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Tycho / on Wed, Apr 17 2002 at 6:27 am

Here’s today’s comic.

Please, feel free to examine the two new shots available at Gamespot, although your guess is as good as mine as to what these shots actually depict.  We do offer helpful suggestions for one of them in our strip today, but theses images are so pregnant with meaning - I mean, ambiguity - that it is utterly mystifying why they were made available.  Well, maybe not all that mystifying - I mean, everybody went and looked at it, so, you know, mission accomplished I guess. 

Where I used to suckle for a few minutes at least on a screenshot archive, I now find myself uninterested (for the most part) in that form of promotion.  You’ve got shots like this RE stuff, which are (quite possibly) just camstills taken in their office with the lights off and Bob-san dressed as a zombie.  You’ve got miserable shit, like the stuff they put out for Kabuki Warriors or Bruce Lee - I’m not exactly Mr. PR or anything, but what the fuck is wrong with you people?  What makes you show your ass like that?  If it comes down to showing nothing, or shoving your dick in my eye, I shouldn’t have to properly deliniate your course of action.  Then, you’ve got the excellent shots which (in the volume they are released, these days) invariably detract from the final experience.  I try to maintain some vestige of surprise anymore.

By the way, that same screenshot archive goes back to RE Zero’s N64 roots, please don’t think it’s the Cube responsible for those Dinty Moore, man-sized pixels.  It be like Diesel Sweeties or some shit.

I have a compression fetish, which I’m essentially “out” about.  Mostly rehabilitated, I can now fight the urge to squish things - but it is this fetish that caused me to post a link to Ogg Vorbis, a free, open audio standard.  It warmed my heart to hear that Unreal Tournament 2003 would be using Ogg Vorbis as its default music format, and it’s easy to see how a developer (specifically, a developer’s bottom line) could benefit from compact, quality audio without licensing the now ubiquitous MP3.  I just thought this was a pleasant bit of dork news, and I hadn’t seen it emphasized anywhere.  Thanks to Unreality for the great article. 

I don’t know if Gabe will be more chipper, the odds are leaning towards no, but I think I’m gonna wrap up the post here.  I’ve recently acquired some exciting new illness - I’m sorry I didn’t issue a proper press release, but it hurts to even think right now.  In fact, the only thoughts I can coax out of my mind involve me crawling from the computer chair to the bedroom.  I was supposed to go over to Gabe’s yesterday to play Soccer Slam (which I crave chiefly of all the Earth’s delights) and had to turn it down.  Yes, it’s that serious.

(CW)TB out.

too bad you couldn’t do good at marriage

Gabe / on Mon, Apr 15 2002 at 4:28 pm

Warms my heart

Sweet Jesus!  The response from young and old alike to my last update is overwhelming. Each time I refresh my mail I have another 50 messages. I am getting a lot of mail from guys my age waxing nostalgic about having to blow on carts to make them work and sticking cardboard in your NES. I have also gotten a few mails which really surprised me. I would like to share one such message with you now. Matt here is twelve years old. That means that when I was playing Super Mario Brothers 3 Matt hadn’t even been born yet. When Samurai Showdown hit my local arcade he was barely three years old. And yet…*sniff*…He…oh just read the e-mail:

“Hey Gabe,first of I want to say I have been a fan of your site for a very long time, thanks for making it.  In response to your recent rant about how you are seeing things different than kids these days I don’t think you should feel old because altho there are kids like the “L33t” you were talking about theres also kids like me.  I am only 12 years old and my first system was the SNES (the first version not the one with all the buttons near the side)and I chose to buy it it wasnt my sisters or anything.Like you I think that 2D is far superior to 3D, dont get me wrong, I love 3D games just not as much as 2D. Also I LOVE SNK, altho I can’t afford a Neo-Geo I do own a Neo-Geo pocket color , and even tho it’s dead I still play KOF, SamSho, Match of the Melinium(SNK vs Capcom), and of corse Card Fighters Clash. Well I hope my letter makes you feel young again or something like that.”

Sincerely,
Matt

*sniff*…I’m not crying…I just have something in my eye.

