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about 5 days ago

Badges
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
Focus: Only playing one game
I saw that! This is like those old LCD games that boast 256 games, when it's really just 16 with 16 difficulty levels.

Her hair is literally fire and she has gold things on her nipples that never stop spinning; it's hard not to notice something like that. And because developers are assholes, she's one of the best characters, so you have to look like a perv and use her. Not really; it's that your aerial attacks don't work very well, and you have to fight giant bosses with them, because they're so huge and their weak points are so high.

Isn't this pretty tame compared to the one I showed you? [Link]

Given that CD Projeckt Red is based in Europe, and Continuum is a Canadian TV show that didn't see much popularity - my wife only dragged me in because she has the hots for Michael Shanks's wife [Link] - I'd say probably not.

Maybe it's one of those things where the popular games were so well known that it just seems like everyone else wore headbands.

I'm not a big Visual Novel fan, myself, but I'm also not an avid reader; my excuse is that I'm more of a writer, not that I've done much of it lately. I should really start writing my novel again.

Pu-Li-Ru-La is one of those games that doesn't have amazing gameplay, but it does have good gameplay, and an unbelievable presentation, and that carries it just fine. See also: every Dragon Warrior clone with a neat theme or good story. So, I'd say that the gameplay is mediocre, but the game is not. Also, I don't get the big deal; pink elephants coming out of a woman's snatch is a simple fact of life; people don't need to get all bent out of shape about it.

That explains it; those are games that I haven't played extensively.

I think my favorite part was:
HY: My first arcade game was Pinball Action.
Wait, that wasn’t the one with the nude pictures, was it?
HY: No, no, that was Super Pinball Action.
It reminds me of that South Park episode where they keep getting mixed up between Adventure Club (a club where people explore exotic locations) and Super Adventure Club (where they do the same thing, but also have sex with children). Also funny that they read US magazines to find out what we thought ninjas were before making their game.
about 5 days ago

Badges
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
Focus: Only playing one game
What they used to do was use a live virus that they'd weakened, so your body could kick its ass and build antibodies. Problem is that sometimes, you'd get sick from it, if your immune system wasn't strong enough. It's a combination of better technology and people's immune systems going to shit, because we bathe in hand sanitizer now, so we don't build antibodies. Also, a big part of the immunization market is the elderly, and they already have weaker immune systems.

Sometimes, those hand-me-downs are handed down for a reason, so I could see that. My friends and I used to play them at each other's houses, and if we liked them, we'd borrow them for awhile, so I didn't have too much of that.

The Steve Miller Band was pretty big back in the '70s; they're a lighter Rock band, but still fit in with the rest of Classic Rock just fine. The song in question is this: [Link] The part about the detective down in Texas, where they clap is almost certainly a reference to this: [Link] A good episode to start with, I think, is A Plumbing we Will go; it's one of my favorites.

I've seen this one, but I don't quite remember it, for some reason. The weird thing about the oyster minigame is that the spoon doesn't just move slowly; it has momentum. A train builds up momentum; a man moving his arm with a spoon does not.

Yeah, if you hate Black people, then why the hell do you own a Basketball team? Waiwaiwaiwait; are you telling me that this guy legally changed his name to Metta World Peace? Like, if we met, I'd be referring to him as Mr. Peace?

Given that crowd, it's likely that getting drunk and starting shit for no reason was the cause.

It's a video game, though; maybe he could just find them in a chest or something. Or maybe the old man happened to have his own set of little girls' clo- you know what? Nope. I still think that if the magic went that far, it should've changed his voice, too, though. Unless they did that to maybe avoid the topic of whether or not his genitals changed, and for a game in 1990, I could see that being a wise move; parents could just explain, "See? His voice is the same; only his clothes got changed." Then again, that look on his face during the ending credits slideshow seems to suggest that SOMETHING is not right. [Link] How did this turn into such a complicated issue? *Looks at mirror* Oh, right...
about 5 days ago

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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
Focus: Only playing one game
I've talked to a lot of people who can't walk in high heels; my lady can barely handle the wide-ass chunk heels she has that I'm not even sure are 1 inch tall.

I could definitely see that; Crystalis wasn't exactly a sleeper hit; it did pretty well back in the day.

That sure is a long load ti- WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK IS GOING ON WITH THAT GAMEPLAY!? Even without the load times, I'm not sure why anyone would want to play that.

Yeah, I hope it isn't ruined by ERMAGERD NERSTERGER GERGERS! Some things in the past are better left there, because they weren't really good. Battletoads was hard; just let it die. I'd like to play a great 3D Brawler with over-the-top finishing blows, and maybe forget that those goddamn steamroller unicycles ever existed. Of course, if all else fails, that describes Yakuza pretty well, and I have 4 of them, if you count the PS2 version of the original still in the shrink wrap.

