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about 6 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
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Surprising, considering how badly smokers are demonized in this country.

Oh, if the Zelda series took any of the directions I'd like to see, fans would fucking RIOT, because it has become a series about mindless tradition and its own precious formula. I was actually pretty damn shocked at how open Breath of the Wild was.

I'd say that the Oracle games are a pretty tough place to jump in. In this day and age, I'd say that A Link to the Past would be the best place to jump in for 2D Zelda. For 3D... I have no fucking idea. Darksiders, maybe? No, that was more Banjo-of...

The flying tile rooms were admittedly my own damn fault; I'd just assumed that they weren't considered enemies, so clearing them out wouldn't open the door, and I couldn't figure out how the fuck else to open it.

You know, I've seen emulators that allow you to manually choose which Game Boy you want to emulate for the game that you're playing, but I never really thought to do that. Actually, I usually just leave it on automatic, unless I'm playing one of those colorization hacks; they run a hell of a lot better when you force it into Game Boy Color Mode. I wonder if forcing the oldschool Game Boy games into that would allow you to use the same palettes that the actual hardware does. I guess I didn't realize that the Color was that much more powerful, either; I'd just assumed that they slapped in some color and called it a day.

I'd thought so; I remember that being my retort when people would brag about SEGA's 32X back in the day. Of course, they were both fucking flops, so we'll call that a tie.

I actually had the PC version, too, and it's nothing to write home about. I got it at the same time as the first 2 Heroes of Might and Magic games (2 also had the expansion pack), and they were definitely the real treasure that day. I don't really even like Strategy, but something about that series is really enjoyable to me. No way in HELL I'm good enough/have enough time to ever them, because there are about a billion maps each, but playing the easy ones and fucking around in the map editor is still good fun.

Bob Barker knows fucking karate!? Was he on the show for some celebrity version, or was that back when he was still a nobody?

If it's Chik-Fil-A, yes; they're notoriously anti-LGBT, so all we'd probably have to do is go in holding hands. Their food is just okay (don't know why people rave over it), and it'd be a nice "Fuck you!" to the company.
about 6 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
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
I'd forgotten about Midway. I've read that Rain was just a dumb Prince joke, and that they eventually had a character named MOKAP.

Yeah, and I should've remembered that; I lived it. I wasn't fighting in it, but I definitely remember when it broke out. My parents were actually out west, and were going to see the Johnny Carson show live that night, but it was canceled because of all that, so they never got to see him.

Trippy as fuck is a good way to describe it, yes. My body finally just crashed Friday night, and though I was an unfocused train wreck (fucking FELT like I got hit by a train!), by Monday, I got myself to fully rested and focused. Hell, my entire PS2 collection is fully functional on my PC now, unless I decide to dump the discs to ISOs someday, which I might, since they'd probably run much faster. I'd definitely want a new external hard drive, because I'm sure that wouldn't be small, and I'd want to add Wii and Game Cube to that, as well. I think I'd be shit out of luck for PS3, though, since those are on BluRays, and my computer doesn't have a BluRay drive... I'm not actually that sure that they're even a thing, since everything went digital by then.

Oh, really? For some reason, I'd always thought that the mainline NES ones were both completely overhead. Maybe I'll have to check them out again someday.

It was a little weird, and honestly, I don't remember who won. I don't know if anybody won. I'd lean toward not me, because back then, I didn't like dancing. Still don't, unless it's in the right context.

Which boss did you beat first? I think it's mostly non-linear. The Hermit took me forEVER to find, back in the day. The shops are definitely a pain in the ass when you want something specific, but if I'm not mistaken, the shop on Route 5 may always be fully stocked. I have heard that the more times you visit the shop, the more likely you are to have more items, but I don't know whether that's true.

Scott Pilgrim is one of those things I have on all fronts: I loved the movie, so I got it on DVD; I grabbed the game, back when it was still available; and finding out that the game was based on the comics, I got the hardbound color versions of those, as well. Similarly, Blaster Master is the reverse of Master Blaster, which was both a character in Running Man (I think) and was also a Nerf gun. Heh, and now, Blaster Master is seeing this incredible revival in both the commercial and rom hacking scenes.
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
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Sardonyx is one of those joking characters that has a line for every situation, and rather than being clever, it comes off as more annoying. Kinda like an even less funny Deadpool.

The key store guy in Faxanadu even has the face of a smoker; how did they miss that? My sister and I used to joke about how he got us all hot and bothered.

That or higher up. I think I'd play a Zelda game that took place in Astrule. Actually, yes; a big fucking galaxy to explore? It wouldn't really be Zelda anymore, but I'd love something like that: a space-themed Action-Adventure that doesn't have so much content that I'd be old and gray before finishing it all... well, older and grayer; got plenty of gray hair at my age, though I've been steadily graying since my 20s. Anyway, maybe limiting it to a single solar system, like Phantasy Star, with maybe a few extra planets waaaaay out there, like Rogue Galaxy would be cool.

