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'''Source''': [http://www.hucast.net/blog/ HUCAST blog]
'''Source''': [http://www.hucast.net/blog/ HUCAST blog]
==DeathChase 3D ported by ron==
Posted by [[User:Darc|Darc]] 15:09, 26 April 2008 (CDT)
ron has released an alpha version of a port of DeathChase 3D to Dreamcast. Here is the translation from [http://www.dreamcast.es/news.php?readmore=34 Dreamcast.es]:
''DeathChase is a classic game for Sinclair ZX spectum, recently ported to Amstrad CPC, and now we have it available on Dreamcast. ''
''Based on SDL and vector graphics, an alpha 01 test version is now released. At the moment this version is a work in progress and is in its early stages. Do not expect a finished game since it is very primitive. The game will eventually finished to be a frantic game of deadly racing of motorcycles.''
''The author of the original computer code is Paul Robson.''
''Update by Indiket: Unloading corrected and added some sound effects ;)''
You can download it from [http://www.dreamcast.es/news.php?readmore=34 Dreamcast.es] or download a copy from our server [http://dcemulation.org/files/homebrew/deathchase/3dchase.rar here].
'''Source''': [http://www.dreamcast.es/news.php?readmore=34 Dreamcast.es]
==Giana's Return - Development in trouble? UPDATE: It doesn't look like that==
Posted by [[User:Maturion|Maturion]] 13:55, 26 April 2008 (CDT)
Giana's Return-Team has been informed that a German software company (bhv Software GmbH) is about to release a commercial Giana's Sisters remake. They are frightened of legal conflicts. However, Kojote, a team member has been told via e-mail about 3 years ago, that they are free to use the name "Giana's Return".
Here's the quote from the [http://www.gianas-return.de official website]:
'''Light into the dark?
''The organizing team just recieved an email from someone who pretends to know more about a commercial “Giana Sisters” remake, which is in the works by the german company “bhv Software GmbH”. If we can believe Amazon Germany the game should be out in shelves on 15th May 2008. We are really looking forward to have a talk with the guy who has details.
''Actually this is something which scares some of us off.
''I might repeat a part of the story again, for those who don’t know:
The history of ”Giana’s Return” has begun as Giana 32k (DOS), a Giana Sisters clone with 7 levels, coded in less than 32 kilobyte. Later on, he wanted to make a full game out of it and was looking for a leveldesigner, this is where Kojote, the current organizer of Giana’s Return came in.
''To shorten it a bit, Myth was working on a Windows version (Giant Worlds) which was published on a computer magazins cover CD. From this moment on he had the attention of the copyrightholder Armin Gessert, who tried to sue him, but after a chat on the phone, he dropped this.
''Myth was too scared to continue development, but Kojote had plenty of new levels left, which were now without use. Considering building a level and testing etc takes more than some would believe, he took the project into his hands, now as “Giana’s Return”. Due to Myth complaining about his poor code and not giving the relevant parts, we had to start from scratch.
''“Giana’s Return” was now born in 2001/2002. With the help of a console coder known as Christian Nowak, we have gone pretty far and were able to release a 0.90 beta version to the public, mainly for Dreamcast, GP32 and Windows (32-Bit). Due to unkown reasons, CHN dropped the work on Giana’s Return and left the console scene in general.
''There we were… an almost done game, but with some minor bugs which destroyed the gameplay - and the best part - no source code.
''It came what had to come…
''The whole game required a new team and  a new code base. In 2004 we pulled our head in an iceblock and started over again, with a NEW team.
''Of course the organizer tried to get in touch with the responsible people, specially Armin Gessert. It turned out into a real pain, as Armin seems to hide himself pretty well. We have sent a written statement to him, CHN at the beginning of the project, as long as the project organizer. Without direct response from Armin. We didn’t take it too serious as we know he has to earn his bread as well, but we did not gave up. We even tried to ring up Armin Gessert at his company “Spellbound AG” in Germany - all we reached was talking to Mr. Speer, who said he will talk with Armin. No direct response from Armin again at all - up to now.
''Considering “no answer” is an answer too and the word of Mr. Speer (see E-Mail above), we accepted his silence as “Do what you want”. After all we had no money intensions and just bring a worthy sequel of Armin’s great game. We have also been in touch with Chris Hülsbeck, who allowed us to use his original .SID files (the e-mail is still in our hands) and Manfred Trenz allowed us to redo all of the levels one by one. Of course the last two don’t have too much to say, as the copyright holder is still Armin, but having support from two people who were involved as well, nothing could have gone wrong.
''Regardless to this, we want to point out again that no profit money has been made from this project, a four digit Euro sum has been invested by the organizer up to this day. Not to mention the hours and hours of work, provided by all team members.
''Depending on the conflict which turns up now (no one is interested in getting sued for something), we either change the name of the game (as already announced) or we will limit the release to platforms which are comercially dead such as the Dreamcast and GP32.
''The situation is more than disappointing, specialy after the progress we made recently and still do.
''Well… let’s find out how limited the license of “bhv Software GmbH” is, maybe they just have the rights for a Windows version - and the Giana’s Return Team can easily avoid a Windows release, to keep everyone happy.
''Time will tell…
''Giana’s Return Organizing
'''E-Mail Memories Part I'''
''Kojote just had a look into his mailbox, and voila - here is something interesting (in german) dated 05.09.2005 19:55:
Hallo Herr removed
zunächst einmal möchte ich mich im Namen von Herrn Gessert entschuldigen, dass
Sie bisher keine Antwort bekommen haben.
Wir möchten selbstverständlich einem enthusiastischen wie dem Ihren nicht im
Wege stehen.
Die Rechte an der Marke “Giana Sisters” liegen bei Spellbound. Mit der
Verwendung des Titels “Gianas Return” sehen wir keine Probleme. Sie können ihn
gerne verwenden.
Bei der Grafik und der Musik ist es nicht ganz so einfach:
Sollten Original-Grafiken aus “The Great Giana Sisters” verwendet werden,
können wir keine Freigabe erteilen. Bei wem die Rechte für die Grafiken liegen
ist nicht eindeutig klar. Die Verwendung solcher Grafiken wäre also Ihr
eigenes Risiko.
Die musikalischen Rechte liegen komplett bei Chris Hülsbeck. Wenn Sie seine
Musik oder Remixes davon verwenden möchten, müssten Sie ihn kontaktieren.
Es freut uns auf jeden Fall, dass die Faszination an Giana Sisters unbebrochen
anhält. Wir wünschen Ihnen und Ihrem Team viel Erfolg. Spellbound wird ihrem
Projekt und dessen Verbreitung nicht im Wege stehen.
Viele Grüße aus Kehl
''The question is now, if “bhv Software GmbH” got a lincense, in how far this quote still has any value for the team?
'''Source:''' [http://www.gianas-return.de/?p=150 gianas-return.de(1)]/[http://www.gianas-return.de/?p=151 gianas-return.de(2)]
==News from DUX: A Water Fulfilled Cave==
Posted by [[User:Maturion|Maturion]] 07:41, 26 April 2008 (CDT)
Here you can see a few screens of DUX's 2nd stage.
''These screens showing an early development status of roughly 80%.
''Note: Water effect is premature, full background has yet to be implented.
''As shown this stage is full of water and creatures. Some of the enemies will spit flower shaped pollen at you while others will make you squeezing your ship through their laser barriers. More about the enemies of this stage with the next entry.
'''Source:''' [http://www.hucast.net/blog/ hucast.net/blog]

