What games are you better at now than you were 30 odd years ago?

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Re: What games are you better at now than you were 30 odd years ago?

Post by toot_toot » Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:55 pm

I recently bought the compilation “Stars on the 128k” and I managed to complete Yie Ar Kung Fu (with the extra stages) without losing a single life. Maybe it’s because you don’t need lightening fast reflexes to do it, but I remember never even completing the 48k version 30 odd years ago!
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Re: What games are you better at now than you were 30 odd years ago?

Post by Morkin » Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:20 pm

Manic Miner - still can't complete without POKEs, but get further now than I ever used to.

Atic Atac - never used to complete it (don't laugh), but have been able to finish it consistently in recent years after learning the map a bit. Not sure I've completed it as the wizard yet though.

Escape - managed to escape the maze at all 5 difficulty levels in , don't think I ever did that in the 80s.

Gift from the Gods - recently got close to completing, just needed one more shape to complete the game but it was getting excruciatingly difficult at that point, and I died...

That's about it though. Definitely had faster reactions and more persistence when I was younger... :cry:
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Re: What games are you better at now than you were 30 odd years ago?

Post by spider » Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:34 pm

Gift/Gods and Shadowfire, a friend back then was really into both of these although I tried them briefly they never really appealed somehow at all. I have tried them since but not really felt any better about them! :D

One Man / Droid , I was not that good at it back then nor Ant Attack either but now I'm useless at both, the latter especially I struggle to rescue more than two! And that's on a 'good' day. :D
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Post by animaal » Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:58 pm

Glider Rider. I beat it in recent years, but back in the day I didn't even really know what to do.

In my case, the Internet was a great help, seeing other people's efforts, and descriptions of the best tactics. I know we had magazines back in the day, but I think there are far better supports now.
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Re: What games are you better at now than you were 30 odd years ago?

Post by spider » Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:23 pm

animaal wrote:
Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:58 pm
Glider Rider. I beat it in recent years, but back in the day I didn't even really know what to do.

In my case, the Internet was a great help, seeing other people's efforts, and descriptions of the best tactics. I know we had magazines back in the day, but I think there are far better supports now.
Ah I only tried that for the first time this year or last year. I'd not bothered to read any instructions :oops: but remembered it was reasonably well liked BITD, needless to say I did not have a clue what to do, or how to get off the ground! :mrgreen:

Game help yes I agree. There's a reasonable chance there could be an .rzx if you need a bit of a push in the right direction without watching it all or the TipShop for assistance or indeed this or other forums where there may be a topic or three already covering the game and if not someone is highly likely to be able to help if a new topic is posted. :)
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Post by Ralf » Thu Oct 03, 2019 7:27 pm

Renegade.

Now I'm able to complete it in about 25% of cases. Or maybe 33% of cases. In the 80s I have never completed it.

I remember for the long time I wasn't able to complete level 3. I tried to fight the big female boss at a close range
and always it was a disaster ;)

Then one day I got my "aha! moment" and learnt to walk away from her and give her a flying kick when she was running.
Level 3 became easy.

But the next level it was knifers and the guy with the gun. Here I always failed. Either I attacked the boss and got stabbed or
attacked a regular guy and got shot.

Now I can do it. Sometimes. Actually Renegade is more a game about strategy them quick reflexes. In the last level you
have to manouever everybody so you have that short moment to knock down one enemy. And you do them one by one,
leaving the boss for the finale.

I guess as a gamer I have now worse reflexes but am more planning and patient than before, when I was a kid.
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Post by toot_toot » Sat Oct 05, 2019 7:16 am

animaal wrote:
Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:58 pm
Glider Rider. I beat it in recent years, but back in the day I didn't even really know what to do.

In my case, the Internet was a great help, seeing other people's efforts, and descriptions of the best tactics. I know we had magazines back in the day, but I think there are far better supports now.
Yes, there’s definitely more help these days!

The big thing with the Spectrum was that the games you had were often copies (and sometimes copies of copies of copies!) meaning you had no instructions at all. You can see that the game magazines new this, because they would often give guides that were essentially retelling the instructions to those poor people with only C90 copies of the game! A good example was the Aliens map being printed in a few of the magazines, the game was impossible without it!

But the other thing was that even if you did own the game, usually the instructions were non existent beyond what the controls were and maybe a short, but very elaborate, back story to setup the game itself. I owned Glider Rider and it was still very cryptic what you were supposed to do from the instructions! Then you had the extreme of Ultimate’s games having a very simple poem and that was it!

I’m sure it was part of a plan to try and make a game last longer, there was certainly a lot of trial and error with games, but the irony was that once you’d worked out how to “crack it”, games sometimes could be completed in under 20 minutes. One of the most ridiculous games was Monty is Innocent. I could never complete is back then, but now there’s a “long play” video where it’s completed in 2 minutes!!!
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Post by uglifruit » Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:46 am

I'm much better at Ant Attack now. It might have been the controls (oh how I'd have liked that hack with absolute directions, rather than rotational ones back in the day!). But now, even with the original controls, I've gotten far more people rescued than I did back as a kid.
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Post by toot_toot » Sat Oct 05, 2019 3:12 pm

uglifruit wrote:
Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:46 am
I'm much better at Ant Attack now. It might have been the controls (oh how I'd have liked that hack with absolute directions, rather than rotational ones back in the day!). But now, even with the original controls, I've gotten far more people rescued than I did back as a kid.
Is there a direction control hack for Ant Attack? I can't seem to get a hold of a snapshot (the page that seemed to link to it is now defunct) - http://www.icemark.com/dataformats/mirr ... Attack.htm

If you've got a copy then it would be much appreciated (and it maybe should be hosted on here too!)
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