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  • Video game voice actors strike has officially begun

  • BlastPhoenix 21/10/2016

    I see a lot of people are essentially saying that VA's don't deserve bonuses because their work is not as important. I personally think that is a very bad way of looking at things and only serves to foster resentment in the community.

    The term game developer is very general and can encompass a whole host of different roles. So people are saying a game developer's work is more important than VA's, but exactly which role are you talking about the programmers, level designers, producers, composers, QA perhaps, the game director(s) or maybe the artists. Technically a VA could be classed as a game developer if they are working on project. Why shouldn't VA's get a bonus, who's to say game A would have sold just as well if a crap VA had been hired as opposed to a good one.

    Semantics aside, saying a VA's role "isn't as important" isn't going to help game developers improve their situation. If anything it might end up making it worse.

    One bit of good that can come out of this is it could inspire some of the people working in development to stand against the crappy business practices we keep hearing about. If the VA's can strike and getting a better deal what if a bunch of the other workers in game development went on strike as well?

    But anyway we shall see.
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  • NX is now Nintendo Switch, a portable console with detachable controllers

  • BlastPhoenix 20/10/2016

    Colour me impressed. The console has certainly done well on first impressions. However, there are a few questions I have before I get excited.

    The big one is what are the specs and cost.

    How much battery life will it have?

    Is this going to be a replacement or a companion to 3ds (I'm guessing the former)?

    Will it be compatible with 3DS games in some way (given that it uses cartridges)?

    The handheld sector is probably Nintendo's most profitable sector so it's not surprising to me that they would try to combine that with the hone console market.
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  • Sega's brilliant Sonic Mania Collector's Edition is coming to Europe after all

  • BlastPhoenix 17/10/2016

    You know what would have been really cool. If they made a proper megadrive game case and manual to go with the cartridge. Still pre-ordered this as I'm a sucker for things that remind me of my childhood but would have loved something more authentic to the time. Reply +2
  • Cuphead delayed until mid next year

  • BlastPhoenix 12/10/2016

    Not surprised, barely had any info in the last few months.

    Not to worry, plenty of games to get on with in the meantine
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  • Xbox One S gets painted military green for 1TB Battlefield 1 console

  • BlastPhoenix 12/09/2016

    You know what I miss, those semi see through crystal coloured consoles you saw in the late 1990s/ early 2000s. Reply +5
  • PlayStation Meeting 2016 live report

  • BlastPhoenix 07/09/2016

    £349, cheaper than I thought it would be Reply -1
  • BlastPhoenix 07/09/2016

    bit of a subdued clap Reply 0
  • PlayStation Now is coming to PC tomorrow in the UK

  • BlastPhoenix 30/08/2016

    Personally, I think streaming will become a major thing in the future, but right now the technology isn't where it needs to be. The last time I tried this service out there was way too much lag and artifacts to make the game enjoyable. Maybe in a couple years when PS3 games start becoming difficult to find and they have better technology. Reply +1

  • BlastPhoenix 02/08/2016

    I've never understood this mentality. If youre using a program that gives you an advantage over other players than yes, that is considered cheating.

    Gotta love some of the whiny comments though.
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  • Xbox console sales down as Xbox One S and Scorpio loom

  • BlastPhoenix 20/07/2016

    @MattEvansC3 I'm a very patient person Reply +2
  • BlastPhoenix 20/07/2016

    I want one but don't know if it is worth waiting for the Scorpio, getting the S model or getting a regular One (specifically the Forza 6 edition) now.

    Don't have a 4K monitor or tv so all the 4K features would be lost on me anyway. Want to get the Forza 6 edition One but it seems a waste if the Scopio is coming out next year. Especially if reports that the Scorpio is going to be a pricey console are to be belived.
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  • Bethesda 3D-printed Doom's B.F.G.

