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Dig Dug

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  1. Reading the article makes me glad that I got to play on the Blackpool one at least once. Must have been 15/16 years ago now. The 13-year-old me wasn't too impressed because it was an old game with a low play time but now as an adult who spent a good hour playing the sit down at arcade club this summer, I can appreciate the craziness of this thing's existence so much more.
  2. When seeking solid information and critique on whether or not a game is worth playing I too rely on comedy youtubers.
  3. I’m of the opinion that you can only get the fullest out of the combat system in a game like this by playing it on the hardest difficulty. Lower difficulties give a less stressful experience but also streamline how you play. Obviously there is a barrier to entry on higher difficulties that will mean the majority of players will never get to experience the full depth but I’ve found that also applies to a lot of arcade-style games and anything else that is designed to reward mastery. Makes me think of Ninja Gaiden Black and how that was ridiculously hard by default. Not many can enjoy it easily. Those who can manage get to enjoy an incredibly deep and stellar gameplay experience.
  4. @Monkeyspill It auto-saves on quest objectives and when doing fast travel.
  5. I think it’s fine to target a younger audience it just depends how they do it. The best Super Smash Bros Ultimate player in Europe currently is a 15-year old boy from Cambridge. He’s beaten some of America & Japan’s best and has usurped the formally untouchable EU #1 from France. His rise has been a big deal. The UK top 10 has gone from being dominated by uni students to being dominated by several 15-18 year olds (Scotland’s best is 16). Smash Ultimate has sold over 20 million copies. Imagine if they use the show to platform people like that? People I know in the tournament scene would kill for the chance to get that kind of Exposure; the pandemic really hurt interest in the game just as it was getting good.
  6. I have four friends who are on this instead of God of War and they all adore it for what it is worth. One said it’s his favourite Sonic game since 3 & Knuckles.
  7. Fun combat tip: the warning circles are not matched to attack timing so do not use them to time your dodges or parry attempts.
  8. The thing with AI is eventually it cheats so much that you can manipulate it. The classic mortal kombat games have an entire speedrun scene because of how easily you can manipulate the AI.
  9. I reckon she included the smash bros franchise in that $450 million.
  10. Also can’t imagine Platinum would want to destroy their reputation over a pay dispute of all things. Their entire company lives and dies on goodwill currently; they aren’t big enough to survive without it.
  11. I’m of the opinion that Platinum never wanted her back in the first place and that the offers were an indirect way of telling her she was not in the plans. Hale is likely making more and was probably the first choice to begin with.
  12. Cotton Reboot is a remake of the original cotton (arrange) and also includes the original Sharp x68000 port as a bonus. Arrange gets crazy with the bullets and making your shots as large as possible but it is still the easier of the two versions. The sharp x68000 version plays as you would expect an 80s shmup to play but is still a very good game. Reboot also has a timed score attack/caravan mode I was very fond of playing when I didn't feel like trying for a full run. Fantasy is a completely new game which allows you to play as a variety of characters from the get-go, each of whom have their own unique stage in their route. The upgrade system is much closer to the original cotton games where gems will fall off the screen fi they are not shot (they float in in reboot arrange). Visually I'd say Reboot looks nicer as everything is either hand drawn or 2D. In fantasy everything is 3D so all the backgrounds are kinetic and busy to stop the game looking dull.
  13. I used to just be annoyed by the fact she was in everything but her stances on vaccines and autism now mean I get to have reasons to dislike her.
  14. If you combine the sale of the first two games and their re-releases you have over 3 million copies sold, and that's without digital sales of the first game on PC. Smash Bros Wii U and Ultimate are not the only games where a Bayonetta cameo could be counted towards the money generated from the series. She is a DLC character in Anarchy Reigns and also cameos in the Wonderful 101. It's hard to know for sure how the money works but I don't think it is impossible that the franchise could have "generated" $450 million (without merchandise) before you take away the millions from that which goes into covering other expenses. It is also possible that money invested into the series by Sega and Nintendo are being counted into those numbers, at which case you are for sure hitting $450m.
  15. TL;DR she was offered $4,000 to do the entire game. And that was after negotiating up from an earlier offer.
  16. Dig Dug

