WRUP: Photos I will skip over on my phone’s camera roll as we talk edition

    
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A blurry shot of my feet that will be excused with “oh, not that one.” Seventeen pictures of my cats. A picture of an advertisement in a video game store (I will not explain myself to you). Another blurry shot of my feet that I will pause on for several minutes before saying “oh, right, that was about the thing” without further elucidation. Another seven pictures of cat. What appears to be an attempt at an Instagram dinner shot.

Six pictures of a broken machine. Two more cat pictures. A third picture of the cats where you ask why I’m skipping those and I insist that we can look at cat pictures later. Five stolen Twitter reaction images. Four more cat pictures. A picture of a cut on my arm which I explain by saying that I needed to text my cousin to see if this looked infected. Then a long pause before I ask what picture I was trying to show you in the first place. A picture of a horse. A hasty draft list for What Are You Playing.

Bonus question: What’s your biggest pet peeve about your current living space?

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Pokemon Unite will get some love on Saturday, as will Monster Hunter Stories 2, but only after I get in some time with Deltarune’s Chapter 2. I don’t do a lot of single player games, so it’s kind of a big deal for me. Pokemon Go will get tons of time on Sunday for Community Day. Gosh, that little otter holding the clam is already making me crave seafood! Gonna have to walk hard to earn it.

Mm, biggest pet peeve aside from living at home would be that my bed is also my “computer chair.” I don’t have a ton of space for a real chair, but I can’t exactly move my setup to a quieter part of the house because… well, it only gets quiet if I’m the only one here, hah!

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Probably just Star Wars Galaxies Legends. I was tempted to dip into Guild Wars 2, but I’ll save that urge for next week.

I genuinely love our house, but it is very small. A separate office space would be good. Or laundry not in the basement. (And I have a plan for both of those, years down the road!) Everything else, I can work around or fix myself.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): I am in a vehicle-centric mood recently. I found out that Project Cars 2 is a whole lot more playable on a wheel and pedals and I also have a need to do some Euro Truck Simulator 2. This also means I’ll likely fire up a bit of Elite Dangerous to feed that space truckin’ itch. Beyond that, I’ll likely start on whatever leveling or gearing grind I want to focus on in Final Fantasy XIV, which will be wholly dependent on what the Live Letter has showcased for the three jobs I’m eyeballing.

I hate how small this apartment is. Hate the kitchen. Hate that I don’t have an office. Hate that it’s next to a damn ambulance bay. Oh, one biggest pet peeve? Right, sorry. It’s small.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Watching the Live Letter has me all jazzed for some more FFXIV, even though I realize that will probably only last for about five minutes before my brain reminds me that as much as I love the game I don’t have much to do now before Endwalker. But I know how I operate.

I really dislike how much the prior owner of my house kind of just tossed things together in this house and went with cheap fixes. It’s big enough for my wife and I and our cats, it’s not a bad house, it looks a little awkward from the outside, but we’ve spent so much money already (and will spend more) just cleaning that up.

Sam Kash (@thesamkash): I’m still playing the festival in Guild Wars 2. It’s a fun 15 to 30 minutes every night. I also decided to check out Spellbreak again this week. I hadn’t played it in ages and I really wanted to whether or not the game was still trucking along. So far it looks like it is!

Bonus: My back door is all kinds of janky. It leaks every time it rains. Also the deadbolt has a gap in it. So I can literally see outside. I wonder why it leaks, right?

Tyler Edwards (blog): Mage of Vampires! Rage of Umpires! Aaaaaaaaaaahhhh. Ahem, er, ah, I mean I’ll be diving into the stress test for Age of Empires IV. You know, since I have a passing interest in the franchise…

Bonus question: Adding to the chorus, the rent is too damn high my apartment is too small for my liking.

Pierre, patron: After a few crazy weeks at work (again… sigh) with very little gaming time, I can start considering playing games again. On the MMO front, I’m still playing Final Fantasy XIV very casually. I will also launch Deathloop, the last game from Arkane Lyon (another French dev studio to be proud of, there’s a lot of talented gaming development teams in France these days). There’s clearly a strong Dishonored vibe in it, and the investigation and time-loop mechanics seem really interesting and fun to play.

