Game Progress Topic: Revenge of the Yars
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Game Progress Topic: Revenge of the Yars

Figured I'd go ahead and start a new one to make it easier for me to archive the old one. Still haven't bothered to find a more efficient method for doing that.

Anyway, in Secret of Mana, I beat Tropicallo (not saying much... could have probably done that blindfolded and with one arm) and the sprite (now named Darc for some reason :) ) joined. Normally, I'd level a tiny bit, buy some new stuff and move on right away to deal with the witch.

But I'm obsessing here, so I decided to level the Sprite's skill with each weapon to the current maximum... level 2 for the Sword and Spear and 1 for everything else. I've got all but two weapons done. I did the same with Seabu, but he only had to master the Axe, Boomerang, and Bow, I think. It's pretty easy with those multiplying green slime enemies, and I gained a lot of regular levels, too.

I have also bought the best equipment and have a lot of extra gold.

I'm not going to beat bosses by spamming magic, but the high character, weapon and spell levels will probably make most bosses seem just as easy as if I were doing so. I can imagine that some might still be tricky, though. I'm honestly not sure if I've ever gone through an entire playthrough without doing the spam magic trick. I still find it remarkable that they didn't do anything to prevent you from doing that. Not like it takes a genius to figure out that it's possible to annihilate any boss that way.

I'm probably not going to play more Yars' Revenge until my high score is topped again (currently 163,241). That's a fun motivating factor. Of course, it might happen right away like last time. I'm happy with my rate of improvement with the game, and still feel confident that I could get the score quite a bit higher.

I've been having fun messing around with some other Atari games as well, but I can't recall any names right now. I always kind of dismissed Atari stuff as too inferior to bother with, but there are good titles around.




TWEETER911
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(9/26/05 4:52 pm)
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.....Oh yeah well nothing moves the Blob!
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My Yars' Revenge high score was beaten, but I went back and got the new high score on my first attempt. It now stands at 196,028. I only had to get to 174,000, so I was happy to make it so far past that. I've taken to destroying the swirls in mid-air in the early going to get many extra lives.

BTW, what's your best score on the game, FO? I've heard it's possible to reach 999,999.




Bomberguy221
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(9/26/05 11:44 pm)
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Final Fantasy 7 (script read-through): Well, I'm already glad I chose to do this instead of the actual game.

The opening, while not bad, is essentially the same as Final Fantasy 6. My first reading journey concluded with Aeris and Cloud at the playground. I kinda sensed the "love triangle" that I've heard about many times before.

When I started up again, it was mostly the Don Corneo stuff. Wow. This was just idiotic and not too humorous. Forgive me if it's funnier in the actual game, but I've never liked the "tough guy acting effeminate" jokes in anything I've seen them in. Them prolonging it by getting wigs and bikinis from random people is not what I call funny.

I read through to the part where they infiltrate Shinra HQ. I didn't get much of a feel for the Turks, so I'll probably have to look up screenshots from battles with them. I like both Aeris and Tifa from what I've read, so that's probably a good thing. Barret's "awright."




Gunner Bluestreak
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(9/27/05 6:33 am)
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Quote: BTW, what's your best score on the game, FO? I've heard it's possible to reach 999,999.


I can't remember...does it stop at 999,999 or roll over once you beat that? I knew when I looked at the original high scores for that were posted for that game that they'd be easy to beat.




Agisuro
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(9/27/05 12:28 pm)
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I finished Soul Blazer in all but two days.




CLOUDBOND007
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I'm not sure if it rolls over or not. I know the Gametap scores are low because of lack of interest in the game, and lack of total Gametap players since it's still in beta.




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I seem to have a memory of getting the score to 999,999 and then it just stayed there, but it might be a memory confused with another game if the score in Yars Revenge rolls over. If it doesn't roll over, then the memory is probably correct for that game.




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I've been passed again by the same guy. Kind of wish there was a message board system there. Would be fun to know who I'm competing against. He got a good score, but I'm going to try to beat it. Gotta get above 244,000.




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There was a Culture Brain game for the NES that was used as the basis for an official score competition. That game's score would roll over, so I wonder if the point was like black jack, and just try to get as close to rolling over as possible without going over?




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(9/27/05 10:23 pm)
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Dammit! I keep forgetting to post in this topic and not the other one. Maybe someone should move the old one.

Anyway, I haven't done much lately, but I did read through a couple of my old Image Arcane scripts. There were some things I had completely forgotten about the characters, probably because they were issues that didn't come up too often. For example, I forgot Sesa was a vegetarian (which would probably explain why he was so skinny.) Anyway, the line where that was introduced made me chuckle:

Sesa: No thanks, I'm a vegetarian.
Chancey: That's nice. I'm a Pisces.

There are some things I had forgotten that I'm rather glad I forgot and I hope it will stay that way. One episode seemed to have a weird subtext involving Deuce and Nucleo, and I wonder WTF I was smoking when I wrote that...

Quote: There was a Culture Brain game for the NES that was used as the basis for an official score competition.


That was Kung-Fu Heroes, btw.




CLOUDBOND007
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I just figured I'd leave it there until Crawl finishes posting his Ninja Gaiden progress in it.

I'm trying to beat that high score, but no luck so far. I'm a little tired, so maybe that's why I'm not doing so well. I'm also trying to watch the colors to see when the swirl is coming. I did it all with reflexes before since I didn't know better, and it's hard to get used to watching the patterns as well.

I'm also having very little success hitting the swirl when it's moving now. I was doing considerably well with that yesterday. I'm able to hit the swirl while it's stationary almost every time, which is still a little bit of extra points.

I checked a FAQ to see if there was anything else I was missing, but it was the most horrendous thing. So much of the information was wrong. I could've done a better job having played the game for just a week.




CLOUDBOND007
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I did it, I did it, I did it. :) :) :)
257,307

I was so tense right at the end, because I was on my final life and I wasn't sure if I had enough points to have the high score. Man, direction changing swirls coming at you every several seconds with no forcefield is so intense. I could never have done that without watching the color patterns.

I am so overwhelmingly addicted to this.

I wish there was something we could do here involving high score getting.

I hope this person gets a new high score so I'll have something to do again.




Bomberguy221
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(9/28/05 2:29 am)
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Quote: I finished Soul Blazer in all but two days.

I think that's the first game I ever beat on a rental. It's a good game and a good concept, but it's really short.




ShadOtterdan
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(9/28/05 10:26 am)
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Unless you're trying to reach level 50, or even worse, max out your GEM count. Then it takes forever.

I've been playing Final Fantasy 7, I'm all the way up to the date sequence and I've been using a gameshark to see them all. I find it kinda funny how you can kinda decide what personality is under Cloud's cool exterior. You can make him genuinely not give a damn, make him nice, or transform him into a homosexual (the game gives you a lot of choices for that) I've also managed to get Aeris her Ultimate Tech, and I've been using a guide to make sure I don't miss a single Fort Condor battle if I can help it.

I also beat Lufia 3, I didn't really like it that much, but that's probably because for some reason, the graphics of a gameboy color game automatically make me think of the same quality as a fanmade game.




Minerva K Red
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(9/28/05 12:09 pm)
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I FINISHED A LINK TO THE PAST!! Damn, but I'm missing like three heart containers and a bottle. Ganon was a stinkin' bitch! Kept knocking me off the sides of the room to the floor below and then I'd have to go refill my bottles. I'm also missing something in my item list, and I think it's the Cane of Byrna, but I have no idea where that is.




Image Arcane
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(9/28/05 9:38 pm)
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When I first beat A Link to the Past, I was missing the "third" bottle. (I don't want to spoil its exact location in case that's the one you're missing.) The "fourth" bottle is the one that seems to be considered the most difficult to figure out, but I actually did find that one completely on my own.

I was also missing three heart container pieces. Two of them are the ones you get from the games in the Village of Outcasts. One was the one on the side of the pyramid that for some reason, eluded me for over a year because I just never looked there. (And it absolutely cannot be seen unless you do walk over to it. It's not like you can be walking around at the base of the pyramid and see it up there.)

I remember I found the Cane of Byrna the first time through, but I forgot where I found it and couldn't find it on replays, but I never used it for anything so I didn't care (I know where it is now, I won't spoil it.) I also discovered the Dark World shop where you can buy Red Shields only on a replay.

Anyway, I have to take a break from reviewing Indiana Jones for a moment. So I was thinking about Eternal Darkness some more...

One thing Crawl likes to do is ask me what my favorite part of something is. Most of the times I don't have a straight answer right away. But I do think that after giving it a lot of thought, I can say that Maximillian's chapter was my favorite part of Eternal Darkness, for several reasons.

It's probably because it's directly based on the H.P. Lovecraft story, "The Rats in the Walls", but for one thing, it's the only chapter in the game that can stand as a complete little story on its own. It doesn't really need the setup from the previous chapters nor the conclusiveness of the remaining chapters to be a complete story. Yet it still fits nicely into the scheme of things. Overall, it gives me the impression that this is yet another example of writers trying to "vindicate" something, like how Indiana Jones gets another Peruvian idol in the secret stage of Infernal Machine after being gypped out of the first one by Beloq in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Or how Inindo: Way of the Ninja was about the Iga ninja getting their proper revenge on Oda Nobunaga for his crimes against them, when in reality he was killed by one of his own generals. Or how The Real Ghostbusters reunited Citizen Kane with Rosebud. Similarly, Eternal Darkness is redemption and revenge for Lovecraft's Delapore.

I also think that, of all the chapters and characters, that one worked best with the "insanity" theme. There is one moment where Maximillian climbs down a ladder and then inexplicably ends up inside what appears to be an inescapable prison cell. Moments later there's a flash of light and he's back at the top of the ladder. It was a sanity effect. But it's more than that. It's a premonition.

There is also a very surrealistic scene where he has a vision of fighting a Horror. When he beats him, he wins one of the Ancient's runes from it, then another bright flash, and it was just a sanity effect...yet he actually does have the rune when it's over!

