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Crypt of the Necrodancer
Awesome! Have cleared All Zones Mode with: Cadence, Eli, Melody, Bard, Dove, Dorian, Monk

Updated about 2 months ago

★★★★★
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Axiom Verge
Normal mode clear. More to go! My Game of the Year for 2015? Very possible.

Updated about 8 months ago

★★★★★
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Macross 30 JPN
The Voice That Connects The Galaxy. Just starting the first couple of quests.

Updated about 8 months ago

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The Guardian Legend
Need to clear Corridor mode but main game complete.

Updated about 8 months ago

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Titan Souls
Titans Shot: 8

Updated about 8 months ago

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The Witch and the Hundred Knight
Chapter 3. Metalia is obnoxious.

Updated about 2 years ago

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Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars
This game sucks, but it's a fortune cookie choice so I'll give it a go.

Updated about 5 years ago

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354 (U)
  31 Unplayed  
8.8% of Unfinished
3.7% of Total
42.4%
139 (B)
16.7%
341 (C)
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PlayStation 2 7 (U) 7 (B) 7 (C) 21 Total
Nintendo 64 6 (U) 7 (B) 20 (C) 33 Total
PlayStation 7 (U) 6 (B) 3 (C) 16 Total
Sega CD 5 (U) 1 (B) 0 (C) 6 Total
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Master System 25 (U) 3 (B) 11 (C) 42 Total
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SNES 35 (U) 8 (B) 47 (C) 97 Total
NES 115 (U) 11 (B) 88 (C) 236 Total
Famicom Disk System 3 (U) 1 (B) 4 (C) 8 Total
Intellivision 7 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 9 Total
Atari 2600 7 (U) 1 (B) 4 (C) 40 Total
All Games 905 Total
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about 4 days ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Legendary Weapon: 5 or fewer unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
I think the thing about an open world is that it has to be worth exploring; if it isn't, then what's the point of doing so? Ooooo, another gray cave; another brown village. Not every single thing has to have an open world, mind you, but I've played so damn many Action-Adventures and RPGs that leave no surprises for you that I'm screaming for a solid Elder Scrolls or SOMETHING with a hint of mystery. I'm actually thinking about getting into Dark Souls, but there are a few things I need to figure out first.

Yeah, and I'm sure that most of those people's first Zelda game was Ocarina of Time; damn kids. If Shigeru Miyamoto, series creator, was quoted as saying that the essence of Zelda is the wonder of exploration, then that's what the hell it is; formula be damned. Another thing that pisses me off about the exploration is that it's the same fucking place over and over again. Death Mountain stops you at the north; Lake Hylia stops you at the south. Yeah, I get that that's Hyrule, but dammit, play Adventure of Link; the game has 6 times the area to explore, so why haven't we had any games about Eastern Hyrule, or the other 2 thirds of Western Hyrule? Oh, but we got province names... fantastic. The only thing they've done since the second game in the series to make Hyrule interesting was drown the fucking place; sad that it had to come to that, if you ask me.

I've noticed that for a while now, as soon as a Zelda game comes out, it's the best game in the series, even if it's just a rerelease, like Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, or Wind Waker, the latter two of which weren't warmly received when they came out the first time. I agree! I was soooooo excited to explore the sky, because that's one of those things that I find to be very romantic, like riding a train or traveling underwater, but there was just NOTHING up there. There's a little game you might have heard of called Skies of Arcadia? Yeah, that's how you make a vast, beautiful sky to explore. Come on, guys, you made fucking Wind Waker; I know you can make a big, open overworld to explore that's both vast and littered with interesting discoveries!

Headline: Nintendo pusses out and makes the same Zelda game they've been making since Ocarina of Time; fans love it, anyway, touting it to be the best Zelda yet.
about 7 days ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Legendary Weapon: 5 or fewer unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Give people an open canvas, and invariably, someone will make a dick. I really want to make some sort of pseudo-feminist joke about the underrepresentation of female genitals in the creative works of the juvenile, but my sleep deprivation has reached a level of intensity beyond that which can be penetrated by even a modicum of creative thought. I'm warming up to the idea of sandboxes; I like open adventures, and I like structured ones, but lately, all that's out there is the paint-by-numbers shit that Zelda became when Ocarina of Time gained its absurd level of popularity. It's like hipster music: the shittiness used to be excusable because it had great lyrical/story content, but now it has neither, so the appeal is gone. I guess I'm just really hungry for a big adventure that doesn't lead me around by the wrist or let me do much of anything without sounding the Independent Thought Alarm. Hell, I've been playing Daggerfall, of all things.

