WRUP: Driving to work (radio edit) edition

    
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It's a car.

So I get in my [BEEP] car, because I need my [BEEP] car to get to [BEEP] work. I need to [BEEP] go to [BEEP] work so I can [BEEP] [BEEP] [BEEP] [BEEP] [BEEP] with a [BEEP] hot dog. Once I [BEEP] the [BEEP] [BEEP] [BEEP] on [BEEP] [BEEP] [BEEP] [BEEP] [BEEP] [BEEP], then [BEEP] until [BEEP] breaks off and [BEEP] [BEEP] [BEEP] [BEEP] [BEEP]. Then [BEEP] [BEEP] [BEEP] [BEEP][BEEP][BEEP][BEEP] [BEEP] [BEEP] until [BEEP] [BEEP] [BEEP] [BEEP] [BEEP] [BEEP] and you [BEEP] your [BEEP] [BEEP] [BEEP] [BEEP] on [BEEP].

Sorry, I kept leaning on the horn. What was I saying? Oh, right. I need to use my car to get to work. Work is how I make money. Money is how I afford hot dogs. Hot dogs are the only thing that gets me through the week. Sweet, delicious hot dogs. That, and What Are You Playing, are the only sources of joy I have left in my life.

Bonus question: Do you keep older gaming hardware (consoles or computers) in your home?

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Pokemon Go will get time for Saturday’s Community Day, and I’m grinding hard in Monster Hunter Stories 2’s demo. I may jump into Istaria for a little, as I had some game time added.

Man, don’t think I’ve sold a single gaming console in my life. I haven’t revisited anything beyond my Virtual Boy in at least 10 years, though I’m getting tempted to dust off my Gamecube for Mario Kart: Double Dash. It really needs a remake!

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I won’t be gaming much this weekend – my parents are in town for the first time in a very, very long time, so we’re making the most of it. Maybe I’ll sneak in my Albion Online dailies!

We still have a PS3, and since we usually upgrade our PCs a piece or two at a time, we usually keep those older pieces on hand for a generation or two. We used a lot of it to build our kids’ computers, though, so I think we have just one bin of computer junk now. My husband is obsessed with keeping older cables for stuff “just in case” too. Somebody help me convince him to throw that stuff out!

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): I’m finding my desire to play Final Fantasy XIV coming back, so that will certainly be a thing. I also found my return jaunt to Star Trek Online a lot of fun, so the USS Kestrel will set sail some more.

No, I don’t any old games hardware, but boy I wish I did. Or, specifically, could; space to do so is something of a premium in this tiny apartment.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): A bit of FFXIV and some family stuff, along with some single-player titles. I’m looking forward to a rather sedate weekend, and gently working on goals in Eorzea and other places with a long stretch of time sounds restful to me.

My wife and I keep a lot of older consoles out and hooked up, though we’ve been a bit better about pruning ones we never expect to use again over time. We still have a lot of older hardware around, though. And we are not helped one bit by mini-consoles, which encourage us to have more of these toys hooked up.

Mia DeSanzo (@neschria): I will be traveling for the weekend, but if I get a chance, I will probably wander back into Black Desert. I just started playing again this week after a long hiatus.

Sam Kash (@thesamkash): I’m still cracking away at Moonlighter as my current game-to-beat. I’ve also been logging in to complete my dragon bash festival dailies in Guild Wars 2 as well. I usually give dailies a hard time, but the festival ones always get me. I also read the post about Broken Ranks. I couldn’t tell if it had any substantial PvP or not but I’m thinking of checking it out and seeing if I can get into some trouble with it.

Bonus: I keep everything! I’m such a pack rat. I’ll keep old laptops, PCs, consoles, and pretty much any electronic. The number of old phones and tablets I have lying around is offensive.

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

Had my first restaurant brunch and outside group hangout in so long :)

  • Last Cloudia – Doing well at an event (prelude to Season 2), except for its top level challenge but whatever.
  • Cookie Run: Kingdom – Pretty normal stuff, though the layers of gameplay is keeping my sessions busy.
  • Princess Connect Re:Dive – Working on a 2nd 5star team, aiming for 3-4 teams.
  • Genshin Impact – Not so much this week, mostly dailies but some more things.
  • Distancing Hangouts – Nothing really..
  • Logins – Tales of Crestoria, Another Eden (resting a bit)

Partner’s progressing Psychonauts. We’re doing more Legend of Mana together and doing our first expansions of the map quests.

And… got annoyingly sucked into another mobile game, Marvel Future Revolution – soft Canadian launch. I’m nearly done the first region, ‘New Stark City’ and its finally asking me to not keep the game purely on Auto. Having fun with this F2P mobile MMO. Really. Go Captain America!

