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#31 DiscountBabyJam Mike

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Posted 12 December 2017 - 11:30 AM

483. WWF War Zone

(1998, Playstation/N64)

 

 

We played this game at my friend Dave's birthday party in the year 2000 or 2001 at the latest, I'm assuming. Can't remember the exact age of celebration but I don't think he had it brand new.

 

Dave (name changed for protection) will come up in many of my other game pics as a friend I knew and hung around with from kindergarten all the way through to graduating high school and the first year of college or so when I came back home. His parents chainsmoked like wild so after you stayed at his place for more than 5 minutes you reeked of it. Also, their white walls and any posters were stained off-brown from the nicotine. This, combined with the fact they lived in a doublewide that seemingly only had kerosene space heaters for warmth lead to some precarious gaming situations. In the fall and winter we would generally game in Dave's room with the window open because it was so hot and god-awfully smoky inside from everyone huffing cigs inside and not on the porch. Dave was well known for raging at games and at life.

Two non-gaming incidents include him being a goalie on our street hockey team and after getting ~4 or so goals against him in one game, in the middle of the 3rd period he ripped off all of his equipment piece by piece, left it on the rink ground, jumped over the sidewall and walked off into the distance across two barren fields back into the nearby town (about ~300 yard away). There was also another incident where someone gave him an atomic wedgie during a full-grade meeting in the auditorium and he threw his trapper keeper like a frisbee, knocked both a lamp and the sheet music holder off the piano, then ran out of the room and out of the school into the woods, where he took the goat path down the park and sat in a baseball dugout for a few hours.
 

Anyway, Dave was at the time the only person in our 4 person circle of outcast gamer friends who had a PS1 so the rest of us weren't familiar. He had made a custom character of himself and used his Gameshark to have max stats in everything. There was some sort of infighting going on between him and our friend Craig either about custom characters being used when none of the rest of us had a chance to make them or had bad stats, or Craig being mad about the Hamburger Helper (which is pretty much all that Dave's family ate as that was the only thing his dad could make and it was considered a house specialty). Craig and I had been playing it a bit and we realized that using Kane and kicking nonstop was extremely overpowered. Craig ended up challenging Dave to a battle against his custom character and that he could beat him using only kicks. Dave agreed.

Craig did it, slowly whittling down his life bar. Dave tried blocking, grapple moves, whatever. Every time he would do anything, he'd caught in a kick loop and then fall over where Kane would kick him some more in the ribs. His life drained away and his stun timer got longer and longer and he got more and more angry. Finally at one point myself and our other friend were begging Craig to end it as Dave was about to blow his top, so Craig went in for the pin.

Right before the ref counted to three, Dave gave his PS1 a one-handed hammer blow directly to the disk tray, popping the door open and crashing the system. He then took the War Zone disc and flung it out the window. He then gave a Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant style chest-slap to the PS1, rocketing it across the dresser and into the TV stand next to it where it fell off the back and into the extremely narrow space between the dresser and the wall. At this point we were all laughing wildly while Dave was yelling, "FUCK YOU CRAIG, FUCK YOU!" He ran outside his room, and within seconds came back with a big steak knife. He then jammed it through his door (shitty particle board fake wood doors) and demanded we all leave immediately. We all got scared and yelled for his parents and they said we had better go and for Dave to go into a back room. We then all called our parents and sat outside waiting to get picked up We also got the War Zone out of the shrub outside the window and threw it back in onto the bed.

Luckily there were no consequences to this incident beyond the knife hole in the door. War Zone still worked, the PS1 was fine, Craig was banned from ever going to Dave's place again by Dave, but myself and other friend Chaz returned to game many more times, at least until Dave's brother threatened to severely injure us with a pool cue and then ended up pointing a gun at us while flinging quarters from his hands at warp speed, hurting us badly, until we ran out the back door and back to the school parking lot.


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Posted 12 December 2017 - 11:38 AM

lol that goddamn War Zone almost stopped me from hooking up with a co worker one time. some of us nerds were playing it at a party (there were many other people doing normal things like socializing and such) and a girl i worked with showed up (it was not expected, she wasnt really in that group of people) and i didnt think twice about it and just kept playing. she tried to talk to me while i was in a Serious Match or fuckin whatever and i was annoyed. when we were done she basically dragged me aside and was like 'i thought you were gonna play that stupid game all night' and things got way more interesting
 
i just realized this was nearly 20 years ago. yikes.
 
in closing, this game was fun enough at the time that it nearly ruined sexy teenage hijinks, 10/10

 
 

Right before the ref counted to three, Dave gave his PS1 a one-handed hammer blow directly to the disk tray, popping the door open and crashing the system. He then took the War Zone disc and flung it out the window. He then gave a Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant style chest-slap to the PS1, rocketing it across the dresser and into the TV stand next to it where it fell off the back and into the extremely narrow space between the dresser and the wall. At this point we were all laughing wildly while Dave was yelling, "FUCK YOU CRAIG, FUCK YOU!" He ran outside his room, and within seconds came back with a big steak knife. He then jammed it through his door (shitty particle board fake wood doors) and demanded we all leave immediately. We all got scared and yelled for his parents and they said we had better go and for Dave to go into a back room. We then all called our parents and sat outside waiting to get picked up We also got the War Zone out of the shrub outside the window and threw it back in onto the bed.

