Nothing fantastic happened at work today, because I was so busy. I left on Friday afternoon feeling like I oughta put in some overtime on Saturday (which didn't happen), but today I got lots and lots done. I'm thrilled.
Anyway, has anybody ever played the game Dreamweb? I ran across the CD and installed it today, which is not a small feat. The game is nearly ten years old, and I have a copy on CD and a copy on 3.5" floppy. Why keep the floppies around? Because the CD has digital speech, but the actual game text is displayed in French and Spanish. Tonight I used a hex editor to figure out which files have the text, and then, using my mad-cold, old-skool DOS haqr skills, I attempted to combine the English version with the Spanish version.
The result crashes about 3/4 of the way through the game.
I'm definitely going to figure this out, because I want to play this game again, though I'm not sure why. The premise is weird -- imagine a collaboration between William Gibson and H.P. Lovecraft. I first played through Dreamweb when I was in high school just to see the pixilated, uncensored sex scene (which by the way, isn't worth it). I also remember (look out -- I'm gonna ruin the ending for you) being disappointed when at the end of the game, the hero opens the door to his house and is killed in a drive-by shooting. The interface was almost as bad as the one in Captain Spleen ][. Come to think of it, the game itself isn't very good. The music, however, is fantastic.
The music in Dreamweb has this ambient techno sorta thing going on. It's glorious. I love it. I'd love it more if it didn't hurt my ears. The music is stored as raw digital sound in a bunch of data files. It's not encrypted, but it took some tweaking to get it to play right. The quality is awful -- it's encoded in 11kbps, 8-bit, unsigned stereo. With all the fantastic tools available to me, I can't get it to sound good enough for my car or headphones at work. I'll deal, but I'd love to have a CD-quality copy of this music. Perhaps I'll look up the composer and send him an e-mail. I've done that before -- Bobby Prince (who did the music for Commander Keen, Pickle Wars and DooM) sent me a nice e-mail about how much ass Day of the Tentacle kicked. On the other hand, the guy who composed the instrumental score to Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy never wrote back. Oh, and Al Lowe told me that he's a Rocky Horror fan, and that he didn't purposely write Passionate Patti out of Leisure Suit Larry 6 and 7.
Yeah, I'm a dork.
Oh, while I'm babbling on about stuff nobody but me cares about, here's a related FYI for Evil Jim -- Remember a couple weeks ago when I forced you to sit through the movie Waxwork II? You had favorable comments about the soundtrack. I did some research (ie, looked the movie up on IMDB.com), and lo and behold, the soundtrack was composed by a number of people including Arthur Barrow. Recognize the name? Probably not. He played bass on a number of Frank Zappa albums in the late 70's and early 80's, notably Joe's Garage and Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch (which apparently nobody likes but me). Good stuff. I'm gonna have to e-mail him, too.