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Bill Loguidice
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Stonekeep
Matt Barton wrote:

I rolled the die this week and came up with Stonekeep. Been on my list forever, but finally got around to Gogging it. Had to tweak the dosbox.conf a bit; my mouse doesn't like fullscreen for whatever reason, so I found a way to expand the window and correct for aspect. Now plays right!

Pretty fun game so far. Reminds me of sort of a cross between Dungeon Master and Daggerfall, though of course this has discrete movement. Anyway, I'm doing a matt chat about it, so need to wax on here. :) Like to hear your stories though.

I had bought Stonekeep back in the day and I remember it being one of those games (Ultima VII and Dungeon Master II being a few of the other memorable ones) that no matter what I did, I couldn't get it to work properly on my DOS-based computer, which was more than powerful enough to handle it. That was always the greatest travesty of gaming on a PC back then, the amazing theatrics you'd often have to go through to get something to run at all, let alone to run properly, meaning full music and sound.

Now that I have the GOG version, I assume I won't have any issues, though it's a pity that I couldn't have experienced it back when it would have meant something.

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Stonekeep

I rolled the die this week and came up with Stonekeep. Been on my list forever, but finally got around to Gogging it. Had to tweak the dosbox.conf a bit; my mouse doesn't like fullscreen for whatever reason, so I found a way to expand the window and correct for aspect. Now plays right!

Pretty fun game so far. Reminds me of sort of a cross between Dungeon Master and Daggerfall, though of course this has discrete movement. Anyway, I'm doing a matt chat about it, so need to wax on here. :) Like to hear your stories though.

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the same
Paul H wrote:

I've been slowly working my way through Infamous (which I sony was nice enough to give me for free after their PSN security screw up). I only have time to play for a few hours a week so it's been a long road. The game is fun but it's been feeling very repetitive for the last two sections.

I've also played a tiny bit of Little Big Planet 2 with my special lady friend. We've only done the intro level so far but the game is fun and doesn't quite have the "divorce mode" aspects of Super Mario Brothers Wii because it's more difficult to interfere with the other player on accident.

http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/11/20

its somethign I have noticed alot in my last few years. Repetitive.. they give us some new stuff (powers/guns) for the first 2-4 levels and space um, let us learn to use um and then each level taxes that use more and more till the point the last levels of the game are just a time exstension. Of course if ou put that into context with games of the past (mega man, metroid) it was really the same. The levels where all the same just slighlty differnt graphics and one end guy who was new. I think with the age and games played it just magnifies more.. and while I enjoyed infamous, it was quite repetative, so i do agree. Sadly Infamous 2 is the pretty much the same, bit better game ins osme repsects, but it soon seems "been there , done that". I do sometimes wonder though.. I know some games od the same but I really enjoy them. Look at WoW for example.. i played it for 5 years.. in all honesty level 1-20 is no differnt then 60-70.. kill till you level.. yet i enojyed it all the way.. (not so much now). part of its perceptions too i think, and in the end, we are simply more demanding.

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I've been slowly working my

I've been slowly working my way through Infamous (which I sony was nice enough to give me for free after their PSN security screw up). I only have time to play for a few hours a week so it's been a long road. The game is fun but it's been feeling very repetitive for the last two sections.

I've also played a tiny bit of Little Big Planet 2 with my special lady friend. We've only done the intro level so far but the game is fun and doesn't quite have the "divorce mode" aspects of Super Mario Brothers Wii because it's more difficult to interfere with the other player on accident.

http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/11/20

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its good, not great
Matt Barton wrote:

You're playing Bioware's new Star Wars MMO? How is it? Details, man!

As i mentioned before its more of the same. All quests are voiced (nice touch but Age Of Conan did that (at least till level 20). Personally im much more into Demons and Magic then i am into tech and political parties duking it out. It just seems tired, to 'same old game, new coat of paint" to me. Being the elepahnt in the room that WoW is .. its hard for others not to go "WoW has it this, lets do it to but change it just a tiny bit so its NEW!"
I think the real problem is the MMORPG has evolved from MUDS, to Meridian 59 (doom like 3D) to Ultima Online, to Everquest, really after Everquest nothing has changed. there where quest, PvP, crafting, rare drops, named (elites), factions, Auction Houses (player ran orginaly) All new games have done is refined these ideas to the best gameing experiance. As a avid player of all things MMO, this all may sound harsh, believe me, I like almost any Online game, but with a reservation. Nowdays I like them for months instead of years. Star Wars is the same old button cycleing, the same old kill XXX.

I predict it will be much like RIFT (the best newcommer in AGES to the MMORPG fold) HUGE interest to start, but in about a year leveling off to good (but no where near WOW numbers) being Star Wars should help tremendously, Being BioWare should also help pull in some of the hardcore RPG's who have never much cared for the WoW's of the world in RPG terms. As I have read a few WoW books and Star Wars too.. i dont see much diferance int eh quest telling and Lore, I think people haveing seen the movies will have an easier time.. be honest, nobody reads quests lines anymore anyways, the 2-5% that do will enjoy it i think (I DO read every word the first time I play, and I read every book In skyrim, i had a checklist so I knew which i had read).. It helps to have it voiced i think, lazy people my listen once instead of read. Right now, gameplay its nothing new, so its going to have to live and Die on STAR WARS being its backdrop.. and I think in the end it may be enough as all the MMORPGs to come beofre it have pretty much refind what hte people want, its more of it. I may sound a bit cycnical, mostly as Im not a Star Wars kid (I was to old when it was released, already past toys to just starting to get my first motorcycle and stuff like that).. SO that part of the game wont impress me and sadly thats really what they are bacnking on i think (as so much of its the same old thing).