Huh. He looks a lot younger to me. Young man, then.

Wow; seems like he's a major character, even. Maybe he's atoning for what he's done to anyone who played his game.

Oh, there's much worse in terms of quality out there than Garfield Kart, I assure you; Steam actually had this giant purge of $1 Russian asset flips, because they were exploiting algorithms, having bots buy the games, farm cards, and sell them, so they were making free money. I don't understand how it all works, but these were games that they wouldn't have put effort into, because the developers didn't even intend to have anyone buy them.

It was especially problematic back in the day, when you didn't even have guides; the Rumpelstiltskin puzzle from the first King's Quest is one of the most infamous ones in the entire genre. Still, there was something about them that kept people coming back, so they're better known than the LucasArts games in some circles.

I'm trying to figure out why something as similar as Dragon Ball Z Budokai even has a collection, but if Street Fighter 2 can have one, why not? Monster World is kind of perplexing, though, but if my math is correct, that means that Dragon's Trap isn't included. If it came out around the same time as the remake, that could be why.
about 5 days ago

Badges
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
Focus: Only playing one game
Mine's teal, but I have this hanging in my bathroom: [Link]

Shit, I really enjoyed Cosmo Tank; how did I forget that? But yeah, I'm just a regular schlub; if I can think of something like that, surely people who are paid millions of dollars for that to be their fucking job could have, because I'm really not that creative.

Sigma Star Saga, my friend; it's like Guardian Legend, but the Shooter sections are sidescrolling and handled more as random encounters than as dungeons. You also get a ton of parts that you combine to customize your ship's weapons; it's not as good as Guardian Legend, but it's as close as we'll ever get, and a damn fine game on its own.

Plenty of them, as I recall; that damn surfboard led to one of the worst of the bunch, having terrible controls, and asking that you complete the course in an unreasonable amount of time. The only one that I did enjoy was the one where you're designing shirts. Land's End was a real bitch and a half to figure out, I'll give you that, but it leads to Monstro Town, which is my favorite place in the whole game, so there was a reward for me. As for the humorous moments, there were none, after the opening sequence, which was admittedly hilarious. Most of the humor was what I call Nintenjokes; popularized by the Zelda series, they're lines and actions that make you wonder if they were written by aliens, because you're not really sure if they were supposed to be jokes or not, but they go full steam ahead with them. Like that part where you go to Woo Hoo... Hooniversity; it isn't just not funny; I legitimately can't tell if it was supposed to be or not.

I don't know if that makes sense to me, but I don't actually see in 3 dimensions, so that might be a lost cause, anyway. I couldn't really see the 3D on the SEGA Master System, either, so I mostly just watched my dad play 3D Maze Hunter and 3D Missile Defense and tried not to throw up. Oh, and 3D movies; that's a challenge, too, but at least I save money on movie theatre snacks.

Yeah, the whole "Play it Loud" campaign was a mistake, and I'm the only one I met who isn't seeing that just in retrospect. I can think of plenty of ads during Nintendo's attempted Grunge phase that should've never seen the light of day, though Yoshi's Island probably gets the trophy; it at least placed high enough to see the big cheep-cheep balloon flying overhead.
about 5 days ago

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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
Focus: Only playing one game
People seem to think the mediocre means bad, and I think that's a part of the problem, too. EVERYTHING has to be teh bezt gaem evarrr, or I'm giving it my lowest rating of all time: 7 thumbs up.

I do, but everyone loves a smartass. Half-true; if you're using Trickster Style, you can wall run, though I never got much out of it in combat. That one Prince of Persia does, too, but the only thing I got out of that was cutting just beneath the eye before shouting, "You BITCH!" but that's what you get when you have Godsmack make the OST.

Similar, but different, but still the story of my damn life. My lady pulls that shit on me all the time, but I don't think she does it on purpose; I can tell by certain ways she answers me that she isn't listening to a word I've said, but that doesn't mean she doesn't hear it, and sometimes, that seeps into her subconscious, and she has this miraculous "revelation". The look on her face when I point it out is usually pretty funny, though.

I SWEAR they were mini aneurysms; nothing else makes any sense.

I didn't forget her; I just didn't count her, because she's an absolute waste of a character, and an afterthought. Jonathan was so exciting to play, because he had a wide variety of weapons, and his also wide array of subweapons could be leveled up, so it encouraged you to use them all extensively. Charlotte gets 3 shitty weapons, and a bunch of spells that, while fun, don't ever level up, so I never used her unless I absolutely had to, which happens less and less, because Jonathan keeps finding more ways to make her obsolete.

