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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the worst game you've ever played? on: November 19, 2013, 08:06:46 PM
also, i've found some people say E.T. (2600) is the 'worst game ever' more because it's _known for being known_ as such. yeah, it was programmed in six weeks, but i don't think this has to be the case - see this interesting article on one person's recent efforts to fix the game's bugs and take care of a few common complaints with the gameplay. (also gives you some insight into 2600 game code)

So, why do people hate E.T.? When it was released, it was well ahead of its time. It pioneered a lot of concepts that we take for granted in games today, but were unheard of in 1982 (Atari's Adventure and Haunted House had some of these features, but not all):

    It was one of the first home video games with a title screen.
    It featured an open-ended world with gameplay focused on exploration.
    It was completely non-violent. You can't hurt the bad-guys, and they can't hurt you. There isn't even any competition!
    You could complete the game. There are also several goals that you need to complete to win the game.
    There were multiple ways to complete goals. You can actually finish the game without falling in a single well.
    The game not only had an ending, it also featured an animated cut-scene as a reward.
    The game featured optional additional goals to complete (side quests).

While that seems like a great list of features, players in 1982 weren't prepared for that much change. You really needed to read the manual to understand the game and how to play it. As younger children were the primary audience, it's no surprise that it wasn't well received.

Of course, that doesn't explain why the game is so hated today. If we can identify the reasons why, we can try to address them. Here are the problems this page will address:

    The game seems incredibly complex. This isn't a real problem. Once you learn how to play, it's really very simple. You just need to read the manual, or watch a tutorial video, to understand it.
    The game is incredibly hard. It's difficult for novices to complete the game even on mode 3, the easiest setting. Fortunately, this can be fixed.
    You spend a lot of time accidentally falling in to wells. I believe that I know reason why this happens to so many people, and what can be done to fix it.
    E.T. is not green. I'm really surprised that this isn't a common complaint. We'll fix that as well.
122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the worst game you've ever played? on: November 19, 2013, 07:58:41 PM

Quote from: Hrothgar on November 19, 2013, 03:52:31 AM

More recently, I've tried to avoid awful games, but Geist and the Bionic Commando reboot had me intrigued.  I should have trusted reviews on those.

i talked with someone who did QA on Geist - i think i remember he said there was one part where you could run out of ammo at a critical point in the game, so the solution came to be - make ammo unlimited.
123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the worst game you've ever played? on: November 19, 2013, 01:22:33 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 18, 2013, 11:41:24 PM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on November 18, 2013, 11:18:29 PM

I'm sure I've played worse but the two that come to mind right away are Postal 2 and Painkiller.

Wait, the first Painkiller?  Or one of these late expansion/sequels done by other developers?

The first Painkiller was fun. later 'stand-alone expansions', not so much... many of those were done by modders and just made official.
124  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble WB Bundle 11/5 - 11/19 on: November 13, 2013, 09:44:00 PM
i have Mortal Kombat 3 on a CD somewhere. now i have the Steam version!
125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Gaming Trend Cookbook (Crowdsourced nom book!) on: November 12, 2013, 08:58:40 PM
D&B Kung-Pao Tofu

Please double the amounts for leftovers!

1 14-ounce package extra-firm water-packed tofu, rinsed
2 Tbsp. sesame oil
1 Tbsp. lime juice (optional)
1 oz. hot chili paste
1 tsp. rice wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. “five-spice powder”
2 tsp. brown sugar
3 Tbsp. oyster-flavored sauce or 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. cornstarch or flour dissolved in 2 Tbsp. water
12 oz. broccolette crowns, trimmed and cut into bite-size pieces (4 cups?)
3 small bok-choy
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch diced parts
1 onion
2 carrots
1 small minced fresh ginger
2 cloves minced garlic
6 Tbsp. unsalted roasted cashews (or peanuts)

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a baking sheet (or cover with foil) and bake tofu for 20 minutes, turning once. When done, stir-fry tofu and cashews/peanuts in wok with sesame oil.

In a small bowl, combine the lime juice, chili paste, vinegar, spice, sugar, oyster/soy sauce and cornstarch and stir until well combined. Put the baked and stir-fried tofu in there and allow to marinate for _at least_ 30 minutes (preferably several hours to overnight), mixing occasionally to coat tofu well. Set aside.

In a wok, large skillet or sauté pan over medium-high heat, add the sesame oil, then sauté the bok choy stem, carrot and brocollette for 5 minutes, then add the rest of the vegetables and stir-fry for 3 more minutes.

Add the sauce and stir until coated.

Add the tofu and continue to cook until all pieces are well coated (cooking just until combined and heated through).

