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June's TR theme?

Poll ended at Tue May 15, 2018 12:36 pm

8-Bit Platformers
15
23%
Pre-Halo FPS
13
20%
Action RPGs
9
14%
Fan Translations
11
17%
Beat-'Em-Ups
17
26%
 
Total votes : 65
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Re: Together Retro - June

by Sarge Wed May 09, 2018 5:15 pm

Yeah, I worry I might have gone overbroad in a few categories. Oh well, I'll work on that next time! :)
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Re: Together Retro - June

by MrPopo Wed May 09, 2018 5:39 pm

Don't worry, I'm planning on having some more esoteric categories for December.
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Re: Together Retro - June

by Xeogred Wed May 09, 2018 6:41 pm

I think I just want to see FPS's lose... yes ,one of my favorite genres... because I already have a lot of it covered. :P
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Re: Together Retro - June

by alienjesus Wed May 09, 2018 6:47 pm

Xeogred wrote:I think I just want to see FPS's lose... yes ,one of my favorite genres... because I already have a lot of it covered. :P


I'm in the opposite boat - FPS is one of my least favourite genres, but I'm actually really up for it this time round.

On the other hand, beat-em-ups doesn't appeal mainy because I don't have any I'm particularly wanting to play right now.

ARPGs I have a whole bunch of options for, but I'd quite like something else to win for the sake of variety as we've already had a few RPG focused months.

My favourite option is definitely fan translation as it offers a thematic link that isn't just genre or era based - which lots of our TR months thus far, mine included, have been. I'm thinking that if I get to choose another set of themes next year I'd like to try and come up with ones that are genre agnostic :D
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Re: Together Retro - June

by Xeogred Wed May 09, 2018 6:53 pm

Well in that case, I do get excited to see some others playing some favorites of mine, like SD3 (which as Sarge said could maybe work for Translations or ARPG, heh) and yeah there's plenty of FPS gold to be played!
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Re: Together Retro - June

by Ack Wed May 09, 2018 7:29 pm

MrPopo wrote:Don't worry, I'm planning on having some more esoteric categories for December.

Yeah, I have some interesting ideas for October too. I may change a few up depending on how the year has gone, but there are a few that will at the very least be interesting to throw at y'all.
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Re: Together Retro - June

by crazythink4 Wed May 09, 2018 9:40 pm

Picking categories is a tough job, as I’m sure many know.

On the one hand, they should have a good selection of obvious essentials that people who have less coverage in that area/genre.

On the other hand, it should have some depth so that the veterans can dig around and find some obscure titles and gems.

It’s hard to please both camps if the categories are too narrow. But yes, having broader categories and open voting does mean that some of the more specialized and esoteric retro areas will often be passed over. And I’m honestly not sure what the best solution to that would be...

Anyway, I voted ARPGs</part_of_the_problem> and fan translations. That said, I’d be happy with any of the choices. One more “great selections” to Sarge! :wink:
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Re: Together Retro - June

by Exhuminator Wed May 09, 2018 10:14 pm

crazythink4 wrote:On the one hand, they should have a good selection of obvious essentials that people who have less coverage in that area/genre. On the other hand, it should have some depth so that the veterans can dig around and find some obscure titles and gems.


While I would love to see stuff as narrow as "original Game Boy RPGs" or "Super Famicom imports" or "pre-6th gen SRPGs", I understand that'd be too restrictive for most TR members. A lot of members are seeing this new TR format as a possible conduit to play games from their existing library, so they don't want to buy games just for TR. They'd rather vote for themes that fit their backlog library's current selection. But, I think a middle ground can be found. Genres with qualifiers like "Licensed Platformers" or "90s FMV" were good examples of that technique. That still left platform selection wide open, but limited the genre's scope down to having a distinguishable personality. Ultimately I just want to read about people having fun playing legitimately retro games. As long as that's going on, TR's a success in my book. That said, we should all strive to get out of our comfort zones from time to time. It makes one a more informed and experienced gamer.
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Re: Together Retro - June

by noiseredux Wed May 09, 2018 10:28 pm

I agree with Exhum. There's definitely a solid middle ground. But TR this year is a work in progress experiment and so far has been majorly successful. It's probably been the most active TR calendar from month to month in ages.
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Re: Together Retro - June

by crazythink4 Thu May 10, 2018 12:19 am

Agreed on both counts. I’m sure TR will continue to have positive refinement, and it’s been a pretty good success so far. I (and I’m sure many others) have been enjoying the new format :D
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