Out of the Blue

The special logo now gracing our masthead in our desktop view is for SiN, the first-person shooter released by Ritual Entertainment in 1998. I set up a spreadsheet with our collection of logos and added release dates from Wikipedia to help remember anniversaries. Based on the SiN article on the Wiki I entered November 9th as its release date. Back in those days games were sold in these things we called stores, and press releases did not generally accompany launches. But it's clear from our news archive that SiN hit North American shelves well before the ninth. It looks like it was as early as November 3rd, and it was clearly widely available by the fourth. Anyway, I was determined to commemorate the game's anniversary today, so it's just off by a few days. SiN was an extremely fun game that advanced the shooter genre at the time. It even had a Blue's News Easter egg! It feels like it ended up being overshadowed by Half-Life, which, speaking of anniversaries, went "gold" on this date in 1998. As always, hats off to Walter "2" Costinak for the specialized logo, and thank you to Scott for fixing it for our current format.

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Re: OotB: Wages of SiN
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SiN was awesome! This is another one of those classics my Dad somehow missed during the 90s. I remember growing up I would see SiN: Episodes on old Steam and wanting it really bad (the physics papertowels blew me away... lol) but I finally got to play and beat both 10 years ago. Even played some of the MP with a friend recently, that gravity mechanic and upside down level is insane! Almost like Prey before it came out. Reminds me that I still need to finish Wages of SiN...

The fate of Ritual is incredibly sad, and being brutally honest, this game has not been treated well. With buggy/flawed re-releases and that "remaster" looking like some horrible scam considering the screenshots were just the first level with generic AI upscaled textures, but it has never come out (and I hope it never does). Even when SiN came out it was getting hit with bad luck, such as that awful BIOS killing virus infecting some demos of the game. SiN and Ritual deserved a lot better.

I never noticed the Blue's News easter egg, but I didn't really know about BN back then, so next time I play I'm gonna have to look out for this! I know I sound like a broken record, but thanks again Blue for having such an amazing archive that we can still see a screenshot from 24 years ago!

Edit: Wrong name, gah

This comment was edited on Nov 9, 2022, 22:19.
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