WRUP: Clipping edition

    
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If you no longer wish to attend our sporting event, we are sorry, but the doors are sealed to prevent anyone from reaching the parking lot and shooting off fireworks during the event itself. However, you can clip through the terrain to exit the building if it becomes necessary. Please use one of the following methods if required.

The seat clip: Get up on your chair and crouch, then de-crouch while pressing forward. Quickly crouch and stand as you continue to press forward, which should result in you vibrating wildly before ragdolling and clipping through the floor. Steering yourself carefully as you move out of bounds should allow you to pop back in-bounds in the parking lot, probably near a car.

The bathroom glitch: Run full-tilt toward a bathroom stall, then quickly reverse direction in midair before leaping into the closed door. It can take a few tries, but the door will hopefully close on you and send you speeding along at high velocity before you pop back onto solid ground 200 feet away from the parking lot.

The What Are You Playing method: Run into the play area and then lie down.

Bonus question: How often do you watch new movies?

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I honestly haven’t been in a gaming mood at all this week. I have no idea where I’ll end up this weekend. Maybe City of Heroes. Maybe I’ll feel up to Guild Wars 2.

If I’m honest, if I have two hours free, sitting down for a movie that has a high chance of sucking is not what I’m going to do with my time, unless I’m watching something with my kids. Maybe one a week? I used to care a lot more about seeing everything, now I’m way more likely to binge a whole series of something instead. And that was true before COVID too, so that’s not just the haunted plagueboxes talking.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): I’m going to be dipping in and out of Elyon’s CBT a few times, and I worked up the courage to tank PUGs in Final Fantasy XIV again (it has been literal years and there was some nerves there) so I’ll probably do more of that to get Gunbreaker up. That is kind of about it.

I barely watch new movies or TV anymore. I guess I just stopped caring and I’m not sure why.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): A little bit of Elyon, a little bit of a game to review, and a little bit of the Tales of Arise demo. That should wrap me up for the weekend, right? Well, assuming that the tropical storm headed my way doesn’t demolish my plans completely.

Apparently I’m an outlier in this particular group, because I try to watch new films as often as I can; honestly, it feels silly to me when I become too likely to just rewatch an old favorite instead of trying something new. Of course, that does mean sometimes I wind up watching something that utterly sucks, but the other bright side is being able to recommend films to people who haven’t seen them.

Pierre, patron: I’m still playing Final Fantasy XIV quite casually, but I find it a very relaxing game to play. My Cyberpunk 2077 comeback is already finished as I had to admit that the game is not ready yet, even after another huge patch two days ago. I’ll try again in a few months. Chernobylite is occupying the rest of my gaming time. Another really impressive indie game. I found out how to maintain HDR activation, as there’s a bug deactivating it even if it’s on in the game options. As a result, the landscapes are even more gorgeous.

Bonus question: not so often, probably something like once a month. I’m mainly lacking time to play all the video games, watch all the TV shows, and watch all the movies I’d like to. 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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treehuggerhannah

I’m on vacation, so I haven’t been gaming much – I’m focusing on enjoying the beach!

I didn’t even bring my computer, but I’ve been having fun playing a little AQ3D on my phone when there’s some downtime in the evenings.

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Phubarrh

When I last reported a few weeks ago, I was singing the glories of a big new hard drive. I finally managed to download and install all the games that I wanted to…not even a quarter of my Humble Choice-crammed Steam backlog, but 200+ titles that I am either interested in or that got rave reviews on the platform. And I started splashing around in, well, old old favorites which don’t even consume a gig of space anyway, like Majesty and Alpha Centauri and HOMM 3 and Startopia. Ran a few sessions of Unreal Tournament 2004, and even though I haven’t touched that sort of shooter in over a decade, kept coming out on top in the matches? I wrapped up the visual novel that I had been playing, Atri: My Dear Moments, which ran far longer than I expected and might have captivated me much more if I was 20 years younger, but glossy storytelling nonetheless. Then I finally settled down to play Torchlight for the first time, giving it a couple of weekends. At this point, I’m not sure if I’ll finish it; smooth though the play is, it’s rather shallow water to splash around in. I’d still like to find another good ARPG or party-based game to get into, and I’m certainly not lacking for options!

On the MMO front, the recent Bethesda sale coaxed me into buying Blackwood for ESO, and now I’m returning to the game. Very unusual for me, I’m picking up an old character rather than starting a new one, and trying to settle into her skin again. It’s slow going with the skill resets, and the revamped Champion Points trees are a bit of a mess. There are old systems that I’ll need to reacquaint myself with like crafting, and new ones that I must explore such as antiquities. But I’m just taking it easy and enjoying it so far.