Bonus question: I’m a homeowner and I leave in a very nice apartment… mostly. The only thing that bothers me are noisy neighbors; they’re especially annoying when they decide to fight, which happens quite often, or when they try to help their children to do their homework, which inevitably ends with them calling them names (and not nice ones) as they apparently are not so good at school. It’s a very stressful start when you’re enjoying a chill Sunday morning with such a noisy crisis above your head. And you MOP readers? What are you up to in terms of gaming activities 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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More of the same, leveling a shammy on my private Lich King server (almost typed “List King”, which sounds far less exciting). Other than that, it’s a beautiful early fall weekend weather-wise in New England, and my wife is out of town with friends, so I’ll be hiking, biking, and possibly attending outdoor church, if the kids wake up soon enough for me to go. Have a great weekend all!

Bonus question: owning a good-size house is a ton of work; when you’re cleaning it, you’re fixing something, and when you’re not fixing something, you’re paying someone else to. ‘Nuff said.

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I’m playing Neverwinter on Xbox, level 13 Bard. It’s very fun, I chose Minstrel Paragon path (heals). Also probably will play some Destiny 2 as well as some single player titles. I’m home bound for the moment so lots of gaming time for me, that’s not really out of the ordinary for me, when I go out I pretty much just go for walks or am out to get whatever I need from the store… please send toilet paper! I’m sure I will likely work that out myself. So probably that’s about it for what I will be doing for the time being, above all just focusing on just being is the real priority.

Below is a picture I took, that’s on my phone, I was at a beach I really like, I don’t go there often, but it has sentimental value for me. I thought I’d share it, where I live is very beautiful, I often see things, vistas, birds or other animals, beautiful flowers or other plants, city of gardens is what the city I live in is referred to.

Have a great weekend.
“The answer is not in the Sky, it’s in your Heart.” – Buddha

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Pretty pic! Thanks for sharing.

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I just moved from there to thr city of champions. My heart is broken but my wallet is happier. Enjoy it for my family and me!

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cursedseishi

Pictures taken from my phone that I later randomly scroll through while talking is… a big deal for me. Honestly? It’s kind of a hobby… and I take it real super seriously y’all. I’d show you guys pictures of it, but really… y’know…

#CantTalkGottaPhoneThisIn, #SuperCereal, #AccidentalFootPicsOMG and, of course, #OhNoHowIDeleteMessage and, #ParentalFiguresDontLook

… And while I am totally not scrubbing several possibly foot-related pictures from my camera after accidentally sending a provocative pinky toe curl picture to me grandmum?

Internet’s being a bit arse, so… Single-player game life for the moment. I’ve managed to poke into genshin and do some Fishing which has been fun–but not entirely as relaxing as I like it to be. I also picked up Hades a while back and finally started playing that…
… Don’t see the big deal about that game though, that’s for sure. 40 Runs in, on roughly my 3rd Heat for all weapons (4th for a couple though), playing about an hour or two every so often when the mood hits or I just want an excuse to pet the giant 3-headed murder hellhound. Yeah, it’s… fine, I guess. No biggie.

Also looking forward to Lost Judgement this next week! Not so much the download…

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Well, my week has gone about as well as Australian/French relations 🥴

My boss couldn’t come in due to second-hand exposure to a potential COVID site so suddenly I had to step-up and take charge, doing extra days (just as I managed to reduce my days) and mucking about with the back-end system trying to fill in orders for the store etc. It also meant I was entirely alone for the week in the store, when we’re at our most busy so it was chaos and I wanted to smash my head into the counter many times.
Also not helped, our Camera System had a glitch so it began blaring this BEEP BEEP BEEP high-pitch sound, it was three days before someone came to fix it so I was in the office doing my boss’ work right under the alarm BEEP BEEP BEEP, I could still hear it in my ears hours later.

Also, with another group I’m with doing a side-thing for announced to everyone else (without telling me) that the project will be finished Friday for everyone to see, meaning on my day off I had to rush like a madman to finish that off, which I did, I clutched it but ugh I was kept out of the loop which I really didn’t need this week.
And now here I am with one-hour’s sleep ready to start it all again!

