Category Archives: Retrospective

The Von Braun Incident: Chapter 15 – Finale

Chapter 14

Chapter Index

Yes, this is indeed the final chapter. The saga has ended.

You are no longer welcome.

Now that it’s all over I am not quite sure what to think. I’ll offer some thoughts after the end.

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The Von Braun Incident: Chapter 14 – Mutual Repulsion

Chapter 13

Finale – Chapter 15

Chapter 14 is here! And is spent crawling around the insides of the immense body of the Many.

Do NOT fail me.

I really got caught up in things while playing this time. My old copy finally failed me. Inside ‘The Body Of The Many’ it just kept crashing over and over, so I had to bite the bullet and install the new GoG version. If I hadn’t been able to transfer my saves, I’m not sure what I would have done.

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The Von Braun Incident: Chapter 13 – Rumble in the Metal Jungle

Chapter 12

Chapter 14

I will be somewhat busy in the following days, so I figured I’d just complete chapter 13 a bit early. I hope you won’t mind.

There might be hope for you yet.

You know, I probably died more times making this chapter than I have total over the rest of the game. Breaching and securing the Rickenbacker bridge was more than a little challenging. And since there aren’t any revival chambers on the bridge, at least that I could find, that meant a lot of reloading and trying over. Maybe more hectic than tense, but since we’re at what I assume is the endgame, I guess it’s okay to get a little climactic.

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The Von Braun Incident: Chapter 12 – Egg Hunt

Chapter 11

Chapter 13

As I am still using my old build, and not the new, fancy GoG build, I still experience some crashing. Which is why this chapter got delayed by over a day.

You are trying my patience.

I feel like I’ve basically reached a point in the game where resources are no longer an issue. I have a lot of a lot. I can keep my weapons highly maintained. I have all sorts of medical hypos and other healing items. I have a fair amount of ammunition. I’ve gotten my most important stats maxed out. I am doing good. I almost feel powerful. And yet I am astutely aware that one false move, one blunder, one act of hubris, could be the end of me.

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The Von Braun Incident: Chapter 11 – Scuttled Shuttles

Chapter 10

Chapter 12

Sorry about being busy last week, but here’s chapter 11! That I have ingeniously dubbed “Scuttled Shuttles” for secret reasons.

I shall name you... Aang.

In the best ever news, you can now acquire your very own copy of System Shock 2 over at GoG.com! They clearly employed magic to secure the rights to this much-demanded game, and now you can live through the same terrors I have. The joy! 😀

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The Von Braun Incident: Chapter 10 – A Bridge To Nowhere

Chapter 9

Chapter 11

So we’re at 10 chapters now, huh? 109 log entries (yes, there is one less than normal this time, because it felt like a natural cut-off point), and over 14 hours of logged game time, if the save-game timestamps are to be believed.

Even insects can advance.

Things are definitely getting a lot more tense now. As I was moving through the command deck, my heart literally felt like it was jammed up in my throat. There are still enemies around, but not a lot, so it almost feels like the Many have abandoned ship and run off to ambush me elsewhere.

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The Von Braun Incident: Chapter 9 – Basketball is not for weaklings

Chapter 8

Chapter 10

And we are back with a new, and rather special, chapter of The Von Braun Incident. It’s the first time I’ve come up with a chapter title! The plan is to go back and add titles for the other chapters as well.

Push the button.

This time we get a rather nasty surprise, and as usual almost manage to get ourselves killed. It’s becoming a habit.

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The Von Braun Incident: Chapter 8 – Christmas shopping is important

Chapter 7

Chapter 9

I’ve been in a bit of a rut this week because my brain is acting up, but I still managed to get another of these done. It feels like I’m getting close to the end, so it’s spurring me on.

Fetch.

So I started playing Age of Empires Online yesterday, and this was far from a pain-free procedure. See, this game uses Games For Windows Live, which is a horrible service. It must have taken me close to half an hour just to log in. Let me describe the proceedings.

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The Von Braun Incident: Chapter 7 – Playing with Sims get people killed

Chapter 6

Chapter 8

Sooner than I’m sure that anyone expected (including me) I am back with another chapter of my System Shock 2 playthrough! Things are still going to shit! I’m sure no one expected that either!

Pathetic players.

Just as I was finally starting to feel like I was getting a handle on things, the game ramps up the threat level and forces me to adjust my strategies. No longer can I simply charge in and whack everything with my melee weapon. I need to employ my ranged weapons quite regularly, pick the right ammunition and so on. How do I throw grenades though? Do I need the grenade thrower? I see the Hybrids throw them by hand, but I haven’t figured it out yet.

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Of Tiberium And Time: Epilogue: The Future

For chapter 8 discussing Tiberian Twilight, see here.

So now that we’re in the future space year of 2013, I thought it would be a good time to wrap up this series by taking a look at the future of Command & Conquer. It definitely had nothing to do with how I’m a master procrastinator.

I do kinda like this screen.

Tiberian Twilight was the definite deathblow to the series, but I’m sure we all know EA are not above using necromancy to keep things going. And like all undead it’s a pale imitation of its former life, that might harm you if you get too close. Let’s take a look at what remains, as a type of funeral wake, if you will.

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