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  1. Is this your first time playing PoP? The animation blew everyone’s mind back in the day but the system comes with some restrictions. An animation has to play out before you can do something else, which can give the appearance of lag, but it’s not really. This can lead to scenarios where you’ll run to make a jump and even though you press the button as you get to the edge, the button input won’t happen until the run animation has hit its end point and ultimately make you fall to your death. The way round this is to move to the edge of the jump you want to make, turn around run back (kinda like a longer jump preparing to hit the board), turn around and run at the gap and you should be in the right place for an animation to be at the end and you jump at the right point. Oh and you ALWAYS have to use the step animation when on thin platforms as to guarantee that you don’t fall off. This can all be a bit fiddly but it is something that you get used to as you play and something I would consider inherent to the game. If it’s something you can’t get past then the game’s not for you but I will say that the system’s design does allow for you to do everything you need to, it’s just about learning and getting used to it.
  2. What do you find annoying about it?
  3. I feel it’s testament to how addictive a game is by how cold your tea is when you remember it’s there.
  4. I watch a lot of Bargain Hunt and I think Tim Weeks will probably the closest thing to this position. He’s the one who seems most clued in with toy auctions and games fall into this bracket. Here he is talking about toys. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07r39r8 like I say when you look at a toy auction it will include games and consoles.
  5. Currently playing Final Fantasy 6 on the SNES. I’ve never been a massive JRPG fan but some of my favourite SNES music is from the likes of Secret of Mana and Chrono Trigger, so the idea that I’m missing out on a load of great music has always kept me wanting to play more of these games. I had tried to play this a number of years ago but I bailed at the Banen Falls boss. I got to that point and the boss could basically 1 shot me and after numerous attempts I finally beat him…basically because he never did the 1 shot move. This made me really annoyed that I was waiting for a game of chance to roll my way so I immediately stopped. So when I started again this week I said to myself that I would take my time, explore a bit, grind a bit and get into the move sets of the characters. I just got to the Banen Falls boss…and I wiped it out in 2 hits! I can’t quite get my head around this. I don’t feel like I’ve done anything extraordinary to what I probably would have done when I last played and I’ve half convinced myself that it must have been something else that tripped me up! Still, I’m really chuffed that I made it through this section with relative ease as I now feel a bit more confident that I will see the game out. One thing I find a bit jarring is the super deformed main character sprites vs the realistic enemies sprites in the battle sections. Why it’s it like this? In the over world the enemies as super deformed and then move to realistic, so why don’t the main characters? I’m really enjoying the music too and have the main overworld theme well and truly stuck in my head. Was also quite shocked by Cyan’s story (so far). Was a real tear jerker!
  6. Oh wow, that’s more than I thought. Just looking at the Ewbanks sites you’re probably looking at paying 35% on top of your purchase price. So the person who bought Mario for £75 is gonna be paying another £25 on top, that’s £100! I’m REALLY surprised that with a commission so high, people bid to the prices they do. I wonder how strict they get with people bailing on paying. It actually adds a whole new curve ball to the price of items. If someone sells something at an auction for £100 then it’s actually worth a decent chunk more than £100 if you were trying to sell the same item privately.
  7. Thanks for this! As a gamer and an avid watcher of bargain hunt this was a pretty intense watch. Super interesting to see the pace of the auctions, literally like 30s and there’s one down. I actually live bid of a few too was great fun but was outbid. It was soooooooo easy to bid. One touch of the button and your bid is there. No entering prices, waiting for auctions to finish etc. it’s just press, bid, press, bid, done. Looking at the prices that some stuff went for, I think some people got caught up in the moment for sure! (JPN Mario 64 with guide - £75!) I’m wondering how common gaming auctions like this are.
  8. Nice! I love this kinda stuff coming out of the woodwork and fans working together to bring it to the masses. There was a video of the prototype uploaded 9 years ago (!) so work to bring this may well have been going on for a while.
  9. I think my time frequenting Arcades came in the early 90s and by then it was very much about Street Fighter 2 and it’s semi-sequels. I remember my local arcade having around 10 machines set up with the first 3 versions of the game on one visit. I’ve been playing Black Tiger on the Capcom Arcade collection recently and on having a go at the score attack I found myself all the way down in like 300s when I eventually died. Looking at the high score table I’m guessing Black Tiger must have been really popular when it came out but it’s not something I ever saw. I got me thinking what were the popular games in the arcades throughout the years and what were the popular games in your local when you were there.
  10. I played and finished this in Japanese when it first came out and really enjoyed it. Imagine my surprise when months later I found out about the ‘twist’. Completely blew my mind and elevated the game to a new level.
  11. This has probably been done already but I wasn’t sure what best to search for. I just loaded up Crash Bandicoot 4 and the first thing I’m hit with is a 20 page (yes, 20) licence and service agreement. Just scrolling through probably takes a whole minute. I had the option to decline, so I did and it told me I couldn’t play the game without agreeing. Wait, you mean the the game I just paid £50 for? (I didn’t, but for the sake of argument) I decided to actually have a look at it and it’s just a wall of incoherent jargon, that 99% of people aren’t going to understand. This didn’t used to be here, so why is it here now? What are we generally signing away when we agree to these things? I have in the past happily skipped though these in the past and just accepted blindly but this giant thing caused me to pause and actually take a step back, what are you actually agreeing to here?
  12. Castle of Illusion was amazing, so my friend and I had super high expectations for this. My plan was to have it by the time he got back from his holiday so I could bust it out when he came round with a casual ‘oh BTW, I got the new Mickey Mouse game while you were away’ /smug grin. I rang around the import shops daily but never got success with anywhere having it in stock. Then I caught wind of the reviews… Bullet dodged!
  13. I’ve just save stated my way through High Seas Havoc on the Megadrive. Jeez, what a brokenly difficult game it is. I started out playing it normally but after a few sessions I moved to save states because it just got so ridiculous. I have no idea how they expected kids to be able to do it. You’re constantly being set up and most of it in the later levels will lead to instant death. On top of this you’ve got bosses that have tough patterns and take loads of hits to die. I read through the manual and they mentioned the game having limited continues, however the game definitely has infinite continues. I think towards the end of development, post package creation, someone turned around and went “Er, guys, do you realise this thing is bloody impossible, right?!” and they switched to unlimited continues. Even with unlimited continues though, I feel like you’d give up at some bits though. With the last 2 bosses I was at the point where I was literally saving after every hit because it was so difficult to consistently dodge stuff. You can bounce off enemies heads to kill them but in some cases you have to use the character’s kick (which is done by pressing jump again in the air) and positioning to be able to land this is quite strict (the hit box is in front of you, not below you) and can get you into all sorts of trouble. I guess as a kid who could only afford one game, this game would have been ideal as it would have taken months and months to gain the consistency to be able to finish it. I certainly don’t have the patience or inclination to do it properly though, so I’ll settle for this save state run.
  14. Zool Feel like this character was touted as the computer version of Mario or Sonic, and he really, really wasn’t.
  15. Nice! My original thought after seeing drive rush allowing more juggles was could you do it more than once, so seeing this has pretty much confirmed that. Really hope this kinda thing doesn’t get removed in the final version as the choice of multiple extends at the cost (and risk) of using more drive meter really adds to the meta.
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