Although strange things are definitely happening, you still are left to wonder if everything he experiences is real or is he just going insane? The biggest example would be what happened in the servant's quarters. Were they really plotting against him or was he just becoming paranoid? Were all of them plotting or maybe just one? (The one being the missing body.)

I also think that chapter had the scariest setting. The mansion seemed darker and even more eerie than it does when you're playing as Alex (part of that is probably because as I've mentioned before, some of the sanity effects that happen to Alex are more comical than scary, like the flying books and the floating coal poker.)

I also liked the music in Maximillian's chapter ("Black Rose"), although "The Gift of Forever" from Karim's chapter is my favorite in the game.




Emi SweetHome
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Quote: There is also a very surrealistic scene where he has a vision of fighting a Horror. When he beats him, he wins one of the Ancient's runes from it, then another bright flash, and it was just a sanity effect...yet he actually does have the rune when it's over!

Something interesting about that. When you "enter" that fight, your health is completely refilled (I don't know about your Sanity and Magick). When you come out, you'll be left with what health you had when you beat the horror. So, if you entered with only a little health and managed to beat the horror without taking too much damage, you'll leave with the nearly full meter, rather than what you had when you entered. If you entered with a nearly full meter and got a beating from the Horror, Max will come out limping and panting.




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I think one of the reasons it was done that way is because there's a chance you can screw your game up there if you're playing on the Xel'lotath path. On the Xel'lotath path, you don't get the Chattur'gha rune until you win it from the Horror in that vision. But without the Chattur'gha rune, you can't heal your HP. Thus, if you lost a lot of HP against the first Horror that Max fights (the one he fights before he has the vision), and then saved your game, it could be impossible to beat the "vision" Horror without a life refill.




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I didn't play at all tonight. I had to help my brother study for a math exam tomorrow. He's still having trouble with the concept of a slope (like which part is the rise and which is the run, and what it means if it's negative) and y-intercept. I also found out that his calculator (the TI83 Plus) apparently does not have built in support for graphing inequalities. (Actually, even the TI89 won't really do it for you. You can select shading "above" or "below", but you still have to know which corresponds to greater or less than. Yeah, personally I don't think that's a big deal, but for some highschool students, maybe it is).




Bomberguy221
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(9/28/05 11:36 pm)
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Final Fantasy 7 (read-through): I got up to where they save Priscilla and Cloud starts climbing the tower.

I don't have much to say about this right now. However, I'm still maintaining that I'm glad that I chose to do this instead of play the game.




TWEETER911
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(9/29/05 1:31 am)
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HAHAHAHA!!
: )




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I made it to the final level of Pocky & Rocky last night, but lost all my lives. I have yet to finish this game. Someday, I swear I will.

I'm going to give it another shot tonight.

BTW, if FO thought Legend of the Mystical Ninja was too easy, she should give this game a try. It's much, MUCH harder, has similar graphic style and gameplay, and no towns to waste time in. It's pure action from start-to-finish. I guess the only drawback is that it's not as funny as Mystical Ninja, but it does have some good music.




ShadOtterdan
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I've been beating Contra games pretty much nonstop. I beat Super C, Operation C, played a bit of Contra Force, then decided it wasn't a real contra game and went on to Contra: Hard Corps. I'm in the middle of playing as Fang and I'm trying to get the third ending.




Emi SweetHome
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(9/29/05 5:35 pm)
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Hopefully as of Saturday at 10:00 am, I shall be playing the arcade Bionic Commando until my eyes bleed (or until Sunday evening)!

I still wish they had trashed 1943 Kai for Strider.

By the way, I almost won an auction for Mike Tyson's Punchout. Nobody was bidding on it because the person put "Mike Tyson Punchout", and it was only five bucks. I went to put in a bid... and my internet locked up. What the fuck? And by the time I restarted and got back to it, it had ended. Five bucks, plus three for shipping.




Image Arcane
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(9/29/05 5:42 pm)
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I have to confess that most of the times I buy a new game, I don't immediately play it. However, once I get that Capcom collection, I'm going to jump right into Gun.Smoke. It's been so long since I've seen the arcade version, and I only played it a couple of times, so I'm interested in playing it again. I never made it past the second level on the arcade. I've beaten the NES game many, many times, but it's much easier.




CLOUDBOND007
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I'm giving serious thought to playing through Doki Doki Panic. It seems different enough to be interesting. You have to beat it as all four characters to actually get the ending apparently...

I leveled up a little more on Secret of Mana earlier.




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Hmm... I played Doki Doki Panic with the first character from 1-1 to 2-1. It's really not as good as SMB2 US. Not having the ability to run makes it feel tedious without much increasing the challenge. Sounds effects are worse, sprites that are animated in SMB2 just stay still here. The bonus game is terrible looking, just a plain background, and the slot machine icons in the center... no actual slot machine, though.




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(9/29/05 10:19 pm)
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I too thought the play control to Doki Doki Panic kind of sucked.




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Dammit! Posted in the wrong game progress topic again!

So far, I don't think RE0 is as good as Eternal Darkness, but it's not half bad once you get used to it. The problem I have is that there's so much running around and thinking about what to do, that I get tired out. I'm beginning to think I might need to take notes on this game. Earlier, I got a clock handle, but forgot where the clock I needed to use it on was. Because of the way the game's backgrounds are, it's sometimes hard to discern things and I actually walked through the room with the clock once and left because I didn't notice it.

I reached a room with a chessboard and chess pieces on the floor. If I have to do something there, I hope there's a clue for it, because I know nothing about chess (I actually used to know how to play chess, but it's been too many years and I've forgotten everything.) If there isn't a clue for it, I'll probably have to look up a walkthrough or at least a chess FAQ. So far, I haven't resorted to a walkthrough at all, but Crawl helped me solve the addition puzzle at the end of the train.

I've discovered that the best way to deal with zombies is to walk into a room, then stand still. Have the computer control Billy and as Rebecca, get behind him. As the zombies move towards you, Billy takes out most of them easily.

Playing this game reminds me so much of when I played through Koudelka...




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I've gotten the Mario equivalent character to 3-1 and the Princess equivalent to 2-1.

More graphics changes... the waterfalls in this game move super fast. When you hold down to do a super jump, the character changes color, but doesn't flash. Sometimes, there's no graphics change at all.

That scrolling problem doesn't seem to occur with the other character. Could it be the way they animated the character sprite that was causing problems? I'll have to look into it further.

I'm having trouble with the bonus game. Well, it has been a while since I played the NES version, so maybe this is true of that, too. On All-Stars, I can perfectly time the slots so that I get two or three cherries on virtually every attempt. On this game, you just see the icon change very quickly from one item to another. There's no actual scrolling, so I don't really know what to do to improve my chances. Not a big deal, since what I would do on All-Stars kinda felt like cheating, anyway.

The game is still fun, but the changes made for the US release were certainly good ones, IMO.




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Sort of an LJ post,

I've been weighing the good and bad points of writing Image Arcane again like a balacing scale.

The Bad Points:

1. Very time-consuming. I'd probably have to give up playing games while I was writing it, and possibly give them up altogether if I continued.

2. Back when I wrote it, I put myself in a state where I shut out everything else around me. As a result, I have no memory of much of that period of my life, except for the work I did with IA. I get severe insomnia, sometimes severe depression, and memory blackouts. That most likely would happen again.

3. I'm not very good at drawing, despite what others have said.

4. I'm not well-educated or well-read enough to be a good writer.

The Counter-points:

1. This might not necessarily be a bad thing. Lately I've gotten a lot more enjoyment out of just thinking about Image Arcane than playing any games. Games are just starting to feel less and less important to me. And while there are a million people who can write game reviews and make game-related websites, there is only one person who can write Image Arcane.

2. This one I have no counter-point for and is the biggest concern for me. I'd mostly be worried about losing my job.

3. Others might give a shit about this, but personally I don't. Again, I'm the only person who can write Image Arcane, so people will just have to live with what I'm capable of doing. And great artwork means nothing if your comics aren't funny or their stories suck anyway.

4. There isn't much I can do about this one. I don't have the time or money for college. I can't read unless I have absolutely no distractions (when I had to read for school, I either used to wait until the rest of the family was out of the house, or I'd go into the basement where I could be without distractions.) But I'm rarely alone anymore and there is no basement for me to retreat to now. If you read it expecting The Godfather or Citizen Kane, you'll be sorely disappointed. If you read it expecting something more like a cartoon series (but a good one, at least), maybe you'd like it. I dunno. Of course, I can write the thing without actually making it public.




Emi SweetHome
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(9/29/05 11:57 pm)
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If you want to draw better, you draw, draw, draw, and draw some more.

Some people might suggest how-to-draw books, but I've bought a handful and have only found one to be any good. It's called "Drawing Cutting Edge Anatomy", and has a lizardman in a crouching position on the cover. It's about drawing realistic-style comic books, but I've been able to put its information towards less-realistic cartoons. You can find it in the art section. I often check into it when I'm drawing (when I have access to it), so I can both get proportions and figures right, but also how to draw decent muscles if I need to. Sure helped me draw pecs instead of manboobs. However, it's $20, which may come across as a little steep. It also seems to be written with the prenotion that only men are going to be reading it (in one of the early pages, he says something like "women have overall higher body fat then men, but don't tell them that". Too late, mac), but I'm not sure how much that bothers you. Lastly, while most of the drawing examples are well done, some of them just don't look right.




Image Arcane
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Quote: If you want to draw better, you draw, draw, draw, and draw some more.


Yeah, I know. My earliest drawings of my characters were pretty damn terrible, but their styles slowly improved and became more defined over time. Sesa and Chancey were difficult to tell apart in the oldest sketches. Now, you can't possibly mistake one for the other.

I'd post some side-by-side comparison shots, but I don't have my scanner up and running yet.




TaroSH
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(9/30/05 12:50 am)
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NOTICE: When I initially wrote this, EZboard magically logged me out while I was writing, so when I hit hit "Add Reply" it took me to an error screen and wiped out my post. Just wanted to share that with you.

