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Console ports vs. PC crashes vs. Cash in pocket

Posted by madwolf555 on September 24, 2016 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Seeing console ports of games isn't anything new, I remember back in the 90s when Doom was advertised in Sega Visions and Nintendo Power magazines and just like the arguments of Sega vs. Nintendo and PlayStation vs. Xbox, we get the PC vs. console guys that 9/10 times say the PC version is better.


Yeah... Normally I do PC stuff just for mod content however lately I've been having really big trouble getting things working on my PC. For starters, games I bought off Steam: They used to work a few months back, now crash. Most of the time I don't get nothing like Clive Barker's Jericho, but every now and again with games like Realms of Ancient War and I get the error code 0xc000007b (which no one bothers helping with on the Steam forums and on the Internet you just get usually tech support BS, "reinstall game. install this, that, this, this, that, and this." Followed by no reply when that crap doesn't work. Lately I've been trying to get some old games running on my PC (Omikron, Throne of Darkness, and Slave Zero) and can you guess what? They don't even start up! So it looks like I'll either have to rebuy games through a digital service like Steam (although hopefully one that fixes bugs and makes sure games WORK... like GoG) or buying the so called watered down console ports. Furthermore, my Windows 10 laptop doesn't seem to be able to play ANYTHING that utilizes Quake III's engine! No Alice, Return To Castle Wolfenstein, Jedi Outcast, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault. Nope, they all crash at the startup!

Now, not all ports are all THAT bad. Doom on SNES is okay, love the PlayStation version's music, Oni on PS2 has better controls (plus you don't have to download stuff just to get it to work), PlayStation Diablo and PS2 Quake 3 aren't too bad, N64 Command & Conquer, Quake II, and StarCraft are more than decent, Skyrim misses all the fan made content but it's STILL epically Skyrim... But what upsets me is when games don't even bother working on PC. All the purists will tell you "download this" or "you're not doing it right" but why can't we just go back to insert the damn disk, start it up, "hey it works!" I realize software piracy is a big thing but when you buy a game and you have to fidget with it or have to buy an older machine just to get it working? It makes the personal computer not a personal computer and more like a slave to corporate bill counting overlords. Especially when certain games like Vampire: The Masquerade and Throne of Darkness DON'T HAVE console ports, so it's like you HAVE to have an older Windows PC that crashes a lot to play several games.


I was really really looking forward to trying Slave Zero and Omikron for the first time on my last day off work before having to jump back into it but it looks like I now have to buy the Dreamcast versions which I've been told from various sources they are inferior to the PC versions... THEY ACTUALLY STARTUP DON'T THEY?!  But oh wait, now I don't have money thanks to bills and lack of supporters on Patreon. So I'm gonna have to wait a couple weeks before I can afford anything. As for PC gaming... Crashing sucks, and don't even get me started on the so-called graphic options in Crysis 2. I just wanna play a good game, but now I wanna...

No MORE wasting time and downloading countless megs of patches and DLLs just to play a game!

Games that need to make a comeback

Posted by madwolf555 on January 24, 2014 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)

These past 10-15 games, companies have been remaking/continuing classic games for modern systems such as Rise of The Triad, Shadow Warrior, Splatterhouse. Well here is my list of some games begging for for a comebcak from the almost forgotten past...

BATTLETOADS

Back in the 80s and early 90s, it was pretty cool to have games/cartoons/comics with anthropomorphic creatures like Ninja Turtles and Blue Hedgehogs, toads were no exception!The gameplay of Battletoads was much like most arace games, levels were linear roads shown from a side scrolling perspective, some levels had you descending tunnels, throwing boulders at giant robots from the ROBOT'S perspective. The character's limbs would  become supersized when they ended their combos with super powerful punches and kicks. Rare WAS bought out by Microsoft and they already are redoing Killer Instinct so I think Battletoads NEEDS a comeback as well. And the lead enemy was this somewhat dominatrix looking chick called the Dark Queen... That was rare to see as an enemy back in the day...

Schyeah... SHE'S the final bad guy and she's hard as Hell to beat. :o


ROAD RASH

Road Rash is a motorcycle racing/fighting game in which the player rides motorcycles through busy streets, illegally arcing against other bikers and being chased by the law. If you don't wanna race clean then fight dirty throwing punches and kicks towards your competition, just be warned they WILL fight back with clubs and chains and other weapons! The last game in the series was Road Rash: Jailbreak for the Sony Playstation which, although fun, didn't compare to the simple awesomeness of the original games on Sega Genesis. With how many Need For Speed games they made, it really wouldn't kill Electronic Arts to bring Road Rash back from the past...


