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the hardest thing to deal with in the twisted metal series if you're playing alone is deathtraps, though they do not exist in every map.  Because the only objective in TM is simply to kill your adversaries I'd say that for the most part it is playable if not entirely accessible, particularly if you have a good speaker system or headphones so as to be able to capture things in stereo, such as the sound of your opponent.  by far I love TM 4 the best. 
In twisted metal You drive around and collect weapons which can range from small explosive devices to long range, self guided missiles that will keep following your enemy once you've fired upon him.  There's also ways to freeze your enemy in place so you can continue attacking them.  Besides that, there is shields, invisibility, the ability to jump out of the way of projectiles, and the ability to warp to a completely different part of the map instantly should you feel the tables are turned against you.  All of these abilities have cooldown/recharge timers as it were, so that no player or AI opponent can abuse them and simply disappear whenever just to run off and never die.

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Blimey, sounds like an interesting and cool game, I don't think anyone's explained how to play it from a blindness perspective before. I've got headphones though, which is good.
Speaking of stereo games, I also loved that Soul Blade was a ps1 game with stereo sounds. Of course there's Metal Gear Solid as well although I found that hard. Soul Blade was a lot of fun though, it was the predecessor to Soul Calibur.

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Nocturnus wrote:

Maybe I'm getting old or something, but I figured I had some time to kill and boredom and things.  With the official discontinuation of AOL's instant messenger which has been up and running since 1997, I found myself longing for so many things I know I'll never ever truly have again.  This isn't, however, meant to be a topic full of commiseration and self pity, but rather a topic in which we can share and enjoy each other's memories, should you care to  join me.  I'm a 90's kid for the most part, though I was actually born in 88, but I'm not limiting it to that timeframe nor do I want you to feel as such.  Post in list format or just ramble on and on about things you hold dear and wish you could have if only for a second.  :d
1.  AOL's instant messenger is actually how I got started in the big bad world that is now the internet of things.  I remember it's fairly accessible tab interface; things got really interesting if you actually went all out and got the AOL desktop app complete with a web browser, email client, media player, simple suite of clean up utilities and a bunch of other nifty tools all in one.  For awhile, AOL was my access to the internet, and then highspeed happened; cable companies started dishing out internet packages that were much more enticing.  Bye bye AOL dialup.
2.  Hello MSN messenger; you were actually cooler in some senses, and not just because I could assign sounds for people who messaged me rather than having to stick to the crap on AOL.
3.  Windows XP, because I'm a jerk, I guess.  Yeah yeah, moan and groan away about how I shouldn't have brought this one up, but seriously!  It was clean, usable, powerful, beneficial, and in practically every house, store, building and institution I visited for the longest time because of how accessible it was to everyone!  It's sounds were unmistakable and iconic, the themes that shipped with various versions were absolutely smashing, and listening to people playing pinball just never got old to me.  I actually started out on 98 and liked it almost as much, but XP was my home for far too long.  I obviously let it go willingly when I had to and knew it was absolutely time, but need and desire are completely different here.
4.  Is it just me or did poptarts use to be thicker and tastier?
5.  I believe serial in a paper bag stayed fresh for longer periods of time and tasted better as well.
6.  School... I see my children going and think about how their futures will shape up and wish I had had access to all the goodies they're going to get as they grow older... If only I could have had an iPhone back then...
7.  The feeling I got when watching my favorite TV shows; most of them are on streaming services now but I just can't feel the same anymore and wonder why I even liked them to begin with.  lol
I'll probably come back with more a bit later, but I figured I'd see if this generates any interest.

I have to agree with all this. I've been thinking about a lot of the same things lately. AOL instant messenger is how I got started too. that and all the chat rooms there. even though they were full of bots and stuff like that they were still fun to go in there and talk to the random people that were in there.

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flackers wrote:

I really miss the old playstation  games from the late 90s when I used to play. particularly syphon filter and GTA. I get really jealous listening to playthroughs on yt because those games are clearly still eminently playable. I even thought about buying a PS2 and a few old school classics just in case the miracle happens and my sight gets restored. On the same subject, I recently  discovered a book called subway art that I worshipped when I was about 12 and into graffiti art, was still in print, so I bought a copy. I'd love to see it again. I stole my first copy because it was very expensive and I just couldn't leave the shop without it after I saw the amazing art. it was very scary because I was alone and not a shoplifter. It was down in the basement floor of a massive bookstore, so I had to ride the lift back up and it seemed to take forever with the guilty secret that seemed so big in my coat. Worth it though smile.

you can still play those games using emulators, but it's not really as good as playing them on the console itself.