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Haven’t really been playing much this week. A little of Apex Legends, a little of Albion Online, a little of GW2 – just bite-sized samples of each. I’d like to do more in both Albion & particularly in GW2. I never got very far on the main story/chapters and would like to see if I could stay focused on it for a while. I really have missed GW2 over the last couple of years. It has been really tough to just do the dailies a few times this week without getting sucked into a zone. Not sure how much I’ll be able to do, though, with Hurricane Henri bearing down on us. Done the grocery shopping, got coolers ready filled with ice, filled every recepticle with water. But the local electric company is saying we could be outta power for up to 3 weeks! *sigh*

BONUS: Pre-pandemic we mostly only went to the movie theater for the latest Marvel or Star Wars flick. Since, we haven’t really seen anything. Caught most of “How’s Moving Castle” this week – my first Studio Ghibli film. WOW! What a great visual and bizarrely entertaining opus! Definitely on my “Must Watch Again in Entirety” list.

Heading off to probably take my last decent shower for a week or so. Stay safe. Please get vaccinated if y0u haven’t. Be smart.

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Hoping the weather leaves you be. I recommend Spirited Away– a really unique story experience.

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Casually playing Galaxy of Heroes on mobile. I’ve seen about 10 new movies this year because I don’t have cable and I like it

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TomTurtle

Hurricane Henri preparations. If things go well, I’d really like minimal power outage as doing the whole 10 days or more deal is awful. History indicates otherwise though sadly. Just please, nothing worse than that Henri.

Nothing really gaming-wise. Since last time I commented in WRUP I played Nexomon, a creature collector and battler and briefly peeked into Nexomon: Extinction. It’s great to see how much of a jump in quality the sequel seemingly made. The first was enjoyable enough, though quite simple. I’ll get around to playing Extinction when the mood strikes.

Bonus Question: I don’t watch movies, not that I’m against them. I find myself enjoying Twitch and YouTube the majority of the time. The last movie I watched was actually relatively recently, and that was the Sailor Moon Eternal movie. So nice to enjoy beautifully animated, no filler Sailor Moon content that’s new.

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend all! For anyone else dealing with Henri, good luck.

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zoward

Good luck to you too (we’re in southern NH).

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Utakata

I always thought Mr. Turtle lived on the other side of the pond away from flinging hurricanes. And only a stone’s throw from Mr. Bals’ backyard… o.O

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TomTurtle

Nope, haha. It’s been a while since I mentioned it here, but I live in the U.S. in the northeastern state of Connecticut.

Henri will be hitting here sometime overnight. Hard to get any more concrete details than that though, but I’ve been busy so maybe I haven’t looked enough.

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Utakata

It’s a detail that has eluded the pigtails for sometime then. My apologies.

…and good luck in getting through the weather battering though. /bows

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TomTurtle

Thanks. And no need to apologize. It was a one-off comment made years ago.

Some good news is that Henri has downgraded back to a tropical storm. I’m still tensely waiting for the power to go out. Of course this week will coincide with hot and humid weather which would make a power outage that much more miserable.

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Best wishes, hope you come through as good as going in.

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Don’t forget the newly introduced Tales of Arise Jet-Clip glitch, Eliot. Provided you have a PS4 or PS4 Pro, if you have the Tales of Arise demo pre-downloaded and are near an outlet by a corner? Embrace the system close to you, power it on and start the demo. Eventually, once you are in the game proper…?

You’ll be sent flying, and the collision detection around corners is never fully lined up right–in edge cases you may get stuck, but more often than not you’ll cut right through the boundary.

… Seriously though, what the actual hell Tales. Long-time ‘Tales of’ fan here, I tried that demo. I stopped after 10 minutes. Was part of it the fact I felt like I was playing a ‘Scarlet Nexus’ knock-off clone, complete with literally the same kind of cut-in comic cutscenes, combat, and even a dumb little gauge that fills up arbitrarily that lets you kill an enemy in a canned special attack animation (albeit one nowhere near matching the variety Nexus has), as well as another arbitrary gauge that makes you glow that fills up over time? Sure…
But… Also because the moment the game loaded me into the area, my PS4 Pro was shrieking. And it never stops, whether you’re in battle or the menus or skit cutscenes or the like. And it won’t stop, til you end the game…

If I want to suffer, I’ll play Tales of Vesperia while trying to 100% the Boss Missions. But… I am nowhere near the sadomasochistic individual I’d have to be to endure the screaming of my console enough to finish the demo. Much less the 6 times I’d have to play it if I wanted to see all the stupid little ‘character-specific cutscenes’ they promise you for when you beat the demo with the selected character.