If you look at the lore, vampires were once human, so physiologically, it makes sense; unlike women, men can continue producing sex cells almost regardless of their age. That and Alucard, himself, is half-vampire with his human mother, and he fights against Dracula and his minions, so why the hell can't there be a vampire hunter who's quarter-vampire? Dante's a half-demon demon hunter; nobody bitches about that. And shit, have you seen Alucard? He's very pretty; I'd probably get with him!

There isn't as much to separate humanity from animals as we like to believe. I like to think that we're very slowly working on it.

I don't know the film you're talking about, but I'm picturing this, and it's moving like a muppet. "Hi, Kids!
I'm Penelope the Pussy, and I'm here to tell you, 'Don't take what ain't yours!'"

Getting accustomed to my dark sense of humor, I see~
about 2 weeks ago

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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
Focus: Only playing one game
That might very well be; like most hacks and fangames, it starts out with some representation of 1-1 from Super Mario Bros. that even your one friend's 90-year-old blind grandmother could draw by heart. but from there, it gets... weird.

That can be said of most of the outfits she's worn on stage; she's actually more famous for that than her actual music, at least in the US. Everyone goes bananas over the swan dress, but I think that one's pretty tame, comparatively.

Well, isn't that a coincidence? I was kinda thinking 2077, but I thought, "That can't be it; I must be thinking of Cyberpunk 2077," which is a game that I've had my eye on for a while now.

I'm not sure if I've seen that character before, or if I'm thinking of another character from another Figher series; there were so damn many of them back in the '90s.

I'm... still not sure how I feel about that. I've asked several people about the series, and I don't think I've gotten the same answer from any 2 of them, either...

Pu-Li-Ru-La is what you get if Panic! on the SEGA CD were made into a Brawler, with a dash of Do-Re-Mi Fantasy; it's not just my bag, but the burlap that it's made out of and the ink they used to print on it. I love this kind of aesthetic, and there's so little of it out there.

That certainly does help; it's always best when the creator cares about what s/he's creating. I don't believe that I have any of his music in my collection.

As little as I care about football, that sounds like a damn interesting writeup.

I got my immune system from my dad, who hasn't been sick since the '70s, when he got a flu shot; that was back when they still used a live attenuated virus, whereas today, they use a dead one or an empty shell.

It can, but when my other friends try something that doesn't work out, sometimes I get the leftovers; it evens out. It's like with anything, though; I've bought plenty of games that sucked, and I'm sure you have, too.

What I'm saying is that we're already getting screwed over by having to pay for more than just the local team. That, and they're already keeping the public occupied with sports while they try to pull all kinds of slick shit; athletes are just the modern gladiators.

Three Stooges is great, mindless slapstick humor; I think you'd enjoy it. They do have some clever jokes here and there, but it's mostly about hitting someone over the head with a monkey wrench... and giving things for the Steve Miller Band to reference 40 years later.
about 2 weeks ago

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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
Focus: Only playing one game
I don't remember the AVGN review; I imagine he must've said something about the intro, where they're on the Ghostbusters 2 title screen. "Hey, Fellas, we're in the wrong game!" "Fuckin' right you are!"

Any other profession than major athlete, and they damn well wouldn't have had jobs, I'll tell you that! Well, except politician or movie star, probably. I've had to go through anger management courses, and I honestly wonder if they ever work; didn't do a damn thing for me. Granted, I didn't punch any boys in the face after that, but that's because none of them were stupid enough to attack me after that.

That's pretty crazy, too; reminds me of the stories my dad used to tell when he raced Motocross. There was this one time up in Binghamton, I think it was, where the fans started a riot, and were whipping glass beer bottles at cops on horses. The shit he's seen at some of those races...

Actually, that happened, too: [Link]

Is that in the Japanese version? I don't remember him speaking in the North American release.

I guess I never came to that conclusion, because it should've been just as easy to change his clothes with... other clothes? I mean, he's a kid; it's not like he had to learn how to walk in heels or anything. That said, I never understood why people have a hard time with those; I just put them on, and it was like second nature.

Huh. I never would've guessed that they came out the same year; I would've thought that Startropics came out first.

Oh, definitely; I feel at least a little bad for her, because she's not the evil corporation; she's a sacrificial lamb for the evil corporation. You know she's only shitting herself because she thinks she's going to get fired.

I don't know; I think my favorite is surprise communism... or it would be, if not for the piracy one; that hat and the look on his face just really sell it.

