WRUP: The rest of the year of meme trends in advance edition

    
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May: Pictures of eggs that have caught fire with captions about why the egg is on fire, ranging from “my clothes are still wet” to “my cat dislikes me.”

June: A new viral app that makes your face look like a goat’s face takes the internet by storm for one week until it turns out that literally every single use of the app involves someone going outside and personally kicking a particularly affectionate puppy.

July: Hermit crabs photoshopped walking on celebrity faces.

August: Word-art versions of the phrase “kick that egg.”

September: The same as August, but now they’re only being done ironically.

October: Spooky, scary mortgage rate advertisements being altered to include pumpkins and witches.

November: What Are You Playing answers are authentic.

December: Someone lost the organization sheet so everyone agrees to just do the egg thing again. Then we realize we like this better and “memes” are replaced in common parlance with “egg pictures.”

Bonus question: What’s the oldest piece of clothing that you have and still regularly wear?

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Pokemon Go will get some time for sure. I’m stocking up on Skrelp and Clauncher candy before they disappear. Monster Hunter Rise is getting more action too. I’ve beat the basic single player and multiplayer quests, but there’s still so much I want out of the game before the next update.

Oldest piece of clothing that I wear regularly is really hard, as I kind of cycle through things based on the season, occasion, and my current weight. So, it’s probably generic underwear, unless “regularly” applies to seasonal clothing, in which case, it’s some comfy formerly fuzzy black pajama bottoms I got before moving to Japan. So comfy!

Andy McAdams: I’ve got some non-MMO things going on this week now that my husband and I are all vaccined up (go #TeamModerna!), but I’ll still be putzing around World of Warcraft periodically throughout the weekend.

Bonus Question: Um, probably my LL Bean Dayhiker hiking boots that I bought in 2006. They are LL Bean, so they are eternal. Despite spending 6 months wearing nothing BUT those boots when I was doing Americorps volunteer work, they still like they are only a few months old.:

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I really want to dig into Cozy Grove this weekend, so apart from some Super Adventure Box in Guild Wars 2, I’ll hopefully squeeze in time for that.

I let go a lot of my clothes (and a lot of everything else!) the last time we moved cross-country, but I think my oldest piece is a stripey tealy green sweater I’ve had for about 15 years – maybe longer, but I have pics of me in it from about that long ago. My painting pants are about that old too. Yes, I have designated painting pants, what. I still have my favorite mittens that I’ve had since high school too, but obviously those come out only in winter. :D

Carlo Lacsina (@UltraMudkipEX, YouTube, Twitch): This weekend, I’ll be playing League of Legends: Wild Rift, the mobile version of League of Legends. I’m hooked! I never played MOBAs before but right now is the best time to get into them! I’ll be working towards finishing my rank qualifier games and see just how good I actually am at these type of strategy games.

Bonus Question: You’ll probably regret asking, but I’ve got a pair of silk boxers an ex-girlfriend got me way back in 2007. I still wear it when I need good luck. I actually wore them when I applied for Massively OP and look how well that worked!

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): Satisfactory released a new update that has reminded me that I own the game, so I might fire that one up again. Otherwise it will likely be more alpha testing of Elite: Dangerous – Odyssey, the occasional Monster Hunter Rise, and maybe a spot of Final Fantasy XIV. I’m undecided on that last one.

I generally don’t have any attachment to clothing, so I can’t really come up with an answer for this week’s bonus question. Usually I just see clothes as a way for people to not suffer the horrors of seeing my nude form.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Some usual antics in FFXIV, but primarily I think I’ll be enjoying the newly painted den we have downstairs. (I’m not taking credit for it; my wife did most of the work!)

I forget how old my pink shirt is, and the dang thing is falling apart now so it’s really only a house shirt, but it’s going to be worn until it can’t be worn any longer. I tend to get attached to nice shirts.

Sam Kash (@thesamkash): I should complete Cyber Shadow. I think I have one or two areas left. The Super Adventure Box has me logging back into Guild Wars 2 again on the daily which is always a pleasant experience. The daily ooze herder achievement is new to me so I’m having a good time with it. That world 203 one can really draw a few choice words out of me too!

Bonus: I wear a ton of old clothes still. Most likely my old high school athletics clothes would be the oldest that are also in the regular rotation. Although I do still wear my Jason Kidd co-rookie of the year t-shirt often and I think that’s from ’95. It’s so much cheaper than buying new ones! Plus it’s totally retro and vintage, right?

Tyler Edwards (blog): Pretty much continuing as I have. Magic: Legends, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, and more D&D.

Bonus question: I have had the same toque since I was three, or possibly earlier. One size fits all!

Pierre, patron: Following up on last weekend schedule, I’m still enjoying my adventures in Outriders. But most of all, I played a lot of The Elder Scrolls Online last weekend and I’m glad to have found a MMO to go back to: my pause from MMOs is officially over, yeah! I even preordered the upcoming Blackwood chapter as Zenimax prepared a lot of new content and activities for the players and it promises to be very pleasant to go through. Consider me hyped. And… that’s all as it will be more than enough to occupy my weekend.

Bonus question: I think it’s a pair of leather gloves for the cold days of winter. I got them during my time in the military, a long long time ago, and they are so comfortable and resilient that I still use them every winter. And you MOP readers, what’s new on your side? Let us know in the comments

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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Estranged

I caught up with the most recent SWTOR content.

My oldest frequently used article of clothing is a pair of warm up pants from 2001. I only use them while exercising.

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Godnaz

Despite releasing in 2013, Grand Theft Auto V has become Rockstar’s Skyrim, being endlessly repackaged or remastered for every platform, even PS5 (to the annoyance of fans, I know). The PC release was 6 years ago this week, and this inspired my friends and me to explore this question: How many cops, criminals and private contractors die in the course of GTA V? Even if you try like a paragon to avoid gunning bystanders or optional targets, what’s the minimal body count necessary to complete Michael, Franklin and Trevor’s journey?

We checked and… it’s not really that high, for a game about warring on cops, criminals and corrupt contractors. Here are some numbers…

Michael De Santa: 172 kills

Franklin Clinton: 295 kills

Trevor Philips: 258 kills

M, F and T killing Devin Weston by pushing him off a cliff: 1 kill

So, their total body count is 726.

BTW, I’m still playing Valheim steady. I just thought this was an interesting statics survey.

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Phubarrh

I’ve been watching Felicia Day’s Twitch streams playing on GTA V’s NoPixel server. It’s become something of a crazy RPG improv scene.

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Malcolm Swoboda
  • Genshin Impact – Logins and whatever. But the 1.5 trailer is out and.. indeed as leaks indicated, HOUSING SYSTEM. Wahh. Waiting for that new PC. Oh yeah and a bunch of other content, but HOUSING SYSTEM. And it looks ALRIGHT
  • Last Cloudia – And Japan Anniversary event, the actual event, is here! And I got some stuff like characters and my first UR (Ultra Rare, a post-launch rarity) ark. I didn’t complete every rerun event but that’s okay. And protagonist finally got a powerup as the first story arc reaches its end..
  • Cookie Run: Kingdom – Didn’t really advance story, but leveling my characters.
  • Princess Connect Re:Dive – And new maps! Quickly caught up on the story ones, but behind on Hard. My first desired characters are reaching 5star upgrade (gacha is 1-3star then you upgrade to 2-5).
  • Another Eden – A whole lot again! On Steam account. My mobile account had some good gacha pulls too. On PC I’m now up to Chapter 14, continuing being completionist with my Kill 100 x achievements and collecting all gear, doing all stories. Taking my first major detour with the Persona 5 collaboration, while grinding Kill 100s and consuming dungeon keys in the meanwhile. Upgraded protagonist Aldo and main character Riica to 4star, and aiming for a couple more. Wondering if I should start streaming on Twitch or continue more privately on Facebook.
  • Distancing Hangouts – A lot. One night was with a bunch of friends and we tried Mario Kart but we, especially I, kept having disconnects. Later that night with a friend we tried the very start of Children of Morta through Remote Play, and decided to continue soon. Tonight the same friend and his wife and I continued The Life and Suffering of Sir Brante, and we’re progressing Chapter 2, Brante’s adolescence stage. We averted a second death and had a religious awakening.
  • FFXV Pocket Edition – Nothing but I plan to complete at least Chapter 5 this weekend.
  • Tales of Crestoria – Not much, but should complete an event story this weekend.
  • Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai: A Hero’s Bonds – Whoops, quit after doing its existing story. Didn’t realize it was a SERVER WIPE closed beta, so I’ll check it out (maybe on emulator) when actually released. Here I was saving my gacha currency and stunting my units for nothing!

