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#1 Posted by THORSON (4909 posts) - - Show Bio

sometimes you need hints

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#2 Posted by Straight-Fire (26991 posts) - - Show Bio

By using my skillz, yo.

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#3 Edited by TheWatcherKing (17416 posts) - - Show Bio

By figuring out what I needed to do my own.

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#4 Posted by deactivated-5ab47f6017f34 (3189 posts) - - Show Bio

What you're supposed to do: Crouch near the corner and use the red orb, wait for a few seconds while crouched and a tornado will pick you up

What the game tells you: ...

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#5 Posted by mrmonster (10707 posts) - - Show Bio

Well, before the internet I was young, and the only games I was allowed to play were E rated games like Spyro. I don't think I played a truly hard game before the internet.

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#6 Posted by deactivated-5b5405244e89c (8376 posts) - - Show Bio

Just did.

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#7 Posted by cattlebattle (16914 posts) - - Show Bio

@shade555 said:

What you're supposed to do: Crouch near the corner and use the red orb, wait for a few seconds while crouched and a tornado will pick you up

What the game tells you: ...

Nintendo Power explained it. You had to "know a kid who knew a kid" that heard you have to do that.

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#8 Posted by dshipp17 (4970 posts) - - Show Bio

Trial and error repetition; I came close to beating a video game that way, but circumstances stopped me from playing video games ever since.

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#9 Posted by silkyballfro94 (8603 posts) - - Show Bio

Figuring it out by yourself or asking a friend or someone who heard it from someone else.

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#10 Posted by zaied (7204 posts) - - Show Bio

Word of mouth and perseverance. Also, the manuals often had helpful hints. Manuals back in the day were like novels compared to now.

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#11 Posted by Zepta_Pon (785 posts) - - Show Bio

↑↑↓↓←→←→ B A Start.

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#12 Posted by _Gaff_ (5101 posts) - - Show Bio

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#13 Posted by Old_Blighty (829 posts) - - Show Bio

@thorson: Well.....I played games like Spyro (technically not B4 the internet, but before I had it).

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#14 Posted by Sawed_Off_It (12702 posts) - - Show Bio

Repitition.

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#15 Posted by deactivated-5ab47f6017f34 (3189 posts) - - Show Bio
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#16 Posted by deactivated-5b466be4b5981 (3660 posts) - - Show Bio

Being good

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#17 Posted by SeaGod (3980 posts) - - Show Bio

skill and cheat codes

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#18 Posted by kgb725 (17368 posts) - - Show Bio

I basically tried until I succeeded

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#19 Posted by deactivated-5b0845740eb0b (1578 posts) - - Show Bio

@silkyballfro94 said:

Figuring it out by yourself or asking a friend or someone who heard it from someone else.

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#20 Posted by Khael (15332 posts) - - Show Bio

Uhmmm, there are a lot of easy games out there. I finished a lot of game without the internet

I played pretty much all Sonic Games, Devil May Cry series, God of War series, Bully, Resident Evil 4, Undertale, Mortal Kombat.

There are a lot of things I didn't mention but yeah, it's not that hard unless the game is impossible to beat without hint which sucks if there is one.

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#21 Posted by Vertigo- (16656 posts) - - Show Bio

well, for action adventure games, I always bought the strategy guides ;) looking at you Zelda franchise

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#22 Posted by Stormdriven (16935 posts) - - Show Bio

Ran around button mashing

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#23 Posted by EmperorSentry (36 posts) - - Show Bio

By playing the game. That's still how I do it. Half of the fun is figuring out what to do, that goes away if you just Google how to do everything. There was no need for me to ever look stuff up, I enjoy playing games and learning how to do certain things.

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#24 Posted by tparks (11328 posts) - - Show Bio

Trading notes at school.

I remember having maps drawn and notes all over the place for Legend of Zelda. It took the collaboration of a neighborhood to beat games like that.

Kids before the internet were more patient with games though. Losing 99 times before finally winning on the 100th try wasn’t a problem. That was just how gaming was.

If I had to do that now though, I would go insane.

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#25 Posted by deactivated-5ab47f6017f34 (3189 posts) - - Show Bio

@tparks: I bet that only applied to real difficulty. Not cryptic things like what you had to do in Simons quest.