Well, it just so happens that a new Battletoads game is in the works, so maaaaybe~

The comment about not being able to change hairstyles was fucking priceless for a game about a kid with a shaved head. Wait: you mean there's an instance where the professional critics have integrity and the user reviews don't? IT'S FUCKING TOPSY-TURVY DAY!

Get the fuck out; he was in Yakuza 6!? That means only 4 more Yakuza games until I get to see the man, himself! In all seriousness, though, people's opinions change, sometimes, so maybe that's what happened here, too.
about 2 weeks ago

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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
Focus: Only playing one game
There's potential there, sure, but I've seen Garfield Kart, and it wasn't really creepy on any level. Crappy, maybe...

I didn't know about the ALF one; that's a dick move, alright. Great dick move montage, too! Sierra Point-and-Click Adventures were pretty famous for them, but I've heard that the LucasArts ones are better about that. Problem is that I haven't played too many LucasArts games, so I can't vouch for that personally.

WOO PC! I HAVE ONE OF THOSE!

My belief is that that's part of why it's being skipped; the other reason is that the first Romancing SaGa doesn't have the sparking system that makes the other games so wonderful, and that would make a HUGE difference. I've played the first Romancing SaGa, and I think it'd make the rest of the series a pretty fucking hard sell.

BEHOLD MY FIELD OF FOX, FOR IT IS BARREN!

Yes! Or... OK, so bear with me, but maybe have it like that, but travel between planets or what have you be a segment that's like a typical Star Fox level. Kingdom Hearts did it, and I feel like if a company that knows what the fuck it's doing in the genre made the game, it could work. Naturally, there'd be an option to skip them, if you've already completed them, but I think that could work, too. Personally, I think I'm just hoping for No Man's Sky with a purpose and not an overwhelming amount of content. As for the ground combat, get someone else who also knows what they're doing with that. Or, hell, even get the Zelda team; it'd be boring combat, but it'd at least be competent.

Eeesh. Yeah, that's not a great collection of games. I found a lot to like on the GBA; not only did they create a 4-entry series starring my favorite Mega Man character, they also had what was basically the second coming of Guardian Legend, another old favorite of mine. I would almost mention Final Fantasy 5 Advance, too, but the version I played was a rom hack, and the hack is what made that so damn good. SO damn good! Definitely understand your frustration with Mario & Luigi, though; that damn thing was LOUSY with minigames. That and the humor was a hard miss on almost every joke.

I'm glad, unless you'd be able to turn it off, like with the 3DS, because I can't see 3D. If I turn on the 3D, all I see are the 2 images over top of each other that are being used to create the illusions; just thinking about it's making me dizzy right now.
about 2 weeks ago

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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
Focus: Only playing one game
Yeah, I mean unlockable moves and flashier weapons would've been nice, but I think it's a fine game, if you're not playing it with the intention that you're going to break it and show off all of its flaws. No need to imagine, though; we already got that game, and it was called Devil May Cry 3.

This is like one of my old jobs: I'd be doing a thing that we're legally required to do, and get told not to, because it's "a waste of time". 2 months later, don't we all get dragged into a meeting, where we are very sternly told to be doing the thing I was just told not to do. So glad I got out of there. Fewer nosebleeds, too; no lie.

I'm not angry about it; just... dumbfounded. Did he live in a fucking cave when Metroid came out? You know: the series he stole the fucking map from? That one. There was one other female character in a really popular Castlevania game, too. Oh, which one was it? Oh yeah. [Link] seealsoorderofecclesia I'm aware of that implication, but I still don't understand what's such a big deal about it. It actually makes sense that he would team up with him in 3, and test his strength: he's looking out for his son and being a dad.

That's because those people know nothing about Castlevania; they were made in the era of video game storytelling, where anything without 30 meaningless plot twists thrown in for cheap shock value is "boring".

Maybe it was a dream I had; it wouldn't be the only dream that I've mistaken for a memory from outside of my head.

You know, when he's still a wolf, that makes it a little creepy... That's a quick way to do it, though.

OH! Okay, I get it; insomnia was kicking my ass inside-out when I wrote that, so it just sailed right over my head. That's actually a pretty clever joke. Even though I didn't watch the Batman cartoon, I did have the Mr. J thing explained to me, when my sister and her husband went as Harley and Joker to a Halloween party, because he thinks The Joker is the greatest villain ever.

YOU BEAST! Taking advantage of an innocent woman by glancing at her ankle!

There's nothing really erotic about Teeth, unless you're a sick fuck like me. Well, a sick fuck that's a sick fuck in a different way from me; I didn't get off on it.

I'm sure I have a spare, and even if I don't, the cat keeps stolen souls in jars somewhere in her fluff; I'll just pawn one of those.
about 3 weeks ago

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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
Focus: Only playing one game
Do they have the PC one with the weird piranha plants? [Link] A friend gave me a copy of that back when I was still running Windows 3.11.

