Thursday, September 17, 2015

Mailvox: Game questions

Some of the quiz game contributors have asked me to post a list of the games for which we have questions so they can create more without reinventing any wheels. The current list of 96 games for which we have all ten questions is below; we'd like to have at least 250:

If you'd like to contribute, please use the following format

Game name
Genre: (action, adventure, strategy, rpg, sim)
Decade: (1980, 1990, 2000, 2010)
Designer name (if known)

There should be 10 questions for each game, four Easy, three Medium, two Hard, and one Expert. Each question should have the correct answer as well as three incorrect multiple choice answers in the following format. Be sure to precisely mimic the formatting.

On which planet is the game set?

This allows us to enter the questions and answers directly into the database and utilize a unique quiz game mechanic that permits correct answers to be given in either fill-in-the-blank or multiple choice format. That way, there is a bonus for people who really know their stuff, but allowing those who recognize it rather than knowing it cold to stay competitive.

Keep the questions straightforward and don't try to be cute or tricksy. The list of games for which we already have questions follows after the jump.

  1. Academagia
  2. Adventure
  3. Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings
  4. Agent U.S.A.
  5. Akalabeth: World of Doom
  6. Annals of Rome
  7. Baldur's Gate 2
  8. Bomberman 64
  9. Civilization IV
  10. Civilization V
  11. Command & Conquer
  12. Command & Conquer: Red Alert
  13. Covert Action
  14. Darklands
  15. Dark Souls II
  16. Destiny
  17. Destiny of an Empire
  18. Dishonored
  19. Dominions 4
  20. Doom II: Hell on Earth
  21. Dragon Quest VIII
  22. Dragon Warrior
  23. Dwarf Fortress
  24. Europa Universalis IV
  25. EVE Online
  26. Executive Suite
  27. Fable: The Lost Chapters
  28. Fallout 3
  29. Fallout: New Vegas
  30. Fantasy General
  31. Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony
  32. HALO: Combat Evolved
  33. Halo 2
  34. Halo 3
  35. Halo 3: ODST
  36. Halo: Reach
  37. Halo 4
  38. Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  39. Heroes of Might and Magic III
  40. Homeworld
  41. King of Dragon Pass
  42. Long Live the Queen
  43. Master of Magic
  44. Mechcommander 2
  45. Metal Gear Solid
  46. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
  47. M.U.L.E.
  48. Phantasie
  49. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney
  50. Pick Axe Pete!
  51. Planescape: Torment
  52. Postal 2
  53. Quake
  54. Rebel Assault
  55. Robot Odyssey
  56. Romance of the Three Kingdoms X
  57. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3
  58. Sid Meier's Pirates!
  59. Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri
  60. Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri: Alien Crossfire
  61. Space Quest 3
  62. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  63. Star Control II: The Ur-Quan Masters
  64. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  65. Swashbuckler
  66. Swords and Serpents
  67. System Shock 2
  68. Taipan
  69. The Bard's Tale
  70. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
  71. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  72. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
  73. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  74. Thief
  75. Thief 2
  76. Thief Gold
  77. Tomb Raider
  78. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter
  79. Typhoon Thompson and the Quest for the Sea Child
  80. UFO: Enemy Unknown
  81. Ultima V
  82. Ultima VI: The False Prophet
  83. Ultima VII: The Black Gate
  84. Ultima Online
  85. Warcraft III
  86. Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne
  87. Warlords
  88. Wasteland 2
  89. Wipeout 2097
  90. Wizardry
  91. Worlds of Ultima: Savage Empire
  92. World of Warcraft
  93. World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
  94. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
  95. X-COM: Terror From the Deep
  96. X-COM: Enemy Unknown

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Anonymous Giuseppe The Kurgan September 17, 2015 8:39 AM  

Dammit Vox, baiting Aspies with your example! Chiron is not a planet!

Will see if I can recall any games well enough to send you something to make up for the OT. But still! Chiron...pfft!