No time for games this week, really there’s no need for the government to build Nuclear Submarines, just plop me in and I’ll power a whole fleet with the heat from my sheer frustration lol.

That said, a new game called Eastward came out which I saw on Steam, looked super up my alley so I’ve bought it for the Switch, but haven’t had a chance to play it yet, might not have a chance for a few days, but keen to try it out!

PS. The layout of the house is a big strange and the bedrooms are extremely small despite having a large living room, in fact the house is a bit too open with the living room, kitchen and lounge-room without any kind of doors between, which I guess isn’t that strange, but it can be annoying as far as sound-pollution goes. But it’s a minor gripe all things considered.

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In my country, the opposition blamed our PM for this anti-armistice mess…even though it had nothing to do with us and instead with the leadership of the country below us. Oh right, we’re in an election. So of course it’s his fault! /sigh

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It’s not just Canada, everyone got shafted and blindsided, it came as a shock to us because only a month ago we were making a big deal with France of how we’re going to do War Games together and double-commit to their submarine deal etc. Because of this I strongly assume that it was the United States who had this idea and suggested the deal. We love to snuggle-up to the USA (why else were we in Vietnam, Iraq etc?) and to be offered a super exclusive secret deal was something we’re not going to say no too, no matter the cost or implications lol.

Our closest geological neighbour Indonesia was only notified moments before the announcement (they’re not thrilled).
And really, not unless there’s a sudden desire for Nuclear Submarines, Canada might not want any part of this with what’s coming in terms of China’s response to all this. Better off staying out of this whole coming mess.

This will no doubt trigger some kind of arms race in the region, you’ve got nations like Malaysia who are naturally freaking out because we might have just triggered a wave of increased instability in region and the famously Anti-Nuclear New Zealand, well I’m sure they’re just thrilled with us! I mean France did blow up a NZ Greenpeace ship over NZ anti-Nuclear protest (yep France really did that!)

I’m conflicted about the whole thing, Australia for decades has made a point to avoid Nuclear apart from one government run research/medicine reactor, despite the fact that we’d really be the perfect Nuclear Powered nation with the lack of earthquakes/tsunamis, lots of Uranium and let’s be honest a lot of space to dump the waste underground.
So this is a sudden change pace, especially as part of the France deal was actually to avoid Nuclear ironically, but also we’re now under Scott Morrison getting for the first time ever Intercontinental Missiles (also curiosity of the United States), so it seems everything’s on the table.

On the other side of my confliction, the deal with France was pretty shit tbh. $90 Billion AUD for eh submarines in a deal which was creating more jobs for France than Australia and so far has had a lot of frankly dicking about. True or not, the public impression was France was coasting merrily off our investment for their economic development while we’re trying to boost our fleet with little results. So this deal with the US/UK is a better deal in terms of getting submarines which are not only better than anything China has, but is purely focused on the submarines as well as actually going to provide more jobs here anyway. Plus we get to stroke our very very fragile egos, even if the US President forgot our Prime Minster’s name.

I guess the bottom line is, if we’re going to spend like a hundred-billion dollars, we want to at least get some good shit from it.
Even if it does cause regional instability, start a nuclear arms race, make our neighbours hate us more and cause deeper cracks with EU tension.
#LifeGoals

PS. Good luck with your election!

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Ironically, I don’t think this deal will help Australia against China.

Why? The likely theatre of war in the case of a conflict.

China is exceedingly unlikely to start a conflict more than a few hundred kilometers outside its territory. And this isn’t about being peace-loving; rather, its military is structured in a way that heavily favors short-range conflict and territory defense, to the detriment of its power projection capabilities. This was a strategic choice to make it just about impossible for the US to successfully invade China even if it went all out; China thought it important enough that they were willing to live with the tradeoff, the sacrifice of its capabilities to wage wars away from its territory. So, any scenario where an Aussie sub would fight Chinese vessels will likely happen either close to China’s coast or in the contested South China Sea.