  • BlastPhoenix 08/07/2016

    It always bugs me that you can't buy stuff like this. Id love to own replicas of some of the weapons you see in games but they are almost impossible to find unless you have one made Reply 0
  • Stunning $190 Destiny figures pack Thorn, Ice Breaker, Shattered Vault cloak

  • BlastPhoenix 05/07/2016

    You know what I would really like, to scale replicas of the guns in Destiny. Good quality ones too, like the sort you see Weta Workshop make occasionally. I'd pay good money for those. Reply +2
  • Microsoft announces new console Project Scorpio for holiday 2017

  • BlastPhoenix 13/06/2016

    Good grief that video was absolutely cringworthy. Just a load of random devs spewing marketing nonsense. I mean "highest-quality pixels" what does that even mean?

    All that stuff regarding specs is pointless to most consumers anyway. What people want to see is how much better this new console will make their gaming experience. I'll hold onto to my curiosity until I can physcially see the console and what it can actually do. We've heard execs say stuff like "the most powerful ever" before and it almost always turns out to be rubbish.
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  • The best Final Fantasy game is finally getting a remaster

  • BlastPhoenix 06/06/2016

    This is great news. I just hope they ditched the original quest you had to do to get the Zodiac Spear.

    Seriously, FUCK THAT QUEST
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  • No Overwatch Competitive Play during open beta

  • BlastPhoenix 06/05/2016

    @Beva78 bear in mind, Team Fortress 2 was a fully priced game (for the time) when it came out. It was only when it became self sustainable with all the extras you could buy that the game went free to play. Reply +2
  • You can't buy Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered separately

  • BlastPhoenix 03/05/2016

    I guarantee they will sell it separately at a later date. It just doesn't make sense financially to lock to specific versions of Infinite Warfare Reply +1
  • Amazon marks GTA5, FIFA 16, Minecraft and more as "exclusively for Prime members"

  • BlastPhoenix 22/04/2016

    I'm a member of prime, but no locking the purchase of certain items to prime members is horseshit. This will only succeed in making people buy these items from somewhere else.

    No store should ask you to pay them money for the privilege of buying certain items. Vote with your wallet and go somewhere else.
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  • Final Fantasy 9 arrives on Steam with 'no encounter' mode

  • BlastPhoenix 14/04/2016

    You just know someone out there is going to try and beat the game while only doing boss fights Reply 0
  • Former Rockstar North boss is suing Take-Two for $150m

  • BlastPhoenix 12/04/2016


    It makes you wonder just what exactly happens in the game studios. I wonder if this situation is similar to what happened with Richard Garriott and NCsoft.
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  • Final Fantasy 15 Ultimate Collector's Edition eBay scalpers criticised

  • BlastPhoenix 04/04/2016

    Is anybody surprised by this, I'm not. It happens every time any sort of special edition comes out. What gets me is that they aren't actually selling a product at the moment, they are just selling a pre-order for the product. Anything can happen between now and launch, what if there is an issue with production and the pre-order gets cancelled like those Batman Arkham Knight Batmobile editions?

    Personally I would like ebay to enact a rule where you can't sell a product you don't actually have yet.

    That being said, is there really anything stopping Square Enix from making more of these. I know they want it to be limited edition but come on, surely they could make a few more.
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  • Resident Evil - 20 years on

  • BlastPhoenix 22/03/2016

    Although the story of Resident Evil interested me, I was always too much of a wimp to play through the games (the first 4 anyway). Everything about the early games freaked me out. The eerie quiet rooms had when there was no enemies about, how the game opened doors so you never knew what was on the other side, too much for me.

