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Thread Rewatching Voyager is reminding me how much Neelix episodes suck
Just rewatched the episode where Kes goes through puberty way too early, and has a small window to mate. What a fucking gross, awful episode. Kes: "I'm going through puberty far, far too early. Normally it only happens after age 4 (species lives to about 8 years old), but I'm not even 2 years old yet. I can only reproduce during puberty once, Neelix you have to mate with me." Neelix: "M'lady, I would doth be honored to mate with thyn 1 year old self going through le puberty." Kes: "Wait, I've decided not to conceive." Neelix: *Pouts*
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Thread Rewatching Voyager is reminding me how much Neelix episodes suck
I read that Neelix was supposed to be Quark 2.0, a "rogue badass" of Voyager. except he comes off as a dork math teacher who went through a mid-life crisis who drives a Harley and wears aviators to his elementary school job. Quark actually sells being a sleezy, slimeball POS. Neelix went pale when he thought he was bleeding once.
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Thread Two weeks after reopening, Texas sees deadliest day of Covid-19
You do realize that some actually do, right? As in, the virus DOESN'T only kill people after 2 weeks? There are countless reports of people being contracted with the virus and then being dead 2 days later? Mapping that would look like an exponential ramp up, which . As opposed to a solid wall climbing straight up, which isn't what happened, . And, because this will blow your mind: you don't have to be hospitalized to die.this is laughable coming from your last few posts. "there haven't been any spikes" said pointing to a graph with two obviously huge spikes correlating to 2-week periods after milestone dates.
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Thread Two weeks after reopening, Texas sees deadliest day of Covid-19
Yeah, there have only been some peaks and valleys since mid april, without rhyme or reason. If only there was something that correlated to the period in blue, and something that correlated to the period in red, which could explain this completely random change in trend. And, BTW, did you know that most of the newly reported cases have come from meat processing plants, which obviously can't be counted as statistics, because it's not fair. Those places are hit abnormally hard because meat processing plants require lots of close, repeated interpersonal contact among employees regularly, which says nothing about what reopening the state would do. Good thing there haven't been any spikes, only "peaks." A 180 degree change in trend line, who in their right mind would call that a "spike"? Let's get pedantic!
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Thread Digital Foundry - Ion Fury - Every Console Tested - How An Ancient Engine Stresses Current-Gen CPUs
I can say this, also: John doesn't get to decide what he makes videos on, either. He can make suggestions about topics he'd like to cover, sure, but he gets video assignments. It's not him who decides what will or won't be a video. When I made a video for them, it wasn't John who got to say yes or no to me. Once he got the word from above him, well, he had to roll with it. It's his . And it goes even further, he is told to cover in videos. Like the video I did for them, it was a supplemental video to a topic, because he was told his original video on said topic was for a specific subject, and, even though my video was related, he wasn't allowed to deviate into other subjects on the same topic. I get that, being posted on youtube, people might think things like DF are a small outlet like, say, LGR's videos, but they're really not. They're a wing of a major gaming outlet.
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Thread Digital Foundry - Ion Fury - Every Console Tested - How An Ancient Engine Stresses Current-Gen CPUs
Well just to further clarify, I don't want to give the impression that John has absolutely no say over DF retro. It is his baby, but his baby belongs to Eurogamer ultimately. I just wanted to make clear that the segment of the gaming world that went to bat for things like Ion Fury, that people have insinuated John is supportive of, have also been to him in the past very frequently. The truth is probably much more nuanced than any of us know, but given the history of John on this site and NeoGAF prior, I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. Again, this is his full time job, so it's probably much more complex than just "put up a disclaimer" on his part.
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Thread Digital Foundry - Ion Fury - Every Console Tested - How An Ancient Engine Stresses Current-Gen CPUs
You're not the only one doing it, hence why I didn't single you out. But ok, here it goes: you're being tone deaf. "thanks for the video" isn't critical thinking, it's a platitude. Cool that you like tech discussion, but read the room.If we're being honest, I abhor most of the conversation on this board for that reason, actually.
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Thread Digital Foundry - Ion Fury - Every Console Tested - How An Ancient Engine Stresses Current-Gen CPUs
Well that's pretty much it: your post is "fuck the room." That's the problem I had with your post. You see why, you just don't care. So... k. Getting upset when someone tells you that you're being tone deaf, while at the same time acknowledging you don't care about the current discussion (and thus are being deaf to the tone of the conversation) shouldn't be at all controversial. Yet here you are. The way you've come out huffing and puffing at a statement I tried my hardest to soften indicates we're not going to have any fruitful conversation. So whatever.
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Thread Digital Foundry - Ion Fury - Every Console Tested - How An Ancient Engine Stresses Current-Gen CPUs
Not to call anyone out specifically, but the uncritical "thanks for the video" posts in the middle of a long discussion come off really tone deaf.
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Thread Digital Foundry - Ion Fury - Every Console Tested - How An Ancient Engine Stresses Current-Gen CPUs
Right, I did a video for them once, and wanted to make a correction, and never could get it to go through. Usually the people who make the content don't have control of how it's posted or can make changes after it goes up.
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Thread Digital Foundry - Ion Fury - Every Console Tested - How An Ancient Engine Stresses Current-Gen CPUs
I agree with everything you've posted. No matter how they react going forward, they're going to upset . At that point, I'd follow my heart and do what's right, personally, but that's easy for me to say when I know one group would harass you personally in dangerous ways while the other wouldn't. For all the talks of "harassment" in this topic, nobody is actually attempting to harm John. Ultimately, I wish they just had never made this video. And I'm willing to bet 100% John is feeling the same way right now. I hope Eurogamer does right on them all somehow. For all the times I've seen John talk about, really, anything, he's never been afraid to admit he was misinformed or wrong or try to do right, so if he's being quiet right now, I'd have to believe there is a reason why. I truly don't believe he's a hateful person or one who wants to actively promote ugly rhetoric.
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Thread Digital Foundry - Ion Fury - Every Console Tested - How An Ancient Engine Stresses Current-Gen CPUs
One thing I'll say about a disclaimer before a video -- notice how many people ITT have associated DF Retro with John personally, as though he has all control and say over the channel? That goes both ways. I know John, and I know he's been harassed in the past in very ugly ways. I've personally seen it, people doxxing him and commenting on his visual appearance and all that in ways intended solely to cut and hurt. I honestly believe no matter what action they take, John is going to take the full force of the response personally, when he isn't the one who makes the calls. If a disclaimer were to pop up, I'd expect the alt-right crowd to take it out on John personally. I think ultimately DF should do what's right, but I also know how scary that crowd can be.
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Thread Digital Foundry - Ion Fury - Every Console Tested - How An Ancient Engine Stresses Current-Gen CPUs
The build engine is open source and free for commercial use these days. Modern engines work entirely differently, hence why someone might want to use a retro engine. To make a modern engine work like the build engine, you'd be essentially simulating the entire build engine in shader code (which is what modern ports of the engine do anyways). Modern game engines work very, very differently than old raycasted 2D engines underneath, down to the primitives of rasterization. Making a modern engine look like such an engine is a lot of work, when it'd just be easier to use a source port of the build engine in the first place.