To make things worse, China has invested heavily in countering the military advantages of the US — including ways to detect any hostile nuclear sub that dares approach its coast. To that extent it not only has fixed defenses all around its coast, it also developed small, cheap solar-powered floating sonar platforms, which communicate through an encrypted mesh network (which is almost impossible to jam), that it has spread around all of the South China Sea; it’s just about impossible for any large submarine vessel, no matter how stealthy or how long it can stay underwater, to avoid detection there due to the sheer number of sonars China has deployed.

And, in a military conflict, a detected submarine is an air bubble waiting to be popped.

So, in practical terms, I fear this deal was mostly posturing to stick it up to the Chinese, with little strategic or tactical benefit and animosity towards France as collateral damage.

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A fair few things from the backlog in that pre big mmo expansion lull for Endwalker for me. Off the top of my head:

Standed Deep – didn’t make it 30 minutes that game just isn’t for me

Minecraft Continuum – Built a nice hamlet as my base then blew it up and built some WC3 undead buildings around and covered the land in blight and giant mushrooms for a nice spooky autumnal base

Starcraft 2, really – a friend never tried an rts and wanted to give that a go, i noticed i was gifted the expansions but the infamous giga-cringe ending that killed the IP put me off trying. Legacy of the Void i couldn’t even finish it was just so dull and by the numbers but i actually really, really enjoyed Heart of the Swarm a lot. That might in terms of chronological releases be the last thing Blizzard released that i actually really like. From *eight* years ago. Honestly i would love a game purely about playing the zerg not even an rts. The one mission where you start with a single grub and eat biomass to turn into a queen and fart out zerglings to slowly take over a ship is great.

Soul Sacrifice – thanks to some folks in the monhun community this games going through a revival right now. Its a joint venture from marvelous and sony japan studio and the last excellent game Inafune made before his mighty no 9 days. Basically its monster hunter but all the monsters are super twisted grimm fairy tail and alice in wonderland monsters. It was a vita exclusive and sadly didn’t get a port but apparently one of the devs is pushing for it and i hope it hits home console and pc as i think any monster hunter fan would love its concept of “give up an arm to power up your spells and weapons” sacrifice system. Go grab it if you own a vita you wont regret it

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate – finally found a copy of this one. 4U was when the game got big in the west, this was the one that released when i was a broke uni student and had to skip at the time and stick with Freedom Unite 2 and since it sold poorely in the PAL region copies aren’t that common complete in box. Finally got one for 12 quid and honestly? the underwater is the most enjoyable underwater has every been in a game for me and while the monster roster is low and its missing my favourite weapons the pacific islander theme is a nice change of pace. Shame the wii U version didnt get a switch port.

Beyond those i’ve had so much fun with the starter version of the Call of Cthulhu TRPG i picked up the special collected edition of the full game and books with some friends eager for some halloween 1920’s spooky adoins.

Also i may have gotten another mega-giant for my warhammer giant army and some lord of the rings warhammer terrain to have this “kraken eater” stepping on some lake town docks.

I can quit anytime i want. 8 is enough.

For now.

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Utakata

This week: Why I am so glued to Superbooth21 feeds. As this is a fascinating event in the exploration for all that is digital sounds, E-music or why Cactuar mobs sound the way they do when eating your face outside of Ul’dah. So this maybe the event for you!

And for those who are into this like I am it’s both a candy shop and a circus of nobs, buttons, sliders, bells, whistles and spaghetti CV patch cords that this Gnome can easily lose oneself too. While making and tweaking sounds, bleeps and blobs from the mundane to the ridiculous and hard to imagine. So here’s the link of what I am going on about:

https://www.superbooth.com/en/

…and here’s a crap tonne (or ton) of streams and takes to bring it all home via Sonicstate:

https://www.youtube.com/c/sonicstate/videos

Two warnings though: 1) Said feeds are done via shaky janky handhelds, so if you feel need the reach for the nearest paper bag, bucket or porcelain goddess to hurl as I did, I suggest making the view window small. As all you need hear the sounds over the visuals anywhoose.

2) It’s a bit of a sausage fest. /bleh

…that all said, I know if I was there the pigtails will twisting, pulling and pulling every nob, buttons, sliders, bells, whistles and CV patch cords top see what explodes out (or melts) speakers and hopefully make a tunes on the way. <3

But I know if it isn't your thing, just feel free to /ignore all be above too.

