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The Spirit of Zelda – The 3D Era

Alice Kojiro follows Zelda to its logical conclusion: the 3D titles. Has Zelda truly fallen from grace, or is it closer to its origins than we think?

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about 22 hours ago

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Backlog Beaten: June 3, 2017
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
So, Budapest is awesome.

I can barely explain how much I am enjoying this place. I don't know how much affinity you have for it, but wow, it just feels pretty great being here. I don't know about the other cities, I hear the vibe is a little different, but here people really enjoy their gaming. There is a very active retro scene, and this Pinball Museum is just ridiculous in how amazing it is... it has maybe 120 tables? SET ON FREE PLAY? FOR 30 DOLLARS OR SO FOR THE ENTIRE DAY?

And you can even get beverages and some toast with cheese at good prices.

Seriously considering applying for a job here.
about 1 day ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
I was actually saying that the existence of Action RPGs that had similar gameplay but had stats and equipment buying led to Zelda being called one despite not actually being one. I didn't clarify that one well.

Maybe it's just me, I always tend to call games like Shadowgate "Graphic adventure" games. since they have graphics illustrating where you're at, and they have a list of commands instead of you having to put in text.

Not that I recall, no.

They're pretty cheap; so at the very least I won't have to worry about wasting my money as much.
about 1 day ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
Well, not really; the original was only in Kana, while Metroid II was in English in all versions (as the ROMs are identical between releases). Super was the first to add Kanji in its Japanese mode (which simply adds Japanese subtitles on the bottom; this was done to give the game a hollywood-like atmosphere). however, Metroid Fusion was the first text-heavy mainline game, so I think the Kana-only mode was probably done to ensure that kids will be able to read the text; kids are taught Hiragana first, then are taught Katakana, and then they gradually learn Kanji over the course of six grades. this is probably why the option with only Kana is called "For children" and the one with Kanji is called "For Adults".

Interesting side note; the mode you pick also determines what ending image you'll get. if you beat the game in Adult mode, you get the same ending images as in the NA/EU version. but if you beat the game in Kids mode, you get one of six images that chronicle Samus's early life. these images were actually an addition to this version, as it came out 3 months after the NA/EU version. these same images were included in the even later Chinese localization of the game.

There are exceptions; Takumi is a male name (see Shu Takumi).

I guess the writer either wasn't aware or thought it was easier to see them as such...

And Maria Renald is basically Misa Amane.

I found it weird that Simon had red hair in that game until I saw Castlevania Chronicles and saw that he had red hair on the cover art and in the Arrange mode of the game (as well as in the Japanese manual for the original FDS version, although it contrasts with the boxart as well asas his appearence in the sequel).
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Seriously. the reboot happened because previous games didn't sell well, and it sold well enough that Konami wanted more LoS-related games. of course, the mixed/negative reception of LoS 2 killed the franchise.

Yes, you read that right.

They aren't; you can't buy them in stores. only via treasure chests.

And if you listen closely, Pete screams before he gets stabbed. honestly, the audio glitching was honestly funnier than it ever had any right to be. Christopher sounds like he's possessed by a demon at times.

I don't think so; if you watch the rest of the review, apparently the game failed QA and had its console release blocked.
about 1 day ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
It really feels like Smash Brothers broke the mold for crossovers, didn't it? we've had crossovers before Smash, but you couldn't tell that they were crossovers simply by glancing; for example, I grew up thinking that The King of Fighters used an all-original cast, when in reality its a SNK crossover with some original characters mixed in. Parodius is even worse as none of the playable Konami characters save for Vic Viper (and later Goemon) came from a game that actually got released in the US, and the series itself didn't made it to the US at all. Smash, on the other hand, told you which games the characters were from, and (nearly) every character had their own stage.

I remember that Atari wanted to be the only company to make 2600 games, and actually sued Activision (they were founded by ex-Atari employees who left after they never got credited) when they tried to make some games for it. I guess if you combine that with the fact that Sega made and published ports of SMS and MD games made by OTHER developers (Captain Silver and Ghouls 'n Ghosts are two examples), I shouldn't be surprised about the phenomonen. that, and some companies have used logos as labels.

I did told you that.

If you're talking about the 2009 game, that's in third-person, not first-person.

Retired serial numbers?

