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  1. I agree. I didn't mean it was their golden ticket to win over X1SX as the only feature they will provide in their evolution. I just meant if this is Sony's "wa-la, this is all we can do with BC and we're still working on it even after PS5 launch" then it's not... overly impressive. Ya know? At least not to the point most people wanted it to be or thought it should be even if it was just PS4 BC. Over time it'll get better for sure but for now it's just rather lackluster. Xbox has been on that ball game for years now since last gen and it shows. In terms of the "ohhh pick me pick me" race when we're comparing features that players would want at launch, I'd rather have the X1SX: Lot more backwards compatible across multiple generations, a powerful system with clear stuff players can actually see with reduced load times demo, multiple games running at once you can launch from suspended states demo, controller reveal and a strong vision going forward that can go toe to toe with PS5. Only thing they don't have from last gen is a lot of the game genres I like to play. If they had more RPG's or JRPG's I'd never have swapped to PlayStation at all. However the vision and direction Sony is taking sounds pretty interesting. On paper it sounds super speedy and pretty awesome, I just wish we could actually see some examples. Ah well. Soon... soon... I guess I'm just looking at this from coming from being an Xbox fanboy for 7 years. I just want PS5 to blow me away and make me feel like swapping "gaming families" was the right choice. Holding onto hope.
  2. I'll wait to hear more before I make a final decision, but if this truly is Sony's ace up the sleeve in terms of backwards compatibility (only some titles at launch, nothing besides ps4, which is what it sounded like but not yet fully confirmed) then I have to say my disappointment at the moment is pretty high. Xbox is the clear winner in terms of BC support based on what we know at this point. Not feeling a day 1 purchase for me right now unless more information is revealed about the features of the PS5 at this point. What use is there in buying a PS5 for a may-or-may not actually support the library of games I want to play when I could just keep playing them on my PS4? Right now it sounds like the move to PS5 will happen once a pro-version comes out and the game library grows. I thought the PS5 was supposed to have a "wow" factor that "makes people swap over as fast as possible"? Not seeing it from this tech talk yet. I definitely did not expect to see the console itself or any games. However it's disappointing that there wasn't any examples of just how powerful this new tech is, like Xbox did. It's nice to hear about all these new specs, power and little details, but actually seeing some demonstrations would have been nice. It's a lecture without any concrete examples to grasp on to fully wrap your mind around the sheer evolution the PS5 is supposed to be. Xbox even showed us how you can even have multiple games running and swap between them, that's pretty cool! Sony? Well... more waiting I guess to see what sort of features will be brought to the table. I'm still holding onto hope that Sony's master battle plan is to run Xbox dry then right at the final moment dump the holy grail of features to show they can compete just as well in the next gen as the previous one. I guess as long as they continue to have a wide array of game selection (unlike Xbox) then I'll be happy. That's why I came to PlayStation after all... such great games here that I couldn't dream of touching on xbox lol.
  3. This sounds suspicious... Better keep an eye on that over there... Haha. Also, your 9000th trophy name... lmao. That's pretty awesome though. Fits you well. 9k in 4 years though. That's pretty awesome at least for me, I'm not sure if that's normal or not though for 4 years. I look at my meager counts (with ezpz's mind you) and go "Bleh". Can't imagine ever having numbers like that. I've been so tempted to stack games (I have no problem with ezpz's but the temptation to stack them is alluring to me). Must resist though! I live in Iowa so I'm not sure if we're in the same boat as Pennsylvania. I know I still have to go to work tomorrow, so, that's a bummer. Two weeks off would have taken us right up to the week before Final Fantasy 7 remake... I might just have to call in sick that week, you know? ;D You mentioned lurkers and that happens to be me. I'm just in awe of high % trophy hunters (99% and above). It's a personal goal of mine and seeing consistency in others gives me hope I can one day take on the same mantle. I'm not sure if you exclusively go for % completion but even if you don't, having that high of a completion rate is pretty cool none the less. Anyway, the reason I decided to poke in and say hi again was because of your 9k (congrats) and I wanted to know your opinion on Hundred Knight. It's a game that's come across my radar a few times. Is it a hard plat in your opinion? Skill based? Is it grindy? I saw you mentioned max difficulty in there which always throws me off at first glance. I'm one of those paranoid people plays very little hard games. Only one I have on my profile is Super Meat Boy and I'm lightly upset on that one because I'm not sure if I can beat it. Ideally would like to 100% every game I own so I'm not trying to play too many games that are hard in an unnecessarily, brutal, almost impossible way. Edit: Oh and unfortunately I haven't played Medievil. It reminds me of old classic gamecube style games though looking at it (I just pulled up a video of it on YouTube). Is it a remake of something from that era?
