Runners Up you prefer to the Gold Standards

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Depending where you are, you know what the masses consider to be the Creme De La Creme of any subject. If you're in the Tri-State Area and you're talking Ice Cream, we're talking about Haagen-Dazs in stores or Cold Stone for the Ice Cream Shoppe Experience or we're not having a real conversation. For certain TV aficionados, if Sony or Samsung wasn't a talking point, we just wasted everyone's time.

But some of us like Friendly's ice cream. Some people find the value of a TCL tv more in line with what they like. While the world around us tells us what the Gold Standard to which everything must be measured up to, some of us find much more satisfactions in these Second String Runners up.

For many, the Gold Standard in video game Kart racing is Mario Kart. It's the tried and true, the endearing symbol that every other Kart racer will be compared to.

And it's boring.

I personally think Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is the best Kart game that ever was. Screw Mario Kart. Forget Crash Team Racing. Who cares about Diddy Kong racing? Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed has the power ups, the customization that actually matters, the characters, the music, the stages... and the transformations.

Stages that can branch off into different areas of the map and necessitate your vehicle changing forms. You don't need to just be a good driver, you need to know how to speed boat race, and then you need to know how to pilot well. It was a perfect package. I'm gutted that the developers of such a great game made Team Sonic Racing instead of porting or making a sequel to Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. I never really liked Sonic, so just having a racer with it's characters means nothing to me.

So what about you? Are you tired of all the love that Street Fighter gets and you wish the world knew about Project Justice? Do you think Netflix is fine, but you're all about Philo? Do you get why people love their iPhones but you're all about that oneplus 7 life? Let us know.

I prefer Titan power tools to more expensive brands, because more expensive brands are more expensive.

Where I live, Canada Dry is the most widely consumed brand of ginger ale. As for me, I prefer Seagram's ginger ale.

Baffle2:
I prefer Titan power tools to more expensive brands, because more expensive brands are more expensive.

I can't argue with that logic.

ObsidianJones:

For many, the Gold Standard in video game Kart racing is Mario Kart. It's the tried and true, the endearing symbol that every other Kart racer will be compared to.

And it's boring.

I personally think Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is the best Kart game that ever was. Screw Mario Kart. Forget Crash Team Racing. Who cares about Diddy Kong racing? Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed has the power ups, the customization that actually matters, the characters, the music, the stages... and the transformations.

Stages that can branch off into different areas of the map and necessitate your vehicle changing forms. You don't need to just be a good driver, you need to know how to speed boat race, and then you need to know how to pilot well. It was a perfect package. I'm gutted that the developers of such a great game made Team Sonic Racing instead of porting or making a sequel to Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. I never really liked Sonic, so just having a racer with it's characters means nothing to me.

So what about you? Are you tired of all the love that Street Fighter gets and you wish the world knew about Project Justice? Do you think Netflix is fine, but you're all about Philo? Do you get why people love their iPhones but you're all about that oneplus 7 life? Let us know.

You need to copy-paste this and make an exact same thread in Gaming Discussion. A game specific version of this thread is a brilliant idea.

Much prefer Roy Orbison to Elvis, and prefer Harry Nilsson to the Beatles.

Have been mulling over whether to try that Sonic racer for quite some whiles now. This post has pushed the mulling a little further towards action, in spite of all the chronic indecision. Not sure on what the consensus for the gold standard is considered to be, but when it comes to wine, any time a taste is had from bottles worth over a hundred pounds British Sterling, that taste does not equal ten or more times a better tongue experience than the average. Not even double. There's the possibility they were all never prepared the correct way, perhaps needing an extra two days of warming betwix the buttocks of a pregnant Scottish elf maiden in their third trimester instead of merely the first Tuesday night after a full moon. Unfortunately, i'd rather not be the one spending own money to gather more experience on the subject. No point getting embroiled under sunk cost fallacies and placebos.

