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  1. In Topic: Replaying Heretic for the first time

    06 December 2017 - 01:20 AM

    If you just compare the shareware episodes, Heretic has a lot more thematic variety than Doom, and the levels are somewhat more complex and at least feel larger on average. The weapons might be pretty straightforward Doom counterparts, but there are also new inventory items like the wings, and the Timebomb of the Ancients and the Morph Ovum actually count as weapons too (it's a pity you can only carry one each item type from level to the next).
  2. In Topic: The Supreme Topic of Miscellaneous Knowledge

    02 December 2017 - 02:32 AM

    On a side note, with good, high-quality scans it should be possible to get pixel-accurate versions of screenshots (but of course with colour inaccuracies due to the specifics of the printing process) if the source images are large enough. Sadly much of the stuff available online are scans that are a) not in the highest resolution available, b) often mangled by high levels of JPEG compression and c) may be not perfectly aligned vertically, distorting the images.

    To give you some idea of what I'm talking about, here's my attempt at restoring a screenshot on this page:
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    Compare it to another screenshot in original quality:
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    It's not 100% perfect but you can see that the ARMOR and HEALTH text, the compass, ammo counter and the SAFE indicator are pixel-accurate in the restored image compared to the original screenshot. The left side is somehow mangled a bit, perhaps due to some inaccuracies during scanning (?). I got this by cropping the screenshot from the scan, resizing it via Nearest Neighbour to 1280x800 (4x the original size), applying Gaussian blur at 1 pixel radius, then downsizing everything to 320x200 with the Bicubic interpolation method (all done in GIMP).

    Note that the quality of the scan is far from excellent; I'm hoping that with better source images, even more accurate results may be achieved.
  3. In Topic: Descent corner

    26 November 2017 - 10:28 AM

    I just learned that the Descent trilogy is back at GOG.com:
    https://www.gog.com/..._descent_series
  4. In Topic: The Supreme Topic of Miscellaneous Knowledge

    18 November 2017 - 02:31 AM

    View PostSanek, on 15 November 2017 - 03:14 AM, said:

    Why some gaming magazines and distributors used screenshots from not the registered version of Duke, well after the game's release? I remember seeing a couple of reviews of DN3D that used screenshots from beta-versions of the game.

    Different publications had different standards regarding custom screenshots. Many of them received official screenshot right from the developer/publisher, and preferred them to images that the editorial staff could produce (especially considering that software for taking screenshots was not as advanced as it is today). Quite often a magazine would preview a game using official screenshots available at the time, and once the full version became available they would "recycle" some of the screenshots they already had in the review as well.

    Also don't forget that many differences between some pre-release screenshots and images from the final release only become obvious after a careful study and comparison, which is something magazine reviewers and/or distributors might have not have time for.
  5. In Topic: Duke3D & SW - Early/Alpha/Beta/Gold Material

    29 October 2017 - 10:25 AM

    Not sure which is the best place to post this - findings of this kind are scattered across several threads and are generally not easy to track down, but anyway - I just stumbled upon a screenshot from a Shadow Warrior preview published in the Jan '96 issue of the French mag Génération 4 which seems to be unfamiliar to me (bottom centre of this page). The image appears to show the Ripper Heart shooting red fireballs in a circular pattern around the player (perhaps similar to one of Guardian Head's firing modes in the full game), and the caption says something to the same effect (the author attempted some pun as far as my poor French allows me to understand).

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