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Title: Crystal Dynamics VHS tape from 1993
Post by: Radd on May 26, 2021, 05:19:31 pm
Hey gang, I don't know if anyone had seen this before, so I thought I'd post. Figured if anyone would appreciate this, it would be this community. So I'm a former editor for Electronic Gaming Monthly Magazine. Back in 1993, we received this videotape from Crystal Dynamics, showing footage of the "upcoming" 3DO version of the game. At the time, it was the first we'd heard it was being ported to 3DO and we were pretty stoked as huge fans of the game. We'd get stuff like this all the time. The idea being we could get screenshots from it to publish in the magazine. So it's been sitting on a shelf for nearly 30 years and we've always talked abut digitizing it, but never made it a priority. Well, we finally did it. I'm amazed it still played, and pretty well! The neat thing about the tape is it's raw footage of nearly the entire 3DO intro and a few starship renders before they got "duk'd" to 120p or whatever on the 3DO. Don't get too excited, it's still VHS footage, so it's not that great, but my capture card did at the very least deinterlace and upscale the output to 1080p. It's also shows what appears to be footage and music from the PC version of the game, so it was probably still early in development. The intro has some placeholder music, and the only thing that seems to be present from the final 3DO version is battle music and alien voices. Anyway, just a neat piece of history I wanted to share. Enjoy!

The footage:
YouTube: https://youtu.be/Yggbd6lahEM (https://youtu.be/Yggbd6lahEM)
Raw MKV: https://arcade816.com/star_control_2_3do_1080p.mkv (https://arcade816.com/star_control_2_3do_1080p.mkv)

The tape:
(http://arcade816.com/starcon2_vhs_01.jpg)
(http://arcade816.com/starcon2_vhs_02.jpg)


Title: Re: Crystal Dynamics VHS tape from 1993
Post by: Defender on May 27, 2021, 02:42:55 am
oh man thank you for the share. this is awesome stuff...i had downloaded a lot of their artwork when they had a website back in late 90's early 2000s.


Title: Re: Crystal Dynamics VHS tape from 1993
Post by: Krulle on June 04, 2021, 05:39:38 pm
THANK YOU!

For not throwing it away.
For finally digitizing it.
For sharing with us.
For... for .....*blushes*
... making this fan go *squee*!

edit: sorry for the late reply, but the forums were down for a while