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Author Topic: Let's Play the Logical Journey of the Zoombinis- If we can get screenshots.  (Read 3586 times)

Sensei

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Hey everybody! It's Sensei, posting from his marvelously outdated Windows XP computer. Why? Because we're playing shit so awesome Vista just can't handle it.



Those of you who played this game are certain to remember it. If you haven't, you should still enjoy the LP- it might be considered a kid's first introduction to surrealism. We'll be escorting culturally diverse blue beans with faces called Zoombinis on a pilgrimage of 48 (DEADLY!) logic puzzles. And when I say deadly, I mean it nearly gave me nightmares when I was eight- don't let the cover fool you, this game can be rather grim (or so I remember) if you think about the fates of the Zoombinis.

Before we get started let's look at the history here: Zoombinis was released in 1996 by Broderbund, a massive developer/publisher at the time. Remember them? Anyway, my particular copy came in a plastic sleeve (it's the older Quicktime version, not the 2001 DirectX version), and it advertises a free AOL trial inside. It's labeled as being sold by SmartSaver, apparently a group (according the the slip in the CD packet) which sells old, best-selling games at low prices, so mine must have come from later than 1996. Other advertised SmartSaver titles include: Barbie Magic Fairy Tales, Oregon Trail II, Kid Pix, Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing 8, and Arthur's Teaching Trouble. Alright, that should be enough nostalgia wankery.

Anyway, I'd really like to do this LP... if someone knows how to get decent screenshots from the game running under quicktime. Right now, they come out looking hideous, and I don't own the directX version of the game. For that matter, if I could run it on Vista too, it'd be nice (I managed to install the relevant quicktime on Vista, but the game just refuses to run claiming quicktime is not installed).
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Re: Let's Play the Logical Journey of the Zoombinis
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2011, 11:51:02 pm »

Oh man, now that you've mentioned The Oregon Trail II, I gotta replay it.

Have you tried FRAPS?
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Hmm...I've never been a big fan of CCGs - I mean, I did and still do collect Pokemon cards, but I never got heavily into the battling and trading thing.

By definition that makes you a fan since you still buy them.

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Re: Let's Play the Logical Journey of the Zoombinis
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2011, 11:53:02 pm »

Oh god, I played that game once at a friend's house. All I remember is that you start off with a number of Zoombinis and you have to bring as many Zoombinis through the puzzles as possible. And it's not quite explained what happens to those that don't make it.
You could probably record it with Camstudio or Hypercam, but since you want to do a screenshot LP... Hmm, no idea. I didn't even know that screenshots could fail.
Really looking forward to this.

PS: I just thought of a (maybe) awesome idea for the narration. The tale of a survivor. You could make the game seem even more grim than it already is! But who knows if there will even be any survivors...

Also, MrPerson, I doubt Fraps would recognize that game. It can detect DirectX and OpenGL, as far as I know, but Zoombinis is really, really old.
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Re: Let's Play the Logical Journey of the Zoombinis
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2011, 09:12:59 am »

Oh my... Oh... my... OH MY! I REMEMBER THIS SHIT! HOLY CRAP!! I CAN NOT EXPRESS HOW MUCH NOSTALGIA IS EATING MY SOUL!!!

... nerdgasm... oh my... I literally screamed in excitement, my childhood.
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Re: Let's Play the Logical Journey of the Zoombinis
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2011, 01:43:21 pm »

FRAPs has a function that lets you take screenshots and record videos even when not in-game if I recall correctly. It wouldn't be able to show your FPS, though.
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Hmm...I've never been a big fan of CCGs - I mean, I did and still do collect Pokemon cards, but I never got heavily into the battling and trading thing.

By definition that makes you a fan since you still buy them.

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Re: Let's Play the Logical Journey of the Zoombinis
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2011, 07:43:11 pm »

I stopped using FRAPs a while ago (didn't like the 30 second video limit) but I'll try using it again for screenshots. Perhaps the 30 second videos should suffice for capturing the narrator's over-the-top voice acting too.

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Re: Let's Play the Logical Journey of the Zoombinis
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2011, 07:57:44 pm »

You could register FRAPs.
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By definition that makes you a fan since you still buy them.

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Re: Let's Play the Logical Journey of the Zoombinis
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2011, 08:34:05 pm »

Playing Oregon Trail now, waiting for dysentry.
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Re: Let's Play the Logical Journey of the Zoombinis
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2011, 11:19:04 pm »

With any luck I'll start doing a Zoombini LP this week. For the record though, I did do an Oregon Trail LP earlier.

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Re: Let's Play the Logical Journey of the Zoombinis
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2011, 01:16:34 pm »

Holy hell, I remember this game. Played it in elementary school.
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Re: Let's Play the Logical Journey of the Zoombinis
« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2011, 03:34:25 am »

This game is awesome. Seriously.

I only beat it like twice myself. Reaaaally should do better about it.
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Re: Let's Play the Logical Journey of the Zoombinis
« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2011, 03:46:03 pm »

Ah, I remember the days when that game was my favorite... So many dead blue things... the horror... Watching with interest.
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Re: Let's Play the Logical Journey of the Zoombinis
« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2011, 12:03:51 am »

Okay, after some major computer problems... I'm back! Zoombinis runs fine, on my spare rig, but fraps will not even start. So I'll need solutions with FRAPS/other programs, and time to bother with them. Despite that the thread has failed to produce any actual gameplay, I'm still up for doing the LP if I can get something that captures. Might try Procaster.

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Re: Let's Play the Logical Journey of the Zoombinis
« Reply #13 on: October 13, 2011, 11:20:39 am »

Oh my God, I remember this game from when I was a kid. If you do this LP, I will adore you forever.
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Re: Let's Play the Logical Journey of the Zoombinis
« Reply #14 on: October 13, 2011, 06:21:08 pm »

Good ol' printscreen won't do the job, or are you looking for something that takes video too?

If just screenshots, have you tried Greenshot? It takes shots of the selected window, screen, or specified area. Maybe that'll do the trick.
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