I'd get it if it wasn't so expensive. they only rereleased the first game on the 3DS VC, and despite it and the sequel being on the more recent Castlevania collection, this game isn't. I actually managed to get the second game a while back, and enjoyed it; it was what the first game should have been. was even surprised to see that it allows you to continue from the checkpoint even on a Game Over (earlier Castlevania games didn't do that). I own the Japanese version (Dracula Densetsu II), which has a few differences; instead of getting the Axe, you get the Boomerang Cross, and the songs in the sound test actually have names.
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Martin Luther? I first heard about him via bill wurst's "history of the entire world, i guess" video. [Link]

Yeah, that was likely put there to show that you're guiding Ness and his friends, as opposed to taking the role. it also explains why you have to put your name in all 3 games.
about 1 day ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
Just imagine if you had the pertussis (whooping cough) illness like I did when your neck is in that position...

Ah, okay. I've never watched that show. I can't think of a show that had that effect on me. for video games, I guess Actraiser would be one; someone I used to talk to recommended me that one, but I was turned off of that at first purely because of the sim segments, as I've never played a sim game and thought they would be too overwhelming/complicated. played it, and... I found the sim portions to be pretty fun; I actually had fun building up towns.

I think that's part of the reason why Nintendo tried to port the games on over to the Wii to begin with. they also added some features (Pikmin now lets you replay previous days to correct any mistakes, as well as cycle your Pikmin like in the sequel) or fixed some bugs (Metroid Prime is primarily based on the later JP/EU version which fixed many bugs and sequence breaks that were in the initial American release). Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat was the only game to be significantly modified (since that game used bongo drums for its controls).

That's more my fault; I should have made that clear.
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Why do you go for bold colors?

Well, you did said that your family doesn't care about sports, so I assume you were the same way.

I see. so you haven't cared about basketball since at least 2000, then.

That is bad. I usually only try to get everything if it's reasonably attainable. didn't know Daggerfall was that large of a game.

You mean Aegislash. surprised that you found a sword to be your spirit animal...

No, you didn't ask me that. I think Rare might have been on a contract with them, and that contract expired. since Rare still own the IPs of the games they made during that period, this allowed them to make MD games without pissing them off. a company can be independent and still work with another company exclusively (HAL is one notable example).

Fun Fact: MD Battletoads had no involvement from Rare at all. it was ported by Arc System Works. this also partially explains why that version is less of a pain to beat; the later Famicom version of the game (handled by NCS's Masaya branch) toned down the difficulty.
about 2 days ago

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Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Christopher Lloyd was an essential part of my childhood.

I actually like Suburban Commando by the way. I know its terrible but its so bad its good.
about 4 days ago

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Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Focus: Only playing one game
I like Nocturne well enough so far. I haven't gotten much of anywhere just yet, I got sidetracked with Skyrim this week.

Last I recall I was being sent into the Amalalalaala Network for the first time.
about 5 days ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Thanks! Backloggery really has been great, hasn't it? I would love it even if there were no social aspect, but meeting similarly-backlogged gamers just makes it that much better!

I think my biggest criticism is that old messages (private and public) get erased, so you have no way to go back and look at your entire history unless you manually saved it all!

Here's to a remaining lifetime of backloggin'!
about 6 days ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
HIIII I BEEN MAKING THE ROUNDS TO APOLOGIZE TO ALL THE PEOPLE I LEFT HANGING AFTER SO LONG GOD

due to health reasons i spent a good many months in hospital and not being able to communicate much. I did ocassionally play a few things and used some social media via phone but in general I been... very much isolated and ooff its been really rough. I very much apologize for disappearing ;-;

So how has life been? Its been half a year since we talked... life moves so fast and I been all that time barely doing much of anything, so much catching up to do with so many things. I hope you been amazing and I cant wait to hear all of it heh.
about 6 days ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Yeah, they always come crawling back. And it's E3 appropriately enough! E3 is kinda a testament to the whole thing right? Otherwise companies like Ubisoft wouldn't have these giant presentations. Sony and Nintendo have figured out that they can just do this stuff themselves. It's slowly becoming obsolete.

Wait, what's wrong with Grandia? I liked the other two a lot. Painfully generic plots populated by fun characters at least. But the dynamic time based battle system is the star. The fights were just straight fun to play.

I'm kinda torn on that FF7 remake. I get kinda "remixing the song" as it were. Would be kinda silly just cloning the game and just kinda prettying it up. But I don't know why their default setting is chaotic action rpg battles these days. Not that it is inherently a bad thing (I really liked Crisis Core), but it can be a little messy. I'm playing FFXV right now and while I like it overall it has some issues. One of which is the combat is just CHAOS sometimes. (And it's kinda too easy) And I don't find Kingdom Hearts particularly engaging. Just makes me worry about it is all.

