When gaming, do you impose rules on yourself?

Discussion in 'General Gaming Discussion' started by Goli, May 17, 2010.

  1. Goli

    Goli RPG

    Jul 16, 2008
    Cote d'Ivoire
    I do! But I guess it's more of a OCD-ish thing, whenever I play RPGs I usually impose some rule on me, here's a list of the ones I remember:
    Final Fantasy III: Whenever a character gained a job level I'd switch them to the next one, from top to bottom.
    Final Fantasy VIII: I extracted as much magic as I could from every enemy till the end of Disc 1, afterwards I dropped it, it was a waste of time.
    Final Fantasy IX: Every character would learn every ability they could even if it meant using lv.1 equipment.
    Final Fantasy X-2: I didn't change jobs till I learned every ability avaliable for that job at that moment.
    Final Fantasy XIII: Every character would learn every ability they could from the first paradigm from top to bottom before moving to the next one, unless the current Crystarium level cap was reached.
    Final Fantasy Fables Chocobo's Dungeon: I didn't change jobs till mastering the current one, in chronological order. In Mystery Dungeon games I always explore the floor I'm in fully before moving on, even if I alredy havebefore; this obviously applies here too.
    Final Fantasy Tactics Advance & A2 (Playing ATM): I won't change jobs until I have learned every ability I can with my current bought equipment, only if I master the job, run out of equipment while I'm far from a town or I need to change someone from some race to a specific job will I change it. Also, I may only have one clan member of each race excluding important playable characters like the main characters and important playable characters Ritz or Frimelda, for example.
    I usually play every game in the hardest difficulty avaliable from the get-go.
    I usually talk to/bother as many NPCs as I can before moving on, which is amusing in games like Assassin's Creed.
    Also, in most games that have optional quests that are kept track of, like FFTA & A2, The Last Remnant, Crisis Core, etc. I will ALWAYS do as many as I can before moving with the main quest, this also includes games like Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World that have half-assed repeated quests throughout the whole game (in this particular game, this extended the usual 40 hour play-through to 85 hours).
    There's more but I can't remember them right now, anyways, do you impose things like these upon you when gaming?
  2. yuyuyup

    yuyuyup GBAtemp Psycho!

    Apr 30, 2006
    United States
    USA MTN timezone
    no gamefaqs to get through hard parts, only to look up criteria for good/bad endings

    pick hard difficulty over normal (but not ass rape hard if there are more than easy-normal-hard choices)
  3. Panzer Tacticer

    Panzer Tacticer veteran human

    Apr 13, 2008
    Right Here
    One rule for all. Cheating is really just telling yourself you're too fucking useless to win honestly.

    Thus I never use cheat codes, god mode or any form of hint book.
  4. Finishoff

    Finishoff GBAtemp Fan

    Apr 26, 2009
    United States
    When difficulty settings are asked I always set the game as hard as possible.
  5. Law

    Law rip ninjacat that zarcon made me

    Aug 14, 2007

    whats the point? just chill and have fun with it.
  6. Nah3DS

    Nah3DS Madre de Dios! Es El POLLO DIABLO!!!

    Feb 9, 2010
    When I reach for the first time the elite four in Pokemon HeartGold, I downgraded via pokesav the level of my pokemons from 60 to 45-50.

    I use a cheat... but the opposite way that is generally used [​IMG]
    It´s amazing how challenging turns a Pokemon game when you play with weaker pokemons.
  7. Njrg

    Njrg Kinsoku Jikou Desu. ^.~

    Dec 24, 2008
    United States
    I only did such thing for one game. Final Fantasy XII.

    I would kill and revive my characters in the beginning of the game to Sync up their LP and Exp.
    Everyone would level exactly the same second, point-for-point.

    And all their LP were spent/learned the exact same.

    And they were always equipped with the same weapons and armors.

    So all characters were the exact same in terms of Lvl, Exp, LP, Skills, Weapons, and Armor.

    It made for a pretty efficient team.
  8. Goli

    Goli RPG

    Jul 16, 2008
    Cote d'Ivoire
    Dunno, there's no point, I just like doing it for some weird reason I still don't understand or know.
  9. Terenigma

    Terenigma Terenigma everywhere

    Nov 10, 2008
    I Have a few

    1) Never play a game on easier than the normal setting difficulty on first playthrough

    2) Never cheat untill you've finished a game at least once

    3) Never cheat online against other people (I wish more people would obey this)
  10. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United States
    Only time I ever do this is when we are playing "challenges" on a given game- quite good when a game lacks multiplayer and probably the basis of why I consider achievements to be a stupid idea.
  11. Sstew

    Sstew GBAtemp's Grim Reaper.

    Jul 15, 2008
    United States
    This. Exactly. Oh and I avoid any walkthroughs ect.
  12. prowler

    prowler Sony

    Jul 14, 2009
    I have one rule and that's not to have any rules.
  13. Overlord Nadrian

    Overlord Nadrian Banned

    Jul 28, 2008
    Never cheat unless the game is a bitch.

    That's it.
  14. geoflcl

    geoflcl Permanent GBAtemp Newbie

    Jan 18, 2009
    United States
    I never cheat. That just ruins the game, sometimes literally (Grand Theft Auto)

    Also, in RPGs like Pokemon, the first thing I do is grind until I'm like 15 levels ahead of everybody. Yes, it's definitely a sign of OCD.
  15. Demonbart

    Demonbart GBATemp's guitar hero

    Mar 14, 2009
    Lazytown, yarr
    Well I only had one case of this actually, when playing Puchi Carat on the GBC a friend of mine said (as an exaggerated suggestion) "you'll have to tkae the rabbit thingy as your character!"
    I misunderstood this and thought my game would fuck up if I didn't choose that thing (don't ask why I thought that, I was like 6.)
    It was only years later that I discovered that every other character was perfectly playable without having my game die on me.
    I still LOL when I think of that time.
  16. Goli

    Goli RPG

    Jul 16, 2008
    Cote d'Ivoire
    I usually don't cheat unless I'm playing a GTA game, I just love breaking havoc among the city.
    The only other two times I've cheated was on FFXII: RW, where I did all the missions, that made the final boss level 99 and he kept killing me so I insta-killed him and saw the credits, the other was on FFIV DS to get a Rainbow Tail, I believe, for one of the Namingway quests since I didn't feel like waiting for the enemies to drop it since it's such a rare drop.
  17. Rogue Trader

    Rogue Trader GBAtemp Regular

    Mar 22, 2009
    I usually play through games on the hardest available difficulty, purely because I rarely have time to go back and I like to get my moneys worth.

    I don't mind cheats in some games, but will never use them in a serious way to win (for example, I always found GTA boring, so i'd put on the unlimited weapons and walk around blowing stuff up).

    I also hate when people cheat in multiplayer games, recently during Halo 3 people have been switching teams mid game and betraying the team they switched to. It gets annoying.
  18. gameboy13

    gameboy13 Orange and fluffy since 1995.

    Mar 21, 2010
    United States
    The Fur Side.
    Not really. My only rule is that I cheat ONLY if I have to.
  19. Leamonde.Halcyon

    Leamonde.Halcyon 6x9=42

    Apr 16, 2008
    United States
    Me and my brother follow a few personal rules:
    Hardest difficulty whenever possible
    Gamefaqs ONLY when we've exhausted both our brains and patience figuring something out.
    No cheats unless you've beaten the game legit at least once and even then just to play around.
  20. macgeek417

    macgeek417 妁眼のシャナ

    Nov 10, 2009
    United States
    I always explore the entire area before moving on to the next.