Portal - Apple II

Have You Played Portal Yet On The Apple II?

When it comes to Portal I am of two minds. When I first saw the game in action on The Orange Box in 2007 I was blown away. I do have a fondness for puzzle titles but something about the videos I was seeing made me hesitant. While the idea of wielding an Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device was thrilling.

The truth of the matter is I’m one of those souls who is in fact affected by motion sickness. In first person games like Portal this is something of an issue as you might imagine. Still, the lure of not just Portal but Half-Life 2 and of course Team Fortress 2 . Made sure I was there on release day at my local game store to pick up my copy.
Portal - The Orange Box

The results were as to be expected. In addition my crippling weakness of motion sickness also affected me when playing Half-Life 2. However at the very least I was able to engage in another type of science with Team Fortress 2!

That’s how I lost my medical license!

Thankfully my Wife was able to make use of Portal – so I got the story of Chell, even if I had to leave the room and lay down every 15 minutes to do so. But all of that nasty motion sickness is behind us now thanks to Vince Weaver!
Portal - Vince Weaver

Who not only happens to be an assistant professor at the University of Maine -in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. But also sports a nice flux capacitor behind him and managed to program Portal on the Apple II. Worries of being struck down by motion sickness are a thing of the past!

Not too shabby a feat for a system that was built 24 years before Portal arrived on the scene, right? In addition Vince was able to pull this off using Applesoft Basic. He also managed to include a chiptune version of Still Alive!

Now that you know a bit about Portal for the Apple II, why not watch it in action? A walkthrough of sorts hosted by Vince Weaver!

[Via] Deater78

Oh, hey! Sorry – didn’t realize you were finished with that video. I was just enjoying this delicious and rather moist cake sent over by our friends from Aperture Laboratories. Why not let GLaDOS entertain you with an uplifting song while I finish this cake?

[Via] Norbert Tomo

Team Fortress 2 – Meet The Medic

I’ve stated before that my second favorite class to play in the awesome Team Fortress 2 game by Valve is our very own Claymation Werewolf…um, I mean the Medic. Watch the video, you can see how I sometimes get confused.

The original Team Fortress was created in 1996 by John Cook, Robin Walker, and Ian Caughley, it was a mod of the popular Quake software from id. In 1999 the development team was hired by Valve to port the game to their Half-Life engine and called Team Fortress Classic. It only took them 8 more years before they were ready to unleash Team Fortress 2 on the world!

By the way…Team Fortress 2 if you didn’t get a chance to watch the video is now free to play. Forever. So be sure to jump over to the Official Site so you can download it and join in on the fantastic mayhem!

Gang Garrison 2

gang garrison 2

Sometimes an interesting game just needs to be revisited. I played Gang Garrison a while ago, but hankering for some low res agro recently and decided to try playing again. Originally conceived for the 2008 TIGSource.com ‘Bootleg Demake’ competition, Gang Garrison 2 is a free multiplayer ‘demake’ of Valve’s Team Fortress 2 started by mrfredman and MedO with many developers later adding new features. With all 9 classes, many different TF2-inspired environments, and fast-paced, team-based, multiplayer gameplay represented, GG2 is the premier TF2 tribute/parody/alternative.

Gang Garrison 2 presents the player with 9 unique classes to use in frenetic, cooperative multiplayer action in a stylish and unique 8-bit style. Battle with your friends or others you encounter online through a whole range of vibrant maps; TF2 maps reimagined in 2D as well as a multitude of maps with all sorts of different looks and settings, all of which have been dreamed up and constructed by members of our community.

Gang Garrison 2