  4. From what I've learned today the most important thing to remember is that just because something isn't affecting you doesn't mean it isn't having a critical impact on other people. Being aware and conscious to the world around you, being considerate to follow the necessary steps to help prevent the spread and most importantly being open to helping others who may be affected by what's going on is very important. Other people may be in a panic but you can always be the strong rock that they can lean on for help in times of crisis. I just send strong thoughts to the men and women who are on the front lines fighting to figure out the full spectrum of this virus, what permanent effects is has and especially the people in the hospitals treating others right now. I know probably in some places people might be working over time due to the influx of patients in care of medical professionals which can be stressful. If we all work together to stop this before it even starts, so to speak, less people will have to suffer at the hands of this thing and potentially die of it.
  5. My friend kept trying to get me to play the original FF7 on PS4, but I told him that if I did, I'd know the story too much and it wouldn't be as "exciting". Now he's completely jealous because I'll go in not knowing anything about the story. With the updated graphics, modern combat style (which I personally love. Reminds me of a mix between FF13 and FF15 combat styles), loveable characters and of course... another sweet plat to add to the collection, what's not to love? I almost considered not putting it on the list as well, but then I'd have to complete everything else before I got to it. Now I have an "excuse" to slide it right into my gaming schedule... Okay, so I'd have played it anyway. At least now if I get it done it can be on my backloggery list. A double win. For the demo, I haven't played it yet. My plan is to play it 1 day before the launch. That way, I can get super excited and not have to wait for weeks to play the real thing (only reason I haven't played the demo now). Argh. April 10th. So far yet so close now! I just hope they don't screw it up. A proper FF game that pays homage to the original formula, with modern twists on it... that's what we need. Personally I'm now overlooking FF15's disaster because I consider it one big beta test for graphics for FF7R.
  6. Top of the morning to you backlog hunters! At least here in the USA it's morning. Anyway, it's been extremely fun to read your updates and progress reports over the last couple hours. Some of you have some pretty large lists that make me wonder if you'll be able to complete them all in time... but don't worry, I'll be cheering you on all the way through it. Don't make me whip out another pokemon cheerleader gif though *shakes finger*. Amid all the updates here's what I've been up too up to mid-month... Color Code: Red = Game not started. Green = Game is in progress. Blue = Game completed to 100% + DLC. ☐ Dark Souls 1: Remastered + DLC (PS4) 0% ☐ Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin + DLC (PS4) 0% ☐ Dark Souls 3 + DLC (PS4) 0% ☐ Dragons Dogma: Dark Arisen (PS4) 0% ☑ Darksiders 1: Warmastered Edition (PS4) 100% on March 13th, 2020. ☐ Final Fantasy 7: Remake (PS4) 0% So, Darksiders 1 has been completed which went great with the RPG event. As a Christian myself, I absolutely loved the references to things like the seven seals, Eden, Tree of Knowledge, "Destroyer", "Betrayer", "Creator", "Council", "Horseman" that links back to biblical source material. Not that you have to be religious at all to understand it (and it's wildly different). My Christian friends would probably shake their head at me for playing it and enjoying it but come on... it's just a game. Haha. It's a hack and slasher, Zelda dungeon crawler, RPG element sprinkled game. Kind of a trail mix bowl of genres. Sprinkle a little angels and demons in there, add a big flashy sword, mix to perfection and wa-la. You got yourself a Darksiders. With that out of the way I am starting on the main meat of this event for me: Dark Souls. All three games. All DLC. My plan is to get up to the last trophy in each game (for the plat) quit and move to the next game. Then I'll platinum all 3 games on the same day in order so they appear numerically on my profile from 1-3. I've played the original Dark Souls multiple times on my Xbox, so this should go by extremely quickly. I haven't played Dark Souls 2 or 3 before in my life, so we'll see how quickly those go by. A bit nervous i won't complete, even though I only have 6 games. Why? Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Enough said. My excitement for that game is insane. It's a game I'm going to take slowly, enjoying every piece of it. I've never played FF7 before, but this game looks AMAZING. Which means... no other backloggery progress will happen in that time. We'll see how it plays out. That's why I gotta get going on Dark Souls... after I eat breakfast today. Cheers and happy gaming everyone! Good luck on all your goals and I can't wait to see you guys succeed!
