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Alden Ok, for anybody who has read the half_life thread (do blatherers call them threads like on a forum?) this is the thread to let everybody know which games has leeched away years of your life and caused to to neglect homework, friends, holidays, hygiene, relationships, sex etc. etc.... So lets hear it! Mine: Starcraft 8.2 billion hours. Half-Life 5.5 billion hours. Diablo and Diablo 2 3.7 billion hours. Quest for Glory series Numbers don't go that high. Hero's Quest, see previous. 030130
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MDogMA unfortunatly as I look back upon my life few games can compare to the amount of time I wasted on castlevaina two my first true episode into the fictional_world where I completly lost touch with reality and my sense of time got more fucked up than weed could ever explain. 030130
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Alden Oh yeah! Castelvania! How could I forget? from Simon's quest on through Symphony of the night... That another that has sucked about years from my lifespan. 030130
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screwing for virginity i alwase loved ninja-gadan and contra.
but now i am currently addicted to starcraft. i must play at least 4 hours everyday (about 3 times that on weekends) or i get dopesick.
and i used to play alien versus predetar (sp?)alot, and deus ex but they got old.

when i go to starcraft i am in east under the name mr.quackums (dont let my record scare you, i just started a new account, so it just looks like im a newb), im me and say your from blather, and we'll play afew games.
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Alden Unfortunately, ever since I moved to the cincinnati area I haven't been able to go on battle.net. Hopefully I'll fix that some day, and we can have that game. I go as Lifereaper, and I only play ladder games. it's been a while. 030130
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stork daddy castlevania 2 was my favorite nes game. i even recently downloaded the soundtrack. i was simon for a good year. and symphony of the night was a rejuvenation of the artificial satisfaction of wanderlust video games hit me up with. of course ninja gaiden. RIVER CITY RANSOM. let's not forget it. civilization one two and three. dragon quest 4. streets of rage 2. super mario 64. all those silly link games. a link to the past especially. is it just me, or did original nintendo games have near infinite replay value? something about the challenge was just difficult enough to never truly master without constant vigilence. it was always satisfying beating a game and the challenge never was gone. i'm glad i never got into everquest...i've seen friends go down for the count to that one. 030130
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stork daddy i forgot crystalis. and all those final fantasy games. and dance dance revolution. make fun of me if you will but it really helped me cut weight for wrestling. 030130
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screwing for virgininty it is safe to say ALL nes rpg's kicked ass. much more replay value than ones today. and sadley some even had better plots. and what about megaman 2, mario 2, festers quest, faxanadue, and (arguably the best rpg made for any system to date) swords and serpents.

and is it just me, or was ninja-gaden the first game to have cut-scenes in it?
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stork daddy god damn those cut scenes were tight. i still remember how mysterious irene was. and why did father fight and die? why not just fight or just die? why both? ah ninja gaiden...you never gave the easy answers. 030130
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IKC 56-80 i'm pissed that the newest version of Ninja Gaiden is only going to be on a system other than the one i have.

the cruelty of it all

stung by shuriken
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Strideo Faxanadue rocks!

I remember when I finally got the golden warship on Solar Jetman. I got to play with it for about 5 seconds before it was destroyed and I never got it again. for some reason when you got the golden warship the gameplay completely changed thus shocking me into wrecking it against a wall

oh and I played Life Force like crazy. oh yeah! remember the "konami code"?

anyways
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Alden You guys rock, you can't imagine how vigorously I'm nodding my head as I read this stuff! How could anyone not love the ninja gaiden cut scenes? The dialouge may not have been sharp but I adore that kind of STYLE. Anybody play Phantasy Star 4? Now there's a game with some sweet cutscenes, and the plot was so deep and twisty, I love it! I could play that one a thousand times and never fail to pick up a new and clever subtlety. 030130
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yenaldlosi I spend an hour and a half a day playing games. i have to limit myself or i get too engrossed in it.

one great part about being retired is that my time limits are my own, That and the obvious benefit of being able to act on the occasional whim and go road-tripping whenever we feel like

