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Welcome to EGM’s Weekend Play, a weekly account of what games the editors of EGM are currently playing, and an open conversation with you, the reader, about what you’ve been playing.

So, check out what we’re playing below, and then chime in with your own choices for weekend gaming in the comments.

When I said in our last installment of Weekend Play that I?d probably still be deep into Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker, well, I was right?because that?s indeed my plan for the weekend when it comes to gaming.

I probably shouldn’t play anything else, since I need to get that done for work, but I know that I?ll inevitably find a few minutes to sit down with one of the most ridiculous things I?ve been addicted to this week: Agar.io. Playable at that URL (http://agar.io), it?s a really simple little game: you start off as a tiny blob, you eat pellets to grow bigger, and if you?re larger in size than another player, you can eat them to greatly increase your mass. Of course, other players who are bigger than you will be looking to feed on you?resulting in a frantic game of cat-and-mouse as you play both the hunter and the hunted. It?s a super simple, free web-based game, but there?s a joy and pleasure I take from its simplicity. And its free-ness.

And just like that, a streak has ended. Etrian Mystery Dungeon is no more. Really, I do it to honor one Hunter “Crazy Eyes” Pence, whose own consecutive games-played streak came to a cruel end this spring with a fractured forearm. I simply couldn’t bear to continue my own streak while my favorite baseball player saw his dream shattered by forces outside his control. So, this weekend, it’s MLB 15: The Show–games are an escape, after all, and I need one the way the San Francisco Giants’ season has unfolded so far.

I’ll most likely be playing “How much sleep can I catch up on?” this weekend, since I really haven’t been feeling particularly well and haven’t had a weekend to just lounge about in a few weeks. Plus there isn’t much in the way of new stuff right now. In honor of the second round of the ongoing NHL Playoffs about to start, though, if I do pop a disc into a system, it’ll probably be NHL 15?we all know I’m obsessed with hockey.

Most of my real-life first round predictions came to pass, with the Lightning, Capitals, Ducks, Blackhawks, and my beloved Rangers all advancing as predicted. How Minnesota and Calgary trounced their first round opponents was a bit shocking, but the fact my upset pick of Ottawa over Montreal didn’t come to pass isn’t terribly heartbreaking. After all, it was an “upset pick.” My thoughts on Round Two? Chicago over Minnesota, Anaheim over Calgary, Lightning over Canadiens (upset pick), and Rangers over Capitals. Let’s go Rangers!

I was at a loss for what to play this weekend, so I polled the rest of EGM for suggestions?specifically of an older game I might have missed out on. After Chris suggested Shining Force II four times, the group consensus ended up on Gunstar Heroes. I’ve heard the name before, but I’ve got no real quick what the actual game looks or plays like beyond a quick Google search just now. All I’ve learned from that is that everyone has enormous heads and the first boss fight appears to be against Kim Jong-Un. Needless to say, I’m super excited.

Recommending that Josh play Shining Force II might not have convinced the young bull to lose himself in the Sega Genesis strategy-RPG that sealed the deal as far as my Gamer Status goes (not to mention my interest in writing and storytelling), but bringing it up has compelled me to return to my roots and rediscover what is arguably the most formative gaming experience of my life. So much of Shining Force II has informed or shaped my early interests in spinning yarn, and even to this day I try to slip in a reference, nod, or wink to Bowie and the Gang whenever possible.

I’ll admit it, I’ve become hooked on Star Wars: The Old Republic again. I know, I know?it should never have happened. I shouldn’t have had that one quick hit last week, but I did, and now I’ve been sucked back in. Those seven free days of game time have quickly transformed into 60, so this weekend I’ll be heading off to Ziost to check out The Old Republic‘s newest planet. Sadly, from what I’ve read, this new planet amounts to around 30 minutes of gameplay, but BioWare has promised that the rest of the planet will unlock on May 4, alongside 12x XP. As a result, the majority of my time this weekend will be spent getting back into PvP and working out on the gear treadmill.

Project Cars is out next week, though, so I’ll actually have something new to play.

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Weekend Play: Age of Umpires

Welcome to EGM's Weekend Play, a weekly account of what games the editors of EGM are currently playing, and an open conversation with you, the reader, about what you've been playing.

