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I've got platinums for both Uncharteds, so this next one is a must for me. I'm gonna be acting like a 14-year-old when I finally get it.

Although...it comes out on Wednesday, and I agreed to give a lecture on Wednesday evening to some group of something or others. So I won't get to play it on Wednesday.

By Thursday, there will be 224,634 teenagers who have their platinums and are offering run-through videos on YouTube to get through all the tricky parts.

I don't know whether to love or hate our modern world. Right now I kind of love it. Smile
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I have a PS3, but I've never played a video game on it. Just Blu-Rays. And I still can't get it to hook up to my Wi-Fi to watch Netflix on.
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I don't play anywhere near as much as I did in the day but I did finish Infamous and am working on Infamous 2. Stoney, I've got Uncharted 2 but havent played it. I guess I must be missing something!

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I think the last video game I played might have been flash Pac-Man. Pac-Man will always be the greatest.
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Mike, I resisted Uncharted, because I like adventure and exploration, but the combat seemed really silly to me in the Tombraider games. BUT: Uncharted 2 was bundled with my PS3. So something like six months after I got my PS3, I was bored and stuck Uncharted 2 into the darned thing, and I got hooked. Hooked deep and hard. I still find the combat to be silly, logically speaking (I mean, how many thousands of pirates can one guy kill in real life?), but in the end it's just a video game task--a video game shooting gallery--and can actually be a lot of fun.

Still, the exploration stuff is better than in any game I've ever played. The platforming (Jeff spreads his peacock feathers, because he knows a nerdy technical term now) is superb--much better than Tombraider. It's simple, but still fun.

Did I use the word "fun" yet? The Uncharted series is far from my list of greatest games ever when it comes to depth and breadth and the opportunity to immerse yourself into another world (escaping this one?). But it's close to #1 on the FUN list.

Critter: Pac Man? Pac Man? I thought you were in your 20s or something. Pac Man?
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I'll sell you a Ms Pac Man upright video game if you're interested Critter. Smile
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I'll sell you a Ms Pac Man upright video game if you're interested Critter. Smile


Would that I were more than a poor college student...
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Critter: Pac Man? Pac Man? I thought you were in your 20s or something. Pac Man?


When I was a wee tot my adult family members had a habit of taking me to bars and casinos and setting me in front of video game machines with no quarters while they did their adult things. That's when you could actually bring your kids into those places. Staring at Pac Man machines made me really want to play so as soon as I could I did.
I also got into old school Nintendo later than most because someone gave me their old machine and I became addicted to Super Mario Bros. None of the sequels of that ever lived up to the original either.
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I belong to the generation that lost all of their quarters.

People a bit older than me didn't get the point of popping quarters into arcade machines.

People younger than me could put a quarter into the machine and play for a loooooooooooooong time. I remember watching some kid playing "Asteroids" and he had his rhythm and was just killing that machine. One quarter meant twenty or thirty minutes for him.

I remember when they re-built this miniature golf course in Pearl City (Hawaii) to include an arcade. That arcade became my second hangout. My first hangout was the run-down movie theaters in downtown Honolulu (Chinatown) which showed Kung Fu films.

So a typical weekend for me, back in the day, was: go to a movie on Friday night, if I can find parking in downtown Honolulu. On Saturday afternoon go see a couple of Kung Fu movies. Since I've already paid for parking, if there is some kind of cool (normal) movie in town, I might as well watch it. On Sunday: church. After church, a drive downtown to watch Kung Fu movies.

But when I got home from all those trips to Chinatown, I went to Pearl City to the arcade. And I played games that are long forgotten.

My greatest love was the pinball machines. But next to that, I played video games. And I am the age, and I had the opportunity, and the desire, to play the classics.

This post has no point other than some nostalgic reminiscing about those arcades with dozens of video game machines.

Does such a thing still exist?

Do any of you go to Pearl City, Hawaii to play arcade games?
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I never had the Kung-fu movie theatre experience, but would have loved it. Instead I just rented them for 49 cents at Hasting's, 5 at a time, and watched them back to back, two or three times in a row.
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Critter, you missed something special.

For the life of me, I can't remember whether the theaters were half-empty or what. But there were two main theaters to go to: one was a Golden Harvest-owned theater, and it showed...ah...Golden Harvest films. That's where I went for Bruce Lee films. I had seen most of Bruce Lee's films ten to twenty times before video tape recorders became a household item. When they did, my first tapes (Betamax!) were Bruce Lee films.

The second theater was some kind of run-down theater that had been one of those super-duper fancy-arsed theaters with curtains and red, plush-velvet seats. That theater showed the Shaw brothers films AND anything else in the same genre.

I'm not saying that those were the happiest times of my life. They weren't. But I remember them fondly. When guys like Lobo were exercising their brains on chess, I was watching Kung Fu films in Chinatown in downtown Honolulu. I ain't proud of it, but I ain't ashamed, either.
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And I played games that are long forgotten.
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Not by all of us Stone.
Did you ever player Sinistar? That was one cool, wacked, video game. I AM SINISTAR!

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On the original NES there was a game called "bibleman." At the time I played it I was going through a pagan phase, but I still thought it was a fun game. You went around smashing stuff with the staff of Moses and in bonus rounds answered biblical trivia.
Bomber Man was also awesome. And the original Starfox was cool but really hard.
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So Stoney, your strong endorsement of Uncharted combined with the commercial I saw for it recently and a nearly unprecedented score of 10 on IGN convinced me to pick up Uncharted 3. So far, I'm not disapointed. Are you playing it yet?
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Uncharged 3 is absolutely incredible.

I'm picking up Skyrim for the PC. I absolutely can't wait since it comes out on my birthday. I AM THE DRAGONBORN!
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Yes, I started Uncharted 3, and like it very much so far. At least one of the puzzles was significantly more difficult than in the first two. But I promised my son that he could watch me play, so instead of finishing it this weekend I'm only up to chapter 8. (We limit the amount of time my son can stare at video screens. It's my wife's idea. Smile)

Back to the classics: no, I never played Sinistar. To be honest, I don't even remember it.
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Time to resurrect this old thread. Uncharted 4 came out earlier last year but I've just started playing it. Amazing graphics. I'm not too far into it but it looks to be a blast. Makes me feel like I'm rock climbing again. I need to get out for real and do that!
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FEAR 2 started it many months ago, stopped, now back on it


My wife played all the FEAR games on the Xbox 360. I can't get through the first one.
"There's no time to lose," I heard her say.
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There comes a time, gamer, when the graphics cease to sparkle, when the levels lose their luster, when the game room becomes a study, and all that is left is a man's love for his fleeting free time.
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