Last night didn’t exactly go as I had originally planned but what actually happened was probably better. There were a couple of things that I knew I had on my list for the evening, one of which was to run to target and attempt to find clearance valentines candy for my wife’s classroom. There are several candies that she uses in lab exercises like kisses, m&m’s and skittles. The scene in that candy aisle was just insane with random display boxes strewn everywhere and essentially everything mostly gone. We did manage to scavenge some plain old fashioned Hershey’s Kisses in valentines packaging for the 50% off discount.
Prior to going into the store I called in a take out order across the street at Baja Jack’s Burrito Shack, so we picked up our orders… for me a steak fajita quesadilla and for my wife steak fajita nacho platter. I flipped over to Twitch to see if anyone was streaming, and I appeared to be auto hosting Sushi so I tuned in to say hi. I finishing “nomming my tasty noms” and fired up the PS4 when almost instantly I had a party invite waiting on me. Pizza Maid was also just about to fire up her stream and was looking for people to hang out while doing so. So I joined her, SitaDulip, Misiek, and a very drunk Welsh Fox and Wolfy in chat and prepared for an evening of delightful nonsense.
One of the main reasons why Monster Hunter World has been scratching my MMO itch is for nights like last night. While we lost Fox and Wolfy pretty early because they decided they were a little too sauced to be on a stream… we had this great night of just wandering around and doing random stuff. Sure I wasn’t necessarily moving my quest chain forward, but I was still having a lot of fun knocking out random stuff… some of it low rank and some of it high rank. It was this furious blend of investigations, optional quests, and arena missions and a heck of a lot of fun.
I think the only high rank monster we actually took down was a Pukei Pukei at the very end of the night when the stream had whittled down to just me and Pizza hanging out. The best moment of the stream however was when Pizza runs off to use the restroom only to find out that Aria her adorable asshole cat has rolled all the toilet paper off the roll. Props to stealthy for clipping this because it is an amazing conversation happening off screen… but I am chuckling along in my recognition that I have also had this thing happen. Basically it was a really fun night and if you so care to… the entire VOD of our random adventures is available.
Tonight however… I would actually like to make some progress. If that means catching Pizza up to this point in the storyline and then taking down an asshole pink Rathian together then so be it. Last night was all about hanging out with friends and tonight would be lovely if I could hang out with friends and also kill this horrible creature. The other thing I am contemplating is doing a dueling banjos stream of sorts where I am also streaming while Pizza is streaming and then posting one of those links that allows you to see the stream side by side. I will of course have to talk to her about this concept, also also I will have to figure out what PSN chat does to my streaming set up. I am not sure if it is going to be a horribly echoy experience for my viewers.
Regardless if we take down a Pink Rathian or not I would love to engage in some high rank hunt nonsense. Right now I have a handful of pools of people that I have been actively playing with and only time will tell tonight who I end up grouped up with. Regardless though Monster Hunter is feeling like and MMORPG to me in spite of it not really being one. It feels like I am doing all of these epic boss fights with friends and I guess at the end of the day… that was my most important requirement for MMO grouping. I had wished Destiny 2 would feel like this, but for whatever reason the magic sauce just wasn’t there as strongly this time. With Monster Hunter it is all brand new to me having never really gained traction in the series, and with Destiny 2… I just kept thinking about all of the awesome things we had to give up from the first game.