Classic PC shortcut icons for games

So I was sitting at my computer, scrolling through my Steam library, and decided to check out my preorder for Rise of the Triad, just to remind myself of when it comes out. When I went into multi-panel view, I noticed the shortcut icon for the game;

This got me thinking of all the other weird icons for classic PC games I've seen over the years, such as Fallout's;

I then looked to the GOG forums, and found out that it's a picture of Tim Cain, one of the original Fallout devs. So between these two icons, I decided to take this to the forums. Can anyone else point me in the direction of some dumb/crappy icons for games of yore, and perhaps more of them featuring developer faces?

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This seems familiar...

So hey, I posted this blog in the interim between the old site and the new site's launch, the dumbass that I am. Thankfully, I realized this before the new site went live, so I was able to save the content to a notepad file. The following is the original blog.


I'd like to take a moment just sit right there, I'll tell you how I spent a debatable amount of money chasing classic Resident Evil games. Okay, first off, I'd like to apologize for that bad Fresh Prince reference, I literally had no idea how to lead in to this blog. Secondly, MAN, Resident Evil's Gamecube remake is an amazing piece of work.

Still the best Barry

Recently, I decided that the best thing for me to do with my money was to spend a bunch of it on every single classic RE game available for the Gamecube. In fact, it was the only reason I bought the Gamecube in question. I'm so glad I made this decision. REmake is a game I started several times back in the day, but never bothered to finish. So far, I've beaten it as Chris and got the best ending, and I'm currently on a playthrough as Jill. I literally only have one problem with this game: Barry's beard is nowhere near as awesome as it was in the original. Hell, the actor they used in the FMV intro had a better beard than this one!


But anyway, the good stuff is here in spades, between the all-new puzzles, new areas to explore, and changes in the plot. Richard saving your ass in both scenarios is great, especially how it comes up in Jill's story ("Payback time!"). And of course, he gets eaten in both scenarios, and by two completely different monsters, at that. Chris still has no idea how to work with chemicals, and every woman in S.T.A.R.S. still knows how to play the piano. Barry, regardless of beard excellence is still a bit of a doof. Chris still has two less inventory blocks than Jill, for some reason...oh, and Wesker is still a total slimeball, but telegraphed a lot more bluntly this time out. I love this game, and I can see why a lot of people still consider this among the best in the series. Once I finish it, I'm moving on to RE0 and 3, and 2, once I can track down a copy of it.

Simple. Sleek.

So now that the Resident Evil talk is out of the way, let's talk a little bit about PC building. I'm looking to start collecting parts around my birthday next month, to compile a crazy gaming rig. I'm going with a fairly normal case, one of those Plain-Jane Antec steel mid-towers. Quad-core Sandy Bridge processor, ASUS somethin-er-other motherboard, my current GT 430 card and eight gigs of G-Skill RAM, for good measure. You might be asking why the meager graphics card, well I've only got so much money right now. There's a card I'm looking at that's over 200 dollars, but it'll have to wait.

Kinda like this, but not quite as pretty

Sleeping Dogs! After watching Vinny goofing around during the quick looks of this game, I just knew I had to get it. And hey! It was ten dollars on Steam recently, so I picked it up. Holy shit, this game is expertly optimized. Now my current computer has a dual core Intel processor, the aforementioned graphics card, and 4 gigs of RAM. Let's take a look at the difference between this and Saints Row: The Third, shall we? Saints Row, while a moderately fun game, freezes up like a motherfucker on my machine, and doesn't really look all that great while doing it. Sleeping Dogs, on the other hand, looks beautiful under comparable settings (medium), and has a consistent 30+fps and has not ONCE crashed or frozen up on me. It's crazy. In fact, most modern games have the issue of freezing on my machine, and hey, I'm not gonna blame them. My computer is a piece of shit. But the fact that Sleeping Dogs runs as well as it does on my rig is a testament to how well it was optimized, if you ask me.

So that's about it for now, I guess if I'm gonna pose a question it would be...what is your favorite pre-Code Veronica Resident Evil game? The REmake and Zero count in my book, as long as the game takes place chronologically prior to CV, it's fair game.