SO.. what do I really think! If you like Star Wars, you will like it alot.. its a better Star Wars world then the SWG one was, the slightly cartoony WoW like graphics work well it feels a bit like playing a eposide of CLONE WARS. You wont find anything new, it may be a light saber instead of a sword, it will be a blaster instead of a fire blast. I enjoyed it, but not as much as I hoped. if you liked WOW till it wore out its welcome, you may just have that "new" feeling for awhile. of corse the first person name RtwoBoobsTwo will thorw some of that off. And seeing 10,000 guys named DarthSugerdaddy can get old.. I suggest being a good guy as with all things (wow especially) the evil guys seem to hav ehte most players.

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Only a lovesick fool would

Only a lovesick fool would claim M&M 6 was perfect! But it is revolutionary in many ways. If you place it in its historical context, it's pretty mind boggling. For me it's like an old pair of tennis shoes; you know the ones...Ugly and not something you'd wear in public, but ooooh so comfortable!

Blender and Gimp are extremely frustrating for me. Every time I think I'm grasping something, stuff doesn't work as expected and I'm back to scratching my head. Blender is INSANE. Learning curve? Evel Knievel would be too scared to jump it. I spent the better part of two days just trying to work out how to make a hinge! And I still have that miserable feeling that I'm doing it ALL wrong. Oh, well, at least it looks cool.

Indeed, I think as bizarre as it sounds, it's EASIER in some ways to make decent looking graphics using Blender than Photoshop or GIMP. I've never been good at drawing, but somehow sculpting is easier. You just push, pull, drag, scale, whatever, until the shape looks right. Then you apply materials and textures, get your camera and lamps lined up right, and viola! Cool looking object. I feel pretty confident that with a few more months with it, I very well could be animating people, even. I was so impressed today--got up wanting to make an ice cube. Fooled around for about twenty minutes and had an unbelievably realistic looking one! I mean, whoa. Probably beginner's luck, but if I were able to do the same thing for swords and such....mwahahaha!

After I'm done with Thrust Lifter I plan to jump whole hog into UNITY. I really want to master it to the point that I can make The Final Dungeon. I'm already putting it together in my head, but I know some parts are going to be hell...And then there's the matter of either having to create, buy, or beg people to help with all the artwork...

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Matt's Creative Fire
Matt Barton wrote:

I'm curious what everyone is playing these days!

I've been getting in some casual sessions with "Might and Magic 6." I'm enjoying it, but I could shred it to pieces with criticisms, much like you did with Skyrim. The party system of these types of games (Wizardry, Bard's Tale, Dungeon Master, and now M&M) just doesn't seem to make much logical sense, unless I'm drastically doing something wrong.

I've also been getting in a few brief sessions replaying "Max Payne 2." And I went through a "Capitalism 2" phase, but it seems that has died out.

I also gave "Space Pirates and Zombies" (on Steam) a go, but it didn't hook me right off the bat. But it does look like a game worth giving a more thorough playing.

Not been doing much heavy gaming recently.

Matt Barton wrote:

My current obsession is not games but Gamemaker. MAN I've been putting some hours into it and other programs like Blender and Gimp. I even plan to get into Garageband soon and record a sound track with real guitar!

My Gamemaker phase seems to have died out... I'm just not in a game-making mood recently, and I'm not really sure I like Gamemaker that much. It's a great program, don't get me wrong, but it just doesn't "fit" me for some reason. I couldn't tell you why, and I'm disappointed in myself for not getting it. There doesn't seem to be an alternative that fits me better.

I'm very intrigued about you taking up "Blender" and "Gimp," particularly Blender! You must be on fire, creatively, right now! Blender, while being an amazingly powerful program for freeware, is not exactly an easy program to pick up and learn. But when you're "on fire," nothing can stop you!

When you mention "Garageband" on top of all this, I know you are in the ZONE!!!

To be honest, I, too, am on a music-making kick right now. That's why I set most of my other projects aside. I've been dabbling with music programs like Soundfont, Musescore, and Linux Multimedia Studio (LMMS). Heck, I just today reinstalled an Ubuntu partition so I could try out "Rosegarden," an apparently top-notch freeware music "studio" app that doesn't have a Windows version! More than creating a game, this "musician" side of me has been burning in my head for over a year now. I've had certain musical compositions in my head since high school, but it seems that I can finally have the means to do them justice with today's sound software and hardware. I wouldn't say I'm "on fire," but creating some halfway listenable tunes seems to be more achievable right now than creating a game.

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You're playing Bioware's new

You're playing Bioware's new Star Wars MMO? How is it? Details, man!

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World Of Tanks, L4D2, Skyrim,

World Of Tanks, L4D2, Skyrim, and thinking hard on a 2nd play through of Dark Souls... and of course even if i been saying "same old game" im in the preload of Star Wars OR on the 15th.. so .. i guess I will try beat the release day crowds by leveling a few levels.

and tomorrow it GOG sale.. I may just play Utima 7

no doubt there are to many good games to play right now.

SO matt what ya thinking of Dungeon Defenders? I was so excited for it but have not been much impressed with it, more with the fact it cant be played solo.. i dont have any firend who play it so.. pickup games just piss me off.

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Working on 1CC-ing the

Working on 1CC-ing the Dreamcast version of Gunbird 2. Have 1CC'd it on the lowest "baby" level but want to work my way up to the default difficulty level..... Completing the first loop will be enough for me - the 2nd loop looks insane - and I think you have to complete the first loop with no life loss (aka no miss) to even access it!! I'm using the DC's arcade stick and really enjoying this excellent shmup.

Also still putting a lot of time in on Tetris after my last blog post - I have since acquired a couple more Tetris games and I have revised my opinion of Tetris Worlds (its a lot better than I gave it credit for) so I will be revisting that post.

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