I’m escaping into outer space at the end of this week

I’m ready to play a game.

It’s the end of my first full week of classes, and I need to unwind, so let’s explore strange new worlds on Friday evening. I’m thinking we’ll just take off in our starships from this location in Euclid to a nearby unexplored system and investigate whatever planets we can find…or kill pirates or strafe the surface, if you want to go that way. If you’ve got the game, you know how to use those mysterious glyphs to teleport to a planet I’ll be hanging out on at the beginning. If anyone else shows up, we can talk about what we should do, otherwise I’ll just zoom out alone into the void.

There are rumors of a big new update coming along at some time in the future, so if that drops on Friday or earlier, I’ll obviously have to change my plans.


  1. Rob Grigjanis says

    Is “a Marathon reference” a reference to the Greek-Persian battle in 490 BCE?

  2. says

    Yes. It’s a phrase the Plataean spearmen shouted as they marched against the Persians. It was terrifying.

    Bungie just stole it for their silly video game.

  3. killyosaur says

    I haven’t really gotten into No Man’s Sky, my current “mindless” game is Dyson Sphere Program which is, from what I’ve read, basically Factorio but in space and minus the enemy attacks. It’s pretty fun. Otherwise I just started Psychonauts 2

  4. says

    @4 I’ve been playing the hell out of Psychonauts 2. 16 years in the making and delivers 100%. I’m close to the end and I’m hoping there’s a new game + feature because the next thing I’m going to do is play it again.

  5. PaulBC says

    Computer games? My new (free) hobby is making tessellation puzzles in Inkscape and pricing them as laser cuts on various materials on Ponoko. My new (expensive) hobby is actually ordering them (it’s also a lot slower since I’m not paying to expedite the order). I guess I could say I prefer escaping into combinatorial space. I pride myself on being an outcast even among nerds.

    (I did used to like Civilization, but that was a long time ago.)

  6. Alt-X says

    Just finished Resident Evil 8. Really good, but god damn I’ve aged like 5yrs playing it. I’ve tried No Mans Sky a few times, but after I get the ship working, I’m like, well now what? I started playing Elite Dangerous, but hit the same thing :(. I didn’t know they added multiplayer and those glyphs things. Probably need to grind doing stuff before I have access?

    I’m looking forward to the new Battlefield game (128vs128!!) and kena bridge of spirits on PS5. And on Switch, No More Hero’s 3 (looks crazy!) and Shin Megami Tensei V (adult Pokémon game that you collect gods and spirits from religions hehe).

  7. dali70 says

    Just started a new game & as soon as I max out my class A fighter it’s a pirates life for me! Arrgh!

  8. says

    The update just dropped today, so we’ll probably all be patching up our bases and trying to figure out what’s new. Still on for Friday, though, and space piracy is certainly an option — especially since I’m flying a maxed-out S-class exotic that can take out pirates with a single shot.

  9. mailliw says

    I’ve been playing Workers & Resources: Soviet Republic for the past two years – but I’ve heard a lot of good things about No Man’s Sky.

  10. says

    I’ve been playing Pyschonauts 2 since its release, and I just finished it. So fun and engrossing.

    I do have No Man’s Sky, but I haven’t played it in a while. Sometimes the resource grind and inventory limitations get me feeling a little bogged down. But maybe I’ll log in this Friday. I’ve hardly interacted with other players at all, and I’m interested in seeing what that’s like.