Blogger VD September 17, 2015 8:54 AM  

Andrew, I told the police that I wasn't filing a criminal complaint. That's why they only talked to you. If you continue this, I will file a criminal complaint under 39-17-315 - Stalking, aggravated stalking, and especially aggravated stalking.

Blogger jayb September 17, 2015 8:54 AM  

@1 Settle, big guy. That was my question, and it's correct! Aspie moar pls :P

Hoping I haven't been too 'cute' with the hard and expert questions... I foresee problems with 'The' at the beginning of some answers.

Forging ahead, I'll do the 3 Mass Effect games, Final Fantasy VII and VIII, and Star Wars: KOTOR (1 and 2).

OpenID vfm360 September 17, 2015 9:02 AM  

Time to call the police again. Good bye Mr. Spooner. Hopefully, they can get you the help you need.

Anonymous Steve, The Dark Ninja of Mockery September 17, 2015 9:06 AM  

I have the feeling the next "big black dicks" Andrew Spooner Jr. encounters will be in jail.

Anonymous SS September 17, 2015 9:07 AM  

That was rather short-lived. Were the cops on standby at his curb?

Blogger FALPhil September 17, 2015 9:12 AM  

I was hoping to see Descent: FreeSpace – The Great War on the list. Am I the only one that played that game?

Blogger VD September 17, 2015 9:14 AM  

Were the cops on standby at his curb?

I was just on the phone with them again. He lied his ass off to the officer and tried to claim it was just a two-way online dispute. Then I read a few of the comments to them....

Anonymous Andrew Spooner Jr. September 17, 2015 9:16 AM  

What comments Vox? Don't you remember you silly goose? You deleted all of my previous comments.

Blogger VD September 17, 2015 9:24 AM  

What comments Vox? Don't you remember you silly goose? You deleted all of my previous comments.

I didn't delete anything, Andrew. More than 1,500 of them are right here in a file, time-stamped and everything. I just read a few of them to the officer so that he'd know what he was dealing with.

Anonymous Frank B Luke September 17, 2015 9:55 AM  


When I sent Robot Odyssey, I also sent Final Fantasy 3 (US numbering). Did those not come in or were some questions bad? For that one, I had plenty of backup questions and would gladly send more.

Blogger Bill September 17, 2015 9:56 AM  

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Blogger Jennifer Bevers September 17, 2015 10:06 AM  

I don't know if it is appropriate to ask this here, but I was hoping someone could point me to a good "beginner" game.

I am a 47-year-old-graduated-my-kids-homeschooling mom who now has time to play a game, but it has been so long since I really played anything that I am not sure where to begin. My son introduced me to a version of Heroes of Might and Magic which I LOVE, but would like to try something not turn based.

The last such games that I played were from the eighties- Legend of Zelda, Dragon's Lair, Galaga, Centipede, Ms. Pacman, Frogger etc.

Recent past attempts at games like VVVVV have shown that my reflexes are fairly suck-y, so with that in mind, is there a good starting game that I would have a reasonable chance of success with some effort? Thanks!

Blogger Bill September 17, 2015 10:17 AM  

@15 Jennifer Bevers

Get ready for the fire hose!

First: Get a Steam account RIGHT NOW! Don't wait! Let the dog crap on the floor, let the kid scream, you go to and get an account! Steam often has sales, and they carry older (still great!) games for super cheap, like regular price $9.99 and often on sale for half off.

If you liked Heroes, try Fallout New Vegas, the latest BioShock, Witcher, Ultima - just look at them and see if the world appeals to you. There's literally hundreds of current Role Playing Games; modern, fantasy, future, historical, etc etc etc.

Blogger VD September 17, 2015 10:18 AM  

I think I need better rules, do they have to be one-word answers?

No. But please email them, don't post them here.

Blogger Bill September 17, 2015 10:27 AM  

Oh, sorry, didn't see that in the instructions.... Use the voxday at gmail address in the far upper left of the blog home page? Any particular subject?

Anonymous Holmwood September 17, 2015 10:33 AM  

@Jennifer Bevers.