I liked it a lot more when I played it the first time than I do now, but it was still at the very bottom of my Zelda list; I liked all 4 of the others better, even then. I do like the framing, the medallions, and a lot of other things about it, but the controls and level design could use a hell of a lot of work. I did enjoy the 3DS remake, though; those gyroscope controls make a world of difference; it's basically like giving mouselook to a Zelda game.

The Oracle games are kinda rough, especially if you're trying to them. I really want to like them, but they have so much of the stuff that I don't like in the newer ones, almost like they're a gateway to that kind of nonsense the same way that Link's Awakening was a gateway to the linearity of the games. A Link to the Past stumped me at quite a few spots back in the day. The first was how to get into the dungeon in the desert; the use of that book was so off-the-wall. The second was getting into the Tower of Hera; I hadn't figured out to stand on the Spectacle-Rock-shaped depression in the Dark World. Then the flying tile room in the Tower of Hera. Then Agahnim. Then, it was smooth sailing... until that FUCKING lantern puzzle at the beginning of Turtle Rock; it took me forever to figure out that you have to light them at certain points on your platform ride. Definitely some cryptic moments in that one. The waterfall thing had me stumped for a little while, but that one I figured out more quickly, just because of the map... and by dumb luck.
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
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
I take the official timeline with a grain of salt because why the hell is there an entire branch dedicated to getting a Game Over in Ocarina of Time? If we're talking something like Chrono Trigger, where you get an actual ending for dying, that'd be one thing, but Ocarina of Time doesn't have that. Really, though, the timeline is pretty insignificant when you rarely have a repeat of the same Link from game to game.

Looks like I was right; there's a decent variety in color, but most of it is on the pastel end of things.

That and, depending on taste, the sound chip isn't exactly the same. All pretty impressive, though. The Virtual Boy could've been impressive, too, considering that it was a 32-bit system, so I'm told.

It's sad how technically impressive Cannon Fodder was, because of how poorly it plays compared to its PC counterpart; that was made for a mouse.

I've just heard Bob Barker say bitch and I've heard Michael Bolton belt out pussy; I think my life can be complete. Watching Bob Barker beat the shit out of Adam Sandler was pretty satisfying, too.

Hey, if I finally escaped from the island, that's probably the first thing I'd do is launch a golf cart. Then, I'd probably get myself thrown out of a Chik-Fil-A for being queer; that's definitely on the bucket list.

One of those terrifying herbivores, then.

I wonder if they put that in after all of the Charcoalt rumors, just to screw with people. I know that Diablo 2 has a cow level because of rumors from fans of the existence of one in the first game. There only kinda is in the first one, though; in the Hellfire expansion, you could enter this H.R. Giger kinda place, and the quest is issued by a character named Complete Nut, who is a dude in a cow costume. You have to screw with the configuration files to access that quest (along with the almost-finished Barbarian and Bard classes), but you can reach the same area normally; it's just a farmer that gives you a quest that allows you to access the area, instead. Either way, the other Hellfire sidequest has the better boss: Na-Krul. Na-Krul's dungeon has this incredible build-up with all of these tomes that describe the horrifying demon and his mad ramblings. When you finally unseal him for battle, he talks like a radio DJ, even offering free Aerosmith tickets.
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
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Depends on the log, I suppose, though probably not anymore, with this beautiful office body I'm building.

Gulf War; that's what it was called! How did I forget that? Did I write that to you on Tuesday? Must've been; Tuesday was a little... [Link] (SEIZURE WARNING) It's been the same for me, though; I don't think I've ever seen anyone put out fire that way.

That always seemed odd to me. Yes, cold will not put out a fire, but all of the ice moves are either ice or snow, and that means it'd melt into water, which does put out fire. Though maybe it's this: they could be using ice as cold or as frozen liquids. Yes, that's most commonly water, but if you would, say, throw frozen gasoline onto a fire, it'd only get stronger.

I did know that about him, but I didn't play the really early ones, so I don't think I knew about that.

That is odd; I wonder what purpose that serves. It seems too specific to be a bug.

I wonder if that was to give the sound test more appeal. I know that I didn't like the Mega Man 10 soundtrack playing the game nearly as much as I did listening to it on its own, because my brain was now focused on the music, rather than trying to not die, and that'd certainly be a thing for Contra. The other thing that I like to muse about now and again is whether it's more appealing to have it right there or to have it hidden; the excitement of unraveling a mystery could draw more people to it, at least until everyone's doing it, at which point, it's more like, "Oh, just another sound test."

I remember seeing a bunch of code-accessed ones in Nintendo Power, and the one that I remember most vividly because of how I encountered it was Guardian Legend. I was at my friends' (twins) house, and Eric punched in the code, accessing the sound test. I'm not sure how it happened, exactly, but by the end of the night, I wound up in a dance-off against Bryan to each of the songs, while Eric was the DJ. Alcohol wasn't even involved.

