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Yes, although apparently it's not related to the film at all, except thematically. Per Indiewire:
Microids’ synopsis for the game reads: Writer Ed Miller came out unscathed from his car crash down into Brody Canyon, California. Even though no one was found inside the car wreckage, Ed insists that he was traveling with his wife and daughter. Traumatized by this event, he begins to suffer from severe vertigo. As he starts therapy, he will try to uncover what really happened on that tragic day.

“Of course, Alfred Hitchcock’s movie was a major inspiration source, whether it’s about the game’s themes, its narration, or even the visual techniques we used that clearly mirror Hitchcock’s recurrent cinematographic techniques,” Josué Monchan, narrative designer for Pendulo Studios, said in a statement. “’Vertigo’ is not our only frame of reference. For instance, the fact that therapy is at the core of the narrative echoes ‘Spellbound,’ and some characters resemble protagonists from ‘Rebecca,’ ‘Psycho,’ and many more.”
It sounds like it might not have been conceived as "Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo," but merely a Hitchcock-inspired psychological thriller. But that wasn't enough to secure funding from outside sources, so they changed the name to a known property midway though development. The marketing equivalent of clickbait. That's my tinfoil hat conspiracy theory, anyway.

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Not gonna lie this console looks cool

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Tried out that new brawler64 controller with an n64 game. It still lacks some precision, but the difference between it is so amazing. It's actually so much easier to play games on it

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I just played Cave Story for about an hour. It was ok, but I'm getting bored of it, so I don't think I'll finish it. I guess it's good for a game made by 1 person, but it's not as good as the other Metroidvania games that I've played.
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You seem to not really enjoy a lot of games :P

Would you maybe enjoy Minish Cap?
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Pretentious Hipster wrote: June 8th, 2021, 11:19 pm You seem to not really enjoy a lot of games :P

Would you maybe enjoy Minish Cap?
I like a lot of games, but just not the games that I've played recently. The last game that I liked a lot was Chrono Trigger. I also liked Super Metroid (but not as much).

Thanks for the suggestion. I guess I'll probably like Minish Cap, but I think I want to explore some other franchises before I play another Zelda game.
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Have you played Earthbound?

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No, I haven't played Earthbound.
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You might love it. It's my recommendation, anyway.

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Do you have a favourite list of games mjf? I remember you're huge on Zelda and Mario Kart but I don't think you've mentioned anything else
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My favorite games:

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Donkey Kong Country 2
Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario World
Yoshi's Island
Donkey Kong Country
The Legend of Zelda
Super Mario 64
Chrono Trigger
Banjo Kazooie
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Donkey Kong Country 3
Paper Mario

I also like the Mario Kart games, but I'm not sure where to rank them (because most games I play once, but I like Mario Kart for its replay value).
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Pretentious Hipster wrote: May 23rd, 2021, 3:55 pm
One of my first games but I never went far in it even on retry. And still need to watch a lets play someday.
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mjf314 wrote: June 7th, 2021, 6:20 pm I spent a couple of hours today playing Braid. It's ok, but definitely not a favorite. I got through the first 6 levels, but I didn't get all of the puzzle pieces. But I'm already bored of the game, so I don't feel like trying to get the rest of them.
:blink: no way. def a top 100 games im glad ive played even if i didnt particularly enjoy it (still 9/10)
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the rest
ANARCHISTS, ANIMAL RIGHTS, Assisted suicide, Existential films, SOCIALIST CINEMA (an amalgamation of lists), Feminist lists, various GSSRM lists (aka LGBTQ+), 2010s bests, Visual Effects nominees, kid-related stuff, great animes (mini-serie or feature), very 80s movies, mah huge sci-fi list, ENVIRO, remarkable Silent Films and Pre-Code (exploring 1925 atm) and every shorts and docu list I'm aware of and
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and "Gordon" Liu Chia-Hui/Liu Chia-Liang and Yuen Woo-ping and "Sammo" Hung Kam-bo
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mjf314 wrote: June 9th, 2021, 1:32 pm My favorite games:

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Donkey Kong Country 2
Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario World
Yoshi's Island
Donkey Kong Country
The Legend of Zelda
Super Mario 64
Chrono Trigger
Banjo Kazooie
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Donkey Kong Country 3
Paper Mario

I also like the Mario Kart games, but I'm not sure where to rank them (because most games I play once, but I like Mario Kart for its replay value).
What consoles can you play? Just emulating old ones?
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Yes, recently I've been using emulators (although I played most of my favorites on the original console). I can play any old console (NES, SNES, N64, GB, GBA, Genesis, PS1). I haven't gotten around to buying a new laptop yet, so I'm not sure if my laptop will be able to handle PS2 games.
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Shame I was gonna recommend some wii games lol.

Apparently Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon was an inspiration to Ocarina of Time, but with surrealism and mechas. I really need to play Earthbound and would recommend that.

Some other ones (most I haven't played), but I have heard good things about:

Secret of Mana
Ogre Battle 64
Conker's Bad Fur Day
Sin & Punishment (the wii sequel is a masterpiece)
Golden Sun

You can get Ys 1 & 2 Chronicles for like $5.50. I didn't play the 2nd remastered one (played the first) and I used the PC-Engine 88 score for my choice, but I finished part 1 recently and it's an absolute masterpiece. If you don't wanna pay but really wanna try it out PM me
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I own a Wii, but unfortunately I no longer have the TV that I used to use for gaming.

