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Posted by: fryedsoft, March 21, 2008, 5:25am
I was digging though the junk in my closet when I came across something interesting. My old high school notebooks.

Not really calc related, but it shows some of our design methods, and what led to them.

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Posted by: fryedsoft, March 21, 2008, 7:01am; Reply: 1
Anyhow, these are a few of them...

After finding these (and there's a lot more than just these. I think I got 20 or so of these in that closet) I thought about This Destructoid Article concerning their 2 year anniversary, it got me into thinking, "what could be possibly in these notebooks?" so let's find out.

First off, here is a concept drawing of a game I called "Backyard Commando's".

Basically it's an FPS with super soakers. It wasn't designed for calc use but for a mythical console that I dreamed up. (all I can remember from it is that it had 2 CD-ROMS, 1 capable of reading laserdisk, 2 Floppy Drives (remember no flash back then), wireless gameplay (I guess it would be something like AD-HOC wifi now, and was basically a way to connect to your friends from house to house) and had a 2500Mhz processor. It also emulated previous and current gen systems from the 2600 to the SNES And Genesis. pretty much any computer trumps those specs now, but in 94 that was an unheard of console at the time)

The only other thing I'd add here, and you can take it for whatever it's worth, is that I thought this out without ever playing an FPS. Someone mentioned Doom to me in school when I showed this to him and I asked "What's doom?" I didn't find out what an FPS was until I got Doom for the 32X. Actually I got the idea from Starfox, which I worshipped at the time. it's also why the hud has so many power bars instead of percentage counts. In fact the only percentage count is the dry amount in the upper left corner. there's 8 more pages from here talking about what super soakers would be in it and how they worked. In fact, there's a whole notebook somewhere dedicated to this one game design.

Here's the controller diagram for that said mythical system.

I guess I predicted Xbox live, considering the Mic on the side. The thing below the control stick is not an analog stick, it's a paddle knob. You'd use it to play 2600 paddle games (remember the controller is designed for a system that could emulate other consoles) although the placement is eerily in the same place as the digital stick on an xbox controller. it's designed to be part neo geo controlled and part SNES Advantage.

This image is on the back cover of the notebook and shows a portable version of the above mentioned mythical console. The only reason I'm posting this is I apparently foresaw the PSP. I believe that I designed this around the Atari Lynx, which had a similar layout, but I'm actually shocked how close it is to what the PSP looks like today. Other than a few button layouts, like the control buttons on the top instead of the bottom, and the ever returning Paddle control, it's scarily dead on.

The wires coming from the bottom were for the quadraphonic earbuds and the mic. you can see the buds next to the "stickman on the slopes" wording on the left. I don't think anyone uses this concept but who knows.

Speaking of stickman...

There's a ton of these all over every notebook I opened so far. There's also "The Original Stickman" logo's everywhere. It's what I called these comics for some reason. Anyway this is what I would see in hell. keep in mind this is before I got a job. Nowadays I don't fear hell anymore because I know Satan will just put me in a cubicle and send an unending barrage of stupidity towards me.

Oh yeah, I might as well say it now. If Me and Hiryu were in school post columbine, we'd would have SOOO been committed to some institution for fear of going on some insane shooting spree. Of course back then we knew the difference between reality and fiction. I don't think many people do anymore in this day and age, and think GTA is real life. Back then Mortal Combat was a game and a way to express frustration unlike Real Life, which was a place where you didn't Rip out people's spine and electrocuted people to death. When the Dean of Students saw Punisher IV in 96, He actually laughed it off and though it was funny. Today it would get you expelled. Possibly a criminal record.

This is what Hiryu would see in hell. I'm pretty sure he hasn't seen this in at least 12 years and the spilt second he does he will know exactly who, what and where this is. The guy sitting in the desk would be him. In fact, this class pretty much spawned the KCHS Punisher. The teacher is saying "Ok Class, today we will learn about suicidal tendencies, but first a song for reflection" On the Board, it says "For Tomorrow." "Capital Punishment Essay." "hanging bad" and "Pop quiz today and tomorrow!" And Yes. This is how his class was. I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried, and if you still don't believe us, the entire class of 96 will vouch for us.

