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[challenge entry] No mission complete. No final screen.
Just a loop back to the start. Games were hard in those days.

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(, Fri 27 Apr 2012, 11:43, archived)
# Kids today don't understand the stamina that those games used to take
Hours of your life spent playing it non-stop. None of this "save" business. Lightweights.

(, Fri 27 Apr 2012, 11:46, archived)
(, Fri 27 Apr 2012, 11:48, archived)
# I feel we were perpetually lied to.
All of the games had a plot, none of them had closure.

I kicked prostitutes in the tits in Target Renegade for nothing. There was no hot chick to rescue. Only the game to play on loop, forever and ever and ever and ever...
(, Fri 27 Apr 2012, 11:52, archived)
# I finished 'Elite' though.
That's how boss I am.
(, Fri 27 Apr 2012, 11:59, archived)
# I never got beyond Dangerous
six whole weeks of solid playing. good grief.
(, Fri 27 Apr 2012, 12:01, archived)
# I don't think you can actually finish Elite.
But once you get the 'E-L-I-T-E' title and have completed all 3! missions there's little to encourage any more gameplay.
(, Fri 27 Apr 2012, 12:03, archived)
# I got to be "Elite"
...was there more to it than that?

I remember getting whacked a couple of times early on by the Thargons, but once I'd tooled up and felt ready to deal with them, the buggers were nowhere to be found :(
(, Fri 27 Apr 2012, 12:02, archived)
# On the Speccy version I was always in Thargoid space
Shortly after the dreaded 'Fuel Leak' warning.
(, Fri 27 Apr 2012, 12:04, archived)
# you could get into thargoid space, or whatever it was called
by doing something in hyperspace. pressing some combination of buttons. it always ended in tears.
(, Fri 27 Apr 2012, 12:06, archived)
# Thargoids, that was it
They only ever seemed to show up when you were completely unprepared :(
(, Fri 27 Apr 2012, 12:07, archived)
# Thargons were the little robot drones the thargoids would release.
(, Fri 27 Apr 2012, 12:09, archived)
# god, can you imagine trying to sell it now?
three lives? seriously? when do you get more? never? you mean you go back to the start? fuck that.

also, fuck Eugene.

[edit] Oh gods, I'm having Amoebatron flashbacks.
(, Fri 27 Apr 2012, 12:00, archived)
# More lives?
You can gain your first extra life with the score from the first object in The Vat if you're playing really well...
(, Fri 27 Apr 2012, 14:44, archived)
# and the joy of spending hours at a game only to come up against an unbeatable boss
because the programmers ran out of time and didn't get the ending to work.
(, Fri 27 Apr 2012, 12:00, archived)
# The first Accounting software package I worked on had the same problem.
We sold it before writing the year-end routines as,'We've got 12 months to write that.'

Somewhat foolishly forgetting that financial year ends don't line up with Calendar year ends. That was a mad panic when a customer who bought our software in March wanted to run his year end in April.
(, Fri 27 Apr 2012, 12:07, archived)
# running a financial year end in april..
who ever heard of such a thing! ...

oh.. wait.
(, Fri 27 Apr 2012, 14:59, archived)
# ^ this, with tits!
(, Fri 27 Apr 2012, 12:34, archived)
# Chuckie Egg!!
(, Fri 27 Apr 2012, 13:15, archived)
# the game starts again
but the yellow duck flys out and around to kill you! Almost shat ourselves when that first happened.

Never got more thana few levels further in though, no idea what happened if you managed to complete it the second time with duck.
(, Sat 28 Apr 2012, 8:04, archived)
# Not even a choice of different coloured explosions?
(, Fri 27 Apr 2012, 11:59, archived)
[challenge entry] hahahaha click

Shud mention this is all pee.
(, Fri 27 Apr 2012, 12:35, archived)
# Hahaha
(, Fri 27 Apr 2012, 12:37, archived)
# Selling very well
in the Midlands.
(, Fri 27 Apr 2012, 14:46, archived)
# Nice work and true words. In the old days every pixel was precious!
(, Fri 27 Apr 2012, 13:21, archived)
# If you weren't using the level-skip cheat (like wot you are)
you'd see an obscure graphical image flash up momentarily at the end there.

But then, yeah, it loops...
(, Fri 27 Apr 2012, 14:46, archived)
# Game over man, game over!

Crappy game endings.

shit lazy bastadrs, I know there's like no memory for much but jesus.. just repeating

or in the case of xenon 2.. what do you get? you get a dot on the middle of the screen, hahah that's so funny! for putting up with several identical levels of shit with the same CRAP (YES I SAID CRAP, BECAUSE IT'S CRAP, BITCH) tune repeatedly hahah

fucking shitmap brothers, gan te fook ye shites.

/80's games in general blog
(, Fri 27 Apr 2012, 14:57, archived)