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Reading Adrian's story about being a kid and playing Pac-Man gave me an idea for a thread that might prove kinda fun.

 

Does anyone have certain games that they can't stop playing until they reach a self-imposed "par"? It could be a score, or, probably more often, a certain level or screen that has to be reached.

 

For instance, I won't stop playing Beany Bopper (underrated game!!) until I get to the last type of "falling" character, and I can't call it a successful Cosmic Ark session unless I've gotten at least to the first Pac-Man-looking type of aliens.

 

CF

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I realize this is really, really pathetic, but I can't stop playing Minesweeper until I successfully clear the medium board in around 30 seconds. And several years ago I stopped marking the bombs, in an attempt to increase the challenge. I no longer remember how to play marking the bombs, and when I try I confuse myself!

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For me, its coin op Ms. Pac. I insist on at least 100,000 or I cannot get away from it. As for 2600 stuff, I want at least a 4000 on Kaboom or I will keep trying until I get it.

 

Cassidy

 

 

Good idea for a thread.

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Street Fighter 2. I basically have to finish it when if I should start playing it on whatever platform...

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Thanks, Cassidy.

I kept the original post VCS-specific, so the thread didn't get moved, but I absolutely CANNOT stop playing coin-op Robotron until I pass the bouncy-ball level with the red robots (I'm sure they have real names, but I can't remember them); and I won't leave Joust until I've passed the second pterodactyl screen.

 

CF

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Mine would have to be either Pepsi Invaders (more than 10k) or Pifall! (complete 20 minutes, regardless of score). :D

 

Off-Topic would be finishing first on whatever Ridge Racer game I put in or beating Maruka on Thrill Kill. :)

 

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mine are:

adventure- get the dot.

bowling- 225 score

coke wins-over 10,000

decathlon-complete the whole game! (i find this getting harder and harder as the years go by)

Backgammon- till i win a game

 

take Care,

 

Rick

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Right now, I've been burning a lot of time with Activision titles. My Stampede score keeps growing, and as I get better, the least that I'll accept before shutting down keeps getting higher. Right now, I can't shut down until I hit 4,000. On Chopper Commander, my minimum for the moment is 16,000. And on Ice Hockey, I'm not happy unless I've beaten the computer at least once.

 

Funny thing is, As I get better at a game, I have a tendency to hit reset if I foul up early in the game, such as if I lose a life carelessly. Part of me feels guilty about doing it...it's like I should press through and try to do the best with each individual game. The cynical part of me argues, "Don't be crazy. You'll need that life later when the going gets really tough!" :ponder:

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Air Sea Combat: Until my brother starts crying like a little girl :) (two player)

Pacman: until I realise how bad it is...

Miner 2049er: To the third screen :)

 

off-topic (yeah, yeah, I know...) that is one freaking cool smilie:

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I usually work the other way... I'll play until I die for the first time, or something like that. However, Solitaire on the computer I have to win at least one hand (although I usually stick around for more than one). I'd like to say the same for Shanghai on the Lynx, but I usually just play until I've gotten at least 100 tiles.

 

--Zero

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With me on Atari 2600 Asteroids I must roll the score at least once, but usually I do it 2 or 3 times or until I get tired of playing it (Is it just me or does this game never end??!).

 

Atari 2600 H.E.R.O. I must at least earn 5 lives total, or get beyond level 15 which even happens first.

 

Atari 2600 Video Pinball I must try to get near my recent score of 74000+ or higher.

 

Game.com Solitare I must win at least one hand, otherwise I'll play for about an hour till I give up. Still trying to best my score of 211, timer usually runs out first though.

 

Hmm.. that's enough isn't it? :D

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I realize this is really, really pathetic, but I can't stop playing Minesweeper until I successfully clear the medium board in around 30 seconds. And several years ago I stopped marking the bombs, in an attempt to increase the challenge. I no longer remember how to play marking the bombs, and when I try I confuse myself!

 

my record for clearing the beginner level was probably around 7 seconds. But if you can clear the intermediate level in 30 seconds or under, my hats off to you! That's amazing :)

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Once I start a game of Raiders of the Lost Ark, I can't stop till I get the Ark and when I start a game of Yars Revenge, I'll play till my wife comes and shut's it off.

 

:D :D :sad:

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