<3

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Schmidt.Capela

Playing a mix of No Man’s Sky, Astroneer, Slime Rancher, Destroy All Humans, Saints Row The Third Remastered, and Raft, with a side-dish of silly and quick hidden object games.

Bonus: I have a lot of old hardware around — Atari 2600, NES, SNES, N64, Wii (including GC controllers and games), GBA, GBA SP, DS Phat, DS lite, and a New 3DS XL — but apart from the New 3DS XL, I tend to use emulators to play all of my old games. As a bonus, not only Retroarch on my Switch can emulate most older games I own, they all easily fit a single SD card, meaning I have access to most of my old console library on the go.

(Incidentally, I have quite a few of those packs of emulated old games with extra content that some companies have been releasing, like the full Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics collection that SEGA released for Steam and some of the Mega Man classics. While I make heavy use of emulators, I’m open to repurchasing old games I already own if the price is right and the extras are worth it.)

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SmiteDoctor

Playing ESO, rereading the Wheel of Time.

No older Hardware.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

WoT appears to be quite the undertaking to a relatively new reader such as myself.

I am sure I will get there eventually though, and like Thrones, I will hit the books before the adaptation. Hopefully we get something decent on that.

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SmiteDoctor

The way I look at it by the time I get through it again. I’ll have a backlog of Marvel Comics through Marvel Unlimited.

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IronSalamander8 .

Minecraft as I’m interested in the cave update, but also Creativerse as I still enjoy it in its own way; they’re similar games.

Slay the Spire, Monster Train, and Ring of Pain on the side.

PvZ shooters and getting ever closer to that level cap in BFN.

Finished Hexen again as the cleric. Wraithverge is still my favorite FPS weapon ever!

Bonus question: I have all my old consoles and games in boxes; Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari jaguar (with the CD drive), NES, SNES, N64, PS1, Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, and Sega Saturn, Colecovision (with the driving module), and my Commodore 64!

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Zulika Mi-Nam

Those 5200 controllers are a PITA. My game start switch went bad and I was jumping the traces on the PCB with a paper clip to start games.

Commodore 64 -you’re rich! I had the VIC-20…and a cassette tape drive.

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IronSalamander8 .

The 5200 controllers are indeed awful. I was lucky and got my C64 a bit later and cassette drives were far less common by then, I even started with a 1571 drive instead of the 1541.

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angrakhan

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries which isn’t remotely close to an MMO. It’s barely multiplayer. However, I’m finding it very immersive, more so than any MMO I’ve played in recent years particularly in the aspect of you have to take on every mission not only as an active combatant but also a small business owner.

There’s two ways to lose the game. Die, obviously, or have your mercenary outfit go broke which is actually more likely of the two. You have to account for travel costs, salary, maintenance and repair bills on your equipment. Bigger mechs are more powerful but cost much more to maintain.

Losing a mech in battle will not only cost you millions in repairs but the pilot in it will likely be injured putting you down a mech until they heal. Do you hire a replacement which is more expensive or do you wait out their recovery knowing you have bills due or do you run missions down a mech in the meantime?

Maybe you shouldn’t have bit off more than you could chew when you got greedy in the last mission in the first place!

It’s more indepth risk/reward gameplay than I’ve seen in an MMO, and I’m loving it.

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zoward

After watching some YouTube videos of people showing how to find your way into hidden areas in WoW Classic a while ago, I’ve started exploring some of these areas on my Lich King pserver. This morning was the Ironforge Summit, Airport and Farm trifecta, which you can reach by using having a character with slow fall ability (such as a priest or mage), walk along that ridge immediately next to the entrance to Ironforge until you get to the barrier at the end of it, and jump from there to slow fall onto the hills. From there, you go northeast and there’s a point at which you go left to the summit or right to the airport. Slow Falling from the edge of the airport brings you to the farm you pass when taking a flight from Ironforge to Menethil Harbor. Good times.

Besides exploring out of the way places in WoW, I’ll probably bop into DDO this week, and start the Dark Dreams of Furiae content pack for Neverwinter Nights. Have a good weekend all, and happy Fourth to my fellow US-ians. Stay safe out there.

Bonus question: I’ve been building my own PC’s for close to thirty years, and as a homeowner, I’ve learned how quickly you can accumulate old hardware. I make passes through my collection, sometimes ruthlessly, to purge stuff I’m never realistically going to need. Sometimes that means “throwing away otherwise good hardware because it’s old enough that it’s easily replaced by a Raspberry Pi which requires 1/10 the power”. At this point in my life, I’m down to one laptop on my desk in the office, and a PC in the basement lab (which my wife lovingly refers to as “the dungeon”) acting as a DNS server, Lich King pserver, Wireguard server, etc, running headless. If I need hardware to solve a specific task, I’m as likely these days to throw one of the aforementioned RPi’s at it.

