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jellsprout
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Sunday, September 23 2018, 4:22 pm EST
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Inspired by 360Chrism's playthrough, I did my own expless playthrough of Pokemon Red. I already had the hacks on my computer for years and I have tried it some time ago, but I got bored around Fuchsia and quit.

My ruleset was a bit stricter than 360Chrism's:
- Play on a game with the experience modded out (duh).
- No glitches.
- No leveling of any kind, so no daycare but also no Rare Candies.
- No permanent stat boosters such as HP Up and Protein.
- Species Clause. I was only allowed to have one of a Pokemon species in my team at the same team. I was allowed to upgrade, for example catching a level 6 Pidgey before Brock, then later replacing it with a level 8 Pidgey before Mt. Moon.
- No Legendary Pokemon. Zapdos and Articuno make the endgame far too easy.
- The optional Rival battle west of Viridian City is mandatory.

Completed with a playtime of 11:36, and I have to say it was actually easier than my regular playthroughs. Usually I beat the E4 with Pokemon in the mid 30s, now I had several Pokemon above level 40.

My strategies:
- Rival 2 and Brock: Level 6 Pidgey to Sand Attack all opponents to minimum Accuracy, Nidoran-F and Spearow with Growl to reduce them to minimum Attack, then just slowly Tackle everything to death. I think I only needed one Potion for Brock, to bring Pidgey back up to full health after Geodude.
- That one random trainer with an Ekans on route 3 that is secretly the most difficult fight in the entire game: Restarting until Pidgey didn't get OHKO'd by Wrap and was able to throw in a Sand Attack, so that he would sometimes miss when attacking the other Pokemon, allowing them to actually be able to attack.
- Rival 3: Geodude to defeat Pidgey and Rattata, something to defeat Abra, Sand Attack Pidgey to bring down Squirtle's Accuracy, with Clefairy, Ekans and Rattata finshing him off.
- Misty: Just Oddish with Pidgey throwing a few Sand Attacks at Starmie first.
- Rival 4: Level 31 Dugtrio.
- Lt. Surge: Level 31 Dugtrio.
- Giovanni 1: Level 31 Dugtrio. Things got quite stale around this point.
- Eirika: A little bit of level 22 Doduo, but mostly level 31 Dugtrio.
- Rival 5: Level 31 Dugtrio.
- Koga: Level 31 Dugtrio and a Nidoking from the Safari Zone.
- Rival 6 and Giovanni 2: Rhyhorn, Tauros, Nidoking and Exeggutor from the Safari Zone, with some help from trusty ol' level 31 Dugtrio.
- Sabrina: Mostly the level 38 Golduck and Slowbro that I caught in Seafoam Islands, with a little bit of Tauros and Exeggutor.
- Blaine: Golduck and Slowbro.
- Giovanni 3: Golduck stomp.
- Rival 7: Rhyhorn took care of Pidgeot, Tauros of Alakazam, Exeggutor of Exeggcute, Slowbro of everything else.
- Lorelei: Hitmonlee sweep. Due to him being a Fighting type, Dewgong spams only Rest. This allowed me to get to +6/+6 with Meditate and X Speeds, allowing Hitmonlee to OHKO everything except Slowbro, who only spams Amnesia against Fighting types.
- Bruno: Slowbro KO'd the first Onix and Hitmonchan. Hitmonlee only has Normal and Fighting moves, so Haunter could easily get to +6/+6 against him with X Special/Speed. OHKO Hitmonlee with Thunderbolt, Onix with Mega Drain and 2HKO Machamp who couldn't do anything back because his only non Normal/Fighting move is Fissure which doesn't work against faster opponents.
- Agatha: Exeggutor was able to Hypnosis the first Gengar and bring him down to half HP with Psychic. At this point Agatha switched to Golbat, who got taken down to half with Psychic and nearly go KO'd before confusion hax did Exeggutor in. Electrode came in and Thunder'd Golbat down, Graveler then came in and took care of the rest.
- Lance: Electrode OHKO'd Gyarados with Thunder. None of Lance's four remaining Pokemon could do anything against Haunter, who simply X Specialed up and slowly defeated his remaining Pokemon.
- Rival 8: Graveler defeated Pidgeot, Slowbro got a Toxic off on Alakazam, after which he and Exeggutor were able to stall him to death thanks to a few Hyper Potions, Haunter was once again impervious to Rhydon and Mega Drain'd him to death, Graveler came back in to defeat Arcanine, then Haunter again faced an opponent that couldn't damage him in Exeggutor, which allowed him to use X items to fully power up, then he defeated Exeggutor and OHKO'd Blastoise with Thunderbolt.