Partner’s play of FFXII has him finished the southern jungle return and its plot revelations, and so is off to the Pharos Lighthouse, which I think he’s fairly early in. We played a little more D:OS, died and lost again in a graveyard, woo, so we took another direction that I can’t recall right now.

Cool battle music bro, I can’t wait to catch up to you. (AE JP server patch 2.9, GL is on 2.6)

HOUSING SYSTEM AND YOU CAN MOVE THINGS AROUND WITHOUT NODES, IN A MOBILE (optional) GAME. GETTING MORE MMO ALL THE TIME. (NPCs are for visuals at the moment but future patch will let you place and use? them)

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I’m still not feeling quite ready to fully resume my FFXIV Shadowbringers adventure. Checking in daily just to play the mini-cactpot; this evening I actually matched three numbers in the Jumbo Cactpot! All but the last one, meaning no prize.

Putting a couple hours every evening into The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. I haven’t activated the main quest yet, so mostly I’m just drinking in the atmosphere as I travel around the countryside helping out. Those hundreds of hours that I played 15 years ago have still really stuck with me, though, and it may be that using Oblivion XP, while fixing the game’s ghastly leveling system, makes things just a little too easy. If I want to revisit the Shivering Isles, I should probably just go to the Shivering Isles, but it feels like something I should be doing once the Oblivion problem has been dealt with.

Still hoping to find something that will grip me a little more tightly, last night I installed NieR:Automata from my massive Steam backlog. I thought I would be getting some third-person RPG action, though, not a Galaga knockoff to slog through initially. Back to the backlog with it!

What to try next? I hear Project Gorgon has modified that awful targeting box to be a little less in-your-face, so maybe I’ll have another look at it.

Bonus question: Oh, there are t-shirts from my college days. Bill the Cat, Elrod the Albino, Miskatonic University. They’re a bit frayed at this point, however.

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So, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is way better than expected and is my go-to single player game right now. Something about the time period and Viking setting just does it for me – the brutal combat, roaming and pillaging the English countryside, building your settlement, interfering in local politics, etc. Also love the incredibly streamlined loot mechanics that make each piece of gear feel unique and meaningful, and a skill tree that lets you refund skill points at any time. And I just think Eivor kicks ass (currently playing as the female version, can’t speak for the male voice acting).

I also love when games don’t make you the center of the universe right from the start – Eivor makes a brilliant confidante and second-in-command and I absolutely love it.

Also, I bought Shadowlands! And I’m loving it. I know people have…opinions about WoW, but coming late to the game as a new, casual player – I’m absolutely loving it. The onboarding process for new players is so much better now (I bounced off of WoW several times in the past) and the faster leveling combined with the level squish feels great.

For a new player like me, it’s hard to express just how much more accessible and fun the game is now. Like, I’m actually getting to play this enormous, almost mythological titan of an MMO and I finally feel like I belong there. I feel like I’m in the kiddie pool of an ocean of mechanics, lore, and content – but at least there is a kiddie pool for me to splash around in.