You can see real evolution in my drawings, too. I have some random pages from a sketch pad with tearout pages. About 90% of them are either frightening or downright horrible (there's one I'm actually extremely pleased with, but it's not a human. It's a monster I drew after completing Lament of Innocence just to prove to myself I could design a better enemy than whoever the hell from that game). I also have two sketchbooks (and three empty ones). One of those sketchbooks is actually a spiral notebook I bought for school, then wound up not needing. The other is an actual sketchbook. From the random papers to the spiral notebook (which is probably only 1/5 used) to the beginning of the sketchbook to the end (which I'm probably ten pages from), it's like the caveman to homo sapien thing (especially and ironically the humans).

Yuck!
http://www.vgf.com/cgi-bin/ubb/ubbcgi/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=30;t=000177#000000

Strangely, aside from the Taro doodle, I don't have any "current" humans scanned (I scanned and posted a couple critters I drew. Remember the tiger centaur? But those aren't really new either).




CLOUDBOND007
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I just can't get into Doki Doki Panic, unfortunately. Once you've played SMB2, it's hard to adjust to so many differences and inferior things. I was always curious about it though, so it was worth playing just for the knowledge.

I'm happy that I've now tried both the FDS version of SMB2j and Doki Doki Panic. Those were two that I was always curious about.




James FP
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Quote: Of course, I can write the thing without actually making it public.


I seriously think you worry too much about what people will think of it. Of course, not everyone's going to like it, but so what? Let them find something else to entertain them. I'm betting that your work is probably a lot better than you give yourself credit for.




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I agree with James on all counts. Besides, didn't you win some kind of award for Image Arcane? Or was it for something else you were working on?

I still can't beat Pocky & Rocky and I didn't even make it to the final level last night. I might try one more time, but I'm probably going to move onto something else. I did beat one path of Eternal Darkness, but decided I didn't feel like doing all three all over again. It was still fun playing it again, especially since there were a lot of things I had forgotten about.




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(9/30/05 9:01 pm)
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Quote: Besides, didn't you win some kind of award for Image Arcane?


I'm going to humbly reject further discussion of that. I have brought it up all of three times in my 10 years with this community. All three times the topic turned into a disaster. I honestly don't really give a damn as the award meant nothing anyway.

Some quick notes on the Capcom Classics Collection:

I got to the third boss of Gun.Smoke. When I played this in the arcade years ago, I never made it past the second boss. This game's levels and bosses are set up much differently on the arcade then in the NES version. The first stage and boss are the same, but the name was changed from Master Winchester to Bandit Bill on the NES version. In the arcade's second level, Roy Knife is the boss. He was changed to Cutter Boomerang (not just renamed, but it was a different boss, one that occurs later in the arcade version.) The third level is nothing like the ninja level of the NES version. It doesn't even have minor ninja enemies like the NES version, but it's still harder. Also, the ninja didn't come third on the NES, the Indian did.

The NES version has MUCH better music. The level 2 music of the arcade version is quite inappropriate.

It seems pretty much accurate from what I remember of the arcade game, but I didn't make it past the second level and only saw someone get as far as the fourth.

Street Fighter 2 Hyper Fighting (Turbo) - Umm...WHY is the moon moving in the background of Ryu's stage??? O_o In order for that to be physically possible, the pagoda you're fighting on would have to be moving.

Super Ghouls n Ghosts - It's definitely the SNES game. It's amazing how much higher-quality the sound is compared to a lot of the other games on this collection. (A lot of old Capcom arcade games had lackluster sound, apparently.) What I played of the first level seemed like a pretty accurate port.

Bionic Commando - This game is random insanity! Why are you fighting Nazis and flying squirrels in trees??? Anyway, after playing this it has now become apparent beyond a shadow of a doubt that Mega Man using the Wire in Mega Man 4 is a reference to this game.

Exed Exes - DoDonPachi meets Xevious? That's the best way I can describe this game. But I didn't play enough to get a really good impression. The music is some of the worst I've ever heard, though.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(9/30/05 10:24 pm)
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Quote: Umm...WHY is the moon moving in the background of Ryu's stage??? O_o In order for that to be physically possible, the pagoda you're fighting on would have to be moving.


Uh, no... It's just that the wind is blowing that strongly.


Quote: (A lot of old Capcom arcade games had lackluster sound, apparently.)


"Lackluster" doesn't describe it as well as "sucks". "Inappropriate" is another good word. It's like Gunbird 2's music: Some of these games have ridiculously cheery music, even when the game is somewhat serious.




Anyway, I beat the skeleton dragon on my successive play of NGX. Wow, the windmill shurikens totally take every bit of challenge out of that fight. You don't have to worry about getting in to attack anymore; you can just hang in the back and attack with very little danger to yourself. Not only that, but all 4 of the boss's feet died at about the same time, and it (as a consequence?) didn't seem like it went into its other attack pattern.

I am starting to use the charge move a little more. On the bats it does especially help with earning money quickly.

I haven't fully decided what score that game should earn.



In other news, on FO's new collection, I played through Final Fight. I have never seen the appeal of that series, and I still don't. The characters move with the speed of sloths.

Also, this is the most homosexual game ever (Seinfeld: "Not that there's anything wrong with that".) I started picking up on that around stage 3, which takes place in a gay bar. Yes, there are couples of men around the bar, and no women. The boss of that stage is a cop who wants to be in the Village People. FO pointed out that one of the enemies is named Holly Wood, so his first name is Holly. Another male boss is named Abigail (in the NES version of the game, he even kisses you!!)

Then there's the ending. Cody and Guy are walking away. When Jessica catches up to them, Guy beats up Cody and runs off. My interpretation of that is that Guy wanted Cody for himself.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(9/30/05 10:35 pm)
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FO also just went through that game's "cast" on the bonus features, and the character Poison -- one of the "female" prostitutes -- is explictly named as a guy crossdresser.




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(9/30/05 10:53 pm)
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There's also a boss named "Sodom", a guy named "Simons" (Richard Simmons?), and one of the Andores is wearing bright pink.

I don't see how it's possible for Poison to be a man. That's even harder to swallow than Flea in Chrono Trigger.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(9/30/05 11:55 pm)
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You're able to get the big sword after beating Alma.

I think I might leave a save before the Alma fight for the heck of it.

After you beat her, the city changes to day time. I don't know if I was explicitly aware of that before.


And I was wrong about something (that I might not have posted). Unlike a lot of 3D games -- everything from Donkey Kong 64 and Conker and Super Mario 64, to MDK2 -- I thought it was impossible to hurt yourself by falling a great distance in NGX. But it is, though I doubt there are many places even so. If you fall straight down the center of the room with the corkscrew path -- where you fight the dragon skeleton -- you'll get an instant game over. However, you almost have to jump towards the center for that to happen. It's more likely that if you fall, you'll just fall onto the level below.


More evidence that the emperor isn't the statue boss: A monk whose safe you stole some stuff from said that he got some gifts from the emperor. He got gifts from a giant sleeping statue?

Rachel says that there are three greater fiends: Doku, Alma, and an unnamed one that guards the emperor. The faq that claimed the statue was the emperor said the final greater fiend was the "devil" creature; it guards the statue. But couldn't the statue boss be the final greater fiend? It is indeed the final thing you fight before the confrontation with ... you know.




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(10/1/05 12:19 am)
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The Warband game ends tomorrow at noon. Less than 12 hours left. We're having a party from 9-12 at my advisors place. People are bringing their wireless laptops so we call all play together and coordinate our efforts more efficiently than what we could do with the game's message system.

There were lots of attacks on Thursday afternoon, as the two public alliances went at each other. The private allainces fared better. No one really did anything to us. Thursday night and friday morning were pretty quiet; probably because people were trying to rebuild their destroyed castle levels. A few lost levels again tonight. There is plenty of bad blood on the board, which is fine with me. Lots of trash talking in profiles. They can just beat on each other and we can clean up.

I won't be able to do much in the final hours. I'll have 10 actions to work with. Not strong at all. I won't be attacking much. I'm set up for defense. From what I've gathered so far through messages and such, only a few people will be strong enough to break through if I put all warriors up front.

I can't wait for this damn game to end so I can get a full night's sleep. One more fitful night to go. *sigh*




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(10/1/05 1:59 am)
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Robotrek: Levelled myself up, and levelled up my equipment. Still have to beat Meta Crab, but I'm not going to have much game time this weekend.




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Don't really know why, but I went back to DDP and made some progress. From now on, I'll just use the Mario character names to make it less confusing.

Tonight, I took Mario from 3-1 to 4-1, and took Toad from 1-1 to 2-1. I learned that extra lives carry over from one character to another. Say I have 7 extra lives as Mario when I clear the boss in 3-3. I can now switch to another character in a different world and still carry those 7 extra lives. Also, since you can go back and replay levels, I assume you can build up a large supply if you'd like to.

Mario: 4-1
Princess: 2-1
Luigi: 2-1
Toad: 2-1




Crawl and 1OOO
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I'm at the very end of stage 10 now. I also have 43 scarabs. I was missing three in the same place (the train yard). I used a faq to get the one on top of the train; I never would have figured that out on my own. I kept trying to jump to that train from an adjacent one, and from one was barely missing. What you have to do instead, though, is run up the side of the train from the ground, and attack when you're at the top of your run. That will get you a big of extra altitude, for some reason. I had no idea that was possible.

For the most part, the game doesn't seem to be quite as unentertaining as it had been. :shrug : So, maybe 2 stars would be too low. I still don't think I could give it a thumbs up.

As I said, I'm at the boss of stage 10 now, and it doesn't seem to take any [significant] damage from any of my weapons . I wonder if I should have powered up my big sword. Instead, I have the wooded sword at one level less than its maximum (I've been getting by with much fewer consumable items this time though).

I probably had to use magic last time to beat that boss. Really, I don't remember it very well. I thought I had used some arrows last time, but even with those the boss would take many hits.




