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7 hours ago, DE. said:

I noticed the FFVIII remaster is down to £10 on the PS Store so decided to pick that up as it's one of my favourite games of all time. I've heard mixed reviews about the remaster but at that price it's worth picking up. The N64 Everdrive arrived today as well so will be loading that up and seeing how it works.

Funny you say that I was this close to buying FF8 for £10 from the Microsoft store.

I noticed whilst having a look around, there was a FFX remaster. Didn't know they had done one, seem to remember it being a decent game. It was £25 but it came with X-2, which I never played. 

Tempted to get both, for Xmas, obviously.

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I never completed FFX. I remember playing it as a kid and getting to a point where I got stuck and I just never went back to it. I think I actually have the remaster of FFX (and X-2) but I haven't played them yet. I should probably get around to that at some point!

The FFVIII remaster doesn't look as bad as I read. Yes the difference between the new character models and the unchanged backgrounds are noticeable at first but it quickly becomes normal. The x3 speed option alone makes it worth it tbh. 

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58 minutes ago, DE. said:

I never completed FFX. I remember playing it as a kid and getting to a point where I got stuck and I just never went back to it. I think I actually have the remaster of FFX (and X-2) but I haven't played them yet. I should probably get around to that at some point!

The FFVIII remaster doesn't look as bad as I read. Yes the difference between the new character models and the unchanged backgrounds are noticeable at first but it quickly becomes normal. The x3 speed option alone makes it worth it tbh. 

X3 speed will be incredibly handy when you have need to draw a load of spells for all of your characters. 

I remember finishing it but only the once I believe. 

I think I'll get it at some point soon though. Probably with 8 as well. Great game.

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Just now, davulsukur said:

X3 speed will be incredibly handy when you have need to draw a load of spells for all of your characters. 

I remember finishing it but only the once I believe. 

I think I'll get it at some point soon though. Probably with 8 as well. Great game.

When I was younger I didn't understand the junctioning system at all, so eventually I got stuck and gave up. It was only a few years ago that I replayed 8 (on a PS1 for authenticity's sake) and realised how the system actually worked... which ironically made it too easy. It's an interesting concept, just executed in a way that can break the game really early and completely erase any challenge. Fortunately I still love the environments, the triple triad card game and the story (even though it's completely insane and generally makes no sense). 

Character development of the supporting characters is a little bit lacking (especially compared to 6 & 7) but the main characters & the Laguna storyline are really well done. 

I also really like the "Squall's Dead" theory even though I don't actually think it has any basis in reality: https://squallsdead.com/

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7 hours ago, DE. said:

When I was younger I didn't understand the junctioning system at all, so eventually I got stuck and gave up. It was only a few years ago that I replayed 8 (on a PS1 for authenticity's sake) and realised how the system actually worked... which ironically made it too easy. It's an interesting concept, just executed in a way that can break the game really early and completely erase any challenge. Fortunately I still love the environments, the triple triad card game and the story (even though it's completely insane and generally makes no sense). 

Character development of the supporting characters is a little bit lacking (especially compared to 6 & 7) but the main characters & the Laguna storyline are really well done. 

I also really like the "Squall's Dead" theory even though I don't actually think it has any basis in reality: https://squallsdead.com/

It's an interesting theory, I think I'd have to play the game again to see how it holds up. I tried to play it on emulator but it froze at a certain point and I had to give up with it.

My only issue with theories like these are, why would they not tell you it was a dream? Or allude to it more clearly? I think the theory has just highlighted problems with the storyline, rather than anything else. 

I'll buy FF8 again tonight I reckon, its definitely worth another play but now I have an excuse that I need to see how this guys Squalls Dead theory plans out. 

Cheers for that DE.! 

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I’m hoping to get a raspberry pi for Xmas and I’m planning to use it to play retro arcade/console games. Has anybody here tried that? I can’t wait to play some of the classic arcade games of my youth but I’m thinking it can’t be as simple as installing retropie and mame, is there a lot of config involved to get it up and running? Finally, any recommendations on good controllers or joysticks?

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I've never used a retropie machine but from what I understand they work really well when set up correctly. I've used MAME before and don't remember it being too difficult to configure, although that was on a windows PC rather than a retropie setup. I'm sure that there are plenty of guides available using google which will go through it step by step!

In terms of controllers I think 8bitdo are considered some of the best. You can also use XBOX 360/XBOX One controllers with minimal issues (I've used my 360 controller for a while for emulation and it's pretty good). PS3/PS4 controllers are a little bit trickier due to not being natively compatible with windows. 

