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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Only 10% of all videogames sold are actually finished by gamers. on: August 19, 2011, 12:02:57 AM
If I go strictly by percentage I am way, way, way lower than 10%, however, any game I've done more than test out (in other words played for more than an hour or so) then my percentage is much, much higher. I freely admit I bought some games simply to have in my collection, oh I'll play them some just to fool around but I know I'll never finish them, others I buy with the purpose of playing and finishing, and the vast majority I do, a few here and there I lose interest in but overall I'd say I easily finish over 90% of games I actually play (that make sense?)

I know exactly what you mean because I have the same habit.  I have to get over the "hump" and then it's smooth sailing from there.  The only problem is getting up to that point.  That and Steam.  Those deals are so tempting that they typically just congest my backlog.

I do think this whole phenomenon sheds light on the the boom of the casual market because it's closer in line with what players are able to finish.  Kinda like the simplicity of the early arcade scene but with the ease of modern, portable technology costing only an initial premium.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Stupid childhood misconceptions. on: June 22, 2011, 11:08:29 AM
A spring of any size adhered to the bottom of your shoe would gives crazy bouncing potential.  World became quite a bit darker when I busted that myth.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Nintendo announcing new console at E3? on: April 15, 2011, 10:19:02 PM
This reminds of the dreamcast, people were comparing it to the PSone when the machine was supposed to be competing with the PS2. It's a next gen console, of course it will be more powerful than the five year old machines we have now but that's beside the point and not even a fair comparison.
Anyway, having the ability to output 1080p doesn't mean all games will run at that res, the PS360 can do it too and only a handful of games actually make use of it. We need to know more about the hardware before we can draw any conclusions about performance.
Yep!  My comment mainly stems from Nintendo's practice of just doing strange things (often using older, more "reliable" technology) rather than adopting the industry standard.  Sometimes they think so out of the box it hurts them (the N64 using carts as opposed to discs).  The original Game Boy is a good example as its innards were pretty dated at the time but also simple to program for and the battery life was enormous. 

But with the new Nintenbox probably going HD, perhaps it's a bad comparison simply because true HD isn't that difficult to achieve in a console these days, and will only get easier for the release date they set in the future.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Nintendo announcing new console at E3? on: April 15, 2011, 12:36:02 AM
I'd actually be okay if Nintendo used the current model of MS/Sony with having both options at the same time.  That way, they can pump out all the lucrative motion-control games, but would have an additional controller that would be more traditional (and more friendly to third party developers).

I might be surprised if they went for true HD, though it would certainly help them in the long run.  I know I'm tired of having big budget titles have a separate stripped down Wii version with obligatory motion features.  Let's make Nintendo a contender again and bring back the energy of the 16-bit wars!
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: If you could show any game to a younger "You" .... on: April 09, 2011, 12:52:11 AM
I might go for Super Smash Bros Brawl.  Not because it's a perfect game (because it's not) but most of the familiar characters would really draw a younger me's interest.  The idea of Sonic and Mario duking it out was a common schoolyard fantasy at the time, but we never thought it would be more than that.

Haha I like this answer!

I love the series as is (I do think Melee had the better physics engine though); I think that would be an extremely impressive 3D title to show off to a younger me who's still used to sprite works.  Hell, those in-game models barely match the more professional CG work seen for these games earlier iterations.

I still love watching the mellee opening
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56P3-TwuRBo

Yeah, I agree Melee has a tighter physics engine.  Mostly because of the speed, which makes the tourney crowd happy.  Adding the trip mechanics in Brawl was a very poor design decision.  It does add a sense of randomness that the franchise thrives on, but it just makes you end up feeling stupid rather than giggle.

I would take a 12-year-old me, show him Mega Man 10 and say, "THIS IS HOW FAR GAMES HAVE PROGRESSED" despite 12-year-old me having a PlayStation.