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(10/1/05 1:19 pm)
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I finally made it to the basement of the mansion in RE0. Before that, I was completely stuck, and the only two items of signficance I could find anywhere were the Book of Good and the Book of Evil. I knew those books had to have something to do with the Statue of Judgment puzzle, but I couldn't figure out what. Crawl suggested I should open the books. I told him there's no option to do that. BUT it turned out that you can open the books, it's just that you have to rotate them a certain way with the "Examine" command. Geez! How retarded is that? That's even worse than the time I couldn't get the trapper in Eternal Darkness to move that statue in Michael's chapter because I didn't realize you needed to target it.

Anyway, I reached a point where Rebecca falls down a hole and is hanging onto a support beam. You have to take Billy and run to the room below her to save her, but I wasn't able to find the room. (I probably could if I knew how to read the maps, but I'm no good at that. Never have been good at reading maps.) I ended up dying. I'll probably have to redo that a few times until I find the correct path that leads to the right room.




pOrn Sigma
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(10/1/05 2:57 pm)
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Quote: Bionic Commando - This game is random insanity! Why are you fighting Nazis and flying squirrels in trees??? Anyway, after playing this it has now become apparent beyond a shadow of a doubt that Mega Man using the Wire in Mega Man 4 is a reference to this game.

I just got off Bionic Commando. I beat it, and didn't like it.

Strangely, in Stage 4, there's an elevator-type thing you get on. The first time I played, the game froze there.

This and the NES one are nothing alike. The NES one actually has structure. The NES one actually has legitamate challenge. The NES one's music isn't totally obnoxious.

This one is just a bunch of insanity. This game is only hard because you're getting swamped with enemies who are much more agile than you. This one's music is nothing short of noisy.

And quite frankly, I actually think the NES one also looks better.

There's also some control and gameplay changes that make the NES one a lot more interesting. First, you can grapple again while in midair. So, you can run off the side of one platform, then while you're falling grapple onto one you couldn't get to any other way. You can also swing yourself under a platform, then while flying grapple upwards and pull yourself onto the platform. Because of this, they were also able to implement some intense swinging action into the NES one. Here, you just swing once, and land somewhere. Usually on top of an enemy that kills you (in the NES one, if you land on an enemy, you harmlessly bounced off his head and could actually put yourself in a position to attack. There was also an item where you would actually hurt the enemy if you landed on them, but you had to leave behind the Medicine to bring that with, so nobody used it). Also, in the NES one, if you're not holding a direction when you shoot the wire, it'll go diagonally up in the direction you're facing. This is very helpful. Here, in order to make it go diagonal, you have to hold diagonal. I'm also certain there was a way to fall down a level (Down+Jump type thing), but maybe I'm just confused.

The NES game actually had a life bar, which increased as you collected bullets from fallen enemies. Here, it's like Contra, and one hits kills you.

I did recogized two of the tunes from the NES one. The ones to Stages 2 and 4 are also in the NES game, where they both sound a lot better (though stage 4 is still a little irritating in the game).

There's pages with the game's history on it, probably for each one. They got Bionic Commando's all wrong.

The history said you played as Super Joe of Commando fame in both the arcade and NES games. I don't know about the arcade one, but you did NOT play as Super Joe in the NES game! The guy from the NES game was named Ladd Spencer! Even if you don't know what the guy's name is, the plot CLEARY states that Super Joe had been kidnapped and your primary objective was rescuing him! Unless they're going by the Japanese plot, I don't know what the fuck's going on here.

They mentioned that it was called "Top Secret" in Japan. I guess to be politically correct, they left out the part about its surname being "The Resurrection of Hitler".

When you beat the game (which took me about ten minutes), you unlock an art gallery. Some of the pictures actually made it all worthwhile. One of them, the first one I think, looks like this: http://www.encyclopedia-obscura.com/gphcs/gameshorrorbcbox.jpg



Some of the other selections seem to be from the NES game (one of them has two enemies that are in the NES game, but not this one), so it's understandable that this be in there. It's also understandable that they remove that text in the upper right. But what's throwing me off is it's not Hitler looming over the battlefield, but what looks like some Russian guy with a beard! The "final boss" of the game is some Sea Captin guy who dies after you shoot him about five times. Maybe it's supposed to be that guy. But what's going on? Did they take the NES game's work, superimpose a Russian on Hitler, then pass it off as the arcade's work? Or maybe they actually left Hitler in, but slapped a beard, glasses, and hat on him to hide his face. Considering everything else is exactly the same right down to Ladd isntead of Mr. Whoever Fromthisgame, it seriously doubt it's a "variation" they had for the Arcade version.

One of the artworks is both disturbnig and hilarious at the same time. I'm not sure what number it is, but it's a comic strip, the only one I think. I'll let FO beat Bionic Commando to see it for herself.

Basically, Elite Forces was originally my least favorite Bionic Commando, but it was still a damn fine game in my book. Well, from now on, my least favorite Bionic Commando is the one that actually kind of sucks.




pOrn Sigma
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(10/1/05 3:15 pm)
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Quote: Also, this is the most homosexual game ever (Seinfeld: "Not that there's anything wrong with that".)

Gayer than Cho Aniki?
http://www.i-mockery.com/minimocks/sexual-games/10.php

Quote: The boss of that stage is a cop who wants to be in the Village People.

Did he look kind of like this guy?
http://www.i-mockery.com/minimocks/sexual-games/8.php

Or this guy (not that he's a whole lot different)?
http://www.i-mockery.com/minimocks/sexual-games/21.php

By the way, I forgot this in my previous post. They're releasing a Capcom Classics Collection for the PSP... AND IT HAS STRIDER ON IT!

I saw it in GameInformer this morning. But there's also an ad on the PS2 CCC (probably Xbox one, too) with a clip that shows Hiryu hacking at the robot gorilla.

I think that's one of those game that I'll buy and hold on to for when I get the system.




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(10/1/05 5:54 pm)
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My initial impression of the arcade Bionic Commando is that it seemed like it wasn't very good, but I wanted to reserve judgment for when I played more of it. Yes, it did seem very unstructured to me. Exed Exes doesn't seem very good, either. It's like Capcom's answer to Xevious, only they didn't do much to improve on it.

$20 is still a great deal for three versions of Street Fighter 2, Super Ghouls n Ghosts, and Gun.Smoke. (And while it's not my favorite game in the world, I like having a version of Ghosts n Goblins that doesn't give me a headache to play. The graphics of the NES version give me a headache.)




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I reached world 3-1 with the Princess in DDP. There are occasions when not being able to run makes the game a little more challenging. When digging in the desert levels for example, you have to be slightly more careful since you can't escape so easily. And a lot of the shortcuts (floating over a large gap for example) are impossible. I've had so much practice over the years that it's pretty much irrelevant, though.

It seemed to be that Birdo was shooting eggs a little more quickly, but that could just be my imagination.




pOrn Sigma
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(10/1/05 6:48 pm)
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I banged my head against SonSon until I unlocked all the stuff. I didn't know how many characters the high score held (I somehow managed to get 200,000), so I ended up putting in "AXLL", which makes me sad. And over in Bionic Commando, my high score name is "LAD", which also makes me sad.

That game was just messy.

I agree that the collection is surely worth $20. I mean, I was finally able to experience the Arcade Bionic Commando, even if it was a major letdown. Plus, some of that artwork for it I unlocked is totally spiffy (except the looming Russian, which is just confusing, but I'm sure everybody but me would've sent Capcom some nasty letters if they had left in Hitler).

While mindlessly bashing away at SonSon, I thought about something. UN Squadron was originally an arcade game. I wonder if Capcom's going to be releasing more Volumes, hopefully a console one with Strider on it.




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I finished 5th in Warband
http://www.warband1066.com/scores.php

Not bad for my first time. Over 200 people total, but only the top 100 or so played seriously. Our alliance (which was named "no alliance") definitely took the team crown. NurseWithWound, my advisor and our leader, took first place for the second game in a row.

Now I can sleep. I haven't slept a whole night through in 2 weeks. (First thing I did was come home and take a nap.) I am not playing again anytime soon. Even the 20 day game was too draining. The next one is 30.




Crawl and 1OOO
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We were at the mall today and saw some of those bootleg games and systems.

Now, I guess they're one iota more legitimate, since the games and systems are sold separately (only the pirate cartridge should be illegal; I don't think there's anything illegal about the console). I took a look at the bottom of the game; it didn't look like an NES format connector (if you wanted to play real NES games in it), but I can't be sure. FO played Contra for a while, but this guy kept asking if we wanted to buy it. Certainly not for a cart with 100 games, which include probably 20 copies of Contra, 20 copies of Gradius... Since I have a new connector for my NES, I doubt I'd even need it for that, and I'd want to see if anyone else has heard of this thing before I'd use it with any of my games (one site was selling NES clones. I saw it mentioned on an NES site, with a warning not to buy, because while a game is inserted, and the connector is held tight, the cart itself is not held tight, which makes it possible for the connector to snap off.

Anyway, he asked if I knew how much it cost. I think that was supposed to be like those "as seen on TV!" things where I guess some ridiculous price and he tells me it's much less.

"Uh, $20?" (Why not, it's a pirate device. I'm sure they're not paying Konami or Nintendo for the rights)

I think he took that as an insult (it was $50).




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(10/1/05 9:48 pm)
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Well, I'm really badly stuck in RE0. The only Key Item I have is a Battery and I don't know where to use it. I've seen nothing in all the rooms of the mansion I can get to at the current moment that could possibly use it. I can't seem to find any other way forward, either. I'm missing one tablet for the Telescope.

There has got to be something I'm overlooking.

Some things I've learned from Survival Horror games:

Every mansion has a door that will open by setting a clock to a certain time.

Nothing can ever harm you while you're opening a door.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(10/1/05 9:53 pm)
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I beat Doku, and the 60 fiend challenge by the giant staircase.


It turns out a "get in and get out" strategy does work for Doku. The most important attack of his to avoid is the one where he grabs you, sucks your life away, and refills his own. If you stay away from him enough, he won't be able to use it. If you're far enough away, you should be able to see any of his other attacks coming, too.

