax and relieve the stress after a long work day is to go for a run. Or if I’m too tired to go running, I will turn into a couch potato watching a few episodes of good TV shows or a good movie. And you MOP readers, what’s scheduled in terms of gaming 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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Malcolm Swoboda
  • Genshin Impact – With a few hours of the current Windblume Festival event left, I think I’m going to see what little I can of it. That’s it.
  • Last Cloudia – More Japan Anniversary event content.
  • Cookie Run: Kingdom – Continuing the grind. Bought some cookies/units off the mileage shop to complete a little event where you answer riddles by running the answer cookies in a map battle. Like all the purple headed/haired cookies, run them in a battle, get a reward. So after buying the two missing units, I am only missing two more. Not bad for gacha, but they monetize at several annoying angles than just gacha anyway.
  • Princess Connect Re:Dive – Still keeping on top of the current event. Apparently this is all a slower pace than the JP server years ago, and people are complaining online, but I’m okay with it.
  • Another Eden – Yay I’m back! Sort of! Game released a lackluster port to Steam, so I’m starting from scratch there for some story review, and streaming it to my Facebook friends to help me get comfortable with doing that sort of thing. So far, I’m terribly overleveled, so I appear rather boring.
  • Distancing Hangouts – A little bit of Speedrunners and Overcooked one night. And with others, a little game called The Life and Suffering of Sir Brante. Myself and the couple I was playing with over Discord would take turns narrating with our voices, and we would discuss and vote the story decisions. This playthrough will definitely continue.
  • FFXV Pocket Edition – Reached Chapter 4 of 10.
  • Logins: Tales of Crestoria (some story event cutscenes)

Eying Deep Rock Galactic because some friends want to play. And bought Streets of Rogue for the same reason.

Partner’s play of FFXII has him going faster than I expected, reaching Archades. We also did a bit of D:OS, finding ourselves suddenly in a whole other realm at the end of time…

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Ashfyn Ninegold

LOTRO, with festival drawing to an end, it’ll be back to chasing trait points and virtues.

The Last Epoch got some of my time with the latest update. This game is seriously fun to play.

Wolcen got an update as well, logged in, but just couldn’t get into it again. I know they’ve done nothing to tone down their boss fights, which I can’t manage, so it’s a study in frustration to even think of playing. Grand that they’ve made a boodle of changes to an end-game I’ll never see.

Magic:Legends. Clunky combat with WASD movement, Q and E standard skills and 1234 card skills. Clearly not designed for KB/M and it shows. I might be bothered to get past the un-intuitive design if the game was not otherwise boring. Hard to make a game boring with a combat frantic fingering design that requires constant mental attention, but Magic:Legends gets there.

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One of the options is not: Have an 11 year old with a bunch of friends and involve muddy softball cleats and bags of Cheez-Its.

Still mostly just FFXIV. I finished up Ys Origins the other day and haven’t started another side game yet. In FFXIV, I’m insane, so I finished up Crystal Tower, the Moogle delivery quests, Hildibrand, and completed my Ironworks set for two different jobs in post ARR and now have nothing in my way to prevent me from blitzing through the MSQ to Heavensward. I just completed Ramuh’s trial.

Bonus: I dunno. I like listening to music but I get whined at when I wear headphones and can’t respond instantly to a family member randomly deciding they need to talk to me 15 seconds after putting them on. And I barely watch TV/Netflix/streaming whatever anymore because I don’t have enough time as is. So mostly if I’m not gaming, I just doomscroll through the internet, which is the exact opposite of relaxing.

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Mainly playing Outriders with a friend over this long weekend. And because we’re in Europe, we are able to play more than most it appears, as it is quiet in the day whilst everyone in America is still asleep.

Other than that, need to finish off the MSQ in FFXIV before the next update in a couple of weeks, should be a few hours I can slot in somewhere and I still need to do the latest WoW expansion, but maybe that is something to do over summer, no real rush there.

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Anyone ever get game paralysis? Where there’s so much cool stuff to play and yet nothing immediate calls to you, yet you still have an insatiable itch to play something so you stare at your game library for an hour until you realize you don’t want to force the issue so you just watch TV or do a deep dive into a random interesting subject on the web? Sometimes that happens, and I just have to wait till a game calls to me. It’s a good problem to have.

That said, just beat the last boss in Valheim, might romp around in the world for a bit longer just to appreciate the game. I’m a very casual MMO player and have been dipping my toes into both FFXIV and retail WoW at the same time – problem is I love both for different reasons. I’m leaning WoW right now, but maybe I’ll casually play both to level cap/story end and go from there. Advice is very welcome.

Bonus question: watch light-hearted comedies and eat good food, listen to music, read up on anything that catches my interest, watch PBS spacetime videos, watch music videos, youtube-ing, endless reddit browsing of chill subs like r/aww r/animalsbeingderps, r/whatswrongwithyourdog, r/foodporn, r/cityporn, r/streetwear, to name a few. Some all-time favorite comedies: Arrested Development (I’ve seen the first three seasons maybe 10 times), 30 Rock (currently re-watching), What We Do in the Shadows (surprise hit). Not a comedy but finished watching Queen’s Gambit a couple weeks ago and think it is possibly one of my all time favorite shows ever with one of my all time favorite characters ever (Beth Harmon is my hero).

