Have any of you had a particular fun story with a video game mess-up?
Here’s what I mean. Have you ever not been paying attention to the story and thought you had to go into a high-level area, not realizing your next destination was right around the corner at a much more manageable difficulty? Or have you completely fell short on a boss strategy, instead taking a really difficult way of dealing with it instead of what you’re supposed to do?
I’ll give a couple of examples of my messups when I was a kid.
Chrono Trigger: For some reason, as a kid I thought Magus was the last boss and Lavos was his monstrous henchman. (Magus Summoned Lavos! He must be the main villain!) So when Frog gets the Masamune and you are supposed to go to Magus’s Castle, I somehow missed that part and thought you had to go to 1999 via the End of Time and fight Lavos. Nowhere did it click in my head that Lavos was using the abilities of former bosses and when Magus’s form started, I should have known that Magus was next. Needless to say I wouldn’t survive. It took a Nintendo Power to steer me into the right direction.
Final Fantasy VI: There’s a boss in the Fanatic’s Tower called the Magimaster, who on death casts Ultima. Of course it wrecks my party. You should use Reraise before that happens to get back up and win the battle… but what did I do? I would try to get him down to low HP, then cast the Palidor summon (It makes everyone jump off screen like a Dragoon) and hope to the gods i didn’t land before Ultima got me. (and no, i didnt even know that using Rasp to drain his MP could be a thing, either.)
How about you? Any cosmically bad screwups? Did they have happy endings?