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Re: Ancient DOS Games Webshow

Postby leileilol » 2018-8-19 @ 01:22

xjas wrote:BTW I remember figuring out the hard way that Fatal Racing (what I had) does not work with the Whiplash 3DFX patch, so there's at least some substantial differences between the two. Although seeing gameplay footage of it now, I think the software version looks better anyway.

A billion20 years ago I couldn't get 3dfx Whiplash (OEM release, not a patch) going on a V2 either.
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Re: Ancient DOS Games Webshow

Postby Gemini000 » 2018-8-25 @ 19:45

Whoops! Forgot to post this last night when it went live but Ancient DOS Games Filler #73 - Peasant's Quest is now online!

I distinctly remember never beating this when I first played it years ago... I got up to Trogdor and then thought you just got roasted and that was it, no solution to an actual WIN. Turns out I was very wrong about that, but I don't show anything past catching on fire because this game's STILL available to play for free so why spoil it? ;)
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Re: Ancient DOS Games Webshow

Postby Gemini000 » 2018-9-08 @ 11:12

Ancient DOS Games Episode 246 - Legend of Kyrandia 2: The Hand of Fate is online!

This one surprised me in more ways than one! Not only is the main character entirely different from the first game, which I was not expecting, but it's also WAY better in terms of gameplay! Everything's been streamlined, making it much easier to progress while still keeping the puzzles at least moderately complex, plus the art and music are still top-notch. THIS is how you make a sequel! :D

Also, just want to quickly mention that I'll be retiring the whole "guess the next game" thing at the end of the season. I may've mentioned this before elsewhere but not a lot of people take advantage of it anymore and because many of the games nowadays are things I don't have prior experience with it's getting very difficult to come up with good hints which are not only accurate to the game in question but also aren't too easy.
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Re: Ancient DOS Games Webshow

Postby xjas » 2018-9-08 @ 20:10

^^ you inspired me to play something I've never tried before, so nice job!

PSA: this is on sale for $0.89 on GOG right now. Actually the whole series is 75-85% off and clocked in at a whopping $3.87. Kind of a no-brainer.
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Re: Ancient DOS Games Webshow

Postby root42 » 2018-9-08 @ 20:12

xjas wrote:^^ you inspired me to play something I've never tried before, so nice job!

PSA: this is on sale for $0.89 on GOG right now. Actually the whole series is 75-85% off and clocked in at a whopping $3.87. Kind of a no-brainer.


Can one still play the GOG versions on real legacy hardware? I loved the series...
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Re: Ancient DOS Games Webshow

Postby clueless1 » 2018-9-08 @ 20:53

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xjas wrote:^^ you inspired me to play something I've never tried before, so nice job!

PSA: this is on sale for $0.89 on GOG right now. Actually the whole series is 75-85% off and clocked in at a whopping $3.87. Kind of a no-brainer.


Can one still play the GOG versions on real legacy hardware? I loved the series...

Depends. If it's the DOSBox version, than almost certainly it can be played on legacy hardware. If it's the ScummVM version, then it depends on whether they package it with the executables.
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Re: Ancient DOS Games Webshow

Postby xjas » 2018-9-08 @ 21:40

The GOG ones I got seem to be distributed as ScummVM wrappers. There are no original executables in the packages. Caveat: I downloaded the Mac versions.

Edit: annoyingly while Book 2 & 3 are .dmg images containing a .app bundle you can put anywhere, Book 1 is a .pkg installer that doesn't work (creates a phantom "installation" nowhere to be found.) And the Windows version is an .exe because of course it is. -9/10, GOG. Welp, off to abandonware sites now.

Edit 2: I was able to extract Legend of Kyrandia 1 out of the GOG .pkg myself with a bunch of messing around unzipping & renaming things. I'll be setting up my own ScummVM to run these though since they come with a really old version (1.6.0) configured for FM music instead of MT-32.
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Re: Ancient DOS Games Webshow

Postby Gemini000 » 2018-9-15 @ 12:43

Ancient DOS Games Episode 247 - Wheel of Fortune is online!

Yes, I'm aware this game showed up on LGR just a couple months ago, but that's just a coincidence as I've had most of the final 10 episodes for Season 5 of ADG planned out for awhile now! ;)

Besides which, Clint and I always find different ways to discuss these games. I actually spent a good chunk of this video diving into some of the deeper functionality of the game, describing how the AI is doing its thing and also investigating if the spins on the wheel are truly random, or if some other factor is at play!

Plus hey, it's one of only a handful of games I've had since childhood which I haven't yet covered! :o
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Re: Ancient DOS Games Webshow

Postby Gemini000 » 2018-9-22 @ 06:24

Ancient DOS Games Episode 248 - Zephyr is online!

