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PostSubject: Today I will tell you a story about something very special   Sun Aug 01, 2010 10:00 am

Today I will tell you about something called "The Touhou Project".








Originally, the Touhou Project was a series of 2D vertical scrolling shooter games with 3D backgrounds, that were produced by Team Shanghai Alice, which consists of a single man, having the nickname of ZUN. All of the shooter games are made exclusively by him, from the programming to music and art. Currently, Touhou Project consists of seventeen games, with the 18th in development. Three of the games are not shooters, but 2D fighter games, that were co-produced with a side company.

Touhou shooter games are the hardest scroll shooter games ever made, and they focus on dodging an excessive amount of bullets that create shaped patterns on the screen. There are easier difficulties, but some bosses still provide a challenge.

Controls are very simple - arrows for movement, Z - shoot/select, X - bomb/cancel, Shift - enters focus mode, where you move slower, making it easier to dodge, and focuses your attacks.

Some of the danmaku (bullet hell) in question:









Despite having great gameplay and being a very hard game to beat, Touhou Project is mainly popular not for the gameplay, but for the additional content - the fantasy-land of Gensokyo, the huge character cast, well-developed storylines and additional materials, such as music CDs, manga written by the author, fan-made comics and animation. Additionally, the series are hugely popular around the whole world's internet community, and are countlessly referenced in the most surprising places. The Touhou fan community is growing every day, and is supposed to grow even more, as ZUN says that he will keep creating new stuff for as long as he can. The number of Touhou fanworks is factically unlimited, with new ones rapidly appearing every day - that includes fanart, fan-produced animation, arrangements and remixes of music themes featured in the games, doujins, fan-made manga, etc.

The events in the game take place in Gensokyo - formerly a part of Japan, it was sealed into another dimension in 1884 A.D., leaving behind landscape marks, folktales and names. Gensokyo itself is a land where magic is possible, inhabited by humans, youkai (the supernatural beings), and gods. Apparently, the Gensokyo is unaccessible from the outside with normal transport - however, there exists an old shrine somewheree in the mountains, that in certain circumstances acts as a gateway there. Sadly, those circumstances are yet to be known.

The games follow a very old style - the graphics and the gameplay mechanism are simplistic, and easy to get used to. Although, the games may seem rough for the modern day, the whole atmosphere, the characters, the setting, the hilarious dialogues and everything else synergize to hold you down for more. Each character and stage are unique, so you won't encounter repetitiveness in each new game.

For everyone interested, I can provide links for downloading the games - all games are free, and ZUN sells it only in collectible editions for big fans.

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PostSubject: Re: Today I will tell you a story about something very special   Sun Aug 01, 2010 10:18 am

Is there a free online playable version of the first couple of games Oh Noez

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PostSubject: Re: Today I will tell you a story about something very special   Sun Aug 01, 2010 10:35 am

Nop, they're not online

Each game is about 300Mb+ with music in .wav quality

No real reason to play it without wav music - since great BGM is part of what makes the game great

You can play it with shitty MIDI quality though, then it will be 10Mb or something

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PostSubject: Re: Today I will tell you a story about something very special   Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:51 am

Where can I getz it Oh Noez

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PostSubject: Re: Today I will tell you a story about something very special   Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:56 am

I haz uploaded it to mediafire

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PostSubject: Re: Today I will tell you a story about something very special   Sun Aug 01, 2010 12:38 pm

So...

Thee link is...?

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PostSubject: Re: Today I will tell you a story about something very special   Sun Aug 01, 2010 1:00 pm

.wav = music

so like
I gotta download the game

and aaaaaaaaaaaall that music too?

Rightio...

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PostSubject: Re: Today I will tell you a story about something very special   Sun Aug 01, 2010 1:35 pm

Yep, since mediafire didn't want 300Mb in one file

So you download the music and put it in the game's "bgm" folder

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PostSubject: Re: Today I will tell you a story about something very special   Mon Aug 02, 2010 2:48 am

I just love that gamez Hug
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PostSubject: Re: Today I will tell you a story about something very special   Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:04 am

Ere, chuck up the controls and such

Button 1 being z was a great discovery for me Srs.