Nice! I don't remember why I bought that game back in the day, but it was one hell of a journey, I'll say that! Took me years to figure it all out, since it wasn't popular to get much of a walkthrough, and I'm not sure if I had those issues of Nintendo Power. It was kinda surreal when my lady and I went to see Scott Pilgrim in theatres, and the name of the band was Clash at Demon Head, too; got some real nerd cred that day.
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
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Heh, as well as I do take care of myself...

I'm picturing it next to a tobacco use icon, mostly because my brain does stupid shit like that. I mean, that might help, since kissing is one of my triggers (sometimes), but that's not even close to common, so it's probably not that.

That's... yeah, I think I'm too fried to even try to wrap my mind around that.

They should bring Lorule back. Underground. I'd play the shit out of a subterranean Zelda.

Well, it's a lot of things, but it mostly comes down to Ocarina of Time's design. As big, exciting, and maybe even a little mysterious as it felt when you first stepped onto Hyrule Field, the game's world doesn't really have all that much to offer, and the way things were blocked off didn't feel so much like something you'd later achieve as something that was going to be a struggle to enter someday, because the design was so sloppy and clunky; it felt like everything was held together with duct tape. The world is 3-dimensional, but you aren't actually thinking about the world in a 3-dimensional space: jumps are automatic, and feel mechanical and stiff; climbing to greater heights just puts you on a different, equally flat and unimaginative plane; distance running on narrow ledges makes you feel like you're always about to fall, but always for the wrong reasons; and when you fall to another floor, there's no precision landing or anything. It all just seems like the world is in 3D just to show off; not to actually make it 3D. Compare that to Wind Waker, where you can use either the grappling hook or the Deku Leaf to really move around through the sky, even planning your own shortcuts; it feels like the y-axis is actually fleshed out. The combat's clunky, too. Targeting isn't quite as genius as everyone says. You see, back then, 3D Action was terrible, and it was hard to swing at anything; targeting "fixed" this in the sense that it made the awful mechanics more bearable, but didn't make them not awful. These days, even I don't need a targeting system, because 3D Action has gotten so much better; THAT is a solution. I guess the third and final piece is that it didn't feel as special as the others because there wasn't much of anything worth discovering, and since Zelda is about exploration, its scripted, forcedly linear nature made it feel more like a chore than an adventure. Also, fuck minigames.
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
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
That's entirely possible, and pretty likely, if you ask me; makes it seem like those flashes at the end were Koizumi's last gasps of defiance, like, "Think about the underlying existential crisiiiiiiiiiiiiisssssss..."

That would make sense, given where you are and the nature of the story. Who would've thought that the fans would've pestered Nintendo so badly for an official timeline that they'd cave in and add that to it?

I remember first playing it on the Super Game Boy, and I seem to recall the palettes being really washed out; I was tempted to just use one of the presets or make my own, but I just kept thinking it would get better. Don't remember if it did, or how far I wound up getting.

Beats the hell out of me; I can't make any sense out of it, myself.

Really? Damn; I'd just thought that it had the same specs as the NES, but with a different palette. Oh, yeah, I remember when you showed me the intro to Cannon Fodder; I couldn't believe it was just an 8-bit game!

Oh, to try to make it not suck... okay, I can see that angle, and it might work. I haven't seen either of those - blasphemy, I know - but I did really enjoy this commercial [Link] , so it has potential. I actually once chased down a golf cart on foot; dudes were pretty damn surprised to see me leaping through the bushes and actually able to catch them, especially because my attire was kinda dressy.

All I can picture is one of the cookies from Yoshi's Cookie, but erupting. Probably the one with the red thing in the middle, but it's varying. Senbei look good, though; I'd like to try them someday. Of course, I've been playing Yakuza Kiwami, so my takoyaki craving is back, too.

Is it weird that I kinda want to play X6 again, though? I mean, maybe not that weird, since there's a huge bugfix patch at RHDN, but still...

KALI'S BLOOD-DRIPPING TITS WHAT THE FUCK DO THEY EAT RODENTS!? Like, I've been attacked by cicadas and cicada killers, and I thought they were big!

Considering that I wasted hours of my life on a goddamn hoax, yeah, I'd say it was a waste of my time. This was back in the earlier days of the Internet, so verifying those sorts of things wasn't as easy. Just like how you could get Charcoalt and Yoshi in the first generation Pokémon games.
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
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Speaking of which, have you ever played Yakuza Kiwami? I just discovered MesuKing...

The funny thing is that real-life salamanders don't have anything to do with fire; they were considered to be spirits of flame, because when people burned logs with salamanders living inside, they'd all run out. I mean, I'd probably run out of a log I was in if someone lit it on fire, too.

Yeah, he's my buddy; I'd love to have him come back to eat some of my other stumps, but they don't have anything as horrifying living in them.