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Snacky

I so thought that your [BEEP]’s were a word replacement for frustration, and then I read your horn comment! lol

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bobfish

Well, Aion Classic is on the back burner it would seem, as my friends are MIA, though they will reappear when whatever has shackled them gets distracted.

In the meantime, in between the odd game of Chivalry 2, I’m back in World of Warcraft, leveling up my Zandalari troll Hunter through Legion. Which is is going well, but I seem to be a little all over the place with the questing, making me a little paranoid that I’m missing things.

Also, after much annoyance, managed to get on and reserve my names on Swords of Legends Online. And then went in again this morning to recreate the characters (love having the option to export a character’s customization), with proper customization, rather than the quick default model when I reserved the names.

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Utakata

This week: The pigtails stuck in between the passing of Canada Day – to which there wasn’t much wanting to celebrate about. As a good sign of a just society is how we treat our indigenous peoples when we had imposed on them. And this country has come up wholly wanting on that degree, to put it mildly… /bleah

…and the oncoming July the 4th – to which I will let my fellow citizens who live in the respective jurisdiction below comment on that. As I am pretty sure though that the opinions of such will be diverse if not divergent, to also put it mildly. o.O

Also this week: WoW got a new content patch I see. So far, so good! But I haven’t ran into any asinine stuff just as of yet.

Bonus Answer: I do keep a PC that I previously gamed on as backup in case the one I am currently using fries. As for consoles…err, what are they again? O.o

Have a great week and weekend folks! Please stay safe and get vaccinated. /bows

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Bryan Correll

Canada Day

You folks really need to find a more interesting name for that holiday.

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Utakata

Used to be known as Dominion Day:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominion_Day

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Bryan Correll

And you changed it? Dominion Day. Now that’s a holiday name with some teeth.

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Jack Pipsam

It’s a name which carries quite a bit of baggage I imagine.

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Bryan Correll

They could still come up with something better than Canada Day (or Australia Day ;-P.) How about Eh Day? And Crikey Day for you folks?

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Jack Pipsam

Australia Day is extremely controversial due its current date and is a constant source of heated debate during January, so the increasing alternative name people use for it is Invasion Day. So you’ll hear both “Australia Day” and “Invasion Day” used on the day itself depending on the perspective of the person, right down to the day being used as places of large scale public celebration as well as mass protesting in cities, I imagine any tourist who happens to be here on that day would get rather confused of what’s going on lol.

Increasing there’s a desire to move Australia Day elsewhere in the year entirely and rename January 26th as Day of Mourning instead.

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Jack Pipsam

I was reading up a bit on all the Canadian stuff going on right now, very heavy revelations, but it’s absolutely the right move to stare the issue in the face and acknowledge it. I can see how Canada Day might if it isn’t already, become a cultural flashpoint which could get ugly, I know that feeling quite well.
Heart goes out to you all.

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Utakata

Thank you for that. /bows

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Zulika Mi-Nam

I have been reading BC & some Canada National news daily for a few years now and am constantly making comparisons on how some of the issues are dealt with.

CBC has some good podcasts as well.

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zoward

Just took a quick detour to read up on Canada Day amid the unmarked graves. As my kids are fond of pointing out to me, here in the US we have our own demons to exorcise (instead of “exercise”). I’m not sure if it’s the internet or not (it probably is), but I’m finding the younger generations here think more globally than ours did – and that might be their saving grace.

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firithnorm

“Here in my car, I feel safest of all, I can lock all my doors, it’s the only way to live” (and now you have that song in your head, but my chaotic neutral nature is snickering in demonic delight!).

Oops. Umm…. sorry. My brain’s not working well today. I blame my medication (or maybe I need more?).

Anyways… I’m enjoying the new LTM in Apex Legends, going back to the old maps from prior seasons. I am thinking of taking a rest from Albion Online for a month as the monthly rewards recently are items that I already have and I’ll be on vaca later this month. Yet I could do my dailies on my phone that week, so I don’t know. But I’m not going to kill myself to get the monthly rewards. I was ready to get back into GW2, but my account’s suspended because it somehow got hacked. ArenaNet sent me a list of steps to take to maybe get it reinstated, but it really is a buzzkill. Plus, there are a bunch of games on the Steam sale that are really calling for my attention.

Bonus: We have a Wii and a WiiU, but they’re not hooked up – my daughter’s Switch took their port. Regarding PC parts, I have probably enough parts to make maybe 2 full PCs, but they wouldn’t really be able to run any graphically-oriented games.