Thursday, October 25, 2007

Down The Drain

Down the Drain by W. and J. Stewart
©1990-92 Berkeley Systems Inc.

Part of the After Dark 2.0 collection.

This module still technically works but is fairly useless on modern systems (I know, this could describe screensavers in general - stop being so negative). The area covered by the "drain" effect is apparently designed for a smaller resolution and does not cover the entire area of a larger screen.

This is odd since the option of adding random dots is not screen resolution specific and the entire screen has some sort of effect happening. I believe the module does use the entire screen but then shrinks the effect down to the smaller size. Speedwise, the module does run too fast on modern systems. The Slow setting allows for the effect to be seen better but is still too fast to make much sense.

It's not a bad module to throw into the randomizer for a quick change of scenery when traveling between modules but Down the Drain no longer works well on its own. And what's with the Stewart guys using different variations of their name for each credit?


Original concept by Rob Vaterlaus.

The "Direction" slider sets the coriolis force for Southern Hemisphere (Clockwise), Northern Hemisphere (Counter [Counterclockwise]), or on the equator (Inward). The "Drops" check box will add drops for draining after most of the screen is black. The "Drain" check box starts you draining with a drain in the middle of the screen.

Down the Drain by W. and J. Stewart
©1990-92 Berkeley Systems Inc.

Works under Windows XP & Vista in greater than 256 colors but is too fast and does not cover the entire screen.

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