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Switch
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Nearly perished in the desert, but found an oasis seconds before my last Heart depleted!

Updated about 23 hours ago

(U)
Steam
Turok 2: Seeds of Evil
Aww, you can't turn off the blood in the Options menu to stop the zombies from attacking anymore.

Updated about 3 days ago

(B)
Steam
Odallus: The Dark Call
Replaying on Veteran difficulty for Completion. This is exactly what I need right now. A tough side scroller.

Updated about 1 week ago

☆★★★★
(U)
WiiUVC
Flying Warriors
One of these days I'm going to take down that stupid lightning shooting purple gargoyle thing and then stomp on his corpse.

Updated about 2 weeks ago

(U)
NDS
Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth Ownership: Other

Updated about 3 weeks ago

(U)
GOG
Quest for Glory IV: Shadows of Darkness
This has been a pleasant surprise so far. I love the setting and the battle music!

Updated about 3 months ago

raritycatchme's Status

(U) Unfinished ?No significant accomplishments.     (B) Beaten ?The main objective has been accomplished. Usually marked by the defeat of a final boss and/or viewing of credits.     (C) Completed ?For games which are 100% done. All extras and modes have been unlocked and finished. All significant items have been collected.
246 (U)
  189 Unplayed  
76.8% of Unfinished
17.6% of Total
22.9%
194 (B)
18.1%
632 (C)
59%
Wishlist  2 ?         Top-Rated  145 ?????         Master Runs  7 (M)
Nintendo Switch 1 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 1 Total
Family Computer C O M P L E T E ! 1 Total
Switch Downloads 1 (U) 2 (B) 2 (C) 5 Total
Atari 2600 C O M P L E T E ! 1 Total
NES BEAT 9 (B) 110 (C) 120 Total
Game Boy BEAT 1 (B) 23 (C) 25 Total
SNES BEAT 21 (B) 56 (C) 77 Total
Genesis / Mega Drive 1 (U) 5 (B) 19 (C) 26 Total
Sega CD C O M P L E T E ! 1 Total
TurboGrafx-16 C O M P L E T E ! 2 Total
Saturn BEAT 1 (B) 10 (C) 11 Total
Nintendo 64 2 (U) 9 (B) 27 (C) 38 Total
Game Boy/Color BEAT 2 (B) 4 (C) 6 Total
PlayStation 4 (U) 6 (B) 26 (C) 36 Total
Dreamcast 0 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 1 Total
PlayStation 2 1 (U) 6 (B) 25 (C) 34 Total
Game Boy Advance 2 (U) 2 (B) 12 (C) 16 Total
GameCube 6 (U) 2 (B) 13 (C) 31 Total
Nintendo DS 6 (U) 8 (B) 14 (C) 30 Total
DSiWare BEAT 1 (B) 0 (C) 2 Total
Xbox 360 22 (U) 22 (B) 55 (C) 118 Total
XbxGoD 8 (U) 6 (B) 1 (C) 17 Total
Xbox LIVE Arcade 11 (U) 21 (B) 22 (C) 63 Total
XNA Indie Games 1 (U) 2 (B) 4 (C) 7 Total
PlayStation Portable 3 (U) 3 (B) 11 (C) 17 Total
Wii 12 (U) 6 (B) 10 (C) 35 Total
WiiWare 1 (U) 0 (B) 5 (C) 6 Total
Virtual Console (Wii) 3 (U) 0 (B) 3 (C) 8 Total
PlayStation 3 BEAT 2 (B) 2 (C) 11 Total
PSOne Classics 4 (U) 1 (B) 1 (C) 11 Total
PS2 Classics 1 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 1 Total
PlayStation Network 1 (U) 1 (B) 1 (C) 3 Total
Nintendo 3DS C O M P L E T E ! 9 Total
3DS Downloads 5 (U) 9 (B) 22 (C) 36 Total
Virtual Console (3DS) 1 (U) 2 (B) 12 (C) 23 Total
OUYA BEAT 1 (B) 0 (C) 1 Total
Wii U 4 (U) 3 (B) 6 (C) 13 Total
Virtual Console (WiiU) 8 (U) 11 (B) 21 (C) 51 Total
Wii U Downloads 2 (U) 7 (B) 5 (C) 17 Total
PlayStation 4 1 (U) 2 (B) 0 (C) 3 Total
Steam 37 (U) 13 (B) 25 (C) 144 Total
GOG.com 94 (U) 4 (B) 53 (C) 156 Total
PC 1 (U) 2 (B) 15 (C) 18 Total
Android 2 (U) 1 (B) 3 (C) 7 Total
Miscellaneous 0 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 1 Total
All Games 1240 Total
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about 3 days ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
One problem I have is that I'm fickle. I'm always thinking about what to play next. Should I catch up on the smaller, tougher games? Should I replay something? That sorta thing. The worst part is that even when I finally do decide, there's a chance that I'll change my mind after a few days. It's actually happening right now. With Persona 5 coming out in less than a fortnight, I'm not sure I should keep playing Tokyo Mirage Sessions right now.

