Mad Wolf's Journal Post New Entry

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!

MadWolf on Patreon!

Posted by madwolf555 on September 4, 2016 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

As you guys may or may not know (mentioned this on Facebook, DeviantArt, Tumblr, and YouTube) I have a Patreon account. It started as a "If you support me and my work (reviews, mods, art, anyway) than feel free to contribute... I have one backer and she's an awesome artist that goes by MadeleineInk.

However, lately I've noticed less and less views on my YouTube page. I had some ideas and heard some feedback, and now I've some new ideas for pledges and such...

So here's what people are getting for $2USD a month...
1: Access to full episodes of Arktik Vixen and Mad Wolf Time To Play videos. (Edited/cutdown versions will be free to watch on YouTube).
2: Gonna work more on my artwork videos showing my drawing and digital painting processes.

For $12USD you can hire me to draw an image of your choice! Feel free to message me on Patreon about what I draw and don't draw...

For $36USD you get a drawing but in digitial painting form as well. Once again, message me about what'd you like and what I won't do...

And that's pretty much it! Check out the Patreon page if you feel like helping this Mad Wolf out...

Dreamcasts and New Handgun

Posted by madwolf555 on November 2, 2015 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Topic #1: Sega Dreamcasts

Did you own one of these back in the day? I swear, I did not know ANYBODY who owned one of these babies when they were out and who could blame us? A lot of people had PlayStations or N64s and the games being released didn't seem much better than was being offered for the competition systems. We didn't really see anything phenomenal (Short of Sonic Adventure 1 & 2) coming for this system. Personally, I remember Seaman and Space Channel 5 getting advertised alot and ha ha... No, they looked terrible just like the overly simply spiral logo.

But recently I was doing a little digging and discovered a whole sleaugh of games that the DC offered that seemed to get overlooked such as Quake III Arena, Unreal Tournament, Carrier, Marvel vs Capcom 2, Dead or Alive 2, more, and if these were advertised more than Seaman (God, I can't take that the least bit seriously. How did they think a smart mouth gigapet that mates disgustingly and thows poo at you would be appealing?!) maybe the Dreamcast would've survived longer than it's 3 year lifespan.

But even as I speak, it turns out small time developers are making great arcade games such as Sturmwind and Neo XYX and releasing them for retail prices for the dead console... Now, I know $60 is a LOT for a system that died back 2001 but these are not multinational companies but just a small groups of people making something action packed, challenging, yet fun. I recommend you guys YouTube "Lord Karnage Neo XYX" or "Sturmwind" to see what I'm talking about. I'm impressed and wished the companies made stuff like this back during the days of Sega vs. Nintendo.

Topic #2: Our new handgun

The Beretta 92FS,civilian version of the M9 from what I understand. My fiance, Nicole (AKA ArktikVixen) had me pick it up today (We bought it a while back but had to wait for the background check and paperwork, that jazz) and although I haven't fired this particular one yet (Raining lately and already sick to do much outside), we'll try to get some vid shooting this one before year's end. I will try and get some sprites made for game modders out there though, maybe this weekend? ;)

I have fired the M9 before when I was in Navy boot camp. It was a very similar handgun, light, and easy to shoot. Yeah so... Not sure if gun shooting is your thing, just throwing in my 2 cents... Take my ranting for what it's worth: Just 2 cents. :D lol

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

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...

*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

Wii would like to plaaaaaaaaay...

Posted by madwolf555 on March 25, 2012 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Hey guys... Not a whole lot new, got my Wii a little less than a month ago and I forgot how addictive that system is! Been playing it a lot, hacked it a few days ago, got some awesome games on there from classic times like GoldenEye 007 (Using a Nintendo 64 emulator) and awesome Dos classics like Return To Zork and The Secret Of Monkey Island (Using DosBox).Spent my last bit of extra cash for the Dos games though, got myself a wireless keyboard and mouse.

Overall... Yeah, I've been slacking playing video games a lot... Well, that and chores like stacking firewood. But I STILL am wanting to fix the Games section and add more tutorials here on this website, just please be patient and bear with me, I'll get it done.

On a side note, playing Wolfenstein 3D on the Wii (With those awesome 1992 pixelated graphics exploding on my big screen TV) has been making me think of maybe working on a NEW Wolf3D going back to the roots: Non-SDL engine, 64x64 resolution graphics, that kind of stuff. It's something to think about, at least.