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Video Game Database Discussion / Re: Duplicate List 2022
« on: August 05, 2022, 11:58:37 am »
OK merged and fixed the title.

Video Game Database Discussion / Re: Duplicate List 2022
« on: August 05, 2022, 09:50:17 am »
These are not dupes, the have a different back cover. I cannot confirm the back cover for the first one. I looked on ML and the only one with the label has no back picture and none of the loose copies have this back cover. Since Dhaabi made it, he will have to determine if there is an error on the first entry or not.

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2022
« on: August 05, 2022, 09:40:50 am »
12. Batman: Arkham Origins (abandoned)

I knew by just looking at the option after I launched the game that this was going to be a problem. But before getting to why it was abandoned after 5.3 hours, I can talk about some positive things.

First thing to note is that the game has defaulted to home theater for audio setting and it actually worked properly. A lot of games either don't support a true surround setting, have the sounds done correctly and/or it runs in software mode. The presentation was good and I did really like that you could just go around the city basically anywhere you wanted. I liked the idea of the collectibles and the extra content.

Middling things... the game does not necessarily tell you how to do everything. Or in reality it uses a tutorial system and will only tell you how to go about certain things until the point in the story where the developers decide, aka some thing you have to do to advance the story. This is an issue because after the tutorial area, the game immediately puts you into the open world where you can find these things and when you do encounter them, either an option won't be present or it doesn't have any hint as to what to do. Such as being able to throw the batarang through electricity and have it hit a box to open a door or container. There are also things that you find that I had found you couldn't do anything with until you get an upgrade, but there is no notification that you can't do whatever. I can hear you say about how games don't need to tell you anything, but this game tells you everything else and certainly it would be putting up prompts had I gotten to those tutorial segments in the MQ. Also, Batman can't go into water, ever. And Gotham has no people in it besides gang members.

Despite being open world, the game does not actually offer you the ability to be creative in solving situations. There are some fights where it is just not possible to full stealth it. Maybe it is because there is an enemy with a gun and the game wants to tell you how to use some mechanic. And then what happens is that most of the fights against enemies that are not low tier are actually scripted. You have to defeat them in a certain way and not any other way. And for a game with a stealth mechanic, not actually being able to stealth 100% of the time seems like a waste, especially since most fights are annoying to begin with. The first real boss fight against Deathstroke showed my fears from looking at the options menu at the beginning. You have to fight that boss the way the game wants you do, and then it becomes a quick-time event simulator. And with all of the different skills you can unlock, you get more and more options for button combinations you can do making things even more tedious.

I was willing to push forward only with one answer: cheats. And unlike a lot of games there are cheats available BUT only if you have DLC. I didn't have any and I looked and found there was one DLC for $2 I could get. Then I read that you pretty much needed the Season Pass for the cheats to work and I wasn't willing to even try to see if the $2 DLC would have been enough.

There was one good glitch I encountered. There is a part where you have to go onto Penguin's boat and when you get there, Batman says to himself that he needs to take out the two snipers. Only the back half of the boat has enemies on it. One sniper is in a tower and the other is at the middle of the boat on a container. In between them are 6 others with machine guns. I took out the one on the tower with stealth. Then I snuck around to the middle of the boat and took out the guy on the container. Then I saw a pickup on the front half of the boat and went to pick it up. On my way to there I hear "I'm OK!" and this was the sniper on the container waking up. Then I pick up the intel item. Then I hear a bunch of screams. Looking on the detective vision I see that all of the enemies on the deck of the ship (including the container guy) all suddenly clipped through the ship and fell into the bottom of the map and died. Sure made that section easy.

Next I will retry getting Wolfenstein The New Order to run on my computer.

Stick to one thread

General / Re: Intro thread
« on: August 02, 2022, 09:27:00 am »
Do I have to get to a certain post limit before that ends or is that for good ?

It is an anti-spam measure.

