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TWEETER911
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(6/26/05 3:59 am)
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I'm sitting here, full of RAGE at being unable to play DMC on Hard. See last topic for more details and me typing in all caps like the good old days.
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RAAAAAAGE!
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..Well....it was good enough to convince me I need to go buy 3. I'll do that and see if ebgames has an extra copy of 1 on Monday.




Flying Omelette
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(6/26/05 8:31 am)
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Played up to the first day of Winter in HM64. Pibby has already begun giving small milk bottles. I'm so glad I decided to purchase another cow from the Green Ranch instead of having one of my cows give birth to it. It's more expensive to buy a new one, but they take a lot less time to mature. Plus, I have way more money than I'll ever need. I'm pretty close to maxing it out.

By the time I get to the next horse race, I'll have enough medals to buy the new stable. I came in second at the last horse race, but it was REALLY close. In a way, I'm glad I lost because whenever I win, the Ranch Owner takes me out for a drink and that advances the game one day without saving.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(6/26/05 11:05 am)
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I went back to the Wyvern Peaks and earned the Wyvern Eye. But I sort of wimped out because I only fought a few of the set encounters (which don't give you anything special) before warping back to Soprigal. I might try to kill them all in one trip later, but maybe not. The mummies are still better for experience.

With that done, I briefly explored Dusk again. I didn't have any troubles in that time, so I might try the trading game again. Even if I'm not quite ready, it might be nice to know that.

I went back to Sorpigal and got the Vellum scroll and also took it to Agar in Erilquin.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(6/26/05 11:48 am)
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Quote: (I wonder if this game has a low level cap? My cleric and wizard have been gaining a new spell level every two experience levels. And the spell levels only go to 9).


Apparently not. FO got her old copy of the game and she has a character at level ONE HUNDRED THREE! I don't think either of us can recall another RPG that doesn't cap off at or before 99. I wouldn't be surprised if the cap isn't until 255.

This all being the case, I guess it must be possible to earn all the magic spells relatively early. I also suppose I shouldn't worry about being overleveled for anything, at least relative to FO's experience with the game.




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(6/26/05 11:58 am)
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I explored a bit of Perilous Peak on my old save file. Someday, I really do want to finish mapping that area of the game. But I really need to concentrate on finishing Harvest Moon 64 right now.

The main reason I looked at my old save file is because I could've SWORN it was possible to equip Robber's Tools on other classes besides Robbers. I thought that was a trick I used to make non-Robber characters better able to open trapped treasure chests when my Robber was killed in battle. But Crawl tried it and couldn't equip the Robber's Tools on anybody but his Robber. I guess it's a mis-memory on my part, but it's also possible I discovered some crazy glitch that allowed me to equip it on my Paladin. (One time I did discover a glitch that involved equipping a sling on a character when it should not have been possible, but I can't remember how I did it.)

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I also want to begin updating some more of my old reviews into essay format (like I did with Shadowgate 64 and Kabuki Quantum Fighter). I'll probably start with the ones that are better-written, so the transition will be easier. Kagero might be a good one to start with, as I think that's one of my better category-format reviews. I probably don't even need to replay that game because I played through it four times, and I'm pretty sure the review is an accurate representation of both what the game is like and how I felt about it. I'll just reorganize the paragraphs of the review and trim some of the fat.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(6/26/05 1:16 pm)
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I got a nearly perfectly straight blister on my thumb. It must be from playing videogames, but it's funny to think a game like Might and Magic would give me one.




TWEETER911
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(6/26/05 3:13 pm)
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I'll think I'll take the time to talk about the Mundus battles in little detail.

The first part was very unexpected and not very fun. I checked a FAQ for it and used some Devil Stars and shot the superattack thing when I could.. This segment is like the underwaters segments, imo. Very unneeded and crummy...a space shump battle....wtf oro.

The second part was much better. I barely squeaked by on my first try though, and I used nearly every item I had. It took me a second to realize what to do to Mundus, though.

After that, the escape scene was pretty unexpected, but I didn't mind it. The Nobodies seem to take longer to kill, but the two Blades seem to die faster than they generally do.
O_o

This next Mundus battle seems to be the best place in the game to use Vortex. Vortex and grenade gun do him in eventually.

Get superpower, get DT, shoot gun. This is where I have disc problems up the wazoo. Today I got past the easy and also unneeded plane escape, but it froze during a scene after that, instead of right when I leave the cave. But hey, I got 1 point 28 seconds closer to fully finishing it.




TWEETER911
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(6/26/05 5:39 pm)
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Breakthrough! Not really. I've managed to see the ending, but it still dies before the credits.




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(6/26/05 5:42 pm)
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What does the disc look like?




TWEETER911
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(6/26/05 5:47 pm)
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It has a couple of scratches.
Oh woe is me, I am teh scrooed.
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For seventh time I ask myself...why do I buy used games?


edit edit:
I think the dood did say something about a warrenty or something, I can't make heads or tails of receipt descriptions, but there is something that says (or at least looks like it says) I payed 2 bucks for something else. Hopefully I mindlessly agreed to a warrenty and I'm not totally boned!
YEEAH BABY, YEAH.
V_V




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I took one of my game progress posts and did that thing where you translate it to something and back again with babelfish. "Condemnation 3" is a cool title.


That is a subject of zombi and is alive post hungry.

In condemnation 3, I did not play absolutely as much as yesterday, but that I reached a new area... Communications, Sector 1. Observe that the communications are a diverse part of the game that transference of the communications. I verified my total state... and still not to equal again halfway nevertheless! One feels as he must approach the end. A FPS does not have generally to be longer than the good thing of most of the RPG that nonencounter so boring gameplay as I pull ahead.

Still. In any case, the last area had mounting to him of this thing of the elevation. You could cause that she moves by itself or who controls it manually pressing the bellboys in a Control Panel.

I had to vagar around in him who tried to find the right way through the level. And the things would attack sometimes whereas you were in him, who him makes extremely vulnerable. Horrifyingly of the game was not a bad part, but I hope that there is not anything like that advanced ignition more.

That level also had a short sequence where you are in the surface with a limited air supply. That mark nervous I, who am the point, conjecture. He was able to use chainsaw some more times! He is pleasant having something does not work of ammo and it is not also a lantern.




TWEETER911
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(6/26/05 8:25 pm)
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That's just TOO goood.




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(6/26/05 8:36 pm)
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I'm going to start MGS now. For great justice.




TWEETER911
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(6/26/05 8:41 pm)
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I bet you die 40 times in the first area.




CLOUDBOND007
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LOL @ Decoy Octopus and Psycho Mantis... and the other names, too. But especially Decoy Octopus.




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(6/26/05 9:10 pm)
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I hope he starts on Normal.

CLOUDBOND007
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Well, I figured that I'd never hear the end of it if I used easy mode. Or very easy.

So I'm on normal. Although right now, I'm just going through the briefing section. The voice acting makes half of the stuff seem hilarious. Or maybe it's just me.


Okay, briefing is done now.
The solid versus the liquid... so funny.
Time to start playing for real... and stop filling this thread with nonsense.




CLOUDBOND007
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Quote: I bet you die 40 times in the first area.


More like... 15! :)

Probably one of the most challenging intro sequences I've played before.

And... it's not like it's hard to understand on your own. But I think it would've made more sense to tell Snake how the radar works BEFORE he has to get through an area by using it extensively.




TWEETER911
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(6/26/05 11:01 pm)
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It is the most challengiing intro of all tiiiime!




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(6/26/05 11:02 pm)
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MGS is one of those games that starts you out with a piddly lifebar. As the game goes on, not only does it get longer, but you can carry more rations.




TWEETER911
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(6/26/05 11:04 pm)
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Yeah, at the start you die in two hits. By the time you finish you can sit there for two minutes and keep getting shot.




CLOUDBOND007
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I just reached the Tank Hangar.

In the Heliport area, I found the tranquilizer gun under that... what the hell was it? I can't remember now. A vehicle, I guess.

Anyway, I crawled under there and found it. So I hit the one nearby guard with it and apparently avoided the camera successfully.

Didn't really explore the area at all, though. Maybe I should be looking for items and stuff more so than finding the fastest way to the exit? I saw there was an item where the helicopter was but I didn't bother with that...


BTW, the complete hilarity of the Game Over screen made losing all those times very tolerable. I think I like those parodies I've seen of this game even more now.