Oh, I forgot to mention that Bjork is also the inspiration for Missingno.

Cyberpunk reality seems closer to us every day; I remember watching Continuum, and thinking, "Shit, this takes place in 2073 (I think; I haven't watched it in a while), but I think this future is coming a lot sooner, at this rate." Hopefully, I'll be dead by then, but I worry for future generation.

Randomized, or just different from the NES version?

Funny thing, that; I actually just completed Marlow Briggs last night, and that's VERY similar to God of War. Like, they hadn't quite ripped every single thing off, and then, I fell into the Mayan Underworld, and got wings for gliding. The only difference is that it doesn't have its head up its ass, and the actor doesn't play Marlow like some coked-up Al Pachino. To illustrate the former, when you use the ice spell, he occasionally shouts something like "FREEZE, MOTHERFUCKER!" or "Awww, sleet sleet sleet!" The one-liners are usually funny because they just come out of NOWHERE, so most of them caught me by surprise. Great game, especially considering that at full price, it's only 5 bucks.

Of those, the only one I know is from Street Fighter 3, and I'd completely forgotten about her until you mentioned her. I know I'm not able to play BlazBlue, but I'm still trying to figure out if I'd like Danganronpa.

I... LOVE this; it looks like absolute ass to play, but the graphics are so bad! You can tell it's made by Japan, though, because it looks less like Tattoo Assassins, and more like some weird background element from Pu-Li-Ru-La. [Link]

I kinda forgot that there even were SNES and Genesis versions of Tecmo Super Bowl. The SNES version has really neat presentation; it reminds me of the early days of the SNES, but I can't place the specific memory. That's really weird that the Genesis version plays its songs at random, though; usually, they're composed to have some sort of context to them.

Maybe he's like Samus from that promotional manga, and he's just obsessed with round things... oblong things...
about 3 weeks ago

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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
Focus: Only playing one game
Leukocytes are your white blood cells, which devour disease-causing microbes in your blood stream, and not entirely unlike Pac-Man. Essentially, they are your immune system, and apparently, mine come from a damn vampire bat.

Pretty sure; the only other game that I had problems with the motion controls is Skyward Sword, and the issue did not persist once I stopped using the lock-on.

Well, as soon as I saw it in the mirror, I knew how terrible it was, so it's not like I'd have left the room like that. This is why we buy so much cosmetic shit: it's hard to tell how it's going to look until you actually wear it. Well, unless you get your makeup done at the mall, where they have professionals pick out which things are going to look good on you, but not all of us have that kind of money. Personally, I just wish I could get away without wearing full makeup; painted nails and lips would be fine, aside from maybe a little eye shadow now and again.

Oh, I don't think it even looked as good as that; this almost looks like I was drinking really dye-heavy Kool-aid. When it comes to lipstick, red is not my color. That said, I've had people tell me that I look good wearing red, which is good, because I love the color. I think my favorite shoes are those faux-snakeskin red slingback heels that I got however many years ago.

But isn't it still money exploitation saying that you can only watch your local team for free? I think they should have a sports channel that's available to everyone, and that would benefit the government, too, because athletes are the modern gladiators; they're the show that gets put on to distract people from the real issues, so they have a better chance at pulling some slick shit.

We used to watch Three Stooges every Sunday morning; they had all kinds of episodes on, and sometimes, they'd have films like that one. I don't know if you've ever played the NES game, but the oyster minigame has actual sound clips from the corresponding episode.

That sounds pretty intense; I can't believe I didn't hear about that, because that sounds like the sort of thing that crosses over into regular news from sports news. I suppose limiting alcohol would be a good idea for events like that, though; sports and alcohol don't mix well. South Park did a whole episode on that: [Link]
about 3 weeks ago

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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
Focus: Only playing one game
I'd forgotten what a fucked up method they had for loading saves; you're damn right about that. I'd forgotten about the invisible items, too; I'd say it was a guide dammit, but I can't think of any guides for it, aside from most of it being covered in Nintendo Power... twice, actually; Volume 134 covers the GBC version.

That's because Simea was smart enough to be a silent protagonist; he never speaks at all, so he has no voice to disguise. I always thought that was weird, though, that the magic could make him look like a girl, but not sound like one. Anyway, in a sense, they were reversed from each other, too; StarTropics has you exploring ancient ruins and their old technology before going to a high-tech area in the sky, but in Crystalis, civilization is the ruined area with old technology.

[Link] Did you see it? At 1:23, she has a fucking heart attack. That's not even the first one. I was wondering about this, too, because I ran into this little gem: [Link] That explains everything.