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Thread Digital Foundry - Ion Fury - Every Console Tested - How An Ancient Engine Stresses Current-Gen CPUs
I didn't mean to imply they were the same level of scrutiny, more to comment on how someone's nose can be so close to a material yet miss an open secret like this. It was more a comment on my own blind spots, than how loud those controversies were. If Blaze knew about that, I probably should have known too. We talk to the same crowd.
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Thread Digital Foundry - Ion Fury - Every Console Tested - How An Ancient Engine Stresses Current-Gen CPUs
Honestly, it can happen. I'm super, super active in the Sonic hacking scene, been a long time member for , yet just the other day, I saw this post from in the "requested ports" sega topic:I had no idea about this regarding Spark the Electric Jester. I'd even recommended the games prior on this board. And I say this as someone can vouch for who has spent a lot of time arguing down awful people in the Sonic scene *coughLobotomycough*. Sometimes, it just misses you. I won't ever recommend Spark the Electric Jester again. John pretty explicitly posted a few days ago that he's now aware of what's up with Ion Fury. I can understand why someone would believe he should have known prior, but the test should be to see how he reacts within his own power going forward.
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Thread The Japanese Sega Master System has the classiest bios screen
I remember finding this as a kid, no magazines, no nothing. Just mashed buttons one day while turning on my SMS and boom. I remember running and telling my mom and she told me maybe I had broken the SMS lol.
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Thread Shitty characters that got redeemed in follow-ups aka Zeke from InFamous. Also InFamous 2 soundtrack is killer.
He's still a character, one of the few in HL1 who actually does things. It doesn't matter that his name wasn't given, he was still a character.
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Thread Shitty characters that got redeemed in follow-ups aka Zeke from InFamous. Also InFamous 2 soundtrack is killer.
There is massive changes in Eli's character between HL2, HL2:E2, and HL:A. The Eli in HL2 is not nearly the same emotional core as Eli in HL2:E2 or HL:A.
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Thread Shitty characters that got redeemed in follow-ups aka Zeke from InFamous. Also InFamous 2 soundtrack is killer.
Eli Vance went from nameless nobody in HL1 to the heart of the series in HL2 and beyond. The interactions with him in Half Life Alyx hit such high emotional moments, you would have never ever guessed he'd become that from what he was in HL1.
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Thread Were you around for Eternal September?
Eternal September refers to September of 1993, the time when AOL started offering Usenet access. This date is important, because prior to that, Usenet was mainly (but not entirely) the domain of universities and research institutions, as home internet was still extremely nascent. People on usenet used to bitch about "September" because that was the start of fall semester, which is when many incoming freshmen would experience the internet for the very first time, and thus discourse on BBSes and Usenet groups would plummet as people were slow to become acclimated to proto-web culture. People would either quickly assimilate to usenet culture of the time, or kind of be driven off the internet. Once AOL started giving access to usenet with their service, "September never ended." Every month, you'd have new users signing up for AOL, which would bring endless n00bs to usenet. I was around during those days, my dad got compuserve in the late 80's. Because we were the extremely rare group that was part of usenet culture outside of universities and research institutions prior to September of 1993, we always found it insulting. The elitism regarding "eternal september" was that anybody without a university email address would be looked down upon. We paid for a compuserve and later netscape email address at the time, and thus we'd have insinuations that we were new to the internet despite having been around for years at that point. This is a bit of forgotten internet culture clash, but one my dad still brings up. Were you there for Eternal September?
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Thread Two weeks after reopening, Texas sees deadliest day of Covid-19
And just to repeat (I know it's not you saying that), the claim that the numbers are increase due to increased testing is bullshit: To the people saying the increase in cases is due to the increase in testing: Let's put some further numbers to this, to show how testing increased throughout april, yet cases per day decreased, we'll start on april 10th, the day after the previous worst day in texas. I'm going by 3 days each jump because i don't want to be counting every day: the first major protests in Texas began on april 18th, 19th, and 20th in austin dallas and houston, then again on the 23rd, then again on the 25th, to account for the pre-may rise. Every day in April, the number of daily tests done increased, yet the daily cases count went down. As soon as people started going out en-mass, beginning with the protests and extending with the reopening, the daily cases count started going up as testing increased. If, as people were saying, the increase in texas cases was simply because testing was increasing, it would have shown in April, yet it did not. The trend reversed as soon as people started congregating, exactly as everyone was told. Keep in mind, these are done in groups of 3 day totals, just to reduce the work on my part. The trend is still visible, however. Here is the daily cases chart color coordinated to the above: The blue is during the lock down in april (again, as testing increased). The orange is the week when protests started. The green is the time period after the reopening. April 10th, the highest single day total in Texas, came approximately 2 weeks after Greg Abbott issued a soft shelter-in-place warning, which began on March 25th. The period between April 10th to April 22, which is the only dip in the current trend of daily cases, also represents a two week period. May 1st, Texas reopened. May 10th, roughly 2 weeks after the protests began and reopening the state, we've basically matched April 10th in new cases. The corona virus can take up to two weeks for symptoms to display, hence the importance of these multiple two-week windows. Again, during all this time, testing has steadily increased. Yet the trend reversed. The case count going up is because testing is increasing. The increase in cases has not correlated to the increase in testing, it's a different curve that correlates to the increase in public activity.
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Thread Remember that time Riker banged an alien in order to escape?
that's actually rape When police officers force a woman to have sex with them or go to jail, it's called rape. Just because the scene is played light heartedly, doesn't change what happend. He was forced to have sex with someone he didn't want to have sex with in exchange for his escape.
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Thread Cute spider found at the back of my house..
OP, seriously don't kill that spider. It'll likely stay outside, meaning its babies will also be deposited outside. These are predators, they hunt insects, not just spin traps for them. That's hundreds of new creatures around your house hunting annoying shit like ants, flies, crickets, etc. It's legitimately great pest control. They aren't interested in you, they're interested in eating everything around your house that annoys you.
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Thread Cute spider found at the back of my house..
wolf spiders go everywhere, they're nomadic. They don't build webs, so there is a good chance they'll stay outside and just hunt awful insects and shit. A wolf spider isn't bad to have around. They are attracted to warm spots, so they might come in during the winter or fall, but as summer is coming, they'll be more likely to be outside where more food is.
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Thread Half-Life Alyx |OT| The right woman in the right place
Valve themselves disagree: They say explicitly in this lecture that one of their core beliefs is that passionate fans who turn to modding will ultimately create the best tools available, and that as content creators, it's best to merely facilitate their tools with workshop than to try and best them. "The community will make [tools] better, because they can experiment and iterate faster than [valve] ever could"
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Thread Half-Life Alyx |OT| The right woman in the right place
that's exactly what I replied to. Steam workshop support turns mods into a one-click launch experience. You're talking about the distribution system for the mods, which doesn't really matter if they are official tools or not.
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Thread Half-Life Alyx |OT| The right woman in the right place
the tools don't really have anything to do ease of installing or using mods. Workshop support is a distribution system, not a modding tool. Plenty of titles on steam with workshop support are wrapping community tools.
