My latest Two Bits (Halloween
Video Game Style
Sorry for the late update all across the board; both on YouTube and on
this main site. Lot of stuff happening in my "day job" life lately
though we'll leave that for another commentary entirely. For now let me
offer some comments about my latest YouTube offering and the "why" and
"how" to its creation...
In short, I wanted to offer a Halloween video of Halloween themed games.
To be honest this was a much more daunting task than you would expect,
because haunted house games, thriller games, and similar "spooky" games
are my favorite. From the original Resident Evil on the original
Playstation to the modern hits like Bioshock and Left 4 Dead; I love
them all, really.
Though making this list even more difficult is the fact that I've played
so many games that I would have loved to include on the list, yet
couldn't. For one thing many classic games were hard to get footage of
even with the wonderful assistance of
DosBox, which has
made over two shelves of my favorite classic games "playable"
again(YAY!). Though to be honest, while these classic games include hits
like Alone in the Dark and Elvira 2; they include many games that, as
fond of a memory as they are, didn't make the top ten.
So allow me to list a few of the games I'm talking about, and give them
their due in My 2 Bits form:
The Legacy: Realm of Terror.
If you wanted a haunted house game that kept on going and going,
this RPG was for you. The Wikipedia entry is
here, and while it currently offers a very elaborate summary of
the gameplay of the game, it simply doesn't do the game justice.
Perhaps the best element of this game was its RPG elements, which
when incorporated into a haunted house game made the game even more
effective. Weapons would break, chainsaws would run out of gas, and
of course guns needed bullets. Though best of all for this DOS game
was how its windows could be resized and moved around to suit the
gamer's personal tastes; a game format unheard of in 1993, two years
before Windows 95 ever saw the light of day.
Uninvited. Cute (if you
can say that) little haunted house game that was available on two
disks on my old Black and White Macintosh SE back in the day. Had to
love the sound FX. You also had to love the interactivity where
opening a drawer led to a new window of the drawer's inventory,
while opening a bag in the drawer opened another window, and so on.
A lot of inventory to collect in this game. Finding out what
inventory items to use and where was part of the puzzle. Complete
the game and you got to print out a "certificate" congratulating
from Monster Manor. Not much to say about this one
game wise. It was a Wolf 3D clone for the 3DO released the same time
as Doom, so you don't hear much about this one. However the sound FX
were awesome, and the way ghosts would swirl away with a scream when
shot was COOOOOOL. Too bad the ending was barely there, though then
again: so was the game's story.
Killing Time. Might as
well mention this 3DO haunted house game right after the prior one,
eh? While possibly meant as a "spiritual sequel" to Monster Manor, this game had a
much larger house, more non-linear exploration of the house, a
Doom-style game engine (stairs, multiple floors, etc.) and best of
all; thanks to the 3DO's video technology, ghosts were actors filmed
in full motion video. You could even walk closer/farther from the
ghosts to get a better view of the ghostly scene being played, of
each ghost's demise while still alive. While ported to the PC and Mac, those
were very poor "ports" of the 3DO title, so they didn't offer as
good of a game experience as the original. However, the Mac translation was a
"director's cut" of sorts, including more levels and an ending that
made much more sense!
Realms of the Haunting.
this was basically a Doom clone set entirely in a haunted house. The
added perks included non-linear exploration of the house (instead of
level 1 or 2, you could explore and re-explore areas/maps of the
house at will), and full motion video cutscenes. Unfortunately few
people seem to have played this one, and the
Wikipedia page for the game includes a very cut and dry story
summary and the video cutscenes' cast, and that is about it.
Again; none of these games can compare to Resident Evil, Silent Hill,
Bioshock, and the like, though I feel much better now mentioning them
here. I'd ask viewers' thoughts as well on these rarely-heard-of games,
though I'm still having trouble finding a decent forum module for the
letters/feedback page. Hopefully
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