Forerunners: The History Of The PC Side-Scroller

27 Sep 2016 at 17:13

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:


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

And others. Go check it out.

- wiivn

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Love & Thunder on 28 Sep 2016 at 17:34

Quick, someone make a documentary about the history of the JJ2 fandom called “Foorunners” while the reference is still valid!

Primpy on 29 Sep 2016 at 11:07

^ Agreed, but why “Foorunners”? I don’t get it.

Love & Thunder on 29 Sep 2016 at 16:45

A very old running joke in the Jazz fandom revolves around an incompetent wizard called Fooruman, the master Foo, who is constantly under threat by his nemesis Unfooruman, and his sidekick Spotty. Thankfully, Unfoo and Spotty are equally incompetent, so they never actually manage to kill him.
There’s also Black Ninja, who helps Fooruman, and is the only sane one, then Octo and Whaler appeared at one point… And Morpheus from the Matrix… It was pretty crazy.

It all started out with a series of race levels called the Foo Races, which then had a series of flash animated cartoons based on it called the Foo Movies. I heard there was going to be a comic aswell, but that never got off the ground. There were also some Foo stories in the War Tavern, and there was a JJ2 singleplayer level pack called “FSP: Rent Collection”(Which happens to be my favourite custom level pack), and a semi-sequel to that called Shade Castle.

A lot of this stuff is pretty hard to find nowadays, but FSP and Shade Castle are here on J2O in the downloads section, and the Foo Movies are here:

Anyway, the whole point of this thing is that it was all based around the term “Foo”, which originally was shorthand for “Fool”, but in the Jazz fandom is synonymous with the whole Foo Races, Foo Movies thing. So, I thought it’d be funny to do a history of the JJ2 fandom, and call it “Foorunners” as a pun on this documentary, but also as a reference to the Foo Races, because “Foo runners” sounds like it could refer to people who play the Foo Races.

TreyLina on 29 Sep 2016 at 18:07

They don’t seem to keep up much with todays side-scrollers, asides from the big hits (well okay, most of them shown were). They’re in no way dead – sidescrollers just have more of a niche audience.

FPSes may have cast them aside, but so did 3D games in general – they just have more universal appeal.

Primpy on 30 Sep 2016 at 20:02

That’s actually quite hilarious, Robo. Shame on me for missing some of the greatest times of the Jazz fandom :c

Love & Thunder on 1 Oct 2016 at 13:48

Don’t feel too bad — I missed them too. XD

Logface202 on 30 Nov 2016 at 20:52

nice to see clint in there, heck, he introduced me to jazz
(through his jazz 1 review, not personally.)

luke11685 on 30 Dec 2016 at 18:39

I guess in future Interceptor Entertainment founder Jacob Ostergaard will have pixel art sprites of Sonic the Hedgehog after Super Mario Bros. wall one.I hope in Forerunners 2 The History of the Home Console Side-Scroller Robert Allen and Nick Stadler officially.

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