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Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Two

Posted by Nintendo Life Staff

Summer gaming

Here in the sunny UK — by which we mean heavy rain and flooding — we're well into summer, a time of year when the rain has a distinctly warmer feel on the skin. We're sure that some of you live in far more temperate climes than this, but for those that don't there's always an answer — playing video games.

That's what many of our staff will be doing, and the time has come to share our weekend gaming plans for you: some are scandalously using platforms other than Nintendo, but we'll forgive them. We'd also like you to give a warm welcome to a new member of our North American writing team, Morgan Sleeper.

James Newton

Harvest Moon 3D: The Tale of Two Towns — I'm always up for some farming but now the animals and crops are in 3D (3D!!) I'm even more excited.

Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown — If this were a disc it would never leave my PS3. Incredibly deep and rewarding fighting game that, if it were on a Nintendo console, I would totally kick all your backsides at.

Tom Whitehead

Mutant Mudds — I downloaded this earlier in the week because everyone seemed to say it was fantastic, and it is. It's gloriously difficult, but as someone who likes to think that there's no platformer that can't be beaten, I'll be continuing my quest for all 40 water sprites, or whatever they are. 19 and counting...

Rayman Origins — Although I can appreciate how wonderful this game is, it's never grabbed me and made me compulsively want more. I've been chipping away at it on Wii since Christmas but now the end is in sight I plan to sit down and finish it off.

Corbie Dillard

Kid Icarus: Uprising — Finally getting a chance to play some Kid Icarus: Uprising after putting it off for so long. Looking forward to diving into this one further after only getting an hour or so on the game back when it was first released.

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz (Vita) — Imported this little beauty for the Vita and I've run through the beginner levels; so far it's been a lot of fun. I plan to spend some more time with it this weekend to try and delve further into some of the more difficult levels.

Mike Mason

Project Zero 2: Wii Edition — I'll be scaring myself witless in the name of reviewing Wii's new horror game.

Xenoblade Chronicles — The epic RPG is ever present on my play pile, might be completed one day.

Philip J Reed

Working my way through more of the puzzles in Mario's Picross, which is genuinely one of my favourite games on the 3DS VC! I'm also going to be replaying Super Mario 3D Land, because it's been just long enough since I've finished it that I can come back with fresh eyes and enjoy it all over again.

Joe Walker

Pokémon Conquest — Man oh man, is there a lot to do in this game.

Skies of Arcadia (Dreamcast) — My wife and I hooked up all of our retro consoles last weekend, so I'm finally sitting down to play through the RPG I should have played years ago.

Pokémon White Version — I'm brainstorming competitive team ideas for when Black and White 2 finally come out, and it's never too soon to start preparing!

Marcel van Duyn

Project Zero 2: Wii Edition — I got it a bit early (gotta love shops breaking their street dates!) so I'll be going through it this weekend. I never played the original, so I'm sure there'll be quite a few jumps ahead of me.

Team Fortress 2 (PC) — Just updated with a new game mode and a bunch of new weapons, the first big update since last December. I've already sunk thousands of hours into it, so a few more couldn't possibly hurt!

Ron DelVillano

I'll be spending most of my weekend with The Amazing Spider-Man and Gravity Rush. If I have time, or just need a change of pace, I might crank out some Pushmo (Pullblox) as well.

Jamie O'Neill

Shucks, the last two weeks have flown by. I ended up neglecting Jet Force Gemini and focusing upon finding all the red star rings in Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II. I also discovered a sudden urge to exercise using The Fight: Lights Out on PS3, so that game is a definite again for this weekend. Unfortunately, N64 Jet Force Gemini is likely to be ignored again, the brand new Gunlord by NG:DEV.TEAM has just arrived for my Dreamcast and side-scrolling run-and-gun games are my very favourite genre.

Morgan Sleeper

I'm on the road this week, and working on a Kirby feature for his upcoming anniversary, so I'll be packing as much of the pink crusader portable adventures into my weekend as possible with Kirby Mass Attack and Kirby Canvas Curse.

A good variety of gaming weekends planned, but what will you be playing?

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User Comments (140)



turtlelink said:

Won't be home much though I will play Dragon Quest VIII and some Virtua Fighter 5 when I get the chance!



