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WRUP: We wish we were playing...


...Mass Effect Online? World of Grim Fandango? So why aren't we? Well, just for a start, they don't exist. And, while we can daydream up our favorite games in newer, better formats, what we're playing this weekend has to stay within the realm of reality. So what is the team playing this weekend? And what's their I-wish-I-could-play MMO? Well, you're simply going to have to keep reading to find out. (And if you don't care about what we're doing? Well, you can always tell us what you're doing.)

  • Adam Holisky (@adamholisky): Running a few raids with my hunter. If any IP were to become an MMO, I'd have to root for Dune. I think one day we'll see it, and when we do hopefully it'll be done right without the common failings of modern single-serving MMOs. I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
  • Alex Ziebart (@AlexZiebart): My answer to both of these questions is Mass Effect. I am starting to realize my answer to every question ever is going to be Mass Effect.
  • Allison Robert (@AllisonRobert): Heading deeper into heroic ICC-10 with my Sunday 10-man team, and finishing off the Elders for Horde reputation. As for other properties that would make good MMO's, I confess I have no idea, but I sure would like to see a sequel or update to the old LucasArts adventure games Day of the Tentacle and Grim Fandango.
  • Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey): Cursing the existing of WCIII. The sweet, addictive existence of it. ...and finishing off the night elf campaign. Also working on and hopefully dropped Sindragosa on Sunday, and of course, writing! Oh man. Okay, let's see. A Discworld MMO. A Dragonriders of Pern MMO. A Star Trek MM...oh wait. ( better be good, that's all I'm sayin about that.) Oh oh oh -- and a Monkey Island MMO. Because you fight like a dairy farmer.
  • Amy Schley (@wowlawbringer): Saturday: The Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam, followed by adult beverages. I would love to see Weber's Honorverse or Pratchett's Discworld as MMOs.
  • Basil Berntsen (@outdps): This weekend I'm going to catch up on the ridiculous amount of crafting I have been too busy to do. I totally second a Chrono Trigger MMO!
  • Christian Belt (@ihatewarlocks): I will be playing the game where I go to work, then I come home and sleep, then I go to work again, then I come home and sleep. It's super fun, except for the part where it sucks your will to live until you pray for the sweet embrace of death to free you from your life of endless drudgery. Oh, and I might fit in some time for leveling my baby warrior. I'd kill to see an MMO set in the world of Krynn, the setting for the old Dragonlance books. I desperately, desperately want to roll a Kender thief.
  • Chase Christian (@madsushi): Going to be making some gold by selling Ulduar achievements, and playing some more of the StarCraft 2 beta. I'm with Adam, I always thought a Dune MMO would rule. You could have a lot of different roles and a lot of depth to the game, with an economy system similar to how EVE works yet with more than just "fly your spaceship around and mine rocks."
  • Dan O'Halloran: LotRO Volume III Book 1 epic quest line as well as finally being able to solo the rest of the Volume I epic quest line. Still playing Plants vs Zombies on the iPhone and just downloaded Final Fantasy I (yes, the very first one) app as well. MMO world I'd love to see? Oh frell, I'd have have to say Farscape!
  • Daniel Whitcomb (@danielwhitcomb): I'll be working on my Sentinel Paragon playthrough of Mass Effect 2, and maybe doing some more Loremaster work on my death knight. As you might have guessed, I would kill for a Mass Effect MMO. BioWare is wasting their talent on Star Wars. Wasting I tell you!
  • Dawn Moore (@wowdawn): When I'm not writing I'll be venturing into Heroes of Newerth for the first time. I would like to see a Chrono Trigger or Eberron MMO.
  • Elizabeth Harper (@faience): Taking a break from my third playthrough of Mass Effect 2 to try another BioWare game: Dragon Age. As for an MMO, I just have to jump on the bandwagon and say Mass Effect.
  • Elizabeth Wachowski (@leeatwaterlives): I'm at work this weekend, so I'll probably be playing Torchlight on the laptop and Final Fantasy VI on the DS.
