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Fri, 24 Apr 2009 22:30:35

Iga_Bobovic said:

I hate doing too much research, because they can ruin your game. 

 This is very true, which is why I'm avoiding the Bioshock 2 thread. 

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Fri, 24 Apr 2009 22:32:18

Dvader said:

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I started playing at 3 years old, when I got the NES and Super Mario Bros. was my first game.

Iga, well obviously it goes both ways, I am sure all of us have bought a game they were not sure about cause of word of mouth or whatever. Still I dont buy this whole thing that you get surprised at games, or you buy things as a gamble. We live in an age where its possible to know everything about practically everything. I know about most games coming out, I watch videos, play demos, read impressions and reviews. I dont care how niche the game is, I probably know enough about it before buying it to have any idea if I would like it or not. LKS is not a gamble for you guys, you are not discovering a little niche game, you have reasearched it to death and you like the idea. That goes the same with probably every game you have bought. Unless you guys are disconnecting yourself from the internet and walking into videogame stores and buying games off of what you read on the back cover you are not really taking a gamble.

You know what you are buying.

No in all honestly I have barely any idea what to expect from the World Ends with you, nor did I really have any idea I would like Endless Ocean (though I watched some vids and saw a couple of reviews). Or the first warioware. Or animal Crossing, I didn't research it at all. It was an impulse buy.

I wouldn't know what to expect from World Ends either, except that I know its a sort of RPG and its excellent. Which is enough, you probably knew it was an excellent game before you bought it as well. You had a reason for buying it is all I am saying, I understand that your probably didn't know what it would be like but you knew it was quality.

Some games like warioware defy classification. Whoever heard of microgames that change by the second? Or a lawyer game with Phoenix Wright. You can get a gist, but a lot of the time you just have to bite. And until you try it, you don't understand it and you don't know if you will like it or not.

Animal Crossing, you know the experience. WTH is this? Oh right, kinda cool.

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Fri, 24 Apr 2009 22:33:02

Ravenprose said:

Iga_Bobovic said:

I hate doing too much research, because they can ruin your game. 

 This is very true, which is why I'm avoiding the Bioshock 2 thread. 

 Most of the thread is us making fun out of each other and comparing VGPress to Rapture!

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Fri, 24 Apr 2009 22:36:46

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Some games like warioware defy classification. Whoever heard of microgames that change by the second? Or a lawyer game with Phoenix Wright. You can get a gist, but a lot of the time you just have to bite. And until you try it, you don't understand it and you don't know if you will like it or not.

Animal Crossing, you know the experience. WTH is this? Oh right, kinda cool.

Right, I totally get that, and I play games like that plenty of times too. I was just objecting to the notion that you guys are buying games for no reason and just gambling. Even Phoenix Wright had incredible word of mouth, you knew it was great. Warioware got great reviews.

There is a reason you are buying it, cause you heard good things about it, even though you might not know what to expect. Thats what i go by as well, i would have never played Animal Crossing or Elebits or Pikmin or PW without word of mouth.

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Fri, 24 Apr 2009 22:59:10

Dvader said:

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Some games like warioware defy classification. Whoever heard of microgames that change by the second? Or a lawyer game with Phoenix Wright. You can get a gist, but a lot of the time you just have to bite. And until you try it, you don't understand it and you don't know if you will like it or not.

Animal Crossing, you know the experience. WTH is this? Oh right, kinda cool.

Right, I totally get that, and I play games like that plenty of times too. I was just objecting to the notion that you guys are buying games for no reason and just gambling. Even Phoenix Wright had incredible word of mouth, you knew it was great. Warioware got great reviews.

There is a reason you are buying it, cause you heard good things about it, even though you might not know what to expect. Thats what i go by as well, i would have never played Animal Crossing or Elebits or Pikmin or PW without word of mouth.

With Phoenix wright it didn't have good word of mouth, I think gamespot were the only ones to give it a halfway decent review. I bought it based off a trailer and an instinct. I got it at launch, in fact I may have even imported it.

I get what you are saying though, with unconventional games like Elebits for example, even reading a few things you don't know whether you will like it or not so its a gamble. That's why I go by reviews and test to see if I will like something myself, taking a chance.

On Elebits, christ, I don't think I heard one good thing about it before I bought it, maybe the IGN review was the best but even that wasn't some glowing AAA thing. I think before you tried it I was the only one who ever talked about it.

I had never read an Animal Crossing review, I went off a vibe and some general chatter. I had no idea what to expect. That's why TWENY will be so interesting.

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Sat, 25 Apr 2009 00:06:40
I'm a Nerdy Whore!

Does that count?

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Sat, 25 Apr 2009 00:20:24

5 for me. I am perfect. I buy games for fullprice at launch to vote my support (if it's niche). If it's a blockbuster I wait for the price drop (but I still buy and enjoy it). In the nerd line there are instances where I buy games on the basis of publisher or developer alone, regardless of what else I hear about it.

I'm not loyal to manufacturers, I have hated and loved all three this generation.