Depending on your definition; a mutant is someone who has a mutation, and a mutation is any kind of change in DNA from what your parents gave you. I have quite a few mutations, so I'd call myself a mutant, but don't go expecting me to start shooting flames out of my eyes and lightning out of my tits or anything... unless you fuck with my children... [Link]

My taste in Horror is... unusual. Most people like them to be scary, but since my brain is broken, I don't actually process the emotion of fear (I can confirm it, too; I've been in a few near-death situations and felt nothing), so scary isn't something that can really appeal to me. What I like in Horror is the surreal elements, like distorted images, weird ghosts, and that kind of thing. And then, there's Mama... The way I like Mama is almost like a chick flick to me; it's my favorite movie of all time, dethroning long-time champ, American Beauty.

I'd figured that one out; sometimes, throwing dirt on it works, too. We also have our burn barrel surrounded by just dirt, so that there can't be any dry grass to catch fire from stray embers. The oxygen thing was used in Operation: Desert Storm, too; Saddam Hussein had lit oil fields on fire, and it was just belching black smoke into the sky, so you know what the US Air Force did? They detonated bombs just overhead to suck away the oxygen, and it put out all of the fires.

That is pretty interesting; that might be the one historically accurate thing about the entire series. Aside from the 30-story-tall massive geisha robot that trampled its way through Feudal Japan, of course.

You'd think that more sound tests would have something like that after they started being discovered by players; didn't have much use before that, since they were for programmers to test individual songs, and being able to select them at will would've been a much more useful feature.
about 4 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
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Sorry for the delay; this is a hell of a long time, even for me. It's been a really bad couple of weeks; My PTSD's been pretty bad for about a week now, and it took all I had just to respond to your PM, whenever that was. Things should start looking up in a few days, I think; the screaming should have subsided by then.

That's entirely possible. The series has some REAL interesting designs for things, like the bondage sex angels: [Link]

That still seems so strange to me. "Love is poisoning the minds of our children. SOMEONE PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!"

I seem to attract interesting people. 😏

I've never even thought of using bees. Like ever on anything, aside from that one shopkeeper that gives you a bunch of shit for the Good Bee. I should've wondered what the point of having them was, but for some reason, I never did. I really want to try that out, now, like when I killed Gannondorf with a fishing pole in Twilight Princess... and Agahnim with a bug catching net... and Gannondorf again in Ocarina of Time with an empty bottle...

That's the problem with my writing: I'm writing it. I spend so much time locked up in my own head that sometimes, I'm not able to perceive what isn't immediately obvious to others. Well, I'd argue that Wind Waker is still in Hyrule... or at least on Hyrule, and Skyward Sword does take place in Hyrule, but has an additional sky layer where you also spend some time; most of the dungeons and things are down in Hyrule.

I might've said this in the article, but I also really liked the outdoor version, and wish that had been the overworld music; I'd have been a lot more bent out of shape about it, were it not for the fact that Link's Awakening has the most adventurous, heroic rendition of the main Zelda theme.
about 4 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
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Link's Awakening really is an odd beast, and the cameos only contribute further to that. Like, it's weird, but given its subject matter, I feel like it could and should have been weirder. Well, unless most people's dreams aren't half as weird as mine. I suppose that's possible; I just remember the killing blow making a *dink* noise the first time I killed him in the original, so maybe I'd assumed that they were all actual hits and it was just a glitchy way to kill him. Aaaand that's about when I fell away from Zelda; the last one I was really aware of in sequence was Ocarina of Time; by the time Majora's Mask rolled around (even when it was still called Zelda Gaiden), I'd stopped caring about Zelda. I didn't get back into it until about 2002, when I picked up Adventure of Link again, but not even really until Twilight Princess came out. It could be that or possibly that people just assumed it was a port, like many things on the Game Boy were at the time. I mean, even Battle of Olympus got a more-or-less straight port.

I always forget about Wario Land 2, probably because I originally had the non-color one. I think it did have Super Game Boy features, though. Metroid 2 is just fine without, it, though, if you're willing to emulate; it's currently up to its THIRD colorization hack. This latest one allows screen transitions without turning into a raging glitch picnic, though, so this might be the definitive one. That would've been quite interesting to see what the 2 NES Zeldas would look like with the Game Boy Color palette.

Yoko... wow... that one follows you home...

Shit! That's right: she's one of the guardians of the Crystals of Darkness.

I guess so, and if there can be that damn many Air Bud sequels, why not branch out? That and executives are usually pretty tone-deaf to what kids like. I can imagine that staff meeting...
Suit1: We need the hot new sport that all the kids love!
Suit2: Golf?
Suit3: Huh?
Suit2: Yeah, I mean, I play golf, and I think I saw a child in my neighborhood that one time.
CEO: It's brilliant!