I generally prefer diet sodas to their originals, most strongly with Coke/Pepsi. I actually had the misconception to an embarrassingly old age that "diet" was just another flavor modifier when it came to sodas like cherry or vanilla rather than being the low/no calorie versions. There may or may not have been an embarrassing occasion when after seeing a Coke Zero commercial I expressed the hope that they would come out with a zero calorie version of Diet Coke to confused stares. The regular sodas are just too sweet for my liking. Regular Pepsi in particular actually makes my teeth itch when I drink it, which I'm pretty sure is a biological impossibility, but that's the best way I know how to describe the sensation.

Silent Protagonist:
Regular Pepsi in particular actually makes my teeth itch when I drink it, which I'm pretty sure is a biological impossibility, but that's the best way I know how to describe the sensation.

No, I know what you mean. I think it's just a layer of sugar forming. Like in toothpaste adverts where they pretend toothpaste re-lays enamel. But with sugar.

Virgin Coke was even worse for that.

I honestly prefer playing on console 'cause at least I know the game will run. Its too much work/money to keep up with PC updates, graphics cards, RAM and RIM and AIM and all that shit. I respect those that do, but I just want to download Red Dead 2 and have it ready to play by the time I get home.

I prefer pre-MCU Marvel movies over the MCU Marvel movies. Yes, even Ang Lee's Hulk. As ill-conceived as that movie was it was atleast interesting to behold. You could actually feel a director's hand at work, not an automated assembly line.

I'll throw in to your example that I really preferred the original crash team racing to mario kart (any). The inclusion of boss battles and story really upped the single player experience, and the multiplayer benefited through interesting themed maps where a given character actually had a real translatable (ie not cheated) advantages through the map being tailored to their stats.

Mario cart got there, but I still feel it fell short just due to a lack of badguy variety to base levels off of. Crash had like six or seven individual and unique bossguys that they worked with.

For non game - I prefer off brand soda to the big two. Something about the reduced sweetness really improves it for me.

Dragon Warrior Monsters was way better than Pok?mon. It had this super complex and cool breeding system that was super fun! I loved the crap out of the first two, never got to play the third though. They remade the first for 3DS, but it was Japan only...

-Babylon 5 is the gold standard for (its style of) televised sci-fi, not Star Trek.

-Farscape is the gold standard for (its style of) televised sci-fi, not Firefly.

-At least at this point in time, Mission: Impossible is arguably the gold standard for spy flicks, not James Bond (even though as a franchise overall, Bond takes the lead)

-A Song of Ice and Fire is arguably better than Lord of the Rings at this point, but that's dubious, in part because I'm not even sure they're in the same 'type' of fantasy per se (both high fantasy, but apart from that...)

I think Sailor Jerry is better than Captain Morgan.

Pretty much any other donuts then crispy cream. I'm not sure if crispy cream is supposed to be the gold standard, but they are everywhere and they are garbage tier.

Worgen:
Pretty much any other donuts then crispy cream. I'm not sure if crispy cream is supposed to be the gold standard, but they are everywhere and they are garbage tier.

I'm sorry, my friend; Krispy Kreme most certainly IS the gold standard of donuts, and you're opinion is bordering on criminal.

But in all seriousness, I often watch the video below when I need some good vibes; Irish folks trying Kripsy Kreme for the first time; they're initially cynical (y'know, "typical American gluttony and decadence,") but it doesn't take much to bring them around. Krispy Kreme are the physical manifestation of happiness, science FACT.

I'm with ObsidianJones, I much prefer store brand tubs of ice cream to whatever top label stuff they're selling. It tastes just as good, if not nicer sometimes, is cheaper and you get way more of it

Palindromemordnilap:
I'm with ObsidianJones, I much prefer store brand tubs of ice cream to whatever top label stuff they're selling. It tastes just as good, if not nicer sometimes, is cheaper and you get way more of it

I prefer my local ice cream place over any Bask and Robins.

I would not call Boys II Men a gold standard for R&B groups (when the mid 90s happened), but I have a huge preference to After 7. I enjoyed A7's songs and albums way more than BIIM.

RC Cola I enjoy more than Pesi and especially Cola.

Surge and Mellow Yellow is top tier. Mountain Dew has gotten crappy over the years. Barqs Root Beer is preferrable to A&W's or Mugs. Barqs has a sweeter taste along with the fizz.