now if i could play and drive at the same time, i might...
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Alden It's funny that pretty much everybody agrees that the 8-bit nintendo games were the best. The SNES had some killer rpgs (nobody has brought up Chrono Trigger!!!?!?) and the sega geneis with Shining Force 2, which rocked, big time. Anyway, the NES was the bomb, and so now I will tell you all an amusing side story. A little while ago I was seeing this really amazing girl, who also happened to be a gamer. We were talking about the best games ever one night and she told me she'd NEVER FINISHED LEGEND OF ZELDA!!! It was going to be christmas soon, so I went out and found an 8-bit nintendo, cleaned it up, and retrofitted it with one of those new 72-pin connectors you can buy so it wouldn't have any of the typical NES problems (blinking etc...). Then I found LoZ, LoZ 2 Aventures of Link, and Dragon Warrior (because she'd never played it, and because I adore that game.) Anyway, it was supposed to be the best christmas present ever, but we ended up breaking up before I got a chance to give it to her. I still have it, and now I'm gathering up every 8-Bit NES game I can find so I can hunt metal slimes forhours on end again. It's great. Blather on! 030131
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MDogMA oh hell yeah chrono trigger, and chrono cross I still play that duo from time to time. 030204
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tildan Phantasy star 3, final fantasy 6, 7, 8 and tactics, but above all, shining force 2 for me. 030204
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tildan Phantasy star 3, final fantasy 6, 7, 8 and tactics, but above all, shining force 2 for me. 030204
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bc fuck them
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Alden Ever find all 36 pieces of mithril? Shining Force 2 is the best, it's all about the Monks, and Sir Astral. I was thinking PC games in the beginning, but honestly, it's all about the old consoles, except for Starcraft though. 030204
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tildan No I don't think I ever got all the mithril, but I do remember spending hours at the dwarf smit rebooting to make sure I got the best weapons. Oh my god I had a lot of time on my hands :) 030209
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Alden Yeah, If I had a dime for ever lousy Buster Sword that nazi bastard forged me, I'd have way more dimes than even Rockefeller. It's scary, how many hours of my youth I burned, I wonder if I'll miss them when I'm old, or cherish them... 030209
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cube I keep thinking that this title applies to pretty much everybody. I mean, aren't we all playing games most of the time?
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User24 life is a game, some of us seek the rulebook, some just play, and some throw the pieces over the floor and yell "it's a stupid game anyway". 031014
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Death of a Rose what pieces...what rulebook.....and always not enough cash when it came time to hand it out.

oubliette (comm 64)
hitchhikers guide to the galaxy (comm 64)
loderunner (can't remember, I think the same)
7 cities of gold (again)
PONG
and way too many to list.

I've been around for a long long time.
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your mom fallout 1 and 2.
mmmm. fallout.
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misstree final_fantasy. phantasy_star (omfg they're doing a remake! *does happy geek dance that never ever ends until i own it, and then i'll be too busy obsessing to dance*). heroes of might and magic III, thanks to r_o. solitaire. megatouch tri-towers. morrowwind (like heroin, that one was... ugly, ugly days... and still i want it back... and i know it would drown me... *shudder*). diablo, civ, and the sims are creeping up there, but i can do things other than play those. each one of the final fantasy games has claimed me not just for a single play, but for an easter egg 100% i am obsessive ninja MASTA replay. and neopets got to nibble on my brain.



it's all a game, all a dance, all something unscripted and alive and the rules are mutable but everyone's a ref, and no one knows what scorepad to use.

but the point of any game, is to play.

"Narrator: Mankind, probably the most mysterious species on our planet. A mystery of open questions. Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going? How do we know what we believe to know? Why do we believe anything at all? Innumerable questions looking for an answer, an answer which will raise the next question and the following answer will raise a following question and so on and so forth. But in the end, isn't it always the same question and always the same answer?

Herr Schuster: A football is round, a game lasts 90 minutes. That's for sure. Anything else is merely hypothetical. Off we go!"
-run_lola_run

is double_brained today
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smurfus rex Did any of y'all organize Nintendo tournaments with your friends on the weekends?

And you tried to make a bracket system with playoffs and shit?

And you didn't really have any prizes or anything except bragging rights for the week?

Those were some gooood times. :)
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TK If it weren’t for me being here and EQ2 (Ever Quest 2) being their I'd have no life outside of EQ2 *sigh* I miss my sweet barbarian shaman Desirae, even though I cant currently play I still have my dreams, I started the guild Silent Death just a day before I had to leave, I feel so neglectful not being their to help progress it any further *sad* 050201
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.nom i like tetris and chess. 050201
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minnesota_chris the longer I read, or play guitar, or do almost anything, the harder it becomes to do that thing.