Classic Video Games / Re: What is the best PS2 launch title?
« on: August 02, 2022, 09:26:15 am »
I don't think I've actually played any of those. I'm not even sure about the sports games which is a coinflip whether I may have played on at a friend's house. I had played NHL 2001 on PC so that doesn't count.

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2022
« on: August 01, 2022, 10:00:28 am »
10. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Something I actually was looking forward to play each day even if I couldn't. I liked it better than SoTN for sure. Got stuck a few times and had to go do side quests or try to get materials to make things or rank up shards. So basically had to level up and I think maybe each time I ran into one of those tough bosses I ended up beating them later being overleveled. I had to use walkthroughs and the steam forums a bit to figure out some things, where to go and especially how to get something other than the bad ending. I only got the first bad ending (game over) where you kill Gebel but not the second bad ending. I'm not sure I can get that one now without starting over. I beat this and got credits and resumed the save. I still have to beat the OD boss but I will need to work on some other grinding first because he destroys me easily. Maybe I will try to get all of the achievements, maybe except the complete the monster or shard list because I'm not sure I can win the Ninja race to get his shard.

I get into the office and see an Apple II monitor waiting for me, so now I have yet another project to work on.

A good example of the kind of tedium they intend

Just look how many entries there are for Sonic the Hedgehog for Genesis.

Use quotes on that query, you are also getting anyting with the number 2 in the name or alt-name as search results.

Video Game Database Discussion / Re: Developer/Publisher Requests
« on: July 28, 2022, 10:02:32 am »
This thread is just for us to make the names in the two fields, you (or someone) will have to set those names on their releases.
They seem to have a lot

General / Re: Intro thread
« on: July 28, 2022, 09:58:17 am »
If you have to make an entry without pictures but have the item in hand, at least put in the barcode and item numbers into the entry. That way it will be easier for when someone eventually adds a picture to the entry and/or staff need to verify the art is correct.

A couple guys I know do a semi-yearly electronics recycling pickup at a school somewhere in the state and I often get some things out of it. Typically a school isn't a place you'd typically be getting video game related items from but in 2020 I had gotten 3x PSOne LCD Screen Combo systems from there. Typically I just get some old computer stuff, networking and audio/video items.

This year however the pickup included a box with 7 Nintendo Wii and a bunch of games. Mostly Zumba, Just Dance. Didn't go through and test everything yet, it is on the list of things to test. Other items I have set aside to look at are a handful of dual Pentium 3 servers, a PowerMac G4, an Apple IIe, a couple Win9x notebooks. The AV equipment that I got were a few 10/100 switches, some 100baseFX equipment and a bunch of equipment from a CCTV security system including DVRs, Agile Modulators and distribution banks. But also as a taste of things to come, there was included a Bosch LTC 2813/90 14" Color security monitor which is a cube monitor like a P/BVM is.

I hope in the next pickup (monitors, printers, etc) there will be more of these Bosch monitors as well as a monitor for the Apple II.

EDIT: The Wii games are:

Just Dance 3
Just Dance Summer Party
Just Dance Kids
Just Dance Kids 2
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Wii Sports
Wii Sports Resort
Zumba Fitness
Zumba Fitness 2

Don't think of items (in physical categories) in the database as games, but rather as unique (retail) products.

We do not currently track ROMs and do not cater to data collectors.

I see the import option under settings. What is it expecting in CSV formatting? Can I match up games from an import list? Can I import from Steam and other digital storefronts (something other sites/apps can do)?

The import is only for CSV already exported from vgcollect. The primary issue is that the ID numbers from other sites will not match up here. And because we track variations, there is not any good way to get the ID numbers without manually searching for them on the site. Presuming you want accurate items in your collection.

Site Feedback / Re: Request for new data field "Local Item Name"
« on: July 22, 2022, 12:11:39 pm »
Not when seeing search results.
Sort of agree. I believe if I search for the "Custom Item Name" I have in My collection, I should be able to see the Item in "My collection".

We can't currently search inside of collection as it is.

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