It wasn't really that bad; a little disappointing to go that far to get HM4 only to find out that it was all bullshit, but I've done worse for less, like all those rumors about how to get the Triforce in Ocarina of Time. I actually went into every false exit in the Lost Woods in every possible order for that.
about 4 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
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Lava cookie, eh? Reminds me of the Jim Gaffigan bit on Hot Pockets. "Will it burn my taste buds?" "It'll ANNIHILATE your taste buds!" Yeah, that's the one. For some reason, Yammark is one of the few maverick names that I remember from X6. That was a really weird game... Not Katamari weird, but in a "this is a Mega Man game?" kind of way. THEY'RE THAT FUCKING BIG!?!?

I think it might be 2:45 or something like that, but yeah, it's several videos in length, so it's close to 3 hours. There's also an unofficial sequel by a completely different person, but that wasn't ever finished. When it comes to Horror, what I like most is the surreal aspect of it, and both have that in SPADES, so it was right up my alley. That and I've always liked Godzilla: Monster of Monsters, probably because it was the only Godzilla game in the US for quite a long time. Yeah, you'd occasionally get lucky and find the other NES one, but that wasn't as fun, because you were playing as the military, though some boards did give you a pair of Mothra larva and one fully grown one.

I really like Sandalit; it reminds me of the volcanic area of Death Mountain in A Link to the Past. Oh wow; she is SASSY. I like her, too. The poison/fire combination works with the volcanic theme, too; I wonder if there's something to that.

At least they're not ground bees; those fuckers are NASTY. We had some a few years back, but we lucked out: a giant pileated woodpecker came and devoured the entire colony, as well as the stump they were using for cover.

It's more like a strange collection of conditions; I don't think that any of them are rare by themselves (though my particular form of heterochromia is rare in humans), but having this many or this particular combination is probably pretty unusual.

It could be newer than that era, then; I always think of Sardonyx from Steven Universe with that kind of female comedian, even if I do find her character to be pretty damn obnoxious: [Link]

The first Grudge movie is pretty good, if you like Horror. It actually does a pretty good job of working in some real-world horror, too, when you find out how the ghost came to be.
about 1 month 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
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
And... love? That's something to bump up a game's rating, now?

I first encountered it from one of my perverted friends, and I love her.

+ FUCKING BEES!?!?!?!? I... never thought to try that. While you are correct, the point I was trying to make is that both that and reaching new areas with the last dungeon's item were always a thing (raft in the first game, most everything in Zelda 2, and several items in Zelda 3), but it wasn't compulsively every dungeon until Link's Awakening. Yeah, yeah, the Mirror Shield in Link's Awakeing.

+ I'm glad, too; while Link's Awakening falls short in a few areas, it was absolutely WONDERFUL to have a non-Hyrule setting for once... and almost never again... (I think Majora's Mask was elsewhere)

+ You know, I'd just assumed that Mamu was kinda thrown in there haphazardly, but that makes an odd sort of sense, though moreso in North America, since in Doki Doki Panic, it was a book, rather than a dream. My sister said that Japan loves spoilers when she was telling me not to watch the trailer for the new Broly movie; I don't know how true that is, but this would make sense in that case.

+ It wasn't always useless, either; stunning enemies in the first Zelda was EXTREMELY helpful, since all you could do was stab. That brings me to the point I was trying to make: stunning was useless in a game where you can do more than stab. I did know that it killed smaller enemies in Hyrule Fantasy, though; we used to do that all the time in the item halls.

+ In both versions, though? For some reason, I thought it took 3 in the original, and it just made a *dink* sound each time, like it wasn't doing anything.

+ In comparison to other Zelda games, I feel that it was. When Adventure of Link came out, everyone was fucking STOKED for another Zelda game; A Link to the Past consumed our LIVES for months; but Link's Awakening kinda quietly came and went, as I remember it, even though it was the cover of Volume 50 of Nintendo Power. I don't remember hardly anyone talking about it, or even having a copy, at least in my area, and people don't talk about it much now, either. DX was really popular, though; I will say that.

You know, I hadn't really interpreted that as a stutter - probably due to the lack of context - because back in the day, we sometimes used to repeat the first letter or syllable of a word for emphasis. Okay, so in my day, it was more to goof on people who used to do that, but still.
about 1 month 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
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
This is a relatively recent phenomenon, so Zelda 2 wouldn't have counted, though it was reasonably popular in its day; the hatred didn't come until the Internet got ahold of it. That said, you're absolutely right about Triforce Heroes.

They certainly were, but if the Road Rash 2 instruction manual has taught me nothing else - and it hasn't - it's that Japan only has one god: Elvis. Oh, I forgot about the submarine, whose yellow color was purely coincidental. Wait, so was Ringo the name for the girl or the dog? I mean, it had to be Ringo that was the odd one out; it HAD to.

I learned that watching the movie adaptation of Pazos de Ulloa, which is much better than the book, because it has positively OBNOXIOUS writing. Much better than the Bodas de Sangre film adaptation, too, which wasn't so much a movie as it was some fucked up interpretive dance thingie with a slow-motion knife fight that lasted over 8 whole minutes. Keep in mind that this is interpretive dance, so nobody actually gets stabbed at any point, either.