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Thread Your favorite Limp Bizkit song
everyone knows Limp Bizkit was the greatest artist of our generation. Which of their countless masterpieces is the best? According to official canon, IIRC it's actually Rearranged: The reason being that if I were in heaven, I'd be kicking it with method man right now
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Thread The Japanese Sega Master System has the classiest bios screen
This is an FM Remix of the Space Harrier theme produced exlusively for this bios screen. The JPN Bios Space Harrier remix gets to use all the available sound channels on the SMS at once, because it doesn't have to handle the sound effects for the game. The stars dance to the tune. The JPN Space Harrier 3D had a similar, but different, FM remix: Sega was always great at bios screens, the Sega CD US Model 2 bios is probably my favorite of theirs: But the JPN SMS Bios is probably the most SEGA start screen ever. For comparison, the normal Space Harrier SMS music using the PSG only: The Japanese SMS has the FM Unit built in, unlike the Mark III, hence the bios screen.
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Thread The Japanese Sega Master System has the classiest bios screen
The SMS indeed was pure joy. Probably my single favorite video game console ever. Without a doubt, I've played more SMS games than any other game system. Those early US SMS games were good. Fantasy Zone, Hang On, Choplifter, Wonder Boy in Monster Land, Global Defense, Gangster Town... soooo good.
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Thread Digital Foundry - Ion Fury - Every Console Tested - How An Ancient Engine Stresses Current-Gen CPUs
Heads up that it's actually hard to update DF videos and isn't Jon's call. There have been times he's wanted to change or update content and hasn't been able to. Reminder: DF is owned by Eurogamer.
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Thread Will 32gb ram become the "recommended" going forward for pc owners?
Data from the drive to system RAM the biggest bottle neck, but transfer from system ram to vram isn't much better. Since both have to occur with a circular buffer on PC, it's like a double penalty. The solution is thicker busses. This is the "9 women can't have a baby in 1 month" problem, but the flip side is "9 women can have 9 babies in 9 months." PCI-e 4.0 video cards will have 16 lanes to transfer with as opposed to the current 8. Slower transfer, but more per transfer to offset the bottleneck. Hence the need for more VRAM. Instead of a tiny amount of VRAM being filled frequently with small amounts of data, a large amount of VRAM being filled with infrequently with a large amount of data. consoles don't have to transfer from system ram to vram, that concept doesn't exist. So the penalty from reading from drive to ram is much lessened. So they can get away with less ram, as their circular buffers can be smaller. The downside is, however, if you ever DO need to store something huge in VRAM on a console, well, you outright have less ram available. That's why console makers right now are making a huge deal about streaming, because they're trying their hardest to stretch less ram further. But ultimately, what you are immediately using still needs to fit into ram. SSDs and such are replacements for RAM. As noted earlier, if your travel speed exceeds the streaming transfer rate, you'll see stutter or outright pauses in your game. So right now, with next gen consoles, the assumption is with the current (UE5 demo) level of fedility, the amount of data they are transferring at the speed a player would traverse is good enough (and it appears to be so). But if, like, the amount of data they wanted to stream , they'd be in big trouble. With a fatter circular buffer, like the solution on PC would be, that wouldn't be as much as a problem, as it's already inherently transferring much more data infrequently. One thing to say, though: raytracing, in the future, by the nature of physically simulating many of the things you need buffers to store values for in conventional forward rendering, will massively reduce the size of assets in the future. Not this upcoming next-generation, but probably next-next generation, once things are raytraced rather than only some things being raytraced. We're in the N64 days of raytracing. Once we hit original xbox levels, everything will change.
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Thread Will 32gb ram become the "recommended" going forward for pc owners?
It really isn't. You can get 16gb Radeon cards for like $350. $500 isn't the high end, either. And because I know you're going to complain, being expensive != high end. The current high-end is like $1300.
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Thread Will 32gb ram become the "recommended" going forward for pc owners?
And when the 1080ti was new, you weren't paying $500 for it either. That was the price the 1080 OC was. When I bought my 1080ti it was like $900. Which is my entire point: the price for a lot of VRAM is going down.
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Thread Will 32gb ram become the "recommended" going forward for pc owners?
That comes down to windows, you can use a slim linux distro and get comparable ram utilization. Lowendgaming is a reddit specifically for people getting things to run on insanely low amounts of resources. That said, you outright haven't been able to buy ram that miniscule in PC land for years and years and years now.
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Thread Will 32gb ram become the "recommended" going forward for pc owners?
That said, look at how VRAM requirements expanded this gen. At the beginning of this gen, having 3 GB of VRAM was a lot. Today, 11 GB of VRAM isn't too uncommon, a $500 1080ti can hit that. Meanwhile, you can currently get a card with like 6GB of VRAM, double what was "a lot" at the start of the generation, for like $150. These modern consoles are launching with around the same ballpark as current cards. It shouldn't be long before you start seeing 19, 24, 28, etc GB of VRAM for not-insane prices. As in, within the $1000 range, as opposed to $3000-4000 range.
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Thread Will 32gb ram become the "recommended" going forward for pc owners?
the 2080ti has 11 gb that said, the 2080s isn't really that much more capable than the 1080ti. They offer roughly the same performance. You are trading vram for RT cores in that instance. it's better to compare the 2080s to the 1080 OC, of which also had 8gb VRAM. they occupy roughly the same consumer space (i.e. one step below their flagship). That said, Nvidia's prices went up. The 2080s is now the price that the 1080ti was, and the 2080ti is at a price more in line with what the old TitanX was at.
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Thread Will 32gb ram become the "recommended" going forward for pc owners?
The bottle neck has a huge effect, as you guessed it's because games aren't built right now to try to stream data straight off the drive because doing so is largely impossible. The current best approach is to have a huge, thick circular buffer, to account for the slow transfer speed. Remember, when you talk about "saturating PCI-e 3.0" you're talking about concurrent data transmission. Regardless of how much you are transferring at once, there is always the cost of a single trip. In the future, you'll see them saturate the bus, because if they can't get around the transfer speed, the solution is to transfer as much as possible each trip. Since that bus doesn't exist on consoles, transfer speed from drive to ram is more important (but still a bottleneck).
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Thread Will 32gb ram become the "recommended" going forward for pc owners?
No. VRAM has a bandwidth of multiple terabytes per second. Even the fastest NVMEs have a bandwidth of merely several hundred GB/s, and on a PC, there is a huge bottle neck between sending data from system ram to VRAM. The amount of RAM is more important for streaming data in a ring buffer than speed of transfer. Consoles get a slight boost because there is no transfer penalty due to a unified memory structure.
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Thread Will 32gb ram become the "recommended" going forward for pc owners?
The transfer from system ram to vram is one of the biggest bottle necks. More VRAM is actually preferable to more system ram. If you have the money to spend, buy a card with a lot of VRAM first.
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Thread Will 32gb ram become the "recommended" going forward for pc owners?
When people have 16 GB of system ram, they still have more ram than console owners. Consoles don't split ram between system and graphics core, that 16 gb is both system ram VRAM. PC GPUs typically have between 6 and 11 gb of VRAM separately these days. If you have 16 GB of system ram, and like a 1080ti, you have 27 GB of ram total, which will last you very long. Now, splitting ram like this has perks and draw backs. The main perk is you naturally have more ram, the draw back is the obvious bottle neck between transfering from system ram to vram, and thus your CPU can't inspect or affect VRAM elements like textures, compiled shader binaries, etc. All things considered, if everything were equal in amount, I would actually say a unified memory structure is inherently superior, but given that PCs will have much more total ram than consoles, it becomes harder to say definitively. I would bet 16 gb system ram will be enough for the entirety of next generation. That said, I have 128 GB of ram in my latest build, lol, so I'm good.
