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  • maskandmirror - September 25, 2014 10:35 p.m.

    You mean to say you don't like people telling you you're doing things WRONGLY. XD
  • punishment - September 25, 2014 7:03 a.m.

    This is going to make me play a lot of older games today. Not sure if this is some fancy unknown trick or not, but on more than one occasion in Mario Kart 8, I've escaped a blue shell with a well timed mushroom boost. I thought the only way to negate that cocksucker was the horn.
  • Nintygameplayerperson - June 2, 2014 6:39 p.m.

    L-cancelling is far more important than wavedashing; some characters, like Captain Falcon, would get annihilated without L-cancelling.
  • GOD - October 2, 2013 9:49 p.m.

    Dammit Lucas. Articles like these always make me start a youtube video spree that I can't stop in a reasonable amount of time.... 2+ hours later and I'm finally done watching an entire Mirror's Edge speedrun, some other miscellaneous stuff, and some Smash Bros. footage that really makes me wish I was playing it with three other people right now :/
  • GR_LucasSullivan - October 3, 2013 12:50 p.m.

    lolol mission accomplished
  • Morethan3words - October 2, 2013 6:03 p.m.

    This isn't exactly an exploit, but using the salvage corvettes to steal you're opponents' ships in the original Homeworld was ridiculously fun. In the campaign, you can use it so effectively you can gain access to ships well before the relevant technology is available for research and build fleets way bigger than you are supposed to have, given available resources. This technique was so successful, it lead to the creation of a new unit in Homeworld 2 that was designed to do essentially the same thing (I think it was called the Marine Assault Frigate or something like that).
  • Frieza - October 2, 2013 2:52 p.m.

    Good article! Found a few things I didn't know about. As for Pokémon... Effort Values actually kinda ruined the game for me. Now whenever I play I constantly find myself resetting the game to avoid giving my Pokémon EVs they won't need. It's so annoying managing EVs, but I can't stop since it just feels wrong wasting precious EV space on worthless stats when I can maximize their stats I actually use. I know it doesn't matter in the long run, but I can't help myself... I have a couple exploits that aren't on the list: Not sure if this is old news or not, but if I remember correctly you can jump over the Blue Shell (and other shells) in Mario Kart 64. You need to have manual drift on so you do a little jump before you do a sharp turn. If you time it right you can jump over the Shell as it homes towards you. I only did this once though, so it might have been a glitch or something. And this was a very long time ago too. But I remember it since I was very proud I pulled it off when it happened... I recently found a funny but rewarding trick when playing Kotor recently. There's an easy way to beat Bendak Starkiller and the other duelists on Taris by taking advantage of their poor AI. If your opponent's primary weapon is a blaster, you can immediately run up to them so you're in melee range, tricking them into switching to a sword. Immediately run a few feet away and shoot them with your own blaster while they change weapons. After you land a hit or two run back into melee range and they should change back to their sword without firing a shot. If you pull this off right you should be able to win any match without taking too much damage. This way you can complete the Taris Dueling quest right off the bat after you land on Taris, even if you're level 2. This also works for other enemies as well, although it's harder since there are more factors to consider when doing this trick. This was done on the Xbox version, so I'm not sure if this works on the PC version.
  • Krazee - October 2, 2013 4:53 p.m.

    I know what you mean about the EV training. I want my pokemon to be strong but at the same time EV training is such a pain in the ass. You can't just kill the enemy pokemon with whoever you feel like, its gotta be your pokemon that will benefit the most from having killed it.
  • kursedkey - October 2, 2013 7:50 a.m.

    Oh please, Super Sliding in Zelda OOT is old news. Death Warping, on the other hand....
  • Rub3z - October 2, 2013 4:40 a.m.

    Also, I think it's worth noting that by the time you're told of and successfully execute the Bottomless Box Glitch in Dark Souls for the first time, all the hours you've spent up to that point playing normally feel pithy next to the countless more hours you'll spend playing it as a result of the freedom it provides you as a more experienced player. It's certainly not that you'd been playing the game wrong up to that point... more that the BB glitch fundamentally changes the way you'll be playing the game from then on.
  • Rub3z - October 2, 2013 4:29 a.m.

    Jumping in Twisted Metal. Your car can jump. Mini-boosting in Mario Kart, along with other subtle tricks like backwards throwing to cancel incoming shells, letting off the accelerator to improve speed boosts, slowing down/ hitting the brakes upon hitting a banana or other slippery surface to negate the spin-out... there's all kinds of neat tricks. Throwing a cigarette from behind cover in Vanquish. Or manually slowing down time whilst rocket-sliding. That shit will never stop being cool. Manually inducing bullet time in Max Payne 3, along with manually chugging pills, the better to survive in critical moments and conserve yourself Last Man standing instances.
  • taokaka - October 2, 2013 2:20 a.m.

    For some reason when I saw the title I was expecting something along the lines of "the best way to play call of duty is while sitting in a spa with several supermodels surrounding you."
  • Rub3z - October 2, 2013 4:12 a.m.

    I think it's safe to say that that's the best way to play any game (and not just video games), period.
  • jedisamurai - October 1, 2013 6:03 p.m.

    How about trying to take as long as possible to defeat bosses in Sky Gunner? Getting chains of three in Ikaruga? The Konami Code? Doing infinite combos to never touch the ground in Gun Valkyrie? Or shooting everything in sight to fill your Berzerker bar in Panzer Dragoon Zwei?
  • agentkuo - October 1, 2013 4:37 p.m.

