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JonLeung
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« on: July 23, 2013, 08:09:36 AM »

I thought I'd start a fun topic to discuss (what I assume is everyone's) favourite hobby.

When posting in this topic, answer ONE of the two questions the previous poster asked, and then ask TWO other questions to the next poster about video games.

The reason why there's two questions is to give a bit more flexibility for what the next poster wants to answer, and then if someone can't think of two questions, they can always use previous questions that have been unanswered.  Not that it's a big deal if you reuse questions, it's all for fun anyway.

Make sense?  I'll start with these two questions:
A. Is there a game/series/genre that you didn't think you would like, but surprised you?
B. Besides just enjoying games as they are, do you have any video game-related merchandise (i.e. books, plushes, figurines, etc.)?
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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2013, 04:19:38 PM »

After playing Doom ages ago when it was the first FPS ever I never thought I'd like shooters.  But now I've gone through tons from Half Life to Get Force Gemini.  It still surprises me.

A: How much do you value a games atmosphere?
B: Is there a game or series that's incredibly popular but you've never touched?
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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2013, 11:48:15 PM »

How much do you value a games atmosphere?

Most of the time, it's the main reason why some game will leave such a lasting impression on me. As much as I like to consider myself an 'old-school' gamer, very few games nowadays manage to win me over purely with their gameplay, with some noted exceptions. First, you have games that manage to hit my weak spot by basing their gameplay on the manipulation of 3D space or geometry in general (Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2, Fez, Portal 1 & 2, Antichamber). Second, you have those platformers that aren't shooters but action or puzzle-based (Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams, Vessel).

But let's get back to the question. I love games that are primarily atmospheric, such as Dear Esther which many people wouldn't even consider a game but an interactive story. But *man* did the ambiance grab me. The whole 'game' takes place on a seemingly deserted island where people used to live and there's really nothing to do except follow a general path across the island, through some caves and finally up to a lighthouse while hearing the protagonist's (i.e. your) thoughts at random and trying to piece together what you're talking about and why you're on this island. But the music and the graphics carry the whole thing incredibly well, and infinitely better than those of the original version which was a simple Half-Life 2 mod. Despite not being a real 'game' as such, I never regretted paying 10$ for it,  given that I've paid more to see shorter and much worse movies.

Other recent games whose atmosphere made me immerse myself in them more than usual include Amnesia: Dark Descent (I've only played about an hour but I was already quite scared despite not encountering any enemy yet), Kairo (whose strange and sometimes *immense* rooms really got me thinking about what kind of place I might be trapped in, not to mention all the references to classical art and science) and Machinarium whose graphics and soundtrack creates a very unique, strange and alien world of sentient robots where there's never any actual dialog but you always understand exactly what's going on.

Heck, I should mention both Portal games again because although both feature a very different atmosphere, both are equally immersive. In the first, you really do feel utterly alone in a seemingly vast complex being operated by a defective and possibly dangerous AI and both the empty facility and the ambient music reflect that. While the second game features a more involved plot with twists and a more casual relationship with both Wheatley and GladOS, the atmosphere in general feels more menacing, in part because of the more 'mechanical' music. There are however beautiful parts where that feeling of solitude and helplessness do come back, such as when you fall all the way into the old Aperture facilities. You find yourself in this *huge* cavern that could very well be a mile or more in height, with huge columns that suggest that you're standing under the foundations of the modern facilities (which feels even more vast than in the first game but in a less claustrophobic way). You then start climbing the old test spheres while listening to the increasingly insane rants of the company's founder and for a while, the whole thing along with a more upbeat soundtrack feels kind of, I don't know, peaceful. Then you reach the top sphere and it's not finished, and the only elevator shaft leading back to the modern facility is destroyed and you have to portal you way through this vertical shaft lined with pipes with a bent in it which felt really disorienting and, I don't know, claustrophobic? I mean, you're standing on a slope in the middle of this shaft that's miles underground, yet miles *above* the bottom of the cavern, with this metal grate overhead and you wonder just alone and *trapped* you would be without your portal gun. You then make it above the grate, open this *huge* ceiling hatch and finally reach the underside of the modern facility. All you can see is a staircase leading up to the underside of the vast complex, with these huge springs/shock absorbers going back as far as the eye can see. If you've never played the game, all the above probably doesn't sound interesting at all, but I *live* for stuff like that, for this feeling of being inside a particularly impressive location with large, open spaces.

If you want to see the kind of physical (as in geometric) space that creates the sort of atmosphere I love, check out the trailers for NaissanceE. I don't even care how limited the gameplay is, I just want to explore that place and lose myself in it.

Now, I can't come up with new questions at the moment, so I'll be lazy and just repeat the unanswered ones Grin

A. Besides just enjoying games as they are, do you have any video game-related merchandise (i.e. books, plushes, figurines, etc.)?
B: Is there a game or series that's incredibly popular but you've never touched?
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Current project that I really should try to finish:
-Drill Dozer (GBA)
-Sonic 3D Blast (Genesis)
-Naya's Quest (PC)
-Lilly Looking Through (PC)

Pending project:
-A ton of stuff that will never be finished
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« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2014, 05:22:13 PM »

Besides just enjoying games as they are, do you have any video game-related merchandise (i.e. books, plushes, figurines, etc.)?

Yeah, that was my first question in the original post, but I'll answer it anyway!

In the last decade or so, what with more disposable income and all, I've slowly built up a good number of plushes and books.  I wouldn't say I have tons, compared to collections I've seen on the Internet, though it probably is larger than any of my friends'.  I think my most recent purchase, from fiberglassblades.com, is the most impressive of all:


Though as a Zelda fan, I should probably finish reading The Legend Of Zelda: Hyrule Historia (which was actually gifted to me twice after I bought it myself Tongue).

A. Do you tend to get 100% completion in games, or at least finish the main story portion of most of your games, or would you say you have more games unfinished than done with?
B. Is there a game or series that's incredibly popular but you've never touched?
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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2014, 08:40:23 PM »

I almost always get 100% in games.  Leaving parts out seems like a waste to me.  It's like watching half a movie on TV and saying you've seen the whole thing.  Of course it's nice when the side quests tie in but oh well.

I have never played any GTA games.  They just seem like a weak video game version of porn to me.  If I want sex and violence I'll watch real porn or play a shooter, and if I want to play god there are plenty of SIM games for that.  No reason to beat around the bush.

A: What's your stance on all the girly boy villains in JRPG's? Is it homophobia? Do Japanese game designers secretly find them attractive?
B: What book/movie/TV show would make you shudder at the possibility of it being adapted into a game.
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