MusicallyInspired

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  1. Mage's Initiation releases Jan 30th

    Mage's Initiation now has a Coming Soon page on GOG. Go now and wishlist it if you're one of those anti-Steam/anti-DRM fellows. https://www.gog.com/game/mages_initiation_reign_of_the_elements?fbclid=IwAR0bDIdf6WWWXL_FFQg9cWJen9AL26FUAHFS6TyAU_59v1bCiPjUhVQmrHk
  2. The game I scored that was Kickstarted a few years ago is finally coming out. You can also now wishlist it on Steam. Adventure/RPG-hybrid in the vein of Quest for Glory but with its own twist, for those who haven't heard of it (or forgot).
  3. I took most of yesterday and wrote a script that extracts background resources from a Sierra game, converts to PNG, and upscales with ESRGAN. I'm doing all the Sierra games and uploading them to a Google Drive folder. I'll upload more as time goes on: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1r6wxN7xQzuV9bm4H_rw3u4aCOO5r43P4?usp=sharing For PQ4 (and some screens in PQ3) I'm going to try a different model that's more accustomed and trained to restore low resolution live photos. It's coming out more like a painting, and while that's cool, I think it can do these better. For QFG4, all the backgrounds are in pieces with foreground objects as different picture resources entirely so I'm going to take more time with that one and stitch them all together before upscaling.
  4. All due respect to those involved with the LA adventure game remasters, but this kind of blows it out of the water. This was done with ESRGAN and a Manga109 dataset-trained model. This requires a bit of GPU memory to run through. This method has also been used to great effect for upscaling sprites and textures in 3D games like Doom, Hexen, Ocarina of Time, Final Fantasy VII (you have no excuse now, Square), Mario 64, Metroid Prime, and tons more. Full Throttle Highway: Full Throttle: Kick Stand Full Throttle: Inside Jet (original, upscaled, remastered) Sam & Max: Street Grim Fandango: Office Hallway Grim Fandango: Office Entrance Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Throne (in order: original, upscaled, special edition, original scan) Monkey Island 2: Cliff Face (original, upscaled, special edition) Monkey Island 2: Big Tree (original, upscaled, special edition)
  5. I agree it's not perfect, but especially with these shots I've shown above, the remasters look either blurry or washed out completely while the upscales preserve a lot more detail. Especially in Full Throttle's case where most of the remastered backgrounds were just upscaled with inferior filters and hand-pixel edited on top for certain areas.
  6. High or low fps?

    I prefer middle of the road. As close to even as possible, favouring graphics just a tad more. Obviously best case scenario is high quality graphics and high framerate. In these days of 4k norms, I'm happy to be on my GTX 970 enjoying 1080p graphics on highest settings most of the time with 100+ fps on my 60hz monitor.
  7. I don't know Persona. Never played it. But I did get excited when the surprise was unveiled. Makes me hopeful for other non-Nintendo challengers we'd least expect. And I'm happy for Persona fans.
  8. Mage's Initiation releases Jan 30th