Bill is right about Steam, especially their periodic sales (about 4 times a year). As you become more familiar with what's out there (try demos) you'll learn what curators and reviews have tastes that match yours.

The games Bill has listed are all ones that have some dependency on reflexes and speed. You may find them a little tough, though he's right, they are great if you like RPGs.

Two worth considering that skew more female are Life is Strange (released in 5 episodes, can pick up just the first to see if you like it). Rewinding time is a central game mechanic, so if you mess up on something you have to do quickly, you can usually 'fix it' immediately afterwards. Very story-driven, sort of a Veronica Mars type drama of detecting and angst.

The second that skews about 60% female last I checked is The Sims. (There's TS3 and TS4; the latter has somewhat better graphics, the former has a lot more content and is often cheaper since an older title). As with most of the old Maxis Sim games, they're pretty open-ended; you choose your own victory conditions. Some play them as a "have a happy family" or even 90210 dollhouse simulator; others as "Level to top of astronaut and writer profession as fast as possible while gaining immortality" kind of challenge.

I don't recommend those two simply because you are a woman; I recommend them because they are good games that spring to mind as good for novices, particularly women. Whether they are a good fit with "like HoMM", not as sure, but I enjoyed all 3, though am more usually prone to RPG/tactical.

And if its any consolation, I'm male, not that much younger than you and yes, the reflexes have taken a real hit.

The good news, though, it's a golden age for gaming. Enjoy.

Blogger James Jones September 17, 2015 10:36 AM  

I was following Andrew's Soc Jus Facebook group and his posts were becoming ever more wild and erratic.

Andrew, it has become clear that you are experiencing a degree of angst which is indicative of mental ill-health. I advise you to seek professional help. I would also suggest taking a hiatus from social media until you have recharged your batteries.

Blogger VD September 17, 2015 10:38 AM  

Any particular subject?

The game title and the word QUESTIONS

Anonymous Ain September 17, 2015 10:54 AM  

Steam's a great platform. Watch out for Early Access games, though. Sometimes they run out of money and quietly stop development.

Anonymous Soga September 17, 2015 11:35 AM  

Another excellent source of games with crazy sales is Good Old Games.

They have everything from old, obscure games from the 80s to the latest rage of this year. And their sales can be really impressive too. Great prices in general too.

Blogger Cataline Sergius September 17, 2015 11:48 AM  

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Blogger Student in Blue September 17, 2015 11:51 AM  

I got a really good deal from Green Man Gaming when I bought from them. I think they're DRM free too.

A friend of mine likes to buy from them because of their sales especially.

@Jennifer Bevers
VVVVVV is also a pretty hard game, so don't sweat it.

As for a "beginner" game... well, it's hard to say because there's such a wide variety of games. It'd be much easier if you had an idea of what kind of game you enjoyed, or what you enjoyed from the games you've played.

Blogger Were-Puppy September 17, 2015 12:01 PM  

I will try to help with the questions.

I will attempt to help with various Sega games.

Is it ok to send in a question or two about different games, even if I don't have a full set of easy, medium, hard?

Blogger VD September 17, 2015 12:21 PM  

Is it ok to send in a question or two about different games, even if I don't have a full set of easy, medium, hard?

No, send in all ten or don't send in any.

Anonymous Athor Pel September 17, 2015 1:16 PM  

"13. Blogger Jennifer Bevers September 17, 2015 10:06 AM
I don't know if it is appropriate to ask this here, but I was hoping someone could point me to a good "beginner" game.

There are no beginner games, only games you begin playing.
And your playing and liking of HOMM proves it.

As for game recommendations, since you like HOMM you would probably like Endless Legend.

And don't worry too much about your reaction speed. Yes, we get slower as we age but much of player speed has as much to do with what we see, what we notice, as it does pure reaction speed. The longer you play a game the easier it becomes to filter out the useless info and home in on the useful. In other words, ignore the sparkly spell effects and watch for the bug flying above your head. Oh, and don't stand in the fire.