    Probably the scariest moment for me was during Resident Evil 2. Early on in the game you get to the police station and meet a police chief who is on the floor and injured. When you leave the room he locks the door behind you. Much later you can get back into the room another way and you see him in what I assume is his office. He suddenly gets up and you see a close up of him slowly turning into a zombie. I was watching a friend play at the time but that scene freaked me the hell out. Didn't play another Resident Evil game until number 5 which felt less like a horror game and more like an action game with horror elements.
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  • GAME shops want £100 deposit for PlayStation VR pre-order

  • BlastPhoenix 16/03/2016

    I know exactly why Game are charging a £100 deposit for preorders. It is so they end up with a lot of unsold units in store. That being said, the issues they had last time won't fill people with confidence. There is also the issue that the £100 deposit isn't refundable. So if you decide you no longer want it you are basically stuck with credit. Reply +3
  • Gears of War 4 stars Marcus Fenix's son

  • BlastPhoenix 08/03/2016

    Horror themed?

    Yes Gears of War was dark but I don't remember any part of that game being horror themed. I do love that split screen coop is coming back though. Many fun times were had when me and a friend tried to finish Gears of War


    Ah good times.
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  • Metal Gear Solid fan remake cancelled

  • BlastPhoenix 05/03/2016

    These fan projects should get permission BEFORE they start any work. At least that way several weeks, months or even years worth of work won't end up down the drain.

    People will probably fault Konami for shutting this project down, but they have every right to do so. Most companies in their position would do the same so the creator of this fan remake should have known better.
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  • Guitar Hero Live failed to do the business, too

  • BlastPhoenix 12/02/2016

    The fad has passed and people are now bored of it and have moved on to other things. Speaking as someone who has worked in video game retail I am not surprised it happened. I reckon there are a few reasons though.

    1. High barrier of entry in regards to cost.

    £80 is a lot of cash to ask people to spend on a single game. RB4 was even worse at around £200. What can you do with all of those plastic instruments once you are bored with the game as well. They all end up collecting dust in a cupboard or in a skip.

    2. Genre is no longer interesting

    I honestly think the novelty of rocking out to your favourite tunes on a plastic guitar has passed. People just don't find it interesting anymore and have moved on to other things. Sure you will always have the diehard fans. But joe and Jane average are bored and would rather play the next popular thing.

    It's a shame really as from what I have seen neither GH Live or RB4 were bad games. It's just nobody wanted to pay the high cost to play them. In my opinion they would need to completely revamp the whole genre to get people interested again.
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  • Not everyone's thrilled with Microsoft's Quantum Break PC announcement

  • BlastPhoenix 12/02/2016

    All those people whining are just being melodramatic. As Phil rightly said, a high End PC costs way more than a console and not everyone has the time to build one of those.

    This kind of arrangement is a benefit to the consumer in my opinion. Now more people get to play the game, which in turn means more money for the Dev (and publisher) which then means they get to make more games in the future. The guy who cancelled his pre order just because Quantum Break is coming to PC is either just plain silly or incredibly insecure in his purchase of an Xbox One.
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  • Dying Light Spotlight Edition costs $10m

  • BlastPhoenix 12/02/2016

    I'm sorry but if I had that kind of money and wanted acting lessons I would pay to attend an actual school for acting. What's more likely is this Spotlight edition is some poor attempt at getting funding for the film (if one ever gets released, there is no guarantee it will and films get cancelled all the time). Reply +2
  • The Angry Birds Movie is still a thing, here's a new trailer

  • BlastPhoenix 27/01/2016

    I always wondered if the Angry Birds hype train would run out of steam before this film came out, seems I was right. The movie itself looks like it could be a decent animated film tbh. Will it be Pixar level of quality, probably not but most animated films that get released every year aren't and a lot of them do fine.

    Question is, will this film be enough to get people invested in Angry Birds again, I don't personally think it will. It will likely drum up interest with kids and you'll get a small surge in Angry Birds stuff being bought again. But once the film has come and gone it will taper off and Rovio will be back where they were (unless the film becomes a mega hit, but I don't personally see that happening). What Rovio needs to do is create something new for the franchise.
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  • Shock, horror: Mighty No. 9 delayed - again

  • BlastPhoenix 25/01/2016

    he is being honest, can't fault him for that. There has been a lot of Kickstarters for games where when crap hits the fan the devs seemingly disappear for months on end, only to reappear to say the project is cancelled. Reply 0
  • Valkyria Chronicles PS4 remaster is coming to the west

