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  Games that didn't deserve the hate? and other hidden gems?
Posted by: benswitch - 13-08-2019, 03:45 PM - Forum: Video Game Discussion - Replies (43)

Why are Raisins not called Dried Grapes?!... I mean dried Apricots are called Dried Apricots?  MADNESS!

Now that I have your undivided attention... I've heard some bad reviews and a lot of heavy criticism of the game Yooka Laylee. A game made by some the same makers as Banjo Kazooie. I found this interesting because most reviews on new games will kiss ass, even when the games are horrible. They don't seem to be completely honest... Sales Yo! 

When I heard Yooka Laylee was trash, I was pretty down about because I'd been looking forward to playing it. I was still willing to take a punt, hunting for some N64 nostalgia and I'm glad I did!

Let me give some context unveiling my inner fanboy for Nintendo 64... Let go on a journey through the doors of time, back to the days of yester-year with mini Benji... Let's be honest here, he never really fully evolve to a large human.

I grew up with a Nintendo 64 and lived on a magical Island 70km east of Auckland called Great Barrier Island... This is relevant because we generated our electricity out on the Barrier so gaming was limited to an hour a day... Ocarina of Time took like 5 years to beat... 

Well, the truth is I actually I started with an Atari 2600, I had scraped and saved 8 dollars to buy that Atari from a garage sale when I was 9 years old... maybe.. I think 9ish... (How long did 8 bucks really take to save up? Lets be honest here.... Are you ready for a long off topic roller-coaster? Ready, Set and... GO! Well my parents were firm believers that you don't get anything you didn't earn. For example Dad didn't participate at Xmas never bought a present or birthdays... Oh,wait that might be because he was raised Jehovahs Witness, well kinda half raised... I guess. He went back and forth between parents and foster homes, eating green potatoes from bins, watching his foster parent murder a man by crushing his throat annnnd that's another story). I got paid in 50 cent coins as a kid (one year I worked 100 hours across two weeks including Xmas day, planting 2000 plus banana palms in Kaitiai. In an off Island expedition, sold to me as a holiday... I was paid $2 and hour at age 14($200 for 100 hours shoveling hard pan sand stone, in Kaitiai summer 35 degree heat sounds like a cracking deal! Plot twist the Bananas don't like the sand, they loved the volcanic soil that was on the Island and basically didn't grow or produce many fruit). Back to Island! We had some unfortunate legal disagreements with Auckand City Council which led to 9 years in court and living in an Attic above my fathers business, bankrupt on Great Barrier Island, we used a generator for an hour a day, mostly living by a truck battery, low energy bulbs, washing in a creek before we had a gas califont sorted, a long drop for our toliet baby! And I got my first pair of shoes when I was 13 but that was because if you wore shoes on the Island as a kid you were bullied for being a "pussy ass townie!") So a fair case for being skint and not throwing money at kids... Short story, I worked for those coins baby!!!!!

Now we got our Nintendo given to us! Now if you thought this story was about the value of earning something, the value or money or a great life lesson... It's not, I loved my free Nintendo 64 way more than my earned Atari 2600. The Nintendo waaas waaaaay better and waay cooler! Basically our friends from Auckland Meredyth and Jordyn also known as 'The Twins' had their Nintendo taken because they swore too much playing it and I'm eternally grateful for their foul language.  

Pac-man to Super Mario 64... need I say more, I'd count the hours till we could to the power on and play it. I first feel in love with games when I was baby sat from around the age of 5 to 8 years old, the baby sitters son had a Sega Master System and Mega Drive that was my introduction to games like streets of rage, golden axe, alex kidd and 'Gangsters paradise' by 'Coolio' without derailing again....  Games like Banjo Kazooie left me with so many really good memories, it was Rare in it's golden era with games like Perfect Dark, 007 Golden Eye, Diddy Kong Racing, Donkey Kong 64 and Conkers Bad Fur Day. 

Platformers have changed, gaming has evolved and we've moved away from a lot of these simple yet fun platformers/collectathons. Yooka Laylee doesn't deserve it's hate, it's exactly what I'd dream of from the makers of Banjo, same style of voices(or lack of), same font, same humour, same small levels, same vibrant colours, colourful characters, great level design, same style of gameplay and a great spiritual successor of the Banjo series. This game has a few stutters and camera issues once every 20 mins or so but for a small title it delivers! It doesn't have the same backing as AAA titles and it does a lot with what it has. I think people forget what the originals were really like, take off the rose tinted glasses please and this is coming from a fanboy... If it changed too much people bitch and if it didn't change enough people complain. It does what it sets out to do, I believe. I didn't play this when it first released maybe it's been patched and updated from a prior mess? I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was! 