STREETS OF RAGE

This game was Sega's idea to do something like Double Dragon (Which I hear was redone and released on PSN and Xbox Live, but from what I've seen doesn't look as awesome and looks more like a joke now). It was a pretty fun beat em up game and it looks like Sega wanted a Streets of Rage 4 and 5... But they hired Core to make the games and Core wanted to release the games for Playstation and Nintendo 64 as well as Sega Saturn, so Sega said "You're not making OUR games for our COMPETITION'S systems." (Which I believe was a fair thing to say). So Core decided to keep making the games but call them Fighting Force... Which ultimately wasn't as fun as the classics on Genesis. I believe though this game could be fun if brought back from the dead with gameplay like Dante's Inferno or God of War (Linear level design, but with 3d graphics and ability to move characters wherever in the area).


BLAKE STONE: ALIENS OF GOLD

This game was made not long after Wolfenstein 3D and uses a heavily modified Wolf3d source code for a base. The game is about a futuristic James Bond like agent named Blake Stone who is going after a maniacal doctor using aliens, mutations, and killer robots as his army and plans to take over the universe. Only 2 games were made in the Blake Stone series and a reboot is BEGGING to be done.


ZERO TOLERANCE

One of the very few FPS games for the Sega Genesis. Zero Tolerance is about a space station getting attacked by alien forces wanting to take over the Earth. The Zero Tolerance squad is sent in for one objective: Kill them all. You get your choice of playable characters each with their own specialties, one gets more health from medkits, another makes their radar battery last longer, another is more accurate with firearms, etc. Totally an underrated game which deserves to be brought back and seen for it's glory.


There you have it: 5 games which I feel should be not just remade for new systems with HD graphics, but developers should step in and think of the games' great points and how they can add to it as they did with the Tomb Raider reboot. :)

StarCraft on Windows 7!!!

Posted by madwolf555 on November 21, 2013 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (1)


StarCraft... The classic strategy game loved by many. Windows 7... The OS that fixes a lot of the incompatible crap from Windows Vista and really made the PC personal again. Unfortunately some classic Win95/98 games still won't work right on it and StarCraft is one that the developers say "Unsupported on newer Windows, it will NOT work right." The game itself works but the color scheme just looks like garbage... But I had discovered 2 ways to fix this issue and call Blizzard on their BS...

METHOD #1
This method I discovered on www.sevenforums.com and is a bit easier to do, but you have to remember to do this EVERYTIME you start the game which can get annoying just to bypass a mess up with the color scheme... But it does work and IS very simple...

1: Right-click on your desktop and open Screen Resolution. LEAVE THIS OPEN...

2: Run StarCraft...

METHOD #2

This one is a little more complicated and is something I found out for Age of Empires II (As it has the SAME color  issue) at answers.microsoft.com. Don't worry, I will explain things STEP-BY STEP.

1: Patch Starcraft to version 1.16.1, you can find download links with Google :) (Not sure if this patch is NEEDED, but will allow you to play without the CD )...

2: Open Notepad (Can be found in START Menu -> All Programs -> Accessories) and type or copy and paste the following...

taskkill /F /IM Explorer.exe

StarCraft.exe

Start explorer.exe

3: Save as SC.BAT in the folder/directory you installed StarCraft. (Default installation is something like C:\Program Files\StarCraft\ )...

4: Right-click on the .BAT file you had just created and Copy. Right-click on your desktop and Paste Shortcut...

5: Run the shortcut, StarCraft will start...

I have NOT tested this with multiple computers or on Windows 8 but this works perfectly on my systemand feel this game fix should at least be looked into a little more often...

Good ideas for Wolf3d mods...

Posted by madwolf555 on July 10, 2013 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi everybody!!! :)

These are just some ideas I though would be cool for Wolf3d mods. Maybe you'll spot where most of my inspiration comes from. ;)


Ahh Aliens, video games based on this movie have often been made but rarely captures the intensity of the movie (Aliens Vs. Predator for the PC/PS3/Xbox 360 being one of the exceptions. With minor coding work and some artistic skill on the wall textures, the atmosphere of the movie could be captured well in Wolf3d's corridor/room based levels. Hell, you could even program in rescuable prisoners, some of which rigged to have their chests burst and spawn new enemies!