Shounen anime like YuYuHakusho and Shaman King are way better written compared to DBZ or One Piece. The actual TV shows any way. Their original manga counterparts all fell in to seasonal rot or the writing got worse/lazy.

Gally/Alita > Major Kusanagi

Sonic will always be my preference over Mario. As is the Genesis over the SNES.

Streets of Rage, Violent Storm or Undercover Cops > Final Fight.

AoSH > SonicSatAM

Sonic OVA > Sonic X

Most Oscar nominees to Oscar winners, for sure.

Xprimentyl:

Worgen:
Pretty much any other donuts then crispy cream. I'm not sure if crispy cream is supposed to be the gold standard, but they are everywhere and they are garbage tier.

I'm sorry, my friend; Krispy Kreme most certainly IS the gold standard of donuts, and you're opinion is bordering on criminal.

But in all seriousness, I often watch the video below when I need some good vibes; Irish folks trying Kripsy Kreme for the first time; they're initially cynical (y'know, "typical American gluttony and decadence,") but it doesn't take much to bring them around. Krispy Kreme are the physical manifestation of happiness, science FACT.

Crispy cream is garbage, just hard and over cooked overly fried garbage. If you want a big name doughnut then go dunken if you want something spectacular then look for more niche shops like Voodoo Doughnuts.

CoCage:

Sonic will always be my preference over Mario.

This is true for me personally, but I still have to call Mario the gold standard for various reasons.

Streets of Rage, Violent Storm or Undercover Cops > Final Fight.

I thought Streets of Rage was already considered the gold standard for its genre of game.

AoSH > SonicSatAM

Sonic OVA > Sonic X

I actually didn't think there was a gold standard with the Sonic cartoons, because much like everything in the franchise, the fanbase is divided over everything. I'll grant that SatAM tends to be near the top, and Underground tends to be near the bottom, but apart from that, it's fairly fair game.

Still, if we're playing the ranking game:

6) Sonic Underground
5) The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
4) Sonic Mania Adventures (yes, I'm counting it)
3) Sonic Boom
2) Sonic X
1) SatAM

(Not counting OVA as I see it more as a movie rather than a cartoon/anime per se.)

Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999) as opposed to This is Spinal Tap (1984) in the "mockumentary" category of film making.

Now, hold on- Tap is still one of my absolute favourite films, I'm not an idiot. But I felt that Drop Dead Gorgeous had a more solid story arc, that's all. Still love the shit out of both of them. What We Do in the Shadows is still my all-time fave in the genre, it just didn't really do anything new with the form. And a shout out to FUBAR, arguably one of the best mockumentaries of all time.

Yes, I enjoy the Trailer Park Boys. The actual Sunnyvale trailer park was about a kilometer from my house growing up.

I much prefer fiat currency to the gold standard.

Sorry, couldn't resist.

Worgen:

Xprimentyl:

Worgen:
Pretty much any other donuts then crispy cream. I'm not sure if crispy cream is supposed to be the gold standard, but they are everywhere and they are garbage tier.

I'm sorry, my friend; Krispy Kreme most certainly IS the gold standard of donuts, and you're opinion is bordering on criminal.

But in all seriousness, I often watch the video below when I need some good vibes; Irish folks trying Kripsy Kreme for the first time; they're initially cynical (y'know, "typical American gluttony and decadence,") but it doesn't take much to bring them around. Krispy Kreme are the physical manifestation of happiness, science FACT.

Crispy cream is garbage, just hard and over cooked overly fried garbage.

Wrong and a lie from a criminal.

If you want a big name doughnut then go dunken if you want something spectacular then look for more niche shops like Voodoo Doughnuts.

Dunkin, huh? Are you Bostonian? Nah, I don't mind Dunkin, but they can't hold a candle to a fresh, warm Krispy Kreme.

Xprimentyl:

Worgen:

Xprimentyl:

I'm sorry, my friend; Krispy Kreme most certainly IS the gold standard of donuts, and you're opinion is bordering on criminal.

