Ah, late night disappointment. Sometimes when a gamer girl like me is up out of bed for no good reason, she stumbles into her mystical enclave to find her magic mirror still turned on . . . yawns, and goes to find a really old game to play – for nostalgia.
Well, it’s nearly 4 in the morning here, and I decided I wanted to play one of my old favorites; Lords of Magic: Special Edition. One of those top hits from 1998. Holy crap, I remember seeing the advertisement for it in one of those video game magazines that just started (before it was taken over by IGN most likely). I was sixteen, the computer was my life it seemed, and I had a severe lacking of sword and sorcery video games in my life – Zelda: Ocarina of Time not included in that.
As it so happens, it’s been thirteen years since LOM was developed and released. This is where we realize how greatly our computers improve and expand over the generations.
I cannot play in a window, I cannot play in a higher resolution, I cannot play it, Sam-I-Am!
No amount of tweaking, patching, even modifying original game files or using the modified patch 3.02 (unofficial), would change the game’s resolution or play mode. It’s that fucking old – and 13 shouldn’t be old! I may have missed a couple steps in my bleary-eyed haze, and I’ll readily admit that I ain’t no programmer. I was too tired to throw a tantrum.
The good news was that it ran, and if I really wanted to play it while in it’s severely stretched out state of 640×480 on my 24” widescreen monitor – well, I could have. But no, that didn’t satisfy me. I wanted to see if I could make it fit, and work the way I wanted it to.
To no avail. After an hour, the disenchantment settled in and I gave up wanting to play my old game. The graphics are so old at this point, it takes a really hardcore fan to even try to play it again in this day and age. If you’re a gamer nerd like me, you know how it is. I seem to recall having the same problem with another favorite game Majesty.
Did they ever make a sequel to that? Is it even worth a shit anymore? heh . . . games. We’re so judgmental of them. Especially when they’re no more fun to play after over a decade.