  7. Update 2: Darksiders: Warmastered Edition (NA/PS4): 100 + 70 - 19.34 = 150.66 * 3 (call out bonus) = 451.98 points earned. Notes: Thank you so much @scarishbal for the game recommendation. Darksiders is a game that I had actually played almost a decade ago and completely forgot about. It took me a long time to remember what little I could about the game. I'd say almost 95% of the game felt brand new to me. I completely forgot the story, characters (other than Wars name being... War). Game itself was awesome hack and slahsher, rpg mix of fun that made me feel like every second was worth it. As a Christian I like the twist they did on Revelations end time prophecy with the seven seals, using the four horseman and stuff like that. Seeing places like Eden, Tree of Knowledge, "Destroyer" and things like that are little head nods to biblical source which is awesome. My Christian friends would shake their head at me but hey, I found it totally worth the journey. Now... onto Dark Souls!!!! Breakdown of points: Platinum - 1 * 100 = 100 points Gold - 3 trophies * 6 points = 18 points Silver - 13 trophies * 2 points = 26 points Bronze - 26 trophies * 1 point = 26 points 100 + 18 + 26 + 26 = 170 points 19.34 = platinum rarity as of 3/14/2020 (PSNP) 170 - 19.34 = 150.66 3* multiplier = Callout bonus from @scarishbal from Callout Post :D 150.66 * 3 = 451.98
  8. Back above 90% again. Made some more progress on Skyrim earlier this month while playing Darksiders 1 (1 trophy to go). Been a pretty slow month due to work and everything else going on. Going to a wedding in a few weeks that I'm taking part of. So every weekend so far has been out and about shopping/buying stuff/trying stuff on for hours. Last weekend I spent most of Saturday filing taxes/doing house work. This weekend is the first one in awhile where I won't be doing anything important so hopefully will be able to play a lot more. Going to start Dark Souls 1 which I've already played multiple times on Xbox, so I'm just going to speed run through that as fast as possible to get to Dark Souls 2. Trying to get some stuff done before Final Fantasy 7 remake comes out which is where all progress will halt as I enjoy that game to the fullest.
  9. Work and life have been hitting me pretty hard this spring so far. I gotta get more points on the board to catch up with ya'all. Some pretty nice numbers so far well done everyone.
  10. It sure as hell would save me a lot of money because I wouldn't buy 9/10the games I do without the achievement/trophy systems. I only play 3 games on PC (Terarria, Factorio and TERA) that just aren't as good on Xbox/PlayStation. I'm one of those people that pretty much only plays most games for trophies/achievements, the enjoyment of overall gaming is long since dead to me except for releases like FF7R where the amount of effort put into the game is so obvious that it's exciting again. The current industry as a whole is utter garbage with microtransactions, loot boxes, crappy releases, low effort just to make money. Trophies enhance a lot of these games for me and gives something to go for that justifies even buying these games. If PlayStation removed trophies I'd swap back to Xbox and just keep my PlayStation for those top-tier RPG's that never got released on Xbox but that's about it.
  11. Goodness! I'm internally screaming at my own backlog of over 70 games right now I haven't even started (that PlayStation winter sale was too good). It's gonna take me months/year to get through what I have. I can't imagine having over 6,000 games to play. That's like almost 2/3'rds of the entire PlayStation library right? ikemenzi has about 8k games played (but not completed). It would take a life time to complete that library. With PlayStation 5 coming up, that list is only going to grow. You've musta spent tens of thousands of dollars on that collection by now. You don't have to buy any more games you have your lifetime supply. Haha.