Final team:
- Level 26 Haunter caught in Pokemon Tower
- Level 27 Exeggutor caught in Safari Zone
- Level 30 Hitmonlee obtained in the Dojo
- Level 39 Slowbro caught in Seafoam Islands
- Level 42 Electrode caught in Power Planet
- Level 43 Graveler caught in Victory Road

Other MVP's:
- All the various Pidgeys with Sand Attack
- Dux, with Cut, Fly and Sand Attack
- Level 31 Dugtrio caught in Diglett Cave
- Nidoking, Tauros and Rhydon caught in the Safari Zone

In the end it was pretty fun. Brock was very tedious, as I absolutely needed a 1% encounter rate Pokemon to defeat him at a point were Repels were pointless and even with that Pokemon the fight just took a very long time. Other than him all the other boss fights were surprisingly easy. The AI is just so broken in this game that anything is possible.
One final thing, if you want to try this yourself I recommend forbidding Dugtrio. He is incredibly overleveled for the point where you catch him and like the legendary birds he just makes the challenge far too easy.


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Sefro
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I played an awesome single player game a few months ago called Soma. It's made by the same guys who made Amnesia, and the gameplay is the same kind of run-and-hide horror stuff, but Soma is leagues better. It has much more emphasis on story and characters, and it's full of cool sci-fi concepts and disturbing Twilight Zone / Black Mirror situations, like existential horror, which is much more effective to me than angry droopy face monster horror.

The game starts okay and steadily turns out to be pretty brilliant. Months later, I still randomly think about some of the moral choice situations.
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Wednesday, June 12 2019, 6:56 pm EST
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Are any of you playing pokemon GO?


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+1 on SOMA, I played that game sometime last year, and its story/world kept me super captivated. I also went in knowing nothing about the story, which went very well with the game itself and some of its twists. Going into games/movies knowing as little as possible is something I've tried to do more of recently, I find it helps me enjoy media a little more.

The Pokemon Go question is about 2-3 years late here.


Aside from SOMA, the other game that really blew me away recently was Prey. I really liked the way they built their world, having a mostly linear progression but executing it in a way that makes it feel like you have a lot of freedom. Each map was also just really fun to explore. I want to replay that game some time in the future, but allocating skill points differently.



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atvelonis
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Friday, June 14 2019, 1:28 am EST
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SOMA's been sitting in my Steam library for a few years now, I guess I'm going to have to give it a shot!


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As a kid I always thought tennisballs looked delicious and I liked biting them. I still remember the feel of the fuzz on my teeth and tongue.
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Friday, June 14 2019, 12:31 pm EST
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Played Hollow Knight recently. Really good game, really good boss battles, though it is a little too far on the Metroidvania scale for me. Most of the time I had no idea where I was going, just skirting the edges to see which natural barrier I could finally pass. Even Metroid games are more linear than this.

Speaking of which, also done a few Zelda and Metroid randomizers. These are hacks of the game which shuffle the locations of all items and upgrades in the game. Really fun way to play through the games again, and they generally turn out surprisingly balanced as well.

Now playing the Disney Afternoon Collection, which is a real blast from the past.


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Wednesday, March 4 2020, 1:37 pm EST

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@Quirvy:  I played Prey as per your suggestion and I enjoyed it! I liked how almost all of the enemies feel like boss fights at the beginning, in that they're way more powerful than you and you have to meticulously plan how to take them out and lead them into traps. The resource management felt really on point and carefully designed.

Another game I played recently is DOOM (2016). It was on sale for $7 and a friend kept recommending it to me. I was under the impression that a super gory single-player shooter with almost no story would not be my kind of game, but I ended up playing it twice because it's so fun. It's like the opposite of Prey in some ways: you charge in like an insane person while this intense music shrieks at you. The gameplay is almost all combat, with some exploration and no puzzles or hacking mini-games or anything like that. There's no downtime in combat because if you take cover you get swarmed and killed immediately, so you have to constantly run and jump around. If you need health you have to melee kill a demon, for example by ripping its arms off and beating it to death with them. It constantly pushes you into the action and the speed and franticness creates a nice flow state.
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I can also +1 Hollow Knight, I played that maybe a year or 2 ago, and I got really immersed into it. I especially got into exploring the world in that game. I think it may have been the first 2D game I bought.

Sometime after, I also ended up getting really into Dead Cells, and then maybe a year later, got back into it all over again, but playing with a controller instead of keyboard. I guess the nice thing about a game of its style, is that it's designed entirely around replayability, so while exploring the world of Hollow Knight wasn't nearly as exciting the second time around, Dead Cells relies a lot less on enjoyment from exploration and a lot more purely from combat interactions. For a while, it made for a good game I could just pick up for about an hour or 2 after work, and then just put away.



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Rocketguy2
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Friday, April 3 2020, 5:12 am EST
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Recent game I've gotten really into is Bloody Rally Show. Basically a mixture of a roguelite and a driving game, it's surprisingly fun!

It's the type of game where running over people gives you a speed increase, just so you know what to expect


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Can you feel the struggle within?
The fear within me is beyond anything your soul can make, you cannot kill me in a way that matters
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I've just been playing a bunch of Half Life 1-- main game, official expansions, mods. Both 1 & 2 are great games, but they kind of have different vibes to them



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