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So, why did I bring it back? There
must be some deep-rooted reason, right? Right? Of course there
is...kind of. You all know of QB Cult Magazine. Well, they're without
question one of the most popular QB zines out there right now, and with
good reason: they're honest, helpful, and prompt! With the recent
closing of the QB Times, it leaves QBCM as the only QB zine on the net
that doesn't suck. Well, this is an effort to once again broaden the
horizon for the members of the QB world. Enjoy, and don't forget to
send in your comments!
IN THE NEWS - WORLDWIDE CHAOS AND REVOLUTION
Future Software has undergone a massive overhaul, and people who have bookmarked various parts of their site have been coming up with 404s. Their QB side is under a subdomain now. The new design is very nice, however, and if you haven't seen it yet, drop by Future Sofwtare and check it out for yourself.
The IRC EfNet channel #quickbasic recently underwent some massive reform after a war was waged for four days. It seems peace is once again restored, but it's split the members into two factions; the former controllers, who have now gathered in #qbcc, and the current controllers, among them including some of the original #quickbasic founders. War on #quickbasic is never-ending, and there will never be one controller, but instead, it's all about who has the current advantage.
Pretty big news for you Darkness Ethereal fans...the popular Mysterious Song game released by the group many months ago has been getting a very large download rate on CNET, in excess of 500 a day. For a QB game written in DOS, that's pretty impressive, proof positive that not only is DOS not dead, but QB isn't either!
German programming group Master Creating
has announced that their new fantasy strategy game Imerion is finally a
true network game as they recently launched its first official
networked game. Things look promising for this project, check it out at
GAME REVIEW - PROMZONE
The first thing you'll notice is
the nonstandard graphics. This is a game obviously meant for hicolour,
but stuck with the limitations of 13h. There is a lot of dithering in
the graphics, but it's understandable. The game does not come with a
sound setup option, so if you want to hear anything but FM synth music,
you'll have to edit the batch file yourself. And on the subject of
music, the selected score is very fitting to the game. And the sound
effects throughout the game are very well-done. The technical aspect of
this game was altogether done wonderfully.
As stated earlier, the graphics and sound are great, despite being in 13h and having to manually configure the music driver. The game plays very well, and the object of the game quickly becomes apparent; collect five little "tubes", whatever they are, and get to the exit. Pretty simple, no? No. The game's difficulty level is high. Even if you collect all the objects you need to finish the level, chances are you're going to run out of firepower and get wasted. This makes the game among the more challenging I've seen in awhile, and for a little while, makes you play it again and again...
It's hard to find any cohesive low points to this game. There are a few minor issues I have with this game, however. First of all, there are some issues with collision. Near the exit is a platform which you must jump on at a certain angle to get onto. If you don't jump at the right angle, you won't get on it. In addition, if an enemy is on the platform, and you shoot at it from the lower platform, the bullet will go through his legs! At one point, there is a set of bullets on a shelf, and you need to actually jump up to get them, when in fact your character passes right over them. The enemies in and of themselves are a minor issue...there's only two types of enemies, and they both look the same, they're cops. Some have larger bullets, but that's about the only variation to them. The only other gripe I have about this game is the setup of the music. It would have been nice to have a custom sound setup program that builds a batch file with the options specified to your needs.
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