That is awesome.  Sounds like the perfect ending twist for an Outer Limits episode.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: If you could show any game to a younger "You" .... on: April 07, 2011, 06:03:20 PM
I might go for Super Smash Bros Brawl.  Not because it's a perfect game (because it's not) but most of the familiar characters would really draw a younger me's interest.  The idea of Sonic and Mario duking it out was a common schoolyard fantasy at the time, but we never thought it would be more than that.
7  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Super 8 on: March 29, 2011, 12:19:26 AM
I am sufficiently pumped.  Haven't done a midnight release in a long time, but this looks like to be a fine candidate.  I love me my Vitamin J!
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Open Your Heart on: March 28, 2011, 01:17:15 PM

I slammed into him

I'm so glad I swallowed my coffee before reading that sentence.

Define "slamming into him"

Hah, I could see how that would sound suspicious.  Since I was unconscious in a mummy sleeping bag, I can only guess it was a merfolk tail bash.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Open Your Heart on: March 28, 2011, 12:18:39 AM
I can be pretty shy, especially around groups larger than 4-5.
I've been lurking around RPGFan since 2001. (See above ^)
I've completed only 4 RPGs (8 if you count Zelda).  I have a ginormous backlog.  Recently I've made an effort in focusing on one thing at a time.
I've grown up in the Church, but don't consider myself a saved believer until October 09.  I've found it's the one thing that gives me a great sense of security and joy.
I'm a man who enjoys his bacon.  And soft cookies.
I've been told I do and say very strange things in my sleep.  Just went camping over the weekend, and one guy told me I slammed into him in the middle of the night, started praying, rolled back over and hummed the Star Wars theme.  I don't remember any of this, but multiple people heard it going on.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: March 22, 2011, 04:04:49 PM
Pokemon Black.  Wow. This is my first time picking the Water starter, so I had to face the Grass boss in the first gym.  It seems like it was a more difficult first gym than the other games, as I had to do a fair bit of grinding.  The key was training up a Purrloin (who I named Tacgnol) as he could withstand the Lillipup's dark attacks. 

With a bit more difficulty and a bigger emphasis on story, this is shaping up to be a great Pokemon game.

Both Black and White give you an initial first boss that's strong against what your starter is.  There's a little area off to the right side of the city where you can obtain a Pokemon that's strong against them.

Yeah, I got the monkey beforehand which came in handy for the opposing type.  But the gym leader's Lillipup is what held me back because of his Bite attack (though I imagine a lot of it was because my party was too low level).
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: March 22, 2011, 12:29:53 PM
Pokemon Black.  Wow. This is my first time picking the Water starter, so I had to face the Grass boss in the first gym.  It seems like it was a more difficult first gym than the other games, as I had to do a fair bit of grinding.  The key was training up a Purrloin (who I named Tacgnol) as he could withstand the Lillipup's dark attacks. 

With a bit more difficulty and a bigger emphasis on story, this is shaping up to be a great Pokemon game.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I made a game: Castle on the Night Land on: March 17, 2011, 06:27:21 PM
I'll have to give this a download and see what's up.  Just curious, how long did it take you to develop the game?  I've been looking to get into this sort of thing.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: March 13, 2011, 01:05:09 AM
Had the Phantom Sword crafted.  Plot twist with Linebeck and Jolene (even though I knew about it beforehand) was funny.  Should be able to defeat Bellum soon and move on to Pokemon!
14  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Ghostly, Spiny, and Bloody Miscreants on: March 11, 2011, 05:38:22 PM
Bloodman is elegantly hideous.  Wow!
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: March 09, 2011, 02:01:31 AM
Picked up Pokemon, but I refuse to play it until I can finally finish Phantom Hourglass.  Beat the Goron temple today.  On my lunch break at work, when the game prompted me to yell at the screen, I got by with a well disguised (but forceful) cough.  That seemed to do the trick.  I'm excited about finishing this game soon because I've had it forever!
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