Matt Chat 22: ICOM Simulations' Macventure series

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At long last, here it is. Matt Chat 22: Deja Vu, Uninvited, Shadowgate, and Macventures. I was finally able to get my classic Mac emulator (mini vmac) up and running, so please enjoy--a lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into getting this footage! :)

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Calibrator
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TRON

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Mark Vergeer
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Great video Matt

As always another great video by Matt Barton. I know how much effort it took you to get that Macintosh Emulator up and running. I actually have OS 9 running on Sheepshaver on my MacBook so I have some sort of 'classic' mode on my Intel Mac.

Keep those videos coming!
Oh I did make a video response

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This was great. I had only

This was great. I had only seen the NES versions before.

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Hehe, well at least I didn't

Hehe, well at least I didn't have the Vegas crash problem this time. Breaking up the video into 3 chunks and then fusing it together seems the way to go. I still think that's inexcusable in a commercial program that costs almost $100, but what can you do. I guess most people probably aren't trying to show as many different clips with different codecs as I am. This was the first time I'd seen them on the Mac as well, and I was actually very impressed. They run really smoothly on the platform. I wonder if they were ever re-released as color versions for the Mac?

You're right about Tron! Great movie, too, by the way. I'm sure you've seen it, but there are some really nice special edition DVDs out now. I'd even like to get it on Blu-Ray if I ever manage to get my hands on a PS3. Perhaps I should solicit hardware/software donations in the next video? ;)

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Chadwick (not verified)
Déjà Vu - One of my all-time favorites!

Thanks for the video. It was fun to watch. I was introduced to these games via Déjà Vu on the Amiga, and it was "love at first sight." I played all the way through--it was just the right difficulty for my 11-year-old brain. Later in life, I bought an unused (still wrapped) Amiga copy of the game off of eBay and I still have it in my closet! Yes, that game made an impression on me.

Uninvited, on the other hand, was another story. Oh yes, I played it a ton (perhaps more than Déjà Vu), but one reason for that is because I was perpetually stuck! Also, I paid my own money for it, and $40 back then was a lot of money for a kid my age. So I kept banging my head against the wall... I remember coming back to it 6 months later one time, figuring out one more puzzle, which encouraged me...before I got stuck again. One puzzle I remember in particular: "Gold, Silver, and Mercury. Together you will find a key." Argh, that stupid red herring!!! I kept trying to put the silver bowl, gold key, and bottle of mercury together, expecting something magical to happen. The real answer eluded me until the age of BBSes when I was able to find a walkthrough. Yes, that was frustrating. But the maze of zombies was cool.

PS: Too bad I was too late on the Tron reference. =)

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PS: Too bad I was too late on the Tron reference. =)

Hehe, don't worry, I will give you more chances in future episodes to win those bookmarks. I'm actually very pleasantly surprised at how many people were interested in that! We've tried contests and such in the past and little to no participation, so this is very promising indeed. I seem to have attracted some great folks with these little videos of mine! :)

It was all too easy to get stuck in these games, and of course some of that was the company's wanting to sell you their official hintbooks. There were also other hintbooks, and even some magazines had hints. I guess it was also possible (if you had friends) to compare notes; perhaps someone had figured something out that you hadn't and so on. But I'm like you--I got stuck somewhere in all these games and wasn't able to finish until I finally got access to hints via the net. I think it's pretty much a flaw of the genre and one of several reasons why many people dislike them. If I ever design an adventure game, I will be sure to figure out some way to throw the player some bones to keep him or her from getting hopelessly stuck. Of course, adequate playtesting is essential, too.

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Phillip George (not verified)
Great Video and Series

Hey Matt--long time listener, first-time commenter, so to speak. I've enjoyed watching these videos develop, and as someone who's followed video games from childhood into graduate school, I'm pleasantly surprised by how many of these games I haven't encountered before or hadn't thought to take a look at. As far as the ICOM series, I know Shadowgate and Deja Vu from their NES counterparts (I've yet to play Uninvited). Shadowgate was actually my favorite and the one I was able to finish, but I've still never finished Deja Vu. This video has me inspired to find another copy and give it a try.

Looking forward to the next one!

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Re: Contest

Apparently I did win the contest but surely only because of the continental time shift (and Matt uploading the video when? Late at night?).
Honestly, I think that qualifies as an unfair advantage so I pass on the bookmarks and submit a proposal: Have a time limit (lets say, three days for example) and draw the winner from a pool that hopefully gets bigger each time - this way everybody has a chance and you also have some sort of feedback on how contests increase the audience.

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Sorry for the late comment

Somehow I missed this when you first released it.

Another great video, and this time on an adventure game - woohoo! I was surprised though that you mentioned neither the DOS version nor the enhanced remakes for Windows that came out in the early 90s.

PS - Weren't those bookmarks free at one point? Now I want one too! :)

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Hammer wrote:

Somehow I missed this when you first released it.

Another great video, and this time on an adventure game - woohoo! I was surprised though that you mentioned neither the DOS version nor the enhanced remakes for Windows that came out in the early 90s.

PS - Weren't those bookmarks free at one point? Now I want one too! :)

I looked at the DOS versions, but didn't see any particular need to show them. Remakes are always nice, but again- being limited to 10 minutes is a big impediment there. I was just glad I was able to show the original Mac versions!

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