Soundtrack Releases for JJ1, JJ2, and even JJ3 - May 23rd 2013
Source: Retro Game Music Bundle
A great many developments in the video gaming world have arisen since the mid-1990’s, among them being the idea that a game’s soundtrack might be something that could be released independently. Successfully, even. Epic Games included a couple of Jazz songs in their 20th Anniversary Soundtrack Compilation thingy, and Alexander Brandon once gifted Lori Central with the JJ2 soundtrack (still in module format), but overall, despite its universally beloved music, the Jazz Jackrabbit series has never seen a commercial soundtrack release.
Until today. As of, uh, fifteen minutes before I posted this. (Yeah, I was hovering over their website waiting for them to release this.)
The Game Music Bundle organization traditionally releases soundtracks from Indie games, but this time around chose to focus on “retro” games, in particular the 90’s era that we all know and presumably love. To this end, for the ludicrously low price of $1, you can buy the complete soundtracks of both Jazz 1 and Jazz 2, plus four more games, including Tyrian (also from our friends at Epic). Pay $10, and thirteen more albums get added to your order, including the soundtrack of Jazz 3D! There are other games in the list that I’d be happy to rave about, but they’re not really relevant to a Jazz Jackrabbit news website. ;)
I don’t know too much about the Game Music Bundle folks’ business model, though not for want of trying… they simply don’t talk about themselves very much. But there’s every indication that this is a 100% legal venture. They’ve done this many times before (though, again, with indie games instead of retro ones), and they make specific mention of doing work to untangle the copyrights of the JJ1 and JJ2 soundtracks.
Obviously I can’t make you buy this. But I can strongly suggest you do so. (And if there’s any sort of comment field — I haven’t checked yet — do remember to mention it was Jazz that brought you there!) Rumors have been circulating about either the JJ1 or JJ2 soundtrack being included in this bundle ever since they teased an icon of a turtle shell, and especially after a tweet mentioning two brothers and one of them being “SPASTIC.” (They messed up, though, by saying there was no time travel involved.) This — all three PC games — is a bigger deal than I think anyone could possibly have predicted, however.
Here’s a blog post about the process of creating this bundle.
This seems to be the best place to contact them with questions or concerns.
We’ve been discovered! “Josh from the GMB” has shown up in the comments section. Everyone say hi!
Epic tells me to retweet about the Jazz tee; I retweet about the Jazz tee. Or whatever it is that making J2O link to the original tweet does.
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Site e-mails were broken (yet again). They have been fixed (yet again). Requesting new passwords and things like that should work now (yet again). I apologize for J2O having such a terrible track record with regards to site e-mails. It's a remarkably fragile system, but hopefully it should be more reliable now.
Over at the JCF, there's been some big changes to the controversial reputation system. I thought it important enough to also mention here.
Law and Order: Criminal Intent - May 4th 2013
News is feeling a little slow of late, so why not post some pictures from that time the television show Law and Order: Criminal Intent made up a couple video games and modeled one of them after Jazz Jackrabbit? (The other, naturally, being modeled after Unreal Tournament.)
Anniversary Bash 15 - April 7th 2013
Source: The JCF
Will begin on Friday the 12th.
Specifically, the bash is aimed to begin around 4pm UTC/GMT. It will begin with a pack of twenty Battle levels, and will switch to a pack of twenty CTF levels sometime more than twenty-four hours later. The server will be unpassworded and will not require clients to run JJ2+ in order to play, although you may want to run it anyway for its improved network code, spectating support, etc.
Click here to download the levels, tilesets, and optionally music files in advance, rather than downloading them through JJ2 later on a need-to-have basis.
Poll change - April 3rd 2013
|/ready||3 votes (7%)|
|Scripting support||28 votes (73%)|
|Fireball gun||2 votes (5%)|
|Anti-gravity||1 vote (2%)|
|New lighting events||2 votes (5%)|
|Other||2 votes (5%)|
|Total votes: 38|
Well, that’s unambiguous. Looks like anti-grav didn’t get a big turnout, but then it is noticeably unfinished. In any case, it’s definitely time to move on and ask something else! So what’s the best JJ1 episode? Even if you don’t have the full version of JJ1 (and if you don’t, uh oh), you’ve still got three shareware episodes to choose from, plus plenty of youtube videos to help you out in identifying the rest.