Monday, November 22, 2010

And In Non-Fallout Related News...

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/105396-280-Hour-Commodore-64-RPG-Coming-Out-This-Year

Wow. 280 hours, and for the C64.

I'm torn between awe at the length of a free game, and abject horror at how bad the graphics will be.

Didn't own a C64 myself, but I played more than a few of that era's RPGs on the stately 8088, and can safely say I have no desire whatsoever to return to graphics that give me eyestrain every twenty minutes.

14 comments:

  1. Wow.

    Just... wow.

    I still have warm memories of my C=64.

    Then again, I used to do programming on the PET.

    The Auld Grump

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  2. I was kidding the first time, but... what's a PET?

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  3. "The Commodore PET (Personal Electronic Transactor) was a home/personal computer produced by Commodore starting in 1977. It was a top seller in the Canadian and United States educational markets, and was Commodore's first full-featured computer, which would form the basis for their entire 8-bit product line, including the Commodore 64."

    What are you, some kind of kid?

    ...Oh, right, you are. My bad.

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  4. In a frame over my desk I have this big square thing I'm told is called a floppy disc. I've never actually seen the devices that it would fit into, but I decided to keep it for its potential historical value.

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  5. Depends on how big a square thing you have. I used quite a few 5.25" back before even the double-density drives were released... but if you go back far enough there are actually floppies that were like 10" across.

    I'd liken them to LP's in size... but then you'd probably ask what an LP is :p

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  6. LPs? Oh... you mean those big black CDs that you put under a needle and they go "schkreek! schkreek! schkreek!"

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  7. At least I didn't mention 8-tracks.

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  8. Sorry for my silliness this evening. Actually I've been a bit nostalgic myself. I just started looking at Dragon Age Origins and all the pointing and clicking made me feel like I was playing a computer game, so somehow this led me to install Diablo and Diablo 2 Lords Of Whatever. After all, if anyone should have an appreciation for retro games it should be a gamer who still plays Doom...

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  9. Aw, heck, I don't mind ya bein' silly. Pretty sure it's in a Fairy's contract, anyway.

    I'm just a bit of a deadpan, myself.

    Damned internet text, not being able to convey subtle hints of irony such as body language or tone!

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  10. OMG! Like, I could play this on my cell phone...

    SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

    CPU: Diablo II: Lord of Destruction requires a Pentium-compatible 233 MHz processor or better.

    Memory: 32 MB of RAM is required for Single Player mode. 64 MB of RAM is required for Multiplayer mode. Open Battle.net game Creators and TCP/IP game Hosts: 128MB RAM recommended (256MB RAM in games with over 4 players).

    Hard Drive Space: Installation of Diablo II: Lord of Destruction occupies a minimum of 1.5 GB of your hard drive space - 950 MB for the Multiplayer installation of Diablo II and another 550 MB for the Expansion Set, itself.

    Video: Diablo II: Lord of Destruction requires an SVGA video card and a monitor capable of displaying 800 x 600 pixels at a color depth of at least 256 colors.

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  11. The pre-LoD specs are even lower.

    How'd you get it to run, anyway? I've tried like four times, and Vista will never play well with it.

    Runs okay until I open the map, and then FPS drops to about two. Hardly playable. You would think Blizz could be bothered to patch the fucker, considering the number of people who still play it.

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  12. Iunno... I just installed it and clicked the icon. I did however patch it to like v1.11 or something, and I got this no-CD loader since Daemon Tools doesn't like it. Other than that, I didn't do anything to it. Sure, when I exit the game this big OMG! warning message pops up, but I'm exiting so who cares? It starts and runs fine on both this rig and the Dell. IDK...

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  13. Hm. EXE replacement therapy. Drastic... but might work.

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