Well, he's not entirely wrong about that; they do kinda have four penises; from what I remember, it's technically one, but with 4 heads. It's pretty fucked up. I'd figured that Echidna was some kind of mythological being, since it's the name of one of the bosses in Final Fantasy 3; I believe that she shows up in Eureka, guarding one of those ultimate weapons or another.

Stolid water calf, perhaps?

Get the fuck out; seriously!? I'm absolutely shocked. I remember almost nothing about this movie, aside from the part where Barkley says he's never going to date Madonna again. The sequel part isn't so shocking, though; even Shaq-Fu got a sorta-sequel fairly recently. [Link] Those jam sequels, though... I'm not so sure that there are words...

My dad had a factory job, and he absolutely hated it, but I imagine someone must like that kind of work. I feel like most of them are operated via automation these days, though.

Okay, I knew there was some reason I didn't like it: I'm kind of a control freak with RPGs. Hell, I don't even berserk my characters in the Tower of the Magi in Final Fantasy 6. Okay, those I do remember, especially struggle. I got myself an abra and got it down to struggle just so I could get HM1 and get myself killed on the S.S. Anne, because Mew is TOTALLY under that truck, you guys! Duped again...
about 1 month 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
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
I only saw it once a very long time ago, but the context clues led me down the right road with that one. I just saw it on Imgur the other day, and it was too perfect not to throw in there.

You know, I wonder if it's flying, as opposed to air/wind, just to make it simpler for the younger audience to grasp. Many adults, myself included, enjoy pokémon, but it's hard to deny that the target audience was kids. That's part of its brilliance, though: most things that are "fun for the whole family" are really only enjoyable to kids.

+ That's one that really makes me wonder, too; when I think of pin missile, I think of tons of little needles flying through the air, and you know what animal that reminds me of? Hedgehogs. Porcupines. Manticores. Hell, anything but a bug. Sure, a bee can sting, but then its ass breaks off and it dies; it can't shoot multiple needles, unless you're playing Little Nemo. That's close to the Japanese word for dragonfly, though, isn't it?
+ I remember that the dragonfly in the Mega Man franchise is something like Commander Yammark (he's from X6).
+ Really? I always thought Buzz Buzz was supposed to be a bee. That makes the dung beetle line make a lot more sense. Do those buzz? Maybe that's what I'm missing.
+ That's another confusing one. Hyper Beam is normal, Solar Beam is grass, and Signal Beam is bug, but they're all beams. Isn't there also a Thunder Beam attack, or am I thinking of Mega Man, the first?

Maybe I'm just thinking too philosophically about fighting vs. normal. I do the same thing with ground and rock, and even grass, sometimes; I think of them all as earth elemental.

Same as most Creepypastas: kid gets a game from his childhood, and it's haunted and tries to kill him and eat his soul. Kinda like how every Disney movie is about cute little thing learns a lesson. Anyway, this one is actually good; it's creepy enough to get under my skin at times. Anyway, the connection is that not far into it, the game gets corrupted, and all of the usual enemies (base game is Godzilla: Monster of Monsters) transform into different ones, and some are actual Godzilla monsters, as opposed to just random shit. Definitely worth a watch, if you have about 3 hours to kill and you've played the original game enough to know what it's supposed to be like.
about 1 month 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
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
That's unusual. Combee would make sense, since it would evolve into a queen bee, I'd imagine, but I'm at a loss for sandalit.

Bug-types resist ground? Huh. Well, that definitely would make sense. It also helps that the vast majority of insects are capable of flight.

I'm just a weird exception, and no, it doesn't make any damn sense to me, either. It made it really hard for me to navigate 3D spaces in video games for a long time, but I'm getting better at it. Zelda helped with that, because Zelda games, by and large, are pretty easy, so it was a safe environment to figure it out. I have trouble with it in real life, sometimes, too. A lot of times, you'll see me step to the side and look at something diagonally just to figure out how far away it is. I'm also the only one in the family with heterochromia, low vitals, a crooked throat, congenital anosmia, and one of the only 2 known members who is ambidextrous; the other is from 4 generations ago, and died before I was born. My sister is the only other known member of my family with synaesthesia, too. I'm telling you: I fell to earth in some kinda goddamn space egg.

Well, that's certainly an interesting myth... I guess a hair demon doesn't surprise me that much; I've seen The Grudge, after all. All 3 of them, really, but I don't remember much about 2 and 3.

I guess I can see the resemblance to the flapper sense of style, but it isn't the first thing that comes to mind; I first thought of some old-timey female comedian with a tuxedo and bow tie. Oh, so it's one of those things like nidorans, where the sex determines the pokémon number?

