|So Castlevania: Harmony of Despair is crap||August 4, 2010, 3:11 pm|
|And this being the third Castlevania-related disappointment in a row (Judgment was awful, Rebirth wasn't bad but felt like a massive step backwards), I hereby renounce my Super-Fanboy title.|
|Some Salvation Army games I scored||February 6, 2010, 3:48 pm|
From the local Salvation Army store (sometimes it pays to be persistent):
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom, DOS 6-CD edition. In its original box, with a slightly ripped slipcover, all six CD's in great condition, small manual, large manual, instruction cards, limited-edition lithograph ordering form, official strategy guide, and one trading card. Ebay's got these for $30-$60, I paid $20.
Bioforge, DOS CD-ROM. Included the manual, CD in original case with instruction booklet inside, quickstart cards. I paid $5 for it.
RC Pro-Am, NES, cartridge only, $2.
God, I love shopping used-junk stores! Last time I scored something this awesome was at a Goodwill several months ago - somehow managed to get Outlaws, The Dig, The 7th Guest, and Total Annihilation for a grand total of less than $20. And before that, a Sega CD system for $7.
Considering I check stores like this every week or so, I'm usually in the loop in regards to what new stuff has come in...they don't usually get this sort of stuff in, and when they do they don't tend to realize how much it's worth to an oldgamer like myself!
|Attempting to rip Wolfenstein (2009) resources||August 27, 2009, 11:58 pm|
Alright, I've got a copy of the new Wolfenstein and was astonished to find that, unlike other id Tech-based games, the resources are not stored in a renamed ZIP/PK4 file. There are only two PK4 files in the /Wolfenstein/SP/Base folder, assets.pk4 and shaders.pk4, neither of which will open in 7-zip or IZArc (7-zip complains and quits, IZArc just freezes). Assets is 21 megs, Shaders is just shy of 1 meg.
I notice there's a bunch of folders beyond /base, including /videos (contains the .BIK video cutscenes - strangely, Raven didn't opt to do the cutscenes in-game but rather rendered them with the game engine to play back as pre-rendered videos), /maps (which contains several other folders beyond that, presumably one for each map in the game, and each of THOSE contains a .SPK file - which, I just checked, will also not open in 7-zip), and /streampacks (which contains MANY .SPK files, each corresponding to a single in-game object, apparently, and as with before, will still not open with 7-zip).
Now, as a gun nut and collector of sound effects (don't ask me why...), I feel an intense urge to rip all the sound effects from Wolfenstein. But that's rather hard, considering I can't get into the data files, and I don't know the first thing about decoding file formats (it took me months to do anything with the .paq file from Crimsonland, and it turned out that all it was was a bunch of files appended onto each other, a la WAD).
|The Writers' Guild||November 18, 2005, 12:24 am|
If anybody here is interested in joining a community of writers (general writing - fiction, non-fiction, freestyle roleplaying, poetry, even journalism), I encourage you to join The Writers' Guild.
Please ignore the fact that the Guild is located at Invisionfree, if you happen to have any grudges against them. We have an actual site in the pipeline, with (potentially) custom forum software and stuff (though we're experiencing some delays with it due to real-life issues with our site designer).
So please, if you're interested in writing and literature, take a look at what we have. I'm sure there's something that you'll be interested in.
|Your dog wants Castlevania||January 27, 2005, 10:09 pm|
When I saw the first screenshots and info of the upcoming Castlevania on DS, I nearly wet myself. But now, a week later, I hear the first of "Castlevania: Curse of Darkness" on the PS2 - which really made me pee myself. Another 3D CV game? On PS2? New familiar system?! This is all well and good - but I then discovered that the game is supposed to take place a year after Castlevania 3 (so Trevor, Sypha, and Grant might also make appearances - who knows! I wonder what a 3D Sypha would look like...).
Yes sir, it's gonna be a great time to be a Castlevania Super Fanboy(tm).
|Castlevania still rules - French surrender||August 19, 2004, 2:41 pm|
It's a great time to be a Castlevania super-fanboy. A new CV title has been announced for the very promising Nintendo DS, plus the original CV coming to Game Boy Advance. I don't own a GBA though (not legally), but I do plan to buy a DS. I don't really need the Classic NES Castlevania, because I already have an NES, and the Castlevania Chronicles version on PSX is much more fun in my opinion (really hard though).