For the bone dragon, I used all 30 of my powerful arrows, plus some incendiary shurikens. (I used a sword combo when he bent over) It seems that if you jump while throwing the shuriken, it might hit his head, which might do more damage than any other single attack. If you're far away and using arrows or shurikens, it's rather easy to avoid all of his attacks. Sometimes he shrieks, which makes him completely vulnerable to distance attacks.




Crawl and 1OOO
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Oh, and for the story, it seems as though it's not that Rachel remains captured somehow even after you defeat her kidnapper. It's that she is kidnapped on three separate occasions.

FO and my brother think this game's story takes some elements from Star Wars. Specially, scenes featuring Doku. He's a big guy dressed in black with a mask, he talks with a voice like Darth Vader's, and he says things about someone taking their place by someone's side, or uses the word "sister" just like Vader's "twin sister" line from Return of the Jedi.




CLOUDBOND007
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I'm kind of astonished, but I actually got a couple of game overs on Doki Doki Panic. One in world 3-3 and just now in world 4-2.

I'm not sure if I'm just totally out of practice, if I'm not used to playing on anything but an SNES controller, or what. I want to believe that some things are a little harder than on the US version, but I just don't know for sure. I do know that I would always be able to get through SMB2 extremely fast without having to concentrate much at all.

If nothing else, it's made the experience a little less boring.

Anyways...

Mario: 4-1
Princess: 2-1
Luigi: 2-1
Toad: 3-1

I've attempted to beat my high score on Yars' Revenge, but no luck. It's still the top score posted, so there's not much to motivate me.

I'd like to get back into Secret of Mana. Maybe I'll try to advance a little bit later tonight.




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Found a couple of NGX comments on POE-news forums:

Rachel has to be rescued
http://www.poe-news.com/forums/sp.php?si=31&fi=000050044&ti=1000961594&pi=1000961626

(the similarity between our italized comments is coincidence, unless it's just that anyone would feel the need to emphasize how preposterous that was)

Don't believe the hype
http://www.poe-news.com/forums/sp.php?si=31&fi=000033444&ti=1000671321&pi=1000671519




CLOUDBOND007
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More DDP progress. My love of SMB2 and persistance has allowed me to get through this game's shell of inferiority to find the fun within.

I've reached level 5-1 with Mario (Fighting Fryguy was one of the first times I paid attention to the fact that the mushroom blocks have been replaced with masks).

I then reached level 4-1 with the Princess. Floating is nice.




Officer Prowl
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(10/2/05 9:05 am)
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Heh. I remember reading that "Rachel" post on POE back when it was first posted and laughing hysterically at it. But in reference to the article it was a response to:

I always have felt the complaints about female stereotypes in games were a bit exaggerated. As far back as at least Ms. Pac-Man there have always been strong female lead characters in games. Articles on the subject always tend to focus on only the most stereotypical examples while completely ignoring characters like Samus Aran or Alexandra Roivas or the hundreds of RPGs that have strong female lead characters.

Stupid ezboard ruined Officer Prowl's signature a FOURTH time! I could've sworn I saved the signature code to my hard drive after the third time it got screwed up, but I can't find it anywhere...This time I'll make SURE to save it in my FlyingOmelette.com backup folder.

I went over every room of the RE0 mansion twice last night looking for a place to use that battery. I tried rotating the battery around in the menu because I've come to realize that sometimes you need to rotate items around to discover everything about them. Case in Point: I found a locked briefcase but needed a three-digit code to open it. I looked everywhere for some kind of clue to the code, but couldn't find it. I examined the briefcase again and rotated it around, and suddenly the game said something like, "You see the numbers 365 written on the side". But rotating the battery didn't seem to do anything.

So I confess that for the first time, I checked a FAQ. I checked a spoiler-free FAQ to be on the "safe" side, but the directions for that part make no sense to me. It says something like, "Run outside and put the battery in the slot". ???? Well, there are a couple of places where you can go outside onto a balcony, but I don't remember seeing any battery slots there. I guess I'll have to check again...




pOrn Sigma
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I played a lot of Commando. I've unlocked everything except the tips, which you need to score 70,000 points for (which kind of defeats the purpose of tips if you're good enough to score that much). Once I got to 63,000 :(

I also played Final Fight (doing everything in one game so I never have to touch it again). I thought it sucked. Just mash two buttons, and get whomped back and forth by enemies that are on each side of you. I also didn't think it was as gay as Cho Aniki.




ShadOtterdan
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(10/2/05 1:19 pm)
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FO: Would it be all right if I told you where to put the battery? I've beaten that game before.

I went and got an Xbox. I also got a couple games out of the bargain bin, but I'm going to get some better games when I talk to a good friend who works for Microsoft, then I can get Xbox games for cheap.

I also got Megaman and Bass. I think this is probably the hardest Megaman game I've ever played, but I've managed to get almost all of the data cds and almost beat the game with Megaman once, until I found out that turning off your game resets your progress on the final levels.




Officer Prowl
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(10/2/05 6:22 pm)
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Quote: FO: Would it be all right if I told you where to put the battery? I've beaten that game before.


Not yet. I want to give myself a little more time to figure it out on my own.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(10/2/05 6:37 pm)
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Quote: I also didn't think it was as gay as Cho Aniki.


No, no, it's more gay. And it's subversive, too, which is an important part of gay art. Some people actually think Final Fight is the epitomy of masculinity in games (who has said that about Cho Aniki?). Yeah, gay masculinity.




pOrn Sigma
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(10/2/05 6:39 pm)
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Hammered away at Ghosts and Goblins, quit at the beginning of stage 5 because I was on the same spot for an hour, and couldn't get anywhere because I didn't have a long-range weapon. I don't care if the shield stops bullets. Doesn't help when I have to be right up in everybody's face to attack.

This game really doesn't seem all that good. Another game where all the difficulty comes from being swamped in enemies who can attack much more swiftly than you and from any angle.

I've had a serious knack for the NES Bionic Commando. Speaking of which, I noticed something. The NES Bionic Commando's boss music is Commando's boss music.




CLOUDBOND007
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DDP...

Reached level 6-1 with Mario. Got to do the Mouser battle that was removed from the US version. It replaces the crab boss. Harder than it looks from the screenshot... those spikes on the ground are pretty hard to avoid without jumping right into Mouser himself.

I then reached level 4-1 with Luigi.

Mario: 6-1
Princess: 4-1 (I think, I'll double check this later)
Luigi: 4-1
Toad: 3-1




Officer Prowl
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(10/2/05 9:33 pm)
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I figured out where to put the battery. I just had a real "duh-duh" moment.

Awhile ago, I solved a puzzled that opened up all the doors that were guarded by two knight statues. The thing is, I saw three doors opening in the cinema, but only knew of the location of two doors. I figured the third was one I hadn't seen yet (although I couldn't figure out why there'd be a locked door much later in the game that would be opened long before you could even get to it, but whatever.)

Well, I went to one of the outside balconies as per the clue in the spoiler-free FAQ and noticed something I hadn't noticed before. You can look over the balcony to the ground below, and I saw an item down there (items "shine" in this game so you can tell them from ordinary background objects.) I thought, well, gee, how do I get down to that? That might be where I need to go.

Then it dawned on me...What I was looking at is the entrance to the mansion! So I went back to the main entrance hall and walked straight across from the large stairway and sure enough, there was the third knight door...the main entrance to the mansion! Yes. I never once checked for the main entrance doors. Because I know you're not supposed to leave the mansion (and indeed, a broken bridge keeps you from going too far once you're outside), I didn't think it would be necessary.

As it turns out, though, until I got that battery, there'd be no reason to go out there anyway.




TWEETER911
I learned from both
Jushin Lyger AND Mr. Pogo,
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(10/2/05 10:39 pm)
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A while back I started a new game of DISGAEA. I'm at chapter 8. I hate this chapter....annoying levels.....depressing music.....
Aurgh.




CLOUDBOND007
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(10/2/05 10:45 pm)
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Did you hear that they're working on Disgaea 2?




TWEETER911
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(10/2/05 10:48 pm)
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http://www.livejournal.com/users/sainttweeter/19746.html
Ues, I did.
Read my thoughts on it.
>_>




CLOUDBOND007
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(10/2/05 10:53 pm)
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I forgot you had that! Now I have to go read all of it.




TWEETER911
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(10/2/05 11:01 pm)
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If you insist.
O_o




TWEETER911
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(10/2/05 11:32 pm)
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BEEP BLIP BEEP.

YAY. On Chapter 9 now!
The only good thing about 8 is the plot detail at the end...
....anyways.......
GORDOOOON! DEFENDER OF EARTH! VOICED BY ZHANG LIAO!
-_- \m/

....And Bob Papenbrook's second role in the game, General Carter. His voice for Vulcanous and Carter differs in that Vulcanous=constipated and evil, and Carter is just...normal.

This chapter is filled with stages that at least look decent..




Officer Prowl
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(10/2/05 11:35 pm)
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Well, I pretty much just blew through the laboratory area of RE0. I've reached a subway train that I'm supposed to escape onto, but I'm quitting now because I have to go to bed soon. It's the first time I've quit on this game in a long time just from running out of time to play and not getting really badly stuck on something. Most of the puzzles in this area were pretty straight-forward, though.

BTW, I'm on Disc 2. Solving the Telescope puzzle ended Disc 1.

And that's another thing I've learned from Survival Horror games:

All mansions have a giant telescope. It is never used for actually gazing at stars. In fact, you'd be surprised at how many other practical uses a telescope can have.




Crawl and 1OOO
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I'm at the end of the fire and ice stage of NGX. (Stage 12, I think?) Once again, I mostly ran past the demons there, since I don't have any weapons that are very good for fighting them. I still haven't fully powered up my wooden sword, but it needs only one more level, and I'm 3/4 of the way towards having the necessary money. Aside from the dragon sword, I don't think I've powered up anything else.

