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Mr.pickle.

Confessions of A BOD-aholic for life

What is it with this game?

Here I am, I haven't submitted a game in years I own a brand new Android phone that I love and has gaming potential far beyond what was possible on a palm. I am now in college, and it has been over five years since I started playing. My spelling has improved significantly since I was 13 as has my ability to know when I am beat. My life is full of hours of homework, rehearsals, practicing and working. I don't have time to log onto Facebook, Twitter, heck I have to force myself to check my email(and that involves the chance of canceled classes haha). All this has changed, and I have grown out of a lot of things. I find myself not caring to remember my old favorite games like Star Wars Jedi Knight, Battle front or even halo. I am completely un-enchanted with the idea of buying a Xbox 360, the new Nintendo system or a PS3.

But even now, having spent the last 2 years working full time, going to college and trying my best to accomplish what the world calls "Growing up," I still find myself coming back to this forum, reading through posts four and five years old(boy, was that embaressing). Watching old times that I spent hours accomplishing and still amazed at watching the runs of other participants in our obsession. What about THIS game makes me think in the back of my head, "Someday, I will get an ipod touch or an iphone, and I will finally get into the top ten hall of fame. I will save up a hundred golds and submit them all at once, stunning anyone who happens to stumble on the deserted website." Why after all this time am I still in love with a stick man riding his bike to different flags and then finishing the race?

I just spent around 20 minutes thinking and I have no answer. Sz designed a game to end all games, after 6 years I have failed to find anything as adrenaline pumping as getting a medal on one of these levels. This is the game that always comes back into my head, all other obsessions tend to be one night stands, and nothing really hits the spot but this. I can't explain it, but to this day and probably a great many days to come I will always intend to return eventually. Not now, and probably not in the next year. But the need doesn't go away, I will return one day, and I will try as hard as I can to not let this game die. I am, and forever will be a sold out, 100% Bike or Die-aholic for life.



 
11 comments
Laser
121710
Yes.
BikerBrian
252617
Awesome post! (in content, grammar, and spelling). You have summed up the feelings of many of us that have played this game and keep coming back. You are exactly right that there is no game I've played that gives the satisfaction of getting a gold in BoD. The only thing better than getting a gold is posting it for others to watch.

My wife and kids were talking last weekend and I overheard them say: "Do you remember when Daddy used to be so obsessed with Bike or Die?"

I hope to see you back again soon!
Laser
121710
There really isn't any other game that's as good for both being a quick "fix" and that you can play for a long time straight. Meaning, you never have to fully commit to playing because just practising through a level can take less than a minute, but if you want gold, you can spend those hours.

You don't really find that kind of balance in consoles where you need to sit down and invest time by booting, loading, and then having to complete long levels/missions/matches or risk losing everything. I do enjoy going back to old Gameboy games or even other systems that can be properly emulated on my laptop, where there are either short levels or I can use save states whenever I feel like it.

I'd say that the community here is also a reason why I'm still here, and while it's certainly awesome, I was already addicted to the game before I got into submitting times and playing competitively.

Basically, I need this game for Android.
Laser
121710
One more thing, when you come back, you need to take CMR. I still can't believe that my gold would last like that, but it probably was one of the most difficult to get if not the most.
Mr.pickle.
I think everyone agrees this game should be on android, but I think sz is done making innovations at this point, on to bigger and more profitable things I think. And yes CMR is on my list for sure..Thing with that level is all the spikes add a crazy element of chance to it and its hard to predict the times when the bike will be launched or just land softly, if all the different chance moments line up correctly it could go considerably faster, it would likely take over 100,000 attempts before it would be getting down to frames.
Vega
14128
Pickle - I have read countless posts from you (well... maybe they could be counted). This "confessions" thread might be my favorite of your posts so far. You captured what so many of us are thinking.

Why do we return to this simplistic, low grade graphic, single player, handheld device only, insanely challenging and suicide inducing difficult game called Bike or Die?

Like BB said above, the satisfaction of getting a gold (or a really good run that you are happy with) is really something special.

Unquestionably, competing well and securing Hall of Fame medals in BoD requires the most skill of any game I've ever played or ever seen. You HAVE to want it.

"OMG, I accidentally got Gold! How did that happen?!"... said no one ever.

You guys are great. You guys are really great.

Spence
1057
Vega- actually that happened to me on The Well game.php?g=223422& cp=c39846

But back on topic, Yes I wish I could play this game again and it will always hold a special place in my heart...but just think of how much more productive we are now! I'm kidding of course. I'm not any more productive than I was before.

I have got BOD v1.6 running almost full-speed on the android Styletap palm emulator but it doesn't seem to support multitouch or button mapping and so, there is no way to input more than one button press at a time. Perhaps that will change in future versions, which I eagerly await.

In the meantime, the college life has given me gobs of free time which I so wisely choose to spend playing pc games like minecraft and battlefield 3 along with the occasional emulated PS2 game. The only one that give me a similar thrill to BoD is a ranked Minecraft melee server called Hungercraft. Going to the leader-boards after a good match had a air of nostalgia attached to it that greatly reminded me of this game. But the community there is largely composed of 13 year old egomaniacs with rage issues and largely devoid of the ability to be encouraging. And so, I continue to wait for this game to once again fulfill my competitive desires. And realistically at this point, I think if that were to happen a restart of the leader-boards would be in order. This game would be very popular in the android marketplace, given the lack of quality games.

Yes, you guys are the best. It has been quite a journey over the years that I hope doesn't have to fade into irrelevancy.
Laser
121710
I accidentally got Home Sweet Home with under 100 tries, and I still somehow have Bronze. Mike's gold time is 4 seconds better, so there were extra tricks that no one noticed.

He had gold when I took it, and got so upset that he started to send me messages asking if we were still "on the same side." He had both of us draw up lists of levels that we would never go for, and that the other person could. (I could post those lists if anyone cares).

The only other level like that might be Human Insides where I thought that the gold time was a second faster than it actually was, so I kept going for it even though I didn't need to.
PMD
66
Very well put Pickle!

I have to say, who would have thought 5 years ago that you would post a very elegantly stated, almost 100% correctly spelled (embaressing) commentary that sums up in 465 words exactly how most of us feel?

Nice Pickle, Nice!

I'd like to see you get some College Credit for that post.




Mr.pickle.
The Canadians had a conspiracy against the rest of us.....I knew it.
Ibanez
Well said Pickle - and true to form I'm here checking the forum and wondering when I'll put the time in to go for a Gold, not if but when, don't know when, but it will happen!
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