Friday, August 07, 2015

The game of questions

Based on the enthusiastic response of the many game experts here, I'm going to go ahead and collect as many complete 10-question sets for as many video and computer games as you guys are willing to contribute. This is for a competitive quiz game that I believe will serve as a model for future games of its type. The structure makes it a lot more fun than the normal sort of quiz game, and it's complete with powerups that make the game modestly tactical.

If you contribute, there will be free game coins in it for you.

Don't post the questions and answers here, but email them to me with the subject QUESTIONS. All I'd like you to post here is what game(s) you're going to address so we don't get multiple sets of the same game. For example, I've already done Swashbuckler and Warlords, and an example of the former follows.

The goal is to have at least 2,500 questions covering all platforms and eras in the initial quiz game. So that's 250 games, and I'm not an expert in 250 games, so I'm going to need some help. The questions should be as straightforward and non-verbose as possible. Don't get cute with trick questions except PERHAPS at the Expert level, and make sure the Easy questions are easy enough that anyone who ever played the game even a little could probably answer.

PC (Apple II)


1. What weapon does the first enemy carry? (club)
2. What key do you hit to switch direction? (S)
3. How do you kill an animal? (sword down, M)
4. How many points per kill? (1)


5. What happens when a snake bites you? (You die)
6. What happens when a rat bites you? (Can't thrust)
7. What is the fourth enemy missing? (Leg)


8. What is the secret to getting easy kills? (Thrust right after second enemy killed)
9. What is the background of Level Three (Sail)


10. What enemy, introduced on Level Three, does not fit the pirate theme? (Samurai)



Blogger D. Lane (#0067) August 07, 2015 12:30 PM  


Anonymous Anonymous August 07, 2015 12:34 PM  

Game questions.

Atari 2600 - total Alpha
Atari 5800 - Beta
Nintendo - Beta
Nintendo 64 - Delta
PS-80 - Delta
Commodore 64 - Obvious Gamma

Blogger Alex August 07, 2015 12:35 PM  

Mass Effect trilogy (10 for each game)
Battletech: The Crescent Hawk's Revenge

Anonymous Anonymous August 07, 2015 12:37 PM  

Mass Effect trilogy

I'm tempted to say Lambda.

Anonymous Anonymous August 07, 2015 12:40 PM  

Okay, a serious suggestion - Starflight, and maybe even Starflight 2.

Also, Star Control 2.

Blogger AmyJ August 07, 2015 12:41 PM  

Would it be easier for you if we do one game per email or just throw them all into one email?

Blogger Cail Corishev August 07, 2015 12:50 PM  

You're bringing back #chaos?!

Anonymous Karlito August 07, 2015 12:57 PM  

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

(original N64 versions)

Anonymous Ostar August 07, 2015 1:00 PM  

I'll cover:
Civ IV
Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind.
Maybe Baldur's Gate 2 (since the EE edition has brought it to prominence again)

Blogger DJ | AMDG August 07, 2015 1:19 PM  

I was the odd man out growing up but loved video games. I had an Odyssey2, Intellivision, and then later a no HDD Packard Bell that I would spend days trying to configure joy sticks for. If I would have to pick a favorite game for each they would be:

Pick Axe Pete!
B-17 Bomber
Pools of Radiance

Would they be relevant or too obscure?

Anonymous Viidad August 07, 2015 1:21 PM  

TRS-80 homemade game coded in Basic and recorded on a tapedeck.


Anonymous Viidad August 07, 2015 1:23 PM  

EV Nova, in my opinion, is one of the best games ever created.

I might be able to throw together 10 questions for it. I need to play again.

Anonymous Strange Aeons August 07, 2015 1:26 PM  

@ Titus QC
10 Print " not!!"
20 Goto 10

Anonymous IndecisiveEvidence August 07, 2015 2:11 PM  

Are these questions meant to be multiple choice? Are the answers going to be typed in by the user or selected from a list? I want to make sure the questions match the structure.

I'll offer up Monkey Island 2, No One Lives Forever, Dynasty Warriors 8 XL, Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney. Will try to stew on others but those I think would be a nice cross section of my experience.

Anonymous Athor Pel August 07, 2015 2:26 PM  

Mechcommander 2

Blogger Aercho August 07, 2015 2:36 PM  

Fallout 3, Fallout New Vegas

Anonymous J. J. August 07, 2015 2:40 PM  

Well, there was a time I would have gotten all those Swashbuckler questions, but I haven't played it for many years. Amazingly, I could probably play it if I wanted to. My parents kept my Apple II+ in pristine condition and gave it back to me a couple years ago (yeah, a II+ not a IIe, that's what I got for being an early adopter... although, I did add an expansion card to take it from 48k to 64k of memory - woo hoo). Amazingly, my diskettes from 1984 still work just fine... I'm pretty sure Swashbuckler did (it was about 3 years ago I tried it but it's packed away now.... I really should look up if it's worth anything - quick look on Ebay says I'd be lucky to get $300 - oh, well).

Blogger Jack Aubrey August 07, 2015 2:43 PM  

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Blogger Jack Aubrey August 07, 2015 2:46 PM  

EVE Online

For Hard/Expert questions, is game lore and history OK (e.g. "How many titans were destroyed in the battle of B-R5RB?") or should we stick to gameplay and mechanics?

Anonymous AlteredFate August 07, 2015 2:56 PM  

Zelda: Link to the Past (SNES)
Fable: Lost Chapters (XBOX)
Super Mario: RPG (SNES)

Blogger luagha August 07, 2015 3:11 PM  

Wizardry I

Blogger Ken August 07, 2015 3:55 PM  

I've sent in Ultima 6. I may do some of the other Ultimas (I'll post here if I do), but if anyone else beats me to them, that's cool too.