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#26 Posted by Yassassin (6994 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm young enough to say that, at least in my video game playing years, that there was never a time where the internet wasn't readily or eventually available.

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#27 Posted by Gear4God (4016 posts) - - Show Bio

I lived 6 months of my life in the Water Temple until I found that one key...

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#28 Posted by Outside_85 (22211 posts) - - Show Bio

With my fists! O.O

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#29 Posted by deactivated-5b2121a0a9a00 (10000 posts) - - Show Bio

By figuring it out myself.

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#30 Posted by Space_Coyote (3193 posts) - - Show Bio

3 lives, 3 continues and skill.

And the Konami code.

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#31 Posted by jb681131 (2932 posts) - - Show Bio

@thorson: Back then you had skills and magazins. I have a few old Nintendo Magazins (NES time).

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#32 Edited by crash_ (10241 posts) - - Show Bio

With extreme TILT.

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#33 Posted by Feral Nova (57355 posts) - - Show Bio

Hours of yelling at my TV and trying crying. Taking turns with younger brother. If that didn't work, invite a cousin or friend over who's better at video games and made them beat the level for me lol. Most of my friends at school didn't play video games though, so I didn't get much help from them LOL

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#34 Posted by tparks (11328 posts) - - Show Bio

@shade555: We figured out some cryptic stuff, like burning the right bushes in Zelda, or walking down the same path 5 times to get to a new area, and some other stuff like that, which amazes me we had the patience for that back then.

But no, I never even beat the second level of the first Castlevania until I was an adult, but that was because the game was so hard and not from being cryptic. Simon’s Quest we did beat, but it was because I had a neighbor with Nintendo Power. If not for that though, we would have had no idea what to do in that game. Castlevania 2 pretty much required Nintendo Power.

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#35 Posted by Helloman (19222 posts) - - Show Bio

I just did it though trail and error, although I did once use a GameShark to help me.

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#36 Edited by Wolfrazer (15585 posts) - - Show Bio
@gear4god said:

I lived 6 months of my life in the Water Temple until I found that one key...

That fracking Water Temple! Lol.

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#37 Posted by MajinBlackheart (9084 posts) - - Show Bio

@tparks: You just reminded me how me and my friend made a map for Zelda the same way. One page per screen with a key so we knew how the pages fit together. It was massive and I wish I still had it.

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#38 Posted by MajinBlackheart (9084 posts) - - Show Bio

@_gaff_: and for the even older folks :

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#39 Edited by Mortein (5998 posts) - - Show Bio

There were some gaming magazines where you could send a question once you got stuck on some level, or you could ask friends, but mostly you would just play until you figured it out, or given up. There are whole bunch of games I played during the 90s, but never finished.

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#41 Posted by tparks (11328 posts) - - Show Bio

@majinblackheart: It’s crazy how many people have drawn LoZ maps when they were kids. My mom worked for a Mechanical Contractor, so she brought us home an old set of blue prints, and we’d use the back of those to draw a huge map.

I had a game genie too. I got it pretty much for Battle Toads and Double Dragon. I loved those games, but couldn’t get passed the turbo tunnel in Battle toads, or the third level in DD without it.

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#42 Posted by Amonfire1776 (1976 posts) - - Show Bio

Trial and error...

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#43 Posted by Kevd4wg (7303 posts) - - Show Bio

IDK I beat some games as a kid, then I went back and replayed them and they were a lot harder than I remembered.

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#44 Posted by KingofBBC (908 posts) - - Show Bio

Trial and error SON or getting someone else (who beat it) to play for you

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#45 Posted by ReaperTheGrim (888 posts) - - Show Bio
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#46 Posted by BruceRogers (15404 posts) - - Show Bio

With my giant mallet.

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#47 Posted by ValorKnight (9527 posts) - - Show Bio

By figuring out what I needed to do my own.

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#48 Posted by Thekillerklok (8851 posts) - - Show Bio

The same way I do now... by playing them.

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#49 Posted by WhoWillWin (153 posts) - - Show Bio

Practice and determination

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#50 Posted by MainJP (5105 posts) - - Show Bio

I didn't.