I’d sooner pledge to stay up and not sleep until I binge-watch ALL of One Piece from beginning to end. All… 1000+ episodes. That is little over 14 days of watching nothing but some kid in a strawhat and questionable biology and his merry band of misfits fumbling, stumbling, and tumbling through life. By the end of it, I’m sure even I’d be finding the ‘One Piece’. And died doing so.

Instead of that? Well… I’m still picking and casually strolling through Fuga, dipping into FF14 and Genshin. But my focus has shifted back to single player games, again picking up some old goodies–both from my Steam list, as well as consoles.

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I am primarily playing a game of who wins between my rotator and the clay/shale hill I am digging a pond out of. Today, earth wins.

I am also trying out Treebeard, but I am playing that wanting to go back to SWTOR, and only 1 sub should be running a month. So, it’ll be a battle of LotRO and SWTOR next week.

I watch a spankin new movie about once or twice a month. Most of our viewing has been binging Night Court and Discovery lately.

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zoward

Why wouldn’t you want to stay and match the curling match?

As for me, I’m done with Saturday chores and storm prep, time to hang out in Trove and see if I can max out my chloromancer while waiting for Henri to make landfall. I’ll have to see what the next dragon I want to craft is.

Have a great weekend all; stay away from storms and the COVID!

Bonus question: wherever real life intrudes, usually in a happy manner, such as going on vacation, a challenging hike, or a visit from one of my brothers. In such cases, the games are not sorely missed.

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Hope the storm passes you and yours by with a wide berth.

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Danny Smith

I’ve not been playing too many mmo’s bar more relics and wrap up on FFXIV. And helping wowfugee friends get through stuff like coil and alexander too. Its great to get more folks through those raids but its also kind of sad to see them go “what do you mean you can just do level 50 raids from 8 years ago like its current?” or worse “what do you mean there is no bad class and its all balanced?” to say nothing of the usual “why is everyone being polite?”. Its like watching someone get out of an abusive relationship they didn’t really understand was as bad as it was.

Aside from FFXIV i’ve been picking up some more stuff to replace games i missed or traded in like an idiot back in the day. Its been interesting to see UK high street stores bring back the ps2, gamecube, wii and xbox games again. They reached a point where they became worthless around 2008ish and now they are old enoguh to be retro you can pick them up again. Its not the old 4 for £5 it used to be but i’ll still pay 10-30 for something ebay scalpers have been charging 70-300 for for years. Some things i’ve picked up this weekend cheap like Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Silent Hill 2 and Vagrant Story for a pittance compared to online and it was surprising to see a lot of kids digging through shelves of them too. But i guess 15 years ago i was no different digging through piles of SNES games in the PS2 era right?

But damn if i still don’t curse myself for selling my gameboy player as a teen. But at least i kept my copy of Soul Silver. Thats running for £300 now and i have a friend who sold his and i see him looked physically ill when he sees copys behind a counter on a top shelf at insane prices.

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Utakata

This week: Where living in this jurisdiction of The Six, our Summers are the Tropic of Cancer. And our Winters are the Arctic Circle. /sigh

Also this week: Moar Blade & Soul. And introducing Hayate Blade! (Please see: Pic attached!) A large and lumbering Blade Dancer, to which is my biggest bruiser of a Lyn to date! Although, she is more that friendly faithful Beagle that fetches Mr. Correll’s slippers by his fireplace than someone with any imposing threatening narrative. But don’t let that gentle “giant” demeanor full ya! As she is quick and decisive with the blade, that’ll send rolling heads asking, “When did she pull her sword out!?” …before they realize they’re no longer attached to their bodies. But most of the time she really is easy going personality, but slow in conversation…though measures every word and action she takes. So don’t be afraid to say “Hi!” to her. Although, asking her to fetch slippers for you right off the bat might start your relationship with her on the wrong foot, even if your head will remain intact! >.<

Bonus Answer: Whenever MCU puts something new out. And we're not in the midst of a pandemic. :(

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

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PS…

“…soooo, didn’t you watch Birds of Prey over last weekend, MCU Uta?”

Oh, oops…but that’s with friends. And because they wanted to show it to me. Good movie though…save for the face peeling business. >.<

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SmiteDoctor

Fun movie but it’s DC not MCU.