Vampire Saviour: World of Darkness

Posted 20 Oct 2002 at 07:36 UTC by whytheluckystiff Share This

My eyes were opened to a new world today. People were dancing like mad, throwing water at each other, so I retired to the wall of arcade games at the back of the wall. Seems like most people were into the classics like Donkey Kong or.. um, what else was there? Oh yeah: Centipede.

My eyes were opened to a new world today. People were dancing like mad, throwing water at each other, so I retired to the wall of arcade games at the back of the wall. Seems like most people were into the classics like Donkey Kong or.. um, what else was there? Oh yeah: Centipede.

And there, second game from the end, there was Vampire Saviour: World of Darkness, a game that I can find no shots of on the web. So you're just going to have to take my word for it. And my words, no matter how chillingly accurate, likely won't do it justice, especially in Verdana font.

So the controls were a joystick and six buttons. The buttons said stuff like Fierce, Strong, Soft, Tap. I wondered why I would ever use the Soft or Tap buttons?! Is it for times when you want to walk over to the enemy and Tap him on the shoulder and say, "Hey, excuse me," (like totally fake him out that you're all kind and gentle) and they lay on the Strong button and give him the wonderpalm? Here we learn an essential rule about the game Vampire Saviour: Relinquish all reason or you will die.

The game resembled Street Fighter. See, and it was made by Capcom. Same people. But this game had the best people in it. For example, I played this lady with giant metal hands. And you could turn her hands into a saw, or a jigsaw, or a table saw. Her hands would turn into a table saw and shoot into the ceiling (still attached to me by a pair of chains) and then I would turn into a table saw and become a freaky pendulum made of table saws and chains. It also kind of reminded me of the yo-yo Rock the Baby move, but entirely executed with chains and table saws. (Yeah, this game was that good!)

So the enemies were totally insane. I fought this one pharaoh who I couldn't get past. He has this raging move where he'd throw a long strip of cloth at you. And then he'd mummify you with it and trap you in a huge sarcophagus and slam you into the ground. Then you'd be buried for five seconds until your character could dig her way out. The metal hands came in handy. That mummy move he did ruled though, because it took like ten minutes worth of graphics for him to complete the whole embalming process and everything.

I also kept dying at Little Red Riding Hood. She shoots Uzis at you. And her little dog turns into these two huge musclemen with automatic weapons. The only thing I could do is get my character to do this special metal prayer (since she had metal hands she could do this incredibly clasped prayer with her hands) and this ghost lady would appear and try to punch people. But she was pretty helpless and, shrugging at me, she would fly away.

When you're the Vampire Saviour, you tend to look at life differently than normal people who dance and throw water at each other. In the end, I didn't actually get to save any vampires. Who knows if there were even any vampires to save? Perhaps a previous player saved all the vampires and I was just enciting battles between the disenchanted remnants of the game. But as I played, a line formed behind me. The Donkey Kong people got in line. The Centipede people were there too. The Missile Command people who kept asking where Missile Command was, insisting it was there somewhere.

Come on, guys. Screw that. Once you turn into a table saw, you'll never want to go back.

Source code?, posted 20 Oct 2002 at 09:16 UTC by liw » (Observer)

So, where's the source code to the game?

Given that this is a site for free software developers, I'd expect games plugged this heavily on the front page to bee free software.

Vampire, darkness... badvogato?, posted 20 Oct 2002 at 22:48 UTC by atai » (Journeyer)

This is advogato, not badvogato. Looks like the badness has invaded this land of goodness.

Let's fight the darkness with light, and the vampires with.... Free Software.

Weird games, posted 22 Oct 2002 at 05:42 UTC by djm » (Master)

I too have had many interesting experiences with weird video games that I have found, played, loved and then never seen again. Usually these were strange Japanese bootlegs with names that I (then) could not translate. Unless I wander through all of the MAME ROMs, I guess they are lost to me for good :(

MAME roms for download?, posted 22 Oct 2002 at 11:17 UTC by bytesplit » (Journeyer)

Ah, that reminds me. A while back, I was downloading roms from MAME's site, but they no longer allow downloading. They say it's because of copyright issues, I wonder if it's because of bandwidth/technology issues. Is there any place that I might be able to go that has MAME roms available for download? I miss my Ring King and Flying Shark games :)

Godzilla vs King Kong, posted 22 Oct 2002 at 15:44 UTC by badvogato » (Master)

godzilla says Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the Universe is that none of it has tried to contact us."
King Kong replies I am not sure if is right after all. The only game in telligent space and in ALL time, is to play MY GAME with my rules
And you know what? (do not make offense to chicken butt) Rules are to be set so that stupid people no longer need to follow any rules in the end because stupid is what stupid does and stupid does what stupid is. And if we can leave the world and its people just as it is and just as they were, evolutions of species ARE no different than the devine creations of our GOD.
To let truth prevail, we do not need to device any proof system on modern computers and through modern science or technology or any ignorant and ascertainable antagonism towards divinity, TaoOfWeiqi is the way out.

Wow., posted 22 Oct 2002 at 18:20 UTC by piman » (Journeyer)

Well, this was my daily dose of surrealism. The last thing I expected to see on Advogato's front page was an article on Lei-Lei's hands.

The game is still around, the English version is called "Darkstalkers". There was a TV series about it, and most the characters appear in other Capcom games like Puzzle Fighter. My sister found Darkstalkers 3 (a Playstation game) in some used game store for $10 and it's horribly addictive (and really crazy if you try to play it on a Dance Dance Revolution pad rather than a normal Playstation controller).

The girl with the crazy hands is called Lei-Lei or Hsien-Ko, depending on whether or not you play the Japanese or English version of the game. "Little Red Riding Hood" is called Bulleta in the Japanese version, and Baby Bonnie Hood (or just B.B. Hood) in the English version. The mummy is named Anakaris.

a truth!, posted 22 Oct 2002 at 23:52 UTC by whytheluckystiff » (Master)

and thank you for it, piman. the names are right and your ideas are brilliant. perhaps they have a dance dance controller that is small enough to fit in my palm? the mummy's name is particularly useful-- that name will be the name of my firstborn. and if i have other children, their names will be anagrams, such as Krisaaan.

In searching, I did find an FAQ for this finest among games ever made. And another for the finest game ever not made.

As you wish..., posted 23 Oct 2002 at 01:30 UTC by piman » (Journeyer)

A hand-sized DDR controller. Works with a regular Playstation or PyDDR (there, this thread is now marginally related to free software. :)

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