TWEETER911
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(6/26/05 11:36 pm)
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Tranq Gun? THAT is new...

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"Harry? HARRY?! HAAAAAARRRRRYYYYY?!??!!?"

^_^'




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Looks that way. I was just reading a changes list.

Quote: New weapons include the M9 (tranq pistol) and the PSG-1 T (tranq sniper rifle).


Here's the rest...


Quote:
- Graphical engine that is more or less at Metal Gear Solid 2's level.

- Updated gameplay features to include that of Metal Gear Solid 2 (hold-up,
hanging on ledges, first person view, rolling, etc.) Basically anything you can
do in Metal Gear Solid 2, you can do here.

- All the voice work has been redone. All the voice actors from the original
game are reprising their roles, with the exception of the Ninja, who is now
voiced by Rob Paulsen (insert Fight Club reference.) Also, Naomi, Nastasha, and
Mei Ling have lost their accents.

- All the music with the exception of the ending theme has been redone and
replaced. For better or for worse...

- The script has been retooled and reworded in some areas.

- All of the cutscenes have been redone. Ryhuei Kitamura (Versus) is directing
them and they have a much more stylish and actiony approach to them. Expect
insane acrobatics and slow motion/bullet time all over the place. Complain about
it being unrealistic. Come to the epiphany that you are a dumbass, seeing as
you're arguing about how backflips make are unrealistic in a game with
psychics, cyborg ninjas, genetically altered super soldiers, and giant bipedal
battle tanks.

- The briefing scene has been completely redone. It uses polygon models now
instead of monotone images of a naked Snake. Snake also has boxers now and
undeniably brown hair.

- Dog Tags are also in the mix this time around. They don't do much, but they're around...





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(6/26/05 11:45 pm)
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In my first try in Dusk tonight, I was killed by a party of Cavemen Chiefs. I got them down to two, but once again as the fight went on they became harder because they kept getting more consecutive attacks. At first, they had as many turns as I did, but at the end they got three turns in a row.

So, I'll move on to trying to map C-1. Of the four grids adjacent to C-2, it's the only one I hadn't explored previously.

This game is probably no more linear than SaGa Frontier, but I assume that the areas closest to the beginning are those that would be best to explore first. (Though I could in principle use FLY magic to go to any grid on the overworld).




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When I play again, tonight or tomorrow, I'm going to do the heliport again and look around a bit more for things. If there's nothing interesting, I'll move on. I just felt like I made it through there too fast. I have a separate save file at the start of that area, so it's no trouble.




TWEETER911
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(6/26/05 11:58 pm)
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You can go back later on teh first file....unless they changed it.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(6/27/05 12:03 am)
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At the end of the game, you can go back to any area except the very, very beginning (the area with the two soldiers, that you take an elevator to leave)




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Well, I'm mainly worried about missed items or weapons that could be useful in the near future. And I wouldn't want to go through an already challenging game at a disadvantage.


Anyway, on a different matter, I found out that Movielink.com is doing a promotion (ending tonight, actually) where you get 80% off your next rental. So I rented Ladder 49. There are better movies, but it's the kind of thing I'm in the right frame of mind to watch. Seems Ebert gave it a much higher score than average. 3.5 stars, IIRC.

I have several weeks to start watching it after I pay, but once I start, I have to finish within 24 hours. So I'm not sure when I'll do it.


EDIT: Neat! I just gave it a try. Accidentally got spotted right away by the searchlights, so I just ran all over the place exploring before they had a chance to kill me.

The heliport item is a grenade... it says for use on electronic devices. There's a ration on the right side in the snow. And I found a SOCOM inside the truck (the tranq gun I mentioned is underneath it).

I'll have to play again seriously and try get all of these without being spotted.




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YES!

I got everything and cleared the level and it only took two attempts.

First, I ran over to the ration pack. That's the easiest part.
Then I went to get the item on the helicopter pad, running between the searchlights. Next, made a quick left to reach the truck.

Climbed into the truck to get the SOCOM and to wait and hide until the soldier walked out of the area. Then crawled underneath and got the tranquilizer gun.

Headed back a ways to get a clear shot at the guard by the exit. Knocked him out and exited for the win!




Bomberguy221
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(6/27/05 3:11 am)
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I just got the Food Processing Room in Harvest Moon: AWL. I can make goat cheese! :D I also have a few more hybrids growing, including some trees (one of which bears fruit during a season other trees won't).

One thing I'm wondering about this game is how (or if) I can get the other girls married. I married Nami, but Celia and Muffy are both still unwed. Marlin clearly has a thing for Celia, but it seems like there's no real mutual feelings. Celia seems happy enough.

Muffy's a different story. She seems cheery enough in the day, but at night she goes to the beach and is untalkative. Usually through your friendships to people you can fix any problem in Harvest Moon games. I don't know if I'll be able to fix those problems at the current time, or if I'll have to wait for people to age some more. I'm currently at the beginning of fall in my third year. After winter, I start the next chapter. Maybe then some relationship issues will change.




sethrashnoo
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Currently working my way through the mole mine in Super Mario RPG, trying to find Dyna and Mite.




TWEETER911
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(6/27/05 2:34 pm)
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Yeah, that was the only DMC1 copy....So I handed it back in and got a fresh and nw copy of 3. I had to pay the difference, but oh well.
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Hey, at least I played and beat DMC1 on Normal. I SWEAR I'LL GET A PERMANENT COPY ONE DAY! ONE DAY!

I think I'll toss in 3 after Judge Mathis. I'm such a sucker for Judge Mathis. :(




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(6/27/05 4:05 pm)
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Judge Mathis!!!




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I've reached the Armory in MGS. Got into the first real battle. Um... I didn't do that good. The first time, I just got wiped out. After that, I went to the config menu and changed it so you can toggle FPS mode on and off instead of having to hold down a button. And I made it reverse, so down is up, up is down for aiming. After so much Doom 3, I could never adjust to the other way.

After that, I got past that part, but took a lot of damage. But I learned that if you leave a ration equipped, it'll automatically kick in if you run out of health. According to the item description, at least.

I think if I did it one more time, I could take even less damage, but I'd rather move on.




Magical Yard Gnome
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(6/27/05 8:24 pm)
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My monitor burned out so I got a new one.




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I just beat Revolver Ocelot. Surprisingly easy battle, at least in this version. I'd just run around dodging bullets until he had to reload... then switch to first person and aim for the head. Then repeat that until it was over.

And then I watched one of the most boring conversations ever. And why does Snake repeat almost everything he hears... it's annoying. Weren't we talking about a Castlevania character that did that?

Anyway, I'm sure he'd respond to MYG by saying
"...a new monitor?" in a really surprised sounding voice.




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More MGS favorites:

Snake: "What?!"

Otacon: "Thanks to the stealth camouflage!"

Don't know if those phrases are as heavily used in the GC version.




Bomberguy221
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Harvest Moon: AWL - I grew a bunch of turnips and made 5 Light Pickles. That gave me the Dessert and Main Course options, so I made fruit juice to give to Cody. I'm still trying to figure out how exactly I'll get my kid into his trailer (since I'm obviously going to have an artist on my hands and not a musician).

Oh, and Daryl tried to collect power for the village during a rain storm and instead caused the lights in his lab to get fried. He's crazy.




TWEETER911
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(6/27/05 9:23 pm)
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Just beat Agni and Rudra in DMC3. Three is about 40 times harder than one, it seems! H'RMM!

Cerberus took many tries before I could even figure out a half decent strategy....which turned out to be stay the fuck away and shoot him to death with handguns...
: )


For Agni and Rudra, I lucked out, guess. I used all my bought vital stars...which was 2 small, 3 large. I so totally don't know how I got by that fight.
: (

I've mostly been sticking to Swordmaster style...I've used gunslinger a bit too...




Bomberguy221
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(6/28/05 12:55 am)
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Now with burning desire to KILL. Viewtiful Joe - I just beat episode 5. It's the one similar to episode 2, only replacing day with night and the water with lava. I'm on my last life, though. I honestly had doubts about beating Alastor.




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I watched Ladder 49 tonight. Decent movie, certainly worth renting at the discounted price.

And I still think it's really cool renting movies over the internet like that.