TheConsiglio said:

I will be playing mario 3d land and kid icarus uprising. Hoping to flesh out my new points card today.



TheConsiglio said:

I will be playing mario 3d land and kid icarus uprising. Hoping to flesh out my new points card today.



RevolverLink said:

Some Wario Land 3 here and some VVVVVV there, with a little bit of OoT 3D Master Quest and possibly Kid Icarus: Uprising mixed in as well.



6ch6ris6 said:

heroes of ruin, pushmo, mighty switch force, zelda link's awakening

oh man that could get busy



Rawk_Hawk said:

My current playlist is Silent Hill 3 for the PS2, Pinball Arcade PS3 and I'm playing Paper Mario TTYD and Mario Tennis on my Wii.



NintyMan said:

I'll be playing Wario Land 4 to see if I can finally beat it, Mario Kart 7, and probably even more Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

However, I wouldn't possibly stick to just those three games as my playing habit involves playing any game at any time whenever I feel like it.



Whopper744 said:

Got too many games going on a once, but probably actually going to mainly go with Sonic Adventure DX on my Xbox 360 to get all the achievements finished....did it on the Gamecube, so I know I can get all the emblems again...and missions...may download Sonic 4 Episode 2..



SonicMaster said:

I'll be finishing the Borderlands co-op campaign with my brother, and I'll also be playing some Dragon Quest VIII and Toy Story 3.



cakeashi said:

hopefully a better go on heroes of ruin(sorry thomas) and a decent kicking for lego batman 2. And of course marvel pinball - gotta join mr.stark for a drink



BenAV said:

So far it's been all Marvel Pinball.
Might find some time for some more Heroes of Ruin and hopefully I'll be able to find myself a copy of Project Zero 2 in the morning (I would have pre-ordered, but forgot all about it).



SaSoBe said:

I'm not really in a gaming mood at the moment. Perhaps I will try to play some The World Ends With You, if I find the energy to do so. Need to finish that one before Kingdom Hearts come here. Then I'll play some Pullbox, maybe.



ZurrrrBlattTron said:

Pokemon black and white, preparing for black and white 2 >:3 Kirby super star and MAYBE just MAYBE get kid Icarus uprising ive been neglecting that game for a while cause I'm afraid I might not like it



baba_944 said:

Donkey Kong 64, stuck on Fungi Forest, on my classic N64, screw emulators, and if I have time Super Mario 3D land.



Sgt_Ludby said:

Hey James, how is Harvest Moon 3D? I didn't even know there was a 3DS version until I saw it for $20 at Walmart the other day.



Late said:

I'm going to play at least Mario's Picross, Pokémon HeartGold and Paper Mario. I'll also go shopping tomorrow so I probably pick up at least one more game to play this weekend.



Emaan said:

I'll be playing Kirby Super Star, Metroid, Super Mario Sunshine, and finally finishing The Legend of Zelda : Skyward Sword



Kyloctopus said:

Super Mario 3D Land: I will beat @Pupito's Mushroom Run
Donkey Kong Country Returns: It's hard to resist this game
Pokemon Black/SoulSilver Versions: For Poke transfering reasons, and I need to train, train, and train.



Randomname19 said:

I'm all on Rayman right now.I'm playng Rayman Origins and Rayman 3 (both for the first time).When i finish them I'll play the PC/Dreamcast/3DS version of Rayman 2(I only played the DS/N64 version) and the PC verison of Rayman 1(I played the GBA version a few years ago but I didn't finshed it).



Barbiegurl777 said:

I'm playing:

Bomb Monkey - 3dsware
Marvel Pinball - 3dsware
VVVVVV -3dsware (Yay got on sale in e-shop)
Purr Pals purrfection - 3ds
Mario Tennis - 3ds

Happy Gaming! (^_^)



FriedSquid said:

Probably a bunch of Sonic Adventure 2, Super Mario Sunshine, and Metroid Prime. It's Gamecube time, baby! Might work in some TF2, as well.



samuelduh said:

Pokemon Flora sky rom hack, Post game of pokemon conquest and some Pokemon Black!



Wheels2050 said:

I'll be jumping back into Custom Robo Arena. Hopefully I can finish the story off this weekend!

