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Gabe / on Fri, Apr 12 2002 at 5:37 pm

A New Feature!

I just uploaded a new feature I have been working on called “Gabe’s big list of idiots!” It’s not all that big yet, but I expect it to grow.

-Gabe out

Gabe / on Fri, Apr 12 2002 at 9:51 am

Just say no to ROMS

I have seen mention on a few of the various forums I visit that there is now a King of Fighters 2001 ROM available. It certainly didn’t take them long to dump it. It’s sad because Playmore really seems to be working hard to revitalize the Neo Geo brand. With the re-release of Mark of the Wolves and Last Blade 2 on the DC and rumors of KoF 2000,2001 and Metal Slug 3 on the PS2 things are certainly looking bright. A KoF 2001 ROM can only hurt our chances of seeing those rumors become a reality. I never agreed with people who emulated Neo games but I could respect their point that they were not hurting anyone since SNK was so far in the crapper financially. However now that Playmore has taken over things have changed.  I think it is important that we support their endeavors to breathe life back into the Neo Geo and it’s games. If Playmore sees that there is an audience for these titles on new systems like the DC and the PS2 the possibilities are endless. A whole new generation of gamers will finally be exposed to great games like Samurai Showdown, Metal Slug, and King of Fighters. It’s only through the financial success of these games that we can ever hope to see new titles in these series like Mark of the Wolves 2 and Samurai Showdown 5. Emmulation only serves to hurt the chances of these games ever becoming a reality.

Evidently we have entered into some kind of pissing match with Tribalwar. I took a peak at their forums this morning and they seem to be taking the whole thing quite seriously. Countless topics suggesting that bodily harm should be inflicted on Tycho and myself as well as more than one supposition that we are in fact perhaps homosexuals. Our wives will be quite surprised to hear that bit of news I’m sure. Evidently they have coordinated some kind of “forum invasion” in an attempt to destroy our server. This sounds rather nasty but as far as I can tell it simply involves them posting weird pictures in our forum with the word “owned” scrawled on them. I wish them the best of luck, the road ahead of them is not an easy one. I think if we can handle a permanent link on the front page of Slashdot we should be able to handle their little forum invasion. I’m not sure they understand that we are actually hosted by the same people and that there is one man responsible for the maintenance of both our forums. I guess these are all things they failed to take into consideration. I think they need to just relax a bit and forget about it. They should quit filling their “general Tribes” forum with anti-PA threads, and just go back to posting porn and complaining about homework.

The latest edition of Love and Hate: with Kara and Batjew is now online. Don’t forget you can also read past installments via the handy link in our features section.

-Gabe out

Tycho / on Fri, Apr 12 2002 at 6:25 am

Triple Threat (3T)

I put the winners up here - thanks to everyone for entering, and I promise I’ll have a more efficacious contest entry technology in place for the next one.  Mad love goes out to Sanguine Productions, Sam at Exploding Dog, and Microsoft for making really cool shit.


Tycho / on Fri, Apr 12 2002 at 5:46 am

Choose Your Own Adventure

  • XIII Shots:  The initial art they showed for this game really caught my eye, as it looked as though we might be seeing a game that was not only cel-shaded, but also rendered in crisp black and white.  New information reveals that flashbacks will use that approach, but the main body of the game will be presented in full color and also rooka so nice.  Damn, those Battlefield 1942 shots ain’t bad, neither.

  • 3D Display Thing:  Pardon me, but Jesus Christ.  Maybe everybody else knew that we could pull this kind of shit off, but I don’t really follow the, you know, 3D Display scene or whatever.  I have a sneaking suspicion they brought it back in a time machine.

  • Super Mario Bros. 2 at Overclocked Remix:  Let it be known that DJ Pretzel is a saint for what he does, running a veritable funkatorium for wayward Gaming beats.  Estradasphere‘s latest jam - this SMB2 thing - is a compulsory download.

