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Day 30 - Personal Gaming Tradition

I guess for me, I always immediately turn subtitles on, since most games with talking have it defaulted to off.  I’m still not sure why, since I don’t do this with when watching TV! 😄

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2 hours ago, WackerJr said:

Day 30 - Personal Gaming Tradition

I guess for me, I always immediately turn subtitles on, since most games with talking have it defaulted to off.  I’m still not sure why, since I don’t do this with when watching TV! 😄

My reasoning for that is the fact that cutscenes may have important info on what needs to be done next.

In a TV show, if you blank on a piece of info that a character says, the story still continues, do that in a game and you may find yourself thinking "Hang on, where do I go now?", which brings the plot to a halt.

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**WARNING, TOO MUCH TIME ON HANDS ALERT**

Firstly, brilliant Challenge @Cube, it was great fun popping in every day and seeing everyones choices and which were more popular than others. I've been noting down everyone's picks with each passing day to see any trends.

 

- Overall, there were a total of 305 games mentioned.

 

- The highest number of game mentions in a single category:

FIVE MENTIONS IN ONE CATEGORY:
F-Zero GX
, Racing Game
Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Most Relaxing Navigation

FOUR MENTIONS IN ONE CATEGORY:
Banjo Kazooie
, 3D Platformer
Goldeneye, Licensed video game
Mario Kart 8, Racing game
Super Mario World, 2D platformer
Super Monkey Ball, Best mini-game
Zelda: A Link to the Past, Opening Section to a Game
Zelda: Majora's Mask, Town or Village
Zelda: The Wind Waker, Most Relaxing Navigation

 

- The games with the biggest range of categories:

SEVEN CATEGORIES PER GAME:
Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Favourite Villain / Antagonist, Opening Section to a Game, Best Musical Moment, Credit Sequence, Town / Village, Best Final Mission, Best Boss Battle

SIX CATEGORIES PER GAME:
Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Most Relaxing Navigation, Town / Village, Best Musical Moment, Saddest Moment, Nicest Graphics / Art Style

FIVE CATEGORIES PER GAME:
Banjo Kazooie, 3D Platformer, Scariest Moment, Most Interesting Collectibles, Game That Takes You Back to Your Childhood, Personal Gaming Tradition
The Last of Us, Opening Section to a Game, Best Story, Scariest Moment, Saddest Moment, Favourite DLC/Expansion
The Witcher 3, Favourite Villain / Antagonist, Town / Village, Mini-Game, Licensed Video Game, Favourite DLC / Expansion
Zelda: The Wind Waker, Most Relaxing Navigation, Nicest Graphics / Art Style, Favourite Villain / Antagonist, Town / Village, Saddest Moment

 

- Overall, 31 games got 4 mentions or more:

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Banjo Kazooie
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy IX
F-Zero GX
Goldeneye
Halo: Combat Evolved
Mario Kart 8
Portal/Portal 2
Resident Evil 4
Shenmue
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Splatoon 1 / Splatoon 2
Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader
Super Mario 64
Super Mario Bros
Super Mario Odyssey
Super Mario World
Super Monkey Ball
Super Smash Bros. Melee
The Last of Us
The Witcher 3
Wii Sports
Yakuza 0
Zelda: A Link to the Past
Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Zelda: Majora's Mask
Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Zelda: Skyward Sword
Zelda: Twilight Princess
Zelda: The Wind Waker

 

- And finally, the moment you've all been waiting for...

THE TOP 10 N-EUROPE GAMES OF ALL TIME!!!! CUBE'S CHALLENGE THING

With SIX mentions each, 9th and 10th place:

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The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
Town / Village (4 votes)
Favourite Villain / Antagonist (1 vote)
Credits Sequence (1 vote)

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Super Monkey Ball
Mini Game (4 votes)
Most Relaxing Navigation (WTF) (1 vote)
Credits Sequence (1 vote)

With SEVEN mentions each, 7th and 8th place:

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Goldeneye 007
Licensed Video Game (4 votes)
Local Multiplayer (2 votes)
Opening Section to a Game (1 vote)

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The Last of Us
Opening Section to a Game (2 votes)
Best Story (2 votes)
Scariest Moment (1 vote)
Saddest Moment (1 vote)
Favourite DLC/Expansion (1 vote)

With EIGHT mentions each, 4th, 5th and 6th place:

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Banjo Kazooie
3D Platformer (4 votes)
Scariest Moment (1 vote)
Most Interesting Collectibles (1 vote)
Game That Takes You Back to Your Childhood (1 vote)
Personal Gaming Tradition (1 vote)

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Super Mario World
2D Platformer (4 votes)
Credit Sequence (2 votes)
Earliest Gaming Memory (1 vote)
Personal Gaming Tradition (1 vote)