Play as many games as you can get your hands on. Buy them cheap or get a free demo and try them out. Only after you play some games will you begin to know what you like.

All the previously mentioned sources of games are great.

One other thing about Steam though. It has a Friends list. Multiplayer or coop games don't work without Other People. The experience of playing some games changes completely when played with other people rather than on your own. Sometimes even for the better. You introverts know who you are.

Steam also has a wishlist. If you find a game you want but you don't want to buy it right now or you want to wait for a sale you put it on your wishlist. People on your friends list can see it and you can see theirs. Why would you want to see someone else's wishlist? You can buy games for other people and they can buy games for you.

Prices of many games on Steam can get very low. Like 99 cents low.

Anonymous Ostar September 17, 2015 1:38 PM  

No one's done Minecraft or Half-Life II? I'll have my kids do those 2.
I'll do Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic; Fallout (the original); Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines; and Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams.
So 6 more.

Anonymous Ostar September 17, 2015 1:43 PM  

Galactic Civilizations II is not on your list, although others I sent in the same file are.
An oversight, or something wrong with that submission?

Blogger VD September 17, 2015 2:28 PM  

Oversight. I'll add it.

Anonymous Ostar September 17, 2015 3:13 PM  

@3 jayb
Sorry, missed your prior claim. SW:KOTOR is yours.

Blogger Were-Puppy September 17, 2015 3:41 PM  

I just submitted one for Phantasy Star Online.

Blogger Bill September 17, 2015 4:00 PM  

We burn through 300 comments about My Little Gay Pony and we get four comments when someone asks for video game recommendations??
You guys really did drive out all the White Knights.

When I get done with work I'll text my daughter and ask what she likes, she's played through some of the Skyrim and Assassin's Creed kind of games.

Blogger Were-Puppy September 17, 2015 4:39 PM  

Skyrim - that would be too hard for me to condense into 10 questions...

Blogger tweell September 17, 2015 5:11 PM  

Conquest of the New World questions emailed.

Blogger Student in Blue September 17, 2015 6:26 PM  

@32. Bill

One's fun, the other's work. Also one is far easier than the other.

Blogger Bill September 17, 2015 8:03 PM  

My daughter recommends; Minecraft, all the Portal games, Skyrim, Terraria, Bioshock Infinite (note, not the other Bioshocks). Those are at least some to look at.

FYI, currently on Steam:
Bioshock Infinite - $30
Portal - $10 (Portal II - $20)
Skyrim -$20
Terraria - $10

Minecraft is not on steam - $27

Anonymous Ain September 17, 2015 8:06 PM  

Speaking of The King's Bounty, it's 75% off Steam right now.

Anonymous Ostar September 17, 2015 11:52 PM  

I'll also do Nethack and Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall.

Anonymous shadow #0342 September 18, 2015 2:20 AM  

I can do Starcraft, Starcraft: Brood War, Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty, and Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm

@7: I love Freespace: The Great War; it's the best flight simulator/war game I've ever played. Have you tried Freespace 2?

Anonymous shadow #0342 September 18, 2015 2:30 AM  

Question, VD: what is the file format (eg Excel, Word, etc.) do you want?

Blogger VD September 18, 2015 6:01 AM  

Question, VD: what is the file format (eg Excel, Word, etc.) do you want?

TXT is fine, but Excel would be best if you put each element in its own cell, one line per game.

For example:

[On which planet is the game set?][Chiron][1=Hermes;2=Vesta;3=Chiron;4=Eunomia]

Blogger FALPhil September 18, 2015 8:40 AM  

@39 I have not tried Freespace 2, but it is on Good Old Games for $10, so I will be checking it out.

Blogger Zaklog the Great September 18, 2015 9:59 AM  

The Bard's Tale you have questions for, is that the 2004 action RPG or the 1985 dungeon crawler?

Blogger Were-Puppy September 18, 2015 1:30 PM  

Will next attempt .hack//Infection

Blogger Were-Puppy September 18, 2015 4:50 PM  

.hack//Infection submitted.

Next will go for .hack//Mutation

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