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on: August 27, 2018, 12:56:17 PM

So, if you're not in discord, too bad, so sad, you missed the first round of The Ultimate Battle - 1985.

Here are the results:



The Oregon Trail (specifically, Apple IIe - the one every child alive played) took home the trophy. We've moved on to 1986.

Now, The Ultimate Battle isn't "most influential" or "most popular" or whatever. You take any metric you want, and after discussion we throw up a poll and choose the best game for the year. Each discussion is open for a week. This week ends next Sunday at Midnight, upon which we flop over to 1987 and quit discussing 1986.

This has its own channel in Discord, and I likely won't delete the history, so you can scroll back and see uh, whatever you want to see.

Anyway, when we're done we're going to have a DEFINITIVE list of the best games by year, after which I'll probably widdle those out by decade, and have the final 4 fight each other, coming to a best game ever.

Which will be Demon's Souls.

So, yeah, join in the fun or your vote doesn't matter.

If you'r banned from Discord, your vote also doesn't matter.

Finally, we're also going to start Discord movie nights via Rabb.it.

So there's that.
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Reply #1 on: August 28, 2018, 03:26:56 AM

1987 will be pretty easy, methinks  Oh ho ho ho. Reallllly?

Anyway, great ideas, will definitely join in shortly  Thumbs up!

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Reply #2 on: August 28, 2018, 07:12:34 AM

1987 has a lot of great releases, so I imagine it will be one of the tougher years to sort out.

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Reply #3 on: August 28, 2018, 08:40:49 AM

86 is fairly tough itself.  So many good time sinks there.

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Reply #4 on: August 28, 2018, 09:15:01 AM

1987 has a lot of great releases, so I imagine it will be one of the tougher years to sort out.

Yeah, but "Leisure Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards" will obviously come out on top.




Or maybe not.  Oh ho ho ho. Reallllly?
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Reply #5 on: August 28, 2018, 10:40:36 AM

1986: Leaderboard Golf C64

I know this isn't the voting forum, I'm a rebel. Also, I was basically over gaming by 1986, though I did play Ultima V a bit after that. There is a glaring lack of Ultima IV on the 1985 list.

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Reply #6 on: August 28, 2018, 11:07:43 AM

1886 is a bit tougher since we are using US release dates for NES games.  Still, of everything I've heard so far, Rampage takes it for me.

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Reply #7 on: August 28, 2018, 12:11:30 PM

I kept suggesting Ultima IV, but no one pays attention to me.

1987 is Nethack.  All other arguments are invalid.
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Reply #8 on: August 28, 2018, 01:11:09 PM

1987 is Nethack.  All other arguments are invalid.
Pfft. Both Moria and Larn were better.
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Reply #9 on: August 28, 2018, 01:18:10 PM

1886 is a bit tougher since we are using US release dates for NES games.  Still, of everything I've heard so far, Rampage takes it for me.

Hockey was invented in 1886 - I think that takes it. I might be misremembering but I think Rampage was post-Victorian?


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Reply #10 on: August 28, 2018, 01:20:24 PM

1987 is Nethack.  All other arguments are invalid.
Pfft. Both Moria and Larn were better.


Oddly I don't know what Larn is, but I agree with Moria being better than Nethack.  Without a doubt.

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Reply #11 on: August 28, 2018, 01:42:50 PM

I kept suggesting Ultima IV, but no one pays attention to me.
That's why I'm not on Discord. If I want to be ignored, I can just spend an evening with the old lady.

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Reply #12 on: August 28, 2018, 02:49:05 PM

1987 is Nethack.  All other arguments are invalid.
Pfft. Both Moria and Larn were better.


Oddly I don't know what Larn is, but I agree with Moria being better than Nethack.  Without a doubt.


Guys, seriously: 1987 is all about Dungeon Master.

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Reply #13 on: August 28, 2018, 03:37:58 PM

1987 was ALL ABOUT Double Dragon in the arcade.

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Reply #14 on: August 28, 2018, 04:22:00 PM

1987 was ALL ABOUT Double Dragon in the arcade.

