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February 26th, 2006


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09:30 pm - News in brief
Big news! Not for you, for my checkbook. Jason is moving into our house. Actually he probably has moved in -- he doesn't have much stuff. You all remember Jason, right? He used to play Eddie in Tiny Fools? Yeah. that's the guy. I was informed yesterday that he would be adding his name the lease. So how does all of this affect me? Essentially my rent will go down slightly, part of the basement in which I never set foot will become off-limits, and we'll get free cable since he works for Charter. Oh, and the hot water will run out sooner in the morning. Meh. It'll be like the place I moved out of in August, but with less passive-aggressive behavior (I hope).

So anyway, this has been a good weekend. I did get my sheets dried, which was awesome adequate. I spent Saturday running errands with ribsinbacon, and then watched Unleashed with agaysexicon and fuzzyinthehead. I'd borrowed Unleashed from nocturne152 and totally failed to watch it in a timely fashion because I was afraid it was going to suck. I was quite surprised to discover that it's actually pretty good. Now I feel bad for not watching it sooner. Anyway, confidential to Scott: You're getting your movie back as soon as I remember (hopefully next Saturday).

What else? Oh, guess who visited* me at work on Friday? xmerrie1039x! Yeah, that was cool. Awkward. Cool. Whatever.

Anyway, I've been having this ridiculous craving to play Sam and Max Hit the Road recently, so I'm gonna go do that. Probably won't bother beating the game tonight, but at the very least I'd like to play through the mock-virtual reality sequence. That's my favorite part.

* By "visited" I mean "happened to making a delivery as I was leaving for lunch."

ADDENDUM: Sam and Max is like, the sixth greatest thing ever. I should spend Sunday night like this more often.

Current Mood: happypretty good, all things considered
Current Music: Jonathan Coulton -- Chiron Beta Prime

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From:xoshua
Date:February 27th, 2006 04:00 am (UTC)
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yeah, i kind of miss paying a lot less for rent...
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From:sacredspud
Date:February 27th, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, but are you living alone? I'd love to live alone but it would severely decrease my standard of living. I'd probably have to go back to one-ply toilet paper.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 27th, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC)
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well, pretty much -- the roommate is always at his girlfriend's... but it would be nice to have that extra $130 month to use for other things. if i went to the west side with a roommate, i could probably find a place that was $100 month less than here. bleh. i just need to make fat fistfulls of cash.
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From:xoshua
Date:February 27th, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC)
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well, pretty much -- the roommate is always at his girlfriend's... but it would be nice to have that extra $130 month to use for other things. if i went to the west side with a roommate, i could probably find a place that was $100 month less than here. bleh. i just need to make fat fistfulls of cash.
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From:crabmoon
Date:February 27th, 2006 04:02 am (UTC)
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*Giggles* Sorry, your post was cute. I'll go away now.
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From:sacredspud
Date:February 27th, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC)
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Cute is our aim, ma'am.
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From:evil_jim
Date:February 27th, 2006 04:22 am (UTC)
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I really enjoy Sam & Max but that type of game where you have to click every pixel to find everything (at least, as it seems to me) tends to frustrate me after a while. I might be better off just watching someone else play through it who knows the game by heart & has the patience not to skip gags or dialogue scenes. Are you that type of person?
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From:sacredspud
Date:February 27th, 2006 03:21 pm (UTC)
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I could be. I've done this for people in the past, though I've learned that I have to alter my play-style to do it. Once I've beaten a game, my preferred way to play it is by getting everything done as efficiently as possible (ie, why should I walk seven screens over, talk to the guy and discover that he needs me to buy him a wrench when I can just buy the wrench now and bring it to him?). It makes the game quicker, but sometimes the audience is totally lost.

LucasArts games were always easier for me to get into than most other adventure games. I think they were designed more intuitively to avoid things like pixel-hunting and (my personal enemy) responding to every action with an "I can't do that" message. I tell people who get impatient with adventure games to download a walkthru, but old LucasArts games are usually so much fun that I wouldn't mind playing them through for an audience.
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From:matt_william
Date:February 27th, 2006 04:25 am (UTC)
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Oh I played that game religiously for quite a long time before I finally completed it. And oh boy, was it ever worth it. I just hope that the new Sam & Max game actually gets completed and released (it's LONG overdue).

Matthew
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From:ribsinbacon
Date:February 27th, 2006 06:07 am (UTC)
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The game was shelved a long time ago.
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From:evil_jim
Date:February 27th, 2006 06:34 am (UTC)
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Drat! Drat, I say!
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From:matt_william
Date:February 27th, 2006 01:31 pm (UTC)
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Oh ye of little faith ^_^...
http://www.telltalegames.com/sam_and_max

All questions shall be answered...