The longer I play video games, the harder it becomes to do anything else.
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realistic optimist i am a recovering quake addict who was a recovering heroes of might and magic 2 addict, who was a doom and ea sports addict, who was a zelda, mike tyson's punchout, metroid, and super mario brothers addict, who was a pitfall, river raid, teenage mutant ninja turtles, and pacman addict, and who also played way too much m.u.l.e.

m.u.l.e. was a cool game for the atari 800. you were part of a four team colony. in order to win, the colony had to achieve certain goals. however, the goal was to be the best of the four while helping the group to jump through the hoops. hunting for the whumpus... i'm sure some of it wasn't a waste, though it's certainly not the most creative and productive way to spend one's time. i've not been finding time for video games with all the things i've been doing lately, and frankly... i don't know how i've had the time all along.

addictions are hard to see and own up to sometimes.
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birdmad DOOM 3

atmosperically creepy, first piece of horror entertainment that's genuinely made me feel scared and paranoid since i saw Poltergeist when i was 10
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andru235 might and magic one.

might and magic two.

might and magic three.

might and magic four and five.

might and magic swords.

might and magic six.

might and magic seven.

couldn't ever get might and magic eight to work on my computer.

started might and magic nine but it was stupid.
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Keil Um, where to start.

(S)NES: just about all the rpgs. Loved em all. they were so original and cool that I had to play.

Sega: Super Bomberman and Sonic Spinball. A little wierd, but it was all we had.

Playstation:Grandia and the Final Fantasy series. Especially 8 and tactics. Grandia took me almost a year and a half to beat because I kept losing the memory card.

PS2: Never had one, but visited friends to play Samurai Warriors and a mech game that I forgot the name of. Really famous but not robotech.

N64: Super mario 64 and 007 Goldeneye. Ahh, good times.

Computer: Starcraft, definatly. Never did too good online b/c I gotta slow comp, but tried anyway. Also addicted to the Heroes of M&M series until it lost the castle idea.

GameCube: Ahh, Metroid Prime how I will miss you and your wonderful sequel, Echoes. Hey! Look! Baten Kaitos and Eternal Darkness! Sweet!

X-box: Star Wars Battlefront and Halo 2 were the only games that I really got to play when visiting friends. Oh, and Def Jam F4NY. Too easy to beat though.

360: Alas, never played it. Mebbe someone will send me theirs in the mail?
(mebbe Someone will throw me out of a window for asking.)

GB: Kirby in Dreamland and Final Fantasy 2. Eventually they were ruined when my brother dropped the old GB into the toilet. He was sneaking a play while he was grounded. Putz.

GBA (sp): The only thing to really keep my busy for long was FF Tactics Advanced. I for one thought it was better than it's playstation predacessor (spell?) and took a lot longer to beat. You couldn't get cloud though. Bummer.

Gamegear: No, im not that old, but yes, I do love to retrogame. There was this annoying airforce game that was addicting but impossible at the same time. The time limits were set too low. No one can blow up 25 planes and the carrier in thirty seconds. That's inhuman!!! That's inhumane!! Note the e at the end of the second one.

Atari: Nothing really kept my attention here except a few random games. Nothing long enough to remember though.

Dreamcast: Um. I guess Evolution the world of sacred device would be the only noticeable one. I never got ahold of a copy of Grandia 2. I wish I could.

DS: Never had one. Wanted to play Metriod Hunters, but didn't.

PSP: Astonishia Story didn't live up to expectations, but LotR Tactics and Twisted Metal were OK. Please recommend others if you know any.

Web SItes:Runescape, unfortunatly, caught me. Now im all blather and Tactics Arena Online.

PLease tell me if I forgot any consoles. I hardly played Arcade Games, so I left them out purposely. That's it! Im done!
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birdmad PSP: If you like fighters, Tekken: Dark Resurrection is a can't-miss title and WipeOut Pure is a good racing title (the amount of downloadable extras from the game's website is the icing on an already damned good cake) 060912
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birdmad (more recommendations)

PS1 / PS2 - the Silent Hill and Resident Evil series of games (Resident Evil 4 for PS2 is astonishing and quite good on the creepy atmospherics, i love it even though i suck terribly at the game myself)

Xbox - Ninja Gaiden Black, Battlefront2
Panzer Dragoon Orta (a bit of a rarity, but worth it if you ever get the chance to play it)
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Keil I had forgotten all about Panzer Dragoon Orta! Holy crap, I feel so stupid! That was an awesome game! I always crashed into things, but the changing of types and strategic attack placements were pure genius!
Thanks for the reccom.s, I'll check 'em out! :)

A little addition to my previous post: the Sega CD and that other system that worked with CDs around that time didn't ever make it to my part of the world. I have to drive for almost an hour to get to the nearest Wal-mart for crying out loud!
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Keil forgot my email :P 060914
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BRD-M4D Borderlands 1 & 2 (the "pre-sequel" which takes place between the two is OK, but you waste a lot of time backtracking which gets boring if the enemies haven't respawned yet) 160211
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