January 30, 2013

Drakan: the Order of the Flame on Windows Vista/7/...


Drakan: the Order of the Flame is an old game developed by now defunct Psygnosis in the 1999.
The main character, Rynn, looks a bit like Lara Croft (yeah, the 1999 is the year of Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation) and Julie "FAKK2" from Heavy Metal FAKK2 (2000 here and here).


Does it work on Windows Vista/Seven in the 2013? Yes!! 
A little bug appears after installing and trying to play: if you select the game difficulty the game crashes.

These are the steps to fix the bug:

1) update your game with this patch (drakan_patch445_eng.zip)*;
2) press and hold Shift while starting the game (yes, double-click and push&hold Shift to activate the Configurator);
3) the Configurator pops up and you can see a new tab "Developer";
4) select the new tab and active the "Developer mode".
5) launch Drakan and start a new game, you can select the level (don't cheat!), select "Ruin village" (the level are not in the right order to play!)

If you have other problems set the .exe of the game in the compatibility mode with W98/Me.
* If the patch file 404'd google the filename or try http://d01.megashares.com/dl/M6yHDDT/drakan_patch445_eng.zip

So... let's play!

January 29, 2013

Surgeon Simulator 2013 on drugs

This hearth rocks!
Do you wanna be a surgeon?
Well, try this game where you play as a surgeon under an heavy influence of drugs:

Surgeon Simulator 2013

No, I can't properly use medical instruments. 

Martian Gothic: unification (end?)

Martian Gothic

I'm to the 95% of the game (the catacombs, the arena, the obelisk, the chorus, the Queen Mab sarcophagus) but I dropped it.
I can assure you that is the most frustrating game I've ever played and the last levels are pure masochism.
If you're brave enough to play it, do it with the cheats:
select the item "Tip book" in the Kenzo's inventory and write AREYOULOOKINATME for GodMode and IFEELUNUSUAL for infinite ammo.
Use this if you have problems: http://adrian.saxtus.gr/rr-mgoth.doc (thanks Adrian! Best guide for this game)

Argh, the plot is not bad, I would like to finish it, but... I care about my mental health!

I don't give a fuck about this Martian shit, I found this RC car and now I'm really happy!!! WRRRRRRR
Some screens:

>>Big version<<

"Stay alone, stay alive"

January 26, 2013

Grim Fandango 9th world #3

Grim Fandango, from 1998, is the first adventure game by LucasArts to use 3D models with prerendered backgrounds (like first Resident Evil games) and it's awesome for the plot, the dialogues and the general style.
There is some bug around in some locations, but nothing important.

Full game by screenshots (obviously spoilers):

Look at previous posts for making GF works on Seven/Vista etc...

January 24, 2013

[Nostalgia] Martian Gothic: Unification #1

Martian Gothic pc

I'm trying to play this old game (2000), but controlling the main characters is really painful.
Mars + station + dark presences + a reconnaissance mission...
There are all the elements for a good survival horror with a storyline a bit obvious perhaps, but it can fascinate.

Well... and now?
I'm so beautiful...
Can't rape a corpse...
This guy has no sense at all...
Curtains 1998: yeah, funny
I need you to cuddle me ♥
I do not know if I will continue ... controlling three characters around the station can be interesting, but it's also a beautiful pain in the ass.

Edit: aw god, enemies have the magnetic attack, you are 2 meters away from one of them and TACK! he's biting your back. Ah, finally weapons...

January 21, 2013

GDIPP: change your font rendering in Windows

With this software you can change how Windows renders the fonts.

There are three ways to install this utility: service, registry and loader.

 I choose loader because it's the easy way for testing the difference drag'n'dropping the executable into the GDIPP shortcut.

Pay attention to installing this software, read what service, registry and loader will do in the installing process.

Downloadgdipp - Customizable Windows text renderers - Google Project Hosting

January 17, 2013

KSP: make your space program

With Kerbal Space Program you can conquer the space or die trying.
It's an indie game and you can download here: http://kerbalspaceprogram.com/

My fails:

Yeah, I didn't know well how things work, but finally:

KOLEA STLONG!! But the "Mun" is a distant goal...

By the way, some monsters:

What has science done!

January 16, 2013

Capturing screenshots was a problem...

I experienced some problem with Fraps in games like Grim Fandango: it's impossible to capture a screenshot.

So I downloaded this software, ShareX, the successor of Zscreen and put CTRL+PrintScreen to take screenshots.
With the only PrintScreen or Fn(eg: F11) nothing happened playing Grim Fandango, I suppose some "hotkey" problem, but now works like a charm.

ShareX saves and uploads images by default, so set your config.


January 15, 2013

[Nostalgia] Grim Fandango, playing on Windows 7

How can I play this awesome game on the new versions of Windows?

The fast and clean way is a new installer and launcher (the links are in the bottom).
The steps are:
- install the game with this installer using your CDs
- the update patch will be automatically downloaded and installed
- use the launcher to launch the game (there is a shortcut on the desktop) and you can play it in "windowed mode" too...

Installer & launcher:

If it doesn't work (you click start but the game doesn't start...) use this patch:

GrimPatchXPv2.exe  (google it)

I'm on Windows Seven 32, but without this patch the game doesn't work, so if you have this problem you can solve it very easily!

January 13, 2013

Android App - System Tuner

system tuner android vertical

A very useful utility for Android is System Tuner.
For what? The use for this application is for rooted phones (some functions) and for expert users!

You can use System Tuner as (from Google PlayStore description):

Task Manager:
- Filter user/system/kernel processes and exclusion list
- Shows cpu load/frequency, memory/internal/sd usage
- Sort processes by cpu times, start time, memory or by name
- Kill non manually excluded apps automatically
- Shows detailed information about running apps and processes
- Manually kill running apps

CPU Manager (rooted phones):
- Tweak CPU governor + frequencies during screen-off, on-call
- Tweak CPU voltage (when available on custom Kernel)
- Set CPU settings on boot
- Uses OC/deamon when available and can disable it

Extended Task Killer
- Kill non-excluded apps automatically or manually
- Kill apps during screen-on, screen-off or when widget refreshes
- Manually exclude or include apps
- All system apps are excluded by default
- Manually kill kernel processes (root)
- Display memory and SD details (RAM & internal)

Application Manager without root:
- Backup/restore/uninstall user apps, only APKs are backed-up
Application Manager with root:
- Freeze/unfreeze apps
- Remove app from boot
- Backup/restore/uninstall any apps and settings, including system apps
- Launch and read app logcat
- Display application data and cache usage
- Sort application by name, data usage or cache usage
- Move any apps to/from system/user/SD space
- Clear caches or dalvik cache (must reboot after)

Activity Recorder, Logcat Reader, Terminal Emulator,

System Tweaker (root):
- Tweak SD cache size to boost performance
- Tweak IO scheduler to boost performance
- App booster on boot (APK alignement + DB cleanup)
- Tweak Android auto-kill memory settings
- Uses Linux init.d script when available

Notifications (show several informations like cpu, memory, cpu governor, sd etc...):

I use it to remove some useless "apps" from startup.

Some screen:
system tuner android


January 12, 2013

Windows 8 updates notifier

If  you have Windows 8 you know that the pop-up notification about Updates are disabled by design in the desktop... so you can add this feature with this tool:


windows update notification on windows 8

January 1, 2013

I saw Prometheus.

No comment. I'm very disappointed.

The plot in one gif:

If you saw it and if you want more info, my suggestions are:

Deleted scenes:

What's wrong:

The "honest trailer":

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