Well I'm kinda just getting my feet wet in the whole thing. I replaced the battery on my Dreamcast with a replaceable battery holder to save the clock. That's how this all started. I just started looking into other stuff that it looked like I could do and a guy I work with offered me the Game Gears. I have basic tools right now. (I have also replaced the broken AC adapter jack on a SNES) If I can find some money in it I'll invest in some better tools. Id like to HDMI or RGB mod one of my NES' but that looks VERY invasive and complex. Wait till I have more experience.

Two of those X-Men games are some of the only two GG games I have ever played. They are fine for what they are. Trust me, I'm not expecting amazing, but it's like $10 so it's a thought. I like my Sailor Moon. (I'd really like to get a translated cartridge of the SNES RPG...one of a few translated repros I'd like to get)

My immune system is fine, I work in a warehouse. I get all the germs. I don't get sick very much. I'm known far and wide for not calling in ever.

Well everyone likes the person that brings free food. I've worked long enough to learn that. You'd be really paranoid of me. I don't usually partake in public food. I'm not aggressively germaphobic...but I can be with certain things. Like public access food.
about 6 days ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Well I didn't go to college. Had no idea what I would go for and I have no money to do so lol.

I guess...I just kinda want to burn the bridge whenever I do leave. So I can't end up back there lol. So many people do after they leave. Unless management changes I guess... But maybe I have seen too much. I just know that the newer people just seem to get stupider and stupider and more entitled. They drive me crazy. But I gotta keep going back. Need that money!

Well the fact is I was just collateral damage. But I've spent an inordinate amount of money cleaning up this mess. I would be totally willing to talk to them again...if they wanna reimburse me lol.
about 5 days ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
I was confused at Alucard's look but for a different reason, I played his debut game (Castlevania 3) but not the game where he was redesigned (SotN), so I was confused when I saw him. I didn't notice that he was made to look feminine in Judgment, but I noticed now. yeah, with you there on that one. I was actually more surprised at Grant; he may as well be a different character altogether.

You might be surprised to find out that the original Lords of Shadow game is the best-selling Castlevania game in the series.

I was surprised to see that they did that with Survival Kids; they did the same with the fourth Boktai game, renaming it Lunar Knights outside of Japan.

Yeah, it's definitely a weird system.

It's not quite as bad as in FF; you can find a item called Miracle that will restore your spell charges.

That intro is random as fuck.

Hope you enjoy yourself.
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It's identical to the Driver 3 debacle, so if it sounds familiar, that might be why.

It's why I just rely on my own instinct; you pretty much have to when looking up obscure games. even import recommendations aren't always a good idea; I've seen one video that includes Star Wars (Namco) and Transformers: Convoy no Nazo, two of the worst games on the Famicom...

Somehow I completely forgot about Raven's Cry (2015). then I remember why; it's widely considered to be horrible. I mean, you've seen some bad games, but have you ever seen one where the audio glitches up? [Link] that's what 4 years of development got us. [Link] at least Seven Pirates was decent.

Regarding Higemaru, it's such a weird game. you have to kill enemies to restore your health, and that heart in Dokuro Island is one of the creepiest parts of the game (not helped by the fact that pausing does not stop the beating noise it makes!).

I think Zelda got lumped into it because later action RPGs actually used stats and allowing you to buy items from stores like a standard RPG would.

Would you say that the drive for cutting-edge graphics kept us from getting some of these games? because it almost happened to Gunstar Heroes. and I'd doubt we'd get LAL because of Shogakukan's involvement.

The level was called 'Out of this Dimension".

You're welcome. glad it was of interest.
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I think, in the future, I will take the plunge with one of the Romancing Saga SFC games. wish me luck.
about 3 days ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
You just made me realized something. KCE Nagoya was founded in March 1997 alongside KCE Yokohama and KCE Sapporo, and the game came out just 9 months later; I wouldn't be surprised if management simply told KCEN to make a Goemon game for the holiday season (it came out in December 1997), and they had to rush to meet the deadline before they had time to study up earlier games; actually, looking at their library, you can tell which division was more important/had clout; KCE Japan and KCE Tokyo were the A-Team studio, making most of the games which are generally considered the best. conversely, KCEN, KCES, and KCEY were more like C-Teams; as they produced very few games, most of them being ports or licensed games, and they had the weakest overall output; KCEN made one of the PS1 Goemon games (Kuru nara Koi! Ayashige Ikka no Kuroi Kage) as well as Castelvania Legends and I heard they weren't that good, either. I don't claim to know the video game business, but I think that's why the game ended up being the way it was.