Irony: This game is SO forgotten that it's not even selectable as a game category when uploading to YouTube! Even PixelShips, a game I made myself 18 years ago without any sound or music, has a YouTube category! ;D

But yeah, I bought this one because I found it for cheap and it sounded neat, plus I had never heard of it. Turns out there were some fairly valid reasons why I'd never heard of it, but the most surprising part was the developer for sure as this game was VERY MUCH not the kind of game they were known to make! :o
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Re: Ancient DOS Games Webshow

Postby leileilol » 2018-9-22 @ 12:34

Yeah that's around the time New World Computing were branching out a bit. They've made a riker poker FMV game too
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Re: Ancient DOS Games Webshow

Postby Gemini000 » 2018-9-22 @ 17:30

leileilol wrote:Yeah that's around the time New World Computing were branching out a bit. They've made a riker poker FMV game too

*looks that one up* ...so they did... :o

...aww, it's not a DOS game! XD
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Re: Ancient DOS Games Webshow

Postby Gemini000 » 2018-10-06 @ 12:34

Ancient DOS Games Episode 249 - Alone in the Dark is finally online! Got delayed by my sleep being out of whack combined with thunderstorms interrupting my render! D:

All that said though, I'm pretty tired and really need to get to bed so... I'll just let the video speak for itself this time around! :B
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Re: Ancient DOS Games Webshow

Postby Gemini000 » 2018-10-19 @ 23:02

This is copy-paste from my Patreon to let everyone know the final ADG episode of the year, Episode 250, is going to be delayed until Tuesday.

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So... my voicework is unusable. >_<

About halfway through audio editing I started hearing strange noises in the voice track. Not pops or cracks but rather almost wind-like whistling sounds. I figured out what the cause was and the solution quite frankly is don't ever again eat pizza pockets an hour before recording. :P

But due to a number of circumstances including sleep timing, not living alone, and living in a large apartment complex with children running around outside and screaming a bunch during the weekends, I'm not going to have a chance to re-record until MONDAY, and even then I can't video edit without a finalized audio track, so the absolute earliest I'll be able to get the episode up is Tuesday. :(

I'm really not happy about this. I pride myself towards being on time with my videos as often as I am... well... on DATE anyways. So yeah, this feels just as bad for me as for anyone else really looking forwards to this.

At least all the other aspects came together properly, so it'll just be a little bit more of a wait for what should be a very interesting episode with extra content to explore following! :)
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Re: Ancient DOS Games Webshow

Postby Gemini000 » 2018-10-20 @ 23:56

More copypasta from my Patreon to give an update on ADG Episode 250's progress:

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Normally, people don't wish for inclement weather. But, the main thing which keeps me from doing voicework on weekends is the large number of children outside who run around screaming up a storm. So what keeps the kids inside? An ACTUAL storm! :D

Now, lightning doesn't help and when I first tried to record earlier today, lightning started up not long following, but once the lightning passed and I started over again, I was able to get the voicework re-recorded while it rained! Still had numerous interruptions though since it was in the afternoon, not the evening, but I have already fully edited the audio and there's zero anomalies this time! :)

So, thanks to the rain, ADG 250 won't be delayed until Tuesday anymore. I still have to do the video editing, but my plan is to do that as soon as I get up tomorrow morning, and then my plan is to release the video as soon as the usual Sunday livestream is over around 5 PM EDT, so look for it to go live around then!
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Re: Ancient DOS Games Webshow

Postby Gemini000 » 2018-10-21 @ 21:26

Ancient DOS Games Episode 250 - Game-Maker is finally online! :D

This was quite the video to put together despite the lack of humour and sticking strictly to the program itself. Despite its limitations, Game-Maker is quite the piece of software and I felt the best way to accurately represent it was to make a game with it... so I did! :O

When you're done watching the video, check the video description for a link to the page on my website with a download of the game I made with it! It's... ultimately nothing special, but was definitely tricky to make given how Game-Maker works and I was constantly having to cut or change things as I ran into Game-Maker's limitations. :P
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Re: Ancient DOS Games Webshow

Postby Gemini000 » 2018-10-27 @ 04:29

Ancient DOS Games Filler #74 - Plans for ADG Season 6 and End of 2018 is online!

I guess this isn't going to be too surprising. My other video producing colleagues have been trying out new kinds of videos, so it's about time I did the same, but while sticking with DOS gaming since hey, that's my specialty! :B

Just to reiterate an important point made in the video though, these upcoming changes are only permanent if everyone enjoys them. If the number of views the new videos get are poor compared to the standard reviews I can swap 'em out for more standard reviews. Time will tell! ;)
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