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The Binding Of Isaac
Boasting, discussion etc.

The game is by one of the developers of Super Meat Boy, who also worked on Time Fcuk, which is free to play.

For TBoI, here's the wikia for walkthrough stuff:
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Rocks that give stuff look exactly the same as others by the way, although their appearance seems to have the same frequency as the blue rocks in other levels. 
Dr Fetus + Meatboy are not a good combination.

The silly little fucker keeps kicking my bombs back at me... 
> Everything Is Terrible!

Is that bad ? I saw the demo - looks a little like Robotron in therapy.

And does it really need a Core 2 2400 ?! That's a hard for me to imagine for a top down shooter. My NV9400M macbook has a 2.0GHz (3M cache) C2D if i want to install steam. 
A Demo 
Steven, it's the title of a Steam achievement and means that ijed has managed to beat the full game five times.

Those requirements seems very high, but then again the problem is that the game is made in Flash which isn't a very good platform for stuff where a lot of things a drawn on screen at once. In rooms with a lot of enemies and projectiles, one frequently experiences slow-downs, even on fast machines. It's still playable, just a little annoying. 
The fifth character ???? aka Bluebaby wets himself whenever he enters a room and is able to produce shit as a special ability.

Does the shit do anything special I hear you ask. No, not really.

The majority of health powerups are useless as well since he only has soul (temporary) hearts...

Think I'll call it a day. You win Negke :)

Even so, completing the full game 10 times is the kind of replay you don't get with most games, and tbh I didn't really like SMB.

TBoI isn't quite as abusively difficult as that, mainly because its got a very clever difficulty curve which depends on the player learning as opposed to the level design.

Counter to most design it gets easier the more you play, but doesn't bump the difficulty (at least until you've completed the game five times) to compensate for how much you've learned about how to play it, and how many more items you've unlocked.

A very interesting game, all said. 
I Made You My Bitch! 
With ??? it's not so hard either if you get a bit lucky with soul hearts. If helps a lot if you can grab the Book of Revelations, or better yet, the Nail. In my successful run I even had more hearts than displayed by the time I entered Womb 1. 
I only just realized that Shy Hives and regular flies don't hurt you when you touch them. 
Book Of Revelations + Battery 

I managed to overfill the UI on one run - I had more hearts than it could show, but they still counted. 
Just missed getting the Spelunker boy by taking a bad trip pill.

That's an achievement for not getting hit during the entire caves episode, and bad trip hits you for one heart.

Also, pro tip - doing a full compile whilst playing slows the game right down, making dodging stuff easy :P 
The linux version is out with the humble indie bundle.

I had to go find some library from firefox before it worked, but it seems to go ok i guess. The mouse only fires, doesn't move player which sucks, and there seems some sprite collision issues - my weapon fire seems to hit rocks when it shouldn't ?

Can't really get into it. Everything is so cramped. No f-ing readme or nothing, laugh.
Lots of polish and ambience though. 
Hmmm - sprite Y-axis resolution is definitely broken on my box. You can shoot over the bottom half of rocks, but you can't shoot above the rock. The flash player just doesn't know where the rock is. Bullshit. 
That's a shame. Hopefully there will be a fix. 
War Knight: melee only, spiked mace, Nehahra charge.

Pestilence Knight: human head on a pole, shoots projectiles in a shotgun pattern, random chance to poison the target.

Famine Knight: large hammer, smashes the ground and bounces the player around, centroid-like strafing. 
I Love This Game. 
I hate this game. 
Making them knights is better, with the added bonus that there is already a death knight.

Head on a pole is basically a turret though, and I reckon the floor smash would better suit the war knight.

Some sort of health leaching for famine would be good as well. 
Forget Me Now 
Sends you back to the start of the current level, so is best used when you complete the boss and take the reward, but before you advance to the next one - so you can re-farm it for upgrades and items.