    4 different classes, each with different solutions to many puzzles, and each have their own specific side quest. Definitely worth replaying!
  9. That's definitely the best one so far. The music, and especially the lyrics, work amazingly well.
  10. The song with lyrics is so 200% anime. Funny you should mention Melee as its, Smash 4's, and Ultimate's themes all use the same (or extremely close) chord progressions and have countless nods, winks, and references to each other's melodies. Ultimate's theme even references some musical riffs from Smash64's intro. Brawl is still my favourite theme though many seem to think it's far too dramatic to be taken seriously as a Smash theme....which is what I thought was the whole point. And there is not greater Final Destination Theme than Brawl's:
  11. Apparently Skybound Games is going to finish off Telltale's last Walking Dead season, according to Robert Kirkman. https://www.gameinformer.com/2018/10/06/skybound-games-finishing-telltales-the-walking-dead
  12. Didn't know he was getting married! I'll have to wish him my best.
  13. Yeah, I don't even get the launcher. I stopped getting TTG games after BTTF so I never bothered with TWD-onward. It makes sense that those games with the cloud decision comparisons would require account authentication. But then, you can get those on Steam and even GOG now so it's not essential. Though, you can still link those games with your TTG account in-game.
  14. I've got a few people on Steam including Shodan, Fawful (I think), and Dashing but haven't talked to them in years. Used to talk to Dashing all the time.
  15. Good 'nuff then. I can also confirm that Tales of Monkey Island and Puzzle Agent at least don't require account authorization. But if they don't, it stands to reason the others don't either. EDIT: And Sam & Max Season One doesn't either. I'm going to call it there.
  16. But seriously, though. I do feel bad for all those employees out of a job. I hope that lawsuit goes somewhere beneficial for them. I'm pleased about what happened to the company itself. It's justice in many ways for me personally. I don't know about your TTG games, but none of mine require account authorization anymore and haven't for a while. I'm pretty sure they changed that a while back, which is why I redownloaded some of them then. I've redownloaded them all now. Question: Do the GOG or Steam versions of Tales of Monkey Island have Harrington's LeChuck voices in 101 still? Because if not, the Telltale version is the only one that does. Unless the Earl Boen version was exclusive to the physical DVD that you could order from their store once upon a time.
  17. Clone Wars is back. 12 more episodes to tie off the old series. Mostly if not all consisting of pre-written and pre-recorded/animated content. Finally we'll be able to see it all. I didn't think I'd be excited about Star Wars again. At least not this soon.
  18. I love them all, but my fondest memories are with Brawl. It seemed the most epic when it came out. The massive crossover single player story campaign, all the vault unlockables, music remixes, and characters really sold it for me. I missed the Wii U/3DS wave because I didn't own those consoles, but having them now they're pretty fun. If Ultimate turns out to be everything it seems to be, it'll be my new favourite (how I've missed you, directional air dodge). This series is quite special for me because I remember as a kid wishing for exactly this kind of crossover and was floored to discover that it was actually happening. I remember reading about it and seeing early screenshots in Nintendo Power and whatnot. And the day it came out my brother and I went to Blockbuster Video and rented it first thing in the morning. I'm sure we were one of the first to take it home. What a time we had. What a blast. I love this series.
  19. Well....dang. Grain of salt 'n all, but what would she gain by lying? Clicks and views I guess, but she has a fairly large following and being dishonest now would just hurt her in the future (Grace Randolph, I mean). I hope it's true.
  20. Oh it's way worse I'm sure. Trevorrow called the atmosphere at LucasFilm "acidic". I heard (but have no links) that all the Anthology films are put on ice and that Kiri Hart (VP and head of the Star Wars Story Group) is replacing Kennedy. Rian Johnson's triloy, the GoT writers' trilogy, and the Jon Favreau live action TV show are still a go, though.
  21. So after two months of taking my kids through the MCU (and the Spiderman/Amazing Spiderman movie series) I've got to say I'm a Marvel fan now. I used to always prefer DC. I still prefer Batman above all other superheroes, and Superman is better than Captain America, but man is the Marvel lore fascinating. I've been blissfully unaware. I did watch the Silver Surfer cartoon from 1998 which only had 1 season and incredibly bad voice acting, but really gripping stories. I never knew how cohesive the Marvel universe was. I had seen the first few Marvel movies but I just wasn't interested in really keeping up with it. The first one I really liked was Guardians of the Galaxy so that was probably the first big hook. Going back through from the beginning gave me a new appreciation and after watching Infinity War in theaters last week with the family for my son's birthday, I really want to dig into it even more. I'm chomping at the bit for more MCU movies (especially after being immensely disappointed with Star Wars of late). My wife is also really into Agents of Shield. Don't really want to get caught up in the shows, but I don't think it's necessary anyway. I just keep hearing that Marvel TV shows pale in comparison to DC TV shows and I think DC TV shows aren't that fantastic (besides Smallville I guess). But yeah, Batman still rules all.
  22. Last Movie you watched...

    Took the family to see The Avengers Infinity War for my son's birthday last week. The ending was blown for me, but dang was it an enjoyable movie. Not perfect, but it was always gripping at every turn. Great humour, fantastic action (best in all the MCU IMO), each character was handled authentically to their movies. My only complaint was that But bravo anyway. What an event. This was the cultural event that Star Wars should have been. I wasn't even into the MCU as I was never a Marvel kid (was more into Batman and Superman, though Spiderman too). I was actually looking forward more to the Amazing Spiderman movies before they stopped short. But we took the kids through each of the MCU films and I gradually got more into them. Now I'm hooked.
  23. I heard Donald Glover is firm on not wanting to return as Lando in any capacity.