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Richard White
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Posted: 11 March 2018 at 8:37am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Yes indeed! They're very high quality books too.
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 Matt Reed wrote:
So I guess I don't get not finishing a game.  I invest so much time into them that I can't see not knowing how it all ends.

Matt, it's quite simple for me: lack of talent. ;-)

I would love to complete every game I own. I just don't seem to have the skill. I just about completed the original PlayStation's SPIDER-MAN game, but it was very close!

There was a PS1 Scooby-Doo game I desperately wanted to complete, but I just kept faltering.

I should have explained it in my post, but the truth is, not finishing games is down to lack of talent and not choice. I'm not the most talented video gamer. I can think of five games I've completed in my life. I wish the number was higher. ;-)

EDIT: There were very few games I completed in, say, the 80s because you couldn't save them. Got quite far with the likes of RAMPAGE and HARRIER ATTACK, but in an era before cheats and saves, it was near-impossible.


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This game, released in 1987, was ahead of its time, I guess:

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It certainly was. And I recall having a great time with it too.
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Another game ahead of its time, Lucasarts' multiple player online game from around 30 years ago!

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 Robbie Parry wrote:
There were very few games I completed in, say, the 80s because you couldn't save them.

Oh I don't count arcade games.  Those were produced to basically go on forever because they were trying to get you to continually add money to the machine.  Ports for consoles like the Atari 2600 never changed that aspect and, as you note, there were no saves.  I know there are ends to those games, but very few have accomplished them because they were far too expensive and time consuming.  
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I wanted to complete the original RESIDENT EVIL, Matt, but that giant snake, well...

I know I could revisit (and look up a cheat), but it irked me that that snake stopped it for me!
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On sale 30 years ago:





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I see that's from Julian Rignall's Twitter feed. Julian was one of the early games journalist to champion the Japanese consoles, firstly in the pages of Computer and Video Games magazine and then in this title:

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Loving the RoboCop cover, Richard! 
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That magazine use to fill me with excitement, with the latest reviews and news of games often with screenshots not much bigger than a stamp. I'd read each issue cover to cover a few times and then eagerly await the next month's.
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AMSTRAD ACTION was my must-buy computer game magazine, especially when they had superheroes on the cover:


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As a kid I had a ZX Spectrum, one close friend had a C64 and and another had an Amstrad, so between us we got to experience a wealth of games and it was great seeing the different versions of the same title.

My Amstrad owning friend had the CPC with the built in tape deck and green monitor. It wasn't until he picked up a TV modulator a while later we got to see his games in any colour other than green.


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I did enjoy this game (even though I found it hard):

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I was recently in correspondence with a developer of Frank Bruno's Boxing on the ZX Spectrum, to find out if the game was licensed from Nintendo, as it bears an uncanny similarity to their NES Punch Out game.

Just heavily 'inspired' apparently!


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Actually bears more of a resemblance to the arcade version.


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That Frank Bruno boxing game was hard. I remember the final two opponents were particularly tough.

I didn't have a joystick for the Amstrad, so had to bash the cursor keys. It was hard.
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The arcade version had these two weird hand grips that were used to play it.  You'd kind of shove them forward to throw punches.  I think they were going for the feeling that you were actually boxing, but really it just felt like you were jerking on a couple of levers that didn't move more than an inch or so in any direction.  
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Are you thinking of Sega's Heavyweight Champ? I can't recall ever seeing a Punch Out unit that wasn't just a joystick and button combo.

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Steve, that sounds incredibly frustrating - and counterproductive. I couldn't have played that for more than two minutes without giving up.
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There was also this one, again from Sega:




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Looks beautiful, but if playability is a problem, well... ;-)
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I'm remember playing it in the arcades and liking it but certainly the control scheme added nothing.
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A lot of people are talking about RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2, but this'll always be my Western game:

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Not one I've played but I do remember seeing the Sega arcade game it was based on in the amusements.

There were several big arcades near to me when growing up, always packed with the latest games. Visiting them last year was a bit sad, nearly all slot machines now.
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