I imagine that's because it was because of Dynamic Designs; Wild Bill is kind of an asshole like that. I mean, it's fine that you're a conservative, but you don't have to cram that where it doesn't belong; no other translators do things like that. Don't make it impossible to separate the artist from the work. Of course, whenever people confront him about this, he goes on a tirade about how he's doing it for free, and if you don't like it, then fuck off. It is true that he's doing all of this for free, but if I came over to help you clean your house for free, but then tossed a glass pickle jar, causing it to shatter and spill pickle juice and broken glass all over your living room carpet, and left it there, am I doing the job? It's one of those cases where neither side is 100% in the right.
about 1 month ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
(PART TROIS)

I first was... well, exposed, to The Town Without Name by Brutalmoose (and AVGN did an episode recently), and it's a "fan favorite" of mine as well, i've seen the craptastic works of Animation Magic (the Zelda CDI games, I.M. Meen, etc.), so the art style wasn't exactly shocking, but boy it was bad, and the insane rambling nature of it is quite something all right. XD I really can't believe sophomore "joke games" like this could receive a retail console release, especially back in the day when this kinda games didn't have a cult following of sorts to cater to, so seeing James Rolfe play it on the Amiga CD32 is one is amazing. XD

Since we're on the subject, i've seen that list of "50 Shitty Shark Movies", when it was just 30 years ago, and the new upload/update, and i agree with what James said there, it's really just another one of those, we've already seen this "niche within a niche within a niche within a niche" explored, it should be shocking or absurd, but really isn't. Just another day of sub-shitty cinema with the change left in the folds of the couch.

I learned of Sky Sharsk through this list, but it's kinda incorrect, since the movie didn't actually came out, i was ready to feature it in my horror/b-movies/exploitation column, but i found out it was still being worked on after a succesful crowfunding, and as of today (at least going by the official pages on social media, along without any dvd listings for europe on Amazon) it hasn't been released, despite many sites listing it as 2017 or 2018 release. And it has Tony Todd (better known for the old and beloved Candyman horror franchise) in it, which is nice, but i'll have to wait some more, i guess.

Myself i'm at that point which i feared would come, basically i've no more space for mostly any game or physical/boxed media (besides small things like GB/GBC/GBA cartridges), so i'll have to muzzle myself until i can get a new library and basically reorganize my space. It's not even a money problem, as i'm kinda lucky with thrift store finds, i just need to stop hoarding stuff like before. And i will.

[i've red the PM, rest assured]



about 1 month ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
(PART DEUX)

Myself i've imported a couple of japanese titles (the odd Kantai Collection Ps Vita spin-off and the PS3 Oneechanbara that D3 didn't bother to translate and bring here, unlike ZII, which was handled by Nis America), but i really need to find a way to continue/restart learning japanese, with my schedule and work hours, i'll have to just do it by myself. Which is a bummer, i enjoy the classes.

In 4 days i'll have World Seeker in my hands, i hope Ganbarion did learned from the crap of the past, i wanna be hopeful, not only for the cash i spent in the "uber limited edition", i really want this to be good. I don't think i'm more brave, especially since i've ben let down by Travis Strikes Again (which i pre-ordered with some faith in the people involved), i'm just more willing to gamble in these specific cases. Heck, i've bought School Girl Zombie Hunter twice, first i waited for a sale on PSN because i couldn't find a copy of the supposed PAL relase, but then - by chance - i've learned by a mutual that a PAL physical release existed, so i bought it from a site you wouldn't think about (when searching for niche videogames, at least). Again, i wouldn't call myself brave, at all.

(and yes, i've heard of Technosoft, never played the Thunder Force series, though)

(i think i was talking about Amanchu, i can't see my old post) I would recommed it if you like slice of life manga with a focus on just being happy, wanting to be fun and welcoming, cozy and chill, without any other agenda. I don't think it's published (print or digital) there, but if you can/wish to give it a chance, there are... ways. The obvious but effective ones.

! "of course" i know about these, the spawns of the infamous "animation" company Dingo Pictures, they are very memetic here as well, especially since people started to cover their take on Disney's Dinosaurs, everyone started (rightfully) making fun of them, and deservingly so, it's almost magical in how crap these were/are, a complete shitshow that's hilarious to just.. witness. They're like classics of trash, amazing in their way to attempt animation with 0 budget.

And yeah, it's not just a release fuck up, even the italian dub is crap in it's own way, like for "The Toys Room" it's just a lady doing (badly) all the voicework for every character. The fact they were released as PS2 titles (with tacked on basic as shit minigames - as you said - to justify being videogames) is worthy of a chef's kiss.


about 1 month ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
I wanted to reply sooner, but - once again - work and a decreasing amount of free time 'n stuff got in the way.

To be honest, i learned of Compile previous via CGR (Classic Game Room), it's strange to see older stuff from them like Gun Nac since i honestly can't disassociate them from their actual being as Compile Heart, and the overall direction they took. I've always wanted to get /& play Sorcery Saga, but guess i waited too long, now with the Vita dead it's getting harder to find (more than before) and it commands more.

didn't knew of their connection with D4 Enterprise and Puyo Puyo, odd but interesting.

