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Croatian Hacker magazine scans
By elmuerte at 2006-04-03 17:58
insane_cobra send me a couple of scans from a Croatian magazine called Hacker.

LBA1 Preview
Hacker LBA1 Preview 1995-01 [1] Hacker LBA1 Preview 1995-01 [2]

LBA2 Preview
Hacker LBA2 Preview 1997-05

LBA2 Review
Hacker LBA2 Review 1997-10 [Cover] Hacker LBA2 Review 1997-10 [1] Hacker LBA2 Review 1997-10 [2] Hacker LBA2 Review 1997-10 [3] Hacker LBA2 Review 1997-10 [4]

Sanqua Experience #17
By elmuerte at 2006-03-29 16:37
Issue 17 of the online magazie Sanqua Experience has been released. Just in case you didn't know, Sanqua Experience is a free French online magazine about computer games, but not like your average computer game review magazine. So far they featured a couple of articles about Fred and his work.

This issue features Fred twice. It contains an interview with Fred taken in December 2005. And it has a feature about the recent knighing of the three game developers.
As far as I can tell, my French isn't that good, the interview is about Fred's company Ludoïd. But also about the next-gen consoles and the future of games (I think).

So visit their site and download your copy.

Updated: Link put in some effort to translate the interview to English, you can view just the interview here.

Gamasutra feature on the knighting
By elmuerte at 2006-03-15 20:26
Gamesutra has a feature on the knighting of the three game designers. This is more than just a simple news post about the three receiving a medal. They give some more attention to the gaming accomplishments of the French game developers (and not just Ancel and Raynal).

It also contain some interesting info
Frédérick Raynal remembered French game genius Paul Cuisset (Flashback, 1992, Fade to Black, 1995, Moto Racer 3, 2001) with whom he made Time Commando (1996) and might work with again in the near future.
Raynal seemed almost ready to make a come back: "What I miss most is the teamwork, this is the great part of this work, not the game that ends up in a box on shelves. It's the process that I miss, even if it is hard."

Game designers have been knighted
By elmuerte at 2006-03-13 17:09
Knighted game designers
As reported earlier Michel Ancel, Frederick Raynal and Shigeru Miyamoto have me "knighted" in the Order of Arts and Letter. (Read: they received a medal.)

Jeux France has photo series on the ceremony.

So, Fred is done with being knighted. Now time for LBA3

Reminder: Chat with Frederick Raynal @ 17:00 GMT
By elmuerte at 2006-03-12 14:32
This is just a reminder that Adventure Europe is holding a chat session with Frederick Raynal on their forums at 17:00 GMT.
Which will be in about 3.5 hours from now.

Also Adventure Europe is going to publish an LBA3 article later this day.

The chat is over and a transcript of the chat can be found here.

Fred: "I really feel I owe a sequel to LBA players"
By elmuerte at 2006-03-09 22:25
As planned for Thursday in Adventure Europe's Frederick Raynal week an interview with Frederick Raynal.

Some of the subjects of the interview are Fred's past games (Alone in the Dark and LBA) and a bit about his plans and views for the future. A big part of the interview is about how it all started with Alone in the Dark, where he got the ideas and how he worked it out.
Oh, and Fred didn't like the Alone in the Dark movie either.

Frederick Raynal (et al) to be knighted in France
By elmuerte at 2006-03-09 17:07
Michel Ancel (Rayman, Beyond Good & Evil), Frederick Raynal (LBA, Alone in the Dark) and Shigeru Miyamoto (Mario Bros.) will be knighted the Order of Arts and Letters in France (2).
This is the first time ever game designers receive a knighthood. Apperently French knights do not get the right to right to add "Sir" to their name. So it's not "Sir Frederick Raynal" but still a great honor for these three people.

Frederick Raynal Week @ Adventure Europe
By elmuerte at 2006-03-06 22:00
Adventure Europe is having a Frederick Raynal week this week. Just in case you didn't know, Frederick Raynal is one of the creative masterminds begind the Little Big Adventure Series.

The week starts with a review of LBA1 by Axx (who is now also a Adventure-EU staff member).

The rest of the week has the following schedule:
  • Tuesday (7/3): Little Big Adventure 2 Review
  • Wednesday (8/3): Little Big Adventure Contest
  • Thursday (9/3): Frederick Raynal Interview
  • Friday (10/3): Alone in the Dark 1 Review
  • Saturday (11/3): Frederick Raynal biography
  • Sunday (12/3): Article on Little Big Adventure 3

LbaWin 0.8.1 Beta released
By elmuerte at 2006-01-27 21:46
Sébastien Viannay just released a new version of LbaWin.
Version 0.8.1 contains a lot of bugs fixes and a improved installer (made by me ).
It has been almost 3 years since the previous release. It's good to see this awesome project being back on track.

In case you don't know. LbaWin is a MS Windows port of LBA1 made by one of the original creators of the game. You still need a valid copy of LBA1\Relentless in order to play the game.

You can download the latest release here.
Note: you will first need to create an account in the bugtracker. If you have any issues with LbaWin please report them in the bugtracker and not on the MBN.

Summer 1996 edition of PC Soluces
By elmuerte at 2005-12-28 08:32
All 31 pages of the summer 1996 edition of PC Soluces are now online.

PC Soluces Cover

This edition contains a complete graphical walkthrough of LBA1. There's an overview image for almost every scene in the game.
It also has a short preview of LBA2.

Game quote

Now that the clouds are gone, I can finally enjoy our twin sunshine. You know, I heard there's an oasis in the desert where there's this giant turtle. I'd love to go there...
— LBA2 (#1455)

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