 

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i didnt realize theshizz had the best war zone stories


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Posted 12 December 2017 - 12:02 PM

481. Gauntlet Dark Legacy
(2001/2002, Playstation2/Gamecube/Xbox/GameBoy Advance)

 

In an ancient time, the evil mage Garm, using the power of the Runestones, released a great evil upon the land. This demon, Skorne, broke free of Garm's control, crushing him and imprisoning his soul in the underworld. Skorne then released his minions upon the land, and scattered the Runestones across the Eight Realms, so that they might never again be assembled and used against him.

No one has dared try. . .

Until now.
— The game's introductory cinematic

 

 

Imagine if you will four brave heroes embarking on an exciting new adventure of self-discovery. I'm not talking about playing a Gauntlet game, I'm talking about a bunch of knuckleheads trying shrooms for the first time. One fateful weekend towards the end of high school, a group of us formed a party to take this journey together. It was an exhilarating evening filled with thrills, chills, and spills. Being a bunch of nerds, of course there were video games to be played. I recall playing Gauntlet Dark Legacy towards the peak of our trip, and it was one of the most thrilling gaming experiences of my life. Four of us sat huddled in front of a small TV with a GameCube in front of it, ready for some fantasy adventure. I couldn't tell you which character I chose, I couldn't really tell you what the game looked like, but I can definitely tell you that was some extremely fun multiplayer co-op fantasy gaming. During this play session I was hit with a double whammy. The game had me in its clutches, but I was also in the thrall of the psilocybin coursing through my brain. In the midst of it all I looked down to find my GameCube controller sitting on the floor in front of me, and my hands permanently shaped as if to be gripping an invisible controller. Describing this moment is difficult. It was not a quick realization. It was more like having a brain injury, being completely slack jawed, slowly looking to the floor and realizing in an inner monologue that would not be out of place in Resident Evil dialog: "Wait a minute... controller... on the floor? Something... not right." I have no idea when the controller fell out of my hands or how long I was not really playing the game. When I noticed this I was flabbergasted. It broke my brain. I recall all of us breaking out in a fit of laughter. I believe that ended my time playing Gauntlet Dark Legacy. Whether I was actually playing or not, I had a good time, and it's a fond gaming memory I will carry with me forever. 

 


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Posted 12 December 2017 - 12:18 PM

No way I can even come close to topping those, but I have a little bit of my own WWF War Zone story. Back in ye olden days of eBay, in, like, 1999 or 2000, I decided to buy some random N64 carts (all from the same seller, so I could save on shipping of course). For whatever dumb reason, I bid on WWF War Zone, even though I didn't even like wrestling or wrestling video games, and I won it for what couldn't have been more than a few bucks. As soon as the auction was over, I immediately got a message from the second highest bidder. He was totally irate that I outbid him on WWF War Zone, again, a common game worth just a couple bucks, which he could've got from any number of other sellers, and felt the need to flip out on me about it.


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Posted 12 December 2017 - 12:52 PM

480 - Enemy Zero
(1996 Sega Saturn)

Enemy Zero
 (エネミー・ゼロ) is a 1996 survival horroradventure video game for the Sega Saturn, developed by WARP and directed by Kenji Eno. My Dad bought this for the Saturn in the year of our lord, 2000 for the price of $8, no box. The first disc skipped a lot, but I remember liking what I could get through. At a certain room, the game stops entirely, rendering it unplayable. I still have the discs, and I have yet to take it to get resurfaced. It is, without a doubt, a game that one can play on the Sega Saturn, provided that the disc is in decent shape. 