    I never exclusively went for T-Spins, but I knew about 'em. I never used Drums on Rock Band 1 (I did on 2 and 3, though). And I always wave-dash the shit out of my enemies.
  • JarkayColt - October 1, 2013 3:24 p.m.

    Hmm, some interesting information! But there is a subcategory of mechanics on this list that falls under "exploits". I wouldn't count "exploits" as playing the game "right". For example, a person who does not Wavedash is not playing Melee wrong as it's essentially a glitch (there's a reason why you can't do it in Brawl). Same with the Superslide in OoT and the Yellow Devil trick. However, making use of the T-Block, defeating Phanto, EV training or learning the Pac Man ghost's patrolling quirks seem like a normal part of the game. You know what I mean?
  • C.King - October 1, 2013 6:16 p.m.

    with you on wave dashing. but i not sure about ev training being intended with how little the actual games actually talk about it, but it's absolutely necessary competitively. a story mode run team has absolutely no chance against a "properly trained" team. but "train" ... idk you're a trainer but i got no clue what was intended by the great creator! what were arceus's intentions?!
  • JarkayColt - October 2, 2013 3:41 a.m.

    Of course EV training is intended; it's a mechanic that's programmed purposefully by the developers, unlike the examples I gave above that are more like glitches. Even though you usually need to keep notes outside the game to fully maximise your EVs, every generation they keep adding more ways to make it easier for people, as if they WANT you to know about it. There are certain methods that the game explicitly states will increase or decrease Base Stats, for example: vitamins like Protein, the training facilities on Join Avenue, the Power Items/Macho Brace, Pokérus, the EV-reducing Berries/haircuts etc. NPCs will also state that Trained Pokémon are stronger than Wild Pokémon of an identical species and level, which should be a decent hint. Even somebody who doesn't fully understand EVs could get an edge over untrained Pokémon just by making use of those things. It's obvious that Game Freak keep trying to make training as a whole easier and more transparent. For example, as of HG/SS, the Pokémon Status screen shows you which two stats your Nature increases and decreases. The Stats Judge will now let you know if you have multiple stats with a perfect IV. Basically, all the tools are in the game to get the most out of Pokémon Training already. Also, X&Y will graphically represent EVs earned on a graph, which basically is the silver platter. IMO, the UNintentional "exploit" related to Pokémon Training is people who abuse the sRNG to get Pokémon with perfect stats or that are Shiny, or both, because that definitely requires playing the game in a way that wasn't intended and uses calculations generated by an external program. The legitimate method to achieve the same result is to breed Pokémon with the IVs you want that also trigger the Masuda Method. If you do it right, once you generate a Shiny (which should take around 1000 Eggs, although recently I've been trying myself and have gotten through well over 1-or-2000 with no luck yet, although I have gotten one after just 40 once) there's a good chance it will have at least two 31s. Alternatively, chain Pokémon with the PokéRadar in DPPt with a Pokémon with Synchronise that has the Nature you want, catch a truckload of them once you reach a chain of 40 and cross your fingers. However, I've battled many people on Random Matchup with whole teams of Shinies that almost certainly have perfects or near-perfects across the board, so they're either hacked or sRNG-abused. Getting one decent Shiny is hard enough, but SIX?
  • C.King - October 2, 2013 7:50 a.m.

    i know what you mean but those methods don't isolate the stat u wanna boost is what i mean, ur gonna have to look up areas with a number of pokemon with a ev yield of just one stat if you want to maximize a certain 2 different stats dude i gotta laugh at this now because i was confused as heck where all these shinies from, they really taking the worth out of being shiny. hopefully they'll fix it up next gen but they'd probably just breed the hacked pokemon and get atleast 3 perfect ivs. so... they could only lessen their bs if anything. thx for the tip about synchronise, i've been just hatching loads of eggs for those or using ever stone
  • JarkayColt - October 2, 2013 10:16 a.m.

    Well, sure, it's hard to maximise a certain stat error-free without planning ahead what exactly you're going to battle. But you don't NEED to maximise the stat; if you aren't a competitive battler, you can still "casually" earn EVs by using Vitamins or by KOing a bunch of Starly to up your Speed; people will understand that it's having an effect, just not to what extent. But yeah, playing B2W2 online recently I have noticed an AWFUL lot of people using Shinies, and I'm pretty sure most of them have been sRNG abused. The problem is that these Pokémon are still generated within the game (just with some very deft manipulation) and are therefore not flagged as being a hacked Pokémon. It'll be very hard to route the exploits out. It does seriously undermine the time and effort people might put in to receive a "legit" Shiny using, say, the Masuda Method. I'm currently breeding an English and Japanese Pokémon with a 31 Attack and 31 Speed IV, and I have the Shiny Charm, but still nothing yet! Using Synchronise with the PokéRadar in DPPt makes it a lot easier to find a Shiny (about 1/200 max chance per Radar-reset as opposed to Masuda's 1/1000-ish) but you can't control its stats so well. Considering Synchronise's success rate, getting a 'usable' Shiny Pokémon with ONE IV at 31 using this method has a chance of about 1/64, ignoring the 1/200 chance of finding it in the first place. I caught 10 Shiny Ponyta the other day and they all sucked. Considering the abysmal chances, how on earth can people have a full team of usable Shinies? >_>

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