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The Dank and Scud Shockwave Flash Movie Section
Back in Autumn of 1997, I got a call from Steve Hutchins, famed producer of many Sega Saturn games. He was just finishing off production of the Sega Saturn version of Quake, and he wanted to add a couple of bonus elements to the game. Since he was a fan of Dank and Scud, he asked me if he could include a couple of issues of Dank and Scud into the game, as special hidden bonuses that were triggered by the player somewhere in the game.

Without any hesitation I agreed, and after many phone calls and contractual agreements, I got a video tape in the mail, showing how Dank and Scud would look in the game.

Omigosh! They had voices! Although he casually mentioned the possibility of adding voices during one of our many phone calls, I really didn't think he was serious. Not only were Dank and Scud talking, but they had the same voices that I pictured they would have (well, close enough).

The first two issues were given audio enhancements, with each panel being displayed on the screen as the sound was being played. It made for a very entertaining experience. I must find the actors so I can do the other three!

The next thing I had to do was find a way to show the movie from the web. At first I thought I'd just make all the panels have links to the .wav files, but it would be way too slow for it to be effective.

Since I had just downloaded a 30 day trial version of Shockwave Flash, I thought I'd give that a try. After only a couple of false starts with the software, I managed to create a Shockwave Flash file the first issue, complete with voices, sound effects and art, and all under 650k. On the second day of my 30 day trial period, I finished converting the second issue in only a couple of hours. This software is amazing!

A word of warning before playing these Shockwave Flash files: Dank has a bit of a speech impediment-- when he says "Scud", it comes out as "Scuzzzz". The reasons for this is purely legal. Unfortunate, but true. You see, there's another comic (and a real one, at that) titled "Scud: The Disposable Assassin", which was made into a video game by SegaSoft. So, in order for Sega to include Dank and Scud in the Sega Saturn version of Quake, they needed to call it something else, which ended up being "Dank and Scuz".

To play the Shockwave Flash files, you must download the Shockwave plug-in from Macromedia. Click on the button below to get the latest version.

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Once that's done and installed, click on a link below to see (and HEAR) the issue. If you have a slow connection, you might experience delays in the audio and artwork playback. If this is the case, just reload the page after it's done and it'll play it from your browser cache.

So, grab some popcorn and sit back and enjoy the show!
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