Prices are high compared to something like Netflix, but rarely more than Blockbuster. And you have the convenience of not having to leave the house or worry about returning the movie on time. This rental was the "enhanced quality" version, which ended up coming close to DVD quality.




Flying Omelette
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Quote: Just beat Agni and Rudra in DMC3. Three is about 40 times harder than one, it seems! H'RMM!



WTF? Those are named after the two most powerful Dragon Spells in Breath of Fire 1.

http://www.flyingomelette.com/oddities/oddities26.html




TWEETER911
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(6/28/05 7:10 am)
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Heh.All of them are probly named after some obscure demons in mythology, like Alastor was.

Anyways, I used the mission select thing to go back to the begining, and level up my other 2 styles. Haven't touched Royal Guard yet, even though its probly best...cuz you get to block and stuff.

Ceberus is easy using the Agni and Rudra weapon. Haha.
Also almost beat the actual bosses, A&R, in one shot, using Cerberus. Which I was too much of a tard to use the first time....




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(6/28/05 11:37 am)
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Actually, Agni and Rudra have something to do with Vedic mythology. Most of, if not all, of the bosses in DMC 3 are named after some figure in literature or mythology.




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(6/28/05 12:13 pm)
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Well, Breath of Fire and DMC are both Capcom games, so it makes sense.

I've been playing Super Metroid. Just fought and beat Kraid.




TaroSH
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(6/28/05 7:38 pm)
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I just got back from Maine. Hoo boy, I can't even figure out why I went. All I did was sit in bed and be hot.

Though I did finally beat Belmont's Revenge and Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Mosnters.

Dracula was harder than everything in Heap of Dung combined.

Kid Icarus' ending was just as dumb as Sethra said it was.




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I'm trying to make progress in Twin Snakes, but I'm just finding it pretty dull so far. The dialogue is... well, it's dull. And these people are calling me every 5 seconds to tell me some obvious thing or another.

The gameplay... sneaking around is neat and all but it feels like something is missing. And what's up with all these items that you can just miss if you aren't exploring properly? Is this a game where you can end up totally stuck because you don't have the right stuff to beat a boss or survive an area?

Another thing... WTF was with that "back of the package" clue where you need to find out the frequency shown on the game's case? Is that just there to frustrate anyone who rents it or buys it used without a case? Reminds me of Star Tropics and the paper you had to hold underwater. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt, and assume there was another way to make contact with Meryl.

I'm now back at the first floor trying to collect some more items. I did advance farther to see what was there and ran into Vulcan Raven. But I want those items, so I'm working on that now.

Don't be surprised if I don't finish this game, though.




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Quote: Another thing... WTF was with that "back of the package" clue where you need to find out the frequency shown on the game's case? Is that just there to frustrate anyone who rents it or buys it used without a case? Reminds me of Star Tropics and the paper you had to hold underwater. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt, and assume there was another way to make contact with Meryl.


There isn't.

I think Kojima thought that was some clever puzzle or something.

You just got a CD case in the game, and you're told to look at the back of the case. But they don't mean the item in the game (which you can't use), but the back of the real CD case! OMG!

Like Star Tropics, though, even if you're missing the case, there are only 1000 possibilities, and hence it takes about 15 minutes to try them all sequentially.

Star Tropics is really easy to remember though (I'm pretty sure, completely off the top of my head, without playing the game in a couple of years, that it's 747).




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There are only 200 frequencies in MGS. The frequencies go from 140.00 to 141.99.

Quote: Is this a game where you can end up totally stuck because you don't have the right stuff to beat a boss or survive an area?


No. In the PS1 version, there are usually multiple ways to kill each boss. For instance, you can blow up Ocelot with C4 or shoot him. I don't think you should spend too much time looking for items. Most of the items you need are either unavoidable or someone tells you were they are.

Speaking of, I started a new game + with my stealth camo. I'm just got the stinger missiles.

I did the torture sequence this time. What a bore. Each time I lose some life to the device, I can make it all up before the next chunk gets taken off.




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Okay... I just get annoyed when certain things happen.

For example, somebody tells me...

"Snake, there are mines in that area, so use a mine detector!" (or something like that).

And so I check, only to find out that I don't have one. Stuff like that makes me feel like I'm playing the game wrong.




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Harvest Moon: AWL - I finally got inside Cody's trailer and put my kid inside. I didn't let him walk all the way home, though. I do kinda want this guy to go places other than the farm when he's older.

A hurricane just hit, and fortunately it's not quite as damaging as it is in other Harvest Moon games. My crops get watered, and I just have to keep my animals inside.

Viewtiful Joe - I attempted episode 6 (another rehash stage, kinda lame), and I got up to the third part when I got interrupted. I'll try again later.




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I REALLY didn't feel like more MGS, so I decided to work on replaying Starfleet Academy for SNES. It's been a long time, but it's still a fairly enjoyable game. The missions sometimes have fairly creative solutions. And space combat is pretty fun as well. The graphics haven't aged well at all, though, and there's only a couple of songs, the main one taken right from Wrath of Khan.

I've just reached Junior year and have a cumulative GPA of 84%.




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CALADBOLG!

Bwahahahahaha! I FINALLY managed to get the Sun Sigil after nearly driving myself insane doing that stupid chocobo race. I got 12 balloons (minus 36 seconds) and a time of 35.9 seconds. Talk about cutting it close...

So now I have the fully-powered Caladbolg, Masamune, and Nirvana. In my opinion, these are the three easiest to get and I really don't wanna bother getting the other four. Well, actually, Rikku and Wakka's would only be time-consuming... but still.

Interesting enough... I haven't even done the Highbridge event yet. I kind of branched off doing sidequests after getting the Airship and... 30 hours later look where I am. Wow, where has the time gone? I hate it when I do this ._. I always dawdle in RPGs and somehow get a long playing time. I'm curently on 87 hours, I think. But I'm pretty sure I'm ready to beat the game now.

The Caladbolg is so sexy ^^




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Quote: Though I did finally beat Belmont's Revenge and Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Mosnters.


I'm actually playing Belmont's Revenge too. I just beat the Cloud Castle, which was final of the four selectable castles I had to finish.

I'm resisting the urge to start colorizing Game Boy games again, but I'm thinking I could make Belmont's Revenge look pretty good.




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Finished Starfleet Academy on Normal difficulty. That was pretty quick, I think.

Here's my ending:

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Congratulations! You have finished eighth in your class, and after a long career, you command a Federation starship. Your ability is acknowldeged throughout your career.





TaroSH
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Belmont's Revenge's graphics were incredible in black and white (or green and red as they are on the GBC).

In Yoshi's Island, I 100'd all the stages in World 6. Also got 100s on Extra 1: Poochy Ain't Stupid and Extra 6: Castle - Masterpiece Set.

I got the 100 on both of them my first time through, but I died about fifteen times on Poochy Ain't Stupid. I died about four times in Masterpiece Set, but three of them were because I kept trying to jump over some spikes at the end of the stage instead of allowing a water current to take me under them.

I attempted Extra 5. Holy shit.




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Quote: Belmont's Revenge's graphics were incredible in black and white (or green and red as they are on the GBC).


Eh? I was under the impression that only Nintendo games had custom GBC palettes; 3rd party games were all white for background; green, blue and maybe black for foreground. But I could be wrong.


Of course, any GBC can have nondefault palettes if you hold the controller a certain way when you turn on the system.




TWEETER911
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Beat Vergil 1 on the first try. What a joke this fight was....
O_o
I was using Level2 Trickster style's double dash and the handguns 90% of the fight. Vergil starts a sword combo and whiffs, I doubledash away and pump him full of lead. This went on until he only had about 25% left of his life. He started actually blocking the bullets and doing other attacks than just the 3 swing combo. I kept shooting though, and I noticed he had a huuuge lag when he sheathed his sword (tard!), so I started physicaly attacking him with Rebellion during his lag time. I did get hit a few times, but this fight was still very very very easy compared to the others.

The actual stages leading up to the fight were harder. Stupid casket guys...annoying buggers.




TaroSH
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Quote: Eh? I was under the impression that only Nintendo games had custom GBC palettes; 3rd party games were all white for background; green, blue and maybe black for foreground. But I could be wrong.

On almost all backgrounds and foregrounds on GB classic games are green and black, and sprites are red and black, which is what I meant on that last post. It probably sounded like I meant the game had custom coloring.