But in all seriousness, I often watch the video below when I need some good vibes; Irish folks trying Kripsy Kreme for the first time; they're initially cynical (y'know, "typical American gluttony and decadence,") but it doesn't take much to bring them around. Krispy Kreme are the physical manifestation of happiness, science FACT.

Crispy cream is garbage, just hard and over cooked overly fried garbage.

Wrong and a lie from a criminal.

If you want a big name doughnut then go dunken if you want something spectacular then look for more niche shops like Voodoo Doughnuts.

Dunkin, huh? Are you Bostonian? Nah, I don?t mind Dunkin, but they can?t hold a candle to a fresh, warm Krispy Kreme.

Krispy kreme is still trash tier garbage. Nope, not from boston, from tx. Dunkin is way way better then krispy kreme could ever hope to be.

They have a Krispy Kreme donuts cabinet in Morrisons. Now, I haven't actually seen any, but they always give the impression of being covered in flies.

Worgen:

Xprimentyl:

Worgen:

Crispy cream is garbage, just hard and over cooked overly fried garbage.

Wrong and a lie from a criminal.

If you want a big name doughnut then go dunken if you want something spectacular then look for more niche shops like Voodoo Doughnuts.

Dunkin, huh? Are you Bostonian? Nah, I don?t mind Dunkin, but they can?t hold a candle to a fresh, warm Krispy Kreme.

Krispy kreme is still trash tier garbage. Nope, not from boston, from tx. Dunkin is way way better then krispy kreme could ever hope to be.

I have my doubts you're from Texas. You're not extolling the virtues of Shipley's.

SupahEwok:

Worgen:

Xprimentyl:

Wrong and a lie from a criminal.

Dunkin, huh? Are you Bostonian? Nah, I don?t mind Dunkin, but they can?t hold a candle to a fresh, warm Krispy Kreme.

Krispy kreme is still trash tier garbage. Nope, not from boston, from tx. Dunkin is way way better then krispy kreme could ever hope to be.

I have my doubts you're from Texas. You're not extolling the virtues of Shipley's.

That explains why I haven't heard of them. There is only one store anywhere near me and its just far enough that I wouldn't have seen it since I've only gone that far once and that was when I was looking for something from gamestop that was sold out everywhere else.

Worgen:

Krispy kreme is still trash tier garbage. Nope, not from boston, from tx. Dunkin is way way better then krispy kreme could ever hope to be.

You're just testing my patience now.

Baffle2:
They have a Krispy Kreme donuts cabinet in Morrisons. Now, I haven't actually seen any, but they always give the impression of being covered in flies.

Let's be fair, ANY sweets left on display in [what I'm assuming is] a gas station are going to be covered in flies; they are not indicative of quality. No, a proper Krispy Kreme is enjoyed fresh from the fryer; I can't speak to what they taste like several hours later as I don't particularly enjoy any hours-stale donuts.

Worgen:

SupahEwok:

Worgen:

Krispy kreme is still trash tier garbage. Nope, not from boston, from tx. Dunkin is way way better then krispy kreme could ever hope to be.

I have my doubts you're from Texas. You're not extolling the virtues of Shipley's.

That explains why I haven't heard of them. There is only one store anywhere near me and its just far enough that I wouldn't have seen it since I've only gone that far once and that was when I was looking for something from gamestop that was sold out everywhere else.

I'm from Ohio, but I've lived in North Texas almost 9 years to the day, and I've never had a Shipley's donut and never heard anyone rave about them. I think I've seen one or two stores, but not being a big sweets guy, never had the urge to try them; might have to now.

Xprimentyl:
Let?s be fair, ANY sweets left on display in [what I?m assuming is] a gas station

Morrisons is a supermarket.

Baffle2:
They have a Krispy Kreme donuts cabinet in Morrisons. Now, I haven't actually seen any, but they always give the impression of being covered in flies.

Flies? Do you mean the chocolate sprinkles?

Krispy Kreme are overpriced bollocks. Okay, they're nice, but they're not that much better for the cost.