Getting an NES soon, need game suggestions!

So yeah, a friend of the family is offloading his NES and SNES on me pretty soon. I know the games I want for the SNES, but I need suggestions for NES games to get. Keep in mind I have a local game shop less than ten minutes away that can get me anything even slightly popular but not rare. I've already bought Shadowgate, Golgo 13, Skate or Die 1 and 2, and I'm planning on getting Uninvited when it comes in or maybe from ebay. So now I'm turning to you guys. What should I look up?

P.S: Also keep in mind I have Contra and Super C plus all three Castlevania games on CD-ROM for PC.

P.P.S: I also have a pretty good idea of the standards, so try and be a little more obscure with your suggestions, please.


Max Payne "In the Wild!" :O

So I went to the midnight release of Max Payne 3 tonight. There was some tension between the fifteen Diablo 3 pre-orders and the like five of us there for MP3. Anyway, I had pre-ordered the collector's edition, so I got this:

That's the bullet key chain, Max Payne statuette and the game itself. It also came with a number of still life photos of bullet casings, pills and booze, as well as the multiplayer bonuses. So what do you guys think?


Update on the whole PC on my TV thing.

So yeah, I finally got everything situated just right so that my TV can display my PC desktop.

TV is 32", with 1366x768 resolution (which is really weird, but a lot of games natively support it). I can play some games just fine with a 360 controller right now, but for everything else I'll need to figure out a better means of propping up my mouse and keyboard.

So this is it. I'm with Vinny and Brad and everyone else who's doing it. Anybody else looking into it should give it a go, if only for the surreal feeling at the start of it "Whoa, everything looks so big!", etc.


My Claude figure got here today!

Lo and behold, this handsome devil. I don't normally fall for fan bait like this, but GTA III was one of those games that kinda shaped my taste into what it is today. So yeah, this piece of inanimate plastic, nylon and pleather holds a lot of sentimental value to me. What do you guys think, now that you've seen one without the 'shop sheen all over it?


Hopping back on the CRPG horse.

Amazing box art, terribly confusing name.

So, yeah. I've tried to get into CRPGs over the past few years, with varying rates of success. Most recently, I went on a shopping spree after GOG's deal with Atari, and bought all of the Infinity Engine titles, which include Baldur's Gate 1 & 2, Icewind Dale 1 & 2, and Planescape Torment. I also bought Neverwinter Nights DIAMOND (caps added for emphasis, cuz yo, Diamond), The Witcher, Ultima Underworld 1 & 2, Fallout 2 and Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura, which has the best/worst title of a CRPG I think I've ever heard. Well, maybe not as bad as Bad Blood. Actually, what do I know. I like a band called Bad Religion.

Wish me luck. -Gregg


Doin' it all for the Fuel, and other nonsense that makes sense.

So yeah, gonna address that title right off the bat. I'm about four years late to the Codemasters party, but I picked up a copy of GRID and FUEL each for about the price of a new Blu-Ray. Or a TV-on-DVD box set. Let's say ballpark...around 25 dinero. Give or take.

ANYWAY, so yeah those two. GRID is great, and in fact I actually had the opportunity to buy it twice for not much more than the initial price. Five bucks on Steam AND it went to charity. Pretty good deal, all things considered.

But getting to the crux of the title, FUEL. That addictive as hell. Just wandering the wasteland on nothing but an ATV, searching for barrels of fuel. Non-descript fuel. OH LOOK! THERE'S A CLUSTER OF FOUR! *bump* So much fun. Oh yeah, and the events are cool, too.

DiRT 3. I've been chronicling the DLC on offer through my Youtube account, so check it out:

Today they released the Shibuya tracks under the name X-Games Asia Track Pack. Very good rallycross track, though a rehash from DiRT 2. And I would've preferred the Malaysia rally stage, honestly.

On the Rock Band side of things, the Yes track pack came out today for RB3, and it's kinda hard. But so much fun. Get it, if you like good prog-rock and play Rock Band 3.

So that's it for now. Maybe I'll write something more in the near future, if anyone actually wants me to. -Gregg