True (elbow was OP :D). But eventually you went back home, turned on the Atari ST and played Dungeon Master.

Or at least that was my life back then. Cool uh?  why so serious?

Oh, and I listened to Black's "Wonderful Life" pretty much all day long. That too.

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Reply #15 on: August 28, 2018, 04:45:05 PM

Didn't Sid Meier Pirates come out in 1987?  Seems that would be a lock.

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Reply #16 on: August 28, 2018, 05:47:46 PM

Exactly. Pirates! locks it for 1987 on anything but arcade. Arcades, Double Dragon and Black Tiger. But yes, Pirates! takes it all.

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Reply #17 on: August 28, 2018, 06:13:14 PM

We'll see?
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Reply #18 on: August 29, 2018, 01:16:02 AM

1987 includes Zelda, Metroid, and Castlevania.  Zelda will probably take it for me as I played the original endlessly.

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Reply #19 on: August 30, 2018, 08:11:11 AM

1987 is Nethack.  All other arguments are invalid.
Pfft. Both Moria and Larn were better.


Oddly I don't know what Larn is, but I agree with Moria being better than Nethack.  Without a doubt.

I prefered Larn and Nethack to Moria. It's all about individual taste. When you feel like losing some time, find Larn and give it a try, it's a midpoint between Hack and Moria in time, with a different feel. It didn't eat as many of my college nights as the 3.0 release of Nethack, but close.
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Reply #20 on: August 30, 2018, 09:09:38 AM

Tell me about it;  I'm amazed to find that some don't like ADOM.

 why so serious?

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Reply #21 on: August 31, 2018, 05:22:26 AM

More people need to join the discord channel - both 1985 and 1986 are now  tied.

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Reply #22 on: August 31, 2018, 06:58:46 AM

Oregon Trail won 1985.

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Reply #23 on: August 31, 2018, 01:43:56 PM

Too many damned kids is my suspicion.

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Reply #24 on: September 04, 2018, 09:18:10 AM

Bubble Bobble has won 1986. Was close between it and Rampage though.
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Reply #25 on: September 04, 2018, 09:34:46 AM

1986.

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Reply #27 on: September 04, 2018, 10:28:12 AM

Yes, 1986.
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Reply #28 on: September 04, 2018, 10:31:42 AM

This is what happens when you stay here and let the Euro's outnumber us in Discord!

As I said in channel, I loved Bubble Bobble.  But come on!  Rampage!  Come talk to me when The Rock makes a Bubble Bobble movie.

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Reply #29 on: September 04, 2018, 10:37:00 AM

Based on Central Intelligence, the rock would be great as bub or bob or even Baron von Blubba
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Reply #30 on: September 10, 2018, 03:30:43 PM

1987 has gone into a runoff featuring Nethack, Mike Tyson's Punch Out ! !, and Metroid.
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Reply #31 on: September 10, 2018, 05:17:13 PM

lol people not voting for Metroid.... kys


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Reply #32 on: September 10, 2018, 08:18:01 PM

I don't think you fully understand what's happening here. We're not judging years in a vacuum. We have full knowledge of all of gaming. There's no reason to pretend Metroid is the best game looking back when things like Super Metroid and Dead Cells exist.

but I'm glad you like Metroid so much?
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Reply #33 on: September 11, 2018, 01:14:34 AM

Haven't weighed in on the discord chat (I find the format hard to follow, too much going on if you are not in there all the time).  Metroid was I game I liked a lot, but MT's Punch Out was the shit.  When that thing came out it was a leap forward.  Played the tits off of it, and I was great at it.  That would get my vote between those two.

What didn't make it to the finals?  Are we not counting things like Zelda and Dragon Quest in 87?

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Reply #34 on: September 11, 2018, 02:04:11 AM

Dragon Quest didn't hit the U.S. until a couple years later (it's also not particularly good, especially when it has to stack up against PC RPG's as well). Zelda was counted but fell just shy of making the final list.
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