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Wildcard Stream Vol. 52 - In Loving Memory of Tony

A whole lot of nonsense, in the best possible way

Authored By: Dr. Dos
Published: Aug 18, 2023
Part of Series: Wildcard Streams
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♦ Livestream of 4 ZZT worlds. ♦

♦ Stream Contents ♦
• (1:48) "Have Fun" by Unknown [https://museumofzzt.com/file/view/havefun/]
• (20:30) "Tony and the 30 ft. Drop" by Aaron Sorvari [https://museumofzzt.com/file/view/tony30ft/]
• (26:54) "Video Arcade" by ThePiper [https://museumofzzt.com/file/view/vidarcad/]
• (53:51) End of Ad Break 1
• (54:27) "The Zone" by Kersoft, Kyle Givani, Miles Lundahl, Popa Good, Shawn Hunt [https://museumofzzt.com/file/view/thezone/]

Just a complete mess of worlds with no real underlying theme. (We ran out of time before getting to the fifth world shown on the overview). A lot of good ZZT weirdness contained within!

"Have Fun", is meant to be taken as a challenge. It describes itself as the "best zzt add-on". I disagree.

It's one of those early editor scribblings that's more about the author seeing what buttons can be pressed in the editor than an actual nonsense game or anything of the sort. So expect yellow borders, piles of monsters, seeming dead ends with fake walls, and of course an ending that sings praise to Animaniacs and the Houston Rockets. This is before players are told to walk into a room full of bears and die because the author doesn't know how to use objects yet and needs to end the game.

"Tony and the 30 ft. Drop" may be the star here honestly. An early comic/cinema in which the author's brother Tony dies horribly and nobody likes him. It's got some incredible sibling energy and is absolutely the kind of thing Tony probably could have told their parents about to get his brother grounded. Great writing, plenty of surprises, and just all around a treat from start to finish.

Then on to the "Video Arcade" featuring a dozen attempt at ZZT arcade games covering classics like Pac-Man and Centipede as well as some less name brand games like a baseball pitching game and generic crane game. The majority of which are actually taken from Chris Kohler's various "Classic Arcade" series. These games are very crude even by ZZT standards, so don't expect much entertainment beyond the weirdness of how some of this stuff was implemented.

Lastly, "The Zone" which looks a lot nicer than everything else seen this stream. It's a game that loves absurd humor, starring a kid kicked off the computer and told to go outside for a change. Lots of wild options such as checking a homeless person's beard for food, buying hot dogs that can kill you, and causing trouble at Sears. This one was another crowdpleaser, but suffered from the author using flags rather than zapping labels. This makes the game pretty much impossible to complete as the limit is hit quickly and then you'll start having collected items erased when you talk to somebody. We fumble our way through with cheats to see what we couldn't access, confirming just how strange the game gets.

Solid pulls all around!

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♦ Originally streamed on August 13th, 2023 ♦

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