It does require your item slot though, so you lose whatever you were holding. 
I made you my bitch TWICE. 
I Beat You On Hours Played 
Oh, Wait 
Very interesting discussion about Isaac with Edmund McMillen, definitely worth a listen.
They talk about Isaac of course, but also game design in general, and lots of other interesting stuff. 
Oh And... 
The Wiki Has Moved 
I don't think this is supposed to happen normally: 
Bumping Again 
There will be an expansion ($3) coming out at the end of the month, it grew from "50% more content" to nearly doubling it:

10+ bosses, 100+ items, 20+ enemies, 4 chapters, 1 character, 6 rooms, 40+ unlocks, 4+ new tracks, new final ending

Screenshot #1
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Screenshot #5 
This Is Bad News! 
ijed, can I have your savegame? 
This is bad news!

Damn you video games! 
It'll cost you. 
This is what I'll be playing for the next 6 months then. 
I'll post my save here for anyone who wants it tonight. 
Just To Clarify 
Anyone who uses ijed's save is a big fat cheater!

negke, that's what you get for deleting your save silly! 
Don't Worry 
I'll encrypt it with the password IAmACheater 
Fell Asleep 
Before uploading.

I'm getting old. 
Postponed To Late May 
It's that big. 
Trailer + Release Date 
Freaky, not as freaky as the first trailer though. :)
Love Danny's music, hope he made some extra tracks for this, Meat Boy + Isaac soundtracks are awesome.

This is good, will give me a reason to stop playing stupid Diablo 3. 
And Another Trailer! 
<- Samson 
Of all the new unavoidable items, Blood Lust is amongst them... and I fully embrace that fact. 
I Broke The Game Again. 
It's Been A While. 
I Know What 
I'll be spending my next 1000 or so hours of gaming time on. 
I'd expect them to be better at the game... 
You'd be surprised. Devs are generally pretty bad at the games they work on. You spend all day trouble shooting something and creating content for it, you lose a lot of drive to play it for fun. And playing it for fun is usually how you get good... 
Of Course They'd Play Better 
If they were interested in spoiling the entire thing. 
I Tend To Be Pretty Good 
At the games I work on just because I know how they're put together, which means I don't need to learn how they work.

Part of the fun of a game is learning it though - like I already know how to play it, and how it'll end. So we always put in the dev cheats to skip ahead, give stuff and so on.

QA are the poor sods who get insanely precise at a game since they're like a normal player but with access to the best game guide ever written (assuming they're in house) and, very rarely, some say in how things should be balanced or developed. 
That was about as good as I am at Isaac. My best runs are usually me finding Dead Bird and it being what does the most damage and carrying me, which is pretty fucking sad. 
QA Guys 
Raven had an internal QA guy who was fucking awesome. I would pick his brain all the time for suggestions, and he'd often get included in balancing discussion email threads. 
PAX Footage 
It Looks Great 
The pixelart is a bit hit and miss for me though. 
Have You Got A Second 
To talk about our Lord and savior, Edmund McMillen? 
You are terrible at the internets, please stop!

Here's the right link... 
<Daz_> I heard that if you grab the dirty nappy and place in the dead fathers eye it opens a secret door to the mothers anus where yoy can collect 3 dying hemorrhoids and as long as you have the g-string you can use them all at the same time to destroy the rectum and escape and skip like 3 stages. Pretty cool 
Godhead Unlocked 
Now where is my preorder. 
Lmao Fuck The Lost 
I am so looking forward to Daily Runs against Bal, and both of us getting smashed by ijed. 
btw The Lost is easy...

Just get Dead Cat, Guppy's Collar, Guppy's Hairball, Demon Baby, Mom's Knife, Polyphemus, and the literal best use item in the game: Crack the Sky. 
The Lost 
I did both the runs without the stopwatch... But the Dead Cat is basically a requirement.

It sucks, but you just have to hold R until you start next to a curse room with it in. Make sure to die without leaving it though, otherwise you'll respawn back in it.

The lost as a character compared to the rest is almost unplayable.HD should have had spectral tears.

You know something about Cracking the Sky that I don't Scampie ? I dunno it'd take a lot to give up my Butter Bean. 
I haven't even unlocked the Stopwatch... never donate enough :D

I haven't been doing the R restarts, but likely will to get the boss rush with Lost at the very least. Afterbirth is going to make him have Spectral Tears by default, which will make the early levels much better since you can hide.

