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Recent content by Stratelier

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    Game Freak "Lied"?

    The bigger reason is due to the added complexity that an ever-increasing Pokedex and move count applies to the workload. It's kinda like (and I know this example is controversial for its own reasons) when Disney decided to reset 40 years of canon-by-default published work. Or, more accurately...
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    The Game Is Out, Time To Discuss

    Unfortunately my only contribution to the release discussion is that I need to make like an Absol and go dark. It's going to be at least two more weeks before I decide to pick up Sword or Shield, and the best way to avoid spoiler details is to avoid Pokemon discussions in the meantime.
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    An open-World Pokemon Game (Talking like Breath of the Wild)

    But yeah, open-world style map design is a daunting task because you have to be concerned with how to populate it in a way that doesn't feel functionally empty (or, inversely, artificially populated).
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    Recent Gaming Purchases

    While I haven't attempted anything with it yet, I noticed Steam put Monster Hunter World (PC base game, no Iceborne) on a 50% sale so I decided to point my laptop at it and say to myself "this battle will belegendary." I am okay with the worst-case scenario, because that would mean not having...
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    An open-World Pokemon Game (Talking like Breath of the Wild)

    Go-anywhere do-anything open-world is a fundamentally different design than a story-driven RPG. One of the fundamental challenges of doing such a system is how do you balance the difficulty level with the player? On the one hand you can have wild Pokemon species (and their levels)...
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    What video games are you playing now?

    Not much to report from my MH plays ... in MHGU we finally finished the Teostra X armor set, but its skills are nothing like the MH4U version. In MHGU it literally has a skill called "Anti-Chameleos" which makes you immune to poison (Chameleos, Grypceros, Rathian, Nerscylla, etc.), item theft...
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    Recent Gaming Purchases

    The Witcher 3 (Switch). Unfortunately a printed game manual is not included in this release, but it does have the second-best thing: a printed lorebook. And a printed map. And some stickers which I probably won't ever use. But goodies are always nice. After that, I picked a Mewtwo amiibo...
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    Your favorite Mystery Dungeon game?

    Nah, it's fine. Have you by chance played the game Celeste? [/spoiler] Aside, I once lurked into a small fic series that (for multiple reasons) I can't name, but involved a Mew who ... shall we say, kind of went off the deep end. I wouldn't call it even lightyears from anything canon, but it...
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    What video games are you playing now?

    So a few days ago I set up an online room int MH4U and took down Gogmazios with one random hunter -- 30 minutes instead of needing the full 50. I've unlocked G-special quests, and did enough grinds to unlock the first "Aged Text" which is a Molten Tigrex (but G-rank!) -- and while I've been...
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    What video games are you playing now?

    Rathalos's poison comes from the talons, not the tail. And yes, Rathalos has always stayed in the air more than Rathian -- bring an insect glaive if you want to go air-to-air, or load up your Slinger with Flash Pods. Anyway, in my case we beat MH4U again. That is to say, defeated Gogmazios at...
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    Super Smash Bros Ultimate

    You always have the most curious way of phrasing the most specific questions... Personally I'd love to see Sceptile as a Smash fighter (especially given how awesome it was in Pokken Tournament) but I gotta acknowledge that it's probably not happening. The second batch of DLC fighters may more...
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    What video games are you playing now?

    Celeste, chapter 6. To say anything of what transpired in the story here would be MAJOR spoilers, but it took us a solid hour to finish it, and we did so with less than 100 deaths (much better than the previous chapter, with about 150 deaths). Also, chapter 6 has no strawberries.
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    Your favorite Mystery Dungeon game?

    Try playing something like Crypt of the NecroDancer sometime.
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    What video games are you playing now?

    Yeah, you definitely did some sequence breaking; for story purposes you hunt Tobi before Anjanath. As for me, nothing new to report in either MH4U or MHGU, but I recently picked up Celeste and while I'm maybe about halfway through, it definitely lives up to what people say about it.
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    Your favorite Mystery Dungeon game?

    Nah, Super is definitely on par with Explorers. Explorers' story is slightly more memorable (the ending having a lot of influence in that), but Super's story was a lot more polished.
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