  • Eliah Hecht (@eliah): I'm buying Dragon Age as soon as I get home tonight, so I suspect there will be quite a lot of that. For MMO, I'm going to say either Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo or Dance Dance Revolution.
  • Fox Van Allen (@foxvanallen): My weekly ten-man raid cleared up through Dreamwalker, so we're going for Sindragosa and the Lich King this Saturday -- wish us luck. Aside from that, there will be drinking with the new roommate, shoddy attempts at Mario Karting, and plenty of trashy movies via Netflix. As for the MMO question... Wild Arms. It was a way underrated series that was loads of fun (at least the early games were). And it didn't even make me feel like a dirty steampunk'r. It'd be a fun universe to quest in.
  • Gregg Reece: My plans are up in the air. I might be going to get a used piano tomorrow if I can find people to help me load it onto and off of the truck. Also, my pregnant wife was due this past Tuesday, so we're currently on baby watch in the event she goes into labor. If all else fails, I'll be raiding ICC on Sunday.
  • Joe Perez (@Lodurzj): Spending time getting ready for Putricide 25 take-down Monday and breaking out the Ghostbusters game for another play through while trying to perfect my Terran build in SC2. I would love to see the Dresden Files done as an MMO. It is an interesting world from Jim Butcher that I think would make for a great game
  • Kelly Aarons (@Cadistra): Comics, and enjoying my Elder title. Saving up for my last piece of T9. As for a new MMO idea, I'm with Lisa -- A World of Darkness MMO? Yes please!
  • Lisa Poisso (@emused): Dungeon diving with my husband on a new set of characters. We're doing the Loremaster and Explorer achievements as we go, so it's very slow and methodical and relaxed and silly. As for what IP I wish were an MMO, I'm still waiting on a White Wolf MMO.
  • Matt Low (@matticus): Approaching the Lich King finally. Might do a few hard modes in older instances for kicks. But those will come after tomorrow's Magic: the Gathering tournament during the day (really showing off my geekiness now with that admission :\). Those of you curious, I'll be running UW control. As for what IP I'd like to see converted to an MMO, it'd have to be my beloved Stargate franchise. They cancelled the MMO and I was looking quite forward to playing as SG-87 team leader (or something).
  • Mathew McCurley (@gomatgo): Busy busy weekend. I'll be playing Dragon Age since I haven't gotten through it yet. I'd love to see a Mass Effect MMO, of course.
  • Matthew Rossi (@matthewwrossi): Gonna spend some time focusing on my shaman. I think. I think the Black Company series would make an interesting dark and gritty MMO. Merc companies instead of guilds, and getting paid to do the things you do instead of just doing them. I'd also like White Wolf to get off their collective butts and license Exalted, as an MMO where I start at first level as a reincarnated demigod with a nine and a half foot long sword and several moves that can kill 20 people at once would really work for me.
  • Michael Sacco (@mikesacco): Playing the new Borderlands DLC, working on design docs, writing. I'd like to play a Lovecraftian MMO, which is why I'm awaiting The Secret World with some trepidation.
  • Rich Maloy (@stoneybaby): My cousin is coming into town from PSU for her spring break so we'll be doing lots of touristy stuff, eating and drinking well. I'd like to see Codex Alera (Jim Butcher) turned into an MMO.
  • Zach Yonzon (@Battlemasters): An important basketball game on Saturday morning to kick off the weekend, followed by leveling my original toon, a rogue who has been languishing on our first server (writing this week's The Art of War(craft) made me long for my roguish days of yore). Either to level seriously or familiarize myself for a future goblin character. While watching Tim Burton's take on Lewis Carroll's world last night, the very thoughts that were running through my head were, "this would make one hell of a trippy MMO!" After all, we're all mad here, aren't we? Addendum: It turns out the copyright to Lewis Carroll's works including John Tenniel's illustrations have all lapsed. So hey... enterprising programmers, there's an idea.
And so now, dear readers, it's your turn -- what are you up to in game (any game) this weekend? And if you want to jump in on the larger conversation, what world out there do you wish were an MMO?

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