Itch was actually founded by Rash from the Battletoads. Actually, I have no idea, but I assume it's an acronym, with the I standing for "indie". Either that or bitch.io was already taken; that's what I'd name my online store if I had one. Itch does have a launcher, but like with GOG, it's completely optional, and I've never once used it. That said, I've signed up for GOG's upcoming new launcher, GOG Galaxy 2.0, since allegedly, you can have all of your shit - games, friend lists, and what have you - all in one place, so I'm thinking of using it just to consolidate all of my launcher-only games. It's the equivalent of having a console that plays Switch, PS4, and X-Bone games all in one.

I can't tell if that reviewer is trying to be funny, or just an idiot. "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was, in my opinion, was created to be the most infamous game of all time and, to that end, it succeeded perfectly." People didn't do that back then, except that one comedian who hated video games, and made a terrible one with his name just to fuck with players. Takeshi Challenge or something like that? Then again, that's the Internet for you; Garfield Kart on Steam used to have tags like "Sexual Content" and "Psychological Horror", even though it's pretty obvious that it doesn't have that.
about 3 weeks ago

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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
Focus: Only playing one game
It's like they were made by someone who's never even played a Castlevania game. Oh, wait...

I think I heard about that one, but didn't hear the title, and definitely didn't know that it was coming here. I'm not quite sure that I understand how this one's combo system works from the clip, but I'd be glad to try it, if it's coming to more than just Vita. As for Romancing SaGa 1, we did technically get it; Minstrel Song for PS2 is a remake of it, but with the spark system that I like so much from Romancing SaGa 2 onward.

Well, if we put together a Star Fox crew with Backloggery people, I'd be the old crone, so not entirely inappropriate. That and Zero was on the Wii U; I'm not about to pick one up, since the only Wii U game that interests me is Tengami, and I have that for my PC.

Maybe it'd be a little more accessible to say that it'd be like Skyward Sword, but not garbage. Have a big, open ocean of outer space to explore in your arwing (or maybe even other vehicles), and have Action-Adventure on foot with combo-based combat when you actually reach said planet. It'd be a huge fucking game, even if you're just relegated to the Lylat System, but I think that'd be damn interesting to marry the 2. In fact, I'd been interested in No Man's Sky, because I'd thought it would be something like that. It actually might not be that different from the first Neutopia; that had several different world maps, each with their own dungeons and stuff.

I remember that commercial! I actually had the GBA before that; my mom went somewhere and just came home with one for me and one for my sister, but I hadn't even heard of it before that. I think it's a solid little system that doesn't really get enough discussion, likely because it didn't have any hardware gimmicks, like the DS did. It can display some pretty impressive graphics and sound, for what it is, too, and most importantly, it has a solid library.

This is exactly why deadlines are a stupid idea; instead of finishing a product, they just shove the shit out the door, and it hurts their business. I actually like Devil May Cry 2, to be honest, but there were a few things about it that were a little... undercooked.

I didn't have anything to say about the Darius port.

That's a stupid reason; I don't see anything about the storyline that makes it incompatible with anything. Please tell me that the Lords of Shadow games aren't canon, because those fly in the face of all of the major Castlevania lore.
about 3 weeks ago

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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
Focus: Only playing one game
Well, yes, but after 8 days without sleep, I start dreaming while I'm awake; sounds like the state of mind they're in while making a lot of these decisions lately. So let's remodel my comparison: it's an abusive version of that.

You'd think that the best one would've gotten a Virtual Console release somewhere along the line.

Very abbreviated, but yes, that's the one.

I'd never thought about it that way, but it certainly does look that way. I seem to remember a version of that where the letters wiggle, though; am I crazy yes or am I thinking of a different Kirby game?

Though we used to have that in English, I don't think I've ever seen it in reading material; only in dictionaries. Of course, they changed it, so what I was taught is completely different from what you see now. Actually, I wonder if they even still teach long and short vowel sounds.

I don't think I've ever played the Genesis version; I had no idea that the ending was any different.

I think it's one of the better-known sprite comics; I don't think I'd have heard of it, otherwise.

Was that a Super Paper Mario reference?

I have the Power Stone Collection for PSP, and it does indeed play a lot better. It's also the only game I can think of where you can play a character with flaming hair and spinning booby tassels. I couldn't get into Power Stone 2, because it makes you do a lot of really cool things that the engine is unfortunately not built to do. The first one has a diving kick attack that helps out a lot, but this is removed in the second game.

Erotic violence... Pachinko... Erotic violence... Pachinko... I- wut. [Link] I do remember that from Symphony of the Night, though; she has one of those tops that gives her enormous cleavage, which was the style at the time, but MY GOD DON'T LOOK AT HER ANKLE THAT'S INDECENT!