I've looked at a few NGX reviews lately. Eurogamer had a really ridiculous line (okay, many ridiculous lines, but this one in particular struck me as funny): "It captures the essence of what every gamer wants from the word "ninja" - graceful, exhilarating, impossible violence that up until now only the big screen has been able to convey"

Yeah, all those big screen ninja movies like, uh, hmmm, er...

It's like that OMM Rune rebuttal

Quote: - From the get go, Rune's story unfolds like an Oscar winning film, luring you into its tale of Vikings, paganism, and high-fantasy.

- I have a confession to make. I must not see that many Oscar winning films because I have yet to see a movie lure me in with its tale of Vikings. But if I did see one, it would get my Oscar vote!





In Metroid, last night I left off shortly after getting the screw attack. I have 2 or 3 energy tanks, and 20 or 25 missiles.

The game does have a battery save, as well as the original password system. It seems like what it actually saves IS the password. So, you have to die and get your password to save and turn the game off.

I was also looking at reviews for that game. The Legend of Zelda port got 9's out of tens, but Metroid and Zelda 2 got hammered (getting 5's and 6's out of tens). I could see that if it was purely a value issue, since $20 for a stand alone old NES game now is a bit steep.

On the other hand, value is relative. Many reviews complained about Metroid because it was a bonus in other GBA games, which weren't much more expensive than plain old Metroid. But now Metroid's price has gone down, and Metroid Zero Mission (at most stores) is still up. And what if you just want to play Metroid, and not have to unlock it? And what if you're a purist, and don't want to deal with Zero Mission at all? It seems like people that like Zero Mission don't also like the original.

But Gamespot definitely complained about Metroid the game itself. It said it was "outdated". The only thing it was really able to come up with in defense of that, though, is that it doesn't have an automap, and that you have to bomb many dead ends to advance.

I really don't think modern games have eliminated *any* problems from older games. For example, 15 years ago, everyone knew that saving a girlfriend was a cliche plot for a videogame. Game magazines always made fun of that story. Now, it's taken to the ridiculous extreme that you have to rescue the same girl three times in the same game, and hardly anyone (and only fans) even note it.




Facilitypro
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Quote: The only thing it was really able to come up with in defense of that, though, is that it doesn't have an automap


It seems like most modern gamers appreciate the things that modern games do that many older games didn't.

For example, in older games, you had to write down passwords (or worse yet, it had no save at all!). In modern games, you dont need passwords.

With older games, if you wanted a decent map, you had to draw it yourself. Modern games have automap features, which allow you to remain immersed in the game without having to stop playing every 10 seconds to draw a line.

In older games, if you wanted to beat a boss, you had to learn patterns and die a lot. This frustration has been removed in later games.

On a different subject, I frequently come across Ninja Gaiden X vs. Shinobi comparisons. A common comment is "Ninja Gaiden is challenging, and Shinobi is just frustrating." Personally, I got more frustrated with Ninja Gaiden's hour long, slowly paced levels than falling down pits in Shinobi.

Judging from Crawl's posts, I liked Ninja Gaiden X more than him, but not by much. (Although I only made it to stage 6 of my successive play before I got bored and quit.)

You know, egotistical Japanese developers (e.g., Itagaki, IGA, Kojima) sure do make some shitty games.




TaroSH
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Bashed my head against Ghosts and Goblins some more, and actually made it to the sixth stage (the game calls it the fifth. I'm confused), but I went through it at least 25 times, and still didn't succeed. I finally quit because I was about to have a stroke.

I know what the sole source of all my frustration in this game is. It's those damn red demons, the ones that Firebrand's supposed to be one of. Everything else I can figure out how to hit/doge without getting it. These guys just sit around in your blind spots (yeah, I know a "blind spot" is really a spot you can't see, I don't know what the official video game lingo is for a spot you can't hit is), then swoop down and return to your blind spots.

Then I played some Gun.Smoke and Legendary Wings. Gun.Smoke was different from the NES one. I don't remember that train stage, or the knife guy. I couldn't really focus on it because I was still irked by Ghosts and Goblins. Wings, I don't know about. I actually enjoyed the NES one some, even if just marginally, but this one's side scrolling stages are much slower, and in the overhead area the bullets tend to blend with the environment.




Rushifell
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(10/3/05 12:13 pm)
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I bought that capcom classics collection on saturday and I've been mostly playing street fighter 2 champion ed. on that. i tried playing super ghouls n ghosts and made it to the third area with the rotating towers.




da dick
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(10/3/05 12:36 pm)
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streets of rage 3:
hmmm... still can't get pass stage 4. not even when i tried playing easy mode with superskate. maybe i need more practice(instead of playing it only once every other week). maybe i should use jump+attack more in stage 4. maybe i should come up with a better strategy to beat that "wall bashing while getting rammed by whatchamacallit vehicle" portion and that mona&lisa dragqueens boss. those parts of the game eat up 2 or 3 of my life bars each time.

7th Saga:
i feel like quitting this game. there's a fair number of different items to use in the game, and different strategies/attacks work better on certain monster... the graphics are not bad and ermm... that's about it. getting tired of leveling up my wilme and valsu. so far, the games just consist of the usual pattren of "go to next town, get a quest, beat a boss in a dungeon, and on to the next town...". i decided to kill off my valsu, so my wilme gets all the EXP, so he could level up faster. it was great to have a partner at the beginning, but leveling up just got sickeningly slow after that. haven't found any motivation to play this game for the last few days. only found out that the other appreantices(sp?) will always continue to duel with you, if you agree to duel with them once, thus eliminating the chance of ever getting them to join you. oh well, that suck. now i can only get valsu, olivar, and that demon dude to join. and one of those three is suppose to get killed permanently by me, halfway through the game.(yeah. i got bored and checked out some of the plot discussions w/spoilers on gamefaqs)

earthbound:
erm... yeah. still haven't found the motivation to level up paula. mmm... motivation... up paula... grrrrr... see how hard it is?!?




Captain Ladd Spencer
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(10/3/05 4:35 pm)
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Bah, I say! You wasted a perfectly good name like that on four posts?
http://p197.ezboard.com/bflyingomelettespalace.showUserPublicProfile?gid=laddspencer




CLOUDBOND007
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I'm still sort of doing an embarrasing job at playing Doki Doki Panic, but I'm making progress just the same.

Mario: Stage 6-1
Princess: Stage 5-1
Luigi: Stage 5-1
Toad: Stage 4-1




Omni Toaster
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(10/3/05 6:40 pm)
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And yet another one of my ezboard names that bit the dust. And to make matters worse, I've lost my animated gif of the dog popping the piece of toast out of his back that I used to have for the icon.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(10/3/05 10:18 pm)
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I mostly just reviewed some physics tonight.




CLOUDBOND007
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I just beat DDP with the princess. That part was fun. Wart seemed less colorful than usual, but maybe I'm just remembering the All-Stars version.

Also, FDS games are annoying. Congratulations on winning, please switch to side A and wait through the whole shitty intro again for no reason while we save the game or something (we won't tell you exactly WHY we want you to switch, just follow orders, damn you)... okay we're finished, now please switch to side B yet again.

Mario: 6-1
Princess: Complete
Luigi: 5-1
Toad: 4-1




Omni Toaster
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(10/3/05 10:43 pm)
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I finished Resident Evil 0.


WARNING! Game Ending Spoilers Ahead!!



Why is it that these Survival Horror games that are supposed to be scary often end up being so unintentionally hilarious? This is the funniest game ending I've seen since Alone in the Dark 2's. I was under the impression that the mansion you were exploring in this game is the same one from the original Resident Evil. But someone set off a self-destruct sequence and the mansion blows up in the end. So how could that be consistent with Resident Evil 1? Then suddenly Rebecca looks over a hill and says something that was pretty much like,

"Hey, look! There's another mansion!"

And then the camera zooms in on it and the game ends.

WTF??? I've been just about doubled over in laughter the past 15 minutes.


Anyway, this game reminded me somewhat of Shadowgate 64 in that the air seemed to go out of it in the end. The hardest puzzles were at the beginning, but once you get to know how the game's puzzles work, it's easy to stay one step ahead of them. There were a few times in the beginning that I got stuck so badly, I put the game away for a day or two. The past two nights, I blew through the game's final two areas (laboratory and factory) without getting stuck on anything.

Combat in this game seems like battles of attrition. There's some hair-brained sequence during the final boss fight where Rebecca has to open four hatches in a particular order. The thing is, if you switch your control to Billy, the computer will automatically make Rebecca do that for you.




CLOUDBOND007
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(10/3/05 10:48 pm)
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Since when did mansions have self destruct sequences, anyway? Mansion, this is the captain. Initiate auto destruct sequence... code Zero-Zero-Zero-Destruct-Zero 8)

Quote: "Hey, look! There's another mansion!"


Well, whenever I see a new mansion, I give it a long, suspicious look. Just to make sure it knows I'm onto it.




Captain Ladd Spencer
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(10/3/05 10:55 pm)
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Y'know, the moment when Sweet Home's ending took a turn for the worse was the moment the mansion collapsed.

I guess that's another Survival Horror law thing. If the mansion is destroyed in the ending, it goes stupid.




Omni Toaster
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(10/3/05 11:01 pm)
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The reason it had a self-destruct mechanism is simple: Because it was an Alien rip-off. The main bad guy had a Queen virus implanted inside of him. (And unless I missed something in the notes you accumulate throughout the game, that was just pulled out of nowhere in the very end.)




Crawl and 1OOO
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I was catching glimpses of the game as FO was playing it, and it was really hilarious.

One scene I thought was especially funny was a flashback where a scientist is working in the lab, then he's assassinated, and his younger former assistant says, "Now I get to take over your research! A ha ha!" That's something that happens all too frequently to scientists.

Then the scientist comes back to life somehow (?? Some allusion is made to the T Virus. I guess it can turn people into zombies when it wants to, or bring people back to life, or mutate them...) and between every line of dialogue he laughs maniacally. Can you imagine one single situation in which there's some plausible chance you might really laugh maniacally?




