Poll

Take your pick!

Slowdown
8 (34.8%)
Colour Clash
0 (0%)
Sprite Flicker
3 (13%)
Blocky Graphics
0 (0%)
Jerky Scrolling
4 (17.4%)
Rubbish Controllers
4 (17.4%)
Pop-Up In 3D Games
0 (0%)
Poor Sound Chips
2 (8.7%)
Fogging In 3D
0 (0%)
Other?
2 (8.7%)

Total Members Voted: 21

Voting closed: July 19, 2012, 19:29:56 PM

Author Topic: Most Annoying System Limitation In Gaming?  (Read 5874 times)

Offline TL

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Most Annoying System Limitation In Gaming?
« on: July 19, 2012, 19:29:56 PM »
I saw this on another forum so thought I would steal it and tweek it a bit as I think it makes for an interesting discussion.

So what is the system limitation that most spoils a game for you?

Is it bad sprite flicker like you get on the NES and Master System, poor sound like the Atari 7800 or 48k Spectrum, jerky scrolling like Amstrad or Atari ST, blocky graphics like the Commdore 64 and Atari 2600 or maybe the fogging seen in N64 games?

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Re: Most Annoying System Limitation In Gaming?
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2012, 19:31:57 PM »
The worst one for me is sprite flicker, I really hate it and it can make some games totally unplayable (Double Dragon on the Master System I am looking at you!)

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Re: Most Annoying System Limitation In Gaming?
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2012, 20:13:15 PM »
Jerky scrolling for me, just switch the game off if it suffers..

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Re: Most Annoying System Limitation In Gaming?
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2012, 20:25:55 PM »
it has to be slow down..why write a game in the first place only to have it hampered by poxy slowdown??!?!, to me this is like it's been done intentionally , games that demand high amount of onscreen enemies should become a free for all when slowdown enters the fray..this can actually make or break a game to me..but these days it's doesn't happen as much..thank god!

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Re: Most Annoying System Limitation In Gaming?
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2012, 22:09:33 PM »
Quote from: "Greyfox"
it has to be slow down..why write a game in the first place only to have it hampered by poxy slowdown??!?!, to me this is like it's been done intentionally , games that demand high amount of onscreen enemies should become a free for all when slowdown enters the fray..this can actually make or break a game to me..but these days it's doesn't happen as much..thank god!

How come you didn't actually vote then?  :o

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Re: Most Annoying System Limitation In Gaming?
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2012, 22:10:45 PM »
yes..I just did..silly me..always playing around..voted..thank you for your notification on the matter  :P

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Re: Most Annoying System Limitation In Gaming?
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2012, 22:22:09 PM »
For me it's a combination of slowdown and "other". PAL consoles being 50hz for example (slowdown of a different sort), or not having RGB output - that kind of thing. But I can sometimes fix these problems so maybe the others are more serious  :P

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Re: Most Annoying System Limitation In Gaming?
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2012, 00:04:57 AM »
Poor sound would be the thing for me.  Terrible flicker would be another one (like Pac-Man on the 2600).

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Re: Most Annoying System Limitation In Gaming?
« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2012, 22:25:33 PM »
Slow down is the worst for me, it completely messes up your timing and effects the control responsiveness

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Re: Most Annoying System Limitation In Gaming?
« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2012, 11:07:22 AM »
Without a doubt it has to be jerky scrolling, it irritates me beyond sanity.

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Re: Most Annoying System Limitation In Gaming?
« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2012, 16:22:51 PM »
Slowdown is the most annoying to me too. esp. in shmups or run and gun games where reaction time is critical.

But, I think that most of the issues on this list are caused by poor programming and aren't inherent system limitations. Even the systems that suffered from these issues had some games that played flawlessly. Look at Metal Slug 2 vs Metal Slug X. Same gameplay, many of the same levels, but they 'fixed' the slowdown.

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Re: Most Annoying System Limitation In Gaming?
« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2012, 16:19:24 PM »
This is my greatest memory of jerky scrolling in a game, the Atari ST conversion of Final Fight:

(Skip to 5:07 and ignore the awful sound emulation)




If I didn't love the game so much it might have ruined it for me.

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Re: Most Annoying System Limitation In Gaming?
« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2012, 17:23:50 PM »
for me it was never a graphical problem as all graphics can be overlooked within reason... it was more a problem of no save ability in the older games such as Sonic, Comix Zone etc, having to sit through a playthrough in one go or start from scratch another time hindered much of my enjoyment because I knew unless I could beat it there and then I'd never finish it!! I need to sit down and do games like zillion in one playthrough but never got far enough to feel like I was improving, must be 10+ years since I did a proper playthrough on an old 8/16bit non saving game... the HORROR!!!

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Re: Most Annoying System Limitation In Gaming?
« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2012, 17:27:34 PM »
I suppose it is quite funny how people now take being able to save a game for granted

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Re: Most Annoying System Limitation In Gaming?
« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2012, 18:58:55 PM »
hell yes they do lol, I hated playing games like Rampage and not being able to save etc... though I suppose the idea of most old games like that was to just play for a high score, not to actually finish it lol
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