Serve with rice or noodles.
126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 9 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 07, 2013, 03:22:23 AM
played the euro-football game on PS4 today. it seemed alright. also tried out Contrast, but that was nothing that couldn't've been done on PS3, i'm sure. overall initial impression was it's a PS3 with a better controller.
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 11/1/13 on: November 01, 2013, 07:07:21 PM
Serious Sam 3
Worms: Armageddon
Worms: Revolution
128  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS Wii U 32 GB w/ New Super Mario Bros + NintendoLand REDUCED on: November 01, 2013, 06:18:30 PM
PM sent - girlfriend might be interested.
129  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble Weekly 10/31 - 11/7 Team 17 (Worms, Alien Breed) on: November 01, 2013, 04:54:26 PM
note that Worms:Armageddon has been getting updates/enhancements/add-ons over the past 11 years by a pair of coders who do it in their free time. at this point, the amount of customizable options in the game is insane... it's the definitive Worms title at this point - even more than the latest Reloaded/Revolution versions from Team 17.

to see the humongous list of changes, get the readme file from here

(if you still have the original CD, you can download the latest patch from Team 17's FTP site. yes, it works with 64-bit Windows OSes, including Windows 8.1)
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 31, 2013, 05:48:44 PM
are they consciously disabling/not providing some sort of hardware/software support for the CD-layer laser in the Blu-Ray drive on the PS4, or not at all including it in the manufacture of the drive? i'm guessing the former.
131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] The Typing of the Dead: Overkill on: October 29, 2013, 10:14:11 PM
on sale at GMG right now for $8 after discount code.

also, you can use a LCD-compatible light gun to play the original version (included).
132  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / [PC] Typing of the Dead: Overkill $8 after discount at GMG on: October 29, 2013, 09:39:55 PM
yes, surprise release today!

Discount code: GMG20-50Z66-SCTEU

(Includes House of the Dead: Overkill. LCD-compatible light gun sold separately.)
133  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GMG Free copy of Civ V or Mafia 2 for voting in poll on: October 13, 2013, 10:10:11 PM
still working with GMG tech support to be able to redeem my copy...
134  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble Indie Bundle 9 on: September 15, 2013, 09:20:36 AM
i finally got around to playing FEZ tonight and it is a wonder. will probably make my 'favorites of the past few years' list.
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bugbear's Next Car Game on: September 04, 2013, 03:37:17 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on September 03, 2013, 03:46:57 PM

This one:

which was the same company.  I bought it at launch, tried for months to get people to play it, then gave up and traded it in.

i didn't buy that one when it came out, as i read it wasn't too different from FlatOut 2 and was originally intended for Xbox360/PS3 (and eventually 'ported back' to Windows). i did eventually get it when it went to $2 during a Steam sale.
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NES Replay on: September 03, 2013, 12:40:33 AM

Quote from: Eel Snave on April 23, 2013, 02:10:10 AM

[pedant]arcade version of Arkanoid used a wheel, not a trackball[/pedant]

also, Clu Clu Land is still one of my all-time favorite NES titles. you have to play around with it a bit to get used to the controls, but it does make perfect sense after a while.
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bugbear's Next Car Game on: September 02, 2013, 08:36:42 PM
the original FlatOut is still totally worth playing.

EDIT: preordered
138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bugbear's Next Car Game on: August 31, 2013, 08:04:56 AM
i determined long ago (specifically, after my first hour or so with the original FlatOut) that i will buy anything this studio puts out.
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anime vs. CGI Animation on: August 28, 2013, 06:42:24 AM
much of modern anime does make heavy use CGI, if just for backgrounds and non-human objects. i have also seen more than a few where characters were drawn on computer (in a 2D style). coloring is probably entirely computer-aided.
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games for Windows Live going away in 2014? on: August 22, 2013, 08:23:15 AM
also for Street Fighter 4 (and the other Capcom games?) - i still play random online matches on that.
141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors begin. on: August 21, 2013, 01:35:36 AM

Quote from: TiLT on August 20, 2013, 06:42:24 PM

The Shadow of the Beast announcement was cool though, something that will most certainly tickle my nostalgia.

was not expecting that... of course, this comes out long after they shut down what was left of Psygnosis. siiigh
142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [TG-16] Military Madness/Nectaris on: August 20, 2013, 12:46:31 AM

Quote from: rittchard on August 19, 2013, 08:29:36 PM

It was actually out on iOS as well but seems to have vanished now.  

the remake is there - look up Neo Nectaris.

K A I S E R  !

i think the hex shape, at minimum, is essential for tactical-turn-based games - even the casual ones.. i don't care for squares (as in Advance Wars). but if i ever get around to making my game, i'm gonna think about using octagons.
143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [TG-16] Military Madness/Nectaris on: August 18, 2013, 10:11:24 PM
i traded in some games of mine for this recently, and forgot how much i liked it. it's very much more puzzle-y than i remember. it is impossible to get past the third map if you don't read the manual - you need to understand Zone of Control and surround tactics to get anywhere in the game.
144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X being teased on: August 17, 2013, 10:29:27 AM


•No blasters / sci-fi elements.

