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  1. Pretty much. If it was a Which Way book that was about a fashion designer trying to find out his corrupt boss's ties to the mob. That was pretty much the whole plot of the game. The executable file ran on Macromedia Director, which could make it possible to try and extract some of the files from it. But it just goes to show that it doesn't matter if you're a small indie developer or a AAA studio, games that rely on central servers suck. Even PC gamer had an article about it called, "If Deus Ex had been a steamy soap opera". Which is more or less accurate, even though the image of Bob Page trying to use Majestic 12 to try and take over a fashion company sounds hilarious. What really puts the nail in the coffin is this blogspot comment left by Clockwork Rex: To AlterAction and the creators of Masq, I happen to be curious about Masq and wish to play it, having stumbled on a reccomendation of it from several years back. However, key parts of the experience seems to be disabled. The "masq67" executable file demands an internet connection, yet attempting to play always results in a "connectivity error." Meanwhile, alteraction.com itself seems to be defunct, accessible only via the wayback machine. Is it at all possible to play Masq now? Can Sincerely, An interested player. July 11, 2018 at 9:12 AM
  2. Since it's been quiet in the "Dead Games" section of the forums, I thought I'd try and revive the topic by talking about a very obscure game. The game in question is called, Masq. It was one of the first interactive story games that gave players a limited time to make choices, and how they would impact them in later episodes. Originally, you could play the first two episodes on the developer's website before you had to register a free account to play the rest of the game. After making an account on the website, you could download the game through your browser and then play it on your desktop. The game itself had monochrome illustrations that gave it a more comic book feel to the game. The story itself was rather basic with your usual plot twists and sex appeal that is more akin to a soap opera. Even with these minor drawbacks, it was a very entertaining game to play. I wanted to replay the game and see what decisions I could've made differently, but now it seems that the game is officially dead at this point. You can still download the game files using the Wayback Machine for a free preview of the game, but for the small few that had a registered account on the website, the game itself cannot be played as it will always lead to a connection error. If anyone can offer any technical assistance for possibly data mining the game files, or some sort of loophole for playing the game online again, that would be immensely appreciated.
  3. I could also get an eyepatch and do a "Pirate Freeman" impression
  4. Hey Ross, can you give me any pointers for cosplaying Gordon Freeman in the style of Freeman's Mind? I've decided to use Freeman's lab attire instead of the HEV suit since I'm too cheap to build a papercraft one. Besides the lack of a tie, and the neurotic and self-aggrandizing personality of Gordon, what other pointers do you recommend to match the visual or mental personality of Freeman's Mind Freeman?
  5. Another odd part of that dream was that I was also playing an early access zombie survival game with nothing really original about it at first, until there was a part where you could move the physics objects around like in HL2. There was even a part where you could roll larger objects on the ground such as a trash can and use it for barricades. Maybe someday one of those survival games could utilize that mechanic. That Slender dream sounds pretty hilarious! Too bad Ross didn't show any of those Slender games in his Freeman's Mind Across The Universe video to see how he'd react, but then again he wanted to show off Freeman in more notable and famous FPS games. It also would've been funny to see how Freeman would react in SCP Containment Breach.
  6. Hey Ross, I recently posted a topic about doing a Gordon Freeman cosplay in the style of Freeman's Mind. Since I'm too cheap to build a papercraft HEV suit, I'm using Gordon's lab attire but without a tie as a reference to Episode 2. I've also gotten a few pointers from other people on how to match the attitude and quick humor in the show. Do you have any other pointers for Freeman's Mind Freeman that you think would match his visual and mental personality?
  7. I'd probably be kicked out for having a bottle of oxy But then again some cons allow people to have painkiller bottles for Max Payne cosplays as well Besides dressing up as Gordon, I would also dress up as the Nyet 3 guy or as Mike from Civil Protection if there ever was a Ross-Con. Maybe if Ross has extra money in the future he could probably find a con in Poland and maybe rent one of their booths out? Even though it may never happen, its still fun to imagine a bunch of people dressing up as Accursed Farms related characters.
  8. A couple of weeks ago, I remember having a dream where I was on the Steam page for Half Life 3 which was still in development, but had a free demo to go along with it. I remember playing it and it felt just like Half Life 2, but with a more enhanced crowbar that looked more like the kinds with the smaller pry grips on the front. It also took place in the Arctic with a snowy field that had Combine technology all around it. There was also one point where I had to take down a Hunter Chopper with a .50 Cal turret near a sinking wooden boat similar to the ones you see floating around in the Water Hazard chapter of HL2. But the one part I remember the most clearly was that it was going to be released on March 21, 2021. I wonder if it will be actually released on that specific date or very close to it. It may even be officially be canceled on that date too. Who knows? Only time will tell what occurs on that date. The odd thing about this dream was that I didn't even think about Half Life 2 the night before I went to bed.
  9. Thanks for the suggestions for this cosplay, although it'll probably be a while until I'm able to find a con to pull it off at with work and etc. going on. But I'll definitely post pictures of it whenever I do it. Besides the sarcastic personality of Freeman's Mind Freeman, I'll print out a Black Mesa ID Card along with spray painting an old crowbar to make it look more like the Half Life 2 crowbar since I think it's a much cooler design than the HL1 crowbar. As for the personality, I'll have to re-watch more of Freeman's Mind to get more of his smart and cocky attitude down to a point. Although I'm not the best at improv, I'll try my best to figure out the best comebacks to how Gordon would handle being at a con. Thanks again for the reply and suggestion!
  10. I recently got the idea to cosplay as Gordon Freeman in his lab coat attire since I'm too cheap to actually build a papercraft HEV suit. For the cosplay, I've thought about doing it in the style of Freeman's Mind by not wearing a tie since in Episode 2 he mentions that he doesn't wear one. Any suggestions to matching the visual personality of Ross's rendition of Gordon besides the beard/goatee and lack of tie?
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