Though I do recall Super Mario Land actually having some browns, but I may just not be remembering right.

I 100'd the "impossible" maze. Everything else is pissing me off.




Agisuro
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Last game I finished was Mega Man Battle Network 2.




Flying Omelette
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I haven't played anything the past few nights. I've not been feeling very well, and it's mostly because I can't figure out what to do with Image Arcane.

Part of me will say, just start writing it and don't worry about how "good" it will be. Better to have something than nothing.

And then the other part of me says, why even bother if you know you can't be good at it?

And then I end up getting headaches and falling asleep. This really isn't good for me. I should probably just forget about Image Arcane. I'm too old and just don't have time for it anymore.




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World of Warcraft. I've been out in the light too long, must go back into my dark hole!




TWEETER911
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DMC3 NITPICK time:
The enemies in this game fucking suck compared to the enemies in DMC1. Most of the enemies in 3 seem to just be doods with scythes! And they arn't that different from each other. Blue dood with scythe dies easy, reddish dood with scythe seems to simply be faster, tougher, and stronger than blue dood, grey dood with scythe can teleport, green dood with scyte...shoots sand from his chest....

There's also a big dood in black with purplish scythe. He was the first boss, and I've fought him again in mission 7 as a normal enemy. He teleports around, but not like grey scythe dood. Its a DIFFERENT kind of teleporting. OooOoooOoooh...


Yes, DMC 1 has a bunch of similer enemies too, but they don't seem so....so....redundant.

Blade and Frost are both lizard type doods, but are different enough for me to enjoy figthing Blades, and find Frosts annoying as hell if not using Ifrit.


Anyways. Lost to the boss in Mission 8 due to pur carelessness. I've also started leveling up Royal Guard with Mission select, but I'm not very fond of it. The blocking is useful, and the charge move seems to hurt things like hell....but I just don't find it that fun to use. Its due to my "defense is worthless" mindset I've had for years, I guess.




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Well, as I said, Nintendo-made games often had custom GBC palettes. Donkey Kong for GB, for instance, is mostly red, which is appropriate for that game (what with all the bricks). I'm also told that Metroid II had a custom GBC palette.

Because of course those games were released before the GBC, those palettes are in the GBC itself, not the games. The GBC has to recognize those few games it works for.




Crawl and 1OOO
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...and I'm thinking that DMC3 might be what I'll go back to when I'm done with Might and Magic. Though it's not the only possible choice.




TaroSH
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Quote: Blue dood with scythe dies easy, reddish dood with scythe seems to simply be faster, tougher, and stronger than blue dood, grey dood with scythe can teleport, green dood with scyte...shoots sand from his chest....

Well, at least there's no pink skeletons.




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I played more MGS and beat Vulcan Raven. But I think that's about as far as I'm going to go. Just not having any fun with this. None at all.

So I guess the last line of dialogue I'll ever see from this game is: "The raven on my head... it thirsts for his blood!"




Flying Omelette
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Anyway, I think if I do start writing Image Arcane again, it would be a real good idea if I'd script it first. I used to script sometimes in the past, and other times I didn't. The times I didn't, I used the "rough draft" method instead, where I'd just draw really sloppily with intent to redo it later so that making changes would be easier. But now, I think it would be much better if I did a script first and weeded out any problems before even starting to draw anything.

I had one of two ideas in mind for the Prologue, and I think I've finally decided on which one I want to use...




TWEETER911
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Hehe. Sounds like you are twice disapointed, CB007.


Anyways. Beat Mission 8 boss. There stupid SCYTHE DOODS in that fight are the only really hard part. They never stop reappearing, and they get constantly in the way when trying to get the boss to expose its weak spot and when attacking said weak spot. The scythe doods there are very different looking, and they bleed goo instead of sand, like the others. OOoOoOoOOoooo! They pack a punch when they hit you though, so I guess they're more formidable than the reddish ones and grey ones...they didn't seem to move very fast though.




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Quote: Hehe. Sounds like you are twice disapointed, CB007.


Well, Doom 3 didn't really disappoint me because I didn't have very high expectations. And something about that game is addictive because I feel like playing it some more now. I want the expansion, but I will forever be denied it.

Twin Snakes isn't bad, but it's not the kind of game I expected, either.




TWEETER911
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So what's next on the chopping block?




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I'm not really sure. Nothing sounds especially appealing right now.

I guess I might try to get Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana.

New releases are iffy with Gamefly, though. They can be out of stock before you know it.




TWEETER911
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C'mon, try DW5. It can't be more displeasing than MGS.....
>_>
<_<




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Alright, what the hell.




TWEETER911
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Yaaay. Now enjoy it, or I'll keell yuu!
:O




ShadOtterdan
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I beat Kingdom Hearts, I even beat Sephiroth. When you first encounter him before leveling up a bunch, he will fricken own you, however once you get to the point where he isn't taking off half your life with one hit, you can manage to stay on top of him and prevent him from hitting you with Sin Harvest, which takes all your health and mp. One thing I have to say about this game though is that it is suprisingly hard for a game with Disney characters. It isn't that challenging, but it still required some creative before boss strategies.




Bomberguy221
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Animal Crossing - Gwen moved out (CRAP CRAP CRAP) and Astrid moved in. She's another kangaroo, but she's not as neat-looking and she's really mean. I bought some things at Nook's so I have at least two chances in the lottery tomorrow.

Harvest Moon: AWL - The Blue Bar's been hopping lately! I went in one night and Griffin played on his guitar (and he was really good, I might add). The next day was the Harvest Festival with Ruby and the others at the farm across the river, which I think counted as a meal for me.

I made a couple of hybrid trees, too. I gave a shot at making a third-gen tree, but no luck.




CLOUDBOND007
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I just remembered that I have Kingdom Hearts. Since Gamefly's shipping times average out around 2 or 3 eternities, I may be able to make significant progress with it before a new rental arrives.

Other things I'm doing:

Listening to an audiobook of Star Trek: TNG: Crossover

Starting an e-book of "Engines of Destiny", another ST book.

Yes, I'm just too special for old fashioned books.

Actually, I did get a sci-fi book at the library. "Cusp" by Robert Metzger. I've never read anything by him before, and to be honest, the cover was what got my attention. Ah, the cover. There is no more accurate way to judge a book. 8)




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Nice to know someone else who can beat Sephiroth in Kingdom Hearts (by the way, go after the special ending if you feel like it, it doesnt take TO long). Out of everyone I know around here, only Darian and I have slaughtered him....

Surrently I'm playing Devil May Cry 1 and 3. Beat 1 on easy mode, going through normal, but then I bought 3 so i'm playing through it now. Only on Mission 5 though, sadly.




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"Beat 1 on easy mode"

WANKER.




Crawl and 1OOO
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I haven't played much in the past few days, but I have been reading more.




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Beat Nevan on first try. Used a Vital Star due to being sloppy though. Electric Guitar weapon...for the win...?




TaroSH
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I got 100s on Extras 2, 3, and 4.

HOLY SHIT, EXTRA 5 IS A MOTHER.




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Thanks Lord Draco, and yah, I did get the secret ending. I'm thinking of playing through again on expert mode and this time I'll make sure to get the red trinity in Oogie Boogie's manor that can dissapear forever.




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Stage 5 is another autoscrolling ski stage, right? I remember that being pretty good. I tend to like things like that (also the roller coaster stages in DKC2).

I seem to remember the Hit the Switch! secret stage as maybe being harder, though.




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I played about 10 hours of Suikoden IV. I think I can beat Suikoden 1 in about that much time and I had a lot more fun doing so.




ShadOtterdan
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I just finished Final Fantasy 5. Hey Amitrius, do you still have the link to the retranslation of Final Fantasy 6?




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Quote: I played about 10 hours of Suikoden IV.


I played the demo for 20 minutes and couldn't take it anymore. On top of being bored to death, the characters have the most ridiculous looking animations ever, and they greatly annoyed me.




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Quote: "Beat 1 on easy mode" WANKER.


I know, I'm a disgrace to action game players....I guess I just got rusty after playing RuneScape on the computer for so long.




TaroSH
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Quote: Stage 5 is another autoscrolling ski stage, right? I remember that being pretty good. I tend to like things like that (also the roller coaster stages in DKC2).