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Thread Will 32gb ram become the "recommended" going forward for pc owners?
Higher settings on games will take up more space in the GPU, as it has to hold larger buffers for the assets and framebuffers and such. Not so much system ram, because usually at worst all you hold in system ram is pointers to the locations of those items in vram. EDIT: regarding graphics elements, I mean.
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Thread Two weeks after reopening, Texas sees deadliest day of Covid-19
You can see it blow up here: the trend reversed as the restrictions were removed. And Texas is on the low end per capita precisely because we're also on the low end per capita in testing. There is still enough to extrapolate what the trend is, and the middle of april saw the trend of new daily cases decrease, until things opened up, when they started increasing again.
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Thread Two weeks after reopening, Texas sees deadliest day of Covid-19
Let's put some further numbers to this, to show how testing increased throughout april, yet cases per day decreased, we'll start on april 10th, the day after the previous worst day in texas. I'm going by 3 days each jump because i don't want to be counting every day: the first major protests in Texas began on april 18th, 19th, and 20th in austin dallas and houston, then again on the 23rd, then again on the 25th, to account for the pre-may rise. Every day in April, the number of daily tests done increased, yet the daily cases count went down. As soon as people started going out en-mass, beginning with the protests and extending with the reopening, the daily cases count started going up as testing increased. If, as people were saying, the increase in texas cases was simply because testing was increasing, it would have shown in April, yet it did not. The trend reversed as soon as people started congregating, exactly as everyone was told. Keep in mind, these are done in groups of 3 day totals, just to reduce the work on my part. The trend is still visible, however. Here is the daily cases chart color coordinated to the above: The blue is during the lock down in april (again, as testing increased). The orange is the week when protests started. The green is the time period after the reopening. Again, during all this time, testing has steadily increased. Yet the trend reversed. The case count going up is because testing is increasing.
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Thread Two weeks after reopening, Texas sees deadliest day of Covid-19
Texas has a positive testing rate of over 7%, you look at countries who went into effective lock downs and they have an infection rate of 2% like south korea, Australia, new zealand. Extrapolated to the population of texas, thats 1.4 million who will test positive. . You look at New York city's infection rate over the last month, and they've dipped significantly, Texas' infection rate is not at all in line with the increase in testing rate that other states are seeing during the same time period. Texas infection rate is outstripping the decline that should be happening as testing increases two months into the pandemic with a shut down. Houston's infection rate over the same time period: The rate of new cases is not showing the decline new testing should bring. New cases are outstripping the decline of new testing in other states, by a lot. Because we're NOT declining. Here's the entire state: The number goes up, as testing goes up, indicating the daily rate isn't decreasing. A logaritmic curve should be demonstrated as testing increases if daily cases are going down, instead the state is somewhere between a linear ramp up and an exponential ramp up depending on time period examined. More testing is supposed to be a regression towards a mean, instead we're getting more testing yielding comparatively more cases, which be happening when the goal has been to flatten the curve. This is all failing, after a noticable declining dip in middle of april.
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Thread Two weeks after reopening, Texas sees deadliest day of Covid-19
Just to explain better, every day in april, the number of new tests per day increased, but the number of new cases began to dip. Once things opened up, the trend reversed, and new tests started correlating to new cases. Frustratingly, you can't find the data by date for dallas or austin, only houston. Which I think is likely on purpose, as Houston is the best-case scenario in texas so far. Our daily cases are plateaued in correlation to new testing, where reports are dallas and austin are increasing after a decreasing rate mid-april.
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Thread Two weeks after reopening, Texas sees deadliest day of Covid-19
Die for oil die for tesla die for the economy there are things more important than your life, like increasing already high profit margins to ensure a slightly fatter bonus checks for millionaire CEOs.
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Thread Alaska legislator compares pandemic safety measures at Capitol to Nazi treatment of Jews (title actually softens it, you are not ready)
Congrats, you woke up today and decided to defend the notion that hitler wasn't a white supremacist. 436 posts on this site in 2 years, less than 1 post a day, and yet here you are with 2 in 20 minutes devoted towards spreading the myth that Hitler wasn't a white supremacist
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Thread Alaska legislator compares pandemic safety measures at Capitol to Nazi treatment of Jews (title actually softens it, you are not ready)
the distinction between white supremacist and aryan supremacist did not directly cause "millions of deaths." and defending the notion that hitler wasn't a white supremacist because his concept of aryanism is just merely a subset of white people is fucking meaningless, grow the hell up
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Thread Alaska legislator compares pandemic safety measures at Capitol to Nazi treatment of Jews (title actually softens it, you are not ready)
Hitler wasn't a white supremacist? He literally coined the term "Master Race" and practiced eugenics.
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Thread Youtube Channel "Decino" is nothing but deep dives into Doom's Logic and it's amazing
lol both of those points are completely correct, should have been b0000, b0001, etc. I rarely have to work in raw binary strings, I'm used to hex notation every time I'm not dealing with decimal, my bad functionally, it's sorta the same result (once aberration per every 4 ticks), I just got the swing of the gate incorrect. It'd be false every 4 ticks, not true every 4 ticks (and the aberration would be off by one in my example). Thanks for the help on the explanation.
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Thread Two weeks after reopening, Texas sees deadliest day of Covid-19
That's the most annoying part. The things that are open, aren't just open to limited or even their normal capacities. They're open to capacities, because people are treating being on lockdown like a vacation. Like, the number of people who went to galveston are MORE than normal, because people feel like they got nothing else to do. It's so, so infuriating.
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Thread Two weeks after reopening, Texas sees deadliest day of Covid-19
It was never, ever about serving small business. The plan was about sacrificing citizens for the big business machine. And houston is business. Like hell abbott was going to let the people dictate what enormous companies in houston can do. 10 or so enormous companies outweigh 4 million people very easily. No, back to work, drones, die for halliburton and schlumberger and soon-to-be tesla. There are things more important than the lives of citizens.
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Thread Two weeks after reopening, Texas sees deadliest day of Covid-19
April 14th, there was 151,810 tests in texas, and there were 16,166 cases in Texas. May 15th, there are 645,992 tests, and yet there are now 46,027 cases. The rate of new infections is outpacing the rate of testing increases, by a lot.
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Thread Two weeks after reopening, Texas sees deadliest day of Covid-19
Part of the reason the efforts to flatten the curve have been poor is because you have a lot of people going "well, I'm going to be smart and get my hair cut BEFORE all the dumb masses" all at once. Literally everybody who goes out, thinks that the safe, smart ones, unlike everyone else. You can only control yourself. Either you are doing your part, or you aren't.
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Thread Two weeks after reopening, Texas sees deadliest day of Covid-19
They say they will, but then again they also said they'd be testing 30,000 people a day in Texas, and in the last 16 days, they've missed that number 13 of them. There are over 80,000 nursing home residents in Texas, with an additional 3000 or so staff. So to accomplish this, they'd realistically need to devote more than four times the amount of daily testing that they currently are providing to the entire state (roughly 20,000 a day), multiple times because testing a nursing home once isn't enough. In other words, it's nice to say things. There is no way they can accomplish it, though.
