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    Sean Daily is an English major from New Jersey now living in Las Vegas, the Other City of Lights. "I consider 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' to be comfort reading, I like the al pastor tacos at Tacos Mexico and I count among my literary influences the Chainsaw from 'Doom'. 'RRRRRR! You don't like that, do you, Mr. Undead Marine! RRRRRR!'"

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Posts Tagged ‘Basilisk II’

Old Games

Posted by shanoah on April 25, 2009

Well, I didn’t really play with an Intellavision that much, Sean. (Though I’m fairly sure it didn’t have Grand Theft Auto…)

I did play a bunch of old mac games, though. As far as RPGs go, I used to like Taskmaker & Tomb of the Taskmaker, and I still play them in emulation occassionally with Basilisk II. Or, did you ever play Dark Castle? I died a lot, but the sound effects were great:

I wasted a lot of hours with Scarab of Ra, too, finding treasure, and being harrassed by monkeys, and chased by panthers, and mummies:

And that’s not even to mention Fool’s Errand. I don’t even know how many hours I wasted on this classic game. A Tarot based storyline with lots of fiendish puzzles. Cliff Johnson wrote 3 in Three[1], and At the Carnival, too. He even has them on his site for free download:

[1] You are wrong! This cannot be! There is no 3 in Three! And therein lies a tale.

I loved this game. Only other puzzle game I played that approached one of Cliff Johnson’s games was Systems Twilight. But then, I’ve always loved Andrew Plotkins games, too.

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Old School Gaming

Posted by shanoah on April 10, 2008

Sure it’s old-school, Sean, but these days it becomes retro-gaming, and ramps up the cool factor again. I play far more old games then modern ones.

For example, the SNES had plenty of RPGs, and is emulated just as easily as the NES.[1] And it had one of the coolest computer RPGs of all time, Chrono Trigger. A game that was the result of a collaboration between Squaresoft & Enix well before the two companies merged, and one that was popular enough that they ported it over to the PS1, and added cool anime cutscenes. Here’s the opening:

Chrono Trigger Opening

(Yes, the animation style is very Dragonball Z style). This is a bunch of them edited together to give a fair impression of the game:

Chrono Trigger – Timeshift (by EarthB0rnH0b0)

and did I mention how great the soundtrack was?

Schala’s Theme – Chrono Trigger

I’ve also been known to play old 68k Mac games with BasiliskII, like Taskmaker,[2] old (and new) interactive fiction (text adventures), and of course, I play classic LucasArts games with ScummVm. One that comes to mind when thinking of videogame music is this scene from Monkey Island 3:

A Pirate I Was Meant To Be

One of the few music scenes where you are supposed to choose the next line. And, as you can see, he did exactly what I always did, and saved the line that would stop the song for last. 🙂

[1] Typically with either ZSNES or SNES9x.

[2] Which needs a registration key to complete that the company gave away when they went out of business.

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