-Gabe out

Gabe / on Mon, Apr 15 2002 at 12:49 pm

These Kids Today…

There is some very exciting news coming out of neogeousa.com right now. Their new Shadow4 system seems like it could be the answer to a lot of Neo-Geo fans prayers. You may have heard me mention before that you can generally purchase Neo games for the arcade machines much cheaper than you can for the home system. While it’s true that the games tend to be less expensive playing them gets a bit tricky. You either need a full size cabinet like you would find in an arcade or what’s called a super gun. A super gun is basically a device that allows you to hook arcade boards up to a standard television. The fine folks at Neogeousa.com have developed what is essentially a kind of specialized super gun for the Neo-Geo arcade board. Unlike most super guns though, which tend to be large boxes made out of plywood the Shadow4 is small and looks extremely cool. You can read all the information currently available on the system right here or at neogeousa.com. I am hoping to get my hands on one of these in the near future. If I am successful you can bet you’ll see a full review of it here on the site. If it is built half as well as their Phantom-1 converter, which I purchased last year it will be one kick ass piece of hardware. Did I mention how pretty it is?

I think this is Italian. I think it’s saying that Metal Slug 4 is coming to the Playstation. If that is the case, how come I haven’t heard this news anyplace else? Very interesting.

I got some mail last week after my mention of the new King of Fighters 2001 ROM. Since then Metal Slug 4 has also been dumped. From what I hear Playmore has been asking sites that host the ROMS to remove them and in some cases these sites actually have. Anyway, I got some mail from people asking why I was so vocal about the Neo-Geo. A few readers told me that the Neo-Geo hardware should be retired. They said no one wants to play these old games anymore. One reader suggested that all the artists working on Neo games are “wasting their talent” on a dead system and that Playmore is wasting their time trying to revive it.

These mails combined with the events of the past week or so have got me wondering…am I old? Just so you know I’ll be turning twenty five this year. I never really thought of that as old but in the world of videogames it’s fucking ancient. People my age played pong for god’s sake. We owned consoles with wood fucking paneling. I’ve seen the evolution of graphics from Karate Champ to Virtua Fighter 4 and I wonder about kids whose first system was a Playstation. I know they are out there because they mail me all the time. They ask why I am so hung up on Pac man and why I get so pissed at the idea of a 3D Metal Slug game. 3D is better they tell me. I got a mail telling me I’m an “old married guy now” who doesn’t understand games anymore. For about five minutes I sat at my desk thinking “Shit, maybe he’s right…maybe I just don’t get it the way these kids get it.”  Then I came to my senses. I still get it, I just get it in a different way.  Not necessarily a better way, but seriously how can a kid who cut his teeth on Tekken ever see fighting games the same way as someone who played every version of Street fighter II on the Genesis. I can still remember going to elementary school. I had my Pac-Man lunch box, Pac-Man hat and Pac-Man pencil box which was probably full of Pac-Man pencils. The fact is, I’ll never get games the way these kids do. I’ll never understand the l33t speak thing. I don’t get why a zero is cooler than an o. I don’t know why spelling “the” wrong is funny. I don’t think 3D is better than 2D. I don’t think we need photo realistic graphics. I’ll never see gaming the way they do. But the really sad part is, they’ll never see it the way I do.

-Gabe out

Tycho / on Mon, Apr 15 2002 at 11:23 am

Au Canada

Many Canadians have expressed to me that it is very safe to eat food in Toronto.  That couldn’t be further from the truth.

(CW)TB

Tycho / on Mon, Apr 15 2002 at 10:56 am

I Nearly Forgot

In the adrenaline rush of tax-inspired terror, I forgot the other game we’d played at the MOP.  I knew it was something.

Someone had gotten their hands on the (who knows how) Soldier of Fortune 2 multiplayer test, which (from the features it has) appears to be the one they’re about to put out this Thursday.  There might be something else in the one that comes out this week, but I wouldn’t know what it is.  We just played the DM mode, it didn’t really catch on enough to play the Infiltration (“Capture the briefcase”), Elimination (“Counter-Strike”), or Team Deathmatch modes, which is too bad.  The weapons feel massive, I don’t mean they’re too big on the screen or something, I mean they actually feel heavy, with the sort of meaty sound that one assumes might accompany an act of God.

(CW)TB




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