Matthew
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From:sacredspud
Date:February 27th, 2006 01:55 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I know Matt Pointed it out, but I'm gonna respond to this anyway... LucasArts no longer has the rights to Sam and Max, so Steve Purcell (the guy who created the characters) is now working with Telltale Games to develop a series of Sam and Max games. I dunno if you're aware of the Bone series of comics, but they did the game adaptation of Bone last year. It was pretty rockin'.
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From:sacredspud
Date:February 27th, 2006 03:09 pm (UTC)
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Sam and Max is one of my favorite games of all time but I have to confess that I probably stooped to using a walkthru to beat it (I don't actually remember). I used to play games like this one and then save at all the best parts so I could enjoy them again and again.

Incidentally, I don't know if you still have any old LucasArts games, but they can be played on newer machines using a program called ScummVM.
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From:seanorange
Date:February 27th, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC)
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All this talk of adventure games brings back memories of days gone by, when people would indeed sit together and wade through such wondrous adventures together. Why does LucasArts only make crap now? The early 90s were indeed a wondrous time for video games. Indy 256 (i.e. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the VGA DOS-based adventure game!) holds the distinction, in my opinion, of being the best game commited to magnetic disk EVER. Yeah, if followed the movie for the most part, but it was still injected with that LucasArts charm, and was not at all afriad to make fun of itself. It bypasses the whole intro sequence and just starts with Indy showing up at his school sopping wet (and if you've seen the movie, you know why *wink wink*). Hilarious!

On a similar note -- and at the risk of inviting myself over -- I wouldn't mind stopping by your place some time to check out your music "studio". It's been a long-ass time since I've done any kind of composing, digital or otherwise, and I wouldn't mind perusing your catalog, as it were -- assuming you're not too shy for that sort of thing. I can "repay" you by showing off my latest project and perhaps discuss if you'd like to, erm, add anything to it (these next two months will be super-duper important for a-lot-a-lot of stuff).

You know, because I'm hip like that.

~Sean
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From:sacredspud
Date:February 28th, 2006 04:55 am (UTC)
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I've heard great things about both Last Crusade & Fate of Atlantis, but I've never really played either one. My personal favorite is probably a toss-up between Day of the Tentacle and The Secret of Monkey Island. The latter is far from perfect, but it's so damned creative and broke a lot of new ground.

Anyway... You're welcome to see my setup, but it's no more than a MIDI keyboard and a cheap microphone... Still, I'd love to see this "latest project" of yours.
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From:agaysexicon
Date:February 28th, 2006 12:55 am (UTC)
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I managed to get ScummVM to work. You see, it seems to have a preference to work only in full screen mode. I did upload all games and play a couple, namely Day of the Tentacle. I don't think I remembered to save, which is probably a good thing. I haven't figured out the game yet, but I think it is enjoyable, unlike Indiana Jones and the blah of blah, I mean Atlantis. That crashed. Sam and Max seemed to work, but I haven't developed the proper skill set to play that. What skill set? The patience to learn. It was 3am when I tried and I was too tired to be patient or learn.
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From:sacredspud
Date:February 28th, 2006 04:40 am (UTC)
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Glad you got things up and running. I really have never looked at Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, but I'm assured that it's grand by the sort of people who offer assurances about Indiana Jones games.

Re: Sam and Max: Hoping you've figured out the interface. If not, right clicking cycles through your various actions (ie, look, use, take, etc.)., and Esc is occasionally used to return to the normal view.

You probably figured it out, either from the Readme file or trial and error, but F5 will bring up a menu of load/save/etc. in all games. Also, feel free to poke around and experiment -- you can't die or get into an unrecoverable situation in any of the LucasArts games except for Indiana Jones blah blah Crusade. I recommend Day of the Tentacle as a good starting point, even though it's the sequel to Maniac Mansion (which I've never really devoted time to playing).
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From:valec
Date:February 28th, 2006 01:33 am (UTC)
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Yup, Sam and Max was always a favourite. I do miss alot of the older games.
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From:sacredspud
Date:February 28th, 2006 04:49 am (UTC)
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Yeah... I just miss adventure games. I think 3D killed 'em.
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From:valec
Date:February 28th, 2006 06:22 am (UTC)
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And the demise of companies such a Sierra :/
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From:lazarus31415
Date:February 28th, 2006 04:27 am (UTC)
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Ever play "Day of the Tenticle?"
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From:sacredspud
Date:February 28th, 2006 04:42 am (UTC)
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Indeed I have. In one of my previous comments I referred to Sam and Max as the "6th greatest thing ever." DOTT is the 5th.
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