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  1. What’s helped me a lot get out of that funk lately has been streaming. Started a Twitch thing with my older brother, and we’ve just been blitzing these fun coop games, playing them for their entertainment and the entertainment of the few watching us more than trophies. Not that trophies are eliminated from the equation, but the principle of the show seems to be more than that. And that’s a refreshing take on gaming. I’m gonna keep doing that, I think.
  2. It’s funny, when I see a trophy list with a ton of obscure missable trophies, I tend to avoid it because I’m just so tired of being guide dependent in my platinum hunting. I have a PhD, so I like to read less nowadays. Like I have never really bothered to sit down and play Final Fantasy X-2 because of what that entails, whereas I’m sure I would just love the game if I could get the 100% thing out of my head. Actually play it knowing I have another play through or two down the road. But the thought of missing 0.1% of the game after investing 60-80 hours into it and then having to do it all again...disgusts me (whereas years ago, I would have embraced it). The personal and relational ontology of the trophy hunter has shifted so much in the last few years, most of us are just trying to get a grip on our gaming identity. I can’t even play a quick, straightforward game without experiencing some kind of sense of shame because of the politics of this forum. And when I do invest time into a hard, long AAA that I don’t care to finish or have the ability to finish, then it’s more shame from the people here trolling completion percentage. Or what about when the game is “in-between”? I find myself looking at rarity statistics and then downplaying my achievement because it’s not ultra rare or very rare. These thoughts go through my head even though, in the end, I don’t give a shit what others profess. It’s not personal, but my gaming ontology is shifting like everyone else’s, something I think you’re getting at here in the original post. A lot of people on this thread complain about contemporary politics and the way they are done, but interestingly, the politics of gaming is as cutthroat and intense here as your typical day on Twitter. And it’s changing reality. Just another observation.
  3. And who would he be replaced with? An innovative, generous CEO who’s “for the people”? Please. His job is to make the company as much money as possible. Nothing more, nothing less. And if he can do that while pissing people off, he’s actually better at the job than some might think he is.
  4. Immoral? Buying a game for sale, playing it to its completion legitimately, enjoying it, is immoral? Just because trophy elitists here try to determine that? Making me nervous for the day of judgment, should have never fallen for Freddy Spaghetti...
  5. Why, you ask?? The answer is surveillance. The ps4 invented technology to record all conversations said in the vicinity. The ps5 model now has built-in video technology to record both voice and image. All that “information” is sent to spy agency headquarters around the world (yes, many, it’s a global movement). The ps3 was actually developed by someone who was against big data surveillance. It’s rumoured that its electrical aura is the only antidote to the ps4/ps5 spy technology. Their hope is that we’ll throw them away by blocking us out from playing new games. Don’t do it though, that’s just what they want.
  6. Try working in a sociology department. The slightest centrist inkling gets you pegged as a hard conservative. If you aren’t willing to accept that personal identity is the starting and endpoint of all evidence and truth and knowledge, and if you don’t believe that all public funds should be spent and debt borrowed infinitely, then you are a shunned, morally fraught, privileged character. Oh, and if you don’t play well in the oppression Olympics, you actually can’t work here.
  7. To effectively channel gaming rage, always play while sitting on a soft couch. I’ve learned that PlayStation controllers can take a lot of abuse before breaking or becoming ineffective if, and only if, you beat it hard into a very soft cushion. Never throw, simply turn to the empty seat on the couch and beat it on the very soft surface, as hard as necessary, while cursing, and you should be ok for at least a few years (including psychologically). You can add pillows for extra protection. My ps3 controllers still work after several couch sessions spread out over many games like Badland, Rogue Legacy, Wipeout HD, Hotline Miami 1 & 2, and sadly, Treasures of Montezuma 4.
  8. There’s always a narrative behind these kinds of games. Will be in the memory banks for years to come.
  9. On local coop today, my brother and I, after 3+ years of attempting this, earned the platinum trophy. I would like to remark on the second last level, China. On co-op play, the waves are way more intense than single player, and this level brought our teamwork, imagination, communication, and sheer perseverance to the highest level we have reached in gaming. There are no adequate coop guides for many of the levels, but China took imagination and improvisation and perfection to get a gold medal. The game is hard, plain and simple. We got stuck attempting to get gold medals on Russia, and left the game for over a year. Then we beat it. Then the next level, USA, stuck again. Beat it six months later. Then we grinded levels until China through intelligence and brute force, and we almost walked away from China three times. And then, partly by miracle, we completed the gold medal run on this level, and flew through Japan. It brought out the best in us, and honestly, I needed a win. Have a good day!
