Missed E3 again this year, of course. EVERY time it's in town I'm on some major frigging project for the newspaper. But I don't feel so bad this year. It helps when your best friend at the paper, Alex Pham , is the games reporter. And I also kept track of the events through Gamespot, which really blankets the event.
Right now, I'm having a blast with an unexpected gaming pleasure. Let's say you develop an absolutely killer game, one that is talked about for years after its release, but you had to play it with cheesy, old school, barely above 2D paper roll graphics. Let's say the same company develops a killer graphics engine, or at least acquires the rights to one. Wouldn't it be great to be able to go back and play at least a few scenes from that earlier game with the amazing, modern graphics?
Well, of course it would be great.
Imagine playing the game of the year edition of Half Life with the graphics from Half Life 2.
Imagine playing the original Deus Ex with the graphics engine used for Deus Ex Invisible War.
Well, if you bought Electronic Arts' Battlefield Vietnam and have upgraded to version 1.2 of the game, you can do exactly that. I can't imagine why no one else has done this. This past weekend, I've played three of the Pacific Campaign scenes from the game Battlefield 42 with the BV engine and it's amazing. Last night, I downloaded another modification that also uses the BV engine. In fact, there seem to be dozens of BV mods (BF Central, Planet Battlefield Vietnam, and more) out there, including one based on the Revolutionary War. I might just try all of them...
What was that line from the original, Jim Carrey version of The Mask?
Somebody stop me!!