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Thanks DE. I’ve used mame before on a PC to run neo geo games (mainly metal slug ❤️) but it was years ago and I’m sure I’ll need some sort of guide to get this up and running!

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I'm sure it'll be fairly straightforward - they wouldn't be as popular otherwise! 

Already onto Disc 2 of FFVIII (well, as per the original discs, obviously this is all digital...) and that's whilst doing all the side quests. Amazing how much of a difference it makes having the x3 speed option. Half of the time in these games is lost waiting for dialogue to conclude or slow moving characters to finish what they are doing. Even in battles you can speed up summons and spells. Overall makes the experience much more enjoyable - along with the ability to remove random battles, although you could do that in the original game by getting the Diablos GF to learn Enc-None. 

FFVIII is unique in that monsters level up with you. So, the higher your characters level up the more difficult enemies become. That's why it's best to try and avoid levelling up your characters as much as possible. You can boost all of their stats via GF abilities anyway, so by keeping your level low and your GF abilities high you can absolutely smash through almost every enemy in the game. 

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3 hours ago, DE. said:

I'm sure it'll be fairly straightforward - they wouldn't be as popular otherwise! 

Already onto Disc 2 of FFVIII (well, as per the original discs, obviously this is all digital...) and that's whilst doing all the side quests. Amazing how much of a difference it makes having the x3 speed option. Half of the time in these games is lost waiting for dialogue to conclude or slow moving characters to finish what they are doing. Even in battles you can speed up summons and spells. Overall makes the experience much more enjoyable - along with the ability to remove random battles, although you could do that in the original game by getting the Diablos GF to learn Enc-None. 

FFVIII is unique in that monsters level up with you. So, the higher your characters level up the more difficult enemies become. That's why it's best to try and avoid levelling up your characters as much as possible. You can boost all of their stats via GF abilities anyway, so by keeping your level low and your GF abilities high you can absolutely smash through almost every enemy in the game. 

Although it feels a bit wrong the x3 speed is an absolute life saver. Even just running around The Garden you start off in, when you need to get from the front gate to your dormitory.

Yer, i've read that you should try and stay low leveled, seems quite a difficult task though, as you'd need to get AP for your GF's? Unless you can get these outside of battles?

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9 minutes ago, davulsukur said:

Although it feels a bit wrong the x3 speed is an absolute life saver. Even just running around The Garden you start off in, when you need to get from the front gate to your dormitory.

Yer, i've read that you should try and stay low leveled, seems quite a difficult task though, as you'd need to get AP for your GF's? Unless you can get these outside of battles?

It feels wrong at first but it isn't long before I'm x3 speeding almost everything :lol: also as an aside the design of Balamb Garden, and actually the design of FFVIII as a whole, is absolutely top notch. 

You do have to level up to some degree yeah. The best way to gain AP for your GFs whilst not gaining too many EXP points is to go down to the beach area just beside Balamb. There are a couple of fish enemies which give 6 AP points per battle which is way higher than anything else at that point during the game. I've just started Disc 2 and I think Squall is on something like level 25, with everybody else quite a bit lower. 

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30 minutes ago, DE. said:

It feels wrong at first but it isn't long before I'm x3 speeding almost everything :lol: also as an aside the design of Balamb Garden, and actually the design of FFVIII as a whole, is absolutely top notch. 

You do have to level up to some degree yeah. The best way to gain AP for your GFs whilst not gaining too many EXP points is to go down to the beach area just beside Balamb. There are a couple of fish enemies which give 6 AP points per battle which is way higher than anything else at that point during the game. I've just started Disc 2 and I think Squall is on something like level 25, with everybody else quite a bit lower. 

I hit the beach last night after i saw that they gave 6AP. Still both Squall and Quistis leveled up a bit alongside that. 

You can get ahead pretty quickly by refining cards and going down that route. I think the Zell and Quistis cards can be refined into an item and then refined again into strong magic. I'll look it up properly later

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17 hours ago, davulsukur said:

I hit the beach last night after i saw that they gave 6AP. Still both Squall and Quistis leveled up a bit alongside that. 

You can get ahead pretty quickly by refining cards and going down that route. I think the Zell and Quistis cards can be refined into an item and then refined again into strong magic. I'll look it up properly later

Yeah I got the Card Mod ability straight away, it helps massively with stocking up on magic and items. I'm doing the CC group side quest at the moment and their members have some pretty awesome cards which can be refined for stuff like Holy, Tornado, etc. 