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Favourite Villain / Antagonist (2 votes)
Opening Section to a Game (1 vote)
Best Musical Moment (1 vote)
Credit Sequence (1 vote)
Town / Village (1 vote)
Best Final Mission (1 vote)
Best Boss Battle (1 vote)

With NINE mentions each, 2nd and 3rd place:

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Most Relaxing Navigation (5 votes)
Town / Village (1 vote)
Best Musical Moment (1 vote)
Saddest Moment (1 vote)
Nicest Graphics / Art Style (1 vote)

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Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Best Racing Game (4 votes)
Online Multiplayer (3 votes)
Favourite DLC / Expansion (2 votes)

With a whopping TEN mentions, 1st place goes to:

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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Most Relaxing Navigation (4 votes)
Nicest Graphics / Art Style (3 votes)
Favourite Villain / Antagonist (1 vote)
Town / Village (1 vote)
Saddest Moment (1 vote)

There we have it, I think we can all agree the winner is also the greatest game ever made. :D No? Ok fine, close enough.

On a personal note, HARD MODE GET!, who else?

PS: Sorry @GenericAperson you must have posted while I was working on this!

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Haha, @Ronnie that is great stuff.

To be honest, I would be perfectly OK with Wind Waker taking the best game of all time  N- Europe.

Also, we finally have confirmation Banjo-Kazooie > Mario 64. Glad we have finally, after 23 long years, come to our senses. 

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11 minutes ago, Ronnie said:

 

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Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy IX

 

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Great, that'll teach me for not shoehorning Pokémon Mystery Dungeon into something more...

13 minutes ago, Nicktendo said:

Also, we finally have confirmation Banjo-Kazooie > Mario 64. Glad we have finally, after 23 long years, come to our senses. 

 

6 minutes ago, Nicktendo said:

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What can I say, at least justice prevailed where it counts. Banjo might owe it's existence to Mario 64, but it does it so much better!

And I will forever hate the big middle finger FFVIII gave me at the final boss for daring to think that levelling up would actually benefit me. So that sounds right to me as well.

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My final 5...

Day 26 - Favourite NPC:

Telly Vision from Chibi-Robo! A cute, super helpful and humorous companion, just an all-round great character really. :)

Day 27 - Best boss battle:

King Dice from Cuphead. Unbelievably challenging and incredibly creative, the many phases of this battle are a blast!

Day 28 - Favourite DLC/expansion:

Octo Expansion for Splatoon 2.  Enjoyed it way more than the main single player campaign of Splatoon 2. 1980's vibe was the icing on the already delicious cake! :D

Day 29 - Nicest graphics/art style:

The Tomorrow Children. Everyone is going on about ray tracing these days for PC and the upcoming next gen platforms, but this game was rocking a form of the rendering tech (and many other great visual features) before it was cool. The end result was something very special indeed, and combined with the fantastic art direction, it made for one hell of a good looking game. :love: Just a shame Sony decided to be absolute arseholes and pull the plug on it. :(

Day 30 - Personal gaming tradition:

Super Mario Kart. Surprise! :hehe: Yeah, I'm pretty sure a year hasn't gone by since the release of this game that I haven't played it, one way or another I always make time for some SMK :cool: and will continue to do so for as long as I can. :bouncy:

 

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  1. Earliest video game memory: Bubble Bobble in the late 80’s (C64)
  2. Opening section of a game: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
  3. Local multiplayer: Wii Sports (Wii)
  4. Favourite villain/antagonist: Uncle Rupee from Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland (NDS)
  5. 3D platformer: Super Mario 64 (N64)
  6. Most relaxing navigation: Endless Ocean (Wii)
  7. Favourite ranged combat: Time Crisis II (Arcade)
  8. Best musical moment: I am Impact! from Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon (N64)
  9. Scariest moment: The entirety of Alien Isolation (PS4)
  10. Credits sequence: MadWorld (Wii)
  11. Town or village: Kamurocho from Yakuza 4 (PS3)
  12. Favourite awful game: Wii Music (Wii)
  13. Best open world city game: GTA V (PS3)
  14. 2D platformer: Super Mario World (SNES)
  15. Best story: Papo & Yo (PS3)
  16. Most interesting collectables: The treasures in Pikmin 2 (GCN)
  17. Racing game: F-Zero GX (GCN)
  18. Mini-game: PyoRo from WarioWare, Inc (GBA)
  19. Melee combat: God Hand (PS2)
  20. Saddest moment: Receiving the Hero's Shield from Grandma in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GCN)
  21. Game that takes you back to your childhood: Super Mario Land (GB)
  22. Favourite playable character: Mario
  23. Licensed video game: GoldenEye 007 (N64)
  24. Best final mission: Operation 009-C from The Wonderful 101 (Wii U)
  25. Online multiplayer: Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate (Switch)
  26. Favourite NPC: Telly Vision from Chibi-Robo! (GCN)
  27. Best boss battle: King Dice from Cuphead (Switch)
  28. Favourite DLC/expansion: Octo Expansion for Splatoon 2 (Switch)
  29. Nicest graphics/art style: The Tomorrow Children (PS4)
  30. Personal gaming tradition: Super Mario Kart (SNES)

 

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Had a hard time coming online last few days, but I should at least put my gaming tradition here!