Yeah, it's also got a short switch-block platform and a helicopter area (which is mainly what's pissing me off), all of which have Kamek flying at you. Of course, it's called Kamek's Revenge.

I didn't think Hit that Switch was anywhere near as hard as Kamek's Revenge.




CataTonic9
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I've unlocked about 50 ships in R-Type Final.




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Animal Crossing - The bad news is that I didn't win anything in the lotto. The good news is that the three prizes were in my catalog anyway so I had very little to gain.

Harvest Moon: AWL - I just did some uninteresting stuff. However, the weather men are really starting to bother me.

In the other HM games I've played, there's always been one weather person. However, in AWL, there are two weather men. One's a farmer-looking guy who is supposed to be accurate, the other's a guy in a business suit who is not as much so (yet is the only one who predicts hurricanes). However, a short while ago the farmer guy either predicted for what happened in the past few hours or he actually lied to me. I had to restart and I lost all of the stuff I did that morning.

The two of them have been strongly contradicting each other lately, and I honestly don't know which one is safer to believe.

Farmer: Today will be bright and sunny!
Suit: There will be showers due to the stationary front.
Farmer: Sun sun sun!
Suit: It'll be coming down pretty hard.
Farmer: You should go out and wash your animals. I'm sure your goat needs it pretty bad.
Suit: At least you won't have to water your plants.
Farmer: In fact, just have an animal-washing day today.
Suit: I hope your barn doubles as an ark.
Farmer: Sun.
Suit: Rain.
Infomercial: Buy some watercress today!
Me: I HATE YOU ALL.

Oh yeah, and I baked a grape pie.




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I 100'D THE SON OF A BITCH! YOSHI'S ISLAND IS 100% COMPLETE! GO ME!

Though I didn't mind it not happening, I was somehow expecting the game to do something flashy for having all the Extras at 100. All it seems to do is put six stars on the title screen.




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Nice work! Maybe I'll play some more Yoshi's Island later. Kingdom Hearts doesn't sound very exciting right now.


I've read a bit into that Engines of Destiny book. It's really not bad. The basic idea is that Scotty is haunted by Kirk's death on the Enterprise B, so he ends up changing history to save him. But changing history means that the Enterprise D is destroyed during the events of ST Generations (because Kirk doesn't end up in the Nexus) and without the Enterprise crew, there's no one to stop the Borg during the events of First Contact. Complex, but an interesting idea.




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Tried drawing some new pictures of Tomi. Tried with all my might, but I just couldn't do it. I feel excessively tired. I had a terrible day at work and maybe that's why I have no energy...I also have a bad headache....




Magical Yard Gnome
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Been busy packing for vacation. I'll be gone the next 10 days or so.




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Have fun!




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I'm back at Might and Magic. I've mapped about 1/2 of C-1, and so far haven't found anything significant there. I've mapped the east, north, and south sides of it, and am working on the west. I've been ignoring the middle, because it's filled with a forest, and that's hard to map.

So, I've mapped a decent amount of 5 of the overworld grids. Since there's 20 altogether, it's reasonable to expect I'll have a long way to go, but I've been making headway.




TWEETER911
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Killed Beowulf in 3 attempts. Don't feel like going into detail.

Made it to a horse boss but lost.




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No games tonight... I'm completely hooked on that Star Trek novel now. Page 301/731 to be technical about it.

ebooks are neat.




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Heh. I found an error in the book. The same line of dialogue said twice, with a slight variation. This is how it reads:

Quote: Proceed with the transport, Commander.

Very well. Commander, proceed with the transport.



edit: Finished the book. What time is it, anyway? 6:30AM. I'm nuts. Goodnight.




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chrono trigger:
at the "break the seal" part of the game. and finally read an equipment FAQ, since i have so much stuff right now. wasn't that useful, since it only covered the best equip for each character. the items FAQ was much more comprehensive. now that i can break the seal of those black boxes, and that blue-ish ruin with the nu in it. i picked the helmet from the blue ruin. i guess that was the better choice, after i check the items FAQ. that wasn't the best sword, 2nd best in terms of power. and only chrono can use it. now, with the safety helmet and the taban suit, lucca could be almost as durable as ayla. plus i could stil equip the safety helm on the other chars. bla bla bla. fight rhinos, fight rhinos... bored. still need more money to buy all the latest stuff in terra cave.




CataTonic9
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I'm replaying Final Fantasy 6 and I just go through the Serpent Trench with Gau, Cyan, and Sabin to that town up north (Nikeah?).




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Hmm... it seems I still prefer the graphics of the NES version of SMB over the enhanced graphics of the All-Stars remake.




gaimeguy
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I'm playing Meteos on my DS, and it kicks ass.




Crawl and 1OOO
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I finished mapping C-1. Or I think I did... It was hard to map the middle because it open aside from trees.

Anyway, I only found one thing there: The merchant's pass. The area had no dungeons or towns.

I also did that area (C-1) in one trip. Not one gaming session -- I left the game turned on -- but just one trip. The enemies there were all easy. The most powerful enemies there were some trolls (some were in ambushes), and Crawl was still capable of killing some of them in one hit.

So, it was probably good that I did that now, as opposed to later when I'd be even more overwhelmingly powerful. That's one-twentieth of the game down.

I'll probably try to finish B-2 next.




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I'm at Wave 94 on Atari 2600 Defender. My score is 585,950

I'm gonna try to roll over the score...should take about an hour at the most...




Flying Omelette
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I rolled the game over back to Wave 0. I'm now somewhere in the 20's again. I got the Bob Polaro initials trick to work somehow. I caught a human after it was captured by a Lander, and then all the Landers on-screen changed to the letters "BP". I knew about that trick, but this is the first time I've actually seen it.

My score is currently at 776,000.




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It rolled over!!

I turned the game off. I think I could probably just play forever without danger of running out of lives.




Crawl and 1OOO
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I guess there's no need for you to quit your job at Boeing.




Facilitypro
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:)




Bomberguy221
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...Okay?

Viewtiful Joe: I attempted level 6 again, this time actually able to play all the way up to Leo. However, I promptly lost my remaining lives to him (I had continued once earlier in this stage).

I landed some hits on him, but that still doesn't help me in the realm of strategy. I just now figured out the easier way to defeat Hulk Davidson.




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Now I'm reading another Star Trek ebook, "Rogue Saucer". It's pretty good, too, though it's also more realistic in terms of not having crazy story elements like excessive time travel and alternate universes. Although I do like those things, most times. :)

In the story I read yesterday, some of the characters didn't seem quite right, but this author does a better job with them.

After this, I'll listen to the Star Trek audiobook, and maybe get an ebook of Ship of the Line. I haven't really been interested in Star Trek since Enterprise ended, and in such a disappointing way. So it's fun getting back into it a little.

And this has also been a nice break from videogames, really. After the intensity of Doom 3, and the disappointment of MGS, it's nice to take a bit of a break and just read some stuff.

edit: Finished this one, too.




TaroSH
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Hey, CB, if you're in the mood for a good laugh, try "I'm a Stranger Here, Myself". I don't know if it's on eBooks, but you can find it in the Narrative Travel section of pretty much any bookstore.




Fenrir X
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I started Minish Cap today, just to see what it looks like. I think it's cute, with lots of interesting graphical details. I believe I'm going into the first dungeon. I miss being able to hold my sword out in front of me. I don't recall if the Oracle games let you do that or not.

I've been playing Tales of Symphonia for the past few days, and now I'm heading into Asgard for the first time. I've watched a lot of the game being played before, but this is the first time I've had the chance to pick it up myself. I love smacking around Desians at the Palmacosta Ranch. I missed some stuff inside the ranch because the plot progressed before I was ready, and now the place is destroyed.




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I took my save file on Breath of Fire that had the highest level (31) and beat Goda and Jade. Then I backed out of the final area and saved. Now I have a save file that'll let me go straight to the end boss without ever having to fight those two again. I also beat both bosses without using Agni, although I did use Rudra. I just wanted it to be more challenging.




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I mapped all of B-2 with one exception: The square in the northwest corner has a black knight and some air elementals, and I'm not nearly ready for them yet.

I better remember that I still haven't saved the Diamond Key yet. I've gotten it three times, but each time continued playing rather than saving, and got a Game Over.

I didn't find anything else interesting in B-2, but I had previously found 2 dungeons there (one that I cleaned out, one that I didn't).