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I've got up to Esthar on Disc 3 at the moment. I imagine I'll have finished it in the next few days and that'll be £10 well spent!

(spoilers ahead)

A bit of a shower thought but I was thinking that FFVIII's ending actually makes starting a new game quite interesting. The general suggestion from the game is that the characters are caught in an endless time loop where the heroes defeat Ultimecia, which sets in motion events which cause Ultimecia's birth in the future and subsequent attempt to compress time.

So theoretically every time you start a game of FFVIII you're beginning another instance of the endless time loop. Small things can change like time spent on things, characters being in certain places at certain times, weapons, GFs, etc... but the overall plot and destination remains the same. It's kind of cool - whenever you start a new game of FFVIII you really are starting a new game, albeit as part of a time loop which can't be changed. 

Obviously it could just be the translation explaining the concept badly and there is no time loop though, rendering the above total nonsense.

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My dad found our old Master System in the loft, with a cartridge (Sonic Chaos) still inserted. I brought it home and plugged it in... worked straight away. Probably the first time it's been turned on in at least 25 years. These old consoles really were built to last. 

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I can't stop play Assassins Creed Odyssey at the mo. 

Massive game, the map is huge and it just keeps giving more to do. 

Enjoying it a lot though. 

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On 09/01/2020 at 20:42, DE. said:

My dad found our old Master System in the loft, with a cartridge (Sonic Chaos) still inserted. I brought it home and plugged it in... worked straight away. Probably the first time it's been turned on in at least 25 years. These old consoles really were built to last. 

My first console. I had an Amstrad cpc364 before that. The one with the cassettes. 

Had Shinobi on the master system. Loved it. You could rent the console out in a shop near where I lived. I think £10 it was back then. I think there were 2 versions, one had a kind of a buzzle game, very basic. In a maze. The other version had alex the kid,much better. I could be wrong about that though. 

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15 minutes ago, Bigdoggsteel said:

Had Shinobi on the master system. Loved it. You could rent the console out in a shop near where I lived. I think £10 it was back then. I think there were 2 versions, one had a kind of a buzzle game, very basic. In a maze. The other version had alex the kid,much better. I could be wrong about that though. 

Nope you're right. The original Master System had "Snail Maze" as a built in game, then they had various games but mainly Hang On/Safari Hunt, Alex Kidd and later Sonic 1. I think Sonic was only on the Master System II though. 

From recollection my three OG Master System's have Snail Maze, Hang On/Safari Hunt and Hang On/Astro Warrior on them. My two master System II's have Alex Kidd and Sonic 1 built in.

It's kind of crazy to think that Master System consoles came with built in games tbh. We didn't see that again until the PS3/360 era. Way ahead of its time!

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3 hours ago, davulsukur said:

I can't stop play Assassins Creed Odyssey at the mo. 

Massive game, the map is huge and it just keeps giving more to do. 

Enjoying it a lot though. 

Never played any of the Assassin's Creed games tbh... knowing me I'll end up playing them in about 15 years when nobody's talking about them anymore.

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11 hours ago, DE. said:

Never played any of the Assassin's Creed games tbh... knowing me I'll end up playing them in about 15 years when nobody's talking about them anymore.

I started playing them late. There's quite a few of them now. I've not played them all but I think some are decent and others not so much.

I do really like Odyssey though, its going to take a staggering amount of hours to get through though.

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On 14/01/2020 at 06:03, Bigdoggsteel said:

My first console. I had an Amstrad cpc364 before that. The one with the cassettes. 

Had Shinobi on the master system. Loved it. You could rent the console out in a shop near where I lived. I think £10 it was back then. I think there were 2 versions, one had a kind of a buzzle game, very basic. In a maze. The other version had alex the kid,much better. I could be wrong about that though. 

Sure you dont mean the CPC 464? i had that one. Also had the BBC Micro, Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum

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Just now, JacknOry said:

Sure you dont mean the CPC 464? i had that one. Also had the BBC Micro, Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum

That's exactly what I meant, couldn't think of the name. Tape deck with a green screen, cutting edge stuff.  Never heard of the BBC micro. The other 2 are legendary at this stage. 

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1 minute ago, Bigdoggsteel said:

That's exactly what I meant, couldn't think of the name. Tape deck with a green screen, cutting edge stuff.  Never heard of the BBC micro. The other 2 are legendary at this stage. 

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Thats the BBC Micro - Used to remember playing 'Elite' in its earliest format on that thing. 

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