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Damn, Van Damme!

Man am I glad this guy is still sticking a round, what a shame it'd have been to the movie industry if he just split!

UPD: Original removed, found a replacement copy. Also this.

When Turtles Are Fast

I'm in that blank state of mind again.

You know, that state of mind where you have a bunch of things you need to do, and you realize you can't do the complete bunch of things in a single day, and you start doing other things to avoid doing these specific things you should be doing knowing that you won't get them done anyway, like watching an hour long interview with Eminem, transferring a small sum of money between two of your own bank accounts, searching for a missing sock, eating lunch away from the computer, taking more than a single walk and... the most pointless task of all... making your bed. O_o

Now that's just... I don't even... this is like the height of inefficiency. We don't even have guests over right now. Maybe after this rant I can actually get something done...

Week 47 – Winter Looms, Time Flies, Gray Skies

This week's been a good week!

I've worked on websites, spent time with buddies, taken one particularly long walk between Bro and Jakobsberg (15 km on a map... probably more by foot), eaten a heap of particularly delicious salad (complete with arugula, lettuce, beans, peas, cottage cheese, shrimp, jumbo shrimp, suriname, corn, red onion, cucumber, avocado, olives, dried tomatoes, fala fell... and I'm probably forgetting something) at a small homely restaurant in Upplands Väsby, been to a colossally crowded shop premiere at ditto, played a ton of Dominion, watched Skyfall a second time (still great!), watched The Best Movie Ever Sold (name, not opinion... though it was good), worked on websites (yeah I know I said that already), engaged in a particularly passionate debate over at NG on the topic of censorship and... well, that's the weekly activity stream. I'm also supposed to have searched for a job and finished an entry for a collab but at the moment I'm lagging behind a bit...

Impulsive ntermission notice on a rather meaningless (for anyone not involved in said censorship debate) politically correct artwork with interconnected inspiring speech.

I've also been digging into WordPress plugins and after a failed upgrade on the Download Script I've been using for this site I'm looking around for a replacement. Hope to get that done tonight so I can start re-linking all broken file downloads... just started using WordPress stats for myself btw, and it's striking how little visitors are streaming in. I should probably do some marketing for this place huh? Just need to fix it up first... which is pretty much what I've been doing/saying for a couple of years now. :) Oh, and today is the last week of a month-long diet! I'm still going to keep some habits, but as of tomorrow morning: everything is edible!

Here's last week.

Doomguy On A Cloud

Doomguy On A Cloud

Courtesy of camily8. :)

Brutal Doom

Brutal Doom

So I played through Brutal Doom this weekend... or rather, I played through the original Doom games with this mod installed. I've stumbled upon this mod earlier, but this is the first time I tried it, and I was surprised! Why? Well because it was good.

To say it's just about making the game more brutal is an understatement. Sure, there are new gibs, there are added animations specifically made for death scenes, incredible amounts of blood splatter on walls and floors and even on the screen to enhance the gore. My first impression wasn't entirely positive, it felt like there was almost too much. Having played the original game for so long I guess I've adapted to the original level of gore, but it look less time that I'd expected to adapt to this significant increase.

Maybe this was because I kept finding other details that added to the gaming experience. Walking up to an Imp to get a clean blast with a shotgun prompted it to pounce towards me and slash frenatically with its claws, doing a great deal of damage. The first Cacodemon I encountered fired a flickering burst of light, followed by yet another one, just as I was automatically moving back into the path of this projectile to avoid the next one. When I ran into a Hell Knight I was completely unprepared when green plasma was hurled in not just one but three beams. And even after I'd shot down the lot of zombie officers in the first level, and turned my back on them, someone kept burrowing their bullets into my spine. Turns out it was a particularly stubborn zombie, shooting at me from a slouched down position. The renevants are especially troublesome, and the masterminds gattling gun fires with an intensity that'll make mince meat out of ya if you stray in the line of fire.

In a way this mod took me back to the old days and my first years playing the game, because there was once again an element of the unknown included. I do know most of the levels on the back of my hand, but it was still a new experience with the enemies not reacting to attacks with the same patterns as I seem to have imprinted into my mind after long sessions of Dooming. With this mod it feels like I can re-play all WADs I've previously attempted and get something new out of all of them! It's not just an increase in gore, it's an increase in complexity, of the AI, of navigating the levels, of avoiding exploding barrels with a vengeance because when they blow they'll do more than crack your visor (another new feature, cool!).

Playing the game together with a port adds to the experience, as you can aim freely, zoom in with certain weapons, reload and shoot at heads to deal greater damage. And you can't play the mod without a ZDoom compatible port anyway, so it's all one big package of enhancement and added challenge. We take so many of these elements for granted in modern games, but consider that Doom was fun even without them. Even when you didn't need to keep track of how many shots you fire or watch out so that a Cacodemon won't float up behind you and swallow you whole, it was fun to play. Imagine how fun it'll be now! :)

I'm probably hyping this up more than I should, but I liked it. If you feel like getting back to Doom the link's at the top of the page... you'll have to find the WADs yourself though. :P Also, the Doom page has been updated a bit. I'm revamping the download system btw so at the moment not all downloads may display, more on that later. Happy gaming!

Newgrounds Is Down

And has been for the last five hours at least. What happen? :/

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