Anyway, hope everyone stays safe and healthy!

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cursedseishi

I’ve seen those Meme Projections for the next 3 quarters and, personally, I believe there is some dangerous elements not taken account of for them in order to bolster Meme Projections.

Eggs on fire is projected to soar, sure, but it’s likely to burn out hard. The Egg Market is currently unmoving so this will help stimulate the eggconomy however that’s a shell game. It’ll upset Cats, and considering their importance to Meme Investiture I am feline that angering them will cause greater harm overall for the last two quarters of the year, almost 100 purrcent. And burning those eggs, while great for the short-term? It’ll leave us scrambled for August, September and December as we’ll likely ruin Egg stock for the year. We’d have to go for Ostriche Eggs for those, and… if I’m to be completely honest?

Ostrich Eggs are not funny.

And whilst I continue to go over the Shellfish aspects of July’s prospect for the seafood meme industry?

Final Fantasy 14 and Genshin for casual plonks. Simply because it was the Nier Raid, I did that first thing Tuesday and… boy do I have things to say. That I cannot say, because I consider them spoilers and will wait for an appropriate article to talk about it. Still waiting for the ‘Allied Beast’ bit to come in, still despairing over the lack of Hildebrand. And still not doing Bozjda for the Relic weapon. They decided to make it mandatory as a reversal of the original intent, so… just like Stormblood and Eureka? Second expansion now where I’ve not done it for my main job. And, again, it’s also… just kind of ugly, like the Eureka Spears at the end…

And Resident Evil Revelations. First time playing that, after having already played Revelations 2 like… a couple years ago? It’s… not bad. Oh, and of course I will be playing exactly… half an hour… of Resident Evil 8 for their ‘8 hours of Village’ nonsensical demo offer. Capcom was due for some ‘stupid Capcom crap’ after Rise and DMC 5 and World and like this last half of SF5 DLC, so… it isn’t surprising. Hopefully they get all that dumb out now with the demo before it… adversely affects a game.
Also? My order shipped for Nier Replicant, so that is now a guarantee day-1 as well whenever that gets here…

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cursedseishi

And because of those puns, I’ll toss this in. But… Check out Nichijou! If you have a PS4/5, it is honestly worth the hassle of dealing with Funimation’s crappy site. That 90 day free trial will end on the 22nd but frankly even the basic trial will let you watch it entirely. It has both a full dub as well as sub, but the dub is pretty friggin’ great.

Its humor bounces a lot and can seem rather random… but nothing is ever introduced for no reason. Nor is it introduced once and forgotten about. Everything gets a payoff. It is also just… animated so well. They go so ham on some of the animations, that it can even put some of the good Shounen battle stuff to shame! And going with the dub will free you up to catch a lot more of that. There are multiple episodes I want to re-watch just to capture bits of animation for because of that, but I also don’t want to show people because… well, it ruins the surprise. So… here’s a somewhat random if also not really spoilery one!

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Utakata

Is that clip from Nichijou? O.o

…either way, as an artist who has stab themselves too many times with pencils unintentionally, I can sympathize with this character’s reaction. >.<

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cursedseishi

It is! And as someone who has also done that several times, is also something I too can relate to.

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Phubarrh

Not an artist, but I still bear the mark from when I went to poke a friend with a pencil in middle school…the pencil was sharpened at both ends, and the lead broke off deep in my palm.

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Utakata

:(

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Bryan Correll

I have almost no artistic ability, but I accidentally gave myself a tattoo with a ballpoint pen in high school. So I have a tiny blue dot under my nose forever.