I've also been playing some Hammerfight on my laptop, which is turning out to be a fun distraction.



Nintex said:

Bomb Monkey, Tekken 3D, Kid Icarus Uprising, Mario Kart7, RE Mercenaries 3D and watching the entire seasons of TMNT from 2003 for background noise.



rjejr said:

Pikmin 2 by day (thanks Nintendo for making me wait 3 years, now I can wait another couple for Pikmin 3) and inFamous by night so I can get to 2 before my PS+ expires. Between Xbox Gold and PS+ I wonder if Nintendo is working on monetizing online.



EvilLucario said:

  • Deus Ex
  • Deus Ex: Invisible War
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Team Fortress 2
  • Vindictus
  • Far Cry 2


WiiLovePeace said:

I'll be playing Pokemon Conquest (DS), man is it a fun game Lots of strategy involved & lots to collect & manage, good times
Also I'm gonna try to complete Lost in Shadow (Wii), since I haven't completed it yet, but I'm close.



sketchturner said:

I've desperately wanted to play Shadow of the Colossus for almost 7 years and now I finally bought a PS2 so I can play it!! This will be a GOOD weekend. I'm just about to start the 3rd Colossus.



Raylax said:

Maybe Pokémon Black, in preparation for BW2. And a bit of Marvel Pinball. Although tbh I'm on a bit of a sleeper with gaming lately.



daznsaz said:

i was playing heroes of ruin,then the postman brought harvest moon 3d so playing that non stop like you do.



MrWezzle said:

Trying to get three stars on the few remaining Mario Kart 7 tracks, so I can go online and continue to troll with my CaptFalcon mii racing in the Blue 7. Nothing quite like it.



ogo79 said:

im still hacking my way through Nomolos for nes. hey, welcome to NL Morgan Sleeper! i blow all the dust off old games and play them.



goldgin said:

going on a ferry trip so radiant historia, picrossDS, loz3d, pushmo, crosswordsDS, some ace attorney maybe, or ghost trick... might start zelda minish cap again... never finished it some years ago. God knows, moods change a lot on a boat



Firejonie said:

Mario Power Tennis Wii, Kirby's Return To Dream Land, Nintendogs + Cats, Rayman Origins, Portal 2 and Team Fortress 2 for me.



Yasume said:

Don't know yet. I wanted to play Kingdom Hearts this weekend, but I just beat it an hour ago (I couldn't put it down). Now I'm thinking of playing Mega Man 5, Donkey Kong Country 3 or Super Mario World.



Expa0 said:

I was going to play Chrono Cross, which I've been hyped for since I first saw it magazines in 1999 (or something like that). And since Chrono Trigger is my favorite game of all time I was really excited to finally be able to play it. But after 5+ hours of disappointment I realize that this game just isn't doing it for me, the character growth system is stupid, the ability system is stupid and the game suffers from really major framerate drops all the time. The beatiful, colourful graphics and great music (from what I heard) are the only redeeming qualities in the game. So sadly I have to give up on playing this, my backlog is way too big to waste on games I don't enjoy.

Instead I ended up picking Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier for the DS from my backlog and so far I'm enjoying it.



Phle said:

Ah, it's weekend? I didn't realize until I saw this post (-_-')

I'm playing Nintendogs + Cats for 3DS right now, just got it a few days ago and I liked it more than I thought I would. Still need to get a cat...

Might break into The Rhythm Thief and The Emperor's Treasure, Pokémon Black (need 6-ish Pokémon before I've caught them all in Unova) and Heroes of Ruin. Tiny chance of Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure 3DS and World of Warcraft (I've paid for it after all...)



ajcismo said:

The same answer I give every week: Try and take over the world...
Ok, just Xenoblade and some sort of Zelda title I've been working on (got about 6 Zelda games going in one way or another). Waiting patiently for Last Story to be released here in 2 weeks.



CaPPa said:

This long weekend (we have Monday off here) I have Marvel Pinball (3DS), PES 2012 (3DS), Devil Survivor Overclocked (3DS), Heavy Rain (PS3), Ico (PS3), Shadow of the Colossus (PS3), DC Universe Online (PS3), Doctor Who The Eternity Clock (PS3) and Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii) all on my to play list.