    Shmups

    Got Hell Blasters on sale for Switch. Did a quick easy mode 1CC before bed. Damn this is hella good. Not much go in depth on but I like the visuals and the scoring system. I’ve been needing a shmup like this that is basic and can be picked up by anyone. I broke into a large grin while playing it casually, the last shmup I played to make me do that was Futari. In short: fantastic casually; definitely going to try and play it seriously.
  17. British retro gaming is itself a bubble in a bubble and it’s not hard to find insufferable people when you are in that deep of a bubble.
  18. They're all able to live "the life" by making youtube videos about games for a living so they are naturally protective of the fortunate spot they have found themselves in. With the way many people talk about youtube algorithms, channel growth, subscribing, likes, etc it does come off like the whole culture is fast and loose to the point where many who do make it become dragons keen on guarding their treasure. Should someone dare disrupt their treasure horde then they will respond by spitting fire until the disruptor goes away or burns out altogether.
  19. I'd like to claim to be the biggest fire emblem die hard on the forum but that's up for debate. I love fire emblem but there is a learning curve to both the universal mechanics and the mechanics of each individual fire emblem game. If you ever do decide to try fire emblem here are some unspoken tips to get you by in almost every FE game: Movement is the most important stat followed by Speed and Strength (magic for mages). Luck is near useless; sell goddess statues instead of using them. You often do more combat and get more kills in enemy phase than player phase thanks to counter-attacking. Sword-locked classes are almost always worse than the classes that can use lances and axes. Hand Axe and Javelin are generally two weapons you should have a stockpile of. Archers are weak because they can only attack at 2 range, meaning they often don't counterattack. Exp is (in linear FE games) a finite resource so do not force yourself to train units equally, figure out which ones you should be investing in. Don't worry about training your healers and thieves, they could stay level 1 all game and still be useful. Don't feel bad about resetting if a unit dies, we all do it and the game remembers it on the characters Win/Loss record anyway. There's no shame using the pre-promoted units to carry you, the weaker units don't always get to surpass them. Weapons have weight and carry speed penalties if a unit's strength is too low (the GBA games go by the constitution stat instead). Wyvern Rider is the strongest class, Pegasus Knight is also good because flying units have busted mobility. Forged weapons are borderline game breaking if you can afford to make them. Trading items can let you change a unit's equipped weapon after you've already used them that turn. It's sometimes fine to class promote before hitting level 20, especially if the unit already hit their stat caps. Some of these can also be applied to other strategy games.
  20. Been checking out the bar's ion Liverpool these past few weekends. A few of them still carry arcade machines so I get to play the odd light gun game. There's four I've been able to try out recently: Point Blank 3 - NQ64 Liverpool - This works really well in all fairness. I'm iffy about a lot of the machines in there if I'm being honest: many cabs had LED replacement screens put in that look like shit and don't even try playing the fighting games the sticks are done. Point Blank 3 plays perfectly, is pretty accurate and I even managed to 1 credit the 16 levels of beginner mode. NQ64 is more of a social bar and arcade enthusiasts like me aren't the target consumer but this machine gets a pass. Cost 2 tokens a credit which equates to £1 a play. It's a favourite of mine, lightgun warioware before warioware existed. Speaking of Namco machines, they have time crisis 2 but I can never get a game on it. I can't imagine the quality being too different. House of the Dead 2 - NQ64 Liverpool - Put a credit in this, it seems fine at first, but I think the gun might have a bullet spread issue where you can shoot in the same place 5 times and all 5 bullets will land in different spots. It felt off enough that I didn't play it again. House of the Dead 1 - Dough Bar Liverpool - It's busted. P2 light gun cannot fire, it can only reload. P1 gun is calibrated poorly and can only shoot the center of the screen. Unplayable, waste of my £2 checking both guns. Maybe one day I'll be lucky enough to pull a manager aside someday and tell them the machine is busted. Virtual Cop 2 - Dough Bar Liverpool - First positive is £1 nets you 2 credits. P2 light gun can be played with but the calibration doesn't feel great, and it pretty much can't fire bullets near the edges of the screen. P1 light gun is calibrated enough that I consider the game playable but again shooting near the screen edges is difficult and I often feel forced to wait for the game camera to pan the enemies to the centre which means having to fire bullets at the last possible moment before taking damage. I'm not too experienced with Virtua Cop 2 machines so I can't say for sure whether my issues with the game were a hardware issue or a skill issue. If anyone familiar with the game would like to give the machine a go and then get back to me that would be appreciated; this is a fun game and I'd love to learn the 1 credit clear for it someday. I've got a massive CRT back at the family home which would be perfect for lightgun gaming, I just need to make enough money that I can live in a place that would accommodate having it around. All it takes to remember how good these games are is to find a gun that works.
  21. A remaster would be a good chance to make the game they actually wanted to make. For a start getting rid of all the conversations where characters just stare each other down and replacing them with fully animated scenes like in The Frozen Wilds and Forbidden West.
  22. George. He linked a redacted thread about the Wotsit in one of his video descriptions as a source not too long ago. The site is down now that is true but I’d never count the vermin behind such sites as down and out completely.
  23. A website whose name you apparently can’t write on this forum due to the large number of harassment campaigns it has been behind.
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