Teeth is a movie about a girl who has teeth in her vagina. When she figures this out, and learns how to control them, she seduces rapists and sex criminals and bites their dicks off; it's great. Some of the worst acting I've ever seen though, which makes it even better.

To watch people from the Colonial Era do the worm, hump walls, and act like they're in The Matrix and turning into an agent? Yeah, I'd say that's worth a soul or 2. That said, I think the wagon wheel breakdancing was my favorite.
about 3 weeks ago (edited)

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Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Are you sure Mike Jones became female for that one bit? That wasn't merely just him cross-dressing? 'Cause he still had to disguse his voice.
about 3 weeks ago

Badges
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
Focus: Only playing one game
I was actually able to send it out the morning I left, so that all of the messages I'd have to respond to would be on top of my shout, and I wouldn't miss anyone. I couldn't believe that I actually pulled it off, either, but I had my shit together that morning, somehow.

Bjork is... how to explain this... She's this GORGEOUS Icelandic Pop singer with fashion sense that's... well... it's this: [Link] She makes Lady Gaga's outfits look pretty tame. Her music videos are weird, too; I saw one where these 2 dudes were in an office, doing work after hours. They're typing, and the lights are dimming, and everything's fine. They look at each other, get closer, and... they're making out. Not just making out, mind you; they're smearing white-out all over each other's faces (this was the '90s, so it was still that awful liquid shit), while this weird, shrill voice sings over them. Watched that with my homophobic grandparents, and we all just sat there trying to figure out what the fuck was happening.
about 3 weeks ago

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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
Focus: Only playing one game
Oh, there's a lot of morality lacking from big organizations, but they have us at a point where we can't really boycott all of them, because then, we wouldn't be able to buy enough shit to live, so we have to pick our battles. Sucks, but them's the brakes.

Yeah, even with the variety that had already been present up to that point, I was surprised to find such a strange island. Of course, as you know, strange is kind of my MO, so there were no complaints here! That's an odd glitch, but at least you can fight him again to get it, and don't have to just straight-up restart.

That looks remarkably similar to the NES version, aside from the one with the black sands and the blood rivers, which is a little surprising; usually MSX games have graphics that are markedly better than the NES. Scrolling's always choppier than a dual-wielding samurai on crack, but the palettes are deeper.

Disturbing? Not really; I was pretty into it. I occasionally have a thing for girls with paper-white skin, though, so that's probably part of it. That Wii Fit Trainer. HEART

I don't know if I've ever heard of a Takumi before. Hey, is Makoto a gender-neutral name? I've seen it used as both male and female in and out of the Yakuza series. The first time I remember encountering the name was in Psychic 5 (he was not-Luigi), but I must've heard it as a female name somewhere before, because I kept thinking, "Wait... Makoto is a chick's name!" when I was supposed to hunt down some scumbag dude named Makoto Makimura in Yakuza 0.

That's all very likely to have completely trashed its reputation, I'd agree. It's a shame, too, because I've beaten it all the way through on Normal Mode, and it's a damn fine game. Anything post-Mortal-Kombat without gratuitous amounts of blood and gore suffered, too; people were all about that, as well.

I must have; I feel like I would've remembered something like that.

They'd almost have had to, given the systems' respective graphical capabilities, and I wonder if they just decided to throw different little things in different versions here and there while they were at it.
about 3 weeks ago

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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
Focus: Only playing one game
Well, given that I've had extremely close contact with mononucleosis, tetanus, and the Norwalk Virus - that last one right after surgery, so I had a very compromised immune system - and didn't get any of them, I'm not too worried about getting anything else. My leukocytes are like angry little Pac-Men that always have a power pellet. Not those shitty little ones that just let them eat ghosts; I'm talking about the kind you get in Super Pac-Man that let you eat the goddamn walls.

The lack of Simulation elements didn't make that much of a difference to me, but there was a lot of interesting potential there, given the new subject matter. Actually, it was that subject matter that I found to be so interesting; you know that I'm pretty damn far from Christianity, but I thought that there could've been some neat lessons in morality, going to explain why the 7 sins are considered to be so. On a surface level, battling the 7 sins was a neat enough concept, and since it is, at heart, an Action game, I didn't mind so much that it was shallow in the narrative sense. So, while, yes, Actraiser 2 does stand as a bit of an odd duck, I think people were a lot pissier about the lack of Simulation elements than was really necessary, leading to a poorer reception than the game truly deserved.

