Gremlins 2: The New Batch Review (NES)

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Sebastian’s Review I fucking love this game. The whole time I played it, I kept thinking, “Holy shit! Edmund McMillen must have based the Binding of Isaac on this game.” I know, I know, the Binding of Isaac is really based on classic Zelda. But! Many of the enemies, encounters, and obstacles felt very much like they were from Gremlins …

DuckTales Review (NES)

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Sebastian’s Review This is pegged as a classic and I can see why. Each level was extremely fun and presented its own unique challenge. This is platforming at its finest. Sabrina and I didn’t do that well, but at the end of the day it’s far easier than most platformers from that era. I suspect that is part of what …

Super Dodge Ball Review (NES)

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Sebastian’s Review I remember playing Super Dodge Ball as a kid and always getting my ass kicked by my cousin. However, something other than my masochistic nature kept me going back for more. As an adult, I realize it is one of those games that seems silly and superficial, but once you dig in, you find there is a surprising …

Super Ghouls ‘N Ghosts Review (SNES)

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Sebastian’s Review This game is a classic and with good reason. It strikes the perfect mix of so frustrating you’ll break your controller, but so addictive that right after you want to break your controller you go in for another round. I really like the music and the graphics as well, although I’ve only seen levels 1 and 2, ugh! …

Friday the 13th Review (NES)

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Sebastian’s Review I really enjoyed the game, but then again I am a Jason fanboy. I like the juxtaposition of 2d and 3d elements to the gameplay. I found it fun getting scared by Jason’s sudden appearance. And, I felt quite a rush when Sabrina downed Jason twice! It’s not the best game, but it’s definitely not the worst game …

Looking Back at Fleet Commander

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It’s been a little over six years since I started doing research at the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the first major project I did would eventually be known as Fleet Commander. With Star Wars: Episode VII out and EVL’s Cyber-Commons touch wall again configured in a way that would make it easier …

That’s No Moon

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With the semester almost over, I found some time to do some more 3D modeling. This time the Death Star. Using a similar method to The Enterprise, I collected several bluepoints and screencaps of the Death Star as seen in the films. Relatively simple Death Star model drawn at scale (120 km): November 11, 2015 ‘Ramped Corridor’: December 5, 2015 …

Starfighter: Models to Virtual Reality

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Much like the Enterprise project I started in 2011, Starfighter in 2012 began with “let’s see if I can make some Blender models and turn it into a game in Unity.” Unlike Enterprise which was more of an architectural simulation at the beginning, Starfighter had much more of an X-Wing space combat sim in mind. Between working on Enterprise and …

Starfighter: Now with Stormtroopers?

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Most of the 3D models I tend to make are inorganic objects such as buildings and spaceships because my knowledge of character modeling comes from a few Google searches and Blender’s Gingerbread Man tutorial, so the results have been decent at best. Starfleet Officer: February 11, 2013 Sometime in 2014 I starting playing around with MakeHuman. Being a Sims player …

Microsoft Xbox One Elite Controller Review

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***For those of you who want a quick verdict: Buy it! This controller is the best controller I’ve ever had the pleasure of using on any console and for Steam gaming.*** First Impressions: The packaging for the Xbox One Elite controller is excellent. Microsoft historically has been pretty hit or miss on the packaging appeal front, but with the Elite …