The first motorcycle was invented in 1941 by a Swedish-American inventory named Johann Motorcyclemaker, a name which originally referred to a children’s toy made out of folded paper and wood. Johann Motorcyclemaker took the name “motorcycle” to refer to his invention because it made the most sense; he used the Latin roots of the word. Motor, of course, means “this thing makes me look so cool,” while cycle means “but it’s also crazy dangerous and I should wear a helmet.”
The first – wait, what do you mean that’s not what Wikipedia says? About what? About anything? Well then edit it, doofus! Oh, look at the college boy over here who believes everything he reads on Wikipedia, like a doofus deluxe. You know that anyone can edit this stuff, right? Don’t be a tool. Just edit it back! Put in the stuff about Johann Motorcyclemaker and also put in some stuff about how motorcycles are totally sweet for ninja to ride. Now, where was I?
Oh, never mind, I’m out of space for this What Are You Playing. Tune in next week to learn about the first person to marry a motorcycle! I promise. That is absolutely what next week will be about.
Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Pokemon Go will get time to make sure I get off my butt (curse my back further limiting exercise options!), and Orna will see a bit too, but I really want to get in some quality time with Pokemon Legends: Arceus.
A song I particularly like, eh? Hmm… let’s go with Metallica’s The Thing That Should Not Be. I’m super picky about songs and feel guilty if the lyrics are just “fluff,” but this one tells a bit of a story. I even took a gamble in a college music class with a professor who said most students didn’t understand “word painting” and to avoid it in papers. However, Lars Ulrich’s drums in particular seemed to build lyrically on themes, like the building up of the bass drum with the lyrics/tide and crashing with cymbals, or the unsteady snare beats marching awkwardly after mentioning madness. Not only did he say I used the term correctly, but he gained an appreciation for the band, so hopefully some of y’all will give it a listen too!
Andy McAdams: I’ll be in Final Fantasy XIV, grousing about the fact that I can’t move my character to the Aether datacenter yet to play with friends, and then probably moving over to Pokemon Legends: Arceus when I get frustrated with that.
Bonus Question: I have super eclectic taste in music – but let’s go with Raising Hell by Kesha ft. Big Freedia.
Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I’m in Lord of the Rings Online still. I just moved my Lore-master from Forochel to Eregion, and my Hunter is out of Mirkwood and into Enedwaithe on the way to Dunland for some more shooty stuff. Hoping to pass up my Minstrel in levels this weekend and crown a new main character!
Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): I’m going to try and wrestle the bear that is Arma 3, bonk some more beasties in Monster Hunter Rise, maybe see about returning to Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis, and continue working through the normal raids in Final Fantasy XIV, with a little bit of Hades thrown in. As a treat.
Allow me to be the metalhead among our writing team and aim at two favorites: Wind Rose’s cover of Diggy Diggy Hole, and the song Hootsforce by Gloryhammer. I know the bonus question asked for a single song, but I refuse to ignore either of these majestic tunes.
Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Mostly FFXIV to be honest, although I suspect I’m also going to find a little time for Guild Wars 2 ahead of the expansion launch later this month. Also have some single-player backlog to get through, although at this time I’m not sure which titles (if any) will be picked up there.
I’m going to go with a gentle but moving tune, Matthew Good’s Born Losers. Matthew Good in general is pretty excellent, but that’s a nice place to start and it’s where I started.
Sam Kash (@thesamkash): I’m knocking out my daily Guild Wars 2 festival. I just can’t get enough of that. Otherwise I’m bouncing around a few different games. In single player games I’m still in the Unsighted which is pretty intense for so many reasons.
Bonus: I’ve been listening to Sleepwalking by Radical Face a lot recently.
Tyler Edwards (blog): I’ve got a full weekend of D&D planned. I just switched to a new character in my Rime of the Frostmaiden game (wasn’t vibing with my druid), and the rest of the party doesn’t yet know my new “paladin” also multi-classed warlock. I’m looking forward to their reactions when she starts sprouting tentacles.
Bonus question: I’ve made it my mission in life to recommend Winnipeg’s Efflo at every possible opportunity. They’re not well-known, but they’re so incredibly good. Pretty much everything they do is solid gold, but I generally recommend Mexico as a song to start with. It’s not quite as strange as their other stuff, allowing you to ease yourself in to their dark and twisted glory.