You know, hearing that thing about not delivering on its promises makes me think that at one point in my life, I may have had a similar gaming experience: [Link]

Well, might I recommend the Japanese version of 7th Saga, Elnard? I haven't played it, but I've heard it's a much more reasonable difficulty level. The others in that long recommendation come higher recommended than 7th Saga, but it's definitely a good game, if you can get past the fact that it hates you.
about 1 week ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Legendary Weapon: 5 or fewer unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
The only thing I really know about Spore is that someone - probably lots of someones - made a Penisaurus Rex. Oh, and there's an expansion pack called Cute and Creepy. It seemed like an interesting concept, but like it was nothing more than a "Dicking Around Simulator", like The Sims, and will you look at that: it's even developed by Maxis. Admittedly, when the game came out, EVO didn't spring to mind; it didn't even gradually creep into mind. Are you kidding me? I have OCD; I'm a psychologically predisposed broken record, so I repeat myself to the extent that I occasionally feel like Desmond from Lost.

I've used the land mode for the fish; it's seriously awful. Hell yeah! I want to be a venomous flying nudibranch! With today's technology, a new EVO game would be a fantastic idea.

Have you played 7th Saga, Mystic Ark, Paladin's Quest, and/or Lennus 2? 7th Saga is goddamned brutal, but you can choose any of 7 characters, only 2 of whom are human. For a Medieval-theme Fantasy RPG, they're pretty diverse, too, having an elf and a dwarf, sure, but there's also a demon, a robot, and an alien. Mystic Ark has a similar cast; it has more humans, but you still have a demon and a robot, and it's a lot less punishing than 7th Saga. Speaking of Saga, the SaGa series has a lot of diversity, and you can often build your party however the hell you want, with humans, mutants/mystics/whatever, or even monsters that can turn into other monsters. SaGa Frontier is the best of the 4 that I've played, but it's extremely hard. Paladin's Quest and Lennus 2 both have zero humans... sorta. The main character looks human, but nobody else in the games do, and there's a cast of about 30 in the first game, and I think more in Lennus 2. The Breath of Fire series is good with that, too; the closest thing you typically have to a human in the party has the ability to turn into a dragon. Oh, and Rudra no Hihou has a lot of non-humans, too!
about 2 weeks ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Legendary Weapon: 5 or fewer unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
I think it'd also be cool to be able to stay a fish or amphibian, too, and having advantages to that. I mean, it's not like frogs just blinked out of existence the moment mammals came into being. They should make a third game. The industry is hurting for fresh ideas? Why not take some old ones out of the freezer; I think a more in-depth EVO would make a great new game.

I used to have that argument, too. "The humans suck; mammals are better in every possible way." "Yeah, but my caveman has a Strike of 20; nothing else even has a Strike rating!" When I was younger, I was obsessed with the end result, and humans were just that. I'd always play as Dhalsim in Street Fighter 2, Sonya Blade in Mortal Kombat, and so on. Now that my youth has come and gone, I've grown to appreciate the bizarre more than anything; give me something new.

I won't deny that some are fun to hunt down, and I do find a small thrill in getting that platinum trophy, but I'm not willing to do much more than I normally would to get it. I think my account has something like 7 of them, and I haven't gotten more than 2 of those. My lady is the trophy hunter; I always ask her why she tortures herself for some of them, and she just gives me that look, OCD reflecting in the glaze over her eyes. This is usually the point of the conversation where the one playing rocks back and forth, chanting, "You can't put a price on the sake of completion." The first instance of this came when I was playing Wind Waker and paid way too much for a treasure map that I knew would only yield a single rupee.

The more you tell the player, the less you leave up to him/her to interpret as s/he wishes. On one end of the spectrum, you've got most modern games that not only tell you everything that's happening, but also how to feel about it (Hell, Sonic Generations even tells you where to find the fucking jump button, like you're some sort of damned idiot). On the other, you have games like the first Legend of Zelda that don't have quite enough guidance for you to do much more than stumble upon 100% completion, especially during the Second Quest. There's no perfect balance, though; I feel like it's a spectrum. You can have games with incredible stories, just as well as games that just throw you in and let you figure it out on your own, and both can be equally good; it's just that with the latter, it's harder to explain why the game is so great.
about 2 weeks ago (edited)

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Legendary Weapon: 5 or fewer unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Agreed; it's one of my favorite JRPGs of all time. Being able to switch elementals on the fly without using MP is fantastic, and there's so much to explore and discover, not to mention that the skies are so diverse and beautiful. There are JRPGs that take place on land, with all sorts of plants and animals, and not half the visual diversity of Skies of Arcadia.