Now, I don't have a game to replay every Christmas/summer or whatever. Those are busy times, and I might not be in the mood for that sort of thing. I sometimes try to play a spooky game on Halloween, but it's hardly something I actually push myself to do.

But as others have mentioned, "keeping track of my backlog" counts, and so I can safely say that posting in the N-Europe Diary Thread is the most consistent gaming tradition I've ever had. I love posting and trading impressions there, and it's a good window into my mental state at the time of finishing a certain game.

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But since I've associated a game with each entry so far...

Fire Emblem: Blazing Blade

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I find myself coming back to this classic time and time again. There's no particular occasion or trigger, I just occasionally feel like replaying it every couple of years or so. Maybe I do Lyn Mode, or Eliwood, or Hector... depends on whatever mood I have.

In fact, I was replaying it very recently, just a couple of weeks ago! I decided to do an Iron Man run (Lyn Hard + Hector Hard), that is to say, never reload, always accept whatever decisions you made, and live with the deaths you suffer. I was doing super well, until an enemy one-shot my Dorcas with a 2% critical hit (insert "What happened to Dorcas!?" meme)... and then a random mercenary in that same turn hit Lyn with a 1% crit. Thankfully, I had the foresight to give her an Angelic Robe and she survived with 4 HP.

Unfortunately, rules of the Iron Man dictated I couldn't use Dorcas in Hector Hard Mode. This really made that early game hell, depending on Bartre hitting 60-75% attacks just so nobody would die. So hellish that, in Chapter 13x, my Eliwood got hit by 3 different guys I couldn't see in Fog of War (I forgot about the nomads...), and that was the end of my run. If only Dorcas had been there... Tense while it lasted, though. Might try again, but as a raw Eliwood Hard run this time, no Lyn Mode.

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Earliest video game memory - Tetris or Sonic
Opening section - Final Fantasy IX
Local multiplayer - Snipperclips
Favourite villain - Ganondorf (Ocarina of Time)
3D Platformer - De Blob
Most relaxing navigation - Wind Waker
Favourite ranged combat - Worms Armageddon
Best musical moment - One Winged Angel (Final Fantasy VII)
Scariest moment - Doki Doki Literature Club
Best Credits sequence - Super Mario 64
Best Town - Windfall Island (Wind Waker)
Best "bad" game - Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
Best open world city game - Chaos on Deponia
Best 2D Platformer - Sonic 3 & Knuckles
Best story - Tales of Symphonia
Best collectible - Super Smash Bros. Melee
Best racing game - F-Zero GX
Best mini game - Pokémon Stadium
Best melee combat - Soul Calibur II
Saddest moment - Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Game that brings me back to childhood - Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge
Best playable character - Link (Skyward Sword)
Best licensed game - World of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck
Best final level - Sonic 2
Best online - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Best NPC - Princess Zelda (Spirit Tracks)
Best boss - Meta-Ridley (Metroid Prime)
Best DLC - Geese Howard (Tekken 7)
Best art style - Wind Waker
Personal Gaming Tradition - N-Europe Diary Thread / Fire Emblem playthrough

 

As others have already done, I'd like to thank @Cube for this lovely thread. I loved sharing all of these gaming memories, and reading your own :)

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Game 1: Pokemon Red

Game 2: The Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap

 

(Keeping this so that I know which games I've already named)

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That’s an awesome write-up, @Ronnie - thanks for putting that together.

I wanted to go through mine and see what I would actually put without the hard mode rules of not repeating a game. I didn’t look ahead on any of the themes and there were definitely a couple where I later on thought I had a better use for a game. I also missed a couple which I’ll cover too.

