Welp. Late to the party doesn't really cover me, as I've had an account for a few months now (yeah, I'm kinda like that). Falkerz is the handle, I prefer the abbreviation Falk or Fal, just because it's easier.
I started with Rollcage S2 when I was about 6 (so pretty damn soon after release) on a little P4 box. My god was I in heaven. Then for some reason I think I stopped (Scramble was too bloody hard) and it sat for a few years. Then my beloved Uncle bequeathed his PS2 unto myself, with a (sadly, GOUGED copy of RCS2) when I was about 8 or 9. This rendered the saving feature un-usable. And the music was fooked. I had to use the access codes for my progress.
Since then, the P4 box was moved to beiger pastures, and the PS2 was sold for tuppence (actually a fairly accurate price I got for it). Then, the nostalgia started to hit home.
It had been something like 6 years since I'd played Rollcage Stage 2, and I had just come accross the original PC disc for Stage 2. My heart was literally melting at the sight of such a beautiful specimen, and I immediately threw myself into trying to resurrect the game. Oh dear god did I have my work cut out for me.
Most of you are probably thinking, "he googled it, found codemonkey and was a happy little lamb". NONOnonononononononono. That's the normal person thing to do. I did it my way. Which involves spending about 30 minutes finding the latest version of Dx7, and Dx9, to try install on Windows 8, (I had somehow managed it at one point under Vista---
Sorry, I just vomitted at the mention of the V. You know, because it scanned Sys32 and tried to delete itself that one time. Under Windows Defender. Anyways, I was looking for Dx to run RCS2, but Win8 didn't want to play. So, what do I do? I grab every copy of Windows I can. Literally. 95, 98, ME (which I didn't try), XP, XPx64, V, and try to get that thing working. I even grabbed MSDOS 6.2.
Those beautiful old machines, they just won't play nice. I wanted to try 95, but Hyper-V just can't slow itself down enough to make the mouse semi-usable with that. 98 won't install in a reasonable amount of time (I left it for something like 4 hours and it had only prepared the 24GB Vdisk by about 10%). XP doesn't like Dx7, or seem to want Dx9 either. And V, well, that just went to high hell, with random password fookups, arsey-ness and hate inducing rage.
So, I can't run RCS2, and I've wasted about 3 days on this. TIme to step back, and look for a different angle. If only I could emulate this...
Well, I'm sure you can see where this is going. Grab a copy of the RCS2, load use ePSX and get going. It works pretty well. But it's still not quite the same. So I hop onto eBay, and find the only copy listed. And I snaffle it. The other guy was bidding for about £6, I was prepared to go to £20. Damn was I happy that the one time a Royal Mail 2nd Class envelope arrived the next day. Such an Immaculate looking copy, with the original manual. Sooooooo goddam happy.
[It's at this point I realise that this is a LONG post, but dammit I'm gonna finish this story of passion!]
So that was ok for a bit, I breezed through the Type 1 Campaign, but I wasn't enjoying the hassle of ejecting the disc from my PC all the time. BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD!
I can't specifically remember how it happened after that for a bit, but I ended up going back to it, and running a different search. I think I was aware of Grip at this time and got pointed towards CodeMonkey. Mother of God was my world a better place after that. I grabbed all the things. I installed them, And I played for about 3 hours straight. I was so goddam happy. I love it I love it I JUST LOVE!
I HAVE THE NEED FOR SPEED AND IT CANNOT BE SATIATED WITH MEDIOCRE DRIVING GAMES! I NEED TO ENGAGE THE DOUBLE-UP TURBO ON REPUBLIC LOOP AND BECOME ONE WITH THE SKYWAY!
I was also incredibly upset when the kickstarter was cancelled, as I had set my heart on 3D printing ALL THE CARS and painting them. SOmething which I've never done before. I just hope to either get access to the in the future (more or less irrespective of cost) or to draw my favourites and print them. Namely the Claw Fist from Richter. And many of the Vostok's.
As for other things about me, uhm, ask me?
"Tired are we, the few who battle endlessly, against the never ceasing sound, of inevitability..."