  12. There's something to be said about gaming becoming the pinnacle of your life to the point it drowns out responsibility, motivation and sucks your social life dry to a point where it can be considered destructive or even addictive. However, such can be said about drinking... drugs... TV... social media time... expensive toys... cars... houses...anything can and will become an idol if you devote so much time to it that it drowns out everything else. Having a well balanced life is the key to managing anything you do. Gaming is definitely not just for children. It's an industry that makes billions of dollars a year over a wide age demographic and encompass a wide range of players: casual, professional, hobbyist, trophy hunters/achievement hunters, modders, MMO's, shooters, looters, RPG's, story driven games, etc. It's brought people together, started communities and fandoms. It's inspired people to draw, read, write, code/software development, go to college/universitys for this stuff. It's started careers and companies. People are invested in it, watch market shares, analyze new games coming out. It's started eSports events and teams. It's so much bigger than people realize but for some reason it gets this underhanded scrutiny and backlash from people on the outside bubble. It's the same thing I guess as YouTubing or Streaming for a career. It's just an "unconventional" entertainment source that's still pretty new to the modern era (only a couple decades old). What I like about gaming is how open the playing field is. You don't have to be a Michael Jordan to enjoy playing a basketball game or hell, even being good enough to go pro with games. It's opened up a wide range of opportunities, story telling and entertainment for millions of people around the world to connect, achieve and experience the wonders of something bigger than themselves. Gaming is awesome and I'm glad I was born in a era where I get to experience this sort of fun. That said I still go outside and socialize, experience the world and work a full time job. I don't feel any less of a man for playing video games, enjoying JRPG's and being giddy about Final Fantasy 7 remake. I'm paying my bills, working at my career, hanging out with friends, doing stuff other than gaming, taking care of my responsibilities... but man oh man those downtime hours I get to spend gaming are awesome. It's my hobby and I'm proud of it.
  13. Oh my goodness, Halo: Reach. Brings back so many memories. The hours wasted, the credits earned. Ah... 2010 you've come and gone. Also the "ForeverLog" is catchy phrase for backlogs. Good one. I like it.
  14. There's only one way to go to the grand capital... on the back of that bulls butt kicking it all the way past the goblins and harpies.
  15. I for one will continue to support them! If they stop making games with bad trophy lists, what will PSNP have to complain about?!? It'll be the end of the world as we know it! The free entertainment will dry up and that's just no fun. /s But seriously, the only reason (most, not all, but most) people even give a damn about Rata in a negative view is because it has "destroyed the leaderboards". Aww, shucks, how sad... As far as I know on a day to day basis of Rata releasing games... it hasn't once changed my enjoyment of the stuff I like! I'm not suddenly depressed because JoeBobTrophz will stack another 6 games because that just totally ruins my day-to-day gaming experience. Whatever will I do, it's just too much. REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. Honestly if PSNP didn't exist or any trophy tracking site for that matter, most people wouldn't even glance at Rata. I think if you honestly care about Rata so much that you're bothered by people stacking their games or berating people for playing Rata games, you got a serious problem and you take trophys way too damn seriously. I don't see how Rata games having easy lists prevents you from playing the game and completing it... unless... maybe you just don't like the game in the first place? Hmm... interesting... My point is, take trophies out of it and people who complain about stacking wouldn't even want to buy the games in the first place and if you DO buy them you're just upset you can't keep up the pace/price of people who can afford to stack it 6 times. Take the old days of games for example, when there weren't even trophy lists or achievements. You'd buy and enjoy AND complete the games you like to play. You'd buy the game for the region you were in (NA, Japan, Europe, etc.) and that was that. What's preventing you from doing that with a Rata game? I don't see how having an easy trophy list prevents you from enjoying the game. I don't see how stacking magically affects your gaming experience/what you like to play. I don't see how someone stacking 6 ezpz games magically makes your hard earned, ultra rare, sweat blood and tears platinum nullified to ashes. However.... ... All I do constantly see, once you scrape away all the layers, is people bitching about the leaderboard positions because these people have a lot of money, time and energy to burn on easy crap and you don't. Which... suddenly makes all your ultra rares/feats/experiences worthless and destroys your gaming career as we know it...? I guess? It amuses me that in this magical race to the top where (currently) platinum/trophy count is all that matters, that there's this "suprised pikachu" face when people... play easy games to get their rank up super fast. *gasp* How did that happen? If it wasn't Rata games, the people racing for plats would look for whatever is the next "easiest" layer to conquer because that's what it takes to keep your position. Rata just happens to be the easiest outlet for that to happen and so it's put in the lime-light a lot more. ... Also to be fair I actually don't play any game past the platinum trophy/1000G gamerscore (back on Xbox) unless it warrants it. The gaming industry these days has gone down in standards as a whole and a lot of these games get really, really boring super quickly. I don't even think I'd play games at ALL these days if it weren't for trophies (PS), Achievements (Xbox) or Steam achievements and the like. It's rare a game captivates me so much that I'd play it past the plat. The only series so far I'd do that in are the Tales, Final Fantasy and sandbox games because I actually enjoy those games so much. Like Terarria on PC. I played it for hundreds of hours past the 100% because it's damn fun to play. It's why I'm looking forward to Final Fantasy 7 remake because it's been a long time since the prospect of a game coming out made me this excited. I know I'll be turning the game world upside down finding every last item and secret, well beyond the platinum if it turns out to be that way.