Interesting. could you provide some examples?

It's stuff like that that kinda sours my opinion on religion; too much corruption. imagine if the Westboro Baptist Church had that kind of power.
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Grandparents? that's even worse.

Lutheran? that one's new.

From my understanding, Itoi wanted players to actually read the dialogue without being stumbled by the Kanji; he wrote all of the text in the game, would say it out loud, and a programmer would insert it in once he approves of it. that said, Kanji is used once in dialogue, and the two "coffee" dialogue scenes used 16x16 Kanji (the former was used to set up a joke, and the latter was supposed to be someone talking directly to the player).

The Pokemon games have also been Kana-only since the beginning; it wasn't until Black/White came around that you could play the game with Kanji added. a similar option was also in Metroid Fusion and Kousoku Card Battle.

That's what Rule 63 is; for every fictional male character, there's a female counterpart, and vice versa.

You can tell the gender of a person by looking at the Kana at the end of their name; E, Ko and Mi are usually present at the end of female names, while Maru, Shi, and Suke are usually present at the end of male names.

Ah, okay. actually, I did saw the title via DYNG (they made a episode about it), but that's it. odd that you specified SoR 3; now I'm thinking that it takes elements from that game.
about 3 days ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
Oh, okay. I've not seen any female YTs who did games outside the ones who guest-starred in DYNG. she sounds interesting.

You'd come in handy if someone needed you to do the night shift.

No, I've not seen the film, but... yeah, that fits you to a T. you're definitely not like anyone I've met.

I reread that 76ers thing after you told me that and I now get it. that's more my fault than yours since I do know all of the names of the NBA teams, but I guess I overlooked it when typing.

You'd be happy to know that the Safari Zone in OR/AS eliminated all of those mechanics; you encounter wild pokemon the standard way, and you can just walk on in without paying.

How badly does OCD affect you when it comes to games?

Oh? what was your old spirit animal?

He even gave Hudson and Namco special privileges; in addition to being able to publish as many games as they want (like Rare later on), Namco could produce their own cartridges (of course, a few other companies were allowed to do this, but Namco was the first), and he allowed Hudson to keep producing Famicom games even after they started making games for the PC-Engine, their competitor. even when he put a limit of how many games a company can publish years later, they were grandfathered in (though he later revoked the privilege, which pissed off Namco's founder, who then tried to accuse Yamauchi of holding a monopoly).
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I thought the whole "Nintendo games" was because it was on a Nintendo system. that makes the whole story above Yamauchi wanting Nintendo to be the only company making games for their console funny in hindsight. still, some companies did made their logos appear on the title screen so I don't know why they would think that they're made by Nintendo. then again, I wasn't around in the 80s, so maybe I just don't understand.

I guess he won because of trolls; the Level 5 popularity contest was ruined because of this; the fucking plane from Aero Porter got #1 and the rest were minor characters from Inazuma Eleven. Akihiro Hino caught onto this and tried to tell them to stop, but they they didn't listen, and eventually Level 5 gave up and went ahead with the wallpaper.

I prefer "functional" myself.

I'll keep the game in mind. though I never played the NES game, I did played the GB one.

No original Mario platformer on those handhelds is one of those weird omissions I'll never understand.

I know NES and SNES games use CR2032.
about 2 days ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
(Stuff I missed)
Regarding your response on CAD, I sometimes wonder if the younger audience would even be aware that "The Clash At Demonhead" band actually took their names from a game; especially if it was made by a company who hasn't made a video game since 1997.

I checked the SNES version, and you're right; there's a vending machine with a green "Choke" logo on it.

I don't recall seeing a map under lava... though I think there were missiles hidden in parts of the floor IN lava in SM.

Nagoshi actually dislikes GTA because of its content [Link] so I doubt he'd make one like that.

This might interest you. [Link]

15-degree angle? x_x

I know later Pokemon games have included moves that deal damage and instantly inflict debuffs, such as Icy Wind (always reduces speed if it hits), rather than just a small chance at doing so. on the opposite end, you have moves that increase two and even three of your stats (Bulk Up raises both physical stats) or reduce your opponent's stats.
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Hard reset is caused by pressing the Reset button on the Hardware. Soft Reset is for Software; in most cases, when you reset via a button code within the game itself.