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Giana's Return Updates

Posted by Maturion 10:08, 29 April 2008 (CDT)

The Giana's Return Team has updated their site with some news:

Lack of sleep...

...more news will follow in 2 days. 7 Espresso's can't keep the newser up atm ;-)

PS: After 2 hours, we now have the first level enhancements. In particular World 1 Level 8 and World 2 Level 8 are ready!

Level up!

We decided to increase the amount of levels per world from 7 to 8, due to having two music tracks per world and we did not know how to split up in a fair way. So we have a new music track every 4 levels, along with seperate boss music.

If all our plans go well... we have a total amount of 56 instead 49 levels. This is more than enough for 2-3 hours of entertainment.

Answer from Spellbound, permission still there!

Unfortunatly a quote in german language again:

 Hallo Herr removed,

 solange ihr Projekt unsere Hinweise beachtet und als Freeware  
 erscheint, können Sie es nach wie vor veröffentlichen.
 Wir bitten aber darum, uns die Finale Version vor der Veröffentlichung

 Viele Grüße

It basically says. If we release the game for free and don't use any rips, we can still release everything, but we need to send them a final version (probably for preview).

Now those are great news and another great news it to come, which we can not talk about right now.

Waiting for Spellbound AG...

As reported earlier, we have sent an E-Mail to a person at Spellbound asking about the HBV license and if they still mind to release Giana's Return or not. The mail has been not read, which might be a sad sign.

Image: http://www.gianas-return.de/images/email.jpg

Light into the Dark? Part II

We just wrote an E-Mail to Spellbound AG, who own the rights for "The Great Giana Sisters", basically we were asking for clearification if there would be any troubles with a release of "Giana's Return". Depending on the answer, we will discuss about further steps inside the team, after all we are working to bring you guys freeware pleasure, but not at any cost.

Source: gianas-return.de

DUX Update: Know Your Enemy

Posted by Darc 17:22, 28 April 2008 (CDT)

The DUX blog has been updated with more information about the game.

Let's continue with the enemies of DUX.



This one comes in groups and each of every Lasor enemies is connected via some sort of laser with another of its type. You have to squeeze your ship trough those lasers by chance.


Rushes down the waterfalls and stays on the waters surface. They will spit several bullets simultaneously at you. They also will try tracing your ship while sliding on the waters surface. You better eliminate them as fast a you can.


Chuba flies around the cave's corners without shooting, which would be pretty hamrless when they wouldn't come in masses.


Buxa is dropping some explosive bombs from its back at your ship. You can eliminate those bombs with your pod, try avoiding them or just eliminate the Buxas itself.


This flower sticks on the walls to spit some pollen at you. Shoot 'em up or fly trough their flower shower without getting hit.

All these enemies appear to be in stage 2.

Source: HUCAST blog