  10. I mean, I think it’s just about the route you take when you start gaming. You don’t exactly stumble upon completionism. You have to plan, almost from the beginning. When PlayStations started popping trophies, I didn’t exactly care to finish everything, played a lot more casually. Didn’t avoid games because of the list, like I occasionally do now. My completion rate is a sacrifice for trying some hard games I never would have if I was a completionist, and many I have completed with pride as a result of the risk taking.
  11. I felt like it was more about life than beating a specific game.
  12. Point is, get a plumber and pay the money. Pray he charges ethically. If not, you leave an anonymous online review.
  13. Depends how I feel. Can pop 5-600 trophies in a month and then also not game much at all for a few months. I ride the waves, high and low.
  14. Legend of Dragoon Mystical Ninja
  15. Very sorry for your loss and I wish you blessings in your life, abundantly.
  16. Some games break me. But some games make me.
  17. I actually didn’t get that one because I thought the songs looked too hard. True story.
  18. Why the fuck not?
  19. First, congratulations on finding a new job, especially in the pandemic. Second, yes, I do agree that some of the Rata games are garbage. However, the majority (+50%) I have enjoyed, at least somewhat. Enough that they were worth the 2-6 bucks. The fact they’re often so inexpensive make them more worth it in my opinion, I wouldn’t pay $20 for them. Usually, before I purchase them, I tend to check out a YouTube video of the gameplay to see if the game will “work” for me, because I do care about gameplay. If it’s a 2D retro shooter or adventure game, I’m there, they’re addictive, even if short. The puzzle games I find less fun and more frustrating. The times where I didn’t check out the gameplay in advance, I have sometimes regretted the experience and considered it to be a waste of my time. What I’m saying here is my relationship to Rata and Rata-like games is more complex than some people are typecasting it to be. It’s not just about trophies, although that is a great bonus. It’s about doing a rewarding game that often, at some point, presents a bit of a challenge, and can be overcome more quickly than other games. I have two kids, a wife, and a job, time is of the essence now, which was different for me a few years back. It’s not that I don’t hear what you’re saying in terms of the profile, but I do see a lot of profiles on here that have a lot of those platinums as well as worthwhile AAA plats or more rare trophies. I think that’s more of the general trend.
  20. Don’t diss the backdoor, man.
  21. I like to pay!
  22. I think there is a stigma present on cheaters in this forum, especially if they try to dispute another game and have a “stain” on their past. It can work against you in the pile-on. Rather than assess each dispute objectively, someone always loves to mention the past crimes before delivering a verdict, even if it’s not relevant to the dispute in question. And if you dare mention this on the dispute thread, your comments will usually be deleted because of “relevancy”, which as I am arguing, is kind of ironic. I get there are serial cheaters out there wasting the CRTs’ time daily, making new accounts, etc., but as a relevant point to this thread, I think the stain of a flagged game can work against you in this community should you be accused again. And now that you’ve made it public that you’re flagged, it wouldn’t surprise me if someone surveilled your account to find some more games in question, valid or not. There’s obviously a ghost team of users here on a mission to scour accounts for this kind of thing. Maybe that’s a good thing if it promotes the integrity of the leaderboard, but so many people on this forum want to label the leaderboard as essentially a joke because of “shovelware”, I’m starting to wonder if the whole cheat-investigations are even worth the time anymore for this community, just given the sheer volume of them. I guess “justice” has to be served, regardless of inequality.
  23. You got told.
  24. I like your analysis. I lean to the cheat side of it, personally. But that is complex.
  25. The Treasures of Montezuma 4 for ps3: Legends Don’t Lie (Get x99 multiplier). Been trying, usually once a year, for five years. And why? Because I fucking got x98, once, my first month playing it. And over the years, I’ve just got progressively worse at the game. I’ve given up now. The runner up is Gladiator School of Dead Island on ps3 (DLC). Just couldn’t bother leveling up the other characters and getting their weapons upgraded so I could survive 15 consecutive survival waves online. Plus the other players started trolling me online when I tried, would die on purpose Wave 14, and then my underleveled character would immediately die. They knew what I was trying to do, so I just moved on. Was just too burnt out after doing every other trophy in the game plus Riptide.