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« Reply #13920 on: January 08, 2013, 02:02:24 am »

Back then it was kinda paranoid. But pretty soon everyone in the world including future employers and ex-girlfriends knows when you write a troll Youtube comment.

Hell, Google's been tracking my porn for a while, which is ok. But now if I log into my email or even some third party webtool that uses a G+ sign up, it associates my porn to my Google account and stores a 'private' history of it.

I make a dirty joke on an anonymous Facebook joke group and it goes into the news feed of all my friends and conservative relatives. I log into LinkedIn with a smartphone and it downloads all my contact info from my phone. It's getting fucking ridiculous. Sad
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« Reply #13921 on: January 08, 2013, 03:27:35 am »

FUCKIN RADICALISH
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« Reply #13922 on: January 08, 2013, 03:31:19 am »

so Richard Stallman is not that crazy after all ?



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« Reply #13923 on: January 08, 2013, 07:54:10 am »

Didn't know where to post or even if someone would care so... why not here? I've recentle reviewed Retro City Rampage on Videogamegeek.com and wantd to share it on TIGForum

Note: I played the game on the Playstation Vita, but I think this review is valid for all versions of the game.

On paper, Retro City Rampage is the perfect recipe for success. If there is one thing that is more popular than Grand Theft Auto, it’s a retro game made of big, fat pixels. So, Retro City Rampage, a GTA-like set in the 80’s and made to look like it’s been developed for good old Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), must be the Game of Year, right? RIGHT?

Well, not really. I mean, sure, why not, it seems that any game can call itself game of the year nowadays (even Dead Island, despite a metascore of 71 or 80, depending on the platform). But if by GOTY, we mean a title that will forever be associated with the pinnacle of gaming in 2012, then I’m afraid we’ll have to look some other directions.

The problem doesn’t reside in the audio-visuals. It would be very harsh to find a flaw to Retro City Rampage in that domain. The graphics are nothing short of exquisite. The vehicles are super-cute, the tiny NPCs have recognizable features, and the whole city looks perfectly 8-bit too. And that’s not all: there are at least a dozen graphical modes to be tinkered with in the options menu. Would you prefer a Gameboy look (monochrome green)? Or a 4-colours CGA mode of old IBM PCs? The game has you covered, along with many other style (C64, Virtual Boy, you name it). It has been done before, but never this well. Each graphical mode has a distinctive style and none of them is impractical. You can make a choice and stick to it or mix and match as you play, the graphics are always going to look awesome anyway. There even is a couple of levels that encourage you to put on those red/blue 3D glasses and experience them is retro 3D.

Likewise, a lot of efforts have been invested into the music. Three musicians (Freaky DNA, virt and Norrin Radd) have teamed up to provide one of history’s longest chiptune soundtracks (reportedly some 150 minutes). While the music only rarely elevates itself to the level of, say, VVVVVV’s tunes (by Souleye), it is never mediocre and has its fair share of memorable melodies. In contrast, the sound effects are much more basic, but this is in keeping with the 8-bit feeling that permeates the whole thing.

Retro doesn’t stop at technical aspects either. Retro City Rampage is positively littered with humorous references to 80’s and early 90’s pop culture. From video games (obviously) to TV shows and movies, they are virtually impossible to count. Some references are easy to get by almost anyone, but others will be completely oblivious to you if you haven’t grown up in the 80’s with a gamepad or remote in your hands. Because those references are the game’s biggest selling point, you ought to really wonder if you belong to the target demographic before you commit your cash, as your enjoyment will greatly depend on that factor.

Alas, this is where the unconditional praise must stop. For here comes the section about the gameplay. In truth, there is nothing truly terrible about it. But it fails to live up to the game’s great audio-visual charm. The main missions present varied challenges (although that’s not the case for side-missions - more on that later) with different mechanics, mostly borrowed from Good Old Games of YesteryearsTM(not really). But the problems are three-fold.

First, the game is much funnier than it is fun. The beginning of most missions would make me smile at the idea on which it is based, but the actual execution would often disappoint. Next come the frustration and chaos. In many fighting levels (and they abound), the game makes you mash buttons and hope for the best. The difference between failure and success is often due to randomness, not skill. Add to the equation the sometimes punishing difficulty and you’ll have many missions that will kill you tens of times before letting you pass, often leaving you scratching your head at what went differently that time. In truth, the majority of missions are better designed than what I describe, but you’ll spend so much time replaying the same unfair levels over and over again that you’d be forgiven to not notice.

Then we have the side-missions and so-called “killing-sprees”. While the former are mostly OK, though usually less creative than the main missions, the latter are mostly forgettable affairs. Virtually all of them consist of trying to kill the greatest number of people in a limited time. A couple of them are a blast (who wouldn’t like a tank killing spree, or playing as the Grim Reaper himself?), but the rest quickly gets repetitive.

