Paper Mario 2


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Went back to this for a couple more hours. I’ve done a few errands on the island, and gone up about three levels now. I’m mostly putting badge points up when I level-up, as these seem to be the most important things at the moment, not least that there are a few ice-based attacked they give you – useful against the fire-based baddies on the island! I also have another member in my party too, who has a couple of nifty moves.

Solved a puzzle to get in a cave, although it was blatently obvious what you had to do. Also blatently obvious is who one of the ship crew actually is, especially since he practically tells you twice. Anyway, went through what seems to be most of the cave, and killed a load of things and solved another small puzzle. Looks like I’ll be getting the “turn into a boat” ability soon too, since I keep seeing the panels you have to stand on to do it, and also there are a few things in the water I can’t reach yet, but need…

Paper Mario 2


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Finally completed the whole of Chapter 4 today. Had to kill the baddie-with-no-name again, after finding out what his name was. It was bizarre, as since everyone thinks he’s you, your partners are on his team, so you have to deal with them too. And you have a baddie on your team, just to make things even more upside-down.

After that, I wandered round Rogueport for a bit, “upgraded” two of my partners, and found out where I had to go next – an island somewhere. I then had to find the owner of the ship at the harbour, and find (and convince) a navigator to come with us. Caught up with Luigi and his “hilarious” tales too, before setting sail. En route, a [spoiler] happens. As you’d expect, really. Anyway, killed a few things on the island and explored a bit before turning it off.

Atari Anthology


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Played this for the first time today. It’s a collection of some 65 or so Atari 2600 games, and 15 or so Atari arcade games. The bizarre side-effect of this, is that there are two versions of many games (such as Pong, Battlezone and Asteroids). Anyway, I played Adventure (and completed it on Level 2) mainly to see if I could remember the routes through the mazes. I could, but I seemed to be far crapper at the game than I recall.

I had a go on the arcade version of Lunar Lander then, which is hard as your ship is minute on the screen and you can’t tell which way you’re pointing. At least, not until you get nearer the ground and the screen “zooms in”, to show you hurtling towards a crag nose-first.

After trying a few others (including the garishly coloured, painful on the eyes arcade version of Missile Command, and the impossible to control with a stick Breakout), and watching some of the chopped up Nolan Bushnell interviews, I’m mildly impressed. It doesn’t have as many great games as Activision Anthology (which had Frostbite, Pitfall and Keystone Kapers), but it’s a decent collection nonetheless.

Paper Mario 2


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Despite trying 21534562 times yesterday, it seems the Star Statue inside the Creepy Steeple does actually move if you push it. Ho hum. Wandered through the “level”, and reached the boss, who was unnervingly easy to kill. I mean, REALLY easy. Then [a thing that is a spoiler happened] and I took control of [spoiler], who turned out to actually be [spoiler]. Bizarre. Went back to Twilight Town, where I met [er, spoiler], but couldn’t kill him. Luckily, he couldn’t kill me either, and his hint of “You’d best not try and run away!” was Paper Mario 2-speak for “Actually, do run away!”, so I did. Now I’m looking for a Super Bobbombbomb or something. I think. And trying to find out what [spoiler]’s name is. No, it isn’t [spoiler].

I’ve just stumbled across a flaw in writing a Gaming Diary. Can you guess what it might be?

Anarchy Online


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Logged in as my new character at first, to see if any ugv* bods were about. And they weren’t, the skivers. Inflicted Random Acts of Kindness (+20 Max HP) on some low level players. Only got one “thanks”. Some ungrateful sod even said “I don’t want that, I want credits!”. Sadly, I couldn’t shoot him.

After a bit, I logged in again as Chutney, and soloed the Subway for a bit. I can kill not one, but TWO Shadows now, without problems. Excellent. Nathan “cowmang” Cow-Feeler appeared in the game later, and is wandering around n00b island as I type. I bet he’s crap.

