Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Vampire Diaries

Yesterday, I talked about The Vampire Diaries in Nancy Drew: Secrets Can Kill.  It turns out that this is not a book.  It's a computer game, made by Her Interactive, in 1996.  Like Secrets Can Kill, it has long since been out of print, because no one has Windows 95 anymore.

Holy guacamole.  A different adventure game by Her Interactive?  That sounds awesome, even if the reviews are bad.  I can handle bad 90's adventure games!  I played through Chaos: A Fantasy Adventure Game after all.

I tried to find a copy of The Vampire Diaries, but it turns out that the game is rare.  Fans of the book series pretty much devoured all known copies, so unless I'm willing to pay $600, I probably won't see it.

Well, darn.  I guess I'll set up an auto-search for the game on eBay.  That's how I got a copy of the 1993 Pagemaster game, although it took over six months.

14 comments:

Suzanne Klare said...

Michael, we aren't asking you to pay 600 dollars to buy an old video game.

Breanna(; said...

I always thought it was a book too, I never knew that it was a t.v. show or a game until yesterday(;

Anonymous said...

I think HeR Interactive also made other video games before Nancy Drew besides Vampire Diaries. So maybe you could play one of those games instead, since playing 600 dollars isn't the brightest idea.

Miriam said...

Did you ever play HerInteractive's weird dog game? It was like "Cody Pops the Case" or something..? Apparently that wasn't much of a success since they've barely mentioned it since its release a few years ago.

Anonymous said...

Michael, you should play one of the Passionfruit games. They are made by old HeR employees who got laid off and formed their own company. They are very similar to the Dossiers (and probably why we never got Ship of Shadows), but more... mature.

Why make walkthroughs for little kids all the time? It might expand your horizons and fan base.

Anonymous said...

P.S. (forgot to add in last comment at 12:59AM) The Vampire Diaries is VERY difficult to install and configure to work on new computers. Also, if you may not want to pay $600 for an old and crap game, I suggest searching for a download online. It exists and it's free... but IDK if you do that kind of thing. And before everyone attacks me about it being bad and blah blah, the game is not worth the $$$ that it is now sold for and will never be worth it. If HER still sold it for like five dollars, I would not recommend this way (I pay full price for all HER games and always have), but if you really want to see how HER evolved from VP to SCK there are similarities and it's interesting to see. Or you could watch someone else's walkthrough on youtube.

Sammy said...

Well, if you're interested in what the game is like, someone else did a video walkthrough.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4l2VAx8vFI

It looks like a weird, version of Nancy Drew...weird, but interesting.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the last post. That is the only way to get the older games that are out of production.

William D said...

I'm still in the dark as to what it's about, and I've no interest in watching the walkthrough. Lol :/

Anonymous said...

To the anon at 12:59 p.m. Nancy drew is not just a game for children, Its for kids and adults, Michael makes plenty of walkthroughs that vary in age level and he has a ton of fans because he makes walkthroughs for those "little kid games" as you like to call them.

Anonymous said...

To anon at 9:52 PM: Obviously. The ND games grow with you if you let them. A variety of ages play them.

His ND game walkthroughs are still the most popular, with the *majority* of his active fans being younger than 18. It's very obvious from the comments on YouTube and here.

I'd love to see his fan base expand to the point where the older fans of Michael's walkthroughs contribute. He deserves it. I don't think most of his fanbase has to consist of 13 year old fangirls all the time. He can definitely play more "mature" games without having to exhaust himself cracking lame jokes for the younger fans. A variety of games would bring in more fans.

Alexandria said...

@ anonymous at 10:43 I watch Michael's walkthroughs for the nancy drew games and pretty much everything he makes a walkthrough for and I'm 26 yrs old. Also Michael must like the nancy drew games or he wouldn't play them and p.s. I don't know where you get it that Michael's jokes are lame because they're not.

Sarah. J said...

What I would like to know is where they get that all of Michael's fans are 13.

William D said...

@Alexandria: Woah WHAT he said Michael's jokes are lame??? Gimme his address. Tell him to prepare. (lol jk but seriously though we don't like people insulting Michael...)