Saturday, March 23, 2013

Duke 3D: Megaton Edition

Duke Nukem 3D is my favorite video game of all time. As such, I own a couple dozen copies. So why, pray tell, is a Steam release any particular interest to me? Well, Steam achievements- but I already got them all on the Xbox version. It's updated for the modern operating systems... but I've already got the GOG release and eDuke32. What in all actuality sets this release apart from other recent releases? ...Alright, I'm not very good at beating around the bush like this so I'll just tell you:
Expansion packs.

Megaton Edition includes not only the Plutonium Pak (which is updates the game to the Atomic Edition, and is pretty much standard in every release of the game nowadays), but the 3 second party expansions Duke it out in D.C., Duke Caribbean: Life's a Beach, and Duke: Nuclear Winter. I've been looking to get my hands on them for-fucking-ever, but aside from dishing out the big bucks on eBay, getting my hands on an official version of just one of them proved to be a right pain in the arse. The revelation of this promptly filled my trousers with a slick brown substance, and the $8.99 which it is presently on sale for could not have exited my wallet fast enough.

And then I played it. Disappointment is the only word In my mind.

The trailer's heavily flaunted HD facelift seems little more than a sprite filter, the redone music is adequate at best, butchering at worst, and most egregious of all; MOUSE ACCELERATION YOU CAN'T DISABLE. I simply can't find a sweet spot on the slider bar that makes the controls bearable. Also worth noting is that going into the key bindings menu causes a framerate decrease which borders on game-crashing. It simply boggles my mind that a professional studio could botch a conversion that (free to download) fan-made mods have done for years.

Bottom line; Megaton Edition isn't unplayable, but it's a disappointingly bad port of a fantastic game. In all honesty, all my issues could probably be patched (I would hope) but as of now I recommend this & this over it tenfold. I wish I could have gotten the expansions elsewhere.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Heru Naugrim: an art blog

I always feel a little guilty visiting this website. I neglect it almost pathologically. Originally, it was going to be where I'd post the occasional article on whatever was on my mind and to date I've done that all of twice.. in over a year. And now, here i am, to update it with a link to another new blog.

An art blog, to be precise. This one.

So, if you're ever looking for some things I've drawn; that's the place to be.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Unplugging the Power

In the summer of '88 Nintendo of America published the first issue. In the winter of '07, issue #222 was the first published by Future US. Today, on December 10th, 2012, I hold in my hands the very last issue of Nintendo Power.

Perhaps it's just my love of Mario, but there's something genuinely depressing about this concept. My subscription dropped a couple years back, but Nintendo Power, like the big N itself, has always seemed almost eternal to me.. unwavering in the face of whatever circumstance the market finds itself in. Obviously it's all just a big show; Nintendo's just as much a money-grubbing corporation as Microsoft or Sony (alright, well maybe not that bad) and Nintendo Power, despite any other appearance, was always one giant advertisement. But they're so endearing in their presentation. You can flip to any given page in any given issue of Nintendo Power and just feel the passion.

I'm not sure what kind of point I'm trying to get at here, but I think what I'm feeling is understandable to just about everyone with pleasant memories of the NES, SNES, N64, GB, GBC, GCN- whatever. It's just sad to see a piece, regardless of how significant, of that joyous nostalgia fade away.. I've never been good at good-byes, so I hope that if anyone reads this they can grasp how difficult is has been to articulate all this...

Good-Bye, Nintendo Power.
Thank you for 24 way cool years.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Feel the fury of the mountain!

Ladies and Gentlemen; Falvar Duergrim of Buron-Atori!

Painted by my friend Nick. The quality of the photo really does no justice to his amazing talent. It looks absolutely fantastic.
So yeah. That's a thing.