Every week the hosts ofTalkRadarpresent and answer a new "Question of the Week" - a personal inquiry which unearths some of our deepest, and sometimes most sinister, gaming memories. Everyone is encouraged to answer each week's question, so go ahead, tell us your most glorious, nostalgic, or shameful story!
This week's question:
What was the first game you remember pre-ordering?
What made the game so special? Did they have it on release day? Were you horribly disappointed or crazy happy with your purchase?
The best posts this week will be read on next week'spodcast,and appear in the next edition of this article. Listen tomorrow for our answers!
Below are our favorite answers from last week's question...
Last week's question:
What is a plainly obvious puzzle/gameplay element you didn't get?
“I picked up PES 5 on the PS2 and played it religiously for months upon months as it really got me interested in football (read: soccer) again. I then decided to try out it's competitor Fifa, which I believe was Fifa 07 at the time. I found it pretty fun except for my strikers being completely useless, which caused many fit's of rage.
It took me about a week to realise that whereas the square button in PES was to shoot; it was circle to shoot in Fifa. I had been trying to pass the whole time.
This is how I felt..."
Above: This is the scene where Wesley did anything
"One of the puzzles in the Genesis Beavis & Butthead game involved taking a bar of soap from a bathroom. The soap was white. The bathroom was white. I spent something like six hours trying to figure out what the hell I was supposed to do, and when a friend told me the solution the following day I almost became gay for him.
I never watched Beavis & Butthead again.”
“Most recently, in Killzone 2, where you encounter the area (think it's a door) that is covered in electricity. For the life of me, I could not figure out what to do to get past that. I spent almost an hour backtracking and other things until my friend walks up , points to a glowing box and says, "what if you shoot that?" I did, it works, and I feel like an idiot.”
“It was back when I first played through MGS1. I was a decent ways through, when it came to this part where the Colonel kept telling me,"Get the code off the back of the cd case!" to get through a door. I must have tried everything, short of punting my system through the window. I stopped playing the game for months. Eventually it came up in a conversation, and someone told me I had to look on the back of the actual case the game came in.”
Above: Damn you Konami, you and your lack of respect for the fourth wall
“The worst by far is StarTropics where you actually had to get the letter that came with the game wet in order to get the number 747. If you didn't actually dip that physical letter in water like the game told you to in order to get that number, you couldn't finish the game.”
“I rented The Orange Box almost exactly a year ago, and in Half-Life 2, I got stuck in the part in Route Kanal (the first real level, after you get your HEV suit) where you're in a kind of sewer area, and there's a puzzle where you have to change the water level to get past. Thing is, I turned the valve to lower it, but I couldn't figure out where to go after that. This was a while ago, so I don't know if I used a walkthrough after a good hour of screwing around in that room, trying to figure it out. But when I got the game for my Birthday in February, I got stuck on the same part, and spent ANOTHER HOUR ON THE SAME PUZZLE. The solution to it was to go to the previous room, 15 feet back, and yes, "walk left," into the other tunnel.”
“My story needs to be prefaced by the fact that I had not played any of the shining force games until I had bought the latest sega collection for 360 (a must buy if you have never played these games before). So while playing the game one of my characters would naturally get killed. Now i am more used to playing the fire emblem series where if a character dies and you pass the mission that character stays dead. So, a character would die during a mission and i would naturally restart the mission because i am not the kind of person to leave a soldier on the battlefield. So fast forward two hours later and i am still stuck on the second mission. i say to myself **** it i don't care about that damn paladin anymore i'll prolly get five more by the end of the game. I complete the mission the mission and started the next mission and saw the guy was still alive. After that i had to turn off the 360 and just walk away.”
“Mortal Kombat had a ******* BLOCK BUTTON!
WHAT DO YOU MEAN I CAN'T HOLD BACK TO BLOCK?
GORO IS AN ASSHOLE”
Apr 30, 2009