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Posted 12 December 2017 - 12:59 PM

479. Choukousoku GranDoll
(1997, PS1)



A common theme for the PS1 games I had in the 90s was that they were imports I got used from Chinatown. As stated in my previous story, I would often go to Chinatown without considering my return trip, so my friend Sean and I went to there to some used PS1 games, I got Grandoll for a couple bucks and he got Final Fantasy Tactics (JP) for a few bucks, and when we got to the train station we realized neither of us had any money left at all. So we had two options 1) sell the games back and go home or 2) walk home. We decided to walk home, it's about a 8-9 mile walk, but August in NYC is pretty brutal and gets into the upper 90s sometimes, with humidity at 99%, so it was a REALLY hot day. Anyway, we started making our way to the Brooklyn bridge to take us out of Manhattan and towards home. We walked a good hour before we realized we were headed towards the George Washington bridge, which is clear on the other end of Manhattan, so feeling like stupid tourists we turned around and walked the correct way. By the time we crossed the bridge we were completely drained, intense heat, we had no water and no money for water. We walked another half hour till we couldn't take it anymore, so we went to a newstand and begged the guy for a bottle of water. He was an Arab so it took about 20 minutes of convincing, and in the end he gave us a half full bottle he had sitting under his desk, we drank that and continued on till we found a pay phone. I called my parents collect and told them where we were and that we were stranded, we waited another hour but they didn't show up, so we started walking again. We walked another 90-ish minutes till the sun went down and we got to a really bad part of town we had to cross, so instead we looked for a car service to take us back home. We told the guys at the car service that Sean's mom would pay them when we got there, and they took us to Sean's house, and then I walked home from there.

When I got home I noticed my parents weren't there still, and they showed up a while after I did. Turns out they had gotten into a car accident on the way. A cop ran the red light and t-boned them hard, my dad's arm was injured pretty bad, and that turned into a huge deal that I wont go into.

Anyway, I finally played the game the next day, and I really disliked it. The graphics were crappy, the control was floaty and lame, the music was cheap sounding and the only reason I had bought the game was because it had anime on the cover and I hoped it would contain HENTAI, since my brother and I were really into buying hentai games on Saturn at that time. Sean came over and said he couldn't get into tactics because it was in Japanese, so we traded and that is also how I got FFT.


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Posted 12 December 2017 - 01:07 PM

478. Final Fantasy Tactics
(1997, PS1)



Read the above story! tl;dr I got this game by trading it for a shitty PSX platformer I thought would contain hentai and didn't. I played through this entire game in Japanese and learned absolutely no Japanese from doing so. It's an incredible game with amazing music from my NO.1 most FAVOURITE composer Hitoshi Sakimoto! It's probably still my most enjoyed strategy RPG video game that I have played. It has a RIVETING plot full of suspense and deception, and it made my 16 year old self wonder what the hell anyone was saying while stabbing each other in the balls because it was in a language I did not understand. I recommend everyone play this game because it rocks. Also for the longest time I wasn't aware of the accuracy percentage in the middle of the turn confirmation dialogue, and once I actually looked there and saw that my enjoyment of the game plummeted a TINY INSIGNIFICANT BIT. So yeah, great game.


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Posted 12 December 2017 - 01:37 PM

477. Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain
(1996, Playstation, PC)

 

An expansive and dark action role playing game starring a man who chose to become a vampire to extract revenge is an epic mess of a game. It oozes atmosphere and drips with lore but it plods around and has way too many loading sequences. I remember reading about this in EGM when it first came out and wanted it instantly. I wouldn't own it until about a decade later when I found it used at a Bookman's for pretty cheap and I wouldn't play it until a few years later when I picked that game to play as part of a gaming club when I was working at THQ.

 

You're not restricted to just your vampiric form as you can turn into mist, a werewolf, or a bat which is used to fast travel across Nosgoth. There is a lot to see and do in this darker Legend of Zelda style game and I wish that Square Enix would remake this game or at least an enhanced version that removes the loading times and quickens the pace a little bit. If you are a fan of the Legacy of Kain series and haven't played the first one then you should give it a shot. It's rough around the edges but it's worth it.

 


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Posted 12 December 2017 - 02:22 PM

478. Final Fantasy Tactics
(1997, PS1)
 

 

Well, you posted this too fast for me to claim it one day, so I can add my addendum I'd been saving for it. The aforementioned friend Dave from the War Zone incident got bedsores from playing this game too much in 2001/2002 (after it got released as a Greatest Hit edition). He got them all up and down the side of his torso and one on his hip/leg from just lying on his side in bed un-moving in the sweltering summer heat, sweating in the Marlboro smoke and grinding this game non-stop. He rarely (maybe never) had a summer job so I guess this is all he did for one year of summer vacation besides mowing the grass and playing/practicing street hockey once a week.


