It's been a long while since the story section last had any attention. A while back, I gave up on the idea of ever finishing my Star Wars stories, so instead have typed out a rough outline as to what may have happened during the rest of the saga. I've also expanded the names & characters section with images where possible.
Did some work behind the scenes of the game blog page so that the game filters now work much better.
A couple of months back I found loads of old notes about all the old Epic Space Marine games we played, starting from back when I was in high school. I thought it would be a good idea to type them all up as best I could, and upload them all. While I was at it, I also converted the Epic-S and 40K battle reports from their PDF state to HTML, and they can be found on the Warhammer 40K page.
This is where you can read any of my irregular wafflings about computer gaming. The whole point of this blog is to help motivate me to properly finish games, whether they be recent ones or older ones I played when I was younger that I never managed to beat.
It was back in December that I last played through a bit of Unreal with JIK and Scoob. Since then, we've not been able to all get together to continue, so I finally decided to finish this one by myself.
It was an absolute pain in the ass to play because of the mouse acceleration, which I couldn't fix even with tweaks to the .ini files. What is it with software companies not giving us the option to turn off mouse acceleration in their systems and games? So annoying.
I guess it doesn't matter as long as the game is done and complete.
Things are looking up
Sneakin' up on 'im
Enemy gets shock rifled
Come back here, coward
Stop picking on me, bullies
Your Predator powers are weak
Final boss time
Come on then, queeny
Another one bites the dust
Back in the late 90s, very much unlike now, I used to play first person shooters quite a lot. Duke Nukem 3D, Quake 3 Arena and Unreal Tournament were probably the most popular multiplayer games of that era for my friends and I. At one stage, I got the first Unreal game for free along with a graphics card (ahh, that old Voodoo3), and tried to play through the campaign with my bro and bro-in-law. We got to a map called the Sunspire, and got very stuck in its maze of darkness. I don't know why. Maybe we'd not figured out how to use flashlights or flares, or realised that the default dispersion pistol could be used to light the way. Whatever the reason, we got no further and went back to other games.
And then a couple of weeks back I thought it was about time I got that game finished at last. My bro was up for revisiting Na Pali, so we got it installed and dived in. After a couple of sessions, we were back to the Sunspire, and the Scoob popped round to join us in conquering it at last. It really wasn't that hard after all.
We're now about three quarters through the game, and I'll hopefully be able to tick this one off the list soon.
More boobs in a game, and long before The Witcher. Who knew?
Weirdest cow-thing ever
JIK scores a hit on a Titan
I may be about to die...
Check out my glowing bowling balls
Catching them in a crossfire
Sneaky scuttler ambush
Made it to the top of the Sunspire at last
Plants growing on wooden floorboards
Check out dem dance moves
Of course, playing the original game got us a taste for some FPS goodness, so we've also been enjoying more madness in UT2004 again:
Looks like I'm going backwards down this hole...
Me n Scoob need to quit smoking
I'm not this big-headed, honest
Under heavy fire
Then I pretty much decided we needed to play more multiplayer games. My three computers were immediately jabbed with game discs, and Rome: Total War, Unreal Tournament 2004, Settlers 3, and Dawn Of War: Dark Crusade were soon ready for action.
Up first was UT2004:
Yeehaw! Assault Rifle Arena Team Deathmatch in the barn
Super Berserk Shock Rifle Arena CTF FTW!
Bots can't drive and get confused in this Paladin Arena
My team brings the rain
I seem to get more kills when I can't see what I'm doing
Me and the Scoob had a crazy rampage out of the blue earlier on Unreal Tournament 2004, which was the first time we'd played it in years.
Scoob goes for the flag as I shoot someone up the ass
Yes I shot that green shit at you
The mighty Scoob
T'was indeed a great deal of fun to jump back into those Goliath tanks or play the ever-entertaining CTF map Facing Worlds. Just a shame we were so out of practice and struggled to remember all the extra vehicle controls. Still, you can't beat a mad hour or two on that game. Groovin'.