  16. People usually region stack to stay high on the current PSNP leaderboards/boost platinum count and it is pretty much a mandatory requirement if you're chasing the top for amount of platinums earned. Another reason is stacking to complete all versions of a series for all regions of their favorite game. Other than that, it has no real value and I don't know anyone that stacks games for any other purpose. I do know people who buy games from other regions that aren't available in their own region (at all). Like Japanese only games or something, but that's totally okay. Most people I know who stack buy those currency cards on various third party sites that they redeem on the account they're using to buy JP games or such. It's a pretty big debate if stacking should count or not (for the leaderboards). Currently it does. In my opinion though I really don't think it should, unless the versions have different content all together/different trophy lists which would warrant the versions being separate. For the top trophy hunters they trade games on sites like ps3imports, so that they don't have to carry the burden of buying all the games by themselves. Game trading is a pretty big thing once you're chasing the top ranks.
  17. They will all be on PS4. The director said that they were not ready yet to fully push full swing into the next generation-only titles or releases. With PS5 having backwards compatibility, they are already developing part 2 for the PS4 and any other parts will follow suit to utilize the BC. That said though down the line there might be a PS5 version that maybe enhances the details even further, but that won't happen until the entire development is completed. Source --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Demo made me that much more confident in my pre-order of the deluxe edition. Never played, experienced and know very little about FF7 but I have played other-turn based Final Fantasy games before (FF4, 5, 6, 12, 13 and the real time ff15). FF7R combat seems to be the marriage between turn based and real-time-action that the devs have been playing with since Final Fantasy 12. People that expect the old turn based to be around in the modern era make me chuckle a little. I'm glad they are taking the time to invent and expand upon the formula instead of sticking to the old. Will be a fresh experience for the oldies and the new generation of gamers at the same time. Combat feels extremely natural having played Final Fantasy 13 and 15 all the way through (twice!). Using the short-cut commands in real time is smooth, swapping characters is easy (Final Fantasy 13 paradigm shift reflexes)! Might just be me but the combat is awesome and I can't wait to see how it evolves as the characters grow/customization unlocks for the characters. Absolutely cannot wait for April 10th and I'm so happy not going into this with nostalgia glasses so I can judge the game solely based on what's presented to me instead of trying to inject what I think the game should be.
  18. Spring Backlog event is in progress so I'll be cranking out more RPG's now. Numbers might be getting smaller, still on track to at least get to 99%. Woot! I'll come back to SMB later.
  19. Small update before the event starts. Cleaned up my original post to be less wordy + added Final Fantasy 7 remake. Ended up pre-ordering the deluxe edition. April 10th you'll find me on the couch with my eyes glued in wonder at this game. Also the 11th... and the 12th... yeah, let's just say I'm dropping whatever I'm doing to 100% this game. Therefore it will make the list, because it WILL get the platinum treatment.