More once I return from sleep.
Posted by: fryedsoft, March 21, 2008, 11:41pm; Reply: 2
Staying on the Punisher theme.

These are the preliminary mock-ups of the pictures for Punisher II. although some of them were not used it's basically what was turned out in the end. The first one is the title screen. originally it was going to have a fight scene in the background until we adopted the screen you see in IV today. The only difference between II's and IV's is the black background and the moving blade.

From top to bottom is the Intro screen, the Hallway, the room (which didn't make it until Punisher IV), a screwed up panel, yet another screwed up panel, Some panel I can't remember. It possibly could be the incinerator, since Punisher I used it and was removed in Punisher II, and the special stage, which didn't make the grade. It was just a pop quiz that you could only complete if you read the comic. It had questions like "What Does KCHS Stand for?", Who is Sarah" and "What is <TEACHER NAME HERE>'s Secret Maneuver". Punisher's Thought Bubble changed based on his mood. It would say something like "Urge to Kill...Rising" or something like that. Since the 85 didn't have graph text, it never got implemented.

There was a few graph paper pages in the bookbag. Basically, these were used in what we coined dot scanning. How it worked is that Hiryu would draw a full scene on the paper, then the dots were filled in corresponding to the lines and then entered onto the calc one dot at a time. it was very time consuming and today, we can just scan the image in or draw it in paint, but this is 1994 we're talking about here and our super fast 8088's didn't have Ti-graphlinks. I know I have the original character select dotscan somewhere. I'll take a picture of it when I find it.

Ahh. Shoney Bear. This came from an actual assignment.  In a nutshell the local newspaper had these "Design an Ad" competitions and one year one of the teachers forced the entire class to enter it. I honestly can't remember what I got (I know it sucked) while Hiryu got the awesome assignment of Shoney's restaurants. They would give you an example of an ad and his sample had a bear running around on it wearing a Shoneys shirt. He though up the idea of having Shoney bear basically turning into rambo and shooting up the Competition. This drawing is what I would have submitted if I got That Ad and is a little more "hands on" than his "Blow it up to make sure" Shoney Bear. Hiryu's slogan was "We annhiliate the competition". I don't think I went that far but I think "Eat. or Else..." would have worked just fine. I can't remember what I actually submitted to design an ad since I didn't get Shoneys. I know it was probably just as twisted. This is also the reason Why I don't draw. Especially when it's a character. I probably couldn't even draw this good now.

No. Hiryu didn't win. What did win was a KCHS student's entry for Flynn's tire. He was really crazy into Mecha and could draw them like you couldn't believe. He made a Mega man looking character and called it "Tire Man". You would think I'd find a picture of it somewhere since every winner since then basically Traced the original Tire Man and won a prize. I'm surprised Flynn's didn't adopt the thing. It was that good.

This is in the middle of page 2 of my senior yearbook. This image is awesome. You could only pray for this level of awesome in your yearbook. Especially since my 1st 85 that I killed by overusing it is in it.

Yes. I went to prom. Why? because of my mother. She basically forced me to go, payed for the limo and everything. The Girl I'm with was one of her cashiers that worked for her that really wanted to go. I didn't see her before or since. Hell, I barely saw her during the thing. Somehow, I got on the Prom court, probably because everyone was stunned I came, with someone nonetheless. I'm also sporting my usual 1930 style "Dead Stare" pose that I always used.

My actual Yearbook picture. I'm the one that looks like Hitler without his mustache. Bonus points if you can find Hiryu. He's in this picture too.
Posted by: tifreak8x, May 22, 2008, 2:39am; Reply: 3
lol, lots of cool stuff. :D

Hiryu... left page, bottom left corner?
Posted by: fryedsoft, May 26, 2008, 4:19am; Reply: 4
nope. :)
Posted by: tifreak8x, May 27, 2008, 4:40am; Reply: 5
left page... top right corner? :P
Posted by: fryedsoft, May 27, 2008, 4:24pm; Reply: 6
nope :)

he is on the left page though.
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