By EGM Staff | 05/1/2015 07:00 PM PT

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Welcome to EGM’s Weekend Play, a weekly account of what games the editors of EGM are currently playing, and an open conversation with you, the reader, about what you’ve been playing.

So, check out what we’re playing below, and then chime in with your own choices for weekend gaming in the comments.

When I said in our last installment of Weekend Play that I?d probably still be deep into Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker, well, I was right?because that?s indeed my plan for the weekend when it comes to gaming.

I probably shouldn’t play anything else, since I need to get that done for work, but I know that I?ll inevitably find a few minutes to sit down with one of the most ridiculous things I?ve been addicted to this week: Agar.io. Playable at that URL (http://agar.io), it?s a really simple little game: you start off as a tiny blob, you eat pellets to grow bigger, and if you?re larger in size than another player, you can eat them to greatly increase your mass. Of course, other players who are bigger than you will be looking to feed on you?resulting in a frantic game of cat-and-mouse as you play both the hunter and the hunted. It?s a super simple, free web-based game, but there?s a joy and pleasure I take from its simplicity. And its free-ness.

And just like that, a streak has ended. Etrian Mystery Dungeon is no more. Really, I do it to honor one Hunter “Crazy Eyes” Pence, whose own consecutive games-played streak came to a cruel end this spring with a fractured forearm. I simply couldn’t bear to continue my own streak while my favorite baseball player saw his dream shattered by forces outside his control. So, this weekend, it’s MLB 15: The Show–games are an escape, after all, and I need one the way the San Francisco Giants’ season has unfolded so far.

I’ll most likely be playing “How much sleep can I catch up on?” this weekend, since I really haven’t been feeling particularly well and haven’t had a weekend to just lounge about in a few weeks. Plus there isn’t much in the way of new stuff right now. In honor of the second round of the ongoing NHL Playoffs about to start, though, if I do pop a disc into a system, it’ll probably be NHL 15?we all know I’m obsessed with hockey.

Most of my real-life first round predictions came to pass, with the Lightning, Capitals, Ducks, Blackhawks, and my beloved Rangers all advancing as predicted. How Minnesota and Calgary trounced their first round opponents was a bit shocking, but the fact my upset pick of Ottawa over Montreal didn’t come to pass isn’t terribly heartbreaking. After all, it was an “upset pick.” My thoughts on Round Two? Chicago over Minnesota, Anaheim over Calgary, Lightning over Canadiens (upset pick), and Rangers over Capitals. Let’s go Rangers!

I was at a loss for what to play this weekend, so I polled the rest of EGM for suggestions?specifically of an older game I might have missed out on. After Chris suggested Shining Force II four times, the group consensus ended up on Gunstar Heroes. I’ve heard the name before, but I’ve got no real quick what the actual game looks or plays like beyond a quick Google search just now. All I’ve learned from that is that everyone has enormous heads and the first boss fight appears to be against Kim Jong-Un. Needless to say, I’m super excited.

Recommending that Josh play Shining Force II might not have convinced the young bull to lose himself in the Sega Genesis strategy-RPG that sealed the deal as far as my Gamer Status goes (not to mention my interest in writing and storytelling), but bringing it up has compelled me to return to my roots and rediscover what is arguably the most formative gaming experience of my life. So much of Shining Force II has informed or shaped my early interests in spinning yarn, and even to this day I try to slip in a reference, nod, or wink to Bowie and the Gang whenever possible.

I’ll admit it, I’ve become hooked on Star Wars: The Old Republic again. I know, I know?it should never have happened. I shouldn’t have had that one quick hit last week, but I did, and now I’ve been sucked back in. Those seven free days of game time have quickly transformed into 60, so this weekend I’ll be heading off to Ziost to check out The Old Republic‘s newest planet. Sadly, from what I’ve read, this new planet amounts to around 30 minutes of gameplay, but BioWare has promised that the rest of the planet will unlock on May 4, alongside 12x XP. As a result, the majority of my time this weekend will be spent getting back into PvP and working out on the gear treadmill.

Project Cars is out next week, though, so I’ll actually have something new to play.

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