Eraser, an action film from the mid 90s about a woman working for a weapons company who discoverers a huge conspiracy of treason and arms trafficking. Schwarzenegger being the no-bullshit Witness Security agent he is, shoots up armies of bad guys, a plane, a crocodile, some more bad guys, to keep the girl safe. Okay... That's your typical classic action video game storyline... How the Hell is it NOBODY made this into a game?!?! Someone should... All I'm saying. :P


Splatterhouse, we barely know thee... No seriously, since the first game shown up in the late 80s for arcade, only 4 official games were really made. First being for TurboGrafx (Which I never heard of growing up in the 90s), the the 2 sequels for the Sega Genesis (Which I don't recall ever seeing in magazines, sure it was in some just not ones I read), and finally a reboot of the game in 2010 for the PS3 and Xbox 360 (Which pisses me off it's not for PC!!!) . After playing the first 3 games with emulators and roms, the gameplay is go here, kill this, save your girlfriend while looking like Jason in a true B movie-like storyline... The story may suck, but that's where mod developers come in!!! Really, make the story however you want but with Wolf3D's engine, some code features like blood splatters, weapon bobbing, fatalities, I KNOW there's modders out there that've done real good creepy Wolf3d mods (Majik Monkee, I'm talking about you), this would be a pretty kickass mod. :D

Die Hard!... Yeah, this is actually a game I wanted to do before and even announced... Then the hard drive with all my files died. Still a good idea: 40 floors of action, maybe could have levels where you outrun some explosives or something. Story could be search floor to floor looking for that funny douchebag from Robin Hood, Harry Potter, and Galaxy Quest that kidnapped your wife and holding her and her co-workers hostage in a building he rigged to blow up... Why? Because he really wants the money from the vault. :P

Anyways, those are the ideas on the top of my head. Really I could go off all night talking about "Oh! This would be good! And this! Oh Hell yeah, that'd also be good!" But then I wouldn't have any time to do anything else... So I'm heading out, until next time.

Mad Wolf is back!!!

Posted by madwolf555 on June 6, 2013 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Yeah... I know I'm terrible with this whole disappearing and reappearing act I do... But I got some AWESOME news...

After the release of Tara Carmichael I had begun work on my latest project...

Which of course is nowhere close to any significant progress made. Why, you ask? Frankly it's because working on Tara Carmichael stressed me out, as much as I like how it turned out I still heard nitpicks on crap I thought was minor and petty. Even the most annoying bug in the game, no one bothered to mention to me... So I was a little angry about that.

Plus, been taking care of this dog my sister brought home which the dog IS sweet but also gets wild, her barks are very yappy and wakes people up, haven't been able to leave the house much as she barks and howls which wakes up my sister's baby. So yeah, I like the dog but she gets on my nerves at times, like when she pees and craps in the house when my mom leaves the back door always open. Although my sister brought Daisy home, guess who she imprinted on... Yep, me.

Oh and to make things even better, my PS3 died on me again a like 2 weeks ago. Instead of paying $150 to send it to Sony who'd replace mine with another refurbished piece of crap (I know as that's what they did the last 5 times, 3 times within the 90 day warranty) I decided to sell my PS3 games, replace some with the PC versions, get a Blu-Ray player, and the rest of my income would go to my credit card.

So yeah, as of late I've been playing a lot of Skyrim and Mass Effect on my PC, trying to chill out and not be so stressed or pissed off. Speaking of Skyrim, here is a screenshot I took of my character using some mods...

Isn't she the prettiest Dark Elf Viking character you ever saw? :)

Imagine this small picture at 1600x900 resolution with a crystal sharp picture... Yeah, my computer plays Skyrim THAT well (Minus some crap I don't like such as motion blur and video filtering :P lol ). And yes, I did make 2 Skyrim plugins of my own, been meaning to upload them to the net but haven't got around to it... Yet.

Also, whenever I do finally chill out, I'm gonna add some reviews for all 3 Mass Effect games. So stay freakin' tuned! :D lol

More news of Tara Carmichael!!!

Posted by madwolf555 on October 26, 2012 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)


Wow... Been a while since my last update... So here we go!