I've mapped the western most third of B-1. I'm starting to get Game Overs again there (or at least have to return to Soprigal more). It's not that the enemies are stronger, because they're really just the same enemies I've been fighting for a long time now. One difference is that Locus Plagues (who can do 255 points of damage, the maximum amount) are now appearing in the front row, so they can attack me before I can kill them with a fireball. Worse, for some reason they've been getting about 4 turns in a row before I get my turn. There have been a couple of times that I've been wiped out without getting a turn.

Another problem is Cockatrices. I've fought them before, too, but lately they've had better luck at turning my characters to stone. I still don't have anything to do about that.


For B-1, mapping has gone faster than some other areas. It's an area of snow capped peaks, so the walls there are real solid walls. I think it's much easier to map places like that than areas that are open or have trees.

I found a Gateway to Another World, which so far doesn't do anything.

There was an area in the southwest corner of B-1 that was notable. You enter it through a one-way passage, so there's no going out (unless you use the FLY spell, but if you do that you'll have to fight all the monsters again). And it's too dangerous an area to camp. So, you'll have to go through several enemy encounters with much ability to heal (and, yes, there's a possibility that those encounters will have Locus Plagues or Cockatrices). After I went all the way through, I got the silver key.

I'm still not sure what the keys are for, but I've found at least three.




TaroSH
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Been looking at some books I got at the Natural History Museum. They're all done by a Smithsonian-DK joint project.

Why does every damn one of these, as well as the signs and cups at the zoo say the giant panda is a bear? I thought it was universally accepted that they were racoons.




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I found Castle Blackridge South and Erliquin (I've already explored Erliquin, but I reached it by warping from Sorpigal. Now I've found it on the overworld).

I think I'll continue to explore B-1 before I explore the castle, though.




ShadOtterdan
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Taro: I think I remember hearing sometime recently that they turned out to be more like bears than was previously thought.




TaroSH
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Quote:Taro

*slaps forehead*

Well, what about red pandas?




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Thanks for the recommendation, Codie!

On another issue, I was reading the new EGM earlier, and I saw the Arc the Lad: End of Darkness review. Maybe FO already saw it, but they mentioned the cousin marrying issue in it.




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I just took a look at the review. So, it's absolutely true, then? I was hoping that the whole fiasco was a combination of my complete lack of knowledge of the Japanese language plus shitty on-line translators, but apparently that blog I was following was correct.




KazuoSH
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I just realized I forgot something. You'll probably need the author's name if you want to find that book I mentioned. A righteous chap by the name of Bill Bryson wrote it.




Crawl and 1OOO
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As I said earlier, I had been reading a lot lately. I finally read Flatland. I read a selection from it (probably edited) in maybe a Junior High English book, and it's mentioned a lot in relation to science. For instance, Carl Sagan talked about it on Cosmos. I don't think either of those things mentioned the satire in the book, which is understandable (though misleading): If you don't read it satirically, it would come off as very sexist.

I've also read a lot of short stories lately. I've reread some ones, but among the new ones (I won't list them all) I've read D. H. Lawrence's Rocking Horse Winner, Thurber's The Catbird Seat, Faulkner's That Evening Sun, and Wodehouse's Jeeve's and the PhD.

I'm also about an act into Moliere's The Misanthrope. The title character believes in always speaking his mind, no matter how critical what he's thinking is, and usually what he's thinking is negative. I have a feeling, though, since it's a comedy, that by the end of the play he'll turn around.


As for games, I mentioned above that for games to play next, I was thinking of DMC3. But I also was thinking about Tales of Symphonia. But that would be two RPGs in a row, so then my thoughts drifted to Maximo. That might keep my action reflexes sharp. It'll probably be a while before I have to make any decision, anyway.




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I explored some of Castle Blackridge North. I've fought some powerful enemies there, like Mummies, Gorgons, Banshees, and so forth. They tend to give about 2000 experience per battle, which is great, because it's now reasonable for me to level up and explore at the same time. Most of my party is at level 10.

I believe that those powerful enemies only appear in that area after you trip an alarm.

I was thinking about how FacilityPro said that Shin... Nocture was so long as to be exhausting, and was wondering if that could apply to this game. It's clearly long. There's no built in timer, so I won't know exactly how long I've been playing, but it probably takes at least an hour (and probably more like 2 hours on average) to map each 16 by 16 area. Some take longer still. Sorpigal, of course, took a long time, because I had to do some much leveling to be able to explore farther.

But one thing I'm wondering (and I kind of wonder about this for Phantasy Star, too) is how fast I'd be able to replay the game after I made all my maps. I'd be able to skip a lot of stuff. And I could use that square in B-2 to level up a lot for this point in the game (I'm avoiding doing that now to play the game more "naturally). I think I could cut the time needed for this game drastically on a replay.




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So funny.... I got another Trek ebook called Q-Squared (instead of Ship of the Line).

Only they spell it "Q-Squarrd" on the main ebook menu and on the link (at the top of every single page) that takes you back to the menu. I'm surprised it wasn't caught... not exactly a hard thing to notice.




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beat easy mode on DMC3 and just kept killing Vergil and the credits about 4 times in a row. I noticed that Kazuma Keneko (ATLUS) is involved with this game somehow, and they make my favorite characters on Zone of the Enders: The Second Runner (Inhert and Lloyd). So, it's time to try DmD mode...just because it's fun.




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Animal Crossing: I got "Only Me" from K.K. Slider tonight. I'm almost down to single digits on the songs I have left.




Fenrir X
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I cleared the Cave of Flames (the human mine) in Minish Cap. I'm liking the game so far. The puzzles are still simple to solve, but I think they are a lot more innovative than in previous Zelda games. The dragon boss in that stage was very clever and fun.

I also blew up the Asgard Ranch in Symphonia.




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I more or less finished exploring Castle Blackridge North, and found a king that sent me on a quest to the Quivering Forest. I didn't know where that was (FO told me it was probably marked on the map that came with the game, but I don't believe I have a map of my own, nor do I know where FO's is), but I nevertheless found it quickly with just a little aimless exploring.

As for that area, at this very minute I'm stuck there. I went through a one-way wall into an area that seemingly has no way out of (and I checked every wall to see if any of them were secret passages. Nope) I probably can still get out of there by using the RISE spell to leave the dungeon entirely, but you have to wonder what would happen if players got there and didn't have any magic or food left, and didn't have any ropes and hooks. I'd guess they'd have to reset (unless there's some bizarre way out of which I'm unaware).




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Heh. I beat Metal Combat on ZSNES earlier, but I didn't get the best ending because I didn't keep Mike alive in the final battle. I did save Rola, though.




da dick
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chrono trigger:
crashed the mountain o woe, after getting killed once cause i didn't use the right equipment. this game is starting to feel like pokemon or something, you have to use the right elemental types. i guess thats a good thing. magus was the first challenging boss i fought in this game, n he didn't kill me. n i believe ive completed about 80% of this game, at this point, if i guessed correctly

decided to try my luck at the sand cave. woo hoo! found some nice armour/helms. finally beat that skeleton after dying a total of 5 times.


shadowrun:
i think i'm getting better at matrix runs(taking less time, earning big bucks). maybe it's cause i leveled up my computer skill to 6. i believed i underestimated the usefulness of the analyse prog. although i probably wouldn't need it, if i could be bothered to read the complete maps of all the matrix systems in the walkthrough. damn, that walkthrough makes me wanna sleep. i think i'll get about doing some plot progress when i get spurs on both my orc & troll.

in terms of combat, im deciding not to train up my orc shaman in magic, guess im only gonna use her magic for healing. her mana blast is pathetic in damage, so it would be useless later on, n her area effect spells cost too much drain(n like grenades, they're suicidal to use). fetishes for absorbing mental drain aren't cheap either, so maybe i'll train her in SMGs, since she has a level 3 in guns. like the troll, she'll be doing melee too. my main character's sticking to pistols and maybe SMG later




TWEETER911
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(7/3/05 8:16 pm)
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Finaly beat that stupid Horse Boss in DMC3....
I orb farmed and bought a bunch of V Stars (Small and Large) to win though....I suck!
xD




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Heh. Q-Squared was a crazy book. Parallel universes all merging together and creating chaos, omnipotent creatures fighting to save/destroy the universe. Fun, though.