Undead_terror said:

got into kirby lately from listening to music giving me nostalgia feeling and watching the anime(watching it because I got nothing else to watch),so I will no doubt be playing 3d classics kirbys adventures,kirby mass attack(and maybe some other kirby game),bomb monkey since its fun,and maybe borderlands



lanabanana said:

I'm still trying to complete Resident Evil : Revelations on Hell mode. (i got it at the beginning of the month though) . I might play MK7 online with my friends. Oh & Colors 3D & FreakyForms...



Splat said:

I would be playing Episode 2 of The Walking Dead if TellFail games didn't mess up the PS3 version.



Moshugan said:

I'm actually going to beat Super Mario Bros. Lost Levels (All-Stars version) finally! I just got to world 8-1. Man that game is hard!! I've had to use continue tens of times.
Also, it's 3DS time for me. Metroid Fusion, Mario Kart Super Circuit and Mario Land 2.



CanisWolfred said:

Ys Seven, Luigi's Mansion, and maybe Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo if I get it.

But more than likely I'll just be watching anime all weekend.



Luigi_is_better said:

I'm still playing Pushmo on and off and I'm pretty close to the end, so I'm going to try and finish that. I'm also playing the Metroid Prime Trilogy.

And welcome to Morgan Sleeper, always excited to see a new reviewer. I look forward to reading your work!



Aqueous said:

Skyward Sword, the harder mode, last flame.Metroid Fusion, Nightmare must die.
I'd add more but I find I never get to what I plan on for the most part

Good luck Morgan Sleeper.



Squirtodile said:

And also, my friend just got a 3DS and KI:U, i'll hope to play that with him. And im goign to some yard sales, so i might pick up some new games as well.



TheN64Dude said:

Mario Kart 7
Mario Tennis Open (a friend of mine just got it so I'm hopefully gonna play him)
Banjo-Tooie (N64)



Bobhobob said:

I'll be spending most of my time on Mario Kart 7, just got over 3000 VR earlier so now I'm motivated to get to 10,000!
Probably will throw in some Mighty Switch Force, Rhythm Thief demo and Rabbids: TV Party for the Wii.



Drawdler said:

I don't know this time actually. Probably a lot of Mutant Mudds. I'm stuck on the last level, and I'm working on the secret stages. Probably that and Heroes of Ruin... Maybe some Icarus... Don't feel particularly motivated to play anything else.



arrmixer said:

I'm happily playing Xenoblade this weekend and many weekends to come... thank god for Xenoblade...unfortunately don't think I can even get Last story though I pre-ordered it... maybe I'll get back to mega man 9 and chrono trigger

Either way I'm grateful to have at least my wii to get my gaming fix...



NintendoR0CK3T said:

I just got Ocarina Of Time 3D today so I'm gonna be playing that ALOT!! And I got KI:U just a few days ago too! :')



TheN64Dude said:

Mario Kart 7
Mario Tennis Open
and maybe even some Super Mario 3D Land!

Yep, it's nothing, but 3DS for me! I'm in the zone!!!



JGer said:

@expa0 Oh man, I have to tell you: Stick with it! The first five or ten hours of Chrono Cross are not good, but it gets better!

The music and overall storyline are fantastic! It gets very complicated (which is something that I enjoy) and at times, very personal. Truly one of my favorite video game experiences.

And yeah, the battle system and character growth system are pretty dumb. Just avoid the battles as best you can, since there is never really a need to "level up."

On-Topic: Civ V: Gods and Kings and The Amazing Spiderman

I'm surprised no one here plays Civ V... I cannot get enough of this game! And The Amazing Spiderman - which is a flawed game - makes a long-overdue return to the open-world format debuted in Spiderman 2 the video game. For all of its underwhelming qualities, I just cannot get enough of slinging through Manhattan and collecting useless trinkets!



pariah164 said:

In preparation for Theatrhythm... Rhythm Heaven on the DS, Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove on my 3DS, Project Diva 2nd/Extend on my PSP.



CrispyGoomba said:

Going to hit up some VVVVVV (downloaded it today) and then Pokemon Black. Possibly Minecraft or Mario Kart Wii, depending on how I feel.