Mostly, I hate high street coffee chains. Starbucks, Costa (in the UK), etc. Shit coffee at absurd prices. It's barely even coffee half the time: those lattes they're getting you to buy are more realistically mildly coffee-flavoured milk. They're a huge marketing con. Tricking you into thinking it's some sort of premium product with that bullshit about barista training, lifestyle ("gotta have that coffee to get started in the morning" - actually no, you really don't, it's just someone gave you the idea and now it's become a habit) and all that crap. It's a cheap, baseline coffee nowhere near as good as you could get from cafes where the owner gives a fuck rather than being an underpaid employee of a megacorp.

Although, frankly, I drink tea vastly more than coffee, and I particularly resent coffee shops for being largely incapable of supplying a decent cup of tea.

Agema:

They're a huge marketing con. Tricking you into thinking it's some sort of premium product with that bullshit about barista training, lifestyle ("gotta have that coffee to get started in the morning" - actually no, you really don't, it's just someone gave you the idea and now it's become a habit) and all that crap. It's a cheap, baseline coffee nowhere near as good as you could get from cafes where the owner gives a fuck rather than being an underpaid employee of a megacorp.

It's one of those cons you have to be a proper dunce to fall for though, so I guess people are buying into it willingly (assuming not that many people are proper dunces). I will not pay for hot drinks I can make at home for pennies.

Hawki:

I thought Streets of Rage was already considered the gold standard for its genre of game.

That depends on you who it's coming from It is the gold standard for the Sega fans, but for brawler fans, it varies. For example, Matt McMuscles (of the former Two Best Friends), admitted that he preferred Final Fight as a whole (including 2 & 3) over SOR. Despite the fact that FF2&3 didn't change much or barely improved somethings respectively. Granted, you'll find be people who disagree in the comments when he did the video with Liam and Woolie.

I also highly recommend Undercover Cops (make sure it's the Japanese version; the World versions are bad beta's of the game with half of the moves missing), Violent Storm, and Ninja Baseball Batman if you have not played them.

You know, people say McDonalds has the best fries.

What are people smoking? There is no potato in it. The thing that is supposed to make a fry a fry. And Wendy's sea salt with bits of potato is just too much. Burger King are the fries I go for if I'm not making my own.

Saelune:
Dragon Warrior Monsters was way better than Pok?mon. It had this super complex and cool breeding system that was super fun! I loved the crap out of the first two, never got to play the third though. They remade the first for 3DS, but it was Japan only...

I wish I got into these types of games. Monster Battling hit when I was in college and I felt ultra cool Solid Snaking with my big boy ps1. I played a little Pokemon, but I admit I just don't get it.

What got you into giving Dragon Warriors your time over Pokemon?

Worgen:
*Snips*

Xprimentyl:
*Snaps*

Gentlemen. Gentlemen, Please.

Have you forgotten that We are Them? Those that regular people talk about in Awe and wish they could be as cool as someday? We're Champions of Science and Good Times. We're the ones that were into Video Games before they were cool. We are Those Boys. And We indeed Love making Noise. We shouldn't quibble over something so baseless.

... Because Croissants over Donuts any day of the week.

ObsidianJones:

Saelune:
Dragon Warrior Monsters was way better than Pok?mon. It had this super complex and cool breeding system that was super fun! I loved the crap out of the first two, never got to play the third though. They remade the first for 3DS, but it was Japan only...

I wish I got into these types of games. Monster Battling hit when I was in college and I felt ultra cool Solid Snaking with my big boy ps1. I played a little Pokemon, but I admit I just don't get it.

What got you into giving Dragon Warriors your time over Pokemon?

Probably because you call it 'Monster Battling'. More like Monster Collecting. I like the breeding system of DWM, instead of types there are 'families', ie Slime, Drake, Bird, Bug, Plant, etc. And they combine when you bread them, like, a Slime + Drake family = Drakslime. Others are more complex, like creating a GoldSlime which required breeding two Metal King Slimes, which required breeding 4 Metallies, which required breeding 8 Metal Slimes. It was super complex and in depth. OH, and breeding mattered in that you could give different abilities to the offspring based on their parents, and it would break level and stat caps.

If Pok?mon had even a fraction of the depth of DWM's breeding, wow, it would be amazing!

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