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#1 Edited by mento (3732 posts) -

@mirado: I'll keep this in mind once I get to the points you're talking about. I'm not devoted to a no-kills run, as I've already written off trying to get all of the game's trophies. Thanks for the tip.

@redfox742: Yeah, I'm going to stop griping about the auto-save/checkpoint thing. If it's not even bothering Drew, who I imagine is dropping every five minutes in MGScanlon, then I can deal with it. I've only died a handful of times so far anyway (maybe just the once actually, and I got through that boss fight without a scratch). I'm guessing it's considerably less interesting to read than all the griping about tap-dancing ninjas and sexy vampires.

I will say that the way the game pauses cutscenes when you hit the home button is super appreciated, as someone who is regularly pausing to register everything happening on a word processor. The game does have a lot of fine points when it comes to the player experience that I'm overlooking because I'm too busy kvetching about the big stuff.

And yeah, I thought I might have misheard that line. I guess that shuts me up about the game having its mind stuck in the gutter. Still though, you have to imagine those nanos are leaving Snake's body through all sorts of... nope, I'm going to let the game be gross enough without my help.

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#2 Posted by mento (3732 posts) -

I've been thinking about efforts to boost wiki productivity since there's clearly a lot of us eager to help it grow. My approach, at least for the past few years, has to create long-term wiki projects for myself (though I'd maybe not recommend super dumb ones like "every SNES game") and then write about them in some capacity. If nothing else, it creates the sense that there's someone else out there working on the wiki. Maybe more of that from other bloggers/list creators could encourage other editors (and bloggers, for that matter) to take up a similar challenge themselves?

I actually think BeachThunder's suggestion of fixing the fighter genre game list would be a great place to start. You could work through what is and isn't a fighter and have enough anecdotes to put together an interesting enough article about it. See if people agree on your take regarding what genre Powerstone and Smash Bros actually belong to, talk (or complain) about how many boxing and wrestling games are mislabeled, or highlight a few really weird/cool/dumb fighters you came across while adjusting the list that might be good for a future Ranking of Fighters.

You could theoretically use any wiki project as a launching point for a written piece. Add a bunch of Suikoden characters to the database then write about the challenges you faced and probably a whole lot about the games themselves and what you like about them. (Aside: I just bought the recently-rereleased third one on PSN! I've wanted that game for years but the only option's been to import a physical copy and get a PS2 that can play it.) Maybe work on the library of a console that most people ignore, like the Atari Jaguar or Game Gear. Have a favorite off-site YouTube/Twitch LPer? Fix the pages for some of the more off-beat games they've played.

I suspect that throwing out specific broken pages and telling people to work on them is less appealing than planting seeds of inspiration for larger projects that an editor can make their own. I don't doubt it'll be an uphill struggle either way to get more folk involved though.

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#3 Edited by mento (3732 posts) -

@yummylee: I'd already finished it by the time this went up. I guess I used the wrong tense somewhere and mislead some people. I've got a second part of this blog coming up, maybe I can retroactively pretend that this was the set-up for the project and part two is the post-script. As long as no-one reads this comment we should be in the clear.

  • There was a considerable number of Sonic games I had to check in on (well, five) as the blue hedgehog is something of a favorite at GDQ events, so I'm with you there. I'm just featuring these two on this list of stuff to look out for because they seem like they'd be the most interesting to watch. A completely broken and terrible game for a masochistic speedrunner to tear to pieces, and some Game Gear spin-off no-one's heard of? More entertaining than watching someone whizz through Sonic 2 again (though, conversely, it'd probably be a lot more fun to actually play Sonic 2 than either of the above).
  • If there's too many Resident Evil clones for even you to follow, that's probably saying something. It's a shame no-one's running Countdown Vampires this year.
  • Mara Wilson's actually become something of a second Wil Wheaton from what I've gathered; moving from annoying child actor roles in the 90s into a bunch of interesting writing work both on and for the internet. It's actually kinda refreshing when they sort themselves out instead of crashing and burning. I'm still a little apprehensive about the idea of being "famous from the internet" though.
  • Don't I know it.
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#4 Posted by mento (3732 posts) -

@kasaioni: That's, uh, not particularly kind, but I'll still take it as a compliment. I could probably do with lessening the British-y inflections just a smidge, possibly starting with "just a smidge".

The game definitely needs its boss fights, as that's where the series's creativity tends to shine brightest, and I suppose they have to come from somewhere. I've not yet warmed to the idea of beating up traumatized teenage girls in skintight clothing but, hey, I figure it must all be leading somewhere.

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#5 Posted by mento (3732 posts) -

I must've missed this series growing up. Only PC educational games I can recall, besides the awful Mario Discovery Series, are the Logical Journey of the Zoombinis and Wiggins in Storyland. (And I was way too old for both, in retrospect.)

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#6 Posted by mento (3732 posts) -

@beachthunder: Done. A bug was probably stopping us from removing them at the time, but it appears to have been fixed.

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#7 Posted by mento (3732 posts) -

It's been hard to not just come in here and gush about the soundtracks to Equinox and Plok for five paragraphs, but I'll restrain myself and say that Contradiction's been a lot of fun to watch so far. I hope to get the game soon, and I've really been enjoying this wave of FMV-related content from all corners of late (Contradiction, Her Story, Tesla Effect, The Wavy Tube Man Chronicles...).

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#8 Edited by mento (3732 posts) -

@beachthunder: Both of these pages should be good now. Didn't want to fob off Her Story on another mod because of spoilers, and early Nintendo stuff is kinda in my purview.

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#9 Edited by mento (3732 posts) -

Well, I was going to lock this thread because it's yet another ~1yr necro bump from a new poster, but since there's a conversation going... I'm going to say the saddest anime is the end of Metal Gear Solid 3.

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#10 Posted by mento (3732 posts) -

Working on this.

Pages that currently cannot be edited due to having too many page associations: Boss Fight, Difficulty Level, Side-Scrolling, Leveling Up, Status Effects (this one's just broken, we'll have to look into it).

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