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PostSubject: Re: Today I will tell you a story about something very special   Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:46 am

Oh yeah, I told Hayley the controls and because of that forgot it... fixing it

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PostSubject: Re: Today I will tell you a story about something very special   Mon Aug 02, 2010 5:00 pm

Eredale wrote:
Nop, they're not online

Each game is about 300Mb+ with music in .wav quality

No real reason to play it without wav music - since great BGM is part of what makes the game great

You can play it with shitty MIDI quality though, then it will be 10Mb or something
Babel Sword, created by Elecbyte wouldve still done fine without BGM because the SE were still pretty BOSS.
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PostSubject: Re: Today I will tell you a story about something very special   Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:18 pm

Yeah, probably, but the MIDI is very quiet, and barely heared behind the game, while .wav is much louder (duh) and is much more detailed - the MIDI is nothing compared to it. After all, fans made 150+Gb arrangements because of the good music - this must mean something

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PostSubject: Re: Today I will tell you a story about something very special   Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:08 pm

good game
i reached the 4th place xD
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PostSubject: Re: Today I will tell you a story about something very special   Sat Aug 07, 2010 9:21 am

So, people, how's it going? Anyone reached Remilia yet?

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PostSubject: Re: Today I will tell you a story about something very special   Sat Aug 07, 2010 12:05 pm

lol me not xD
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PostSubject: Re: Today I will tell you a story about something very special   Sat Aug 07, 2010 5:36 pm

Just remember, that continues are forbidden - the real measure of how far you can go is one life set

It's like a tradition for Touhou fans when they are going through the games - only when you beat the final boss on Normal without any continues you move to the next game. It's not necessary though, but when you win the game without continues you get a better ending sequence - the girls will either have fun or something like that, it's pretty funny and adorable xD

You may not want to force yourself, I understand, but trying also never hurts

When someone ends this one, I'll give you the next one and explain the story behind the game you just cleared

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PostSubject: Re: Today I will tell you a story about something very special   Sat Aug 07, 2010 8:28 pm

lol, imma going to beat it lol
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PostSubject: Re: Today I will tell you a story about something very special   Sun Aug 08, 2010 7:29 am

This game is actually a bit harder than the rest - since it doesn't have the common features of the most games

Something you should know:

Everything in the game has a hitbox - the actual body, which doesn't depend on the size of the sprite. Bullets have hitboxes, so even if their sides hit you, you can stay alive. The player hitbox is a very small 5x5 pixels square in the middle of the sprite. Reimu's hitbox is the smallest - 4x4 pixels. That may not seem that much, but it's a great advantage when grazing.

When your power is MAX, you can fly up to the top of the screen to collect all the falling items

The higher is the place where you catch a blue item, the more points you get for it

The score for power items is cumulative - first item gives 2 points, next one is 4, next is 8, and it goes up to 54000 every item

Every 1 million points you get a bonus life - this makes gaining score worth it

Enemies never appear randomly - so if you try to remember their places of entering, you can make the game easier (this does not relate to stage 1 or stage 2)

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PostSubject: Re: Today I will tell you a story about something very special   Sun Aug 08, 2010 12:26 pm

thx, ere Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Today I will tell you a story about something very special   Mon Aug 09, 2010 1:23 am

jst wndrin how many grazez till i life is up?

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PostSubject: Re: Today I will tell you a story about something very special   Mon Aug 09, 2010 6:50 am

Hmm... if I remember right, 1 graze is about 1000 points

1 life is 10 million points

10.000 grazes - you would have to dodge every single bullet in the screen at the same time to get a life at the end of the final boss... lol

The main way of gaining lives is collecting point items at the point where they cost maximum (collecting them with max power at the top screen area, it's about 1/4 of the screen), then their cost will be spelled in yellow. Marisa's maximum cost border is lower, same with the auto-collection border. But I still prefer Reimu, since she's much easier to play.

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PostSubject: Re: Today I will tell you a story about something very special   Tue Aug 10, 2010 2:17 am

I have gotten to stage 4 Reimu no continues Razz
wat with the
SPELL CARD +50000...?
does it do more damage?

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PostSubject: Re: Today I will tell you a story about something very special   Sat Aug 28, 2010 9:13 am

No, it means you have beaten someone's special attack (Spell Card) without using your own special, and you get a bonus for that

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