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Ahh. Sorry to indulge, but a relevant memory:

The first game I ever played online was AoE II: Rise of Rome edition via the Microsoft Zone service in about 1999. Had such a weird little system where lobbies were represented as these bubbles you clicked on. There were only so many bubbles so if you wanted to host a game, you'd have to wait for a slot to free up and click one of the bubbles. There was even a player list to the side detailing who was idle, who was waiting for a game to start and who was playing. Lag was horrendous and performance issues were all over the place, probably due to widely divergent speeds and PC performances from whoever was connected (such as me on a budget PC using 56k), but it was fun. If I've remembered rightly, there was a little turtle symbol beside the names of people who were lagging badly too. For years, I thought this was what people meant when they said 'turtling'. Wonder if the stress test (as seen in the QL) has rendered that obsolete.

I'll spare the rest, but a shout out to Mr D for getting my parents off my back when they expressed concern that all I was doing at one point was playing this damn game. He told them it had educational value and that I knew more about historical civilizations than everyone in my class combined. Wish I had the same excuse for The Sims a year later. Also, sorry to Mr D for surreptitiously continuing to 'infect' all of the PCs in the IT room with Sonic. Also also, sorry to Mr D for the 30 computers that played Microsoft Sam saying 'blah' at the same time. Over and over. For about a minute. Causing Mr D, who had just returned to the room, to have a near mental breakdown. Once again, sorry Mr D. You rule/ruled.

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Even though it's kinda only touched upon at the end of the video, it seems like there's no way to do an actual fucking couch co-op Olympic Games event? Like the actual Olympics?? Like, multiple people picking a country and playing through a number of events together with a tracked medal table??? If so, that's so, so bad, like being in front of an open net and kicking the ball back into your own half type of bad (I know the sports).

I seem to recall Ryan playing an Olympics game years ago on the site where it was a similar scenario. Is there some sort of licensing deal that stops them from doing that? Something like the USA or Russian Olympic federations being precious about how many medals they win compared to one another in a video game? Whatever the case, it's absolutely dreadful to not have that feature. I was actually kinda excited for this (purely after seeing Amy and Peach fighting in gis) but having to jump in and out of individually selected games in a quick play format is not what I'm looking for at all. Here's hoping they actually have some common sense and patch this in, but I doubt it.

That is if it's not in there as an unlock after the story or something, but that would be a weird way to gate that. Does that also mean the online play is just 'quick play' events too? Cause that will absolutely guarantee that I won't be buying.

Edit: Seems like it isn't in the game according to this thread, which pretty much echoes my thoughts on it being absent, as well as other usability problems. Give it a read if you intend to buy.

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@hnnaldor said:

Wait... Will Smith is going to do 36 hours? Or is one of the 2 Will Smiths the fresh Prince or the baseball player?

Edit- Rorie ninja edited... Now I look dumb.

The Gemini Man 2 - Tested's Will Smith, in misguided youthful vengeance, tries to stop Foo's Will Smith from raising more money than himself. Available in VR.

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Oh, come on... Agonon has to be based on Alex, right? It's too perfect a fit. This looks pretty great.

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Despite the ennui surrounding DK 64, I don't imagine the crew want it to be over so quickly due to it being pretty clear they have put money, time and energy into making it happen and keeping it going. It has been a fun ride but I feel like I'm lamenting it before it's over! So, as we live in the Age of GaaS, I would recommend making the last item go for a spooky 666 bananas (a Norman Reedus AMC bike show tie-in style equivalent for Six Crazy Frights where the show is advertised on the Funky Kong shop's folding screen) and a constant changing of the wheel's contents so that new stuff could happen every week.

Like, how about switching over to Goldeneye or Perfect Dark? When someone gets a kill in deathmatch, they take a banana off their victim. Or maybe 20. If it gets boring, then just literally add 'win last item' as a wheel spin and I'm sure we'll all enjoy you trying to avoid the golden bananas as you hunt for as many spins as you can in your 15 minutes like some batshit, broken late night game show that gets nixed by a network but garners a cult following until someone remakes it poorly in 25 years, and we all realise it was of a time. THAT TIME IS NOW, DAMMIT!

