ASE Ep. 122 Vidmaster You Think You're Big Time? You're Gonna Die Big Time!

Marathon Infinity's "Vidmaster Challenge" features remixes of three levels, the first of which is Try Again from the original Marathon. Each level includes grey, upgraded enemies.

A few notes about our playthrough:

We played Marathon and Marathon Infinity on Normal difficulty. We increased the difficulty on Marathon 2: Durandal to Major Damage to compensate for our somewhat higher familiarity with the levels of that game.

Big Time here is being played on Total Carnage; since the entire point of the Vidmaster Challenge is increased difficulty, there didn't seem much point in not playing it on the highest difficulty.

However, it was clearly designed for solo play where any death means a restart. We use irons' Co-Op script so that we share weapons and don't lose them upon death. We had some sync problems on playback as with the earlier vidmaster levels, but here it only prevented me from capturing Blackstar's chase camera angle. I have no idea why.

I think we're supposed to kill everything in this mission, although the sometimes inaccurate enemy counter still shows a few remaining when we hit the final terminal.

What a ride!

This podcast uses:

Aleph One, free and open source versions of Marathon for Windows, Mac and Linux at

Remixes of the Marathon soundtrack by Craig Hardgrove at

We use irons' Co-Op script:

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Music used in this episode:

"What About Bob?" by Alexander Seropian, remixed by Craig Hardgrove (intro music)
"New Pacific (Reprise)" by Alexander Seropian, remixed by Craig Hardgrove (outro music)