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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
I see what the problem was: that was not a good tutorial. I've restarted and made different choices; now I'm really enjoying things.

Updated about 18 hours ago

A novel blend of RPG and platformer that suffers from rampant polish, programming, and design issues.

Updated about 1 month ago

About Love, Hate and the other ones
A simple, solid puzzle game. More music and varied graphics wouldn't hurt.

Updated about 3 months ago

Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride
One of my favorites in the series. Neat premise, charming characters, and lots of freedom of choice.

Updated about 5 months ago

Make a Good Mega Man Level Contest 3
Judging the levels for the contest. This is taking up pretty much all of my leisure time.

Updated about 5 months ago

Flashman85'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.
200 (U)
  168 Unplayed  
84% of Unfinished
21.7% of Total
50 (B)
524 (C)
Wishlist  0 ?         Top-Rated  41 ?????         Master Runs  35 (M)
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Calculator C O M P L E T E ! 2 Total
Family Computer 1 (U) 0 (B) 7 (C) 8 Total
Game Boy/Color 1 (U) 3 (B) 27 (C) 31 Total
Game Boy Advance 5 (U) 10 (B) 20 (C) 35 Total
GameCube 14 (U) 12 (B) 37 (C) 63 Total
Game Gear BEAT 1 (B) 0 (C) 1 Total
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Nintendo 64 3 (U) 3 (B) 14 (C) 20 Total
Nintendo DS 8 (U) 3 (B) 13 (C) 24 Total
Nintendo 3DS 1 (U) 1 (B) 1 (C) 3 Total
Origin 1 (U) 3 (B) 1 (C) 5 Total
PC 88 (U) 11 (B) 156 (C) 256 Total
PlayStation 2 (U) 1 (B) 5 (C) 8 Total
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Saturn C O M P L E T E ! 1 Total
SNES 4 (U) 0 (B) 34 (C) 38 Total
Steam 27 (U) 1 (B) 28 (C) 56 Total
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All Games 775 Total
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about 4 weeks ago

Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Cursed: 10+ new games in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
I really liked Legacy, I'm sorry to hear you're not enjoying it. The story ties together nicely, you should definitely keep at it.
about 2 months ago

Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Thanks a lot!
about 3 months ago

Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Very nice to meet you as well. Heh, I try my best to be as silly aa possible.
about 3 months ago

Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Here's a stranger adding you to their multitap. Your name and avatar caught me off guard, as I'm also a Mega Man fan.
about 5 months ago

Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Happy new year! Here's hoping this one is full of wonderful experiences for you!
about 5 months ago

Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
I do like Final Fantasy 7, really, but that was just WAY too much hype to live up to. You have to keep in mind, too, how I approached it: I wasn't buying it because people were (heh; were) raving about how it was the best game ever made; I was approaching it as a Final Fantasy fan. I knew that it wasn't the first JRPG to ever make it to North America; I'd been a fan of Final Fantasy since the first one came over here in 1990! My friends and I were already hotly debating what the missing games were about. Final Fantasy 5 was about the war the led to Odin being turned to stone in that underground castle in 6, and how Rosa had had an affair with him. That kind of shit; I was pretty into it. That was an entertaining read, even if I disagree with some of the points. An- wait... Mass Effect had an ending?

I got Ocarina of Time when it was new enough for me to nab a gold cartridge, and I thought it had problems right from the fucking get-go. When it became such a goddamn sin for Zelda to have a fucking jump button, I don't know, but that would've solved a lot of problems. I will say that the game sucks a WHOLE lot less when you're playing the 3DS version, because the gyroscope controls make aiming average, which is a big step up from torturous. Especially when on horseback. *incomprehensible seizure of profanity lasting nearly 30 whole minutes* I find I'm hyper-critical of games everyone else loves in general, whether or not I was around when they were big. Besides, a truly great game is timeless; if a game was good "for the time", then it wasn't ever actually good; just tolerable. It's the 8.5th (pronounced ate point faivth) Generation, and we have photorealistic graphics and point-at-to-make-die interfaces for controls, and all this other fancy shit, and yet, you pick up a Mega Man game 30 years after its release and it's still good; good is timeless. Newer generation pissing and moaning about stages not being carpet-bombed with checkpoints notwithstanding.

That might be worth looking into, if it's not one of those insufferable "Well, ya did it champ, but ya didn't do it well enough, so FUCK YOU; 1/5 STARS DO BETTER!!!" Games of such a nature provoke a swift response from me: [Link]
about 5 months ago (edited)

Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
I hear you.

I like timed challenges in the right context. In an action platformer with a good rhythm, sure.

But in an adventure game?

When done properly, it can build tension and give an adventure game a sense of urgency (King's Quest III did this well, in my eyes).

If done improperly, you get a game like Freddy Pharkas: a world you want to explore but you aren't given time to do so. What's the point in having lines and lines of professionally voice-acted humorous Al Lowe dialogue/descriptions if you're punished for spending too much time listening to them?

My problem with timed challenges and games that demand frequent restarts/replays isn't the fact that you have to replay them. It's the ones where you have to wait in order to replay. Donkey Kong Returns (and to a lesser extent, Tropical Freeze) drove me nuts in this respect when I was going for time trials. If I could just hit a button and jump back to the beginning and immediately start again, I'd be fine. But no, you have to pause the game, select Restart (while the menu animates for whatever reason), then confirm you want to restart, and then wait a good 15-20 seconds before you can try again. It's maddening in a game that demands practice. Compared to something like Celeste, where you die and you restart right away, and the game never feels punishing.
No matter where you go, there you are.