I think I'm about ready for some gaming, now.




TWEETER911
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(7/3/05 8:30 pm)
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Quote:I think I'm about ready for some gaming, now.


Yeah? Well I think you are ready for some....FOOOOOOTBAAAAAALLLLLL!
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Ok.
That was stupid.
Why am I posting this?!?!
:( !!!?




CLOUDBOND007
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Because knowing is half the battle. Or maybe you're bored. Either way, I approve of your post.




TWEETER911
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Thumbs up, soldier!




KazuoSH
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Did some more Aria of Sorrow.

Frankly, I'm not finding this game a significant improvement over HoD. Granted, it's not a 95% copy and paste of SotN like HoD was, but I'm still not that impressed with it. The bosses so far have been as lame as the ones from HoD. The last one I beat was the "Big Golem" (creative) which had another "walk back and forth and occasionally try to poke me" pattern. Though I could only hit it at certain times (namely, when its hand wasn't positioned so I'd land on it after striking it), so it took a long time to beat.




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I have several halfway explored areas in Might and Magic. Every time I met some enemies in an area that were beyond me, I'd try to explore other areas. But this has happened so often that I think I'll try to gain a level and then go back to some areas and see if that will have prepared me for them.

I still haven't explored the basement of Raven's Lair. I did, however, go back to it [that is, the first floor of Raven] recently when I noticed my map said that a silver door repelled me. I figured that must have been a reference to the silver key, and since I have that now I used it on the door. I didn't get an item there, but I did get some weird text clue that must be a puzzle. That was yet another area that will trap you with a one way door.

Another area I was dealing with was the Quivering Forest. One room has a party of at least 6 Locus Plagues. That's really hopeless now. I won't have a chance to win until my speed rating is such that I can attack first.

After I couldn't continue in that direction, I tried exploring the basement. It could have been somewhat complex because it has a lot of warps, but most of the enemies were easy to deal with. Then, out of the blue, I came upon a party with many (IIRC) Cavemen Chiefs. I've defeated many of them before, but not so many in a single party. I also wasn't able to run. And some of my wizard's spells seem worthless. For instance, in that battle I used the "Run" spell, which failed. While, I guess it failed because I wasn't able to run, but if you can't use it in a situation where you can't normally run, what would be the point of it? And I tried using "SHELT[er]" magic in areas where I was warned "too dangerous to rest", and that spell failed, too. But, again, why would you use it if you could camp normally? (unless it prevent night encounters, and you were afraid of that)


The game now says Go Ahead Heroes. It originally said "Go Ahead Fighters". I'm not sure what changed it; I wasn't paying close enough attention. FO thinks it might have been because I saved a prisoner in Castle Blackridge North.

This game is so similar to Dungeons and Dragons in so many ways. Even the Morale system seems the same. In Dungeons and Dragons, enemies would sometimes retreat, but what would cause that would be somewhat complex. Some enemies, even weak enemies, had "Fearless" morales and would never run. Skeletons are like that in M&M, possibily because, being dead, they know no fear. Also, in D&D, whether an enemy would retreat wasn't just a function of their power relative to yours. Certain circumstances would require a "morale check", such as if half of an enemy party was wiped out, or if an enemy lost half its hit points. That seems like it could be the case in M&M as well; I recently fought a group of Magicians, and they all attacked me for some rounds. After I destroyed about half of them, the rest all retreated at once.




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I tried out the different game variations on 2600 Defender, and they were all pretty much pointless. One has you doing nothing but Mutant waves. Why would anyone want to do that? Since the Mutants all line up in a row, it's just shooting rows and rows of the same enemies over and over again.

The other variations all just start you at a later wave. I've narrowed the game's problems down to the following:

1. It's too easy to earn extra lives. One of the game variations could've had a "no extra lives" penalty to compensate for this, but no such variation exists. Thus, I think it's possible I could play this game forever and never run out of lives.

2. Most deaths in this game seem to come from accidentally turning around into a bullet that had just been fired from an enemy that just appeared on the side of the screen. Everything else is easily avoided.

3. There's not enough motivation to protect your people. The penalty is that you end up in Mutant waves until you get to the next wave that's a multiple of 5. That's not much of a problem. The Mutant waves are pretty easy. You can rack up a lot of points for rescuing your people from the Landers and having some alive at the end of the wave, but who cares? I proved that just by playing the game long enough, the score will eventually roll over, regardless of what you do.

4. Enemies just aren't aggressive enough. Play Stargate, aka Defender 2, on the 2600 to see what I mean.

5. Every round is pretty much the same thing. The number of enemies and the types of each never change. The only thing that really changes is how fast the Landers snatch away your people.

I don't think this port is nearly as botched as the 2600 Pac-Man port, but I can't think of any reason to play 2600 Defender except for nostalgia. Stargate (Defender 2) is a much better choice.




SolidChocobo
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Uh, I taught myself how to play Rosa's Theme on the piano this afternoon.




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I'm done for the night. For my last trip, I simultaneously raised everyone's levels. I'll have to wait until tomorrow to see if that'll be enough to let me finish some caves.

Rigel and Lilac are at level 10; everyone else is at level 11. Lilac (an archer) can now cast level 3 wizard spells. Vyrana (the cleric) can cast level 6 spells.

When I began the game, FO suggested I change one of my wizards (the default party had two) to an archer. At some levels, that seemed bad advice, particularly when the wizard first learned to cast Fire and Bolt. But lately my archer had been as powerful while attacking as either of my knights, and she can cast a few magic spells. I wouldn't be surprised if at high levels she makes the wizard redundant, if she can eventually learn all of his spells.

Aside from being able to open traps, the robber doesn't seem to be a good class. He's worthless in battle. He only gets one attack, and tends to deliver about 9 points of damage maximum (if he gets a critical, it can go to about 14). My knights and archer regularly deliver 45 damage. My wizard and cleric aren't much stronger than the robber, but with the wizard's Fire, Bolt, or Acid2 [rain], or the cleric's [insect] Swarm, they both are much more useful in a fight.




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Viewtiful Joe - I took another shot at Fire Leo. I'm starting to see a pattern; at least now I can get up to where he goes ballerina on me. Then I die fast.

Harvest Moon: AWL - I made a Oraphu hybrid (literally adding apples and oranges) with Tartan. I also have started to use the Weird Hoe and Weird Sickle instead of the light versions of each. I don't know what each of them (or the Strange tools) do, though, so it's a half-experiment. I don't do enough work in a day to truly figure it out, though. :\

Mario Kart: Double Dash - I beat a record held by my former suitemate's girlfriend on 100cc Mushroom. I had only recently discovered it was in there, since I rarely play anything besides All Cup Tour nowadays.




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Oh my... movielink is having 80% off all rentals for July 4th. And... there's no limit, it seems!

Must...start...wasting...money!!!




SolidChocobo
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(7/4/05 5:53 am)
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I've already spent all your money on rope licorice, fool!




Flying Omelette
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(7/4/05 7:34 am)
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Quote: Aside from being able to open traps, the robber doesn't seem to be a good class.


The next time I play through Might & Magic, I might try playing without a Robber. I wonder if there are any locks in the game that ONLY a Robber can pick, though?




Crawl and 1OOO
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(7/4/05 9:43 am)
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Not only that, but at the beginning of the game, I've had my entire healthy party wiped out by sprung traps.




Flying Omelette
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(7/4/05 10:13 am)
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That's why I might be cautious about it. If I find I can't spring any traps safely in the beginning, I might need to use a Robber for a little while. But once your other characters get a high enough INT rating, they're just as good at picking locks without springing the traps as a Robber.

Robber is practically useless in the later stages of the game.




KazuoSH
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(7/4/05 11:31 am)
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I just watched Dr. Strangelove.

I guess as a movie it was okay, but as a comedy I thought it failed. I only laughed once during the entire thing, when that guy with the gun shot the coke machine to get the coins out, then when he bent over for the coins the coke started spraying from one of holes and into his face.

On the other hand, it seems to use the same kind of humor as Catch-22 (the book), which I didn't find funny either.




