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What Are We All Playing This Weekend?

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Hello to you! Merry Saturday to one and all. You’ve likely already been visited by Saturday WAPWAPPWPPAPWAWers, wrapped up in coats and scarves and mittens going door-to-door asking their friends and neighbours what they’re playing, hoping to be invited in for sherry and a steak pie. But since we’re all one big virtual neighbourhood here, tell me: what are you playing this weekend? Here’s what we’re all playing:

Adam: [Adam is on holiday this week. Last we heard, he was lounging beside a pool sipping rum and cola from the polished skulls of his enemies.]
Alec: I will be playing Slayer Shock, a Buffy-inspired random-o-fps by Eldritch folk Minor Key games. I love that this guy basically chucks out an early-2000s-quality boldly imaginative action game every year, often with more than a hint of the immersive sim to it. Meanwhile we sit and wait four years for Dishonored sequels. We need more devs like this.
Alice: I had intended to play Virginia last weekend but ended up back in Deadly Premonition. These things happen. Greenvale is still one of my favourite gameplaces, and I’m happily pootling around town in my crapmobile helping residents with errands. I mean sure, it crashes at least once an hour so I stop to save at almost every telephone I see, but… it’s worth it. Things are really picking up pace so I might knock that off this weekend and THEN play Virginia. Or Devil Daggers. There’s always Devil Daggers.
Brendan: There is no Brendan. There is only Brendan’s hacker aliases as he connects to the Hackmud again. But he’ll never tell you who he is. Could he be bitdrive? 1ance1ot? sugarmonster? Any of these and more are possible. Don’t worry if you are playing the multiplayer hacking sim yourself, he won’t harm you. You won’t find all your cryptocurrency suddenly stolen by a conman called wiremigrant, for example. Or your location revealed by something you thought was an innocent script, penned by a user called n0tBr3nd4n. Don’t worry. Don’t worry.
Graham: I’m currently playing FIFA 17‘s new mode, The Journey, which wraps your matches in cutscenes and dialogue choices as you guide a single footballer from exit trial to super-stardom. It is… a compelling idea, poorly executed? I’ll have more thoughts on Monday when I’m done playing.
John: This weekend I’m hoping to play Burly Men At Sea, which I’ve downloaded to my electronic telephone. It’s the cool new way. But I also fancy a weekend off games, really. We might well be taking the boy to a Lego thing in Swindon on Saturday, which won’t be a game. And perhaps I’ll have a little time to do the crossword on Sunday. I don’t know. Why do you even need to know about my private life? What’s your problem?
Philippa: This weekend I will be playing “create a fancy dress costume at the last minute and hope it holds up to scrutiny/beer”. I might also be alternating between board games and Destiny if I’m feeling a bit fragile on Sunday. If not I will be playing “going for a nice walk in the countryside”.

But you, dearest reader, what are you playing?

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