Weekend Warrior – ‘Merica’s Birthday


Alright, alright alright, this weekend we have a lot of Inside to play, so we’ll be playing a lot of Inside. We’re also going to mow our lawns and blow off our fingers in celebration of the Fourth of July. Do you plan to play anything this long weekend? It’d be a lot cooler if you did.


Kyle (Big Smiles) Hilliard (@KyleMHilliard) – I would like to finish Quantum Break and spend some time with Box Box Boy, but I might just play Inside again. I think I might be working on a speed run, but haven’t admitted it to myself yet. Otherwise, I’ll be putting some meat on a grill and crossing my fingers in the hopes that no one notices I have no idea what I am doing. I’ll probably mow the lawn, too. There might be a The BFG viewing in there somewhere. These are all things that might happen. The future is uncertain, as I have learned from Quantum Break. It’s also covered in Monarch logos.


Brian (If I’m lyin’ Then I’m Dyin’) Shea (@BrianPShea) – I just finished Inside and am nearing the end of my Twilight Princess HD playthrough, so after I wrap that up, much of my weekend will be devoted to games like Overwatch, Clash Royale, Dishonored: Definitive Edition, and my new playthrough of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. I also would like to get some time with Rhythm Heaven: Megamix and Kirby: Planet Robobot.


Haley (There’s A Lot Of Loons Where I’m From) MacLean (@haleyfaxer) – This long weekend I will be observing the American custom of drinking a bunch of beer and saluting the American flag, plus some fireworks. That’s the gist of it right? It’s lucky that Canada day was Friday so I’ll be feeling overly patriotic this weekend as well. Game wise, more Overwatch in prep for competitive mode on consoles. Oh, and I’m up to Slowbro on the Pokérap now so I’m getting there.


Dan (I write too much) Tack (@dantack) – This weekend, it’s time to break out the grill and Overwatch. I’ll be experimenting with several different builds, including a ramen burger loaded with fried jalapenos, brushed garlic butter, red wine reduction, coarse stone ground mustard, spicy guacamole, swiss aioli, fried egg, and a medley of minor hot sauces for a little kick, shooting for a crispy on the outside chewy on the inside ramen bun. I’ll also be attempting to refine what I deem the modern classic, with bacon ground into the patty, brisket on top, spicy pickles, brushed garlic butter, and a buttermilk bun.


I’m also working on a few brat templates that I’m really eager to get to over the course of the weekend, including some new flavors on the classic brat, working in some adobo chicken, barbacoa beef, and queso fresco with corn relish and southern slaw. A lot of folks think grill season is just a chance to hit up classic burgers, brats, and steaks, but I like to really get in there and mess around with some new recipes.


I think I’ll also go for something simple like mozzarella, avocado, and bacon while I try to perfect the brushed butter, a lot of people ignore that element of the burger but I actually think that’s something that separates a great burger from an epic burger, it makes a huge difference and definitely try it this weekend while you’re out on the grill. Oh, I’m also eager to try out some a new take on Jidori chicken that I want to mess around with, but I’ll have to save how that goes for later, since I don’t know how it’s going to turn out just yet.


I’ve really been loving messing around with simple southern recipes right now, like buttermilk chicken biscuits with jalapenos. Sometimes it’s the really simple recipes done right, like you have to get the biscuit to just melt, not break apart, the chicken has to be perfect, and the jalapeno an accent and not overpowering.


Oh yeah and other than that I’ll be playing Overwatch.


Jeff (I Love Slack Emojis) Marchiafava (@GIJeffM) – The G.I. office is in the midst of a nasty Inside Fever epidemic, and my test results show I’m not immune – I began Playdead’s latest adventure last night, and can’t wait to jump back in and see what comes next. However, it wouldn’t really be a July 4th weekend if I didn’t blow a bunch of crap up, so I think I’ll pick up Doom while it’s on sale. I’ve also got some leveling up to do in Overwatch before competitive play hits consoles next week.


Blake (Super Handsome, Loved By All) Hester (Hates Twitter, hates fun) – I’ll hopefully be finishing up my second journey with Gerry Rivers through The Witcher III’s Hearts Of Stone Expansion this long weekend. I also would like to jump into Inside, which I know literally nothing about. But, realistically, I’ll probably blow my fingers off in a fireworks accident, because I’m an idiot.


Javy (It’s All Gravy) Gwaltney (@HurdyIV) – I’m going to be kicking back, watching Preacher, playing Overwatch, and reading more of SAGA. Living the life, basically. 


AJ (I Can’t Believe He Ate All That Pasta) Moser (@AndMoser) – Not much gaming on the forecast for me this weekend. I’m headed to Michigan to celebrate the Fourth of July, so I’m going to play some more Final Fantasy VII on Vita during my journey. Other than that, my plans for the weekend involve beer. Lots of beer.


Ben (Fall Children) Hanson (@yozetty) – This weekend I’m going to swim a lot with my family and all of that fun stuff. Maybe some 3DS in the mix as well. Have a good weekend!


Leo (The Gator) Vader (@leovader)  I plan on running my Rocket League aerial drills meticulously throughout Saturday/Sunday. Also, a few days ago I recorded a verse on a hip-hop rap song that’s going to drop this weekend, so I anticipate becoming very famous.


Jeff (Sweet As Apple Pie) Cork (@gijeff)  All right, I need to actually sit down and finish Inside. I’ve had a great time with what I’ve seen so far, and I figure I only have a few hours of exploring left. After that, I’m going to probably burn through most of a day installing a bunch of Skyrim mods. Yes, I know a prettier version is coming this fall. Even so, the community has done an incredible amount of work making the game beautiful (and stable), and I want to give it a shot now that I finally got around to building a decent gaming rig. And, as always, I’ll probably kill a few hours in Diablo III because I am a crazy person who simply cannot stop.


Mike (Newshound) Futter (@Futterish)  I’m knee-deep and blood and guts in Dead by Deadlight. It’s a surprisingly effective blend of the 4v1 style of multiplayer and horror. This weekend is largely going to be devoted to portable gaming, though. Final Fantasy Explorers, Hyrule Warriors Legends, Severed, and Axiom Verge are all fair game.


Let us know down below what games you’ll be playing!



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