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PWNCAST | Season 1: Episode 7 – A Restoration Job

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Matt Gardner
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PWNCAST | Season 1: Episode 7 – A Restoration Job

This week we take a look at HD reboots, and gaming's re-releases. We ask what the best way to go about restoring an old game really is, discussing backwards compatibility, and how long a gap may be deemed appropriate. Of course, that all gets old rather quickly and we end up talking about games from yesteryear that we'd really like to see re-released

PWNCAST | Season 1: Episode 7 Recorded: March 22nd, 2012

Some of the things that get discussed this week:

  • How Final Fantasy VII would print money
  • SEGA's laissez-faire re-release methods
  • LucasArts's inexplicable inaction
  • Grim Fandango
  • Freespace 2
  • Notch's intriguing Firefly notion
  • COMPETITION: Win a copy of Shoot Many Robots!

...and much, much more.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible and you should be warned that there may be quite a few instances of strong language.

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PWNCAST | Season 1: Episode 7 – A Restoration Job

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Rbourne  Mar. 25, 2012 at 21:35

I need to shoot many robots to vent my frustration as you just told me there will never be a System Shock 2 re-release within the first 4 seconds of the podcast... thanks for that!

phil16  Mar. 26, 2012 at 15:01

Glad to see someone reads my comments - Freespace 2 is greatly missed but are you guys aware that there is free updated freespace 2 available: http://www.hard-light.net/wiki/index.php/Installing_fs2_open

They've updated the engine and its not bad (Hence why it was used for the new wing commander fan game).

Also glad to hear you mention TIE fighter - What a great story and game.

p.s. I've got a copy of Grim fandago and never played it - Guess I should get it out...

JonLester  Mar. 26, 2012 at 15:04

I need to shoot many robots to vent my frustration as you just told me there will never be a System Shock 2 re-release within the first 4 seconds of the podcast... thanks for that!


Sorry. :3 But you can download the 'Rebirth' high-resolution texture/poly pack that makes System Shock 2 look a lot better. It's a fickle beast on modern hardware, though, as it hates dual-core processors.

Last edited by JonLester, Mar. 26, 2012 at 15:06
MattGardner  Mar. 26, 2012 at 15:49

Glad to see someone reads my comments - Freespace 2 is greatly missed but are you guys aware that there is free updated freespace 2 available: http://www.hard-light.net/wiki/index.php/Installing_fs2_open

They've updated the engine and its not bad (Hence why it was used for the new wing commander fan game).

Also glad to hear you mention TIE fighter - What a great story and game.

p.s. I've got a copy of Grim fandago and never played it - Guess I should get it out...


There are a number of things to respond to here...

First of all, we love getting comments and read every one :)

Secondly, TIE Fighter is amazing, and the entire X-Wing series could use a reboot/re-release

Thirdly, I may have wept at your Grim Fandango postscript.

DivideByZero  Mar. 26, 2012 at 16:18

It's a fickle beast on modern hardware, though, as it hates dual-core processors.

Easily fixed, as you can set affinity to one core.

CarlPhillips  Mar. 26, 2012 at 16:21

@phil16: I have indeed been aware of the (continuing) efforts of the folks over at Hard Light for quite some time, and it's great to see that there are others (other than myself, Matt and Jon) out there that appreciate the great games the Freespace series spawned (as well as Space Combat Sims in general.) In fact, you can read about my memeories of the intro to the first game here, as it really was an incredible cinematic for its time. I'd probably be playing it again right now if my Force Feedback Pro was able to be plugged into my PC in a working capacity, but alas...

Last edited by CarlPhillips, Mar. 26, 2012 at 16:22
phil16  Mar. 27, 2012 at 00:25


Thirdly, I may have wept at your Grim Fandango postscript.


Sorry - its been a long list with a cupboard of old games (I mean that - I last counted 5 or 6 years ago and came up with a total of about 500, of which 200-300 I never played) - I'll get round to it one day (along with pyschonauts and beyond good and evil which I got on steam a while ago...). Sigh one day.


In fact, you can read about my memeories of the intro to the first game here, as it really was an incredible cinematic for its time. I'd probably be playing it again right now if my Force Feedback Pro was able to be plugged into my PC in a working capacity, but alas...

I'm the same - although my saitek still works despite having a bent usb connector. BTW I did comment on your original post under the name Phil (I wasn't registered then).

MattGardner  Mar. 30, 2012 at 15:43

Well, Rbourne won that one :) Code will be on its way to you shortly.

Rbourne  Mar. 30, 2012 at 15:51

Well, Rbourne won that one :) Code will be on its way to you shortly.
X) Yay! Thanks!

Last edited by Rbourne, Mar. 30, 2012 at 15:51

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