What was your reaction to StarGate, then?

New Play Control. it was a short-lived brand of 7 GC games that was reworked on the Wii to use motion controls (was known as Wii de Asobu, or "Play on Wii", in Japan). Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat, Chibi Robo, Mario Open Tennis, the first two Pikmin games, and the first two Metroid Prime games. America and Europe got all of them except for Chibi-Robo.

I don't think Nintendo even celebrated the 20th anniversary of Zelda at all. it just came and went.

Well, all Kondo did was take the overworld theme, slow it down a bit, replace the beginning portion, and then tweak the song to use the FDS's wavetable channel (the overworld theme in Zelda 1 didn't use the extra channel; in fact, none of the other songs in the game did, apart from the staff credits). so technically, the song was already in the game, he just decided to do a remix of it for the title screen. it might be revisited in the future; we've seen dropped concepts reappear in future games before.

No no, I got what you mean. you did leave me asking a few questions--

--Dark fuchsia is the brightest you'll go?
--Hooker red is a thing?
about 1 week ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
I am joking.

Thanks for the anniversary wishes! I'll never forget how long Backloggery's registration was down for. I waited seemingly forever for it to reopen...and now it's been 8 years! Where did the time go??
about 2 weeks ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Well the only way to riot would be to stop buying anything and force that industry crash. But it won't happen that way. I learn more and more that most people don't have any kind of..."consumer integrity" I guess is a word for it? They just go wherever is cheapest, regardless how they are treated in most cases. I dislike Home Depot for example, it's so big that it's confusing and it's generally almost impossible to find help. So I go to Ace Hardware down the street despite everything being like $5-10 more. The store is small, well laid out, clean and everyone wants to help you right when you come in. That goes a long way. Target over Walmart etc. (I seriously hate being inside of a Walmart) Hell I don't even shop on Amazon as much as most people. I don't shop at GameStop AT ALL because they were so shitty to me on several occasions that I stopped shopping there entirely in 2011. But yeah, it does make me play stuff out of my backlog so that's good. And most of what I buy now is older games. (Finally got the first Grandia! I loved 3 and 2. I am apparently playing them backwards)

I just have to be very near to certain that I'll like something. Money is very tight so I can't just go crazy. Whatever happened to Shareware? That was a great way to do it.

Episodes are silly. I am actually waiting for Life is Strange 2 to be fully released so I can get it. I don't wanna be really into a game then have to wait 6 months and forget what I was doing.

Well I have ordered my capacitors for them so we shall see if I can do this. If I can get good, I'm thinking I can keep buying expiring ones and fix/flipping them. Near as I can tell there is a $30-50 margin in it. If I can get quick at it, that's not a bad side hustle. I'm also looking at other projects. I don't have a great Game Boy/GBA solution right now, but these replacement screens look PAINFULLY simple to install. That might be next. I don't have a ton of regular Game Boy games though, I'd have to get some. I'd really like to HDMI or RGB mod my NES as it's the problem child getting to a new TV, but that mod looks incredibly invasive and beyond my current skill level. Maybe in time. (With better equipment, apparently getting the PPU chip off the board is HARD without specialized equipment)

But I always say, if you can find five good games for something it's not really a waste. The GG is region free and it has a Sailor Moon game! That might be cool.
about 2 weeks ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
That's a lot of work for some mouthwash. I use Listerine Total Care Whitening. Should I not be using that?

Well I didn't have any real abuse in my past, I have just never liked attention. Especially weird corporate execuspeak praise...I have a pretty sharp disdain for dishonest or disingenuous behavior. Maybe it's a lack of trust for people? I just assume they are trying to get something out of me. (My work environment lends to this, often people ARE trying to compliment me to get something out of me)

You know I do keep seeing that? Looking at possible new jobs they ask for associates degrees for a dumb warehouse job. That is absurd. You can't even go to school for that! So you are going to hire some kid with a degree in a completely unrelated field over me, someone with 12 years of experience in the job you are looking for? That makes absolutely no sense.

All that for a ham sandwich? Exactly how good is this ham?

Grace? Why go with grace? Make sure you can never come back lol. I really, REALLY want to tell the store manager what a passive-aggressive, narcissistic ass he is though. I've never worked under somebody like this...it's completely insane. He's been trying to kiss my ass recently though because everybody torpedoed him in the company satisfaction survey. He just can't figure out to leave me alone unless it's work related. Relentlessly trying to be my friend just annoys me just as bad as treating me like shit. (Which he has been doing for three years, so why would I trust you now?)