City of Heroes


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I’m in the beta programme for this MMORPG, although I don’t know why – Anarchy Online is about as much as I can realistically handle at the moment. Spent a while setting up my character (whose name I have forgotten already), and then ran about a bit and did some training things. Looks nicer than Anarchy Online, but the controls and interface confuse me.

Paper Mario 2


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I appear to be stuck. Although I went down the well, there didn’t seem to be anything I could do down there, except push a door forwards and backwards. Goombella says I should “leave it for now”, so I wondered if I’d missed anything inside the Creepy Steeple main building. I can’t see anything to so, and tried hitting and blowing everything, but nothing happened. I can’t see any obvious markings anywhere either. I must have missed something somewhere, I suspect.

Mario 64DS


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Had a quick go at catching rabbits to unlock more minigames. I realised that you actually have to catch each rabbit four times, as catching one with Yoshi only unlocks a Yoshi minigame. This could be tedious.

The seven minigames I unlocked are pretty good, but nothing special. There’s a pelmanism game, using sounds not pictures, two of those grid-of-squares and touching one inverts it and the surrounding ones type games, which I hate, although most of these are pretty easy. Played each for a bit.

Anarchy Online


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Took my new character out for a spin, and spent an hour and some minutes teaming with Los Reverandes from the ugv* groups. We left Newbie Island as it seemed to exist in multiple dimensions, meaning we had to talk Across the Void, but then met up properly in Old Athen. Got a house, and killed lots of Leets and Eleets and stuff. The Rev died a few times, because he isn’t as grate as me. Obviously. Then we went shopping together. I didn’t hold his hand, although he did ask. And I gave him all my money.

Anarchy Online


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For a change, and to see if I could catch up with any of the ugv* n00bs, I created a new character and started again. Decided to be a Soldier this time, and it’s a hell of a lot easier! You get a weapon that kills most of the Beach Leets and Island Reets in one hit for a start. And you get a nanoprogram that bumps your Max HP up by 20 for half an hour or so. Got up to Level 3 really quickly. Didn’t see any ugv* people though.

Paper Mario 2


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I haven’t played this for a while (Pikmin 2 got in the way), so had a go this evening. I’m in Twilight Town, and have worked my way to the Creepy Steeple and wandered inside. Of course, you have to go down the well outside, don’t you? Had a quick look in there and decided it could wait for another time. Saved and quit for now.

Mario 64DS


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Well. I’m “compensating” with the controls. That means I’m still annoyed with them, but I’m only doing levels I absolutely have to, or levels that don’t requite such precision. Six lives lost to the first Bowser level then, as it is too hard to use the camera and control Mario at the same time. Managed it in the end, however. I also went and got the first star in Shifting Sand Land, and drained the water from the basement. Caught a rabbit too, who had a key that unlocked another minigame – one that is a variation on another one. From the positioning of the “button” to select this game, it looks like there are something like 64 games in total, of which I have, er, 9. Best get on that then.

Run Baby Run


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It’s an RZX recording frenzy at the moment, so I’ve been trying to beat my personal best. I haven’t fared to well, sadly, as the pressure of recording my gameplay makes me mess it up. However, I have managed a score of 3146, and here’s the RZX to prove it. Weak.

Mr Driller: Drill Spirits


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Hurrah! I’ve managed to do 500m, with Puchi, without any items. Go me! Sadly, 1000m is plainly impossible so I’m off to have a cry whilst my DS recharges.

Run Baby Run: Cold as Ice


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I’ve been honing my skills a little on my new Run Baby Run levels. I’m not sure I’ve managed to create levels as good as the original (although, I’ve only had a week to play with the new ones, and twenty years to master the old ones!), but they’re all certainly playable. I’m alarmed at how similar Green Acres is to Bolton Gas Works, even though it wasn’t intentional. I think it may just play like it, rather than look like it.

You can download it here, and get a decent Spectrum emulator to run it from here.