  20. Yeah, that was almost precisely my point. I'm just trying to play devils advocate here, so I hope I'm not offending anyone. I'm personally more on the side of skill/legit/no glitches, but trying to see it from both sides here... In speedrunning there is a concise, objective standard to reach that separates skilled players from unskilled players: time to complete a game, usually recorded so people can analyze/verify your runs. What about trophy hunting? What's our objective standard here? What might be important to me, might not be important to you (as you said). What's important to you, might not even reach the tip of my mind for me. There's no standard in trophy hunting. Is it completion %? Is it amount of hard games played? Rarity? Total platinums earned? Trophies earned, regardless of plats? Ezpz games? What makes a trophy hunter a "legit" or "skilled" trophy hunter? There's so many different standards thrown around but no one's every come to a set of "rules" everyone else must follow or else you're "out". So whats to say someone can't glitch/shareplay/etc? However I totally agree with you that things like glitched trophies/exploits demerit the value of trophies as a whole (rarity, completion, plats earned)... for yourself and what you care about. Which sucks, I wholeheartedly agree. The point I was thinking with the gatekeeping though, is who is right? Is it you, who cares about rarity? Or the person who only gives a damn about platinum's, to hell with morals and "legitness" to get everything and anything because that's what's important to them? It's like a circle that never ends because no one can figure out the objective standard we're all supposed to be reaching for and hold each other accountable to. Whereas in speed running there's a standard you have to reach: time to completion. How you do that and what glitches you use is up to you, but if you don't practice and practice, you're not gonna get anywhere. If you do something outside the rules, you're eliminated. There is DEFINITELY a skill gap between the "has beens" and the "never gonna be" in that category. So far it looks like the only objective standard we have with trophy hunting is not to use cheating software to pop trophies in an unobtainable way. Beyond that, it's like the wild west. To be fair though to the conversation (for myself), there are games out there that I couldn't touch with a 50 foot pole because their difficulty is insane. I always will tip my hat off to those players who can play those games, not just for the trophies, but the act of playing the game itself is a monumental feat I couldn't obtain in a million years. I agree with @Spaz that there are games that should be TOUGH, without "easy modes" or devs caving into complaints and toning down the difficulty of the game itself. Again though, when it comes to the trophy hunting aspect of it, would it be fair to glitch your way through a platinum whereas others did it legit? Maybe, maybe not. That depends on your version of what your "standard" is for other gamers in this hobby. Since there's no official set of rules... you may be right and you may be wrong. It's all about perspective. (Again I'm just playing devils advocate here, imo I don't think it's very fair to those players that spent the time and effort to do something so insanely hard). Me, personally, I'd love for people to be honest about what glitches/exploits they used or hell even stop doing them all together. I'd love for "legit" gamers to be recognized for their feats and difficult games. Unfortunately, like you said, we don't have more leaderboards here. Which I don't get. TrueTrophies/TrueAchievements, as well as other sites, have more leaderboards. Why can't we? Maybe if we had more leaderboards and more standards, we would have a more clear expectation of what to hold each other accountable to for those different categories of trophy hunting. I've used glitches in Sekiro and Bloodborne to complete those games myself, so I'm a dirty little no-goody two shoes myself. Guilty as charged... but only cause I cared about my % completion, not necessarily doing everything "the right way". So I didn't see anything wrong with it or consider how it might affect others. Someone above mentioned that they don't really see this issue out in the open/it being imaginary issue. To me, I think it exists, but more so mentally than actually coming out and telling someone about it. People will judge other profiles/dismiss them/other players effectively gatekeeping others, even if they don't say anything about it. Which is fine, we all probably do that to some degree. Keeping it to yourself is probably the best solution: if you see something you don't like just move on. That's why my conclusion was not giving a damn about other players: it's beyond your control, it might affect you but there's nothing you can do about it.
  21. Well this hits super close to home for me. I used to be a INSANE elitist when it came to games I played like League of Legends or TERA and boy the effort wasted caring about other people instead of what I was doing... Yikes. I've mentioned this in various other places, but people need to realize most gamers just want to have fun at the end of the day. Such a waste of time and effort to be worrying about what others are doing. It's beyond your control and shouldn't have any effect your personal gaming/goals/achievements. Being an elitist is so draining. In regards to trophy hunting, I'd rather see more trophy hunters of all types than have someone get upset because I brought them down for what they like to do. The only time these days I'll get upset is if someone comes at me with the same eEgo attitude I used to have. I'm here (in the gamingverse) to have fun, not be ridiculed and judged for what I like to do. Sadly, in the end you'll always have some eEgo elite people who like bashing down people on both sides of the playing field. "You're not good enough, you used a glitch, blah, blah, blah.. blah blah blah" all the way to "I'm so much better than you because I completed this in half the time of you using this exploit hahahaha you sux git gud". I don't get this. Cheat codes/game shark/glitches/exploits have