Crack the Sky can actually do some significant damage to bosses actually... it's just really really random if any of the beams hits, so it's not that great. But if a few of them hit, you can do like 75% of a many of the bosses HP instantly. I just never found any better use item that run. 
Isaac Rant 
The Stopwatch is completely broken - I'm guessing Afterbirth will fix it, since it essentially disables the majority of enemies and bosses, and their ranged attacks.

R restarts are scummy, but not illegal or anything. And until the Lost has those Spectrals I'd say its fair game. I did try restarting to get the Godhead for a while (early Goats Head) but then decided to just let it appear on its own, while avoiding Shops (to avoid Special Items blocking it) and Devil Deals (to create the Angel Rooms).

Its a bit devaluing to make the lost Spectral now, after people have been doing his unlocks without. But hey, I've got the achievements already and if it makes him an actual viable playable character then that adds more value to the game... so whatever cool alright I guess.

Which reminds me, I got a pretty awesome Lost Run with Leo, smashing all the rocks I flew over. Turns out it was a pretty good tactic for finding cash and hidden items. Wasn't even killed by crushing a bomb brick - I think it was Brimstone to the face after getting the Stopwatch (one of the few things it doesn't break).

Crack the Sky isn't as good a boss killer as, say, the Krampus Head, or even the Book of Belial, and the low charge items are even better since you get to use them all the time - Spider Butt, Doctor's Remote and Telepathy for Dummies are all decent room clearance helpers which aid you with chipping down a boss fairly well also.

I used to like blue spider and fly minions for this, but they're just not as dependable.

So, uh, yeah. Looking forward to Afterbirth.

I put some more time into Spelunky but I'm guessing you'll still have the edge there. 
One thing you could do to get your shop upgraded and get the Stopwatch unlocked is R-Spam donations.

I did do it legit before I knew what the Donation Machine did back when the game came out. Although I can understand any skepticism :) 
39% off for preorder... $6.66

(in other news, I beat the chest with The Lost!) 
Well Done! 
What Was Your Build? 
Mom's Wig on first floor, Holy Mantle on second and Devil Deal for Guppy's Tail... Curse room on third had Guppy's head and collar to become guppy. And then somewhere along the lines got 9 lives and infestation2... so I just spewed a billion flies and spiders and was really safe. Sadly missed timing for Boss Rush by 30 seconds :( 
This thread is just a game of mornington crescent, right? 
I'm trying to get boss rush done with the lost... managed to get to it a couple times, but died due to stupid mistakes:( 
Let the Carrion Queen crap everywhere - it's a bit more risky, but her poop will kill various bosses that blunder into it for you. 
Pro Strats 
Fuck Yeah 
Keep Going! 
You have 13 days until the DLC unlocks, for this:

The Daily is going to be good, but I suspect you'll beat me more often than not. 
42 Days 
Oct 30, not Sept 30 
Thanks Obama 
Or is it Bernie now? 
Breaking Run 
So far this was my longest streak on rerolling the chest with the Undefined/Habit combo:

I think I missed some items, but eventually I couldn't keep hurting myself to recharge the Undefined since the Dark Bum converted all the red hearts to blue :(

I'd killed Bluebbay maybe twenty times by this point and rerolled the chest many more.

The best Error rooms were the ones with two Key Bums in - every normal or gold chest had an item in - so many it was difficult to collect them.

I then went on to obliterate Mega Satan - luckyily Dad's Key spawned in the last rerolled Chest.

By this time my shots were a swirling cloud of bombs which did no damage to me, were poisonous and split into multiple bombs when exploding as well as causing fires and other mad shit. 
Not hard mode, -1/10 
I Don't Like Hard Mode 
I just find it annoying, not harder. 
Holy Shit 
I just met Eternal Peeps and it was horrific.

Many eyes OOO_ooo 
I'm not even going to touch eternal update vanilla isaac. 
It's A Lot 
More difficult than rebirth. 
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