Posts Tagged ‘May’

If only Dinosaurs could fly…oh wait…they can!

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Flashbang studios are opening the doors to a public alpha test of their new dino themed play, Jetpack Brontosaurus. The makers of the already highly addictive Off Road Velociraptor Safari want the our eyes, ears, and fingers all over this alpha so that developers can study game play and style, and make modifications, improvements, and/or updated troubled areas of play. Flashbang provides a platform whereby at the end of play, you can leave any comments, criticisms, feedback, suggestions, or just about anything else you want to pass along to the developers (and while some of these developers are probably pretty good looking, please keep mobile numbers to yourself).

At this point, game play is relatively simple. You can go anywhere you want on the map, picking and choosing missions that you have to traverse the terrain to find (no guides here folks).

Unfortunately your bronto isn’t equipped with a heat seeking multi round laser guided rpg, but please feel free to suggest one. Maybe tail mounted with an independent control from the head mounted gatling guns?


Funcom puts the F back in effed up

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Hyboria may look hotter than hell from the screenshots and trailers, but not so with client downloaders. It seems as though the early access offer that allow(ed) players to start playing the new offering on May 17 has sold out, leaving a LOT of fanboys and girls screaming bloody murder. Funcom sites that their servers couldn’t any more peeps downloading the 14GB client. Let me say that again, 14 effing GB?!?! Not being prepared for a release is just bad business. An easy fix would have been to make a patch available whereby users could simply patch the beta version they’d been testing and bring it up to the release version. Instead, users are forced to uninstall the beta and then re-download the 14GB access client again. Ouch.

To add insult to injury, plenty of peeps experienced the “ERROR: Filesize incorrect” message when installing the game. WTF? Granted this can be fixed, but not exactly what I’d call a nice Welcome doormat. To fix the error, you’ll need to go into the AoC directory, find and run the SimpleConfig.exe program, click on “Verify/Repair” button, check the repair checkbox, and start the verification. This repair checker will then download the correct version of the corrupted files. As if I haven’t downloaded enough already?

Ok, so we’ve now spent 22,000 hours downloading a corrupt 14GB client, patched the what should have been correct files in the first place, and are ready to fire up some juicy blood spilling action. Hold the phone boss, we’ve got a few MORE of funcoms eff ups to fix. You’re probably going to launch the game and get nothing more than a black screen now. Be sure to check if you have anything between your teeth with this now very expensive mirror you’re sitting in front of.

To fix the black screen of WTF, head back to ye old SimpleConfig.exe, and give ‘er a run. Now look for the graphics tab and select DirectX 9 (your default may or may not be DirectX10). Restart AoC. If this still doesn’t work, rinse and repeat the above steps, but now set the resolution to something lower than your standard screen rez. Fear not, you’ll be able to change these settings in game mode once you’ve managed to raise Conan from the black screen of WTF.

I wish that I could say after funcom’s last release, Anarchy Online, that they’ve learned a thing or two. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem so. With such a sweet looking game, let’s hope that funcom can fix the flubs and bring on the fury!