Tsuchinoko said:

Sorry guys. Gonna play Monster Hunter 3G (I'm playing it really slowly for some reason), Fire Emblem Kakusei, Wario Land 3, and Prof. Layton and the Final Time Travel (I'm behind on those, I know).



DRL said:

The Amazing Spider-Man and The Walking Dead: Episode Two.



iBazly said:

Currently I am playing Diablo 2 (I'm not at home, so I don't have my desktop to play D3 on) Bomb Monkey, and the first Final Fantasy. I'm replaying some of the games in the series I've given less attention to in anticipation of Theatrhythm!



Gretski said:

I tend to do a lot of online gaming on weekends, I'll be playing online Kid Icarus Uprising and MK7.



amri_rizqi said:

still the same sega all star racing with my bros and mario kart (still with my bros, sigh)



King_Boo said:

I've been playing leaf green for that past few days, on my way to gym 4. A little bomb monkey here and there and maybe some pikmin 2.



Tasuki said:

Thinking I might play me some SM3DL and as of late I have been playing NBA Jam on the Wii so I will probably beat a few more teams this weekend.



Rekiotsu said:

I am going to finish Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn for the fourth time and other than that, I am going to play some Final Fantasy VIII.



Chrno-x said:

Most of the time I will be playing Rune Factory 3 (DS). And yesterday finally came to me Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia.



Pichuka97 said:

Socom 3 and Tony Hawks Underground for PS2. I really hope I can set up my online for PS2...



Gridatttack said:

-Pokemon white 2 (just were the current version of the translation ends)
-The dot hack games
-Atari & activision anthology. (yay for retro games)



BudrSbastig said:

Did have plans to finish resident evil rev, but now waiting for the XL, so gonna finish gravity rush, and some online tennis with mario.....(if you play against hitler or dr house its prob me)



kdognumba1 said:

Star Wars: The Old Republic and Final Fantasy Tactics A2. Maybe Minecraft if I feel up for it.



Moshugan said:

I don't know if you ever played Super Mario Bros. Lost Levels, but it's insane!
I beat world 8-4 but then Peach sayd: ''Thank you Mario, the kingdom is saved. Now let's try a more difficult quest.'' And I'm of to world A-1!



Mart2006 said:

I'll hopefully be able to finish off Grand Theft Auto III on Steam, as well as put a few more hours into Xenoblade, which I'm really starting to get in to after around fifteen hours.

On top of that, I'm finally going to buy Ridge Racer 3D, which I've been wanting to get my hands on for a decent price since launch.



photofool83 said:

VVVVVV. Thank you for the sale. This game really is worth the hype.
Bomb Monkey. This game is so much fun. The two-player modes work surprisingly well.
Mutant Mudds. I hate this game, while extremely loving it at the same time.
Pokemon Rumble Blast. This game is just a fun waste of time.
(My boyfriend is working on beating Pikmin NPC in the background.)



Moshugan said:

@Steamboat_Willie Yeah I know. The game was trolling me with a warp pipe to world 1 which I took because I'm a glutton for punishment, and that's why I didn't get to world 9.



TruenoGT said:

Cleaned up a used N64 I bought recently and will be pounding on some Excitebike 64 and Goldeneye. Maybe will finally start MGS3D also.



hendie001 said:

im kicking some r-type III, final fantay II, and then some new super mario wii with my boy : >



benandarchie said:

3D land because I haven't even completed it yet! and maybe mutant mudds if i get the chance to pick up a eshop card this weekend!



Mollutje said:

Mudds.. I've already beaten it and I'm eight levels away from doing that again.. after that I'll have to decide to either pick up heroes of ruin or to replay one of my Zelda games.



Wildfire said:

Heroes of Ruin, Legend of Zelda Link's awakening, Pullblox on the 3DS and Rocket Knight Adventures on Mega Drive (love it)!



R-L-A-George said:

I started the weekend with Bust-a-move: Universe. I may play KI:U and whatever I feel like.

On the other hand sometimes gaming escapes my mind.



Bulbousaur said:

No games for me, unfortuantely... Got a lot of coursework to do by Friday or I fail my course... I might play my new copy of GTA Chinatown Wars if I have an hour to spare, but that isn't very likely...