Huh, i really didn't know that, i was aware of Gun Pixies getting a western release on Switch quite soon, but i didn't know of Omega Labyrinth Life and Moero Chronicles getting a Switch port. At this point is clearly a move made by Sony, i guess part of their "i'm market leader this gen, and i can do whatever i like, doesn't matter how hypocritical or just dumb it is, given what've published before". I mean, i would be more embarassed and gatekeepy with shit like the infamous Life Of Black Tiger, but i'm not calling th shots.

Yeah, i grew up watching - quite randomly, as i saw some episodes on tv back then, but never got quite involved - Fresh Prince Of Bel Air, at that time we're getting a lot of american shows like that in Italy.

Many of these license games being so terrible is why I rarely buy them nowadays. back in the 80s, licenses were handled weirdly; western licenses tend to do poorly in the hands of a western developer because they are usually sold for a quick buck (there ARE exceptions like Goldeneye). while in Japan there tends to be more care put into those same western IPs. I don't know why.

I think you're right but honestly, outside of Batman (and - as you mentioned - Ghostbusters), i really can't think of many licensed videogames using a western IP but (also) developed by japanese software houses. Please elaborate, i'm sure there are more, but i can't think of them.
about 1 month 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
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Well, that's how it slipped through... *checks various gauges* Yup; still creepy, though.

At this point, not much about Captain Rainbow surprises me anymore. [Link]

I've seen that in a lot of things, though, so I'm not so sure. That and... 😒 well, I'll spare you the rant (the article is in my RSS feed box, if you really want it), but Nintendo overlooked some really important things in Link's Awakening, the biggest of which is the whole existential crisis of the microcosm that is the island.

I kinda did, but also, the Beatles were so damn popular that they don't have that many obscure songs; it was likely that I did know the song, whatever it was. Turns out it was what is probably my favorite song of theirs. Oh, yeah, that definitely works!

I was actually going to say that they could regurgitate food for their young, as birds do, and actually humans used to do, as well, before baby food was a thing. That is a good example, though; I never watched Dragon Ball, but I did see that scene somewhere or another.

I remember reading an article in GamePro about what the fuck is an echidna; it had a picture of one and was captioned "Knuckles in real life". I also learned about echidnas in the webseries, The World's most Terrifying Penises. Yes, you read that right. NSFL, but I'm not terribly squeamish. Also the wife of Typhon, who was the son of Gaea and Tartarus; Echidna is called the mother of monsters, since she gave birth to most of the fucked up creatures that exist in Greek Mythology. She is depicted as half-snake/half-woman.

Could be [Link] It's actually from this, though: [Link] We call our cat trash panda all the time.

I can see how they might miss those, though; they're fairly obscure. Actually, the latter almost seems like someone had to try to deliberately break the game to find that. I'd be a bit curious to play the Japanese version, except that I don't speak Japanese. Is the European version a port of that or the North American one?

I'd been listening to it for years on the radio before I heard the line "girls will be boys and boys will be girls". I forget who told me it was made for them. Starlight, maybe? I want to say it was Starlight.
about 1 month 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
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Of course! Everyone knows that the star of the show wasn't the looney tunes; it was Charles Barkley.
Did you hear that they're fucking rebooting it, too? Was Space Jam even that popular? I mean, I know they merchandised the FUCK out of it, but I don't remember it being remembered all that fondly. They're robbing the world of fun, so they take out a factory? Nothing says "fun" like a mind-numbingly tedious 9-5! Interesting idea, though; I know Final Fantasy 10 has a drownball player as a main character, and the ball is his weapon, but a full cast? I wonder if anyone in the RPG Maker community would have much interested in tackling a project like this.

I remember them being a real bitch on wheels to find! Those and kangaskhan. I think she's just not into bulls. Definitely not into bullshit.

Doesn't thrash hurt you, though? Or am I thinking of a different move?

Well... [Link]

Good in the sense that most fairy tales - especially those ripped from public domain and slapped with a big Disney copyright sticker - are about a prince saving a girl and they love happily ever after love love bullshit. This one starts going that way and then BAM! Prince can't give "true love's kiss" to wake up the princess, because - surprise, surprise - love is something you build together; you can't love someone you just fucking met. That's attraction; NOT the same thing. Turns out that it was a mother figure who had to wake her up that way; someone who cared about her almost from the moment she was born. THAT is love.

And both center around bug... curious. I've always found the types to be a little strange. Some make sense, like fire, water, grass, electric, etc. But then, you have types that are clearly meant to be creature types and not attack types, like bug and dragon. Like, what exactly would make a bug-type attack or a dragon-type attack that isn't fire. I know they have them and I know what a lot of them are, but a lot of them seem like they could otherwise be normal type. That partially goes for fighting, too; what makes the difference between normal and fighting in an attack? Mega Punch is a normal attack, and it seems like it should be fighting. Lots of the normal attacks would be something that they'd use to fight, since they don't have things like fists.

Yeah, you could call it a catch.

It's a neat thing to do, but to require it... I don't think I really like that.
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