And to chime in with everyone else, just got my first Pfizer dose on April 1st! It feels so surreal yet so amazing. Spent a bunch of time afterward learning about how mRNA vaccines work and my mind was blown – really cool stuff. Congrats to everyone who is vaccinated or working toward their second dose, and to everyone else best of luck finding a vaccine! Can’t believe this is happening!

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Sorenthaz

Anyone ever get game paralysis? Where there’s so much cool stuff to play and yet nothing immediate calls to you, yet you still have an insatiable itch to play something so you stare at your game library for an hour until you realize you don’t want to force the issue so you just watch TV or do a deep dive into a random interesting subject on the web?

Too often for me, lol, especially with how many online stuff I play where they regularly have events and so on to where it takes me a long while to get through my singleplayer backlog.

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firithnorm

Game paralysis is a real thing.

“Do I want to play what I’ve been playing recently? What about that title I loved so much 8 years ago? I really want to get back into that one. But – hold on – I really should get started on that game(s) I bought 3 years ago during the Steam sale. Wait… I really need to do the dailies in this game.”

Ends up watching 3 hours of YouTube videos instead.

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Yeah it’s frustrating, especially when I have some big ones that I have yet to really get into, like Witcher 3 and Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain. Pretty much have to divide and conquer and try to focus on one thing at a time despite other games coming out that get all the attention and so on.

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Sykes

This week is all about DDO’s Hardcore League Season 4. The live servers strongly advantage seasoned players (power creep is rather extreme in game), so having an event server where everyone is on an even playing field and running the low-level quests together is nice. First death was to one of the new champions designed for the event.

Relaxing outside of gaming, I usually throw on some music, podcasts, audiobooks, or youtube. Sometimes I’ll grab friends and play a board game or find a place to eat in the city. I teach calculus-based math and science for a living, and as weird as it might sound, I often offer optional online sessions during breaks like this to relax (tomb-sweeping festival this week). Having a simple lesson with only the students that really want to learn is nice, and also gives me a chance to relate material a bit better to their interests or fields. They get a bit more out of the individual attention, and it keeps me charged enough to keep trying to motivate those who just don’t care or are taking a class to check off a credit list.

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Sorenthaz

This weekend will probably be focusing on singleplayer stuff, namely Binding of Isaac: Repentance. May also resume Arkham Knight, try Outriders, maybe pick up something else for all I know. Kind of just been in a very “whatever the hell I feel like at any given point in time” mode.

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MHW still for me, I’ve enjoyed hearing about and reading comments on MHR, it’s on my to play list. I should be getting internet hooked up this week, most likely, plan on playing ESO, maybe by next weekend, fingers crossed on that. I’m thinking if that ends up being so, Warden looks like the class I find most interesting. Recovering from what may or may not be Covid for what may be the third time, basically better, at this point I just have off and on body aches, tiredness and it feels like my digestive system is trying to process rocks. But…

It’s unfortunate that this happened, no. It’s fortunate that this happened and I’ve remained unharmed by it – not shattered by the present or frightened of the future, it could’ve happened to anyone. But not everyone could have remained unharmed by it.
-Marcus Aurelius

Gotta look at things that way (health related or otherwise), TBH I do not always, but practice is the key. Life is not a stage or a game, nor do I pretend to play one on TV (or the internet, with the exception of video games, of course), because I am not an actor, but it certainly is a series of choices, mine are for me to control, others not…a positive state of mind, probably most important choice, and it really is a choice, even if it doesn’t feel like it.

Bonus question: Walking. Listening to music (occasionally I even sing along despite my awareness that my singing talent is very much lacking, that isn’t the point).

Here’s a playlist on Spotify I put together, if you want to have a listen, or not :)

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Bryan Correll

Editor’s note: Your car has died of scurvy

Nu-uh! I squirt a bit of lime juice in the tank every day.

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Turing fail

“Your car has died of a clogged/corroded fuel injector.”

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Bryan Correll

But not scurvy!

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With Easter on the horizon, I don’t have much time for gaming this week. I’ve been in the garden all day deadheading and clearing beds. I’m the church’s lay reader for the mountainside sunrise service early early early tomorrow morning, then some cooking for an outdoor socially-distanced Easter visit from my in-laws. If time permits, I’ll indulge in some LotRO, getting my dwarf RK through Dunland and gearing up for Rohan. I think I might be one rep short of the “All of Eriador” rep deed, so I’ll go do some dailies for the Grey Company as well.

Bonus question: my relaxation time is spent in the small downstairs room we lovingly refer to as “the library”, in an easy chair with my feet up and my nose in a book. Have a great weekend and Happy Easter all! And stay safe. I got the Pfizer last Monday, and I take my 17-year-old son to get it next Saturday.