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LBA1 playable using MS Virtual PC
By elmuerte at 2006-05-17 14:27
According to this entry on Ben Armstrong's blog LBA1 "runs very well under Virtual PC".
Ben Armstrong is the program manager of the Virtual Machine team at Microsoft.

So if you can't get LBA1 to work using DosBox or LBAwin you can give it a try with MS Vritual PC.

I wonder if it can also properly run LBA2.

Scans from the French Generation 4 magazine
By elmuerte at 2006-04-05 16:35
lbadream submitted 15 scanned pages from the French gaming magazine Generation 4.

LBA1 Review
Generation 4 Review 1994-10 [cover] Generation 4 Review 1994-10 [1] Generation 4 Review 1994-10 [2] Generation 4 Review 1994-10 [3] Generation 4 Review 1994-10 [4] Generation 4 Review 1994-10 [5] Generation 4 Review 1994-10 [6] Generation 4 Review 1994-10 [7] Generation 4 Review 1994-10 [8]

LBA2 Review
Generation 4 Review 1997-06 [1] Generation 4 Review 1997-06 [2] Generation 4 Review 1997-06 [3] Generation 4 Review 1997-06 [4] Generation 4 Review 1997-06 [5] Generation 4 Review 1997-06 [6]

Quite long reviews. The gaming magazines I used to read only had 2 to 4 pages for a review. In case of a 4 page review it was usually the month's special (yes, that includes all the screenshots).

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

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Say Twinsen, did you ever see that Tralü? They say it's a monster that lives in the cliffs above Lupin-Bourg. If you take a walk up there, don't forget to carry a weapon. I mean your magic ball!
— LBA2 (#1331)

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