What are your games that didn't deserve the hate they're got, or never got the credit due? Or for lack of better term the 'hidden gems' of your experience? Games that just clicked even if they weren't perfect? :)

Also, now I think about it Prunes and Plums what the heck. Just call them Dried Plums!

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  Slay the spire
Posted by: NZs no.3 - 11-08-2019, 09:13 PM - Forum: Video Game Discussion - Replies (20)

Is good shit. I unlocked all 3 characters so far, and with the poison bitch lady I made it to the city. This would be great on Switch to have portable.

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Photo Incredible
Posted by: taco - 10-08-2019, 12:21 PM - Forum: Not Video Games - Replies (4)

The 5-metre tall hand-face sculpture Quasi, which cost Christchurch about $90,555, will soon be installed on the roof of City Gallery Wellington looking out over the capital's largely abandoned Te Ngākau Civic Square.

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Amber-Leigh Woolf Wrote:Ronnie van Hout created the artwork by scanning his own hand and face then combining them.


Largely abandoned? NOT FOR LONG

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Music TOOL - Fear Inoculum
Posted by: NZs no.3 - 08-08-2019, 07:59 AM - Forum: Not Video Games - No Replies

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Star Discuss: All cops are bad?
Posted by: taco - 06-08-2019, 08:00 PM - Forum: Not Video Games - Replies (33)

Thoughts on police behaviour in regards to Ihumatao?
Recent escalations in police activity at Ihumatao after our PM has communicated an attempt to de-escalate tension suggests either A) that Jacinda or Stuart Nash are insincere in their sentiments or B) Police decision makers are not the well behaved tools of the state that they ought to be or C) other?

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  Minecraft
Posted by: Jargonion - 06-08-2019, 05:30 PM - Forum: Video Game Discussion - Replies (27)

I can host if anyone's keen?

I miss multiplayer minecraft.

The IP is: 180.148.104.13

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  SFV
Posted by: womblemuppet - 05-08-2019, 09:07 AM - Forum: Video Game Discussion - Replies (14)

Street Fighter V is free for the next week, anyone planning on playing some?

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  EVO 2019
Posted by: womblemuppet - 03-08-2019, 06:46 AM - Forum: Video Game Discussion - Replies (12)

Anyone planning to watch anything? I'm definitely going to catch the Tekken if I remember to.

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  Collector Editions - Do you keep boxed or display them?
Posted by: benswitch - 01-08-2019, 01:42 PM - Forum: Video Game Discussion - Replies (6)

I used to avoid collectors edition because it drove me crazy not having all the items neatly displayed in with the rest of my games a bit like platinum/players choice versions where the spines just don't match.

I've now been bitten buy the bug and for my favourite games I try get the Collectors Edition in appreciation of the game. Now displaying them has changed with limited space.

So do you keep them in the box and display the box after beating the game or do you spread items out and show case them? It's really not important but it's defiantly something I question as otherwise why buy them?

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Heart Cody's Lab
Posted by: taco - 29-07-2019, 12:32 PM - Forum: Not Video Games - Replies (4)



I thought post-breakup Cody's Lab might be a bit mournful but this was somehow his usual cheery self

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Exclamation Poem of the Weak
Posted by: tampenthusiast - 26-07-2019, 09:49 AM - Forum: Not Video Games - Replies (4)

Vocalization is a onstage canoe that pockets the blood's cellophane to tweak. 

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Cadre is a hitherto underline that clams the blood's contractor to incense. 

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Stigmatism is an upstream badger that plates the blood's instep to fleece. 

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Video Booker Prize Longlist
Posted by: taco - 25-07-2019, 09:52 AM - Forum: Not Video Games - Replies (13)

Check out the long list for the Booker Prize on Book Depository

After reading a couple of blurbs about Ohio housewives and Quirky English villages out in some shire I was unimpressed but there are definitely some books on the list that are very much in the modern world:


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also this one looks really good:


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