  • BlastPhoenix 25/01/2016

    Had this game since it came out on the PS3, but never got round to playing it. I suppose this gives me the excuse to pick it up again. Reply +1
  • Oculus Rift costs £500

  • BlastPhoenix 06/01/2016

    The Oculus Rift was always going to be something that only PC gamers with high end machines or tech enthusiasts were going to buy to begin with. Joe or Jane average wouldn't have bought this to begin with simply because so many people haven't really experienced VR yet. So, at least in the beginning anyway, only folks that already knew about the device or is a major tech enthusiast would have bought one.

    The price is very expensive, but not unexpected. I knew it would be high priced, maybe not as high as £500 but definitely over £300. I don't know much about the Vive, but if it is of a similar spec as the Oculus Rift and HTC/Valve want to make a profit from it I can't see it being that much cheaper. Not unless they plan on going down the loss leader strategy and somehow I don't see that happening.
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  • GAME blames low last-gen sales for pre-Christmas slump

  • BlastPhoenix 23/12/2015

    @Mathusualin The cost of eshop cards are largely dictated by Nintendo and not the retailer. Reply +1
  • BlastPhoenix 23/12/2015

    Didn't work for GAME, but I did work for a very similar retailer who went the way of the Dodo and it seems GAME may be going down the same path. The problem I see is that GAME doesn't really know how to position itself in the market. With more people becoming comfortable in buying their games online or wholly digital versions, store like GAME are starting to become less and less popular. This is especially true since they price themselves way above their competitors.

    In regards to why they price themselves so high, I think that is a consequence of being a high street store as opposed to an online one. Amazon can price themselves so low because all they need is a large warehouse and staff to maintain the site and send stuff out. Supermarkets sell so many other things they can afford to sell games for a lot less, hell most of the time they only do so in the hope youíll buy something else. That being said, if you can buy a product for £10 less online, why spend more in store.

    The staff that work there is also an issue. The problem with getting a job in a place like GAME is that you are given very little incentive. When youíre working very few hours for minimum wage, there is very little incentive to do extra research so your product knowledge is up to scratch. There is also no real long term prospects, unless you plan on becoming a manager. So in the end, no real reason to stay there long term and really build your knowledge and skills.
    There is also one strategy I really hate that GAME employs and thatís attach. Anyone who has shopped at GAME will tell you, bring a GAME to the counter and you are guaranteed to be asked if you want disc care, warranties, season pass, digital currency, merchandise and a multitude of other things. Some stores are better than others for this, but no one wants to have stuff they donít want pushed on them when all they want is a game. It makes for a frustrating experience and can leave you feeling resentful if you do end up buying something you didnít really want.

    The last thing is, in general brick and mortar stores, as far as games are concerned, are becoming less and less relevant as time goes on. Sure I can spend £50 and buy the game in store, or I can spend £40 and get it from Amazon, and if you happen to be a part of Amazon Prime you can use Prime now and get it in less than two hours. With all the different websites and online publications out there, finding out about a game before you buy it is no longer an issue. Hell look at PC games, GAME barely sell them now since most folks just buy them digitally. With all these things in mind, what reason have you got to go to a store. Well you can still trade stuff in at GAME, but even when you do that the savings can still work out less than buying it online.

    What GAME really needs to do is look at other areas they can make money, or seriously change up how they are doing it now. Blockbuster refused to change when streaming and downloading films just came in, now they are no longer around. I have a feeling the same thing is going to happen to GAME sooner rather than later if something doesnít change.

    (Wow that was a bit longer than expected).
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  • Ken Levine's next game is a "small-scale open world"

  • BlastPhoenix 18/12/2015

    It's not so much that gamers want an experience that lasts more than 10-12 hours. They want a game that provides an experience worth the $40, $50, $60 they are spending on it, and that isn't directly related to the time it takes to complete it. Take for example Uncharted 2, it took me just over 7 hours to finish that game and I loved every second of it. I paid full price for it and don't regret it for a moment. On the other hand I played FFXIII for 20 hours and felt I wasted my time as it was so boring.