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On the other hand, I think it would be hilarious if one episode ended up with them all having left, and the rest of the episode is just the game running the background for an hour.

Yes, this is what I want.

Edit: I have been thinking about this for the past 5 minutes... what if they hit 5 coins right out of the gate. Three spins, every one of them hits 'Leave the Room'. Final person spins and gets 'End of Turn', laughs and revels in the fact that there's no-one else to pass to, and then hits 'Leave the Room' on the last spin.

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The changes? Love 'em. Leave the room? Love it. End the turn and pass the spins? Love it.

One suggestion: swap a common spin reward that can only be awarded once and causes a lot of re-spins (e.g. X2 Banana Multiplier) with getting the contents of the banana bank. This causes the latter to be more common and means there's less build up in the bank. Or, alternatively, do all of the above but split the banana bank reward chances with a new reward: throw all of contents of the banana bank in the bin. I hate food wastage but, given these bananas have been primarily bought for a different purpose other than eating, meh. I presume Dan has a big bag of banana runts with plenty of spares. Or, alternatively, stick the wasted bananas back in the bag. That way they're getting recycled.

The problem I think that's going to arise from any changes is that I feel the end result of these somewhat disparate suggestions can swing from pretty impossible to get 200/250 bananas to anyone can get 200 or 250 bananas within the next few episodes. This is why game creators extensively test their creations but, then again, that's why Burgle My Bananas is so entertaining.

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I don't watch basketball, I don't know who David Aldridge is, but I do know that, once a year, I am reminded that David Aldridge is a man treated with the utmost contempt by his broadcast colleagues, Alex Navarro and Vincent Caravella.

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This was ridiculous and a lot of fun. Folks in the comments, please just take heed of the fact that this is a stupid 'game show' and not 'a show about a game'. It's not an actual full playthrough. Dan stated in episode one that the game will just end once three of the special items are gone.

I will say that as much as it was great to see it fall so dramatically off the rails - and observe Vinny and Dan trying to play one another with Dan, of course, not being able to walk away from the possibility of winning everything and both of them getting fucked over in the end - it would be nice to see SOME level of order restored for next time. But if you guys, behind the scenes, want this show over with quickly because the game is so insufferable or because it's a technical mess, I'm not going to blame you for turning this into, effectively, a pile of diarrhoea-induced bullshit. In fact, this would be the only diarrhoea-induced anything I'd ever want to see in my life!

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I completely zoned out while listening to this one and it never pulled me back in. I just about made it through the living in America segment, but the Overwatch talk totally lost me. Constructive criticism for what it's worth: be clear, be (fairly) succinct and don't get lost in the weeds! It happens to everyone, but it's still hard to listen to as someone who hasn't touched Overwatch in over 2 years (?) I'll give it another go post-Overwatch talk based on comments. To be fair, Jeff, Ben and Jason can sometimes do this with fighting games - but 'Ranking of Fighters' has definitely helped me keep up with the terminology as someone with little-to-no interest in fighting games.

Also, as someone living in the UK (Scotland and northern England), I have never heard of rustled in a slang context - well, other than someone rustling something up in the kitchen, rustling paper, etc. Actually, come to think of it, I don't think I've ever heard anyone ever say 'rustled' other than cooking show hosts from southern England.

Broader 'UK slang' is stuff like 'quid', 'fiver' and other non-monetary words I'm sure ('naff' meaning a bit crap). A lot of slang is more from regional dialects and accents. For example, me and my partner are both from the same county in Scotland. While we know a lot of the same slang, there are words that she doesn't know that I use and words that she uses that I don't know. Our dialect and accents are slightly different - due to the two towns we lived in - yet we lived less than a 30 minutes' drive from each other as kids. It does seem that regional slang and dialect is vanishing here in this globalised, connected world though... it's quite dreich.

EDIT: Rest of podcast was totally fine once I got over the Overwatch hill.