MeWario said:

Just completed Mutant Mudds =) now I'm in to Marvel Pinball. Never been much of a Pinballer but this is super fun!



chiefeagle02 said:

My Spanish Coach (iOS).

I'm heading down to Ecuador this August for an internship, so I need to brush up on my Spanish.



MeloMan said:

I just got through beating Metroid:Other M... I'm surprised I got through it so fast, but anyway...
I've been on a Metal Gear Solid kick as of late with me beating my first ever MGS game, Snake Eater 3D, so I'll be playing MGS:TTS that a co-worker offered to me this weekend. I'll also continue brushing up my SSB:B skills since a friend let me borrow that. Aaaaand I will continue my romp through DQIX:SotSS... the game is a battle of attrition for me, but I'm hangin' in there. 6 fyggs down.



shredmeister said:

I'm addicted to Mario Tennis Open right now. I QR'ed some new stuff on it, just found a white yoshi. Also, I put a couple hours on Mutant Mudds, good old-fashioned styled gameplay with a new twist, love it.



Dr_Salvador said:

Awesomenauts on PS3
Advanced Wars on GBA (Just got it, again, and I'm never letting go of it!
How can you play Paper Mario: TTYD on your Wii? I have tried to play my version but it never worked! (That's the main reason why I still have my GamCube, such a great game! Can't wait for Paper Mario 3DS!!!)



shredmeister said:


I just beat Rocket Knight (Adventures) last week. Tough as nails, that game is. Even on easy. Blast those limited continues!

edit: Rocket Knight/Sparkster/Adventures titles are a bit confusing as there are 4 individual and unique games with similar titles. Had to make sure I had the proper title. Yes, I meant the one for Genesis/Megadrive not the current XBox 360 Arcade / PSN game. But I can't wait to try that one out.



CosmoXY said:

Didn't have much game time this weekend, but did get to play some Pokémon LeafGreen. Fun to get the ol' GBA out once in a while.



RetroGBHippie92 said:

I'm playing Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness, I played the first, Blue Rescue Team and This game is pretty much the same except for the story and the additional pokemon from the 4th generation. So what happened to us getting those Wiiware Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games?? It seems japan got them, but everyone missed out, and for once I was actually excited for a Wiiware game, I currently don't own any on my Wii. Anyway, thinking of getting Heroes of Ruin, can anyone recommend it? is it a must-buy? I need an RPG on my 3DS, Heroes of Ruin or Tales of the abyss?



SaSoBe said:

@RetroGBHippie92 I really recommend Tales of the Abyss, if you haven't played it before. Such an awesome game, way better than Heroes of Ruin (even though that game is rather nice, as well).

And I just finished The World Ends With You, so now I have no idea what to play. I'm kind of stuck at a certain stage in Pullbox, so I don't want to play that right now. Perhaps I will pick up Metroid Prime Trilogy again...



Tomires said:

Wow, that sure is a lot of Borderlands action. Finished my co-op playthrough earlier this week (PC), now we're doing the 'The Secret Armory of General Knoxx' DLC.

In other news, I finally bought a 3DS (the hot Zelda LE one, yum) - I bit the bullet and decided the XL is way too huge to carry around - wasn't a huge fan of the DSi XL either. So my game list prior to Steam sales looks like this:

3DS: TLoZ: OoT 3D + Super Mario 3D Land
360: Halo CE: Anniversary + Final Fantasy XIII
PC: Dead Space + Dota 2

My backlog:



SomeBitTripFan said:

-Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn since I haven't finished it due to all my other RPG games getting in the way (Xenoblade, Tales of the Abyss, and Paper Mario:TTYD)
-Tales of the Abyss replay because even though I already beat it I NEED MORE.
I might grab Pikmin 2 today now that I know Fire Emblem: Awakening is coming next year.



RetroGBHippie92 said:

I bet Mutant Mudds during the weekend, boy the last few stages were hard as f**k. I'm listening to the OST now, man it's beautiful.



Odnetnin said:

@PixelatedPixie I'd be surprised if you saw this, but it is amazingly fun. I'll be making a thread about it when I have time if you want more deets (does anyone still say that?).

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