You think you’re better than me? You’re not better than me. Just because you’ve never been tasered by cops, spent a night in prison, spent a second night in prison after kicking a cop in the shins when she let you out because you were only in to sleep off a drunk charge, spent a third unrelated night in prison when you drove your car through the front door of the police station because you thought it was in reverse, been beaten in a fist-fight by a seven-year old, lost a job due to wearing your “Fart If You’re Able” t-shirt to a formal meeting, gotten thrown out of Applebee’s, gotten banned from entering any and all CVS pharmacies in the tri-county area, had your pants legally declared a public disaster site…
Huh. What were we talking about again? I lost track. Anyway, what are you playing?
Bonus question: Are there any stores you like to visit even when you don’t intend to buy anything there?
Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): The exercise games will still see some action, but mostly Splatoon 3! I’m bummed my progress had stalled in Monster Hunter Rise due to people refusing to stay alive, but it’s much easier to expect that in Splatoon. Already been having a blast, but as always with sea-critter themed games, will need seafood this weekend.
Oh man, I am a master window shopper. I don’t do book stores so much anymore, as most of the books that I want tend to be rare and more academic, but if I see a music store, games (board, digital, or card), pop culture junk store, I’ll pop in if I have time. Book-off (which feels like it’s 75% books max in the US) is a big guilty pleasure.
Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Definitely going to play a bit of Lord of the Rings Online, and apparently we’ve got some neighborhood houses what need blowin’ up in Star Wars Galaxies Legends.
I absolutely loved aimless window-shopping in the before-times. You just can’t beat a musty bookstore or Ikea showroom.
Carlo Lacsina (@UltraMudkipEX, YouTube, Twitch): I recently bought Pokemon Sword. I’ve never actually beaten any of the games, and the only game in the series I put significant time in was the original blue version. I’m having a ton of fun with it! I just raised a Magikarp to a Gyarados too and I just now see the appeal to the game. I don’t consider myself a fan by any means, but after I’m done with this game, I think I’ll purchase one of the new Pokemon games when they release in November.
As for a favorite store, board game stores and independent video game stores. I’m also a huge fan of going to any arcades that feature vintage arcade machines!
Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): Final Fantasy XIV will be a primary feature once again, along with some possible Guild Wars 2 focus and maybe a return to Star Trek Online once again. That one feels tenuous at best, though.
There are a few stores I love to just visit and vibe in, like the local tabletop store, a retro game store, and at least one or two metaphysical shops. Also, my husband and I love going to a Yankee Candle and sniffing up all the candles.
Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): FFXIV has once more settled into a comfortable cadence as I let my mammets just bring me island money, so I think much of this weekend will involve doing something else instead of just going ham on that game. Not sure what, though. Maybe something single-player? I haven’t decided.
There was a store near where I lived in high school that was kind of a game store and general weird pop-culture ephemera store, something that was reasonably uncommon at the time but these days feels like an anachronism. It’s long since gone, but I could spend hours there perusing games I had never heard of, comics I didn’t know, and just generally luxuriating in the atmosphere of it.
Sam Kash (@thesamkash): It’s beginning to look a little like fall, so my gaming weekends are going to suffer. Largely due to watching some football. I’m still totally hooked on MultiVersus so I’m sure I’ll play that. I have The Elder Scrolls Online sitting in the back of my mind but it just didn’t hook me at all. I’ll give it another shot soon.
Bonus: I love going to boardgame stores. I can just browse and look at the art and check out games for hours.