Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Taking Inventory

As of yesterday, Riven has full inventory support. Yes, that means you can access Atrus' Journal, Catherine's Journal, and the trap book. Yes, that also means that the first "end" to the game is now accessible. The first two actually. You can now die by using the trap book on Riven or on Tay. Two out of like 20. Not bad.

Images of course!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Spanning the Globe

After some work, I've gotten images in various other games (besides Myst and Riven) to display properly in Mohawk. Here's a little teaser of what I've been working on:

Hopefully, someone will recognize that image from "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" It's the main interface at the bottom of the screen. Any transparency is represented by black right now. Of course, none of the other games are playable yet, but this opens the door for working on the other games. But, there's still lots of Myst and Riven stuff to do ;)

Friday, July 03, 2009

Myst in Windows 3.1/DOSBox

After yesterday's post, I obviously had to test Myst as well. Especially since that's what I'm working on (partially, at least :P). Using the same setup as yesterday, I began to install the application which installed smoothly. QuickTime, on the other hand, was not as cooperative. Apparently, someone else had my problem and I used the same solution to use the alternative QuickTime installer. Myst started up, and it worked perfectly. Beyond perfectly, really. I couldn't find one problem with the game. Everything just worked. The game is completable too. I've commemorated this with an image and a video.

The image was taken at exactly that time too (locally). Where's that constellation? :P

I also have been working on Myst more. I've experimented with some hotspots and the results are coming along. And I fixed some script parser bugs. Clicking on the book in the first screen actually works now. ;) More posts to come soon, hopefully...

Thursday, July 02, 2009

The Inaugural Game

Today I bought a new MacBook Pro (13", the cheapest one). It was desperately needed. And for anyone who's followed my blog for a while, you'll know how badly the previous laptop sucked. Well, it didn't suck, it just was nearing the end of its time and I kept fixing it to keep it alive.

Anyway, as I do with all new computers I get, I always put on the "inaugural game" onto the computer to christen it, so to speak. The game is always Buried in Time, one of my favorite games. However, having an Intel Mac, running this game would not be an easy task. The Intel Macs don't support < Mac OS X anymore and it obviously doesn't support any Windows thing. Now, I could have gone about this in many ways (such as VirtualBox or WINE), but instead, I chose to use DOSBox + Windows 3.11.

Windows 3.11 installs easily under DOSBox. It was simple to put the CD in and then just install. However, I had to mess around a bit for graphics. I used Windows' SVGA driver (640x480x256 colors) and then for DOSBox set the machine type to "svga_et4000" and it worked like a charm. I installed the SB16 drivers for Windows and then sound worked too. Besides a crash that happens when watching the credits video (with the title and whatnot), the game runs but a with a slight lag. Especially with screen updates. You'll see what I mean with this video:

I'll also get to try Myst and dithering under this setup now too. That's the next step ;)