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Posted by Mento

Friendly mod reminder to keep it civil. With Dan and with each other. He's allowed to not like glacially-paced post-apocalyptic Russian shooters, and you're equally free to love narratively-rich post-apocalyptic Russian shooters.

If someone's getting a bit antsy in the pantsy with an angry comment, just flag it and let us deal with it. Calling people whiners and crybabies is just doubling the number of posts we have to remove.

(Honestly, I can't wait for GOTY this year. He and Brad/Patrick are going to butt heads over everything.)

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@amyggen: Eh, I think there's room for both Jeff Lessons and talking about anti-tank giraffes and the corncobs of bananas. The weird asides as they talk around the duller parts of the demos are what make this feature for me, not the "I remember this game, I think, maybe not. Wasn't it developed by [not the company that developed it]?" "Probably" commentary.

@xel: It's on my bucket list. It never came out in Europe, but there's various (legal) means for me to play it these days. A US PSN account for one.

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Posted by Mento

I love Dan and Drew's chemistry, but this series still needs Jeff. He's the historian of the group. He'd know that 989 was once Sony Imagesoft. Seems weird to bench the one guy who knows the background to most of these games, but then that dude always seems busy.

Also, yeah, Legaia was great. I have no idea which PS1 JRPGs have aged better than others though, especially when so many used those ugly early polygonal models for their characters. I tend to prefer the ones that used sprites on 3D backgrounds, like Grandia or FFT.

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Spoilers: You aren't wrong about Bart and the Beanstalk. It's very similar to Camp Deadly (so much jumping from one branch to another), but somehow worse.

With the exception of professional game reviewers, you and I are probably two of only a handful of people who kept buying these things. I have a soft spot for Bart's Nightmare and Vs. The Space Mutants because of how weird they are (and how often the latter references They Live), but they're definitely not good.

Not a game, but I spent a fair few hours with that Cartoon Studio too. I never did get to try the other Simpsons PC games. I wonder if they'll end up on GOG some day? I'm sure people are clamoring for them.

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Posted by Mento

Binding of Isaac's a combination of both, really. The meta-game is figuring out what all the items do and how all the monsters/bosses work, but it's also heavily luck-based.

Spelunky's a curious case because it's not that easy to beat even if you know what you're doing. It's not too tactical, being a real-time platformer that will kill you if you dilly-dally, so a player's reflexes and skill are always factors. With NetHack and its ilk, you have all the time in the world to plan your next move. In Spelunky, you can say it's YASD if you get eaten by a plant you're holding like a goddamn idiot, but if you're taking damage from a spider because it jumped awkwardly, or an arrow trap at the edge of the screen that you couldn't see until it was too late, it's more just messing up because the game is difficult. BoI's sort of like Spelunky in that regard, because even if you're knowledgeable about the game you can still get overwhelmed by regular encounters if you're not playing well.

Progression, I think, should be the key factor in your designation of what constitutes a "Roguelite". If you're able to find ways of making the game easier on yourself for the next run, it's a compromise the designers included to lessen the severity of the game's difficulty as well as diminishing the randomness factor. So Binding of Isaac probably belongs there, as certain characters and items that are unlocked after performing certain feats can make the game substantially easier. Or harder, in some cases.

Talking of tricky-to-define Roguelikes, you ever try One Way Heroics? It's an interesting twist on the format.

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Posted by Mento

From put out so much weird shit before Demon's Souls (which, don't get me wrong, is very weird as well). I was hoping they'd cover King's Field or Kuon, but I'm down with Cookie and Cream for now. His love for this game explains why Dan's so good at all those co-op Mario Party games.

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I guess we're adding Zardoz to that list of movies Dan needs to see at some point.

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Not to add to the overdone reference humor already abundant in the QL itself but, boy, this comments section escalated quickly.

If you see any post that breaks the forum rules -- one with a transphobic comment, let's say -- just flag that shit and walk away. Do not engage them with insults. That just means we have to delete twice as many posts.

Also the first three Die Hards are fine movies. People might've given the second one a hard time back in the day, but the more recent crappier entries really put things into perspective. Sort of like the Indiana Jones movies in that regard.

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This was a fun first stream from GBeast. Well, first stream with more than two people anyway.

There were so many near-misses for some Gang Beasts playthroughs this week though. I can always watch the hours we have archived already I guess. Those little plasticine duders will return one day!

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