So what am I up to these days
Permalink -- Posted in Blog, Gaming, News on September 13, 2012 at 6:23 pm | No Comments »
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A long time ago, my old friend BMF54123 (whose you might recognize from some of my game translations - he helped me quite a bit with technical stuff) had a section on his web site called "The Cutting Room Floor". He wrote about all the unused stuff people found in games. He had quite a bit of content, but he didn't update the page very often - probably because he was too busy with real life. I ended up forgetting about the page for quite a few years, but I stumbled upon it fairly recently, only to find it wasn't a page anymore - it was now a wiki.

And I figured, BMF helped me a lot. So why not return the favor? And so, I have.

Some of the more interesting stuff I've contributed is the unused text in Yume Penguin Monogatari (as well as an explanation of the anti-piracy features, as explained to me by a hacker who never told me who he really was), unused music and sound effects in Art of Fighting (Neo-Geo), and how to play Jackal in Konami Collector's Series: Castlevania & Contra! Well, sorta. I still have no idea if there's a real code to play the games.

I'm currently working on a bombshell of an entry for The Punisher. Well, three entries. I originally found some unused stuff on the PC version, then I found some more stuff on the PS2 version, and then I found some really awesome stuff on the Xbox version. I'll post this content as soon as I'm finished.

Oh yeah, I was supposed to talk about comics too, wasn't I? Well... how about some Punisher stuff, since I'm already messing with the games?

Crisis averted, sorta
Permalink -- Posted in Comics, Gaming, News on September 25, 2010 at 10:28 am

It turns out TinyPic backpedaled so fast they saved Lois Lane from dying in an earthquake.

We heard from many of our users in regards to these changes and we appreciate your feedback. Tinypic has restored linking to your images and enabled uploading. Please rest assured no content was removed from the site. We tried to notify users on Tinypic and requested they move their content to Photobucket. Unfortunately this messaging was insufficient and has taken many of our users by surprise and we apologize. Our intent was to begin combining some of the best features of Tinypic and Photobucket, thereby offering users a better experience. Any changes in the future will be better communicated. Once again, we apologize for the inconvenience.

Which translates to "We didn't think most of our userbase would complain so much, so all your pictures are available again." Yeah well, the damage is done and I'm definitely not going to use them anymore. I've moved my image hosting to Dropbox. Let's hope they don't suck. ;p

Time to choose…
Permalink -- Posted in Comics, Gaming on September 20, 2010 at 9:08 pm | No Comments »
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Sometimes you see the weirdest things in comic books. Do you notice something familiar about this person?

No? Well, you might recognize this man and his crowbar.

I'm not entirely sure this was done on purpose; maybe it was just an odd coincidence, but Dr. Isaacs has a remarkable resemblance to Gordon Freeman, doesn't he? Oddly enough, I was unable to find any other images of Dr. Isaacs from his earlier comic book appearances on the internet. If you can provide one, please contact me and it'll be posted with credit.

Source for the scan is September 2005's Incredible Hulk #84, written by someone I don't want to mention, with artwork by Jorge Lucas. The Gordon Freeman image is part of Valve's promotional materials for Half-Life 2 and was sourced from the internet.