*Pigtails takes a deep breath*

Also this week: Still no games I can stomach as I am still waiting for my new 2T hard drive to be installed. The person fixing was dealing with an injury that was causing the delay has claimed has now healed. So hopefully tomorrow said devise will be installed…

…then this week, hopefully back to UE4 Lyn & Soul! Go me!

Bonus Answer: It could be bigger. Much bigger! :(

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

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A late Pigtail Script: I want to apologize for getting wee bit over zealous with my passion for the first bit there. One thing this entire pandemic has done is renewed my interest in electron music to a degree I haven’t seen since my first foray into the warehouse party scene back in the day. More so this time, as I’m more interested in how it’s created versus just playing it (hence, the Superbooth business). And as well, it’s connections to the gaming industry (including MMO’s) are very apparent.

That said, I do understand what is my passion is not yours. So if I am going over the top with it, feel free to tug the as for mentioned appendages to remind of such and my place here. As I don’t want to drive folks away from it too!

Thank you for understanding. /bows

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Edit/Erratum: …renewed my interest in electronic* music…proper.

Update: My new 2T hard drive appears to be successfully installed! Go me again! <3

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Warframe Plague Star event content was surprisingly easy, even all by myself. I’ve already earned all the rewards I care about, so that leaves Night Wave missions I guess…

Bonus: I’m with Fisty on the joys of home ownership. Suddenly smelled a weird, burned-something odor last night and surmise it’s an electrical motor in our aged cooling system. Really dreading outsiders in our home during the Plague to repair/replace anything.

BTW, the phone illustrated doesn’t look capable of taking, storing, or displaying photos…

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I played Last Epoch to the endgame and started running Monolith Echoes which are kinda/sorta like POE maps. There are some required boss fights to advance to the next tier areas that make you do scripted line dancing aka “mechanics” like MMO dungeons….so I am done with that…not my thing.

I logged into Blade & Soul and did what I usually do there. Play with the settings and look at the cash shop for a while trying to figure out how P2W it is and deciding that if I have to think about it, then it is not worth the time.

B&S pushed this new pet peeve into my mind: Cash shops that push items at you with little to no explanation of what they are. Bundled kits with no explanation of the items contained within. Having to do google searches to find out what it even is you want me to hand my convoluted money tokens over for is a hard sale…..I have these $tokens (which I have no idea how I even acquired in this case), I want to give them to you and play your game and I ended up doing neither.

Books: I finished books 2 & 3 of the Rain Wild Chronicles quartet and started on the last one.

Bonus: For now I’m going to go with carpet that needs to be replaced. I’m still figuring out things about the place I just wondered into. 7 weeks ago I showed up to this area I have never been to and I have since purchased a property and almost finished with all the mundane things that go along with that -new Driver’s License on Monday….hopefully…getting that appointment was similar to working your way around a server queue – clicking, refreshing, & luck !!!

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PoE and Battletech. Or maybe Battletech and PoE.

Bonus: The water pressure is lousy.

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At the start of the week I took a break from SWTOR to wait for a serious bug to get patched (and it was, kinda, sorta…no, not really). I spent the free time pushing hard for the last levels I needed in American Truck Simulator to max out my Kenworth. Full sleeper cab, 600hp, 300 gal. fuel tank, zooms up steep grades like they’re nothing, and surprisingly maneuverable. Oh, they grow so fast *sniff*.

Have a nice weekend!

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I was playing ARG version today when this ass hat came driving up the one way road to get out of the plaza.

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Hope you informed him of his mistake and laughed at his idiocy. People love that.

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Yes, then I messaged his company on Facebook with the pictures, I’ll call them during normal business hours on Monday.

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Fisty

Meh, that’s different. Snitches get stitches.

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Dude made me back out into oncoming traffic, lucky I didn’t get rear ended, he gets what he deserves.

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Had a similar experience with a fellow driving a sewage pump truck against the traffic arrows, straight toward me while I was trying to find parking at work. He kept repeating that he needed to get next to a line of portable toilets at a construction site and empty them, and that I had to reverse out of the way.

My annoyance was tempered by the fact that he literally had a shittier job by far…