I get what you mean, I didn't go into the grocery store I used to work at for the longest time. It's just weird.

I just don't understand how I could grow up with these people and they could just destroy everyone's lives in such a cavalier fashion. It's insane. The strangest part is that they don't even understand why what they did was wrong. They think that we are the ones being assholes. It's like they don't live in reality.
about 1 week ago (edited)

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
You don't learn spells via level-up; instead, you have to find a scroll and then select a character for them to learn it (the hero is the only one who can't learn spells, period). later in the game, you'll find a town that carries them in infinite stock. also, there's no MP; instead, they can only be used a handful of times, the max amount going up as you level-up (think Final Fantasy).

You sure the developers didn't look at SUAJ: Gaiden and wanted to make their own wacky game involving a celebrity?

A cult? oh god.

You'd have a field day with this article, then. [Link] [For comparison, the original Ruby/Sapphire got a 9.5 from them. 7.8 is the lowest score they gave to a mainline Pokemon game.]

It has happened the opposite way; see Rise of the Robots. that game got a lot of exposure thanks to its huge marketing and many UK magazines gave it high scores, enticing people to buy it... many of them found it to be absolutely horrible. those people were so soured by the lie that hey never touched another VG magazine again, leading to most of them folding; so basically, a video game magazine crash.

There were two more recent video games that had a focus on sailing/pirates; Kaio: King of Pirates, and Genkai Tokki: Seven Pirates. unfortunately, the former was cancelled after being in development for 3 years, and the latter is a fanservice game (the entire cast is female, and each character's stats are based on their bust size, which you can adjust, the bigger their boobs are, the stronger/slower they become), and it's o (Vita) on a platform you don't have/aren't interested in getting (Vita). still, the existence of those two show that there's still interest for this genre. [actually, is it just me, or is 7 a popular number for games like this? Higemaru Makaijima had 7 islands, Seven Pirates has 7 playable characters, and Wind Waker was going to have 7 dungeons.]
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Oh yeah, I've learned/round a couple of things recently.

Famicom games have tabs inside the cartridges, making them hard to open without breaking them (though it IS possible). this isn't too bad unless you have to replace a battery. the only exceptions are Taito games as they use 2 screws below the cartridge label.

Also... [Link]
about 2 weeks ago (edited)

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
A heretic a birth. wow. all because of what your parents did. reminds me of how in North Korea, if a man/woman got arrested, their children and grandchildren would be punished, too.

Just when I think I have a basic understanding about how the Japanese program text into their older games and why it was done that way, I come across weird examples. that being said, I learned that...

--Katakana can be used for emphasis, similar to using italics in English (which was probably the intent with SMB3 and Esper Dream 2)
--ROM games use two chips, while RAM games only uses one.

Obviously, things got better during the 16-bit era thanks to improved technology; many games started using 16x16 text with Kanji. while you still have the occasional Kana-only game or two like SMW, Soul Blader, and Mother 2, even those use both Kana scripts (and in the case of Mother 2, that was intentional). no Hiragana/Katakana-only games as far as I know. why am I telling you all of this? I guess I found the various ways the Japanese text was stored interesting and wanted to share with someone.

[Correction: The NES version of Contra is CHR-RAM. the Famicom version used CHR-ROM. it only uses 8x8 kana for dialogue, so that might be why.]

According to wikipedia, it's a romantic dark fantasy film.

There's probably fanart of them being the opposite gender somewhere. you even have a female equivalent (Erica). as for Sypha... *Sighs*

He's the aforementioned artist of Death Note.

Well, there was a GBC game called Survival Kids, in which you play as a boy (Kou/Ken) or a girl (Nami/Mery) who goes on a trip with his/her father only to end up getting shipwrecked and end up on an island. depending on how you play the game, you can trigger one of eight different endings. it was made by Konami's KCE Kobe staff, who later released a sequel in 2000 (Japan-only), before bringing back the series in 2005 on the DS; the Lost in Blue series you brought up were titled Survival Kids in Japan (the first two DS games used the "LIB" name as a subtitle).

I should correct that; the cooldown period is based on your max HP, not your current HP. [Link] the left meter is your HP gauge; the right meter is the cooldown gauge. as you level up, your HP gauge grows bigger, causing the cooldown gauge to shrink.
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