been around since forever in games. In a way, it's almost an artistic form of finding unique ways to break the game. Just look at all the speed running games/gamers and how happy they get breaking these games. Then, look at all the players who legitimately speed run the same games without using glitches and exploits. Each sector is happy in their own right. Why? They are having FUN doing what they like to do. Period. End of discussion. So, if you like to run games "legit and skilled"? Find people like yourself and go have fun competing among yourselves. Like to glitch games? Go for it. Each side has to stop treating the other like they are somehow disgusting, vile human beings. It's despicable. What's the use of getting angry over something someone else did? Nothing. No benefit. No reward. Nada. Goose egg. So I find it so amusing how the speed running community shares secrets, tactics, glitches and exploits for the purposes of making each other better/speeding up the game. Yet in this hobby if you're really struggling with a trophy and ask for/get help/shareplay, you could get pushed down for "lack of skill" or some other ridiculous reason. Let's take Dark Souls. Me personally, I never used the summoning system when I played through it. Others definitely did to earn the same stuff I did. Do I go hunting these players down, bashing and mocking them? Not at all. At the end of the day, I completed the game the way I wanted too, they completed the game they wanted too. We both move forward and are happy with our results. It's not that big of a deal, honestly. What's next? Using guides makes you a "inferior" gamer? Can't play co-op enabled games cause using two players instead of one makes you, personally, a terrible gamer to be shamed for all time? Please. The "hard to bite" truth for all of us is that at the end of the day in 5.. 10... 20 years from now, literally next to no one but ourselves will care what you did on your PlayStation, what trophies you glitched for, earned "legit", what games you played, how "skilled" you were or anything like that. The games we play today will be long, long dead by that time and people will be focusing on the fresh and new games of that era, up and coming pro-gamers, current best trophy hunters, tackling new challenges and the cycle repeats again. Only thing that matters is can you look back and say you personally had fun doing what you did? That's pretty much it. No one else gives a damn. Ever since I stopped worrying about what other people do, life's just so much sweeter not only in games but in the real world too. If you glitch for a trophy it took me hours to earn, more power to you. I earned it my way, you earned it your way. Nothing to get worked up about. I will never understand why some people think that the way they play their games somehow translates to them being king of the castle over everyone else. You're just a player like everyone else, woop de doo. That's why the only question I'll ever ask people is: Are you having fun with your gaming? If so, great! If not, maybe you need to work on that, cause that speaks more to your own heart than what others are doing. Thus concludes my thoughts on the matter. I will continue spreading the gospel of not giving a damn and hope it catches on someday. I'm sure more people would be mellowed out if they thought the same way. >x>
  22. Oh, you're absolutely right on that one. I don't doubt that I'll probably spend hundreds of hours in this game on the smallest things up to Impossible Boy, then the hours I'll spend on that to learn it... Yikes. I'm not as good at platformers anymore as I thought I was, even the simplest of things in this game are giving me trouble, especially the warp zones. I think realistically I could earn everything up to Zombie/Impossible Boy. I've tried several of these earlier no death runs beyond Wood Boy and I get to like the 17th-19th level and screw something up. Argh. Definitely a game I'm going to be playing over the course of a very long time.
  23. I have a bad habit of rambling in my replies on these threads sometimes, you put what I was trying to get at in a much better fashion. Can be dangerous on the extreme on both sides. Kudos. I have to mention though, that middle part there hit me deep: scanning trophy lists for missable trophies only to spoil parts of the story for myself. Definitely guilty and I talked about that in another thread. There's been some small times where I wish I didn't care as much about my % completion as I do, but I have too much fun with it in the end. Maybe if these RPG's had less grindy or less "miss one item and you're screwed" trophies I'd be more inclined to do a completely blind play-through of these games. Ah well. Guilty is me. I still have fun chasing the % though, so it's all good. You echoed my thoughts exactly about my mentality when it comes to this whole trophy thing/other peoples thoughts. The world is already stressful enough/people look down on games/time spent playing/hunting stupid virtual icons/whatever. Then I come to a site to talk to others who have the same hobby as I do, only to find the same sorts of negative attitudes? Nah. If I wouldn't want others to judge me on what I do, I sure as hell won't judge others on what they do. These are real people who come from different backgrounds/lives. Everyone has a different goal/gets fun out of games in different ways. It's why the only question I'll ever ask is "Are you having fun?" If the answer is yes, then keep on keeping on, within reason of course. That's all that ever matters. Just don't make it the epicenter of your life to where it becomes an addiction.
  24. Got above 90% but that's gonna rise and fall until I can complete these games off my backlog. Wrapped up Diablo 3, now trying to focus on Skyrim for awhile. Next month is going to be interesting because I have a lot of games to start for the RPG/Spring Backlog event. So my % is gonna drastically fall while I'm playing all these, then rise back up as I complete them. Definitely don't think I'll hit that 100% within the year though. Super Meat Boy has been giving me headaches so I've put that to the side for now. Hoping I can get at least 99% though.