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Thread Two weeks after reopening, Texas sees deadliest day of Covid-19
that is abc 13 (houston's abc affiliate), they are talking about specifically, which I mentioned in the OP. Houston is the outlier, unlike all the other major cities in Texas, Houston hasn't spiked, merely plateaued.
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Thread Two weeks after reopening, Texas sees deadliest day of Covid-19
Not even closed door meetings, they say it openly to the public on radio talk shows: "There are more important things than living." “No one reached out to me and said, ‘as a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves for your children and grandchildren?’ And if that’s the exchange, I’m all in.” “How do we know reopening businesses won't result in faster spread of COVID-19? Listen, the fact of the matter is, pretty much every scientific and medical report shows that whenever you have a reopening ... it actually will lead to an increase in spread. It's almost ipso facto ... The goal never has been to get COVID-19 transmission down to zero.”
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Thread Two weeks after reopening, Texas sees deadliest day of Covid-19
They are testing less than their goal. When they opened up, they said they were doing so because they were going to increase testing to 30,000 per day (well below the actual CDC recommendation btw). They are only testing at 20,000 a day, 0.06% of the state population. At this rate, it'll take 20,000 days to test the entire state just once, or 56 years.
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Thread Is John Oliver the greatest political satirist of our time?
While I always agreed with Jon Stewart's message about how important it is for media to ask tough questions because they have access the average person does not, I also always felt he was a hypocrite that he'd just joke around with presidential candidates on his show under the guise of "I'm just a comedian!" Yeah, you're just a comedian, but your entire point is that it's an extra-ordinary responsibility when you get to talk to someone so important, because literally only a select handful of people on the entire planet ever get that chance and so many lives depend on it. I don't care if you're "just a comedian" 99% of the time, if you ever get a chance to seriously interview a real-deal presidential candidate of a major party, you drop the act and take it seriously. Because that's an opportunity, no lie, people would actually kill for. The seriousness of the moment supersedes your "comedy." If you truly are "just a comedian," don't take up the limited time a presidential candidate has. Don't book super important guests if you want to be "just a comedian." Outright don't let them come on your show if they just want to shoot the shit to gain some political brownie points. You may think you're "just a comedian" but your word, and your show, has the spread to reach tens of millions of people. Important messages can still be transmitted even when you're "just a comedian." That aside, seeing him bitch slap fucker carlson is awesome.
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Thread Is John Oliver the greatest political satirist of our time?
I actually find most of his comedy to be really lame. I mainly watch his stuff for his takes on the news, which is actually pretty smart. He should stop trying the pop culture "i'm a man of the people" angle because it feels so forced.
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Thread What are your top 3 Tetris games of all time?
1. Gameboy Tetris 2. TI-83+ Tetris 3. Tetris DS Notice how all 3 are portable. I picked up Tetris Effect for the Oculus Quest despite having it on PSVR as well for the exact same reason. Tetris and portability are like peanut butter and jelly. Let me just rave a bit about how awesome this port is: It was free, spread like a virus, was played during math class, and had 2-player link support. What an incredible bit of freeware.
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Thread Two weeks after reopening, Texas sees deadliest day of Covid-19
Bernie Sanders asked FDC commissioner Stephen Hahn during his senate hearing if any future vaccine would be available for free to the public. He said "it will be available to everyone who wants it." Asked again, to clarify, "For free?" "It will be available." Asked a third time, "For free, at no cost to the patient?" "No comment." Refusing to make a vaccine like this free where it would be in virtually the entire rest of the world will without a doubt make it less effective.
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Thread Two weeks after reopening, Texas sees deadliest day of Covid-19
I shaved my head down to the scalp with a razor about 3 weeks ago. Even right now, it's still super short, much shorter than my hair normally would be. I don't think I'll need another hair cut for maybe 3 or so weeks. At which point, I'll just shave it again. I can count the number of times I've gone out on one hand since then, and even then, people have told me my shorter hair looks better.
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Thread Two weeks after reopening, Texas sees deadliest day of Covid-19
Not only that, but the number of deaths per day is increasing disproportionally compared to the increase in testing: As testing has increased 30% in Texas, the death rate has increased 12%, much, much higher than the death rate of the virus in most areas. Also, Texas has failed to hit it's lower-boundry benchmarks in testing all but 3 days since reopening. Texas is testing 20,000 people a day in a state with 29 million. 0.06% of the state per day. As noted yesterday during Dr Bright's conference, it's not just a single test people need. They need to be tested over, and over again, because just because you don't have the virus one day, doesn't mean you don't have the virus the next. The "increase" in testing isn't large enough to cover the spike in both cases and deaths.
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Thread Two weeks after reopening, Texas sees deadliest day of Covid-19
Additionally, you have no idea if someone right before you came went in without a mask. Going to get a haircut right now was a very poor decision, and not at all correct in your claim that "this is the best time." Literally, there has never been a worst time in Texas and the stats back it up. Now, in retrospect in the future, this might not be the worst time because things will assuredly get worse, but right now, this is in the most literal sense the worst time to get a haircut or have someone messing with your teeth.
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Thread Two weeks after reopening, Texas sees deadliest day of Covid-19
The guy who said he'd die for the economy is the Lt. Governor of Texas. He also said "there are things more important than living." Last week, the Governor, Greg Abbott, had a phone call leaked where he laid out that he's well aware the number of people who will die, and is ok with it:
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Thread Two weeks after reopening, Texas sees deadliest day of Covid-19
They will admit nursing homes are actually being hit hardest, but won't mention which ones, which horrifies people with parents in Nursing homes. People have no idea if their parent's nursing homes are infected or not, that information is being intentionally suppressed.
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Thread Two weeks after reopening, Texas sees deadliest day of Covid-19
Some stats I've been reading over the past few days: -Yesterday was the deadliest Covid-19 day so far, 58 deaths in one day -Yesterday was also the 13th day in a row of plus-900, eighth day in a row of plus-1000, fourth day in row of plus-1300 new covid 19 cases in Texas -Number of daily confirmed cases is increasing at rapid pace. Daily confirmed cases was over 1400 on Thursday. -Dallas-area has reported 8000 new cases since reopening, Houston-area 6000 new cases -Texas still lags behind much of the country in testing. -Texas, on May 11th, matched the single worst day for new-covid cases going back to April 10th. On april 10th, there were 0 lock down restrictions. On may 11th, much of the state was locked down, with businesses restricted to supposedly 25% capcity, meaning May 11th was a much worse day per capita of shoppers: Sorta-positive note: Harris County (Houston) has not experienced a spike, rather it has plateued since reopening. All the other major counties have received a spike. No major county has received a decline in cases. Overall, Covid-19 cases are up 5% and deaths are up 3%, both very large spikes for one of the most populous states in the nation. Fuck Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick and John Cornyn and Ted Cruz.
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Thread Youtube Channel "Decino" is nothing but deep dives into Doom's Logic and it's amazing
This is one of the best channels on Youtube, they make multiple videos breaking down all the algorithmic logic that dictates Doom's behavior: Great examples: How Enemy AI and pathfinding works: How Revenants decide which missile to fire: How Doom's RNG works Bonus: Quake II's particle engine I can't recommend this channel enough.