  • Natural Selection Mod for HL:  It’s like these assholes have some weird machine inside my brain that tells them what I want.  I’ve talked about how a Command & Conquer: Renegade with just as much conquering but more commanding would bind me into servitude.  Well, no need to wait for some jackhole to authorize innovation.  Natural Selection is congealing my gaming fantasies.

  • Team Aerial Combat 2:  I was overjoyed to find that this project is still in development, and reinstalled Tribes 2 expressly to play it.  It looks like a new release may be out shortly, and if I had a bit to chomp at I would be chomping at it right now.

  • A Kick Ass Tribes Render::  Alex Scollay works on Farscape, so when he makes a Tribes 2 picture, you should probably go look at it.

  • WSBN Tonight!:  Their own DwarfVader asked us to be on the show as well, but seeing as we haven’t played Tribes for months and months, we probably aren’t the best people to have on a program entitled “The Future of the Community.”  It’s going to be a great show, if this list of participants is correct - it goes down tonight, April 12th, at 9:30 pm EST on Server 1.  I’m going to be getting my LAN Party on over at the Ministry Of Peace around that time - Upstairs Crew 4 life - so I’ll have to catch it in the archive.


Tycho / on Fri, Apr 12 2002 at 5:45 am

I keep loading up today’s comic and laughing at it.  It probably goes without saying that I like Penny Arcade - but sometimes I like like it, and want to marry it, and today is one of those days.

You might recall that Gabe and I never had any intention of doing “funny” cartoons, and some would argue that we’ve been largely successful.  He’d never let me scan them, but we’ve got a few pages of our old superhero comic, G4 - not to be confused with the G4 Network, let alone Gen13.  I never read comic books growing up, so I was under the impression that the “Superhero Who Used To Be In A Concentration Camp” was a creature of my own invention.  After that came the worst internal dialogue ever written, and Gabe, if you’ve ever loved me, you won’t quote it, followed by Chickenman, and then Sand.  The writing on each was such an exercise in naked hubris that I’m horrified that they still exist, in any fashion, anywhere.             

Though I still attend my crew’s nightly Medal of Honor excursions, my heart just isn’t in it anymore.  I can’t even bring myself to tell them.  It’s not you, baby.  It’s me.  Which brings me to the subject of Jedi Knight II.  Don’t listen to Gabe.  Good advice most of the time, actually.

Aside from Heretic II, I’ve never really gotten into Raven’s multiplayer offerings.  I guess I played Mageslayer, and Hexen, but that was more of a co-op thing.  No, I’m talking about the explicitly multi portions of their high-profile FPS games.  It’s probably not fair of me to say, but it seems like they don’t bring a lot to the dance most of the time.  They seem dutiful for the most part, serviceable but not exemplary.  From the moment I joined a server, though, Jedi Outcast hooked me.  Very fast paced, with inimitable style, visual execution, and best-of-show melee combat - I want to leave this paragraph unfinished and go play.  As an example:  I went in just to bind a key to “taunt” (it’s not in the config menus, just type “bind x +taunt” in the console I think) and didn’t come out until an hour later.  Nearly every tactic has a counter, and I’ve been defeated in ways so clever that even as a corpse I can appreciate them.  With Soldier of Fortune 2’s unprecedented Random Map Generator and a focus on realism, either we’re seeing a new trend that makes Raven a real competitor online, or they always were and I’ve fucked myself out of some great games.

I guess some people at TribalWar are mad that I said things, which was sort of the point.  Obviously, I have no quarrel with those who are not irrational zealots.  If they’re going to be this much fun about it, though, it is my intention to hit them until candy comes out.  Some have suggested that I said the things I did because we are somehow jealous of TribalWar’s traffic and readership, a proposition so ridiculous that I nearly fell out of my chair laughing.  Allow me to detail this issue in a manner suited to your powers of cognition.

This is Penny Arcade.
This is TribalWar.

I’ve placed a special message for them somewhere on the site.  I hope they’ll enjoy it, but I have a feeling they won’t.

(CW)TB out.

eighty-five yards, the max

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