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Sat, 25 Apr 2009 02:13:16
I feel I'm at the 5 range.  I love my mainstream GTA, Gears of War,Mario games, but can sit around and play the hell out of games like de Blob.  I'm not afraid to buy the lesser known games if word of mouth is good.  Games like Hotel Dusk, Endless Ocean, Zack and Wiki and Boom Blox.  I look forward to fun MP of GTA IV and Smash Bros. while  getting my hands on Little King's Story and maybe even Rhythm Heaven.
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Sat, 25 Apr 2009 02:15:37
Wouldn't we all be 5s if we had money?
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Sat, 25 Apr 2009 02:19:25

Dvader said:
Wouldn't we all be 5s if we had money?

Everyone on this board for sure.  That's the thing, I have to be picky at times.  There are certain games that are sure things, but isn't it fun to take a gamble on a relatively new IP and just be amazed?  

I usually just have enough money to get one game per month, unless it's closer to pay day and all of my bills are paid off.  Tax season can be a blessing for me.Nyaa

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Sat, 25 Apr 2009 03:15:21
If we're talking proportionality, I suppose I'd go with 3, maybe 2, if only because there can only be so many "mainstream" games that once you're heading into 30-40+ games, well, niche is going to get a pretty good lead.

EDIT: Reading over the descriptions, yes, 3 fits well LOL Though I'd change "surprisingly enjoyable" to "unsurprisingly sucky" Nyaa
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Sat, 25 Apr 2009 03:24:57

gamingeek said:
If you dont pick a single number you are ZERO - Asshole of the forever.

Ah, but if I am between 6 and 4, then I must be one single number, for there is only one single number between 6 and 4! WinkWink

However there should be another option:

"Cheap arse. He who does not actually buy games from retail so has absolutely no effect on the market. However this smart individual thus manages to play a large number of niche and mainstream games without sucking off Chris Svvensson and doing PR work fr Capcom like dvader, or having taken advantage of the IT boom in the '90s like some sort of hideous vulture like Aspro."

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Sat, 25 Apr 2009 06:13:47
Can I be 5A? Meaning, I agree with everything in 5 except I don't go by reviews but by appeal? Nyaa

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Sat, 25 Apr 2009 06:57:36
You can be 5Anus.
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Sat, 25 Apr 2009 08:11:32

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You can be 5Anus.

Ha! That will be my new user-name! LOL

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Sat, 25 Apr 2009 08:22:14

phantom_leo said:
I'm a Nerdy Whore!

Does that count?

Oh! You were talking about games?! Nevermind!

of course it does.  except GG called that a type 5 aka the perfect gamer.  but you can always be a type 5 nerdy whore

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Sat, 25 Apr 2009 09:05:29
Ugh, by the way, I did bump into a few niche nerd dudes at GS. The thing is, I don't mind if they hate mainstream games, that's their opinion and their taste, so I don't care.  

But they act like they're on a high horse and judge everyone else thinking that they're superior or something. They claim things like they're the real hardcore gamers because they play the golden age of gaming, whatever that means, and brags how they love SHMUPs. But not just Gradius or Raiden, but the Japanese SHMUPs, and proudly boasts how they'd rather import a J-SHMUP for $70-100 than pay $60 for Halo 3 or Modern Warfare. It's so funny what they say as well, saying things like they "tried" to get into Fallout 3, and mocks every new JRPG and FPS that comes out, criticising these games for being mediocre, unoriginal, and not real games.

Anyway, there was one guy who was annoying everyone. Last time I checked he was banned from Gamespot, LOL! I guess GS admin. was getting annoyed too.

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Sat, 25 Apr 2009 18:12:08

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Ugh, by the way, I did bump into a few niche nerd dudes at GS. The thing is, I don't mind if they hate mainstream games, that's their opinion and their taste, so I don't care.  

But they act like they're on a high horse and judge everyone else thinking that they're superior or something. They claim things like they're the real hardcore gamers because they play the golden age of gaming, whatever that means, and brags how they love SHMUPs. But not just Gradius or Raiden, but the Japanese SHMUPs, and proudly boasts how they'd rather import a J-SHMUP for $70-100 than pay $60 for Halo 3 or Modern Warfare. It's so funny what they say as well, saying things like they "tried" to get into Fallout 3, and mocks every new JRPG and FPS that comes out, criticising these games for being mediocre, unoriginal, and not real games.

Anyway, there was one guy who was annoying everyone. Last time I checked he was banned from Gamespot, LOL! I guess GS admin. was getting annoyed too.

Hey dont talk about Spirit that way. Nyaa

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Sun, 26 Apr 2009 10:51:15

Oh man, had an interesting experience with my brother yesterday.

So I had a couple of new games. Firstly I wanted to show him De Blob, he actually liked it and loved the music. But his exact words were "This isn't really a game. Unless you get to shoot things it's not really a game."

This is what makes my head hurt so much.

Then I booted up Broken sword which he bought me for my b-day and he said "Look at this, this is so dated, turn this shit off, it's time to watch some TV" no appreciation for graphic adventures and he used to frakking play them back in the day and it was the opening which was all redone (very well BTW)

Then Little Kings Story booted up with its chibi fantasy presentation and he said "What IS this?" with a snotty attitude. Now you see why I can't stand this blockbuster only focus. I want him to try things, to be curious about games. There are things I know he would enjoy that I have tried in movies or games or books, but he flat out refuses to even try things. I offered him The Darkness to borrow and he rejects it on the boxart! ASS!

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