Jazz2Online news for September 2016

Permalink Forerunners: The History Of The PC Side-Scroller September 27th 2016

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xY_BumEWBA&feature=youtu.be

3D Realms has released another interesting thing: it has teamed up with some of the most iconic legends to bring us a piece of gaming history: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xY_BumEWBA&feature=youtu.be

Featuring:

- John Romero – Cliff Blezinski – Tom Hall – John Passfield – Bill McIntosh – Dave Taylor – Scott Miller – Clint Basinger

And others. Go check it out.

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Quick news bit:

Jazz2Online was down a few times over the past two days - side-effects of moving and reconfiguring our servers. Should be over now, apologies for any inconvenience caused. Stijn

Permalink Platformer kickstarter namedrops Jazz, Epic, Apogee, etc. September 8th 2016

Source: Kickstarter

A new Kickstarter project titled Rad Rodgers advertises itself as “the return of the 90’s era Apogee platformer,” specifically citing “classics like Commander Keen, Conker, Ruff’n‘Tumble & Jazz Jackrabbit.” People they got quotes from include “Mark Rein, Co-Founder of Epic Games,” “John Romero, Co-Founder of Id Software (Commander Keen),” and course “Cliff Bleszinski, Co-Creator of Jazz Jackrabbit (Epic Games).”

Given all that, it makes you wonder what this line might be hinting at: “Classic Easter Eggs: The game features hard-to-find collectibles in sometimes even harder-to-find classic secret rooms. Use your precision platforming skills to collect ‘em all.”

Anyway the game is about 28% funded right now. What do you think? I’m not a fan of the dialogue (content or quantity) and I could do without the bloody explosions for that matter, but hey, I suppose that Apogee’s oeuvre did include Duke Nukem, not just Cosmo. It definitely looks like a platformer, though, and I appreciate they’re making an effort to have some weird-looking environments, though the lack of contrast makes me imagine the palettes are still a work in-progress.