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Posted 12 December 2017 - 02:39 PM

477. Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain
(1996, Playstation, PC)

 

An expansive and dark action role playing game starring a man who chose to become a vampire to extract revenge is an epic mess of a game. It oozes atmosphere and drips with lore but it plods around and has way too many loading sequences. I remember reading about this in EGM when it first came out and wanted it instantly. I wouldn't own it until about a decade later when I found it used at a Bookman's for pretty cheap and I wouldn't play it until a few years later when I picked that game to play as part of a gaming club when I was working at THQ.

 

You're not restricted to just your vampiric form as you can turn into mist, a werewolf, or a bat which is used to fast travel across Nosgoth. There is a lot to see and do in this darker Legend of Zelda style game and I wish that Square Enix would remake this game or at least an enhanced version that removes the loading times and quickens the pace a little bit. If you are a fan of the Legacy of Kain series and haven't played the first one then you should give it a shot. It's rough around the edges but it's worth it.

 

 

this was another game my brother was pretty obsessed with back when it came out. he bought GameFan every month and read this copy until it was falling apart:

 

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as for the game itself, i remember it being fun but pretty difficult, and pretty much the direct reason I was all about Soul Reaver a few years later.

 

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Posted 12 December 2017 - 02:41 PM

FFT is *possibly* the only game i had to stop an actual fistfight from breaking out over

 

in the hazy days of 2001-2ish i used to hang out w a group of DJs and weed dealers which would then include some all-night video game binges. it was a good time for a kid w a decent paying job and not much to do at 21 (until they all got into THPS which i have never enjoyed and that took over). one dude had a PS1 and this game and his memory card crapped out or something, so he was waiting on a friend to bring him a new one. meanwhile, mnost of the other people got sick of this taking up the main tv but hey, he couldnt unplug it and move it until the new memory card arrived. by this point he had been playing/ leaving on for almost 24 hours and things were getting tense. he appointed someone to watch the console while he went to go to the bathroom. well, a house full of stoners forgets stuff and his guard went out to smoke like immediately. as you can probably guess one dude flashed an evil smile, reached over and poked the power button with a single finger in a cartoonish villain manner.

 

after that i think a lamp got knocked into someone and shit started getting thrown and two of us stepped in the middle as two friends and roommates had clearly hit one of those snapping points and were just swinging at each other.


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Posted 12 December 2017 - 03:22 PM

476. Interactive CD Sampler Pack: Volume #3 [specifically Blast Chamber] - PS1

 

Admittedly had to do some research on this one but here goes. We all know the heavy hitters on this oft neglected title: Twisted Metal 2, Crash Bandicoot, Tekken 2... but we're here to make a list and that list would be incomplete without the whole reason I went searching for this Sampler Pack in the first place. You know we talkin 'bout Blast Chamber. This game had it all. Confusing Geometry. Nonsensical gameplay. Sort of cool music. A cool and spooky sounding voice counting down from 3 sometimes. Winners. Losers. Players. Looking back I think anyone would be hard pressed to tell you this particular Demo Disc was memorable for any of those other so called "hits." Just check out this rave review from my older brother when I enlisted his help at figuring out what the fuck this stupid game I only vaguely remember playing way too much of as a kid was called:

 

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kralgemr [3:37 PM] 
yo do you remember what that game was called on the PS Demo Disc we had that had the spooky count down and the geometry of the room changing and flipping around and stuff
 
erikgerm [3:46 PM] 
Blast Chamber
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i have it on my pi
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it sucks
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not as fun as our memory

 

Was Blast Chamber game good? No. Was its demo good? No. Is it older brother approved? I'm afraid not... Was this Activision's magnum opus? Perhaps. Do I remember playing this game a bunch? Apparently because here we are like 20 years later and I'm posting about it despite not remembering what the point of the game is or what it was even called. And in the end...isn't that really what putting a game on a demo disc is all about? I feel like 75% confident that this Demo Disc belongs on a list specifically because of Blast Chamber. And I do not say that lightly. Also check out the sick fucking artwork on the disc if you still have any doubts

 

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Posted 12 December 2017 - 03:26 PM

I personally don't think that entire sampler discs should be added (I'd probably add the DCM one where Super Runabout was included as I played that game a ton!) but Blast Chamber itself should be added. I dunno, would it count if you did just play the demo of a game?


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Posted 12 December 2017 - 03:35 PM

I personally don't think that entire sampler discs should be added (I'd probably add the DCM one where Super Runabout was included as I played that game a ton!) but Blast Chamber itself should be added. I dunno, would it count if you did just play the demo of a game?

 

It should be:

 

476. Blast Chamber
(1996, Playstation)

 

Followed by the demo disk lore.

 

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Posted 12 December 2017 - 03:37 PM

I agree with DiscountBabyJam. 477 is a vote for Blast Chamber, as based on its demo that appeared on the Playstation Demo Disc.


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