I only played Corruption - my other Prime games are the original Game Cube versions - but I CONSTANTLY found that the lock-on was fighting with the point-at-to-make-die interface; shots would go back and forth between the 2 points, like some bad scattershot weapon. (See also: Crescent Grizzly's weapon from Mega Man X5 or the Shadow Armor from X6, and to a lesser extent, Super Joe's Machine Gun from Bionic Commando)

Lipstick comes in all kinds of colors; I once picked up a purple shade that looked great... until I put it on; it looked like a slightly reddish purple, but when it was on my lips, it was the darkest goddamn purple I've ever seen. Even my lady, who has me dress her for formal events because she doesn't have the slightest hint of fashion sense, said, "You're not leaving the room like that, are you?" It was atrocious. But yes, I usually go with a reddish brown, because hooker red looks fucking horrendous with my darker skin tone, like some small child scribbled on my mouth with a big red crayon.
about 3 weeks ago

Badges
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
Focus: Only playing one game
This is why sports stuff should just be on ESPN or something; some kind of dedicated sports channel, so that regular programming doesn't get interrupted. Or, hey, here's an idea: why not just put some kind of bullshit reruns or short program in the time slot right afterwards? Just cram a couple of Looney Tunes in there, and you're good; if a couple of them don't air because of the game, then so be it.

I don't think I'm terribly familiar with that whole event; the only Malice at the Palace I'm familiar with is the Three Stooges film. That doesn't surprise me, though; a lot of people buy tickets to a fight, hoping that a hockey game will break out. Makes me wonder why the hell this country loves Football so much, when Rugby is so much more violent.

Oh, is that how it works? I guess there's a system in place; it just gives really poor feedback, so it's hard to interpret. Especially with something like Ryhorn, where its synopsis says that it can easily knock a trainer flying; I'd think that throwing rocks at it would make it do that, instead of run away. I guess they can't have a little kid getting horribly mangled by a wild beast in a game targeted toward a younger audience, but I guess that just underlines my point about the absurdity of the whole situation.

Crystalis was a pretty cool game, and I do enjoy it, but I feel like it could've used a little tweaking with the controls. They had 2 menus, which was completely unnecessary; they should've used the select button to cycle through your swords on the fly for a more fluid gaming experience. Great adventure, though, and the elementals swords thing was a really neat idea. That and the bosses were goddamn huge and impressive, and that boss music really gets your blood boiling. My favorite thing, though, is how many strange, beautiful places they created, like where you first find Meisia, and the small area where you find the Kirisia Plant.

*Thinks back to the time she spent playing Dead Space* [Link] AHEM. Yes, you might say that they are unplayable.
about 3 weeks ago

Badges
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
Focus: Only playing one game
I think I heard that about IGA, too, now that you mention it. These days, Konami's like me after 8 days without sleep, so that wouldn't surprise me; what a goddamn trainwreck.

Eddie Izzard does a really good history of the world thing in Dress to Kill. "What's that you have behind your back, there, England?" "Oh, just India and a number of other countries." "Hey, give those back!" "We still need the Falkan Islands for... strategic... sheep purposes."

That makes sense, though I've always thought that Hiragana looked neater. I didn't realize that both were referred to as Kana, though; I'd thought that Kana was just another name for Hiragana.

That reminds me of that study that shows that cats only meow at their kittens, because their ears aren't developed enough to pick up on the subsonic frequencies adult cats use to communicate. Translation: they see humans as big, dumb kittens; that's why they meow at us, too.

He's not the only one; if you finish Altered Beast, it's pretty obvious that that was supposed to be a movie, too. That was a very interesting read, though I feel like he put a little too much faith in the player, because I never would've guessed any of those things, like the clock tower or the... well, the AVGN calls him the cookie monster; I'm sure you know what I mean. That and he's only kind of right about the whip; they're good for repelling enemies, yes, but actually killing them isn't easy with a chain weapon like that; they're not exactly very precise weapons.

The other one I read was 8-Bit Theatre, which was an occasionally hilarious retelling of the original Final Fantasy. Problem is that there were a lot of misses compared to the few hits, and some of the jokes were just lame rehashes of old bits from The Simpsons. I did like the Black Belt characters, though, because, like me, he has a TERRIBLE sense of direction. I'm sure you're familiar with the first game; he and White Mage get lost wandering the Temple of Fiends for DAYS. She rags on him for it, and he says, "It's not my fault; this place was built on the architecture of INSANITY!" She throws back, "It's not built on the architecture of insanity; it's a straight line from the entrance to the bad guy!" It shows a map of the place with a line straight to Garland, who's saying, "Yo." My lady and I constantly reference that, because I've gotten disoriented from turning around in a circle, and yes, I mean that literally.
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