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Well….where to start

Merry Christmas everyone

It’s close enough to Christmas..for me to announce something special.

I have acquired faceball, I have the ROM of the game. And I’m planning to release it for free.

That is the short story…now for the longer story and why I’m not releasing it with this posting.

I’ve been trying to acquire faceball for awhile now. Everyone talks about Dragon Hopper, but faceball is a ray-casting 3-d first person ‘shooter’ game. And, I’ve been wanting to play this game for years. I’ve wanted EVERYONE to play the game for years.

I talked to a guy that had the game..and he named a price. The price was ..let’s just say..I was forced to taste what I ate that morning.

I didn’t want to get a 2nd mortgage..I love my wife..and I want her to continue to love me. So, I explored my options. I talked to a very good friend of mine..Ben Stevens. And we came up with a deal. Ben would get the capital for the game, and in return..would receive the bulk of my virtual boy collection.

We sold all doubles (special thanx to foil lone wolf) to help with the financial hit. We received the game and with the help of mindstorm extracted the working rom from the game.

So, what now ? A copy of the rom is in safe hands..multiple hands. It will not be lost again and it will be released for free.

BUT…..

I know I will not get back the money from losing my collection. I did it for the community and I knew I would take a big loss. However, I would like to make some of the money back.

To do this, we plan to release the game in cart form first. The details are vague atm. With mindstorm and Tusk’s help, we are planning to release the game in Feb. Morintari (a great 3-d artist) has joined the team on this game to make the artwork. Ben is making the instruction manual. We are planning to make this a very special release. One that’s way overdue.

As for pricing..it will be more expensive then boundhigh. We are looking at 100 dollars per cart..but that’s subject to change. We are also planning on releasing a 2nd cart.. A donators edition that will be very limited and numbered with different artwork and other specials included. All of this is subject to change..

This isn’t a post to pre-order..or anything. After the carts are sold (or it looks like no more will sell hehe). I will be releasing the rom for free. If you can’t afford the carts..just wait..you will be able to play the game :).

I’m sure there is more I was going to post..but it escapes me atm :). Have a good holiday guys…smile..and enjoy life.

-Eric (Bigmak)

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put me down for a copy (with box,etc.)

Revival Studios wrote:
put me down for a copy (with box,etc.)

They’re not making any after all. Well, some were made, but you can’t buy them. They’ll be given away.

Dunno if they made boxes.

Now here is a nicely made review (in Spanish) for VB Faceball:

http://www.9esferas.es/2013/01/unreleased-niko-chan-battle-de-virtual.html

holy crap…who was this ? 🙂

Benjamin Stevens wrote:
Now here is a nicely made review (in Spanish) for VB Faceball:

http://www.9esferas.es/2013/01/unreleased-niko-chan-battle-de-virtual.html

Wow, that’s and pretty awesome review. My Spanish is pretty bad so I only understand like 20% of it… still, cool stuff.

VBmills wrote:
I don’t understand these people, if your not a fan of something why try mess it up for others (Not that they could anyway)? I’m not a big fan of PlayStation but if someone wanted to release a prototype of resident evil 1.5 or whatever else I would fully support them.
Silly people, still its all publicist I guess.
Sorry rant over.

Your rant is well taken. These social misfits sit around on cardboard towers, thinking they have some kind of standing. It’s the same with the “Dragonhopper” (or “Zero Racers”) hoarders — at the end of time, what will it matter? Will they look back on life and say, “Hah hah I made someone’s life less fun”?

What’s the point?

Thunderstruck wrote:
You can be pretty sure that none of those guys is older then 16 years (at least mentally).

That’s very true. And they’re likely still living in Mommy and Daddy’s basement. The whole thing is gaining (in their twisted views) a sense of power and validation.

I would rather not base my validation on putting others down or hindering their fun, if they like things like — oh, three dimensional virtual reality games.

Sigh.

vb-fan wrote:
…These social misfits…

Gadget on Joystick wrote:

RE “eye-strain” — there are THREE ADJUSTMENTS that completely eliminate problems; one sets focus, one matches “eye distance”, and the third increases the IQ of the operator.

…see if you can find the third one, “CantBAN” or “Roto”…

Oh I just couldn’t resist…

😀

thunderstruck wrote:

Benjamin Stevens wrote:
Now here is a nicely made review (in Spanish) for VB Faceball:

http://www.9esferas.es/2013/01/unreleased-niko-chan-battle-de-virtual.html

Wow, that’s and pretty awesome review. My Spanish is pretty bad so I only understand like 20% of it… still, cool stuff.

I had to use google translate 🙂

Haha, wow, thanks. I will update it soon with level editor info.

I remember being amazed at the 3D on the original GB version. Link play was always a blast.

Hello everyone. New to the forum. I’m a big Virtual Boy collector and purchased the complete Bound High cartridge. I heard Faceball was in the works but is it true that it is no longer being made? I was waiting to come up with $100 and now I have it but…this is sad news. Why was it canned?

Also are there any other projects like Bound High planned for the future?

EDIT: Nevermind. Read through the thread. That is pretty lame. Can’t believe people have nothing better to do than threaten someone. Well, I hope that in the future more projects like this come along. You guys have my full support. As soon as I fix my Virtual Boy (using tips from this site) I’ll be enjoying Bound High.

  • This reply was modified 10 years, 11 months ago by Streex.

Hey dude 🙂 space pinball is avail now. You will be able to pick up a copy of the faceball proto type with box n stuff ‘soon’..not sure when soon is. We’ll also make a cib Faceball: remastered which will be more like the game it was supposed to be. Yea 🙂 we’re getting releases out 🙂

Awesome.

On a side note I noticed Virtual Fishing was in the released and unreleased drop down menus.

Streex wrote:
Awesome.

On a side note I noticed Virtual Fishing was in the released and unreleased drop down menus.

The game was released in Japan, and had a North American release planned, but it never happened.

 

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