145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Betrayer on: August 15, 2013, 08:29:46 AM
like the current crop of sidescrollers that only use silhouettes. sorry, LIMBO got there first... and did pretty good at it. the other games just look lazy.
146  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: EA Humble Bundle for charity on: August 15, 2013, 08:27:39 AM
i upped my usual contribution, given that there's multiple charities this time.
147  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: looking for used motherboard + processor on: August 08, 2013, 05:35:19 PM
PMs responded to
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CD Players In Cars On the way Out on: August 05, 2013, 10:18:07 PM
compressing to MP3/AAC/OGG/etc loses sound quality. you could use FLAC/APE or apple's lossless, but you eat up quite a bit of disc space doing so, and... the car is hardly a pristine listening environment and compact discs were never intended for car use, i think... however, i do have many, many CDs accumulated over the years, so this is annoying - it's gonna be like 1993 again where i'd have to plug in a portable CD player (this time with a line-in cable as opposed to cassette deck adapter). then again, i don't own a car...
149  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: looking for used motherboard + processor on: August 05, 2013, 07:46:48 AM
might need a video card also - the one i got off OO a while back is now not working.
150  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / looking for used motherboard + processor on: August 05, 2013, 02:41:28 AM

motherboard + processor (DDR2 or DDR3)
possibly DDR3 RAM

this is for a media server, so it doesn't have to be super top-of-the-line.
151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Rise of the Triad returns on: August 03, 2013, 12:44:02 AM
that sounds like a $5 buy.
152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Robocop! on: July 24, 2013, 07:48:20 AM
since Starship Troopers is also getting remade, what of Verhoeven's movies will be remade next? Soldier of Orange? Hollow Man? maybe Showgirls?
153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MotorGun! - auto dueling from I'76 and Twisted Metal devs on: July 22, 2013, 08:43:50 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on July 21, 2013, 01:48:57 AM

Quote from: jztemple2 on July 20, 2013, 05:16:22 AM

Looks sweet! It also looks like an old MMO I had about ten or fifteen years ago, which was something like WoW with cars, but in the same style as this game. Can't remember the name... ah, I remember, it was Auto Assault. Yup, 2006, so not quite that long ago. It died in less than a year.

Auto Assault had the problem of being WoW with cars.  There was no driving mechanic at all really.  It was more like you and your horse were one and looked like a car.  All tab targetting is bad with cars.

oh yeah, i remember that one now - played it for almost half an hour.
154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Free Facebook cash...and no entries? - Feedback on giveaways on: July 22, 2013, 08:41:34 AM
i avoid facebook and its horrid privacy policies and .. general ickyness
155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Pacific Rim on: July 21, 2013, 02:56:47 AM
this was the best American-made,-mostly/kinda-live-action-film-adaptation-of-no-specific-anime/manga-in-particular i've seen. Del Toro really got the feel of it in some parts.

i too noticed some strong Evangelion parallels - i thought early on the concept of a power cord being pulled from its socket would come up at some point, and sure enough..
156  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GreenMan Gaming 666 sale on: July 07, 2013, 10:30:58 PM
This Worms Collection includes:


    Worms Armageddon

    Worms Blast

    Worms Crazy Golf

    Worms Pinball

    Worms Reloaded

    Worms Reloaded: Forts Pack

    Worms Reloaded: Puzzle Pack

    Worms Reloaded: Retro Pack

    Worms Reloaded: Time Pack

    Worms Reloaded: Pre-Order Forts & Hats Pack

    Worms Revolution

    Worms Revolution: Customization Pack

    Worms Revolution: Funfair Pack

    Worms Revolution: Mars Pack

    Worms Revolution: Medieval Tales Pack

    Worms Revolution: Pre-Order DLC

    Worms Ultimate Mayhem

    Worms Ultimate Mayhem: Customisation Pack

    Worms Ultimate Mayhem: Multi Player Pack

    Worms Ultimate Mayhem: Single Player Pack

weird that there's no Worms 2 or Worms World Party. (forget about the 3D ones...)
157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A write in poll - what do your save names look like? on: July 07, 2013, 10:19:02 PM
hi, hi1, hi2, hi3, etc

save game names were much more elaborate for Sierra adventures, but that was a quarter of a century ago...
158  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: Gaming PC Parts (Motherboard, CPU, Memory, Soundcard), bundle available on: July 03, 2013, 08:50:40 PM
good prices - i would have boughten if no one else had.
159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Google Reader on: June 24, 2013, 09:59:02 AM
i use and it works well!
160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gene Wilder-'Willy Wonka' remake was an Insult on: June 18, 2013, 10:12:21 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on June 18, 2013, 07:49:47 PM

Hepcat, now you've made me go and make a Burton list!!! Obviously this is personal opinion, but I wanted to see if my analysis was correct. For sake of simplicity, I'm only listing feature-length movies Burton directed.

Title-Date-Depp Factor-Good/Sucked


1985 Pee-Wee's Big Adventure  No Depp  Good
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