JagFest '97 Review
- By Kevin Manne
From the former Jag-@-Zine website.
JagFest `97: The Aftermath
The JagFest, as most would agree, was a brilliant
success. While the scheduled events such as tournaments were totally
abandoned, it was a good time anyway. There were an estimated
40 guests who either attended all day or stopped in for a few
Battlesphere was undoubtedly the most popular
attraction at the Fest, as there was hardly (if ever) a copy not
in play. There were 7 Jaguars linked for Battlesphere at the start,
but ended up at 5 due to some technical difficulties. The Battlesphere
play mode was the only multiplayer mode available to us, but it
was very fun nonetheless. The game was very impressive, and very
addictive. Many were found intently glaring into the screen in
complete concentration. In multi player mode, though, most were
yelling back and forth to each other. Stephanie Wukovitz of 4
Play even joined us for a bit, and even though she claimed to
be "not very good," she killed quite a few of us.
AirCars was also on display, having 2 Jaguars
linked up for some head-to-head play. Most people got a laugh
out of hearing "primary target destroyed" repeated over
and over throughout the day. At one point, the AirCars carts were
replaced by two copies of Doom for some Deathmatch action. Even
Doom ran surprisingly well, with very few network errors. Must
be that there wasn't very much interference in Hell on Saturday
Tom Harker and ICD were in attendance, sporting
various Atari wares for sale, including their AirCars. Both Tom
and Stephanie were very nice people, and were very willing to
answer all of our questions about Battlesphere and everything
else we could think up. Thanks for being so cool, guys!
Visual Dimensions 3-D gave a small presentation
in the mid-afternoon, and discussed some upcoming games for the
Jaguar and Lynx, including Automaniacs (essentially Club Drive
2) and Defcon 1 ("Tomb Raider style" game) for the Jaguar.
These guys seemed very enthusiastic and professional. Here's hoping
for good things from this ambitious company.
After the Visual Dimensions 3-D presentation,
Fard Muhammad showed his computer animation celebrating the 25th
anniversary of Atari. Hopefully a quicktime of this excellent
animation will be on the net soon, as it was quite impressive.
There is no way to put it into words.
The rest of the evening was just free-play,
everyone enjoying playing some excellent Jaguar games with some
fellow fans. It was quite an experience to meet everyone in person,
and an even bigger one to try to remember everyone's names. Also,
who could forget Jeff Grimshaw's Jaguar Kiosk, standing tall in
the corner of the room with the big yellow cat eyes staring at
everyone. It was a great piece of Jaguar memorabilia.
A few people (one being myself) had homemade
controllers to show off. I had my Joystick and Rotary controller
combo stick, and my rotary controller set up, and someone else
(whose name I cannot remember) had an optical rotary controller
available for everyone to try out. It was a very impressive piece
On the Lynx side of things, Carl Forhan had
made a demo card of three of his Lynx products which are currently
under development. Ponx, SFX and Planar Wars were on the card
and all showed promise, most notably Planar Wars. Comlynx capability
is a plus on all of his games, except for SFX which is just a
fun little sound effects program.
There were a few other Lynx's there, and there
was some Comlynxing going on. Quite a few of the available Lynx
games were there, although the new Telegames releases "Raiden"
and "Fat Bobby" were unfortunately missing.
The majority of people left before midnight,
but a few of us stayed until 2:00 am or so, playing two player
AirCars, Doom, and even holding the only competition of the event,
Pong. Wes Powell was the lucky recipient of the Defender 2000
soundtrack as a result of the competition. Most of the other prizes
were simply just handed out, because of the lack of competitions.
It was a great time, and hopefully was one
that everyone will remember for a long time. Let's hope someone
takes the initiative to pull together a second annual JagFest
...Until next time,