Anonymous lynch August 07, 2015 4:27 PM  

Halo: CE (2001)
Halo 2 (2004)
Halo 3 (2007)
Halo 3: ODST (2009)
Halo: Reach (2010)
Halo 4 (2012)

Or is that too much halo? I obviously have a problem..

Blogger VD August 07, 2015 4:30 PM  

Would it be easier for you if we do one game per email or just throw them all into one email?

All in one is probably easiest.

Blogger VD August 07, 2015 4:31 PM  

Would they be relevant or too obscure?

No game is too obscure for this.

Blogger VD August 07, 2015 4:32 PM  

For Hard/Expert questions, is game lore and history OK (e.g. "How many titans were destroyed in the battle of B-R5RB?") or should we stick to gameplay and mechanics?

For Expert. Not Hard.

Anonymous lynch August 07, 2015 4:59 PM  

For games with campaign and multiplayer, should the questions cover campaign only, or both?

Blogger VD August 07, 2015 5:21 PM  

For games with campaign and multiplayer, should the questions cover campaign only, or both?

Multiplayer should only be Hard or Expert.

Blogger Zaklog the Great August 07, 2015 5:26 PM  

It'll take me a little bit to recall/look up some of the relevant information, but I'll put one together for Ultima V.

Blogger maniacprovost August 07, 2015 6:49 PM  

Wikitrivia... Crowdsourced trivia questions about everything, in easily-minable XML format. Who's a VC?

Blogger jayb August 07, 2015 7:45 PM  

System Shock 2
Command and Conquer (the original)
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri
Warcraft 3

Anonymous UsualJay August 07, 2015 8:24 PM  

Metal Gear Solid
Metal Gear Solid 2

Anonymous Thobby (#58) August 07, 2015 8:39 PM  

Annals of Rome
Covert Action
Executive Suite
King of Dragon Pass
Long Live the Queen

Anonymous Darth Toolpodicus August 07, 2015 9:07 PM  

"Commodore 64 - Obvious Gamma"

You shut your dirty mouth, Infidel.

Blogger R Beisert August 07, 2015 9:33 PM  

I got Persona 3, at least.

Blogger Nate August 07, 2015 9:48 PM  

ATF Show in 15 minutes...

have the link

Blogger Nate August 07, 2015 9:48 PM  

or hit my blog... or twitter

Anonymous Ajax August 07, 2015 11:01 PM  

Sid Meier’s Pirates!
Ultima Online

Blogger OddRob August 07, 2015 11:14 PM  

Half-Life 2
Command & Conquer (Sorry didn't realize someone had done C&C already until after I sent the email)

Anonymous Ajax August 08, 2015 12:11 AM  

Wasteland 2

Anonymous Ain August 08, 2015 12:30 AM  

I'll do:
NES: Dragon Warrior, Destiny of an Emperor
PS2: Dragon Quest VIII, Romance of the Three Kingdoms X
PC: Dwarf Fortress

Blogger Remo - Vile Faceless Minion #99 August 08, 2015 1:31 AM  

Typhoon Thompson and the quest for the Sea Child
Agent U.S.A.

Blogger Remo - Vile Faceless Minion #99 August 08, 2015 1:42 AM  

Id also like to do Phantasie 1

Anonymous Mr Hyde August 08, 2015 1:45 AM  

Thief Gold

Blogger jayb August 08, 2015 4:15 AM  

@39 OddRob
No problem, Rob. I'm still writing my list(s), so I'll leave off the C&C.

Anonymous JonR August 08, 2015 5:22 AM  

Doom 2
Wipeout 2097

Blogger VD August 08, 2015 6:06 AM  


Taipan! Awesome. Big Chilly LOVED that game.

Blogger Remo - Vile Faceless Minion #99 August 08, 2015 9:00 AM  

Big Chilly has good taste. Many is the time that Elder brother Wu, the money lender, sent 40 braves to escort me to his palace to discuss the Confucian ideal of caring for ones' financial obligations. I was told a story of a man who came to a bad end, because he had a debt and did not pay it. And Wu certainly hoped nothing like that ever happened to ME.... his friend.

Blogger tweell August 08, 2015 4:27 PM  

Darklands, Conquest of the New World.

Blogger tweell August 08, 2015 4:28 PM  

Darklands, Conquest of the New World.

Anonymous Ajax August 08, 2015 7:19 PM  

Swords and Serpents (NES)
The Bard's Tale:Tales of the Uknown

Anonymous Thobby (#58) August 08, 2015 9:09 PM  

In addition to the games listed in my previous post, I also just did Academagia.

Blogger The CronoLink August 08, 2015 9:37 PM  

Bomberman 64
Golden Sun 2: The Lost Age
Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War ~ Dark Crusade
Megaman X

Blogger R Beisert August 09, 2015 12:27 PM  

Dark Souls 2

Anonymous AussieTom August 09, 2015 8:11 PM  

Battletech: Crescent Hawk Inception
and the 3 Isometric Fallouts.

Anonymous Ostar August 10, 2015 6:16 AM  

Adding Space Quest 3 and Galactic Civilization 2 to my game list.

Anonymous zapbrannigan1 August 10, 2015 11:29 AM  

Since Mr. Hyde has Thief Gold covered, I'll take Thief 2. Because it's awesome.

Anonymous Frank B Luke August 13, 2015 11:16 AM  

Robot Odyssey
Final Fantasy 3

Blogger Thomas Dixon January 02, 2017 3:14 PM  

Kingdom Hearts

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