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Utakata

This week: Our province (that Ontario) in it’s infinite wisdom have done what many of the states below us had done by loosing the restrictions as we just started to recover from a second wave. And our vaccine roll out was just no where near there yet. Now our cases are out of control, our ICU beds are running out and we’re in a near police state lockdown. All because there this growing consensus among the more clueless of our leaders and their #influencers that is somewhere between the economy will make COVID 19 magically go away (it doesn’t) and it’s not bad as it’s been made out to be (it is). Until they realize that oops, that’s not working. And the breaks they abruptly apply should been done months ago…

…the good news in all of this? I’m getting vaccinated next week. Either left arm of right pigtail. <3

Also this week: I've realized that I've been more relaxed in this Shadowlands' expansion than the last one. This is not excuse it's flaws…there are a lot of them. I'm just..well, enjoying it more then many readers here who are in the opinion that begs to to differ it appears. :(

Bonus Answer: https://www.wowhead.com/item=10055/pink-mageweave-shirt

Have a great week and weekend folks. And please stay safe and vaccinated! /bows

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zoward

Not sure why your bonus answer caused me to pause for a second there – it makes complete sense that on an MMO site one would call out an article of clothing from an MMO – but you’re the only one I saw. Well done!

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Utakata

Why thank you! I thought it was a more colourful way of saying, “Um…pass,” as stated from below me. :(

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Malcolm Swoboda

Canadian family members starting to get vaccinated but I’m starting to even lose some hope for summer, for myself. Not most, just this recent stuff with Ford has been disturbing.

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Utakata

When most of the largest municipal police forces turned around and said they weren’t going to stop random peeps to card them when they where directed to do so by the Province during this lockdown, we know it was really that bad.

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Malcolm Swoboda

They used a bit more slippery wording than that, but yes.

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Estranged

The other side of the coin is the mental health crisis from losing work and freedom. Potential financial depression. Suicide rates are skyrocketing. Drug use is ramping up to a startling degree. The cure can be worse than the disease. The data indicates that healthy people overwhelming beat this disease easily. Not only get vaccinated, get healthy folks. Take your D3 and Zinc. We will need booster shots to counter variants, just like flu. Our lives have to return to normal soon or it’s going to be an absolute disaster. (the high risk groups need to be extra careful, of course, like any disease)

https://www.evms.edu/media/evms_public/departments/internal_medicine/Marik-Covid-Protocol-Summary.pdf

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Utakata

Nah…vaccines work way, way better. No need for a MTG crossfit regiment to beat this thing (it won’t)…

…but thanks for your advice. :)

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Bryan Correll

spending 6 months wearing nothing BUT those boots when I was doing Americorps volunteer work

Apparently Americorps is not the sort of organization I’d imagined.

What am I playing? Well, the plan was Path of Exile Ultimatum league. But we’ll have to see how that works out. Alternatively, I finally broke down and started playing CoH Homecoming: The Revenge of Auntie Septic.

Bonus: Um…..pass.

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Minimalistway

Finished with Shadowbringers MSQ and now starting with the patches MSQ, i’ll probably go back to old content to unlock some of the content i skipped, also i’ll try to play Super Adventure Box … for real this time.

Bonus: no attachment to cloth whatsoever, can’t answer this one.

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zoward

We got 6″ of snow in northern NE in a relatively rare April snowstorm this week, so we’ve been out having fun in it until it melts. Online, I rolled a new hobbit warden alt in LotRO. This is going to sound crazy, but I rolled a new alt even though I already have a warden, because I forgot how to use all the gambits. Once I figure them all out, I’ll have to decide if I want to return to my old warden or keep going on the new one. First world problems. As I mentioned in a post above, I’ve also been playing the remastered version of the original Wasteland. Good times.
I get the second Pfizer shot on Tuesday. That one knocked my wife over for a couple of days in March, so I’m hoping I fare better than she did. Looking forward to being fully vaccinated for the summer … without using it as an excuse to take stupid chances. Stay safe out there.
Bonus question: on rare occasions I’ll wear my oldest concert t-shirt, a Rush Signals tour shirt from 1983.