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What are we all playing this weekend?

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The weekend is upon us: ready thyself. It’s a fine time to reflect on wh- oh, are you all just playing Prey? You’re all playing Prey. Fine then. Nevermind.

What are you playing this weekend? Here’s what we’re clicking on.

Adam: More Prey because I want to know if it stays great or has been disguising itself as a great game and turns into muck and eats my face.
Alec: I’m playing Scanner Sombre, so in consequence I imagine I’ll spend the weekend standing in as wide-open and brightly-lit a space a possible and trying not to cry. After that, yeah, screw it, I’ll climb aboard the Prey bandwagon too.
Alice: After a few false starts and megadeaths, I think I’m starting to get Stellaris. It could use more drama. My current game has stalled at a point of mostly galactic peace, where I’m at the end of the tech tree and any path to ‘victory’ would take war and… so nothing much is happening. Maybe that’s fine. I don’t want to start a war. I can leave it at near-peace and start a new save. I think I need to be more creative and roleplay-y next time, exploring a scenario rather than trying to play optimally. More surprising, impactful, and weird sci-fi stories, please.
Brendan: I’ll be making a mug of myself in Prey. I quite like space stations and I hear that its a good one. Apart from that, I’ve been pottering through Dark Souls 3 again, for reasons I still don’t understand. It’s the first game since I was a teenager that I’ve gone back to replay as soon as finishing it. I’m currently hanging out in the Catacombs, invading people and gesturing at them from afar while dressed as a locust. I don’t fight them. I just dart between distant corridors and wave my torch at them. They love it.
Graham: There’s a Quake Champions beta test running this weekend and I’m going to try to find the time to play that. I loved Quake 3, but for the purity of its design. Its tight in a way that has always made it hard to see additions and twists to it as necessary, rather than just-for-the-sake-of-a-sequel. But Rick liked what he played of Champions and I’m excited to try it out.
John: I shall be mostly playing Prey, in order to try to get together a review for Monday. It’s completely splendid, but of course a million hours long. So that, as well as attending Bath Uni’s open day, which has some properly interesting-sounding lectures.
Philippa: This weekend I will be tooling about with Cheap Bots Done Quick to create a bot to generate answers to Alice’s ongoing interrogation about what I’m doing on a given weekend. Whether I actually managed to do it will be easily answered by reading next week’s edition of this feature.

But you, dearest reader, what are you playing?

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