On the same note, I still haven't made it past Stage 6 on Rondo of Blood (where you fight classic NES bosses and eventually Shaft), I'm stuck on Stage 4 on Chronicles, and 3 on the Arrange mode, I haven't beated HoD yet, I have to restart on LoI because I screwed up a puzzle, I am stuck in CotM because I'm not powerful enough, and I can't beat AoS on hard mode.
|Weasel's Weapons re-released||August 8, 2004, 8:40 pm|
|I got my old version of Weasel's Weapons back from Daniel, and decided to upload it to Newstuff for weapons enthusiasts all over the world to revel in its crappiness. Keep an eye out for it - and feel free to send me hate mail after you have seizures from the title screen (which doesn't even animate).|
|CHAPTER 2: Recollection||July 29, 2004, 8:50 pm|
Today, I finally gave in - I downloaded EVERY SINGLE WEAPONS MOD that Daniel released last Newstuff. I played all of them, using Map 8 of Doom 2 to test. And I couldn't help but notice that he used some of my old resources from "Weasel's Weapons", an EDGE mod that I haven't seen in two years and has been long since deleted from my webspace and lost from backups. I fired off an email to Daniel asking if he wouldn't mind sending it to me. I hope to see a reply soon.
On this note, this is one of the few times I've been credited in somebody else's text file (other moments include Tormentor's City of the Damned as a beta tester, and I think one of Xaser's mods...I can't remember about Xaser.)
|CHAPTER 1: Misplaced Identity||July 29, 2004, 7:44 pm|
Since my formal adoption of the name "WildWeasel", I got curious and Googled the name. My results were shocking - forum posts on GameFAQs, a Wing Commander Prophecy killboard, and a wildlife gallery containing - you guessed it - weasels. I dove straight to the last page of results and found a purchase and shipping page for Garden Weasels.
Rest assured - if you see a WildWeasel on any site that doesn't quite seem like me (ie. actually utters swear words or uses abbreviations/AOL-speak), then it's likely not me.
I've tried other nicknames - in fact, one nick, "The Watcher", has stuck with me when I need to remain hidden. I currently have an account under that name at Newdoom, with a fake email to go with (firstname.lastname@example.org). The sig phrase that commonly goes with The Watcher reads: "Beware the Watchers, for they [insert something here]." I've filled in the blank several different ways...
1. "...they are excellent snipers."
2. "...they wallhack."
3. "...they...well, they WATCH you! Isn't that creepy?!"
I've also registered on the "Tawhid Odyssey" forums as Izanagi, back when I was trying Final Fantasy XI. I currently serve as the chairman of the official "Zhao Chang Booster Club" (Zhao Chang, my father, was the original founder of the Tawhid Odyssey back when they played Asheron's Call). I don't play the game any more.
I'm pretty much sick and tired of online games now. Teamplay doesn't work with me, I don't make friends. For shooters, I will only play deathmatch on a LAN, because online players suck in my opinion. I was into Halo online play for a while (PC version), but I quit after realizing that I was the only all-around good player (everybody that played well was a jerk, and everybody that was a good team player got themselves shot all the time). I prefer a good singleplayer experience over online play with idiots that call themselves "HarrisonFordSucks" or "Deadly Toilet Duck".
=== RANT MODE OFF ===
Currently listening to: Rob Hubbard's "One Man And His Droid" SID file
Currently playing: Raven Shield, Halo LAN games
Most recent game purchased: Earthworm Jim 3D/Bust A Move 4 Dual-Jewel
|PROLOGUE: Enter The Weasel||July 28, 2004, 12:05 am|
(Otherwise known as "The Origins of TheWeaselMan")
wild*weasel (n.) 1. Military-grade radar jamming device, as seen on variants of the F-16 and F4 fighter jets. 2. Me.
"WildWeasel" began when I was dreaming up a name to go with my newfound clanner status. I had just joined with three friends in their "clan", which was called the Idiots with Guns [IWG]. Our arch-nemeses (yes, that's a plural!) were the "Elite Killing Squad", made up of four or five of the "in" gang at school. They overheard one of us speaking of the Clan and challenged us to Counter-Strike.
But back to me.
I was originally known as "Renegade" back when I only played LAN games of Half-Life DM. Before that, all I could think of was...well, CJ (my initials). Or whatever the name of the cute girl was in whatever RPG I was playing at the time (Aeris was not uncommon, despite my being male).
I approached my father on the subject over a hearty pizza dinner at the neighbors' house. He suggested I use "Wild Weasel".
"Wild Weasel?" I repeated, wondering if he meant it as a joke.
"The Wild Weasel," Dad explained, "is a military radar-jamming device." (I later confirmed this, as it appeared in "AirfightUT" on the F-4 Phantom.)
So I adopted my new moniker, and proudly fought my way to the epic struggle between IWG and EKS...except that it never happened.
The server turned out to be running on a 28.8K modem, by a member of EKS. They claimed it was a T3 connection (I never should have believed them!). So, nobody was declared a winner (although I think we were eventually declared winners by default, because EKS was totally dishonest and they were being right bastards about it).
So, WildWeasel stuck, but IWG didn't (we thought of becoming a real clan, but the website designer quit on us).
In case you're wondering about the R3000 bit, I decided to slap that on there. I registered here a year ago, simply as "wildweasel", but I forgot my password (there was threat of a hacker that had a list of passwords, so I changed mine to something I'll never remember.)