Fury Unlimited Releasing Cinematronics' Warrior for the Vectrex!

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Warrior (Vectrex)Warrior (Vectrex)Inarguably among the top and most prolific homebrew authors for the Vectrex, Fury Unlimited, is now taking pre-orders for an enhanced remake of Cinematronics legendary one-on-one vector fighting game, Warrior. This release includes many new modes, as well as a box and overlay. Check out the original arcade game here on KLOV to see just how impressive this new version is. Among the earliest fighting games, the influential Warrior arcade game is also discussed in Chapter 17 - Street Fighter II (1991), in our book, Vintage Games.

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Carmine
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Wow. The gameplay vid has me

Wow. The gameplay vid has me somewhat mesmerized. In some ways it's more like actual sword fighting than fighting games of today. Feels a lot like a true duel.

Bill Loguidice
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The Billy Dee Williams of fighting games

I agree, you kind of have to admire the haunting smoothness of the vector graphics in that system. Hopefully the Vectrex version can capture that smoothness. So far, it's looking like it just might!

(Arcade version)

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Vectrex Warrior

Being Vectrex mad I'm really excited about this.

I spoke to Fury about the Warrior overlay and he says he's using a company that specialises in screenprint plastics to produce these - so no homemade inferior inkjet printed effort. Apparently the company has done a lot of artwork for arcade machines over the years and Fury's really pleased with the quality of the Warrior overlays.
That, the game itself and the fact that the game will be supplied in a GCE style box is Vectrex heaven for me.

And before that game, is the War of the worlds game still to be released from Fury!

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The final overlay design has

The final overlay design has been revealed for this game: http://www.furyunlimited.com/_sgg/m1_1.htm

I'm still stoked for the release, but the overlay is a bit... redder than I expected based on the original target...

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Why the overlay is different - it's not an underlay!
Bill Loguidice wrote:

The final overlay design has been revealed for this game: http://www.furyunlimited.com/_sgg/m1_1.htm

I'm still stoked for the release, but the overlay is a bit... redder than I expected based on the original target...

An explanation from the game's author:

"Hi again!

I've received many emails praising the new overlay design, and I appreciate
the overwhelming response that I've gotten. Thank you for that!

I also received a couple of queries regarding the drastic differences between
the Vectrex overlay and the original arcade game artwork. First off, that's my
fault for using the artwork to advertise the game so I'm not offended by
anyone who asked about it.

In a nutshell, the arcade game has wonderful artwork featuring cobblestone
floors, walkways, and steps. I know that a lot of you are already aware of this, but
the vector warriors in the arcade version were actually projected on top of the artwork
(see link below). It's not an overlay, but visually it works as an "underlay". That's how
the warriors appear to be standing on the floor, walking up the steps, etc.

With the Vectrex version, it's a traditional overlay. Including the cobblestones and
steps would have been a visual monstrosity as the warriors would have appeared
beneath the flooring. I tried it out, and it simply didn't work.

You can see that the overlay is a completely reworked design. I took a new approach,
while still retaining artistic elements of the original arcade game. The Warrior logo sits
along the bottom of the overlay, and the torch flames from the arcade bezel grace
the side borders. The cobblestone flooring is removed, but the transparent portion of the
overlay is bordered by cobblestone silhouette edges, representing the walls of this
dungeon-like arena. With the torch graphics and silhouette walls, it made perfect sense
to complete the effect by "lighting" the warriors with a fiery red color. Finally, the two pits
are slightly reworked artistically, but are fundamentally the same as the arcade original.

Sorry for the essay, but I wanted everyone to understand the amount of thought and effort
that has gone into this. That said, I am open to any comments/suggestions regarding
the overlay design (for a few days, before I finalize with my new screenprinter).

Thank you!
George

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warrior_(video_game)"

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Another follow-up from Warrior's developer

Bill, I tried to respond at your site but I keep getting an error.
Here's my response:

Hi Bill, thanks for posting about it. As far as the red color goes, you know it's a simple thing for me to replace it and make that color blue. The original game displays the warriors as white. Technically I can do that too, by leaving the transparent area (aside from the pits) completely clear without color. I've tried these variations out, as well as others, and my favorite is red. There are so many blue Vectrex overlays already, I just don't think we need another one. As stated in my email (posted above), I'm open to suggestions. If I make it blue, somebody will say "too much blue"...if I make it clear, somebody will say "boring white vectors... ; )

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Erikph7 (not verified)
It's Feb 11th, 2012... I want to order!

Where and how can I order this? I would like to be put on the pre-order list.

Thank you,

-e

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Pre-order window
Erikph7 wrote:

Where and how can I order this? I would like to be put on the pre-order list.

Thank you,

-e

I doubt any more are available, but you can try to email "VecFury at aol.com" and see what he says.

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Erikph7 (not verified)
Where to find Warrior

Bill,

Thank you for your reply. It's too bad I missed out. For some reason, I stopped receiving notifications. Perhaps it was my anti-spam filter. I'll zip an email over to him and see if there's any chance he could make an exception for one more unit. I sure hope so. I've been a longtime collector.

Erik

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Based on the latest

Based on the latest e-newsletter, it looks like the release has been expanded to 150 copies, so if you're a Vectrex fan and didn't already pre-order Warrior, now is your chance!

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