September 16, 2022
Hello! Welcome back to our regular feature where we write a little about some of the games we’ve been playing over the past few days. This time: laundry, guild trouble and a return to hell.
If you want to check out some of the older versions of What We’ve Been Playing, here’s our archive.
Arcade Paradise, PS5
Obviously, I’m drawn to doing mundane things. Maybe I’m inherently boring. I can’t get enough of tidying up, though, or folding someone’s clothes or doing their laundry. Or clean the toilet, and I never thought I’d write that. And I know that’s not really the point of Arcade Paradise – it’s all about growing an arcade from behind – but it’s the simple half of the game in the washing machine that really balances me and the game out. Beautiful monotony – something to gently lull a restless mind and occupy my hands.
Plus, mundane tasks aren’t really mundane, not like they are in real life. They are gamified. So when you’re collecting gum, a small power meter fills and empties quickly, challenging you to stop it at the optimal moment for the most pulling power. When you take out the bins, something similar happens. when you clean the toilet something similar. The game permeates everything you do, even washing someone’s underwear. So while it all looks mundane – and that’s half the charm, I believe – it’s secretly the same thing as playing the arcade cabinets from behind. Net!
Warhammer 40,000: Tacticus, Android
On Wednesday morning this week I started Warhammer 40,000: Tacticus as normal and almost cried. I had been kicked out of my guild.
These are not my words either. The game actually displayed a message saying “you’ve been kicked out of your guild”. I was shocked, at first, then confused. Why did they do this? I hadn’t spoken to anyone in the guild, called the Black Legion, since I joined a month ago when the game launched (more here if you’re wondering why I started playing). I had contributed. When other players requested in-game items, I would gift them. I played every day. I took on every boss in Guild Raid mode. I even joined the discord server the guild leader had set up.
The discord! Surely that was wrong. Surely someone had accidentally pushed a button somewhere. All I had to do was go to our guild’s discord and ask what had happened.
I too had escaped the discord.
My confusion quickly turned to anger. At least tell me I’m being kicked out before I’m kicked out. Cowards!
Was it something I said? My only communication in the guild chat was to agree that the last PvP event was not great due to a lack of group variety. Doesn’t sound controversial to me. I did not speak in discord – why should I? In the bleak darkness of the far future, there is only war – no small talk.
Was the Black Legion carrying me? I assume. Had they raised the minimum power level? It’s now set to the 22nd (I looked at my previous team in the game to check – maybe they had deleted the guild?). I’m power level 20. Nice. Still, tell me first?
I was surprised to find myself feeling sad about it all. At the time I was unceremoniously kicked from the Black Legion, we had a guild raid position of 18. There are thousands of guilds on the leaderboard. We were one of the best guilds in the game.
It was pretty cool to be on a top video game team. Members raved about the Warhammer 40,000 tabletop and shared photos of their models in our discussion. There was the occasional tactic debate – which item is best for this character? How will we defeat this incredibly tough boss? Something like that. And the rewards were great, because we were strong enough as a team to defeat high-level enemies. Now, it’s all gone. Exactly. Without explanation.
As I write this, it has been two days since I was kicked out of the Black Legion. I almost quit the game because of what happened, but I’ve come to terms with it, I think. I have joined a new guild called the Sons of Sanguinius. Minimum power level one. Maybe starting over as one of the good guys is what I need right now.
Hmm. The discord invite link is still on the Black Legion in-game guild page. Maybe I’ll pop my head in and see if they told me why I was kicked out…
I consider myself a bit like Nintendo. Not because I’m worth billions of dollars (I’m priceless, actually), but because I’m usually slow to jump on anything that’s hot or trending.
That’s why I’m playing Hades for the first time and I’m optimistic. This is an absolute “just one more run” game for me, and when I check the clock, I’ve spent four hours hacking the Underworld and praying I don’t fall into the Tisiphone.
The gameplay loop is addictive and there are so many different combinations of weapons, trinkets and perks that it guarantees experimentation on every run. The art style is great and the music is also fantastic. I’m a hottie for hot Greek gods and I’m not ashamed of it, okay?
I still have a long way to go with Hades – so far I’ve only managed to get out of the Underworld in 3 Heats, but I’m not complaining about having to spend more time on this game. As Zagreus repeats his loop to surface, I find myself falling more and more in love with Hades.