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It's an interesting one, though the subscription fee is a bit much


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about 2 years ago (edited)

Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Cursed: 10+ new games in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
One Way Heroics Plus is now on Steam as DLC to the original game at an amazing price point of $6.49. WTF. That's almost double the price of the base game ($3.49). At least the base game seems to go on -75% sales semi-frequently.

I've been thinking about how to respond to your comment, especially the Dark Souls part. I don't really have a good answer for you aside from "maybe this game just isn't for me." I can't get into it. Etc etc. (Edit: I'm not going to admit to losing to the difficulty though.)

What keeps me going in score attack (music) games is almost entirely based on self-improvement: smashing my own scores and clearing charts I couldn't pass on prior attempts. There is something of a competitive scene at the arcade that I frequent, but I don't pay it any mind--I'm not much of a competitive player, I just play for my own improvement and amusement.
To give you an example, I recently (like last week actually) got this score: [Link]
A rating of AA is anywhere from 950k to 989k, and a AAA (the highest possible rating) is 990k to 1m. While I'm pleased that I got that close to a AAA, at the same time I'm bummed that I was that close to a AAA and didn't manage to get it. I'm not competing with anyone else, this is purely for my own entertainment.

I started studying Japanese in my high school years because it was offered as a foreign language option. After that I started college and continued learning Japanese, and even though I've more or less accumulated 10 years of studying Japanese, I don't think I can hold my own in a conversation with a native because I haven't had much practice with it. Writing in Japanese is pretty easy for me because I have a Chinese background and I don't really have to strain myself to learn scary kanji. Grammar is hard for me though. Meanwhile, if you're looking to learn how to speak Chinese, Mandarin is the best starting point because Cantonese is very difficult.
(Cantonese is my native language. It's really difficult.)

And yeah, I'm in school again. Today I did a bad thing where I forgot that I had class at noon and pretty much immediately started playing Path of Exile as soon as I woke up. That game is crack.
about 2 years ago

Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Cursed: 10+ new games in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Looks like you should have bought One Way Heroics on an impulse! Plus is going to be DLC for OWH. [Link]

about 2 years ago

Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Cursed: 10+ new games in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
I started playing DCSS again. Whether it is a consequence of our discussion of Brogue, Nethack, or whatever other roguelikes we have mentioned is a mystery.

My only guess as to why that is, is because our playstyles are different. Our approaches are different. I really think it's less about the player's ability (or inability) to cope with failure. This might be influenced by me being a whiny baby about Dark Souls being too hard. The more I think about it though the more my head hurts, but I do want to figure out someday why I can't get into it. I'll think about it some more at a later date. Or maybe just try again, who knows. Thanks for the link to that episode of RL radio, I will listen to it when I have the time.
Initially when I started learning how to play Beatmania I got a similar vibe of "this game is too hard, I can't do this", but evidently I didn't ragequit (as hard) as I did from Beatmania compared to Dark Souls. I don't know what causes this but if I have to link Beatmania to DS, I have to say that Beatmania just boos at you when you fail a song. Dark Souls makes you watch your character die for a few seconds and then wait for respawn, yada yada etc etc. That's my excuse. And it's a bad one. In the meanwhile though I've been trying to get two friends (IRL) to pick up Beatmania, and one of them is a Dark Souls veteran, so we'll see what happens.

So, no joke: I've been checking Steam's Upcoming Releases for what has been almost a month now to see if One Way Heroics Plus has been added to the list or not. It hasn't. But it will be on Steam at some point. Sure, the Steam sale is over now, but OWH was on sale for under a dollar, so it's hard to justify not picking it up for that cheap...But your decision is probably the correct one. I've played about 15 hours of Plus and I can tell you that Plus is very similar to the original game. I treat Plus as a really big expansion pack to a game that already has a lot of replay value, and I'm sad that Plus is a standalone game. I forget if it was you who said that the OWH art was off-putting. If it was you, then Plus won't change that, I'm afraid. But OWH is a very solid roguelike nonetheless. I highly recommend it.
about 2 years ago

Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Cursed: 10+ new games in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Brogue is really fun. It's got everything you'd want from a roguelike. Rogue on the other hand didn't age so well. It's still a pretty good dungeon crawler, if a bit old. It's worth at least checking out, but since you've started Brogue already it's going to be hard to get used to, if at all. You're right though, it's going to be "harder" because it's older and doesn't have all the conveniences of roguelikes of this day and age.
(And yeah, Rogue is a dungeon crawler, not a roguelike. It's the first of its kind after all! :D )

I don't know what bothers me about Dark Souls to the point where I keep trying to get into it but fail to do so each time. It might be the difficulty, or maybe even the lack of direction. And I know that the point of the game is to die a whole lot and make progress after learning from your mistakes. I get all sorts of irritated when I die though. I know for sure the time it takes to actually respawn gets to me, watching your character slowly keel over, watching the YOU DIED text appear and disappear, and sitting through the loading screen to get up and start moving around again.
Beatmania is primarily fun and games though. It's funny you bring that up too. I'd like to think that I gave up trying to play Dark Souls to progress through another difficult video game.

I've done pretty well so far at not impulse-buying everything that gets discounted during summer sale. There are a few things that I'm not sure if I want to get, and a few more things I'm waiting for bigger discounts, but I'm also getting around to playing games I've yet to play from previous sales. Bleh. Buk buk buk.
Have you checked out One Way Heroics at all? It's a fabulous roguelike that's fabulously cheap when not on sale, but you can get it during the summer sale for an even more fabulous-er price of $0.87. Like, damn.
about 2 years ago

Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Depending on how things go, MTG can get pretty broken, I gotta be honest. One of my buds has a legacy deck that can summon It That Betrays (11/11 with annihilator 2, and gain control of all permanents sacrificed) turn one, another has a commander deck that can basically never let you have a turn, puke every card in his deck, and keep attacking, and another has a deck based around destroying all permanents they don't control, exiling the stragglers.

That being said, it's a fucking addiction. I did just drop $30 into this monstrosity, after all [Link]
Not to mention all the other crazy shit i've bought.
And people think Yu-Gi-Oh is the one to scrutinize lol.

Most different types of metal. Thrash, Death, Hardcore, and Power Metal especially. That being said, there are certain electronic tunes that strike my interest, and a few chill Alt-rock songs as well.

Haha, well, I would certainly say they are neck and neck. Certain elements make me enjoy SH2, and certain elements make me enjoy RE. I think the strongest part of both games are the deep emotions strewn throughout.
For example Lisa Trevor's back story, and the depth of the Crimson Head mechanic are some of the strength Resident Evil had on conveying great terror, as well as presenting an emotional connection, as you learn more about each. SH2 literally is designed that way, for every aspect. The more you learn about the world, the more unsettling it becomes. I think that might be why I've become so attached to SH2. That being said, Both did an excellent job, in that respect.

It's like you said about Super Metroid, and I feel the same way about anime, which is why I have fallen away from most shounen anime, and anime that has less character development. Which is why I love Higurashi so much. I like for a medium to be able to reach out in one or more ways, making me feel the pain characters went through. There's something so special about those moments, and how the characters develop.