I played Secret of Mana for about an hour, but I didn't like it. I don't like how you can't see where you're going (although the scroll hack fixes this problem). I don't like how you spend so much time waiting during fights. I felt like I was spending more time waiting than fighting.
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Elden Ring trailer Elden Ring trailer Elden Ring trailer :circle: :circle: :circle: :circle: :circle: :circle: :circle: :circle:

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Started Ys 2 and I have to go through the rest of the series. It did the impossible and made grinding one of the best parts.
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Well, this ended up being way too avant-garde :lol:

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dirty_score wrote: April 23rd, 2021, 6:24 pm Finished Echo. Where your doppelgangers echo your movements.
Since then, I've been a little busy cleaning the backlog that just keeps growing :sweat: .

Finished The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt plus 2 DLC's. To decompress from open world games, I went for platform: Lost Words Beyond the Page, a short game about grief, and Ori and the Will of the Wisps, which I ended enjoying less than the first. Moved to FPS and finished Wolfenstein: The New Order which prompt me to watch Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS since one of the characters is based on her. Changed gears to stealth and finished the Hitman World of Assassination Trilogy. Had a blast playing Detroit: Become Human (decision based games are my jam) and finally, since everyone is talking about Resident Evil Village, I went for Resident Evil 7 which is like a game version of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Since I'm slowly working on the zombies list I decided to check out the second movie.

I've returned to open world games and currently I'm playing Horizon: Zero Dawn.
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mjf314 wrote: June 9th, 2021, 4:46 pm I own a Wii, but unfortunately I no longer have the TV that I used to use for gaming.
If you liked Chrono Trigger, you could try Tales of Phantasia
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dirty_score wrote: June 15th, 2021, 3:11 pm
dirty_score wrote: April 23rd, 2021, 6:24 pm Finished Echo. Where your doppelgangers echo your movements.
Since then, I've been a little busy cleaning the backlog that just keeps growing :sweat: .

Finished The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt plus 2 DLC's. To decompress from open world games, I went for platform: Lost Words Beyond the Page, a short game about grief, and Ori and the Will of the Wisps, which I ended enjoying less than the first. Moved to FPS and finished Wolfenstein: The New Order which prompt me to watch Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS since one of the characters is based on her. Changed gears to stealth and finished the Hitman World of Assassination Trilogy. Had a blast playing Detroit: Become Human (decision based games are my jam) and finally, since everyone is talking about Resident Evil Village, I went for Resident Evil 7 which is like a game version of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Since I'm slowly working on the zombies list I decided to check out the second movie.

I've returned to open world games and currently I'm playing Horizon: Zero Dawn.
Hitman 2 (version with all DLC included) was on sale on the Playstation Store the other week and I just finished a playthrough of the campaign (and there are so many ways to approach each mission, I'm sure I'll replay all of them). I thought it was this macho, men-killing-people-genre IP. I was not expecting it to be that playful, irreverent, silly, and just plain fun. Each location is just a spectacular sandbox to play in.

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The cutscenes are pretty boring though. Why even pretend to have a plot? No one is here for that.

Horizon: Zero Dawn only gets better in my memory. The very definition of a game that is better than the sum of its parts; it has plenty of flaws or aspects that could be done better but overall has such excellent world-building, characters and emotional impact that it stands head and shoulders above more "perfect" or flawless games IMO. Some games feel like you're playing a movie; Zero Dawn feels like you're playing multiple seasons of an epic animated series.

The DLC did a great job of addressing every single issue I had, which makes me pretty damn excited for the sequel. In the meantime I look forward to playing the main game again. I definitely didn't take advantage of Aloy's full arsenal of weapons (pretty much never used anything but bows and the spear, which in hindsight was dumb) and couldn't appreciate how good the combat was.

I'm currently playing Red Dead Redemption II. :guns: :cowbow: Not that the story isn't great so far, but oftentimes I'd rather just ride my horse as slowly as possible through the world, doing nothing, enjoying the sights and sounds. Essentially directing my own slow cinema film within the game. It's perfect for that, and extremely relaxing. I love the variety of options for how much of the UI you can turn off and mess with. For example, if like me you want to turn off the UI to make it more immersive, you can also press down on the D pad to briefly look at things like the radar if you ever quickly need it, then switch it back off. Or, you can turn off certain effects (like hit markers and kill cams / kill effects) which I felt were a little too video-gamey.

Not much to complain about so far, other than the AI of NPCs can be a little weird now and again. I love how slow-paced the game is, how pretty much every action has an animation, how all types of movement feel more grounded and weighty than most games. In other words, all the things people didn't like about this game are precisely why I love it. And the cinematic camera... :wub: :wub: :wub:

Games I have bought, but not yet played (for PS4):

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
Crypt of the Necrodancer
Darkest Dungeon
Final Fantasy 9
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
Kentucky Route Zero
NieR: Automata
Outer Wilds
The Talos Principle
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

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I started playing Undertale. It probably won't be a favorite, but I'm somewhat enjoying it. It's a short game, so I might finish it.
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outdoorcats wrote: June 15th, 2021, 8:04 pm The cutscenes are pretty boring though. Why even pretend to have a plot? No one is here for that.
I've read they ran out of budget hence why the art style for the cutscenes.
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That's exactly what I guessed! It felt like a budget problem, especially since they suddenly became animated for the DLC levels.

But even if they had been animated the whole time, there's really no need for long, drawn-out cutscenes period. I could care less about Agent 47's "mysterious" backstory or the moustache-twirling board-meetings of the Illuminati--sorry, "Providence." I just want to get back to silly costume changes and ridiculous assassinations.

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Thanks Pretentious Hipster and Onderhond for the recommendations.
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I finished Undertale.

Apparently I have to do a pacifist run to get the true ending, which I'm not really interested in doing. One playthrough is enough for me.
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