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Earliest Video Game Memory: BBC Micro
Opening Section of a Game: Shenmue
Local Multiplayer: Goldeneye
Favourite Villain: Dr. Robotnik
3D Platformer: Mario Galaxy
Most Relaxing Navigation: Wind Waker
Favourite Ranged Combat: Halo
Best Musical Moment: NiGHTs
Scariest Moment: Condemned
Credits Sequence: Super Monkey Ball
Town or Village: Liberty City
Favourite Awful Game: Sonic R
Best Open World City Game: GTA Vice City 
2D Platformer: Sonic 3
Best Story: Eternal Darkness
Most Interesting Collectibles: Sonic Adventure VMU
Racing Game: Outrun 2
Mini Game: S&K Sphere Game
Melee Combat: Fighters Megamix
Saddest Moment: N/A
Game that takes you back to your childhood: Super Mario Land
Favourite Playable Character: N/A
Licensed Video Game: N/A
Best Final Mission: N/A
Online Multiplayer: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Favourite NPC: Lakitu
Best Boss Battle: N/A
Favourite DLC: Christmas NiGHTs
Nicest Graphics: Feel the Magic
Personal Gaming Tradition: Buying Japanese Games

Favourite Ranged Combat: Halo
While I did enjoy Halo, I don’t think it should have been my pick here. I wanted to pick Goldeneye but had already used it. Now I think about it a bit more I’d probably change this to Metroid Prime.

Best Story: Eternal Darkness
I really wanted Shenmue here, but I’m not sure if this is a better place than the opening sequence. Overall I think it is, so I changed it.

Opening Section of a Game: Shenmue
Because of the above I’ve changed this to Ocarina of Time, specifically the introduction to Hyrule Field

Saddest Moment: N/A
Missed this as I was busy and honestly not sure what to put. I’m still not sure. I would pick the Dad’s death in Shenmue but then I need to change my best story and overall I think it deserves that one more. So I’m going to go with NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams, as I was so sad at how bad it was having waited years for a sequel.

Favourite Playable Character: N/A
Another one I missed. It has to be Mario

Licensed Video Game: N/A
Had a few candidates for this. Goldeneye, which I’ve already used. Aladdin which I used to love. In the end I had to pick the most recent Formula 1 game as the series has been my most played games of anything for the past five years or so. Codemasters have done an amazing job with this series, for me it’s just about as perfect as an F1 game could be.

Best Final Mission: N/A
This one goes to Super Mario Odyssey. The final final mission where you have to use every skill you’ve learnt through the game and have a lack of live meaning you need to be nigh on perfect - some of the best gaming of the generation for me.

Best Boss Battle: N/A
Still not sure what to put here. There are games that I’ve picked that I think are better than my choice, but I wouldn’t replace them from where there are in the list already. Based on that I’m going with Wizpig from Diddy Kong Racing. Really difficult one on one races and something a bit different from other racing games of the time.

Personal Gaming Tradition: Buying Japanese Games
I really would prefer this to be Christmas NiGHTs but then changing the DLC section I have this in would be very difficult for me. In the end I’m keeping it as-is but this is by a considerable margin my number 2 choice for the category.

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Earliest Video Game Memory: BBC Micro
Opening Section of a Game: Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Local Multiplayer: Goldeneye
Favourite Villain: Dr. Robotnik
3D Platformer: Mario Galaxy
Most Relaxing Navigation: Wind Waker
Favourite Ranged Combat: Metroid Prime
Best Musical Moment: NiGHTs
Scariest Moment: Condemned
Credits Sequence: Super Monkey Ball
Town or Village: Liberty City
Favourite Awful Game: Sonic R
Best Open World City Game: GTA Vice City 
2D Platformer: Sonic 3
Best Story: Shenmue
Most Interesting Collectibles: Sonic Adventure VMU
Racing Game: Outrun 2
Mini Game: S&K Sphere Game
Melee Combat: Fighters Megamix
Saddest Moment: NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams
Game that takes you back to your childhood: Super Mario Land
Favourite Playable Character: Mario
Licensed Video Game: F1 2020
Best Final Mission: Super Mario Odyssey
Online Multiplayer: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Favourite NPC: Lakitu
Best Boss Battle: Wizpig in Diddy Kong Racing
Favourite DLC: Christmas NiGHTs
Nicest Graphics: Feel the Magic
Personal Gaming Tradition: Buying Japanese Games

 

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I'd like to change 11 of my choices to Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator.

 

Recount please [mention=4353]Ronnie[/mention]!

 

 

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Nice to see F-Zero GX getting so many mentions. Just goes to show N-Europe is a classy establishment. 

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Missed a couple of days so catching up now.

 

 

 

 

Day 1: Pokemon Red

Day 2: The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

Day 3: Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Day 4: Final Fantasy VI

 

Day 5 looks like it will be a challenge, I love a lot of 3D platformers...

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Wrong Thread... My update is coming shortly though!

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Day 1: Pokemon Red

Day 2: The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

Day 3: Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Day 4: Final Fantasy VI

Day 5: Super Mario Odyssey

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