Omni Toaster
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(10/3/05 11:17 pm)
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This probably was meant to be somewhat humorous, but I also found it hilarious that Rebecca really sucked at playing the piano, but then Billy played it perfectly. The situation was different (it wasn't done to solve a puzzle), but that reminded me of a very similar scene in one of my old comics. It was revealed in one episode that Chancey could play the piano, which was supposed to be a funny surprise since Chancey was always trying to be the "macho" one and piano-playing isn't really a skill you associate with being macho.




ShadOtterdan
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(10/4/05 4:37 pm)
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I rented Sly 2:Band of Thieves, and I'm already up to episode six. This game is a lot different from the first game (but then again, aren't all immediate sequels?). Instead of seperate levels, you have one area where you do a bunch of missions, with some of those missions going into interior areas. The good news is that you get to keep most of your abilities from the last game, except for the ones that you probably used once and never used again (like the exploding hat) or that would make the game too unbalanced (like the invisibility moves). Another thing that wasn't in the first game is that the various areas tie into each other instead of just being a bunch of unconnected missions (for example, the destruction of the illegal spice trade in areas 2&3 is hampering the activities of the villian in areas 4&5). Another new thing is that you have a life bar, which unfortunantly was probably added because the boss fights are more like fights in normal game of this era, rather than the puzzles that they were in the last game. Despite all of the changes, I think this game is about as good as the previous game. I also got an interview at a local store, I hope I finally get hired for something, then I can pay for college.




Brigade Delbrack
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(10/4/05 4:42 pm)
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I didn't even realize Resident Evil Zero had a mansion. I thought the whole game took place on a train.




The Joyful kun
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Pokemon Sapphire (Jap) [GBA] - Finally got access into enterting Team Aqua base.




Omni Toaster
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(10/4/05 5:42 pm)
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Quote: I didn't even realize Resident Evil Zero had a mansion. I thought the whole game took place on a train.


I don't know who to blame for this one - Capcom's marketing department or the "professional" game reviewers. But if I get asked this one more time, I'm directing all calls to their consumer service lines. ONLY the first part of the game takes place on a train. There are five major parts of the game:

The Train
The Mansion Facility Area
The Mansion Basement
The Laboratory
The Factory

The train only took me about two nights of playing to get through. If all the reviews are saying the entire game takes place on a train, then they either didn't play it for more than a few hours, or they couldn't figure out the math puzzle at the end.

That ending is even funnier than my explanation makes it out to be. For one thing, I realized the way I typed it is not quite accurate. Rebecca doesn't really take a "good long look" at the mansion. She looks at it, says, "Hey! There's another mansion!", then she and Billy have a short talk before saying goodbye to each other. THEN the camera pans down to the "other mansion", lingers on it a few moments, and the game ends.

It reminds me of this website called Rob's Pile of Transformers (that I've linked here a few times) wherein the webmaster talked about a fanfiction he read that went WAYYYY out of its way to explain how Optimus Prime got bumped out of the chair he was sitting in on the Ark in Beast Wars over to the table he was lying on top of in Transformers G1.




CLOUDBOND007
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Slightly more DDP progress as seen below. I for some reason had a whole lot of trouble with Luigi on 5-1. I used to always be great at controlling that character, too...

Mario: 6-1
Princess: Complete
Luigi: 6-1
Toad: 5-1




CLOUDBOND007
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When you guys order stuff online, which shipping method do you usually find yourself using?

I've been finding that the free/extremely discounted shipping tends to be just as good or faster than standard UPS. I'm not sure if it's Media Mail or not, but they give you crazy estimates for it... 2 week estimated delivery time is what Amazon says, I think. But for me, it's always more like 2 to 3 days. Guess they either exaggerate that so people go with the super expensive options, or maybe it's to cover themselves in case it really does take that long once in a blue moon.

I do know that Amazon wants about 9.00 for 2 day shipping... no thanks!

When I ordered Myst this morning (from Gamestop... ugh. Where the hell is the refund I was promised last month, guys?!), I decided on the 1.99 shipping option, and it shipped today. I bet it gets here by Saturday (another good thing, UPS doesn't deliver on Saturdays, but the regular mail of course does...)




Crawl and 1OOO
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I haven't been able to get to sleep. I'll have to try again in a few minutes.

When I order stuff online, I usually don't have a choice for how it's shipped. I'd prefer not to have it delivered UPS or FedEx. Those places will almost always attempt their deliveries during the work day, so you're almost guaranteed not to get them. If something comes UPS, I tend to have to have it redirected to FO's work. (I think it'd be problematic to have it delievered to the University, since there are so many buildings, and I hear packages tend to sit around in recieving for a long time.)

Coincidentally, just on Monday I missed a package from FedEx. I wasn't able to change its destination online, and had to call their 1-800 number. It turns out I had to request that they take the package off the truck and have it available for me to pick up at the terminal the next day. Coincidentally, the place I picked it up was the same place I worked at FedEx for a while as an undergraduate.


So, anyway, if I have a choice, I'll pick the US mail. And despite some people's quips about how it doesn't work well (because it's a government program rather than a private buisiness) I have never had trouble with it. And I agree, in my experience it's pretty fast. When I used to pay for things with a money order, rather than a credit card, the whole trip of the store getting payment, shipping back to me, and me recieving it could take as little as a week.




Facilitypro
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Quote: free/extremely discounted shipping tends to be just as good or faster than standard UPS.


I usually go with the cheapest method possible, with little to no problems. Actually, I'm very happy with it.

To give a recent example, I ordered 3 D&D rulebooks from Amazon. Since the order was over 25 bucks and qualified for free shipping, I went that route. The books arrived less than 72 hours later. Of course, they shipped out from Indiana, but generally ground shipping is moving 24 hours a day.




CLOUDBOND007
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I think I'll continue to do it from now on unless I need guaranteed delivery by a certain date.

Just played some more DDP. I'm finally feeling like I've mastered the game again and it's just about over.

An interesting note... Toad can not jump high, we all know that. But in this version, he can't run either. I think he goes faster carrying something, but that's not really the point. There are situations that would normally require very simple platforming that now requires a bit more thought. Not too often, but I noticed it in World 5-1 just now (which I beat with considerably ease this time).

Mario: 7-1
Princess: Complete
Luigi: 7-1
Toad: 6-1




Omni Toaster
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(10/5/05 6:39 am)
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I tried playing RE0 on "Normal" and made it as far as the beginning of the mansion, but I'm low on health and out of ammo already. It's impossible to make further progress because all I have to fight with is a knife and it just doesn't work.

I might be able to start again from the beginning and save more ammo on the train, but I don't see how this game will be playable in the later areas with such limited ammo and healing items...




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...

Actually, free shipping on Amazon often *is* UPS. That's what I've seem to have gotten when I used it.




Brigade Delbrack
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(10/5/05 12:33 pm)
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Everything I've ever ordered from Amazon has come UPS, whether I had free shipping or not. I always have it sent straight to my work place because of that.

FO, I think it's because the demo disc that Capcom made for RE0 only had the train part of it. So that's all the previews for the game talked about.




CLOUDBOND007
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That's strange. I guess I could have my stores mixed up, but I was pretty sure that the Super Saver shipping always came USPS for me.




Minerva K Red
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(10/5/05 3:55 pm)
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Demo disks don't typically contain the entire game, Brig.

I picked up that game of FF5 I started a long time ago and made it as far as Ex-Death's Castle. Game gets friggin' hard towards the end.




CRAWLand1000
The Fuzzy Physicist
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(10/5/05 4:11 pm)
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When you use the super saver shipping on Amazon, Amazon claims it has no guarantee how it will be shipped. It'll be shipped in what ever way saves them money.

So, I'm not entirely sure how they decide it. Maybe they have a contract with UPS and sometimes get discounts. Or maybe if they're shipping multiple things to one area of the country, they can bundle them together, if some were going UPS anyway. But if something's going on its own, they'll use USPS.


This is all hypothesis; I really don't know how it works.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(10/5/05 8:45 pm)
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I never learned relativistic quantum mechanics in a formal class, so I finally went through my only QM text (which also didn't go along with a class; I bought it on my own) that has the Dirac equation. So, now I can at least say I've been exposed to it.

The coverage in the book is completely "formal", though. No examples of what's physically going on.

So, I played with it a bit on my own. I solved it for a free particle in one (space) dimension. Normally -- in 3D -- the wave function for the Dirac equation has 4 parts: For the spin up and spin down states of the electron, and spin up and down for the positron. Well, in one dimension, you only need 2 components. What are the physical interpretations of those components? I don't know. I don't think you can have "spin" -- or any kind of angular momentum -- in only one dimension. I did verify that they go to the wave functions of the free particle in the Schroedinger theory (edit: In the limit that c goes to infinity). Both of them do, in fact. Neither seems to have negative energy (I could double check that).




TWEETER911
I learned from both
Jushin Lyger AND Mr. Pogo,
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(10/5/05 10:56 pm)
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Just clobbered Don Joaqin in Disgaea. Forgot how rough this fight was...
: )




Minerva K Red
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(10/6/05 9:27 am)
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Made it to Ex-Death in Final Fantasy 5 last night and got fucking clobbered, man. Might try playing something else for awhile.




CLOUDBOND007
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(10/6/05 4:51 pm)
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I started playing Trace Memory. Was surprised that the girl's birthday was Jan. 9... then I said to myself, "You idiot, the DS keeps track of your birthday... God, you're stupid!"

It's amusing that the DS itself is in the game and part of the story, only it's called something else and has a different function than playing games.

I found a mistake in the instruction book in the character descriptions. A sentence just ends in the middle... it talks about a character and says something like, "She seems to know more than she". I guess the rest might have been "lets on."




TWEETER911
I learned from both
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(10/6/05 5:57 pm)
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....That's the game with the white haired loli...erh....kid, right?
O_o




CLOUDBOND007
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(10/6/05 6:08 pm)
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Haha. Yeah, it's the 13 year old kid trying to solve some mystery about her parents.

It's supposed to be really short, which is the main reason it got average scores. But that's alright, I have no attention span anyway.

