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#1 Posted by Punk1984 (595 posts) -

Maybe there is something to this whole European gaming market after all.
 I'll need to investigate this. Higgins! Get me my dirigible! The game is afoot!

#2 Posted by Punk1984 (595 posts) -
It isn't really about replaying a game in the traditional sense it is about finding new fun in an old game. Like with Mega Man 2 I could not truely appreciate it as a kid but as an adult I can delve deeper into it. It takes a bit of digging but you can find new experiences in those old games. I replayed Suikoden the Christmas before last and this time found all 108 stars, something I didn't do the first time.
It helps to not think of it as re-doing your previous play-through but expanding upon it.
#3 Posted by Punk1984 (595 posts) -

 I am often asked, usually after a guest sees the collection of game systems nesting under my TV, "Why do I hang on to so much gaming stuff?"

At first it seemed kind of ridiculous, in college I kept a Sega Genesis/CD/32X hooked up to the same TV with my PS2 and had a drawer in my desk full of Carts and a CDs. Now that I am married and in my mid-20s my TV has a NEX, Sega Genesis/CD/32X, Wii and a PS3 nesting under it. While that isn't too strange I keep a DVD rack full of PS2 & 3 games plus some Wii titles and have stuffed an ottoman and CD binder full of Carts for everything from the NES to the Playstation 1. I was asked a few years back for a TV interview how much my collection cost and I gave a rough estimate of around $2,000, just games. The reporter gasped.

It really wasn't that hard for me to crest the one hundred, two hundred and three hundred game hurtles, I don't trade stuff in. I've had people complain and complain about me not trading things in, especially around moving time. It just isn't something I do because I view each game as something I might want to play later. I don't know what type of game I might want to play on March 30th 2022. So I just kind of horde games.

I also really love old games. Most people claim that it is just nostalgia and that old games just are not as good as new ones. I disagree sure console FPSs have come a long way but some genres just never get old. When was the last time you played a platformer as good as Sonic 2 or Super Metroid? Or does the story of Final Fantasy 6 have any less impact now that we are on Final Fantasy 13? Some games just age gracefully, others not so much. The good thing about retro gaming is that hindsight is 20/20. You know that Ducktales was a really good game and it wasn't great just because of the TV show. Also as an adult you're sometimes better than you were as a kid, 6 year old me could never have beaten Mega Man 2, I couldn't make it all the way through the Baldur's Gate series with one character until I was out of college. I am not saying new games are not great, I'm just saying that the bad old games have already been sifted out so the best rise to the top.

This love of retro games and refusal to give games to Gamestop, (Let's face it you are basically giving it to them) have lead to me having one seriously swelled game collection. Have I beaten them all, no, do I plan on it, no, will I give it my best shot, yes!


Note: This is a re-post from my other gaming community. I'm leaving them so I'll be moving some of my favorite posts over to Giantbomb.com.    
#4 Posted by Punk1984 (595 posts) -
@Wrighteous86:  Yeah it did but it was so awesome it would lobotomize the memories out of your mind the minute the match was over. My point was (in a highly sarcastic manner) that Multi-player in a Duke title is an afterthought, as it should be. I mean come on two Dukes can't whiz in the same urinal, that would just be un-Duke like.
#5 Posted by Punk1984 (595 posts) -

I get it, I'm old. At some point the calendar flipped and I became a member of the old guard. You young turks with your "Gears of War" and your "Halo" and your "Call of Duty." You're the popular kids. The ones with the dollars that drive budgets and get stuff done. Well it turns out that some of you are going to have to play (or at least be confused by) a new game coming out this spring; "Duke Nukem Forever" a game that has been in development longer than some of you sugar fried midgets have been alive. You're going to want it because it is a "fps" and those are the only games you lot seem to play. Well before you chuck the controller into mommy and daddy's new 3-D HD 57" TV let me bring you up to speed on the Duke.

Get to Cover! (or Don't)

In the 90s we didn't know what cover was, nine times out of ten a player only won if he could get the biggest gun first. So when you see an over-turned car or waist high piece of rubble don't duck behind it. Ducking is for pussies and people with an unnatural affinity for water fowl. Grab your gun and run straight at whatever most looks like it wants to die.

Plot, NPCs and Other Distractions

You kids might be used to listening to computer controlled robots slowly dolling out pieces of 'plot' that advance the 'narrative' of the game. HOGWASH! Rule number one of Duke Nukem: if the computer controls it - KILL IT! Done. Next!

The Environment and You

Do you want to hear some dick and fart jokes? Click everything in the environment. Do you not want to hear dick and fart jokes? Shoot at everything in the environment. Done!

Achievements and Trophies

At some point the lot of you stopped playing games for fun and instead for things called "Achievements." BWAH! Duke doesn't need a computer to tell him he is a badass. Duke @#$%-ing knows he is a badass. Duke's friends don't need to know Duke is a badass they know he is a @#$%-ing badass! Time to cowboy up kiddies, you don't shoot aliens because you're going to get a merit badge you shoot them because they stole your strippers or something...actually you just shoot them!


There is only one Duke, the world couldn't handle two...neither can you.
There you go kids. Remember if you think "Duke Nukem: Forever" sucks it isn't because it was in development for the better part of three Presidential terms, or because it isn't freakin' amazing. It is because you don't know what a good game is because all of your games suck.  Or at least that is what Duke would think.
#6 Posted by Punk1984 (595 posts) -
@Cold_Wolven said:
" So much for freedom of movement with Kinect. Basic movement starts with the legs and yet they'd rather make an on rails shooter throwing away 50% body movement. I wonder how the player shoots in the game, does he point at the screen and yell out BANG!? "
No you have to say "Pew Pew" while making a gun shaped shadow puppet...