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Retro Chat / Re: Hardest games you've played
« on: November 08, 2017, 16:28:50 PM »
You can still buy the game even though you suspect you'll never finish it. ;) Most of the shoot-'em-up games I own will never be completed by me in my lifetime, but I do like to collect them. Games like Hellfire and Wings of Wor--forget about it! Now that I think about it, I realized I left out several Genesis/Mega Drive games that are quite difficult, like X-Men and Sub-Terrania, but neglected to mention in my post. I think it's just an expectation for any Genesis owner: Many of these games were based on the tried-and-true arcade formula of making the game difficult to keep the quarters flowing. If I get flattened by a mini-boss halfway through a level and have to start from the beginning, I hardly give it a second thought because I'm expecting it to happen anyway. As someone said earlier, repetition is the key to conquering these games. The more you play, the more you learn from your mistakes and it elevates your play.

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Retro Chat / Re: Hardest games you've played
« on: November 07, 2017, 23:33:19 PM »
Wow, this thread was before my time!  ;D Some of the most difficult games for me are the R-Type, Gradius, and Thunder Force style shoot-'em-ups. I liken the gameplay to being a running back in the NFL and trying to punch through the defensive line. Shoot-'em-ups, especially the "bullet hell" ones, like to set a wall of death in front of you and make you wriggle your way around it. Despite this, I love shoot-'em-up games for their simplicity of gameplay and the attractive, anime-inspired art styles. Of course, I've played the Contras, Castlevanias, Mega Mans, et al., and remember those games being very challenging as well.

On the RPG side of things, I do remember having some trouble with Phantasy Star II. One of the most annoying mechanics was that each party member would join your squad at level 1 regardless of how late in the game you acquired them. You'd always have to backtrack to get their level up to quota because some of the enemy encounters are absolutely brutal. Also, The 7th Saga for the SNES was fairly difficult in the sense that, at any given time, one unbalanced enemy encounter could almost guarantee death. There is a (somewhat infamous within the 7th Saga fan community) YouTube video detailing this balancing issue where the player can't even survive one of the first random encounters in the game. Even if he spends a lot of money on potions, he barely has enough of them to offset the damage sustained from one battle. My experience with the game has been different--possibly because I picked a different starting character and I persevered till I was able to add another character to the party. But for that initial first third of the game where you have to fight solo, it's a grind. It was satisfying to beat.

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Retro Events / Re: Portland Retro Gaming Expo 2017
« on: November 05, 2017, 20:16:55 PM »
Awesome! It's too bad I couldn't delay my trip to Portland this year till October. I went in April from my wife's commencement at her (online) university and enjoyed seeing the city for the short time we were there. I'll have to look through your album to see what I missed! Glad you enjoyed your stay.

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Announcements and Feedback / Re: Do we like this theme?
« on: July 14, 2017, 04:46:27 AM »
Very nice. It looks like we're (pretty much) back in business.

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Retro Chat / Re: Let's Compare - Shinobi
« on: November 19, 2016, 02:22:20 AM »
I love the Shinobi games on the Genesis, but I've never played any of the coin-op versions, so I found the comparison to be interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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Retro News Round up / Re: Mini NES
« on: November 16, 2016, 17:02:45 PM »
The NES Classic is actually a smash retail hit, which is somewhat surprising. There was a lot of interest generated among longtime players and this is possibly the most success Nintendo has had with a home console (not handheld) release since the original Wii. Now, they're unveiling the Nintendo Switch, and let's hope that Nintendo continues their commitment to classic gaming by expanding their catalog of downloadable retro titles for the next generation of consoles.

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Introductions / Re: Howdy
« on: July 14, 2016, 06:22:46 AM »
Welcome Stevie! Thank you for your contributions to the retro gaming community.

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Introductions / Re: Hello.
« on: July 14, 2016, 06:20:01 AM »
Welcome to the forums! We look forward to talking retro consoles and games with you. :)

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Retro Chat / Re: Why do you love your favourite system???
« on: July 13, 2016, 06:52:46 AM »
Is it an American thing to love the NES/SNES so much?

Not necessarily in the case of the SNES, due to the Genesis/Mega Drive capturing such a large share of the market. The NES was virtually unopposed, though. The Master System didn't perform very well in our region, so the NES reigned for the remainder of the decade. North America really has Nintendo to thank for pulling us out of the 1983 crash.

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Pokemon Go for Android and iPhone has reminded me of another classic in the Game Boy library: Pokemon Red and Blue. The game was truly a milestone in handheld RPGs. I still have my Game Boy Color, but the screen has faded over time and it's not quite as enjoyable to play. Luckily, I own a Super Game Boy and can play all my cartridges through my Super Nintendo to experience it on the big screen. The Super Game Boy really does open up the entire Game Boy library. Some of those indie games look pretty good, Trek. I wonder if they'd be compatible.

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Announcements and Feedback / Re: RVG Chatbox night.
« on: July 09, 2016, 11:05:14 AM »
Ah, shucks. Sorry I wasn't able to attend. I'm in the middle of a six-day work week and haven't had a lot of free time on hand. Hopefully I can make the next one!

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Retro Chat / Re: Why do you love your favourite system???
« on: July 09, 2016, 11:03:20 AM »
It'd be hard for me to pick a system impartially, given that I've made so many great memories with the NES and SNES--as a child, initially, and then revisiting them later when I became a collector. Not one console is perfect in every way; that is why it is such a joy to collect for multiple platforms. I will say that the SNES has more of the games that I like to play and is versatile enough to cover a wide range of my gaming interests. The hardware was excellent for its time: the games looked and sounded great, and Nintendo knew how to push its strengths with big, colorful games. When I was younger, the SNES took up uncounted hours of my and my brother's free time, and it was the first console I returned to when I started to collect classic games. Sadly, it has become one of the more expensive consoles to collect for, so I haven't made any significant additions to the collection in some time.

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Announcements and Feedback / Re: Forum Layout
« on: July 01, 2016, 07:25:50 AM »
My only complaint with a forum that has a lot of categories (as helpful as they may be) is that, when there's a lack of interest in a particular system or topic, that category may not see much traffic and members may start to feel discouraged from making new posts if they think no one will ever read them. Right now, though, I think the categories are drawing enough attention to merit staying as-is. I've been to other forums where there were too many sub-boards that looked like graveyards; it's something that always bothers me a little when I see it.

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Introductions / Re: Hello!
« on: June 21, 2016, 05:39:48 AM »
Welcome, John! Could I hazard a guess and say that you're a They Might Be Giants fan?

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Introductions / Re: New to the Group
« on: March 15, 2016, 04:48:36 AM »
Welcome! Always nice to have a developer on board.

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