Shining Mirage

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  1. All bosses have a trick to beating them. It doesn't really matter if it's a platformer, FPS, RPG, shmup... each boss has a means of being beaten. It's just that some involve a bit of luck as well... especially if their attack patterns are randomized, or if it requires lots of dodging.

    Take for example, the final boss of DoDonPachi... the real final boss. Its name is Hibachi, and it's insanely hard. I mean "HOLY FUCKING SHIT!" hard. The bullet patterns cover whatever part of the screen you're on, and they're fast. They also adjust themselves as they move, so there's no "sit here and don't move" periods (or at least, very few). The boss itself also has several forms, with each one getting more pissed than the previous one. If you'd like to see it, here's a link (with a song dubbed over the real music and sounds unfortunately)...

    I'm not sure if this is played live, or if it was done with a programmable stick, but there are people who are able to beat that boss. They're able to meet the hard requirements just to get to it, and then dodge all those bullets to win. But just because there are people who can do it, doesn't mean it wasn't a tough road to reach that point. It takes learning, timing, and luck... much like any boss.

    Once you get the patterns, counter spells, or rhythms down, then yes, a given boss becomes easier for you. But up until you figured those things out, dying all along the way who knows how many times, a boss from any genre is capable of being hard to me :-)

    Watching that made me think of how grateful that I have my hair.

    You're actually right. Playing against a boss long enough will provide you with enough time to learn patterns of bosses (and yell a bit at your T.V.) But nonetheless, every boss is beatable.

    Another one for me to add would be Parodius 2. The Cemetery stage. I don't recall ever beating that game because of that stage.

    The music fits the situation that dude's in.


  2. My co-worker from Boston was cracking jokes on me while I was spacing out one morning. I was staring at one of my Yu-gi-oh decks (Angel / Majestic Mechs or whatever they're called) while I had The Northern Exposure Vol. 3 album blaring in my ears.

    Then she just blurted out, "Well, I guess the 'Angelic Sound Factory' is doing well this morning? How's the hangover?"

    That name was originally supposed to be for my music project that I was working on, but that has to be put on hold until further notice. With both school and work, I don't have time for much. Hell, it's been 2 weeks since I've seen my PSP. I know that I didn't lose it, it's just I forgot where in the house it is. Bleh.

    I just recently got around to changing my OCR handle to what everything I own has on it.

    *shrugs*


  3. Uh, in any case, I've not watched much anime or much TV in general lately. The last good series I've seen has to be The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

    Funny, because I'm still looking for that one along some series called "Bokusatsu Tenshi" (Dokuro-Chan). I only hard of the latter from my twisted friends and they referred to it as a "quick laugh". Googling it barely did me any justice.


  4. As of last year, I've never beat Rage Racer until I found myself under the influence of Dragonforce and Rhapsody.

    Other examples...

    I couldn't play AC6 while listening to that music. I dunno, it seems like they've scaled down a bit from 5, Zero and X (for the PSP), but I'll leave that for another discussion.

    Also, I've found myself playing Need for Speed Most Wanted or Ridge Racer 6 while listening to Global Trance's Public Address 002 and 003.


  5. ...I knew very little of Reuben, but when I first heard Ryu for four pianos, I found myself in a frozen state for those three and a half minutes.

    I absolutely suck at goodbyes. But what I will say is that I will be hearing your voice and endeavors of you all over this site from the many here for many days to come. You and your family will be added to my daily prayers.

    Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo.


  6. Along with the remixes and songs recommended by everyone here, try these...

    Lamb - Lusty

    4 80 East - The Way It Happened

    Markus Ewald - Oriental Feelings (from "Ibiza Chillout - Volume 2: Disk 1)

    Suisse Modular - Fly Me to the Lunar (the enitre album, if you can)

    Orbital - The Girl With The Sun In Her Head

    Seal - Future Love Paradise (This one's your call)

    Mandalay - deep love

    Thievery Corporation - Le Monde

    Goldie - Sea of Tears (?)


  7. Preppin' for a rather small thanksgiving, this year. Not much action, not many relatives invading the house, so it'll be a bit less action-packed.

    Well, for those of you who are dodging relatives, wishing to be on another part of the hemisphere or just simply making the best out an intensly shitty situation, Happy Turkey day.