I also do this thing where I buy a new game, even if it's a game I've been looking forward to for a while, like Persona Q, then I end up shelving it. I'd really hate to do that with Persona 5. I feel like when I get it, I just drop everything and play it, with a side of Puzznic. So that's why I'm currently wondering if I should keep playing TMS at this time.

A large game collection and decision fatigue do not go well together.
about 5 days ago

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Backlog Beaten: September 1, 2010
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Cursed: 10+ new games in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
While it may look like I'm playing all the games currently listed on my Now Playing at the same time, half of them I haven't touched in months (I'll usually take periodic breaks so I don't get burned out playing too much of one game, even if I'm really enjoying it). I usually pick a variety of genres to keep things interesting (although I'm playing multiple same-genre games right now), play 5-8 games at one time, take a break from them to play a different set of games (total number of games I choose to play may vary depending on multiple factors). Rinse and repeat.

For me, it takes a while to finish my games, as I tend to take my time, but I like to finish things I start, always.

I wouldn't recommend playing as many games as I tend to play, juggling multiple plots, control schemes, game length, etc, but I do pretty well with my gaming schedule (I must be insane, lol). We're all different, but maybe for you playing 3-5 is a good number to stay focused.
about 5 days ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
I usually go with 2 games. One as my main game, with long term goals, and other as support, quick to play and without much focus required to get along the story. That's the perfect scheme, from time to time I'm just playing two random games :P After 18+years of gaming I noted that I often drop my main game, because of either too much freedom (long sandboxes), too much time consuming factor (RTS or Turn Based Strategy) or just going into the same genre after beating one. The second game - short (in terms of one session), fast paced, hard or easy - doesn't matter.
about 5 days ago

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Thanks for the feedback, everyone!
about 5 days ago

Badges
Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Focus: Only playing one game
This old bag's long-winded, isn't she?

Pacing is the key; if the whole game is slow-paced, then grinding isn't such a chore, but if you get just a little taste of speed, you're going to want more and more. I think the fact that you frameskipped at all shows well enough how the pacing in the SNES remake is totally fucked. It's something to play only if you're a fan of the original and want to see some new visual elements; it's a terrible way to see where it all started.

SaGa Frontier likes to kick your teeth in until they come out the other side, then cram them down your throat again to make you choke on them, resuscitate you, and then run electric currents through you for several hours, but the boss fights are where things can get really nasty. If you can stand that, it's totally worthwhile, because the scenarios have some incredible stories: a robot's search for identity, a girl's journey into womanhood, and the struggle of a young woman torn between two worlds among them. I'm considering getting a tattoo based on that last one.

Yeah, but the flowers start at 5%, and they didn't seem to take me quite as long; maybe it was my imagination. Either way, I finished with 4 EX Keys, and I enjoyed it, but was dead wrong about what the final boss would be. Am I fucking high, or was there a blue mass in the center of Filgaia in 2 that was called the Blue Menace? Also, who is Asgard's master; is it Janus or Leehalt?

Final Fantasy 5 always makes me crave more, but it's such a perfect storm, that I just wind up unsatisfied. That said, if I'm willing to shift gears a little bit, I can scratch that itch with Shining Soul 2; the class system isn't as deep, and is split into 8 different playable characters, but they're each so interesting and unique, and the game is so damn well put together that I still enjoy the hell out of the class system. It's totally unexpected, too, because the first Shining Soul was mediocre, if I'm being generous. Oh, but nothing provokes her ire like chasing butterflies in Final Fantasy 10, not even Drownball. I watched the chocobo minigame and said, "Why do the controls suck so hard?" "I have to do it over and over again, so the chocobo will like me. Also, I need to collect all these balloons, because I need to finish in 0 seconds." "Huh. Have fun." I did see that about Dragon Quest 9, but it's not quite enticing enough.
about 5 days ago

Badges
Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Focus: Only playing one game
I wouldn't bat an eye at rating it over A Link to the Past, and I am a big fan of A Link to the Past. It has its faults, but it's so damn fresh and open-ended; I feel like I'm exploring a world again, and not only that, but a world that's actually worth exploring. Ocarina of Time is pretty much the opposite of that. That's what makes Hyrule Fantasy a Zelda: the fact that you can do that and the game still works.