Flying Omelette
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(7/4/05 11:55 am)
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I've only seen Dr. Strangelove once, but I thought it had some really funny parts, especially when George C. Scott was imitating an airplane and when he was fighting with the Russian ambassador. I also thought it was hilarious when the Russian guy started taking pictures of the base after all that time denying he was a spy (and it was also funny because it's not like what he was taking pictures of was anything important - it's just a map of the world.) I also thought the look on everyone's faces when the bomb hit was priceless. And, of course, the scenes with Dr. Strangelove fighting with his own hand and then getting out of the wheelchair and exclaiming, "Mein fuhrer, I can walk!"

I think it was a real good thing that Slim Pickens (Major Kong) didn't realize he was in a comedy and took his role seriously. It makes dialogue like this all the more hilarious:

Goldie: Major Kong, I know you're gonna think this a crazy but I just got a message from base over the CRM 114. It decodes as Wing Attack plan R. R for Romeo.

Kong: Goldie, did you say Wing Attack, plan R?

Goldie: Yes Sir, I have.

Kong: Goldie, how many times have I told you guys that I don't want no horsin' around on the airplane?

Goldie: I'm not horsin' around, sir, that's how it decodes.

Kong: Well I've been to one world fair a picnic and a rodeo and that's the stupidest thing I ever heard come over a set of earphones.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(7/4/05 1:14 pm)
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I'm still not ready for Raven's basement. I tried about a dozen guesses on the riddle. I'm now keeping a list of all the guesses I've made so I won't repeat any. (Both FO and I guessed "Prism", though I did think it seemed a little too literal)

Another area I tried exploring before was Dusk. I went back there and am currently exploring the cave under the town. So far, I've been able to deal with all the enemies, so I might be able to finish that area. The main feature of that cave so far is "psychic blasts" in certain areas, which seem to kill one of my characters (outright, even though they have hit points left. Thank goodness that with my last level, my cleric learned the Life spell), followed up by an enemy ambush.

FO and I have the theory that that could be caused by me having evil characters in my party. There's a square early in the cave that says "Check Alignment," and if it doesn't refer to that, what it means is a mystery.




KazuoSH
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(7/4/05 1:27 pm)
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Maybe I just have a weird sense of humor. After all, I did get a giggle out of that Calvin and Hobbes VGCats everybody hated.




CLOUDBOND007
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(7/4/05 2:11 pm)
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Re: Progress Game -3. Now with burning desire to KILL.

I guess I feel kind of the same way about Dr. Strangelove. I've only seen it once and it's been maybe a year since then... so I can't remember a lot of it now.

I just recall enjoying the movie overall but not finding a lot of it particularly funny, either.

Anyway, this was one of the greatest deals I've ever had renting movies anywhere. I got:

Miracle, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, Pirates of the Caribbean, Hotel Rwanda, and Hidalgo.

The grand total was less than $5.00. Have until August to watch them, but once you start one, you have to finish it that day.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(7/4/05 2:37 pm)
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Quote: Have until August to watch them, but once you start one, you have to finish it that day.


Why?

Or are those those disposable DVDs that start rotting after they've been exposed to air and are only good for one day?




Crawl and 1OOO
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(7/4/05 2:40 pm)
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I got a game over in the Dusk cave. It wasn't so much that the enemies were too powerful; they ambushed me a square that was trapped with poisonous spikes, we weakened me to near death. I think I still could have had a chance to win if they hadn't gotten several turns in a row at the end. So, I'll probably stick with that area for a while (I've already mapped at least a third of it).

It's just as well that I'll have to redo part of that cave, because one thing I found there was a Lucky Charm. (No, not one of FO's) Lilac got it, because she had the first open slot in her backpack, but I wanted to give it to Crawl to equip. But to make space, I had to trade away something of Crawl's. I gave a Belladonna to Lilac. But that overwrote the Lucky Charm! I don't know if it was a glitch (most likely), or if Lucky Charms are just that tenuous. Next time, I'll make sure Crawl has the first open slot.


For some subjective thoughts:

Last week, I was wondering if I was losing interest in this game. It's not terribly unusual for me to lose interest in long RPGs, so I'd be disappointed but maybe not surprised if it happened for this game.

I don't feel that way now, though. I think one problem I had was that I only had about an hour a day to play this, and this game is so long that it's little to get much accomplished in that time. So, I'm glad I had a three day weekend to make some more progress (but it's not like that's all I've done this weekend -- I have done some things outside. But even if it was all I did, I'm a gamer, so it's about as good a way to spend my time as any other)

I had wondered if playing too much of one RPG at a time was a factor in me, well, flat out hating those games (eg., Valkyrie Profile), but I don't think that's the case.




CLOUDBOND007
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(7/4/05 2:41 pm)
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They're online-only.... you download them and watch them on the computer, and then they expire.

As for the 24 hours... they're just hoping you forget to finish the movie and then pay them more to extend the rental period.




Flying Omelette
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(7/4/05 2:53 pm)
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I must be in a pre-8-bit nostalgic mood, because I hooked up my working VIC20 and played some Radar Rat Race (which is what the cartridge label calls it, but the game itself calls it VIC Rat Race). Anyway, it's basically a Pac-Man clone with you running a mouse through a maze to find cheese while being chased by rats. The maze is multiple screens high and wide, so the best method of finding the cheese while avoiding the rats is by using the Defender-style radar screen that shows where each are.

But to complicate matters, there are also stationary cats that block some passageways or sit directly next to some cheese pieces. Since you're constantly moving, it's easy to accidentally run into a cat if it's right next to cheese like that.

Anyway, it's not really that good of a game, but it's not that bad for such a simple, old game, either. The main problems I have with it are the nasty color scheme (bright pink walls, aggghhh!) and the fact that the controls seem to get a bit unresponsive when a rat is near you.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(7/4/05 4:35 pm)
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I guess I'll quit M&M for now to get ready for our cookout. I did return to the normal town to save.

I'm still not done mapping the Dusk cave, but I did do the majority of it. I had been using Levitate magic to protect myself from the poisonous spike traps. It doesn't protect from falling stalactites (which massively damage), but those aren't accompanied by ambushes, so you can easy heal after them.

There are several interesting things in that cave. The last one I found was the Flame of Agility, which gave a +4 speed rating boost to my characters. Since that's a 30% increase for most of them, that could be significant! I might try that Locus Plague battle again soon.




TWEETER911
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(7/4/05 6:06 pm)
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DMC3:
Beat Vergil 2 on second try. It took 2 tries cuz when I came in to the fight I was using Swordmaster instead of Trickster...
After I used a Yellow Orb and changed back to Trickster, the fight was alot easier....
I focused on avoiding his attacks while shooting handguns in midair and using air dashes and stuff. Whenever he used his jumpkick thing, I used a jumping sword attack on him, and did two ground combos, and got away, as he kind of deflects me if I try and wail on him for a long time.
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Eventually, Vergil's turns his Devil Trigger on. Whenever he turned his on, I did the same. I kind of get reckless during this part, and just go straight at him, neglecting to dodge. Hey, I'm only on normal, so I can afford to take a few blows. :p Anyways, I'd eventually knock him out of his DT and I'd cut mine off too.
......
This is basicly how the fight progresses until I got him down to maybe 1/4 health, He started doing this purple ball attack from the first fight, which is pretty easy to dodge and stuff. Blah.
....
...Why is Vergil so easy compared to a horse??
He's fun to fight though...
O_o




da dick
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(7/4/05 11:19 pm)
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shadowrun:
damn the party AI is retarded. seems like the only way to achieve full combat efficiency is purposely slow down the emulation. this way, i would switch between controlling each one of my party members, and force em use the right weapon at the right distance on a specific target(e.g. concentrate guns on gargoyles, use melee on zombies, make em all stand back while one of em uses an area effect attack). i doubt that would work out anyways. the biggest problem with the stupid AI controlling my party,when i'm not in control of that particular member, is that magic-users will always switch to their weakest magic attack even though i equipped a gun on them or select a stronger attack spell. n the computer controlled one will never a non-attack spell on their own. and there seems to be a bug preventing my orc shaman from using melee when computer-controlled. she would just run up to the enemy and just stand there. so my orc is a mindless fly-zapping idiot in combat unless i take control of her. i think i'll eventually get sick of her and ditch her for that expensive elf decker with kickass guns skills and free implants, or maybe one of the 2 samurais i can get later. sure, my team would be weak against magic that way, but i'm going for full offence in combat. kill fast or be killed. bloody unbalanced gameplay. much cheaper and more ammo efficient to be playing with samurais and deckers than magic users.