Got the Marathon Trilogy CD alpha/betas working

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Got the Marathon Trilogy CD alpha/betas working

Post Apr 14th '16, 22:59

So, I've been trying to get the alpha/betas included in the Marathon Trilogy CD working in SheepShaver. For awhile, only the "macworld sf - jan 94" alpha would work & the other 2 builds "first non-orthogonal - may 94" & "feeling the noise - june 94" would crash SheepShaver immediately after opening them. But, if you check match the preferences show below, those 2 betas now work.


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And here are screenshots from the starting location from those 2 betas:
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I'm running System 7.5.5 in the latest build of SheepShaver for Mac OS X.

Oh & 1 more little tidbit of information: if you open up "marathon.alpha.fat" from the "feeling the noise - june 94" beta in ResEdit, there's a folder icon that wasn't used for the final version of the game
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eisnerguy1

Post Apr 15th '16, 11:51

Marathon beta AKA Pathways into Deimos
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ukimalefu

Post Apr 15th '16, 15:33

The artwork in the original Marathon has a real grungy late 80's anime/manga feel to it that I still find really cool. It seemed more prominent in some of the beta sprites too.
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Also I feel like the pistol looked way better in these betas, the one in the final game is so muddy looking with lots of ugly dithering. My guess is that they thought this one looked too 'cartoony' and they tried to grit it up.
kralex

Post Apr 15th '16, 16:14

kralex wrote:Also I feel like the pistol looked way better in these betas

I suppose it does. Hmm....could you send me a sample of the beta shapes file. I'm gonna try to rip it open, see if I can get that sprite out and use it for my next plugin relese.
PowerMac G5 Dual 2.0GHz 2003 (Model: 7,2)
Mac OS X 10.5.8 (Leopard)
7GB RAM (OWC PC-3200U-30330 DDR SDRAM 400MHz)
ATi Radeon X800 XT (GPU overclocked to 500MHz, VRAM to 550MHz)
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Veldin Orbit

Post Apr 15th '16, 16:22

3371-Alpha wrote:
kralex wrote:Also I feel like the pistol looked way better in these betas

I suppose it does. Hmm....could you send me a sample of the beta shapes file. I'm gonna try to rip it open, see if I can get that sprite out and use it for my next plugin relese.


http://www.whpress.com/aleph/Marathon_beta_shapes.zip

http://www.whpress.com/aleph/Marathon_Alpha_stuff.zip

These should help you out! Thanks to Hopper on the story forums.
kralex

Post Apr 15th '16, 20:48

Thanks kralex. Thanks Hopper. Time to get to work.
PowerMac G5 Dual 2.0GHz 2003 (Model: 7,2)
Mac OS X 10.5.8 (Leopard)
7GB RAM (OWC PC-3200U-30330 DDR SDRAM 400MHz)
ATi Radeon X800 XT (GPU overclocked to 500MHz, VRAM to 550MHz)
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