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  • Phokal 2:06 pm on July 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Gaming,   

    Guide to installing Grim Fandango 


    Grim Fandango is one of the few games that simply has trouble on new machines.  One of the first official patches helped fix puzzles that ran to quickly on anything above a 400mhz processor.  I waited for the Lucasarts Steam announcement, but was left still needing to research this dilemma.

    Upon inserting the disc you are greeted to an autoplay that *may* reject your harddisc space due to inaccurate readings, and the Setup.exe will not run under any variant of 64bit Windows.  I am testing under Windows 7 RC, so this should work under Windows XP, Vista or 7.

    1. Instead, place disc A in the drive, then download and run this Custom installer available here: http://quick.mixnmojo.com/grim-fandango-setup
    2. I installed to the default Program Files(x86)\
    3. When prompted, insert disc B.
    4. Included in this custom installer is a Custom Launcher (available separately here; NOT NEEDED for this install): http://quick.mixnmojo.com/grim-fandango-launcher
    5. After installed, go to the Options of the Launcher and make sure there is a green check next to Run from Harddrive.

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    • Malus 8:24 am on September 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      ok So im one of the few who love this game, but the patch did help with windows 7 build 7600 64bit, i tested before and after

      have fun

    • Jeremy 3:26 am on October 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      hey, can anyone send me the installer? the site is down!


    • Ian 12:27 am on November 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey, had a similar hankering for Grim Fandango and downloaded your installed (running Windows 7 as well) but am having some troubles with sound. It’ll work just fine or a few minutes, and then something will set it off and it’ll either endlessly repeat 1 second of sound like a bad remix or go mute all together. Have you had this problem?

      • Mark B 6:09 pm on January 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I have the same problem with sound… after a minute or so it goes mute or stutters. I’m running it on Windows 7 Home Premium on a PC with a bog-standard on-board High Definition Audio Device. I’ve tried running it in compatibility mode and as an admin but no joy.

        I might try running it under a VMware XP virtual machine, but then I might not bother, because no matter how much I’d love to play this game again, whilst testing it out I just recalled why I never got very far with it before… the controls are bloomin’ awful.

        I always wished they had just made it a point and click. To be honest, I’d love it if they remade it as a proper 3D third-person version that works the same way as Tim Schafer’s other classic, Psychonauts. But there’s probably about as much chance of that happening as there being a Psychonauts II.

    • Mark B 6:23 pm on January 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Okay, I found out that if you set compatibility mode to Windows 98/Me it works fine… I’ve also just discovered my wired Xbox 360 controller works with the game, and makes it a lot easier to control :)

    • Brown 2:22 pm on March 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Will be trying this out as soon as I discover the hiding place of my GF disks from 6 years ago! Funny how you have to mess around with the old school games to get them to run. You should see what you have to do to the thief games!

    • Gmac 2:55 pm on February 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      you my man… are a legend!

    • Cristi 3:26 pm on February 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      PERFECT! Thank you very much, respect!

    • Santa 6:51 am on July 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      My Problem is i dont have a second disk :/

  • Phokal 12:06 pm on May 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Gaming, graphics, i have animations, itagaki, textures   

    Animation vs. Textures 

    she still kicks high

    Animation vs. Textures

    So, which is more important to you?:

    Smooth, fluid animation sacrificing high detailed textures and anti-aliasing? Or do you prefer a hyper realistic look, even if the jump animation just looks a little (or way) off?

    Or do you just sacrifice both for a bit of fun (see: Marvel Ultimate Alliance)?

    Itagaki likes everything, but specifically mentions “movement and animation” here. Of course, anyone who has played Dead or Alive knows that :)


    • phokal 12:11 pm on May 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      My weigh in on this: Animation.

      Prince of Persia: Sands of Time had a GREAT animation system. They specifically built it so any animation could lead into any other animation for the main character. This, in turn, made almost every one of his movements look good.

      Watching him run around a level was something that was not only fun, but looked great. I had multiple friends walk by as I played who would mention: “wow, did he just do that?” As if there was some guy actually running around this degrading, trap-filled castle.

      I’ve never really minded jaggies. The boarders are a little distracting but forgivable. I definitely notice when somebody or something doesn’t move correctly. It just looks off if someone’s walking animation doesn’t match where his feet are landing.

      GTA’s euphoria use is another great example of “that. looks. outstanding.” when all that happened was a random pedestrian got hit by a car.

    • detnap 10:23 pm on May 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Phokal and I had many a discussion about graphics.

      Mostly, I would complain about how playing a ps2 game with my eyes open was akin to jabbing my eyeball repeatedly into a nail clipper.

      I don’t like jaggies nor do I like low res textures. That pretty much means that I don’t like any ps2 game.

      Even with 360 games, there are quite a few games graphically that I don’t care for. Even the big hitters, like Halo 3, have jaggies along the edges. But I feel that I am asking too much for a $350 dollar system. Overall, I think it is just fine for what it is.

      The reason why I give the PS2 such a hard time for its graphics is due to the fact that the console was the same price as an xbox, but most games looked noticably worst on the PS2. And because the PS2 was so popular, it had many exclusives that would have looked much better on the xbox. (some examples being final fantasy 12, shadow of the collosus, or God of War)

      Games that I do like the look of are games such as gears of war or Team fortress 2. They don’t need to be hyper realistic, but I like a game that looks clean and polished.

  • Phokal 12:10 am on January 21, 2008 Permalink
    Tags: building a pc, , , crysis, Gaming, , , omg my current computer is a paperweight   

    PC Update 

    PC Update

    We’ve narrowed down some parts, and think we’ve got a good config. Anyone want to comment on it?:


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