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I miss staying up all night with my best friend, playing pokemon and leggos together while consuming way too much mountain dew. Hell, I miss having a friend in the first place! lol but anyway. I miss when you actually had to unlock characters in fighting games, and I miss being a kid and giving much less of a damn about my blindness. Last thing, I miss going to martial arts classes and having the time of my life. It's not the same now, because I feel like I'm inconveniencing the rest of the students and it's just uncomfortable. Those are my fondest memories.. I never knew how good I had it back then. That's usually how it goes though. I'll probably be talking about how good 2017 was in 10 years or so, nah, I don't think so.

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anthany, what do you mean an inconvenience to the other students? I'm an orange belt in judo, and i've never felt that i was an inconvenience to anybody, many people actually really try to help me out.
Regarding GTA emulators, I actually kinda want one. My pc won't run GTA 5, but I wonder if I'd be able to play the original game without sight?

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Oh, people helped me as well, but they kinda didn't really have a choice, because the instructers paired me up with someone who'd show me the moves as they were explaining them. That would be fine if the student was a higher belt or something, but most of the time the student was just trying to learn as I was, and really shouldn't have to take time out of his lesson to show the blind guy how to do techniques. I understand that it could be a good learning experience, but it's just not something I'm comfortable with. I heard the sighs, and felt the frustration of the students sometimes, you know? Just not ok for me. That being said, I was just as capable as any student I think, but I have people issues that make me freeze up in certain situations, bad memories from public school I guess. It really doesn't make a lot of sence, but it is what it is. I'm going to theropy on and off, so yeah! lol

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the best therapy I know of is found in talking and living alongside those you trust.  I know not everyone has it that easy, and I don't discourage nor look down on the seeking of professional help if one feels it necessary.  Still, as I pointed out above, because of the way society is built nowadays and its focusses and what it advertises, one thing people have honestly forgotten is what it feels like and means to have a true friend.  IN place of that feeling we as a society rather than as individualistic minds now try to cater to the largest crowd possible because we dread loneliness, neglect and rejection, given that our oppinions are exceptionally important to us and we want others to value them as well.  We look at our tweet streams and facebook feeds to see if anyone has replied to us or commented on our posts or shown any kind of reaction whatsoever to our existence.  Those who aren't doing that, I wager, are looking at their skype windows or checking their mobile devices for text messages from people they feel they're acquainted with, so-called friends, as it were.
We have, in short, redefined what it means to be a friend in the twenty first century.  We no longer need to remember birthdays and anniversaries; facebook, skype, and even our phones do that for us.  It's not important to know what's really going on in a person's life; you can supposedly gain all that information by reading just a few short sentences.  So and so just checked in to such and such  with someone else and is feeling exceptionally happy and blessed and lucky and you should all know about that, not the fight they had last night with their family, unless they tell you over their social networking platform of choice.  Oh, and while you're here, you have 142623 notifications, 2524335 messages and about a kagillion friend requests; we sincerely hope you have time to respond to all of these because if you don't, they'll probably befriend and unfollow you and block you just about everywhere else your online footprint exists.  and you should make sure you post your numbers to see if they're bigger and better than anyone else on your list, because everyone else is doing it.  IN fact, we've designed a little bot to do that for you; fill in your username and a few other details on this website and we'll make sure this gets posted for you on an hourly basis if you like!  While you're at it, don't forget to grab our smart app for your smart phone to make your smart life just a little smarter, giving you an all around smartened of a smarty day, with wich you can toggle the ability to have your ever so much smarter than you smartphone check you in, sign you out, and deduct from your bank account at our request.
OK ok, that last one was a bit over the top... I admit it.  Seriously though, the day we get back on track and remember that true blue friends are few and far between and that having two of them is in and of itself a huge miracle, we'll work harder at it and be better off because of it.  These are the people who accept you just as you are, who forgive and forget your offenses, who respect you even when you know you don't deserve it, who don't turn their back on you when all the chips are down and the game is lost.  I once heard it said that a friend might bail you out of jail, while a best friend will sit in there with you and say, "Man, we seriously screwed up!"
Once again, maybe that last statement is a far stretch to imagine, given that I don't, to my knowledge, have any friends who are master criminals, but I do know that I would give my life and everything in it for those who are if it came to a life and death matter.  If you know one person like that whom you talk to regularly, you should firstly be thanking them for sticking it out with you this long and then congratulating yourself because you can count on never being abandoned.  Your friends might like you right now, but your true friends will choose to love you even when they can't like you, forever.  PERIOD!

I do not know what my future holds, but I do know who holds my future.

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@Anthany, i did have that same problem with being pared up. And there's always one kid who tries to take advantage. Sometimes kids would back away from me when we were beginning a fight, then one of 2 things happened, either I grabbed them and whipped them really, really hard to the ground, or my sensay told them off. It stopped after a while thankfully.

I am the blind jedi, I use the force to see. I am the only blind jedi.

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