    Quality is not directly related to quantity. I'm sure a gamer would be perfectly happy spending $60 on a game that lasted less than 10 hours if it was really good. Likewise, I'm sure they would be annoyed if they spent that money on a mediocre game that lasted 50 hours.
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  • Final Fantasy 7 remake is episodic

  • BlastPhoenix 12/12/2015

    @nickbonkersperry Alright then let me ask you this.

    How many of those fans are still playing games and would buy the remake.

    How big is the budget required to do the remake compared to the original (bear in mind Square Enix are having to build most of the game from the ground up).

    If were to ask someone from the current generation to play the game, would it hold up against other more recent RPGs like say The Witcher 3 (graphics aside).

    Yes, the gameplay is great for someone like you or me who grew up with the game, but you have to admit it is dated. Could the gameplay honestly hold up to the likes of Fallout 4 and The Witcher 3. Hell the gameplay of the Final Fantasy series in general has moved on since then. If you gave the game to joe or jane average can you confidently say they would like the gameplay as much as we did back in 1997.

    Its also a completely different landscape, as far as games are concerned, than it was 18 years ago. FF7 was cutting edge stuff when it came out, not so much now. Also, those 10 million+ copies sold are what has been achieved to date. They didn't sell that much in one go.
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  • BlastPhoenix 11/12/2015

    @Sandman83 Problem is all those reskins were for for a handheld, where the budget is considerably less. I don't think there is enough fans to justify the cost of just making a reskin of FF7 with current graphics. Reply 0
  • BlastPhoenix 11/12/2015

    There are three things I want to know about this remake before I pass judgement.

    1. How many episodes are there going to be?
    2. How much is each episode going to cost?
    3. At what frequency will each episode be released.

    Can't really pass judgement until I get answers to those questions.

    As for why they are releasing the game as episodic content, of course it's down to money but I don't think it is simply "they want to make more money from us". I think doing it this way allows them to somewhat mitigate the damage if the remake turns out to be a flop. Contary to what some gamers think, this game isn't guaranteed to be a sure fire hit. Bear in mind the original FF7 has sold around 11 millions units total after being originally released nearly 19 years ago (christ that makes me feel old). GTAV has managed 54 million units in 2 years and I'm fairly certain COD Advanced Warfare managed 11 million in a week, and sales for that game were considered "slow" by COD standards. Costs the game development are much higher as well so can you still be certain FF7 will be a sure fire hit and make money?

    Personally I'm gonna wait until I see more. I have no doubt I'll bu y the first episode whn it comes out and a guarantee most of the folks whining will as well.
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  • A guide to the best Black Friday gaming deals

  • BlastPhoenix 25/11/2015

    @VideoGameAddict25 Use to work at a retailer that was right next to a Brighthouse and we always use to joke about how our prices were sometimes £700 cheaper than them. Its a wonder to me why anyone bothers going there. Reply 0
  • Watch: Are we getting tired of re-releases?

  • BlastPhoenix 21/11/2015

    In general I don't mind re-releases. They give people the chance to play games they might have missed in the previous generation. This is especially true for folks that didn't have the previous version of their next gen console. If you already played the game then you have the choice of simply not buying it.

    That being said, if they are going to re-release a game then the publisher/developer are going to have to justify why I should pay a higher price for it. Games like The Last of Us or The Uncharted Collection are great because they are improved versions of the game, and in the case of the latter you are getting 3 games for the price of one. However, if they just take the game and repackage it with very little improvement then they deserve nobodies money. To call a game an HD remaster would imply significant improvements have been made to it, and I don't just mean in visuals.
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  • Watch: Fallout 4's Pip-Boy edition - what's it like?