Tara Carmichael is looking amazing! Thanks to ThunderEnema for coding a 2nd ammo, I added a Shotgun and the M4s use their own ammo from here on (I was able to take a peak at the code, see the changes he made to the M4s, and used that to add the new Shotgun).

Furthermore, I was able to remember how to get 64 (Presently I got 9 unused slots) wall textures in the game... Though I might need more in which case I'll have to hit up ThunderEnema for more help.

Coding wise I was able to make the strippers say "Woohoo!" and do a little animation. They are also now killable which takes away points from the player.

As far as levels, I'm working on levels 12 (Hospital), 13 (Hospital/Bars/Street), 18 (Subway), and 19 (Subway).

And you may wonder what new changes I might add to the game... Wellllllllll...

*Exploding barrels which can contain weapons, ammo, or nothing. :D
*Still need to create uzi chick sprites for an enemy type.
*Gonna create another stripper... Or two. :P
*Vending machines and hot dog stands will require 500 points to get some food and drink.
*And of course I still have to design a good 15-17 levels... Yay. :(

That's it for now. I'll be back when I have more to say.

Latest projects...

Posted by madwolf555 on September 6, 2012 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

So I just finished uploading The Pit, Viking Mead Hall, and Mad Wolf's Lever Action Shotgun, but what's next you may ask... Well...

*My new computer is AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWE SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOME!!! It can't play the latest games at top quailty but it does play Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Gears Of War, and Crysis 2 at high (but not highEST) quality. I intend to get Skyrim and Batman: Arkham City GOTY once the prices go down on them and after I make some more payments on the PC.

*Progress on  Tara Carmichael's been okay... Nothing really that great but okay. Will have to upload some new screenshots sometime. :P

*I intend to make a somewhat comical video for a Batman Wolf3D mod made by Team Raycast.

*Had recently finished making a trailer for J. Nicholas Lewis's (AKA ThunderEnema) Beyond The Grave, that was straining as files would get deleted, resolution would to too low, that sort of thing. You can see the trailer at...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KxlPVw2QOs

*Gotta take some new photos... Got a new haircut a few days ago and I think it's a pretty awesome cut. :)

*On the 20th I will be going to Hawai'i for a MUCH needed 5 days of rest and relaxation... However I AM going with my mother so arguments and fights can QUITE POSSIBLY happen. Shooting going to a nightclub, seeing a new state, all that stuff will prevent me from being my usual douchebag self though. :D lol

And then I gotta get back into writing my book and finding a steady job. Busy busy busy lil' Mad Wolf.


New Computer coming!

Posted by madwolf555 on July 21, 2012 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)


Got a new PC coming, ordered a desktop through Dell. Here's some specs...

*20" monitor
*1TB Hard Drive space
*4GB of RAM
*Intel Pentium processor G630(2.70GHz, 3MB)
*USB Wireless adapter (I don't want a 50' Ethernet cable that leads into my bedroom)

Here's hoping in due time, I can mod Skyrim... Ahhhhhhh, the awesomeness of Skyrim. :D lol

Tara Carmichael UPDATE

Posted by madwolf555 on June 21, 2012 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

So I'm probably gonna be releasing a new demo before too long that plays from level 1 to level 11 and feature the 1st secret level, but before I do so I'm thinking of implementing some new features like...

 

*Exploding cars (Gonna make them flip like in Syphon Filter)

*Killable strippers (Collateral damage takes away points)

*Stroyline that gets displayed between levels

 

I'm also adding female biker enemies but because I'm lazy with not wanting to make 40+ new sprite graphics, I'm just gonna use the chick I made back when I released the DOS demo years ago.

 

I am also considering making a new YouTube trailer but uncertain wether or not I want to make it vast public knowledge I'm still making games... Let's face it, my little website doesn't get THAT many visitors lol.

Tutorials section... Coming soon

Posted by madwolf555 on February 4, 2012 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)


Mad Wolf here. Just dropping in to say I haven't forgotten to make a tutorials section for how to make your own games. Before I get to doing that though, I'm gonna finish updating the Games section so all the work I've ever released is available to you guys here for download in one spot.

The tutorials will get into the basics of making Wolfenstein 3D mods and using RPG Maker 2000 and RPG Maker XP... I'll probably add a tutorial to make your own text adventure games with QuickBasic as well. And not to fear, the utilities I'll mention to make these games I'll be sure to provide links to for easy access.

So nope, I haven't forgotten all that stuff. :D lol