Oh, just you come take a walk through my ears sometime; it's REAL fucking dark in there. Honestly, I wish more people would give up on me; like Green Day's Jesus of Suburbia, "There's nothing wrong with me; this is how I'm supposed to be." You can try to change me to be more "normal", but then, I'm not me anymore. I'm a big advocate of flying my freak flag high; I just wish there weren't so many people trying to burn it. I have a tendency to overshare, but I'm careful about when and with whom; it's not a good way to build relationships, revealing all of your childhood traumas within a few weeks of meeting someone, especially when you have a lot of them.

Half-breed heretic with awkward social mannerisms growing up in Rural Pennsylvania during a period of relatively high racial tensions? Yes, I believe that I know what you mean by being an oddity. Squall was such a great, unusual character: cold and logical, almost to a fault. He just thought Rinoa was annoying and wished she would just fuck off. Halfway through the game, the developers must have said, "Shit; we need to write in the love story!" "Isn't it too late?" "Duh, but they're in the fucking logo; we can't cut it!" So, they made Squall's personality go from cold and logical (a sin in a genre that's about saving the world with the power of love and friendship, I suppose) to lovesick puppy with ZERO transition.

Yeah, I'm good; it's not like I have a massive stockpile of games that I'd like to replay if I ever run out of new ones. I'm pretty sure that I could never get bored with my collection, even if I never buy a single game from now until I'm dead.
about 5 days ago

Badges
Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Focus: Only playing one game
I didn't pay much attention to it, I don't think, because I enjoyed Breath of Fire and Lufia just as much as the others, at least on average. Unfortunately, I didn't get smart on PSX until late in the game, and took a long hiatus from video games not that long afterwards, so I didn't really explore the RPGs that it had to offer until after the fact. The first Wild Arms was like a review for a midterm on 16-bit RPGs, and the special abilities in 2 didn't stray too far from that, but at the same time, the series was developing into its own thing, and by 3, you can't help but realize what a great little world it's built. Final Fantasy wannabe, though? Sure, maybe you could think that if you've never actually played a Wild Arms game, but this is why I pay no attention to mainstream sites; they just parrot the popular opinions from people who only play what are now ubiquitously called AAA titles, even retroactively.

That's an excellent way to put it, and while I've never seen a Troma movie, my sister is friends with Lloyd Kaufman on Twitter, so I know the deal. She even invited him to her wedding, and although he didn't show, he sent her a nice message from Tromaville. Yet again, it's best when they play it straight; too many winks to the camera totally trashes the whole experience, unless it's something like Freakazoid. I suppose that it was the initial draw of the genre, but only if you're counting the old pen-and-paper RPGs; the NES didn't really have the capability for that sort of thing, so it found a different focus. Thing is, though, that in a pen-and-paper RPG, you aren't guaranteed victory; you still had to earn it, but that seems to be gone. Even Wild Arms 3 is guilty of that; I managed to kill the final form of the final boss in half a round without even using Finest Arts, and I wasn't even level 70. I love that phrase: objectively best; there is absolutely no such thing as objectively best, because best is, by its very nature, subjective. And that's absolutely true; Wild Arms does have its fair share of touching moments, which might even be made that much moreso by the fact that they aren't shoved in your face every 5 minutes. Just like how the latest Die Hard movie was non-stop action, but because of that, it wasn't as exciting; pacing is important. Honestly, I can't think of any LJN games that I wouldn't rather play than Metal Gear Solid 4, but that stems from my personal opinion that Kojima is a hack.
about 5 days ago

Badges
Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Focus: Only playing one game
More interesting, still, is the outcome: my dad enjoyed it for a while, and I found a more-or-less permanent escape from reality. Like I once said in an interview, "When my world was burning, I could go to a happy place, like the Mushroom Kingdom, Hyrule, or 200X." They say that all the best ones are dead, gay or taken. That puts me pretty squarely at 50%, unless being dead on the inside counts.

I usually just turn of my actual brain and boot up my video game brain when I play most anything. To paraphrase a popular reviewer, when you play a video game, you're a different person, like some sort of high-functioning autistic that people would be afraid to leave their children with. He's not too far off, either; would you want to go around your house and collect every single paper clip that's been strewn about, just for the sake of completing it? That's what we're doing in video games, and I feel like achievements have made that mentality even more prevalent, because you get a shiny virtual sticker as a reward. At any rate, I'm hoping that a nice WRPG will come along and similarly break my spirit, and make me just go through the game, doing what I want.