If I was picking out a game, it would have been Castlevania, but as free games go, I don't complain. Unless the free game is Sonic related, then I never speak to the gift giver again.




TWEETER911
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(10/6/05 6:14 pm)
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"it would have been Castlevania"

....But you never played AoS.
>_>
<_<




CLOUDBOND007
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(10/6/05 6:19 pm)
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That's a lie! :)

I played Aria of Sorrow (I think there's a lot of it I didn't complete, but I got some sort of ending).

I didn't play the first two on GBA or SoTN. I have to find another copy of AoS some time so that I can more fully complete it. Fun game, though.

Trace Memory is actually pretty interesting. You control the girl (who's name I forgot somehow) with the stylus or d-pad. It's a not-terrible looking overhead 3d-ish perspective on the bottom screen.

The top screen is constantly changing showing a 2D image of whatever area you're in. Most times, you can hit an icon and examine this rather nice looking 2D image and look for clues or get explanations about stuff. A simple example... double tap some trees, and she says "The trees here are densely packed." It's really there for solving puzzles though, I suppose, not stating the obvious. There was one area where I had to lower a drawbridge by finding the controls and then using them with the touch screen.

I imagine that this'll be a little bit like "Myst for those who don't want to think a lot". Perfect for me. :)




Captain Ladd Spencer
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(10/6/05 6:54 pm)
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Quote: Unless the free game is Sonic related, then I never speak to the gift giver again.

Over at VGF, there's a guy named Luigi007 who throws a temper tantrum whenever anybody speaks ill of Sonic.

Also, did you ever see the Dark Lord post back in PaP?

Aria of Sorrow was a good game. HoD sucked, but Circle of the Moon was great.




CLOUDBOND007
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(10/6/05 6:56 pm)
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Luigi007! My long lost relative/arch nemesis/parallel universe duplicate!

I meant to comment on that Dark Lord pic, but I forgot. If they actually call him Dark Lord in the game, then I'll give it at least a 1/10. :)

I should try Circle of the Moon, but what I really need to play is SoTN.

When I see Codie post with that name, I keep thinking it's FO at first. Don't know why.




Captain Ladd Spencer
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(10/6/05 7:09 pm)
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I guess you're so used to me posting as Sweet Home people and p0rn Sigma.

I don't think FO ever played much Bionic Commando. I know Crawl really liked Elite Forces (which I've been trying to get another copy of because I was wanting to replay it, but I don't think I'd have enough time to do it all in one sitting).




Prince Maru
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(10/6/05 7:59 pm)
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I usually put my web address in my signature.




Psycho Penguin
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(10/6/05 8:14 pm)
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I started playing Soul Blazer and got to the first dungeon in Greenwood. I've died about five times so far. This game is rough. :yay




TWEETER911
I learned from both
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(10/6/05 9:57 pm)
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"I played Aria of Sorrow (I think there's a lot of it I didn't complete, but I got some sort of ending)."

Well FUCK me then! :( I didn't know! *Explodes in shame?*
.....

Anyways.
Valvolga, the best homosexual character to ever be in a video game ever(better than Ocelot even), is called "Dark Lord" in Makai Kingdom in his status screen when/if you ever unlock him. There is also generic a "lesser demon" tier called darklord.

>_>


And ues, play CotM, Adhesive Joe!
<_<




Facilitypro
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(10/6/05 10:26 pm)
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I decided to play Nightshade again. Yes, it's pretty bad, but a) I've forgotten much of the later levels and for some reason have been wondering what they were like, b) I don't feel like learning the mechanics of a new game right now, because I'm busy, and c) I never really played as Hotsuma when I unlocked him last time.

I've been playing about 45 minutes a night for the last several days. I beat stage 9, that stupid speedboat one, earlier. In contrast to my first playthough years ago, I only had to retry 3 times. And I beat the boss on my first try despite having only one level of shadow attack available.

Overall, Hibana's attacks seem much slower than Hotsuma's. Even when you're in the air--where you can slash rapidly--your slashes only connect sporadically. The camera is also nowhere near as good as Shinobi's. In Shinobi, I rarely had to fiddle with the right stick to adjust the camera, but it's a constant chore in Nightshade. And the targeting is nowhere near as good as in Shinobi.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(10/6/05 10:45 pm)
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I still haven't played anything lately! Maybe by the weekend I'll be caught up on work and be able to do something.




Psycho Penguin
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(10/6/05 11:12 pm)
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Up to underwater place in Soul Blazer. I am addicted! This game is hard, but i love it!




CLOUDBOND007
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(10/6/05 11:28 pm)
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I ended up deleting my DDP save file by mistake. I wasn't highly motivated to beat Wart three more times anyway, I suppose.

Now, Secret of Mana. I do intend to go back to that eventually, but it'll have to wait a while longer. I'm working on Trace Memory now and Myst should be here pretty soon, too. Those should keep me quite busy.

I've also been sticking with watching Star Trek: TNG on DVD as anybody who looks at my board surely realizes. :)

I'm up to the end of Season 4 now. I had alread watched season 1 not long ago... I actually bought the DVD set. Big waste of money, all things considered, not so much because the season was sub-par as because of how insanely high the price of the set was. So I started renting with Season 2. Completing three seasons... that's pretty fast progress, I think. And it really is cool to look at some of these storylines as an adult... it really has been many years since I've watched some of these and I often find myself liking shows I didn't care for before and vice-versa.

At this very moment, I'm archiving and reading the other massive GPT.




TWEETER911
I learned from both
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(10/6/05 11:32 pm)
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!!!!~~~DYNAMIC V~~~!!!!

They've finally starting showing eps with the "other docter" on the TNN TNG reruns now.
O_o
...........
I'm just sitting here listening to the superiour normal battle music from MMX Command Mission. WHY they change battle music halfway through I'll never know.....but they shouldn't have. Cuz this song rocks!!!!!!!!
O_o




CLOUDBOND007
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(10/6/05 11:38 pm)
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I didn't mind the transition from Pulaski in season 2 to Crusher in season 3 as much as I thought when I started this. I still think the level of hatred for Pulaski is kinda weird, though.




TWEETER911
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(10/6/05 11:44 pm)
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People hate her? How odd. They should be hating that worthless broad Troi instead!
........
Say, why did...uhm....god what's her name....
.....
"Wesley's mom" leave the show anyways?
O_o




CLOUDBOND007
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(10/6/05 11:54 pm)
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I saw some more examples of Troi not being able to be telepathic at all. The most recent time, she said she sensed something, and when asked to elaborate, just shook her head, didn't even bother to say out loud that she has no clue what's going on. Never tries to actually be a counsellor, just hangs around the bridge acting confused. Awesome character. :)

As for why the doctor left the show and came back, I've heard a couple different things, but Wikipedia's entry sounds reasonable:

Quote: In 1987, McFadden was cast as Dr. Beverly Crusher on Star Trek The Next Generation. The Crusher character was slated to be Picard's love interest, and this aspect of the character is what attracted McFadden to the role. Like many of the TNG character's during it's first season, Crusher wasn't very well developed. There were some disagreements between the show's producers and McFadden as to how the character should develop. These disagreements led to some bad blood between her and several executive producers, resulting in McFadden's being released from her contract and not being in TNG's second season.

However, her replacement proved to be unpopular and McFadden was personally asked to return by Rick Berman. At first McFadden was hesitant as she had felt she had moved on; however, after a phone call from her co-star Patrick Stewart, McFadden changed her mind and returned.

From the Third Season on, Crusher was still under-used, but the character was mellowed slightly. McFadden remained vocal about her disappointing screen time, especially during TNG movies.





TWEETER911
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(10/6/05 11:56 pm)
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"Awesome character"

xD




CLOUDBOND007
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(10/7/05 6:37 am)
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Been playing Trace Memory for over an hour so far. That's not a lot, but it's only supposed to be around 5 or 6 hours long. I'm trying to take my time and click on everything while playing it, so maybe I'll get a longer time.

Just got to the part where you find the DTS card and Jessica's glasses. (The DTS card is another real life Nintendo item given another purpose... these look like DS game cards and they play on the in game "DS").

I met a ghost character, and one thing you can apparently do is help him recover his memories of how he died and who he was. I've read that this is optional, but I'll certainly try to do it.

There haven't been any hard puzzles so far, you just have to make sure you look at everything. And just lately, I had to backtrack a ways before I found a use for an item I found.

Probably not a game for everyone, as it's all exploration, story, and (simple so far) puzzle solving. I'm finding it pretty entertaining, though.

EDIT: I just reached chapter 2, and it looks like most of the game is going to take place in a giant, suspicious building. That building is... a MANSION!




Nixxy Blayde
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(10/7/05 11:08 am)
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I've had Pokemon Blue for years now and I never actually finished it. I decided against trying to fill out my Pokedex and just want to beat the game. I'm currently at the silph tower, but I can't fight any of the enemies yet. They all show up as ghosts.




Crawl and 1OOO
The Fuzzy Physicist
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(10/8/05 5:21 am)
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I have to mention another ridiculous cinema in Resident Evil 0.

There's a scene where the main bad guy of RE0 makes himself known to Wesker (who doesn't really do anything in this game, but was sort of important in RE1).

He's a long hair kid who FUCKING SINGS OPERA to a bunch of leeches, who then pile into a big mass and take the form of a (supposedly dead) scientist (this last bit is relatively believable compared to having a guy sing opera for no reason. Why is it that in games, any profession - say, general in Final Fantasy 6 - prepares you for opera singing?)


Oh, and the reason Billy is supposed to be executed is completely idiotic.


Also, STARS sounds more like what grade school girls would name their fantasy vocal band more than an elite police unit.


I haven't looked around for other opinions on this game's story, but I wouldn't be surprised if there were some gamers who actually take it seriously.




SnuggleJammies
I'm all snuggly warm
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(10/8/05 8:17 am)
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Quote: Why is it that in games, any profession - say, general in Final Fantasy 6 - prepares you for opera singing?)


I guess everyone has to have a hobby.

I don't take the story seriously at all, but I can understand why people who like stuff that's cheesy would like it.