Yeah, it was pretty underwhelming to go so far out of your way to create the human, only to find that you have less reach than you would with a long neck, less power than you would with a mane, no horn, and no kick. Being able to evolve into weird creatures, and eventually a sneezing mermaid in Chapter 5 was kinda neat, but also temporary. I also think that there should be some kind of benefit to staying a dinosaur, like being stronger or something; you're not going to tell me that your rhinostronaut is stronger than a goddamn T-Rex. Oh, and look at this: [Link]

I remember hunting for ages for many games, particularly Smartball and Castle of Illusion. This, of course, was before the Internet was a household thing, so you'd just go from place to place, hoping they'd even heard of the thing. As for achievements, I've never liked them; I feel that they take the wonder out of the experience. Any time you do something extraordinary, and think, "Hey, that was cool!" you hear that ding a few seconds later, and it quickly changes to, "Oh, just another checkmark on the list." My crowning moment with that is when I was the faculty adviser for Game Club at the high school where I taught. We were playing Left 4 Dead, and the one student was backing up from a Tank, and fell off the edge of the building. He managed to grasp the ledge, saving himself, and the thing ran right over him, launching itself off the roof of a damn skyscraper, and killing itself. I was in the middle of a, "That was awesome! Nice save, Bud-" DING! Not only is that an achievement, it expects you to do that twice. It was no longer personal - no longer a cool story to tell your friends - and not even a stamp collected, but half of one. Back when Turok 2 was new, a friend and I had all kinds of "war stories", like when he stopped an enemy from exploding from the Nuke by throwing a Sunfire Pod at it, canceling its old status, and I feel like today, you'd just have to do that 10 times for an achievement; so much for having a sense of discovery.
about 3 weeks ago (edited)

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Legendary Weapon: 5 or fewer unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Oh yeah! That music in the very beginning is really damn familiar, but I can't quite place it. I see, though, that like EVO, this takes some music right from Dragon Warrior; the tower music from... I think it was Dragon Warrior 4 plays during the extinction event in EVO. The game does look interesting, even if I can't get a very good idea of how it plays. I've actually never heard of this game, but my computer game knowledge isn't very strong, so I suppose that's not surprising.

Great reads, both of them; I always enjoy your writing style and your sense of humor. I always used to be about the destination, but the older I get, the more I enjoy the journey. I find myself less often rushing to finish games, but rather, taking the time to really enjoy them.

To be fair, it was when the N64 was rising, and nobody cared about the SNES anymore. During a similar era, I got Skies of Arcadia Legends and Metroid Prime used for about $5 each.

Kicking was great, but I'd usually build mine for bite; with the strongest jaws and a mane, I was hitting for 25 damage; I don't think it gets any higher than that. I do kinda wish that the humans were less useless, but I suppose that it did encourage experimentation, rather than just rushing to one singular goal, and I deeply respect that.
about 3 weeks ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Legendary Weapon: 5 or fewer unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
I don't think I've ever tried to finish the game as anything other than a human or a vastly superior mammal. I remember picking it up on a whim; I wanted to rent it from the video store, but they were selling it. $10 was a damn steal for it; none of my friends had even heard of it, but after just a few minutes of watching me play, they all wanted to borrow it. It was really frustrating at first, because I had to try to finish the game all at once, because I hadn't figured out how to save. Whoa... Hang on a second... Sort-of-prequel? What game is that? Although, I feel like I'm going to kick myself when you tell me.
about 4 weeks ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Legendary Weapon: 5 or fewer unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Hell yeah, EVO! Love that game! Hey, did you ever figure out how to unlock the shortcut in the very last stage in the final chapter? I've done it exactly one time, but have no idea how I did it. All I know is that there's an entry point that starts you right before the final boss.
about 5 months ago (edited)

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Found something peculiar while searching for Doraemon videos.

[Link]

Skip to 6:18, look at the character on the television. Remind you of something?
about 7 months ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Legendary Weapon: 5 or fewer unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
It is; it has a lot of really weird trivia, like across the Mario games, which Mario runs fastest, jumps highest, jumps longest, etc. One of the stranger ones is how long it takes Frog Mario to cross the same distance, and it's predictably a lot longer than the others. There's also full-page artwork for each of Super Mario World's 9 different worlds, including the the Star and Special Worlds.

Oh really? It has just occurred to me that you may not have grown up in the United States; is that true? I used to rent games a lot, but I've never seen any pirate games. I mean, I've seen unlicensed ones, like Baby Boomer, but nothing like you're describing. I do know, though, that in Southeast Asia, NES piracy was very common, though I've also played a pirate Genesis game called Barver Battle Saga, which, despite having some extremely obvious tileset rips, is a pretty solid game. Is it just a little ironic, though, that I played this illegal pirate game on an emulator, since I needed to patch it (I don't speak Chinese AT ALL); does that counter it out and make it legal?
Sensual Backlog of the Erotic Salmon