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Thread Youtube Channel "Decino" is nothing but deep dives into Doom's Logic and it's amazing
Doom is C. that is a bitwise AND operation, it's less cycles than modulus division: It performs a bitwise AND operation on every bit of the bitstring "Gametick," an unsigned 32-bit integer. You only need to examine the lower 2 bits of a bit string (xxxx-xx00, xxxx-xx01, xxxx-xx10, xxxx-xx11) for this purpose. an AND expression equates to 1 if both bits being compared are 1. In this case, the expression only evaluates to true if the lower 2 bits are 0x11 (binary 3), which is the same as doing x%4 only faster. 1 is the same as true. It's not checking to see if it's an odd number, it's a gate that only opens every 4 game ticks. This is because the lower 2 bits of any binary value will loop every 4 iterations: 0 = 0x0000 1 = 0x0001 2 = 0x0010 3 = 0x0011 (= &3 = %4 = true) 4 = 0x0100 5 = 0x0101 6 = 0x0110 7 = 0x0111 (=&3 = %4 = true) 8 = 0x1000 9 = 0x1001 10 = 0x1010 11 = 0x1011 ( = &3 = %4 = true) etc "3" as a 32-bit number is actually 0000-0000 0000-0000 0000-0000 0000-0011 so the upper 30 bits are always 0. 0 AND 0 is 0, 0 AND 1 is 0, 1 AND 1 is 1. By using bitwise and operations, you reduce the complexity of the check.
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Thread Ahmaud Arbery may have been at the construction site to get some water
I didn't say a damn thing about the home owner, nor did I say anybody talking about him drinking water wanted to make him look like a criminal your reading comprehension in this topic is .
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Thread Ahmaud Arbery may have been at the construction site to get some water
Even if he was trying to break in or whatever, that's not cause for a death sentence by mob rule. The entire "maybe he was doing something wrong" bullshit is absolutely irrelevant. Lock those fuckers in jail.About as much conjecture as "he was trying to break into the under-construction house" Maybe, just maybe, if he was alive, we could ask him, and wouldn't need to resort to conjecture.
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Thread Ahmaud Arbery may have been at the construction site to get some water
Ya, when I was a teenager, I worked construction too. People come onto job sites all the damn time, for all sorts of reason. Sometimes they'll come looking for work too, and I've seen people leave cards for business contracts at job sites as well. It's very much expected, open job site, you're going to have lots of people walking around.
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Thread Which SEGA franchise should be revived by an indie studio next?
Music would be the most important part of any Thunder Force revival My approach to a demo has been to begin with a music track, then build a level around it, timed to the beats of the song. As I said, Savage Regime gave me permission to use a song of his long ago and I've been building around it, it has literally been my starting point:
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Thread Do any of you guys even post on the gaming section? I only see a few of you over there. We need you guys.
WRT to gaming, I'd much rather talk about things I like, than things I don't like. There is so much technology in the field that are madly fascinating, why waste time on what is ultimately frivolous opinions that boil down to "stop liking what I don't like"?
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Thread Does the Mortal Kombat series have the potential to be as appealing as Game of Thrones was, were it to ever get a big budget TV series?
Does disney's Goof Troop have the potential to be the next Sopranos?
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Thread Rewatching Voyager is reminding me how much Neelix episodes suck
On the same note, the way a few episodes prior, Janeway is all "I have to refuse this warp drive that could get us home immediately because of FEDERATION REASONS" to the point where her crew has to go behind her back, which causes them to fuck up, then repeatedly breaks Federation decorum throughout the rest of the series is so stupid.
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Thread Rewatching Voyager is reminding me how much Neelix episodes suck
lmao I thought a much more fitting end to the Gul Dukat saga is when the Bajoran queen or whatever left him as a blind man, surgically altered to look like a bajoran, forced to beg for scraps on the streets of Bajor. That was an awesome ending for the character, there was no need to bring him back after that.
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Thread Rewatching Voyager is reminding me how much Neelix episodes suck
Got bored and decided to go through Voyager again. I'm at the end of season 1 and just got to the episode with the space nazi who built the atom bomb that destroyed Neelix's planet. And holy shit I had forgotten just how much Neelix sucks as a character, and how awful the episodes about him are. In this episode: -Neelix admits that he didn't know Kess only lived for 8 years when he fell in love with her. Meaning he just fell in love with the new born infant without knowing she wasn't an infant relative to her species first, as though that's an improvement. -Neelix is talking about how the space nazi killed his mother, his father, and his brother, and Kess is like "Do you hate the Nazi because of that, or is it because you were a coward and can't stand yourself?" Uuuuh... hating the dude because he made a weapon that ripped your mom and dad into space dust is a pretty valid reason -Janeway continuously scolds Neelix for being apprehensive against his species' version of J Robert oppenheimer, as though Neelix is being unreasonable -The space nazi tries to turn the tables when he's given shit for developing the bomb by going "oh ya, well how many people did kill in the war, BOTH SIDES" and nobody calls him on this. The space Nazis invaded Neelix's home world, if Neelix killed anybody (and the twist is he didn't), it was literally in self defense against an invading army. But this is brought up in front of lots of people and they're like "God, both of you just drop it already!" -Neelix the guy under the pretense that the dude was "just following orders" and the development of the bomb was inevitable, and even though he succeeded at killing everyone Neelix knew, at least he tried and failed to bring them back. As I keep going in the show, I'll bring up all the ways Neelix sucks in episodes surrounding him. By far one of the worst written characters in Star Trek. What dreck.
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Thread Rewatching Voyager is reminding me how much Neelix episodes suck
I will say that Voyager had a much, much better ending than DS9. DS9's ending was . It was incredible right up to and including the moment when Gul Dukat told Sisko at the volcano that he was reborn and was going to destroy the bjoran people... only for them to shit all down their legs during the landing. At least voyager stuck to what they promised, even if it was a rehash of All Good Things. Of course all of them suck compared to All Good Things, but that's because All Good Things is one of the best endings to a show ever.
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Thread Rewatching Voyager is reminding me how much Neelix episodes suck
The worst part about the Neelix pedophilia shit is how many die hard trekkies come up with their "ackshully it's hebephilia don't judge by your prude standards" bullshit about how she's technically matured because she got her period at 1 years old.
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Thread Rewatching Voyager is reminding me how much Neelix episodes suck
lol, you literally stopped one sentence too short:They reach an adult-sized body at age 1. They don't reach puberty till 4 or five. Kes is 1.5-2 years old in Voyager. That's she leaves the show. Prior to that, Neelix is dating her and grooming her and is crushed when she leaves once she's actually sexually mature.
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Thread The worst last season of great shows
Actually, the new boondocks is going to be a complete reboot, unrelated to the last show. It's not season 5, it's season 1 of the new boondocks. It's not a continuation of the old one, so all the old stuff with woodcrest and all that? Never happened. Also, no John Witherspoon.
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Thread Biden: “If they believe Tara Reade, they probably shouldn't vote for me. I wouldn’t vote for me if I believed Tara Reade."
This too. IF he's elected, which I can't fucking believe isn't actually a given, he's totally going to use that as a referendum to say most people believe he didn't assault Tara Reade. I'm gonna vote for this dude, because I literally cannot not-vote for him, but I believe her.