  • BlastPhoenix 01/11/2015

    @Mucker2002 I'm more of a Watson myself Reply 0
  • BlastPhoenix 30/10/2015

    It looks exactly the way I imagined it, hence why I cancelled my order months ago. Not to fault anyone who is buying one, but I just don't think it looks all that impressive. I would have liked to see a better paint job on the think rather than the bland colour it is now. I also have a feeling that the only phones that will be able to fit in the thing are iphones or galaxy phones simply because they are the best selling. Reply 0
  • Steam Halloween Sale is a monster, has Slender for £1.50

  • BlastPhoenix 30/10/2015

    I'd love to buy more games on steam. Pity my account is locked and steam have yet to get back to me regarding the issue Reply 0
  • Watch: How many of his voices can Nolan North do in 60 seconds?

  • BlastPhoenix 15/10/2015

    I wonder if it's going to get to the point where Nolan North has done so many voices he can't remember his own one. Reply +10
  • The Witcher 3 patch 1.10 gives PS4 the boost it's been waiting for

  • BlastPhoenix 13/10/2015

    @ShankThTank Where is the price for the CPU? Reply +26
  • Guitar Hero Live developer explains its track DLC model yet again

  • BlastPhoenix 06/10/2015

    "We looked long and hard at the way it used to be in past music games - you pay a few bucks for a song to add to your library. It's a big financial commitment up front and a tough decision to make, and it has always left me feeling like I have to replay that song until I'm bored of it to get my money's worth.
    Not really, from what I remember a track use to cost around £2 which is hardly a big financial commitment. Plus I only ever bought the tracks I liked anyway so I never felt like I had to constantly replay it to get my money's worth.

    So, from the looks of things you earn in game tokens through normal play and those tokens can then be used to play DLC songs. That sounds okay on the surface, but then the big questions I have would be:

    At what rate can I earn token through normal play.
    How many tokens would it cost to play a song once.
    How many tokens does this party pass cost.

    Naturally I expect them to sell in game tokens for money once the game is out. But what I'm afraid will happen is that the in game currency is skewed in such a way that you have to play for large amounts of time to in order to afford anything (or paying for currency is the only way to get stuff in a reasonable time frame).

    They sites Spotify, Pandora and Netflix are used as examples but really they aren't the same. I can't speak for Spotify and Pandora but with Netflix you pay a monthly premium to access and watch as many movies in the catalogue as many times as you like, within that month. There is no token system where you pay to watch a single film.

    I also don't like the idea of not being able to permanently own a song I like. If we were given the option to do both (pay per play or pay to own it permanently) then I'd be more open to the idea but it doesn't look like that is happening.

    I guess we will see some come the release of the game. But unless they get the balance right I see this system being heavily criticized at launch.
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  • Metal Gear Solid 5 just got one of the craziest microtransactions yet

  • BlastPhoenix 06/10/2015

    Freaking in-game insurance

    You couldn't make that crap up. This is a whole new level of low.
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  • Watch: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 is a bit of a glitchy mess

  • BlastPhoenix 30/09/2015

    Is anyone really that shocked, I'm not. The game has gotten very little fanfare and the original screenshots and what not didn't spark anyone's interest.

    I also find that the fact that the day one patch is bigger than the game itself as a perfect example of one of the many things wrong with today's gaming industry.
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  • Here's what the Angry Birds movie looks like

  • BlastPhoenix 23/09/2015

    Gotta admit I chuckled a little. I'm not expecting Pixar level of quality but looks like it could be a fun watch.II guess we'll see. Reply +2
  • An ultra hard Mario Maker level beaten - after over 11K failed attempts

  • BlastPhoenix 21/09/2015

    I'm curious to know how many attempts it took the creator to finish the stage before uploading it.

    I created a short stage that involed the player making some very well timed jumps on enemies in order to make over a pit and to the flag. I tested the level at every stage to make sure it was doable but it took me a good half hour to finish it all in one sitting so I could upload it. God knows how long the creator spent finishing this one.
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