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Posted on Oct 21st 2009 at 01:13:56 AM by (LAGO)
Posted under The Dig, gaming challenge

Ok first off for anyone that is wanting to play The Dig and hasn't yet you may want to skip my blog.  I'm sure spoilers will abound as I go through my trials and tribulations.

Now on with it!

First off, I have a new record!  I managed to make it a good 20 minutes into the game before I got stuck!  We will overlook the fact that half of that was cutscenes.  But, with me and adventure games there is always a caveat.  I'm playing The Dig on SCUMMVM.  It autosaves to the directory you are running the game from.  Initially this was from the cd.  So after my first session ended ... I started over, with SCUMMVM configured correctly.

I managed to make it into the asteroid with little difficulty.  Although I did think the shuttle was supposed to move the rock instead of the shovel ... yeah I know, but remember I suck at adventure games.

So I make it onto an alien world and into an underground lair, with only one casualty.  Which is supposed to happen.  I did a double check with my friend to see if that was story driven or if there was a possibility to save him.  Either way i'm not going back on my play through.  Curiosity was getting at me, tho.

And now we get to where I am stuck.  There is a large circular room with many sealed doors and a pattern to unlock them.  I managed to find a key but I think there is something else I need to do to activate the doors.  As the key only shows a pattern.  I do see a lens on the floor ... my next mission is to try and get that, I think.  And for those who have played the game I have touched every stinking glowing plant, to no avail, to try and get a door open.

And now for the no crap statement of the week.  I promised my friend i'd keep him abreast of my progress.  So I called him and told him where I was and that I was having trouble opening the sealed doors.  And his response ... well there is something you have to do to get the doors open.  NO CRAP! 

For the record I will update the blog after every gaming session or so.  And I am defining a gaming session as at least an hour of game play or what I deem a major accomplishment.

Ok i'm off to grab a lens ... wish me luck!

Posted on Oct 17th 2009 at 04:03:43 PM by (LAGO)
Posted under adventure game

I've got a friend from high school who has always loved adventure games.  Mainly the Lucas Arts adventure games, Monkey Island and that ilk.  As it turns out every year he gets an itch to play The Dig.  Said itch is currently in the process of getting scratched.

Many moons ago he let me borrow this game, but my computer was to slow to run it.  I never got around to playing it.  Plus I am atrocious at adventure games.  So my friend, in the spirit of old fashioned competition, issued the following challenge:

Complete "The Dig"  the way we used to play video games before the internet.  No cheats, no FAQS, and no help from him or anyone else.  Well GAME ON!  I'll keep this blog updated as I progress through the game/pull my hair out in frustration.

I think its only fair I issue a counter challenge to him.  I'll decide on that in the next few days.  I've a couple ideas already.  Turns out his main motivation for the challenge is to see how long it takes me to complete the game.  Knowing my inherent lack of ability when it comes to adventure games, I will be following this theme in my blog for the next couple of decades.

Wish me luck!  I'm gonna need it.

Posted on Sep 17th 2009 at 01:51:21 AM by (LAGO)
Posted under nwc, contest

First off because I really want one.  Then there is the other painfully obvious reason of it is very expensive and I don't readily have the money available for it.  Instead lets focus on the first reason.  I have heard that the NWC cart is a blast to play!  I refuse to play this game via emulation.  I'm just weird that way.  So give me the NWC cart so I can experience the thrill of playing it.  Oh, having it in the collection wouldn't be so bad either.

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