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Thread Biden: “If they believe Tara Reade, they probably shouldn't vote for me. I wouldn’t vote for me if I believed Tara Reade."
I'm certain that, even if he wins, the lawsuit is still going to go on, so yes, I expect him to mention it.
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Thread Biden: “If they believe Tara Reade, they probably shouldn't vote for me. I wouldn’t vote for me if I believed Tara Reade."
It's not a bad thing to say It's bad that he's in a position where voting for him is one of the most important acts of our lifetimes, given that even he thinks people shouldn't vote for him
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Thread Biden: “If they believe Tara Reade, they probably shouldn't vote for me. I wouldn’t vote for me if I believed Tara Reade."
This is the second time Biden has literally told people not to vote for him.
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Thread Trump: "We have the most cases in the world, because we have the most testing in the world"
THat's not what I think he thinks. I think he thinks that having more confirmed cases means you have done more testing, because he can't draw any correlation between the numbers. Like it's incomprehensible to him that another country might do more testing, and more of those tests come back negative than ours.
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Thread Trump: "We have the most cases in the world, because we have the most testing in the world"
I missed this today with all the other stuff going on, figured other people did as well. Saw it in one of these Sarah Cooper tweets: This is one of the stupidest things I've ever heard Trump say, and this is the man who suggested injecting bleach. Other countries are doing more testing than us per capita, they just are because they are handling the virus better.
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Thread Were you considered “gifted” in school growing up?
Anyone used to do those logic puzzles in like kindergarten? "Jane is before Jake. Sarah is two in front of Jane. Jake only comes every two after Greg. Greg is twice as many as Jane. Steve fucks everything up and is first. Nobody likes Steve. Solve for Mary" that kind of stuff?
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Thread Were you considered “gifted” in school growing up?
Yeah, I was in magnet programs throughout all my schooling. Not just the GT classes, but outright went to different schools. Like, I was accepted into something called the "Webster Academy for Visions in Education" which meant I didn't go to normal middle school. We had a bunch of NASA funding and I got to take classes at Johnson Space Center and University of Houston in elementary and middle school. That's me giving a presentation on a game I made at UH when I was 8.
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Thread LIVE: Whistleblower Rick Bright testifies before House panel
Man, I wish this guy could talk longer. His insight was really good. And because he said he voted for trump, the republicans in the room actually listened to him. And he had some really great things to say.
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Thread LIVE: Whistleblower Rick Bright testifies before House panel
I've watched lots of congressional hearings and testimonies over the recent years, going all the way back to the SOPA/PIPA days, and this was probably the single best hearing I've ever seen. This guy seemed like he spoke to everyone, and was really fair. I hope the people in that room digested what he said. EDIT: And that actually goes both ways, a lot of the stuff he said about how the Obama administration treated him was awful. Leadership has failed his industry.
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Thread LIVE: Whistleblower Rick Bright testifies before House panel
God, I hate the way people in general use the term "innovate." Not even just related to the pandemic, just all over. Innovate is used as some sort of synonym for "good," innovation isn't necessarily good. They also use it to mean "magic." I posted on youtube in that john oliver video on the USPS going down about how much I rely on free shipping, and someone told me I should just "innovate" around the problem of the USPS going down. I abhor the term "innovation" thanks to stupid misuse.
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Thread Fuck Christopher Columbus (Read Staff Post)
In college, we had to read some of his personal diary he kept during his first visit to the Americas. He was an evil, evil man. His diary is to the effect of "holy shit these people are going to be so incredibly easy to wipe out and exploit." Like, without any attempts at hiding what he thought. He outright was drooling over the prospect of wiping these people out. Example: "Sunday, October 14 …These people are very simple as regards the u.se of arms, as your Highnesses will .sec from the seven that I caused to be taken, to bring home and learn our language and return; unless your Highnesses should order them all to be brought to Castile, or to be kept as captives on the same island; for with fifty men they can all be subjugated and made to do what is required of them…"
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Thread The Upright Citizens Brigade episode about Little Donny's Penis
Anybody remember this episode? It's a 30 minute dick joke: The joke is he's a little boy with an enormous penis who is also unaware of it, and the heart ache that it causes. The episode about Star trek and the marquis made me think about Voyager, which always makes me think of Little Donny's Penis, and how he randomly throws fits about how "Tuvok is never coming home" during the episode. Hands down one of the hardest I've ever laughed at any show ever. The bit where his dad shows the scoop he attaches to the bike because his penis would otherwise get caught in the spokes, and how he has to strap it to his leg, and Donny begins freaking out and screaming made me cry laughing the first time I saw it. Or the montage where the doctors are trying to "cure" him and wind up electrocuting his penis with a defibrillator, LMAO. Anyone remember this episode?
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Thread U.S. Senator Susan Collins directly responsible for allowing special interests and big donors to have access to the Paycheck Protection Program
This woman? God she sucks so, so bad.
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Thread I have an idea for a triple-A game. How can I share it with big developers like Sony or MS?
I'm sure there are many mean comments in this thread without reading them, but one thing to point out is that big companies actually will not solicit these kinds of ideas because of fear of legal tie ups that could arise. As in, they outright have no avenue available for people to submit ideas, for liability issues. It's not possible to submit an idea to a game company, unless you're making a pitch in which case you're offering your services to actually develop the game. Said pitch usually comes with some sort of demonstration already built.
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Thread Black delivery driver blocked into Oklahoma neighborhood by HOA president
My mom looks white, despite being fully hispanic, and she's seen white people tell other hispanic people to "speak english" in stores before, which causes my mom to start speaking spanish loudly in response. It makes white people's minds explode, like spanish is a virus that's spreading lmao.
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Thread Characters who become unrecognizable in television/games compared to their earlier appearances
Harriet Winslow: The first time I saw the last season of Family Matters, and Carl started kissing this woman in his home with no explanation, I was like "what the fuck, he's seriously cheating on his wife in his own living room" until I realized that was the new Harriet.
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Thread Extra Mario Bros is one of my favorite Rom Hacks ever
Extra Mario Bros is a hack of Super Mario bros 1 for the NES, that turns the game into a full metroidvania. The actual moment to moment gameplay is pretty much straight up Super Mario Bros 1, including the awesome jump feeling, but it uses exceedingly clever ideas to facilitate a metroidvania structure. Example: you still cant walk to the left, but it winds up not really mattering because of how they loop levels and use warp pipes. The art style pulls from many NES games, including, obviously, Metroid and Mario. The type of power ups you earn to facilitate the progression are things like being able to shoot more than 1 fireball at once, which sounds like it shouldn't be a big deal but the clever design makes those kinds of power ups advance you in the game. The music is great. My favorite bit is a remix of the Super Metroid brinstar music in one of the early areas you get to: It's also . I've been playing this off and on for years and only recently beat it on real hardware. No saving, so you play it all in one sitting, and it has lives. There are a few full runs of the game on youtube, but they actually cheat and use things like glitching to advance past parts of the game. Doing everything the correct way is an incredible challenge, but it's so worth it. The game also has some really, really great graphics for an NES game. I like the giga bowser: When I hear people talk about great Mario hacks, they usually center around the same few games, like Mario Adventures, but pound for pound I think Extra Mario Bros is the best I've ever played. It is distributed as an IPS patch on Romhacking.org: If you have a Kazzo dumper, you can use any super mario bros cart and apply it with Lunar IPS, then pop it on something like an everdrive (which is what I did). Similarly, you can play this on things like the AVS or Nt Mini if you jail break them, although I've not got experience with that. Just a recommendation for a great rom hack.
