Serious Sam is an old game, but really a game because of its unique ass-kicking overkill. It wasn’t famous for graphics or sound or gameplay or story, but it did a splendid job at kicking ass, I mean, Sam did so.
Sam is very serious about his business, that’s why the game is called Serious Sam. Actually I have no idea why it’s called Serious Sam, it probably just sounds good. The thing that fascinated me the most about Seriois Sam were the huge maps (levels, stages, whatever you like to call them). You, playing Sam in first person perspective, would start out in a cave or something and then come out and see a huge wide and open plane before you, maybe surrounded by a few hills. And it was really huge. You could basically reach every point you could see, because all was part of the map and actually rendered, not like in other games where most of the background were pre-rendered flat images.
Here’s a little example of what I mean
See those little dust clouds in center right? Those are a few enemies approaching. And they are at least as tall as Sam (he’s a regular sized human). Now you get a feel for how far away the enemies are, and how wide and tall the buildings are.
Serious Sam was awesome, and so was Serious Sam 2. A while ago, when Serious Sam HD and Serious Sam 2 HD were released, Sam continued to be awesome. They are on sale on Steam this weekend (probably outdated by the time you read this). Play it! It’s awesome.
And here is the commercial for Serious Sam HD (they call it a Supermercial!)
It’s really more a statue than a figure / figurine, because it’s frikkin’ 38cm tall! (that’s 15 inches for you non-metric people)
And the best thing about it: the sparks glow!
There’s a cheaper version without glowing sparks ($140 instead of $160), but hey, what’s an extra twenty bucks, right? Nevermind that it’s really expensive in the first place, if you grew up playing Sonic the Hedgehog 2 like I did, it’s neglectable, because true love does not have a price tag.
I stole this one from joystiq.com, so I’ll just copy-paste what they wrote. Really scary, but really funny, short video.
There are few words one could use to describe the audio phenomenon which occurs at each Penny Arcade Expo, other than, of course, yucky. The video posted after the jump was captured at the first Penny Arcade panel at PAX East, in which everyone in the room simultaneously cracks their knuckles. It is really, really gross and nobody should watch it. We wish we hadn’t seen it. We also wish we hadn’t filmed it, and then copied it to our computer, and put it online, and put it in this post — a process forcing us to relive that horrifying moment eight or nine times.