Another boredom streak from yours truly. Lost media is something that fascinates me a lot because media is one of those mediums that can remain the same even after decades, minor changes in subsequent versions notwithstanding. There isn’t a lot of lost video games that are super interesting to me as much as film and TV shows since their preservation methods, are far worse than gaming IMO (and that’s saying something given ROM site closures and everything) and that they are super obscure and are not in the main consoles of that era, usually something far more obscure.
Cancelled media is also super fascinating to me as there are lots of tales from the crew that give a bit of humanity behind the studios that make our favourite, hated or whatever in between, pieces of media from books, movies, TV shows and yes games.
So I thought I could mention my picks for both of them. You can finally share out disappointments to the whole forum with reason.
- Starcraft Ghost: basically a third person shooter that deviates from the usual Starcraft fare. Given that there aren’t a whole lot of Starcraft entries, it stands out amongst the rest right out the gate. However, Blizzard claims that the game was halted as it wasn’t very good according to them. Same reason towards a Warcraft point and click game, which I only remember because they also did those top notch animations for the Nintendo CDI games as well as I M Meen. The footage does look promising but given that it is pre Activision Blizzard, it might be more reasonable then. While it might be disregarded or forgetten by fans if it did release, I’d rather have it shown to the world as it did seem really cool
- Star Wars Battlefront 3: Yep, you heard me right. This is not the DICE games but rather handled at Free Radical Design. Reportedly it was almost done but was shelved. Just the fact that it was nearly done and canned anyway must’ve been a huge waste of resources. I can’t imagine the look on the team’s faces when they heard their game they had to work their asses off get shelved. I’m sure you guys will also mention 1313, which is similarly heartbreaking, although I think this needs the spotlight too.
Kingdom Hearts V Cast: This one is interesting since it was technically found, but only the assets were found. Even so, if I can tell only the first levels were uncovered as the rest still aren’t found(?). The gameplay looks really clunky but given that it was made for phones and to recreate the console games right down to its graphics being in the same style, that’s inevitable I guess. It recently managed to have it running on an obscure console called Zeebo, which runs mobile phone games mainly. It doesn’t look very good but I also wish that it is found playable to archive its existence as so many artists, designers, programmers and so many others must have worked day in to get it done, even if they knew it was for some mobile phone.
- Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood: Not to be confused with the anime arc, this is an entire movie based off the arc from the same studio who did the OVA. It was released in Japanese cinemas for a short while before it disappeared. Nothing concrete has been said about its dissapearance, either its fan backlash due to its liberties taken from its source material, someone on the crew dying and them not wanting to do with the project or the whole Quran controversy. I believe the third part the most, but none of them seem like good reasons to stop it from circulating. Even if the movie sucked, they should at least be available in some rare DVD. I’m also shocked there’s no camrip recording that is widely circulated atm. It would be interesting to see it found now that the Jojo fan base is the biggest it has ever been.
- London After Midnight: It has been said to be the holy grail of lost horror films, and for damn good reason. Nobody has a copy of the movie that has become widely circulated or at least viewable in some museum in the US. The closest is the reconstruction from Turner Broadcasting, but its only about 30 minutes if I recall with publicity stills. I hope its found but perhaps given the release it will never be found again.
- The Day the Clown Cried: The story behind the release of this movie is honestly really fascinating. Jerry Lewis, who was a part of the movie, hated it so much that he didn’t want the world to see it ever. He would frequently bash on it whenever asked on a public space, I think because of the subject matter being too disgusting. I did read the plot synopsis and I thought it might be a cult favourite, as it’s depressing undertones during WW2 helps to sell its despair. The main character is a jerk but that is the point. He doesn’t really learn his lesson, per se, until probably the end? Even so, the ending is legit haunting given the children’s eventual fate. I’ve seen and read The Boy with the Striped Pyjamas, so I know what happens next. There is a reconstruction, also around 30 minutes, uploaded onto YouTube. It’s an interesting watch but I haven’t finished it yet.
I guess that’s all, really. Its a shame they never get to see the light of day or ever see it again for the time being. I guess that’s all from me, maybe you guys can enlighten me. Or ignore this post, idk.
Edit: I have now changed this to become more open ended to other forms of media.