I think the problem is the expectation. Mention any RPG to most any enthusiast who hasn't played it, and what's the first question you get? "So, how's the story?" Most RPG fans these days don't give a fuck about gameplay; it's all about the story. Now, don't get me wrong - a good story makes a good game even better - but RPGs have gameplay, too, and it's important. If the gameplay sucks, why would anyone ever play the game? You can just watch it on YouTube and save yourself $60. The search system is a gameplay thing; it makes finding areas on the world map so much more immersive, but I can understand why most people wouldn't appreciate such a stumbling block. It's like Cave Magnes from Final Fantasy 4. I don't think I'd ever want to date a childhood friend, to be honest, so maybe that's why I didn't care for Bianca. I don't remember Emma, but I do tend to go for older women; girls are cute and all, but sometimes, I just need a woman, you know? I'm the same way with men, though I do have a soft spot for punk boys.
about 5 days ago

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
To answer your question: I try to limit myself to 3 games that I'm actively playing (1 console, 1 handheld, 1 PC) and up to 2 that I'm poking at occasionally (eg, Animal Crossing, whatever LEGO game I'm playing with my wife). I also try to make sure each game is a different genre and length so that I don't get burned out on anything.
about 5 days ago

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Probably 3. Besides that point, I lose either focus or interest in some of the games. Sometimes I even forget I'm playing them.
about 5 days ago (edited)

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
I like to keep it down to two or three games at a time. Four is the absolute max for me, though. I also try to not play the same genre within that set of games, just to keep things fresh. Usually one very long game is in the mix.

So yeah. That's how I do it.
about 6 days ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
More than three for me. My preferred method is to have a game that's above 32-bit, below 32-bit, and a handheld. Sometimes, like when I tried playing Phantasy Star Online and Final Fantasy XV a while ago, I might play differently than what I prefer, but I'll quickly feel overwhelmed.

Playing two RPGs at once is asking for trouble, so even if you think you can do it, it's not as easy as you'd think. So to answer your question, playing more than three will make me feel overwhelmed. What does help, however, is getting rid of some irritating games that you don't feel like playing through. Maybe even lightening the load on games you finished that you feel you won't play again and being okay with getting rid of it.
about 6 days ago

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Random question: how many games can you simultaneously play before you start to feel overwhelmed? I'm thinking of narrowing my Now Playing down to 3 at all times for the purposes of focusing.
about 6 days ago

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Sleep: Not playing anything
At least Bloodstained is coming to Switch. Sux for Wii U ownerstill though. :-( will get mine of PS4
about 1 week ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
It's back up

Given that I generally like old hacks a lot more than newer Nintendo stuff (example I LOVE pokemon hacks, but anything past Gen 3 is mediocre to crap, I hated Moon), I still hold a grudge against how petty Nintendo is being by taking stuff like AM2R, Uranium, and Prism down. That coupled with the fact that I had a VERY bad customer service experience just basically has made me perhaps forever bitter on "new" Nintendo. That and its shitty die hard fans bash anyone that doesn't think Nintendo is god. I mean, if you like Nintendo, whatever, good for you, but let people have opinions and don't verbally clash over ones different from yours.
about 2 weeks ago

Badges
Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
about 2 weeks ago (edited)

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
I've heard from multiple sources that that account is fake, and after reading a bit how anti social networking the admins are, and the fact that the ones that are there have individual accounts instead (and have said it's fake too, and it'd make complete sense that the fake account blocks people who out them), I am 95% sure it's a hoax, the NE storm, simple downtime, or a DDOS like you said. That being said, that does absolutely not excuse Nintendo for this type of behavior elsewhere. They're really digging their own grave with being completely oblivious to the PR hits they take when they do this type of shit, as well as being generally oblivious to pretty much everything else.
about 2 weeks ago (edited)

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Focus: Only playing one game
What the hell?!? I'd rather have this be some sort of cruel joke than true. Rom hacks always breath new life into old classics.

And if Nintendo is behind this, their pettiness is beyond words for their actions here and in the recent past regarding fan games, rom hacks, and general YouTube policy.
about 2 weeks ago (edited)

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Don't be so sure. The initial tweet I saw about it was deleted after a few minutes, and people were saying that account was fake in it. People like Gideon are adamant about it being a big hoax, and said that account literally blocked him when he called them on it, I highly down the actual RH people would do that. Why would they bother?

Edit-If their Twitter is to believed, Nintendo is the reason behind their closure, they threatened legal action. Fucking Nintendo, taking down Prism, Uranium, and AM2R wasn't good enough? Fuck them so goddamn hard.
about 2 weeks ago

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Sleep: Not playing anything
I'm happy as fk when I seen this

[Link]
All the tired horses in the sun, how'm I supposed to get any riding done?