You could argue that all of these problems stem from the fact that Retro City Rampage is, essentially, the labour of love of a one-man team, namely Brian Provinciano. This is a game of incredible scope and because of its nature, it touches on a huge variety of Video Games genres. How could a single man nail all of them? The answer is obvious: it’s impossible! In fact, it’s already a small-scale miracle that so much feels right already.

The game is huge and there are many features that I have not mentioned: free-roaming modes, character customization, virtual arcade games,… There is a lot of value for the (very) reasonable entry fee. The problem is: with the brilliant but flawed game design, will you still enjoy the game after beating the main storyline (which should take about 10 hours)? I know I won’t get back to it before some time has passed. The frustration is still too fresh!

The bottom-line is this: There is a lot, and I mean a LOT to love in Retro City Rampage. On many levels, it is beyond amazing. But, by trying to be too many things at once, it is somehow less enjoyable than the sum of its parts. I would still recommend that you give it a try, but only if you grew up in the 80’s, otherwise you’d miss the best that Retro City Rampage has to offer: nostalgic spoofs!

Ups & Downs

+ Beautiful!
+ Huge!
+ Nice chiptune music
+ Hundreds of Retro references
+ Great ideas a-plenty

- Very frustrating at times
- Some levels lack polish
- Less interesting side-quests

Rating: 7/10
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« Reply #13924 on: January 08, 2013, 08:02:15 am »

Didn't know where to post or even if someone would care so... why not here? I've recentle reviewed Retro City Rampage on Videogamegeek.com and wantd to share it on TIGForum

Note: I played the game on the Playstation Vita, but I think this review is valid for all versions of the game.

On paper, Retro City Rampage is the perfect recipe for success. If there is one thing that is more popular than Grand Theft Auto, it’s a retro game made of big, fat pixels. So, Retro City Rampage, a GTA-like set in the 80’s and made to look like it’s been developed for good old Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), must be the Game of Year, right? RIGHT?

It...it originally was supposed to be, but a custom mapper was too much work.
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« Reply #13925 on: January 08, 2013, 01:29:33 pm »

social justice hate group

how did you even figure out how to breathe?
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« Reply #13926 on: January 08, 2013, 03:34:52 pm »

he's jsut a coward
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« Reply #13927 on: January 08, 2013, 03:36:42 pm »

social justice hate group

how did you even figure out how to breathe?

youre fucking insane if you think shitredditsays isn't a hate group.
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« Reply #13928 on: January 08, 2013, 03:40:11 pm »

sure if hating actual hate groups is a hate group.
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« Reply #13929 on: January 08, 2013, 03:48:43 pm »

who cares about reddit anyway
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« Reply #13930 on: January 08, 2013, 03:50:18 pm »

I enjoy buttermilk waffles
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« Reply #13931 on: January 08, 2013, 03:52:13 pm »

I am eating haraam food :(
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« Reply #13932 on: January 08, 2013, 03:54:39 pm »

you havent lived until youve experienced corn dog tots

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« Reply #13933 on: January 08, 2013, 04:00:49 pm »

I'm a vegetarian and I think you are evil for not being a vegetarian because this is the internet and that's how we do things on here  Cool
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« Reply #13934 on: January 08, 2013, 04:26:45 pm »

I'm a vegetarian and I think you are evil for not being a vegetarian because this is the internet and that's how we do things on here  Cool

Boring.

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Delicious. I've always hated having to eat around that stick.
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« Reply #13935 on: January 08, 2013, 04:38:19 pm »

I was making fun of the self righteous people...
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« Reply #13936 on: January 08, 2013, 04:58:47 pm »

Which is boring.
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« Reply #13937 on: January 08, 2013, 05:00:59 pm »

social justice hate group

how did you even figure out how to breathe?

youre fucking insane if you think shitredditsays isn't a hate group.

i bet you think the black panthers were a hate group
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« Reply #13938 on: January 08, 2013, 05:50:42 pm »

Which is boring.
Fair enough  Smiley

social justice hate group

how did you even figure out how to breathe?

youre fucking insane if you think shitredditsays isn't a hate group.

i bet you think the black panthers were a hate group

Preface: I am (mostly) white.

The Black Panthers (well, most of them, Eldridge Cleaver was a pretty terrible person. White or Black) were heroes. I don't think they really belong in the same discussion as a bunch of people who spend their time pointing out why people on the internet are terrible. I mean, I have seen some messed up things on shitredditsays, but making a joke on the internet is not really comparable to capturing, enslaving, and whipping a human being. And not supporting shitredditsays in no ways means that zalzane automatically hates black people or thinks ill of the black panthers, period. I mean, he may. But you don't have nearly enough information to jump to that conclusion

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« Reply #13939 on: January 08, 2013, 06:51:30 pm »

first off, i'm not fucking accusing him of hating black people. it's reasonable to assume most people don't think they're a hate group, because they, like srs, were protecting their own fucking interests. and the panthers obviously weren't active antebellum, they weren't fighting actual slavery. they were fighting racism, racism that sometimes turned into white-on-black violence. rape culture is the same fucking thing: it's misogyny that sometimes turns into sexual assault
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