From Syndicate to Satellite Reign

If you haven't guessed yet, I'm a big fan of the classic console games from 80s to the computer games in the 90s. I spent many quarters in the arcade but I played some of the best games ever made at home. Before they were swallowed by the EA behemoth, Bullfrog Productions was one of the best independent developers of the 90s. From Populous, Magic Carpet, Theme Park, and Syndicate, they were on the cutting edge of technology despite being a small shop. EA bought Bullfrog in 1995 and the rest is history. They did produce another classic, Dungeon Keeper, in 1997 that has recently reemerged (sort of) on tablets....

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Comic Cover – Vengeance

Spoiler Warning: Please read to Chapter 52 first.  Vengeance is the physical manifestation of the entity buried deep within Michael Larson's consciousness. He has already shown a willingness to kill and hurt others, including those closest to Michael. His motives are unknown but his method is violence.Vengeance and all the other comic covers can be viewed in the Gallery - Portal Characters.

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Portal – Chapter 63

Khaleel stood in the middle of Team One as they moved through hostage rescue drill. He was cleared for duty and noticed Lieutenant Caldwell had changed the schedule overnight. The Bravo company teams were ordered to Hinkle to practice protecting a mundane target against unknown threats.“Clear,” yelled the lead agent. The group pressed forward.Khaleel was not sure what to say to Michael about the previous night, so he avoided him all morning. He should be dead. Khaleel admitted that part of him wished Justice had succeeded, but he did not want murder on his conscience. There was nothing...

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Portal – Chapter 62

Preacher stood behind the one-way glass, feeling guilty about this deception, but he needed to test his theory. He hoped he was wrong. Michael Larson was an enigma but he was still a young man with very specific tendencies, especially around women.“I was told that you have power test with a ping-pong ball. Please start the test as I let Doctor Dillon know you are here.”The door to the testing room closed and the one to the observation room opened. Laura Kidwell walked in the dark room and shut it quickly before any light bounced off the glass.“Doctor Dillon, I hope that was good...

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Games, Games, Games

I admit it. I love video and tabletop games. Growing up, we had a Sears Telegames console (a knock-off of the Atari 2600) that I played for many years. I broke the joystick controller several times playing Bruce Jenner's  Decathlon, violently swinging the plastic arm back and forth. We never had an Intellivision but I did get a Colecovision. I remember the baseball and football games with the four trigger buttons and the number pad were my favorites.For Christmas one year, I got a Nintendo with the robot and pistol. I remember learning to shoot with Duck Hunt and learning every trick in Super...

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Portal – Chapter 61

Since the campus was on lock-down, Michael was looking forward to visiting the infirmary for his checkup. Though he woke up before dawn, he was not tired. It was like a huge weight had been lifted from his shoulders and he was going to enjoy every minute of it. Even the nightmares had stopped.As he walked, he was still unsure what to do about his feelings for Alaina. He remembered dancing with her for a song but then everything went black. He tried asking the others what happened but they seemed to be ignoring him, quickly finding a reason to be somewhere else. He could not find Net at all after...

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Portal – Chapter 60

Net rushed to the computer room before anyone else arrived. He wanted to use every computer processor he could find to run his search. Justice hit Michael last night. He should not have been standing in Hinkle like nothing happened. Security was running fingerprint and retina scans on everyone entering Butler, Net already found the entry for Michael this morning. He was not a morpher pretending to be his best friend.He started with the most basic searches for Michael Larson. Just like before, he could find very little before Michael's teenage years. There was no birth certificate on file for Michael...

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Comic Cover – Atomic Power

Atomic Power, the most powerful Enhanced ever known estimated at Category 5. His destruction in 1998 incinerated Los Angeles and created a nuclear wasteland across Southern California. It also ushered in the Greater Depression, the economic downfall of the United States, and the Enhanced Public Safety Act.The origins of Atomic Power are still unknown before he emerged in the skies over California to combat the world's greatest super villains including Epicenter, The Enforcer, and Herr Metall.Atomic Power and all the other comic covers can be viewed in the Gallery - Portal Characters.

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Portal – Chapter 59

Michael looked around Hinkle. The old basketball stadium turned training facility had JTF Agents everywhere, some in armor, others in suits and street clothes. Whatever was going on, it was big.The JTF agents at the gate checked fingerprints and performed a retina scan before he was allowed to enter the Butler campus. The guards were very serious and uptight about something but they were too busy to harass him. As he made his way back to the dormitory, a patrol armed with M4 and SCAR rifles stopped him. They not-so-subtly informed him he was supposed to be at Hinkle with the other recruits.Inside...

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Portal – Chapter 58

At 5 a.m., the door to the recruit sleeping quarters opened as agents, dressed in full armor, entered the room. Several tired heads popped up from their bunks to see the commotion.Agent Thorton moved to the end of the row of bunks like a military drill instructor. He always envied Agent Prescott and Agent Edwards. They yelled at these people all day, every day, and kept them under control. It must feel wonderful to command that kind of power.“All recruits, you are to report immediately to Hinkle. Get out of your bunks, get your shoes on, now. For everyone’s safety, Bravo company will...

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