What's the most infuriating experience you've had with gaming (Sonic 06 notwithstanding)
Donkey Kong 64.
This is kind of a controversial opinion, to some people. Some people like how much there is to do in that game, and others find it to be incredibly tedious. I am of the latter group.
Everything in that game is a collectable. All of the progression in that game is centered around having a certain number of [xyz]. Off the top of my head, you collect:
And then on top of that are things that technically aren’t collectables, but still feel like them:
And as if all this stuff wasn’t bad enough, levels are extremely large and extremely empty. They try and make it easier by giving you warps to important rooms, but those don’t mean anything when you HAVE to collect bananas in order to face that level’s boss. You HAVE to spend an hour hiking around Frantic Factory collecting yellow bananas as Donkey Kong before switching to Diddy and doing it all over again for red bananas (and blue, and green, and purple).
Somebody at Rare obviously set out to make a game that would take forever to complete. And to do that, they made every objective something you had to grind out piece by itty-bitty piece over the course of hours and hours and hours. The pace of DK64 is like a river of molasses.
And yet somehow I almost beat the game. But I got right up to the last door of the last level and it said I didn’t have a big enough number of a certain thing, and that was the straw that broke me. I gave up and never looked back.
I don’t mind collect-a-thons, but DK64 is really a bridge too far.
What's a game that's really resonated with you? Like, is there anything that evokes certain emotions that games normally don't?
This is kind of a difficult question that requires a lot of thought.
Horror games do not usually “get” me. I’m usually more bored playing something like Silent Hill than I am scared. Amnesia: The Dark Descent, though. There’s one specific part that reminds me of the worst nightmare I’ve ever had in my life. I’ve probably already told the story about it here before, or at least that’s what it feels like, because I’ve told it a lot of other places. It’s one of those nightmares that is so intense that talking about it now, almost a decade later, still makes my hands tremble. And Amnesia knows about my worst nightmare and has an entire segment about it. It’s in the demo. When I got there, I closed the game and haven’t been able to force myself to replay it, even though I own the full version now. Maybe this Halloween.
Complete 180: Donkey Kong Jungle Beat leaves me feeling PUMPED whenever I play it. Specifically the Gamecube version with the Bongo controller. The physicality of hitting the drums to move Donkey Kong combined with a combo-heavy rhythm-based platformer that uses dynamic music. It’s everything I want out of a game. Whenever I am in a sour mood, DKJB turns that around. Never fails. I think the whole Wii Motion Control thing was Nintendo trying to base a console around the feeling you get from DKJB (and no surprise, that team went on to make Super Mario Galaxy). There’s even a Wii version of the game, but from videos I’ve seen, it doesn’t look great (they changed it a LOT to make it work on the Wii). Bongo controller or bust. I feel like I can’t sing these praises hard enough.
Instead of going to bed yesterday, I drew this on an oversized art tablet I’ve had since I was in highschool. There are only two or three other drawings in this thing, and they are of predictably old things. I’ll never be able to scan them, or this image of Donkey Kong, which was done from memory.
His left arm’s too big at the elbow.
David Wise (Original MIDI by King Meteor)
Idly thumbing through MP3s I’ve done while putting off installing Windows on that new HDD. This one’s a good six months old, but I find myself going back and listening to it a lot because I spent a really long time tweaking it. It started out as one of those MP3s I never though I would ever get to sound right but over time pieces of it started falling in to place as I got better instruments to play with and very, very slowly learned how to use FL Studio better.
I think it’s the first time I’ve really pulled off jazzy brass to a satisfactory level, the drums sound awesome (and they usually don’t, for me), it’s just a great version of the song. I love the crap out of it and I think I actually prefer my version of Jungle Japes here to the one they used in Donkey Kong Country Returns - though I am obviously a little bias.
It’s up on my Tindeck, just click here and it’ll take you to a page where you can download it for yourself.