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The greatest STAR CONTROL magazine feature ever
« on: March 15, 2005, 04:00:32 pm »

I thought more people should play this game, so decided to do something about it.

http://www.livepublishing.co.uk/retro/retro14.shtml

It's a two part feature, meaning the second part is in the next issue.

It contains the full UQM game for free on the cover disc, an in-depth round up of each and every SC game ever released (and not released),  including the old 8-bit home computer versions, plus I have an interview with the great ones. Thats right, Paul and Fred were kind enough to answer some of my questions.

It speaks highly of the games, highlights the plight of the series, talks about the unreleased version as well as briefly looking at TFB's other games.

Hopefully it should allow everyone to get to re-experience this great game, and generate interest not only in SC but also Toys for Bob.

Special thanks must also goto Mr Vandenboom and Derrenbacker for their assistance in creating this article.


So go forth SC fans and spread the word, since I wont be happy until everyone in the developed world has played this game.
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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2005, 03:29:17 am »

is it in shops now?
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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2005, 05:24:46 am »

Nice! Smiley

I assume the remixed music didn't make it onto the coverdisc?
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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2005, 05:50:45 am »

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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2005, 11:14:09 am »

Sorry, that was a typo in my post.
I didn't mean any offence, I know how annoying it is to get your surname spelt wrong, just look at mine!

In the article you are credited as:
"Serge van den Boom" Should the "van den" part also be capitalised? If so I can still have it changed probably.  Smiley
Again, sorry about the typo.

I downloaded all the remixed music, and all the extra material bonus packs too. So unless my boss decided to leave them out, EVERYTHING currently available (v0.03) should be on the disc. It might not automatically install the remixed music though. But I try and get everything.



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could someone post this on PONAF as well? Thanks. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2005, 11:36:09 am »

"Serge van den Boom" is correct.

So how are you handling the installation?
(It's 0.30 btw, not 0.03)
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« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2005, 05:41:47 pm »

This is great...

I am a regular reader of the great "Retro Gamer" magazine, and Star Control sure deserves to be in the cover...

I'm just curious about it... is the version provided the oficial 0.3 release, or is it the current CVS? By now I guess there are already major differences between them. Wink

I am looking forward to read the article. Thanks.
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« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2005, 09:18:47 am »

Awesome! Will the article be avaliable online? (I live in the US, so I woudl imagine it's more difficult for me to get a hard copy.)
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« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2005, 01:20:58 pm »

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"Serge van den Boom" is correct.

So how are you handling the installation?
(It's 0.30 btw, not 0.03)



Last time I spoke to my boss, he said he was looking into it running off the CD, but failing that he said he would set it up as a 150mb installation. I gave him all the remix packs too (all 6 of them), so hopefully they will be on the disc.

So far though, everyone on their forum is psyched, I am forever surprised at the amount of people who claim to have never even heard of this game.

Its just V0.3, the one I downloaded about a month ago. But there are links to the site so people can get any updated version.
Hopefully the article text will encourage them to keep an eye on it.

Retro Gamer does get released in the USA, 10'000 issues a month I think... but they do eventually put the article online. Failing that, you can order it directly off their website, it is a bit pricey though due to the difference in exchange rate.

Still, I'm hoping plenty of people get to play this now.


Erm... Has anyon posted this on PONAF?
Also, would it sound arrogant if I asked Mr Derrenbacker to put this up as news on his site?

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« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2005, 02:06:10 pm »

If they're running it directly from the CD-ROM, or using a custom installation procedure, I strongly suggest they use a recent snapshot.
All they'd have to do is use a replacement .exe file and add one .zip file to the content directory.
The most important things they'd gain:
- intro and victory sequence
- increased stability
- several non-critical bug fixes

The intro and victory sequence are probably the most important. Without the intro, a player will miss part of the backstory, and without the victory sequence, the player will miss the conclusion.
Version 0.3 was already pretty stable, but would consistently crash after a few hours. If the player saves regularly, that's not really a big problem, but with a recent cvs version there won't be a problem at all.
The non-critical fixes are for problems that may slightly annoy people, but do not make the game unplayable.

While the CVS snapshots can in theory be less stable, such instability is usually very temporary. If there's no new snapshot a day after the most recent one, it should be pretty safe to use. If there *is* a new snapshot, that may also mean there's just been more work done. In such a case you may want to check in the cvs logs what the change was for.

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« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2005, 03:12:01 pm »

It's a bit late for the current version, since the CDs have been manufactured....

But I will post links with this info for all the readers, since if it's as easy as you say, they should appreciate it.

I take it then that after installing, the average reader just follows the instructions with regards to the snapshot and everything should work?

Thanks for the info! Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2005, 08:39:02 pm »

Well, if they're playing from CD then "adding one .zip file to the content directory" gets a little tougher... for the rest, yes.
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« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2005, 11:41:01 pm »

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Well, if they're playing from CD then "adding one .zip file to the content directory" gets a little tougher... for the rest, yes.

yeah they would have to download uqm or make an iso and use deamon tools.
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« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2005, 11:57:41 pm »

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yeah they would have to download uqm or make an iso and use deamon tools.

You really don't need to do any trickery with ISO images. Just copy the files from the CD to the hard disk. It's not like UQM has to run from the CD due to copy protection. Grin
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« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2005, 01:20:09 am »

they said they were going to make it run from cd....also iso's aren't hard....
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