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Comment Re:Meh... (Score 1) 210

Many moons ago I was playing an old game called Midwinter. One of the ways to win the game was to blow up the building where the commander of the invading army was staying.

The game involved warning NPC's about the invasion and also recruiting them to help. But some of them didn't get along and could only be recruited by specific characters. You could play from the viewpoint of any recruit, and you had to worry about supplies, routes of attack, and other various strategic bits. I imagine playing the game as intended would take a long time to win.

I fired up the game, simply ignored the invaders completely, skied all the way to said building and blew it up with the initial character. Total time, 15 minutes.

I wished I hadn't done that. It ruined the game for me since I then didn't want to play it The Proper Way, with all the recruiting and grand strategy.

Comment Re:Why remake just FPS titles? (Score 1) 518

I'm reprogramming Below the Root from the ground up to run on modern computers. It's an as-is clone: same graphics, same sound, using the Commodore 64 version as my baseline. I've extracted all the sound and music, most of the graphic blocks, and I've re-created the sprite sheets. It's taken me longer than I'd have liked, but I'll get there (my sig strikes home).

The author of the books gave me license to clone the game. Years ago someone bought the rights to make a movie and possible new game, so the author couldn't give me permission to redo the game with new graphics and sound. Alas, whoever bought the rights has apparently done nothing, or at least not that the author knows of.

Comment Re:Poor metropolitan area (Score 1) 168

I grew up in Prince George's county Maryland and now live in Kent county Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay. The entire county has less that 20,000 people (the smallest population in the state) and it's almost all farmland and waterways. Yet Kent County had its roads cleared very quickly after the big snow this year and our power went out for maybe 2 hours. Kent county has the most efficient emergency crews I've ever seen and I'm willing to bet they only have a fraction of Montgomery County's budget.

Comment Re:Writing For Video Games (Score 1) 85

Quirkz, I think a thoughtful, moving story could be created off of the roadmap you've provided. A skilled writer could make the "worry about the peace" absolutely gripping.

And perhaps the "ugly damsel" is the most beautiful woman in the world to the main character...Niafer from "Figures of Earth" by James Branch Cabell springs to mind.

Comment Wishful (Score 1) 324

There are many folks on here saying a variation of "Don't Do It".

- If you really want to be a game developer, you'll ignore their advice.

- If you listen to their advice, then you didn't really want to be a game developer.

Walking away from a creative passion because someone tells you that you should is a fairly good sign that it wasn't really a passion.

Comment Book List (Score 1) 517

"Lions' Commentary on Unix" by John Lions and Peter H. Salus

"Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid" by Douglas R. Hofstadter

"Linux Administration Handbook" by Evi Nemeth, Garth Snyder, and Trent R. Hein

Any of the Feynman physics lecture series ... or "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman" and other such titles

Any of Raymond Smullyan's puzzle books

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