Saturday, October 15, 2011

Hunting for Praxis Kits

Last post I mentioned things were going to be a little slow around here lately.  Let me revise this: things are very slow around her lately. Bottom line: I've been busy with other stuff.  Some of this stuff is "legit" like a having a friend from Vegas visiting for a few days.  Another factor is the desire to test out the new computer on a modern PC game. In some bad news for Chrontendo fans, there's this thing out there called Deus Ex: Human Revolution. It turns out this thing is awesome, and better than it has any right to be. Also, here and there, I've been playing Dragon Quest V for the DS.  Don't judge me, people. I can't spend all my gaming time playing stuff like Casino Kid.

"Sweet Dealer" sure sounds like a euphemism for something.

One a technical note, production of the new episode has been somewhat slowed.  The primary programs used for Chrontendo are not Windows 7 compatible, so I'll probably be finishing up episode 41 using my old computer.  I should set up the two computers at a 45 degree angle to each other, so I can use them both simultaneously, like cheesy keyboardists do.

I'm in the process of auditioning some new programs, so we'll see how things go.  The end result will probably be Chrontendo looking a little different. Hopefully, for the better.  Until, then I'm slowly uploading some older episodes on Youtube.

Elsewhere on the web, the dude behind Pre-Sonic Genesis has a new project called (ahem) Chronomancy.  He's covering the officially licensed D&D video games - the Gold Box games and whatnot.  Why the switch, you wonder?  I can only assume he found a video game blog to be insufficient at completely repelling members of the opposite sex. By focusing on an even more "chick-proof" subject, he's able to achieve his goal of a totally abstinent lifestyle. Just a hunch. Anyway, it's cool, so check it out.

Also, Greg Sewart has a neat series of Sega CD reviews called WELCOM METOT HENEX TLEVEL  on the Player One Podcast site. Unlike myself, Sewart is a legit writer, so the reviews are coherent, focused and entertaining. Reading about Sega CD games makes feel a little better about Chrontendo, since I have the consolation that I'm not having to play Corpse Killer or Wirehead.

Incidentally, my wife is at a "Goth Barbecue" party tonight.  She informs me there is a pool there, but no one is using the pool. Is it even possible for Goths to go swimming? Can you look all dark and mysterious in swim trunks?  Do they even make special scary Gothic swim trunks?  Maybe they wear those old-timey full body swimsuits with the black and white stripes? Just wondering.

Fuck you, Tim Burton.


Iron Peach said...

Did Michelangelo apologize for the hour he paused from chiseling the statue of David to visit a brothel? We'll see you when you are ready, Dr. Sparkle.

qaylIS aka Nicolas Deußer said...

Good luck with your compatibility issues, every PC User has been there.

garsh said...

Oh yeah, Casino Kid. Sometimes it's easy to forget the sacrifices you make throwing yourself under the bus for the betterment of us all. Thanks, Doc.

Anonymous said...

Abstinence is one of the vows I took to keep my kung-fu powers, and this sort of thing is the best way to make sure I keep my end of the deal. It may look nerdy, but I am mostly just trying to keep a Mr. Vampire 5: Magic Cop situation from happening.
You're welcome.

matt.mcneely said...

Goths in swimming trunks? Well, a goth person that I know recently threw a beer pong party.

InsaneDavid said...

To add a somewhat interesting twist to Casino Kid the Japanese version, 100 Man Dollar Kid: Maboroshi no Teiou Hen, is completely different. The NES release essentially chops up the Famicom game, throws out all of the story, traveling aspects, two of the games, and then glues some of the pieces back together in a single casino.

Casino Kid II (which I think was NES only) added roulette and the traveling back but ditched the "casino" aspect completely. It's almost like a rework of some of the original game's features that were aborted in the NES version.

Doctor Sparkle said...

Insane David - you are right on target with the 100 Man Dollar/Casino Kid comparison. I assume so much was hacked out of the US release to save on ROM space.

I'm pretty sure there was no sequel to 100 Man.... in Japan. The fact that the US version got a US-only "sequel" leads me to believe Casino Kid sold OK over here. The whole thing is sort of like Capitol Records rearranging the songs on Beatles albums in order to come up with new, US-only albums.

And if there is Drunken Kung Fu, why can't there be I-am-getting-laid Kung Fu? I can imagine a "Donkey Punch" attack being involved.

nitro322 said...

Dragon Quest V for DS, although rather dated by today's standards, is still one of the best RPGs I've ever played. Take your time and enjoy it. We'll still be here when you're ready to return focus to Chrontendo. :-)

Sean697 said...

Having built my own Windows 7 rig 2 years ago I might reccomend a few things. If you absolutely can't find a program compatible with Win 7, the Windows virtual PC feature works great if you have a version of Windows 7 that supports it. You can even create a link to the program to run off the desktop in win7 without actually opening up the whole virtual console environment so that you can switch back and forth between the windows in the win 7 environment seamlessly. Works great for some of my wife school grading programs and and whatnot that only work on windows xp and older versions of IE. Oh and thanks for turning me onto pre sonic genesis indirectly with the D&D cron website. I really hope he keeps it going. (And you as well.)

Kamiboy said...

In the late 80's to early 90's Tim Burton was a pretty accomplished film maker whose movies enjoyed a very distinct style. That is until the Hollywood system recognized the money making potential of that style then proceeded to gobbled him up and like every other movie maker turned him into a franchised red nosed parody of himself.

Thank god for the Korean movie industry is all I say.

Pippy said...

You can't expose your body as a goth

qaylIS aka Nicolas Deußer said...

Holy shit, just found that on the net, for those (like me) who have problems with old computer or console cases turning yellow: