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Strange = Awesome!

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Richard Cobbett, a writer whom I've never heard of before now, has posted what is one of the more entertaining pieces I've read in recent memory: the 50 strangest moments in gaming he's encountered. The list, by and large, is both entertaining and informative, but I was particularly fond of a couple of items that featured gayness of the awesomest variety:

7) The First Hot Coffee

Completing a mission in Maxis’ SimCopter was meant to end with fireworks and a big brass band, and most of the time, did. However, programmer Jacques Servin - insert your own ‘big chopper’ joke here - had his own plans, adding a bit of code that would occasionally replace the final level’s such ceremony with men in swimming trunks kissing each other. Maxis fired Servin instantly, but it was too late - 80,000 copies had been sent out, and unauthorised Easter Eggs became a thing of the past.

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9) Designing Men

When Dreamworks approached Clive Barker with the original design for would become Clive Barker’s Undying, their main character was a tough, hard-headed baldie called Count Magnus Wolfram. “You’ve got a gay man in charge here,” warned an unimpressed Barker. “Bring me someone fabulously sexy. Bring me somebody I want to sleep with.” Ten days later, Magnus was gone, Undying starred handsome Irish rogue Patrick Galloway, and the games industry had its only major male character to date designed specifically to be sexually attractive to other chaps.

All hail Clive Barker for his brilliance and the good taste. All... um... hail-to-a-slightly-lesser-degree Richard Cobbett for bringing such tales of weirdness to our attention.

Cirque du Strange [Richard Cobbett]
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4 Comments

StFrancisFolly said:

I took all of eight seconds scrutinizing the Patrick Galloway character design before I started reading the article:)

Nice one, Clive Barker!:-*

Fevrin said:

When I first saw that image, I immediately thought, "Is that supposed to be Eric Bana?" Is it just me, or is there a similarity between the two?

Ab said:

Can anyone provide an image link to the Servin's SimCopter easter egg? Cheers

Ab said:

http://web.archive.org/web/20050414013857/http://rtmark.com/images/copter/

blimey! they fired Servin for those pixelated sprites... seems the 'men kissing' scandal was more a bi-product of the sprites without AI just aimlessly wondering into each other ;)

http://web.archive.org/web/20030306075941/rtmark.com/images/copter/copter9.gif

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