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@johnsonic7: I've chosen a lane, and by god am I going to squeeze that lane dry.

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@mento: I should probably do my full due diligence and check out the show, which I just assume has Cigarette Ad and Puddle as major reoccurring characters.

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@zombiepie: There are a few ideas I am kicking around for NamCompendium Gaiden entries: Namco/Sega rivalry, Namco vs. Nintendo in the late 1980s (which I've touched on but I mean really blow the fuck out of this idea), and a real dive into the UGSF fiction are on the table currently.

@arbitrarywater: In terms of actual mechanics and game design, Baby Pac-Man is about as weird as things are going to get until we get to Golly! Ghost! in the next century or so. Does sorta remind me of weird tossed off DS ephemera, like the SM64DS minigames or (shameless plug) Point Blank DS, which I reviewed right here!

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@ballsleon: It's one of the strangest golden age arcade cabinets I've ever seen, but in terms of raw horror it doesn't hold a candle to Professor Pac-Man. That game was supposed to have multiple sets of questions for different distribution avenues! Imagine hundreds of shitty visual trivia questions!

@mento: Just spitballing, I'll hit Pac-Man 2 in about nine more years so I've nothing to fear for now.

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Burning Force kicks so much ass, and is currently my top Namco game on the Mega Drive.

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Blessed list right here.

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I've said it already but I want to say it again: I've rarely felt more vindicated than when both you and Gino agreed the game falls off a fucking cliff once you get to Pulse.

I guess to sorta answer the question you guys posed in the podcast, my enjoyment of the game (while muted) came mostly from appreciating the novel ideas that could have been boons for a better game (auto healing after battles is nice, the paradigms lead to some potentially interesting prostrats around battles, etc) and from the Progress Quest-esque forward momentum of the pre-Pulse chapters. The game's story is laughably told and each new trip to an equally nondescript and geographically unspecified location is bewildering, but it at least goes in a direction kind of. It validates Newtonian models of causality, for a time, in that the thing inexorably marches on doing its stupid thing. But once you get to wander empty plains talking to rocks for forty hours with little to no payoff, things just sputter and fucking die.

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genuine Sega arcade games like Taiko Drum Master

*blows a whistle for like a decade*

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Taiko no Tatsujin is Namco, damn it! Trust me, I have them on my big terrible list!

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Edited By jeffrud

Slow around here in NamCompendium country for now, but Dig Dug is nearly done and so is this school year so huzzah! Until then, more reviews!

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I think I played Final Fantasy the correct way last time: the game simply requires you to bring more to it and do the leg work for it. Setting a self-imposed challenge upon myself made the experience significantly better, as otherwise it is a fairly paint-by-numbers game. I would encourage anybody seeking to try FF1 again to set some stipulations on yourself. I played with three characters and managed to get through the game. You could also limit the weapons, spells, armor, etc. that you allow yourself to use. I've seen variants where players could only equip gear found in chests. Solo runs with different classes are a real challenge. This is certainly not what the original authorial intent of the game was, but we're talking about a "solved" thirty year old JRPG with not a lot going on for most of the run time. Bring your own fun.

Looking forward to Final Fantasy II, a game with keywords!