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  1. Monkeyspill

    Have you ever completely mastered a game?

    Sometimes I used to get obsessed with crap, objectively terrible games. House of Usher was one we had on the Commodore 64. I learnt every single unfair jump in that game and how to time everything perfectly dealing with the poor collision that led to you falling through platforms. The only slightly random part - where it was possible to lose a life - was room 3 with the cannon balls. At the end you can learn one letter (via a hangman style guess) from the “secret code word”. Eventually, after playing through multiple times you find the secret word is Baltimore. But it doesn’t do anything - you can’t enter it anywhere. Out of desperation, I played through it 9 times in a row without messing up - or losing a life - each time selecting the next correct letter - and... nothing. I’ve still got the horrible music and sound effects etched into my mind - the way the jumping changes pitch depending on how high you are - arrghh!
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    Have you ever completely mastered a game?

    I'm not sure I ever finished Clumsy Colin. It was usually the jumps that I fucked up on. Wizball, I could finish without losing a life. And Impossible Mission. My best friend at school got obsessed with Armalyte and got his high score in Zzap! 64.
  3. That's originally a Thai show called "The Mask Singer". It's bloody weird (the Thai version). It's like Animal Kwackers on worse drugs.
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    C64 ownership at last - psu question

    Interesting. I remember the power supply for my original C64 (old brown fudge model computer, yellow/brown/grey wedge-shaped power brick) blowing up and needing a replacement. The new one (a non-Commodore one) was loud and buzzy, got really hot and smelled of burning plastic. It was probably a death trap. It also seemed to screw up the colour display from the machine itself as it heated up - yellow and white gradually turned to grey.
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    Have you ever completely mastered a game?

    The first year I lived in Italy I had a DS and Ouendan 1 and 2. I remember getting to the point where I was rarely missing a beat on the hardest difficulties - and I'm usually crap at rhythm action games.
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    Have you ever found a game too hard?

    Yeah, that Driver final mission was a noticible step up from anything previous. It took me bloody ages. Go back even further, to 8-bit computer games, and some of those were even more ridiculous. I don't think I ever got close to finishing Skool Daze or either of the Cauldron games.
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    'Big-Up' five games on the new forum!

    I wasn't even here in 2003. I remember not being able to join for a while because I didn't have a "proper" domain-based email address (no forums accepted hotmail pleb accounts back then). I vaguely remember being able to browse the old Edge forum but not join. I'm amazed I persevered - 2019 me gives up after 5 minutes if I can't achieve something tech-related.
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    Amazon Prime Video

    Watch "Tony", if you haven't already. It's not great (it's a bit of a mess) but still well worth seeing for the main performance and locations. https://www.rllmukforum.com/index.php?/topic/218452-tony-london-serial-killer/
  9. It took me ages, when trying to hunt the legendary buck. I must have spent a few weeks on and off before I realised you couldn’t damage it. I was trying to headshot it with a bolt action rifle (sometimes a bow). Every time the sod ran off and I didn’t know what I was doing wrong. The game should have communicated this better. If you craft the Legends of the East satchel (it took me bloody ages to hunt all the animals), you can hold 99 of everything, including chewing tobacco - meaning you can spam deadeye even more frequently/constantly. It really made the game ridiculously easy. Then again, without deadeye, it’s pretty impossible to aim except by using lock on.
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    Nintendo eShop (Software Chatter)

    Yeah, reviews seemed really mixed so I hoped to get a few more opinions here - but if opinions here were mixed too it seems a bit of a gamble.
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    Nintendo eShop (Software Chatter)

    Is Tiny Metal any good? It looks like a clone of Advance Wars.
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    What’s your favourite final stage/level/boss?

    I had a love/hate relationship with that (Halo screenshot). That one jump near the end that seemed based on luck was incredibly frustrating.
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    Tetris Effect - Mizuguchi does Tetris

    I always start on level 9. About the highest level I can reliably get successive Tetrises. I’m thinking of starting a bit higher and just trying to get used to it.
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    Tetris Effect - Mizuguchi does Tetris

    That’s generally what I’ve been doing but I’m not getting very high scores. I think a lot of that is down to that I start screwing up over level 10 or so.
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    Stuff that astonishes you about gaming

    Now that you’ve mentioned the ZX81, I remember when my brother got 3D Monster Maze. Before that I’d only seen fake pong machines or maybe Space Invaders in the corner of a pub.
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