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Thread Which SEGA franchise should be revived by an indie studio next?
This happened with wonder boy. Monster World was made with Ryuichi Nishizawa, the creator of the original series. Additionally, Yuzo Koshiro was involved with Streets of Rage 4. Lots of members of Sonic Team oversaw Sonic Mania, as well. The Dragon's Trap was made by Omar "Bock" Cornut. Bock is the patriarch of the entire Sega Master System scene. He founded and has been running SMS Power for over 20 years now. He also created Meka. The lengths he went through to reverse engineer Wonder Boy III are extremely impressive. The teams which have handled these games are about as great as anybody could possibly ask for. They're not just some random indie devs, they're pretty much the hardest core superfans who have spent literal decades figuring out how the originals work, under the supervision of lots of the original talent. Hands down they're the biggest experts on these games on the planet.
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Thread Which SEGA franchise should be revived by an indie studio next?
Let me handle Thunder Force. Over the last several years, I've reverse engineered much of both Thunder Force III and Thunder Force IV. I.e. figured out the level structure and object timing code, built a bespoke, higly portable Sonic Mania-like Genesis/Saturn retro engine to handle the graphics format, etc. I know people who could handle the graphics and music in a way that would satisfy purists. My team has experience making games for a variety of clients, including Samsung. I have actually been building a demo to pitch for this very purpose. It features an original music track Savage Regime gave me long ago in the style of Thunder Force.
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Thread Which SEGA franchise should be revived by an indie studio next?
I've been putting one together. Eventually I will pitch it, I have an avenue for such pitches already in place. I've worked on my engine for the last 14 years. Part of my demo of how portable it is, is it running on the Dreamcast, PC, and android phone from the same code base. It can even natively read art and level data straight off of a Sega Genesis cartridge of Thunder Force III and IV. Just throwing it out there is all, because a big reason Taxman got into segas ear was because of his original public campaign.
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Thread Sega was founded by Americans.. am I alone in not having known this?
It's a point of intense debate. There is a widely repeated claim that the sound comes from Sammy producing those machines or licesning them to a manufacturer, but it's unsourced. The ring sound is three chords, so it definitely is the same sound, but there is always a chance it's just concurrent invention. You can't own chord progression. Nobody really knows the exact answer.
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Thread LIVE: Whistleblower Rick Bright testifies before House panel
What district is this guy from? I hate how this stream I'm watching provides no information on who is speaking. I don't need a banner saying "Government whistleblower testifies" covering up their placards.
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Thread LIVE: Whistleblower Rick Bright testifies before House panel
"Innovators have stepped up. I got a man who has a breathalyzer test for Covid-19. I don't know if it works!" Republicans in a nutshell. Literally this scene from robocop: "I had guaranteed military sale with Ed 209. renovation programs, spare parts for 25 years! Who cares if it works or not!"
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"when you have 15 people, and that 15 people within a couple of days will be down to 0, that's a pretty good job. by march 10th, over 30,000 people had been diagnosed. Yet the president said, "it'll just go away." Today we have over 1.4 million cases. Dr. Bright, what do you believe the effects statements by administrators have had on the spread of Covid-19?" "i believe americans need to be told the truth. I believe the best scientific advice is being ignored. I believe by not telling the truth, regardless of where the infomation is coming from, people are not as prepared as they need to be. All these forewarnings and educational opportunities being ignored have had an impact on american lives."
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Thread LIVE: Whistleblower Rick Bright testifies before House panel
Speaking of questions about how a vaccine will be administered to the public, holy fucking shit on Stephen Hahn refusing to say that a vaccine would be available for free to everyone yesterday being blasted from all corners. Asked three times, and he just kept not answering. "It'll be available." "Will it be available for free?" "It'll be available," "for free?" "I can't speak to how much it'll cost." That's the head of the FDA!!
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Thread LIVE: Whistleblower Rick Bright testifies before House panel
"#1 what have we learned, #2 what do we need to do, #3 what can we do to mitigate the effects of Covid-19? It's clear the current administration has ignored information to take appropriate action regarding covid 19. We need a national testing strategy. We need to make them available to everyone who needs them. We wrote a letter to the leadership in the house and senate to impress the need for robust testing and tracing. Health care exports say we're woefully short of the 30 million tests per week we need to avert a second covid-19 outbreak. Dr. Bright, what are the immediate steps we need to ramp up testing capacity, and what targets do we need to hold them accountable for." "What's interesting that gets lost about the types of test is that there are multiple types of test that are needed. There are tests to see if you have the virus, there are tests to see if you have antibodies. Confusion right now is about which tests we need to distribute to achieve our goals. There are a lot of confusion about the tests. So first things, we need to educate about the types of tests we need. Then we need to distribute these tests. We need to clarify this for the american public. It's not just , it's of tests" "Why have we struggled to ramp up testing, were there contingencies?" "Part of the sturggle is we waited too late. We allowed many of our capabilities to be offshored. We have many capabliites in our country in the us, but if our supply chain is offshore, in a global need for supplies, it compromises our ability to provide these tests."
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Thread LIVE: Whistleblower Rick Bright testifies before House panel
Someone finally laying out all the ways what Trump has been promising are outright lies, with data to back it up. Like how a vaccine coming out in "a few months" is basically impossible. Someone else is doing it again right now.
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Thread LIVE: Whistleblower Rick Bright testifies before House panel
perhaps, just perhaps, we shouldn't elect someone with absolutely no political experience or expertise to navigate the legendary bureaucracy that is the united stated government. Like, that's a common refrain from even republicans, there is too much "red tape." Ignoring the red tape doesn't work, it just means nothing happens.
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Thread LIVE: Whistleblower Rick Bright testifies before House panel
Dr Bright was high up at the department of health and human services biomedical advanced research and development authority (the part of the US responsible for trying to find a vaccine or response to the virus), but trump cronies were above him. He said he went up the chain with information from CDC and other scientists regarding how to respond to the virus, but those recommendations were ignored. When he reported this up the chain of command, he was fired, so he filed a whistleblower complaint to inform the public that, purposefully, nothing is being done. his claim is that the very top of the US response to the pandemic, are not qualified and actively ignoring important information for partisan reasons.
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Thread LIVE: Whistleblower Rick Bright testifies before House panel
no, that's exactly it. This is a trial on the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine. The guy who is accusing the response of being bogged down by partisian politics, are being accused by republicans of hating hydroxychloroquine because it was recommended by Trump. Like, showing the shit he's talking about.
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Thread LIVE: Whistleblower Rick Bright testifies before House panel
prepare to be infuriated. Because the republican responses are to the effect of "OK but why didn't you do anything about it???" It's literally, Dr Bright: "The system is broken right now, nobody is listening." Republicans: "Why didn't you just use the system to get people to listen??" word for word from Dr. Bright: "I told them, "we are in deep shit." And nobody listened."
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"If you're ok with studying the effects of hydroxychloroquine in a limited, small study under close supervision, why did you disagree with wide spread use of the drug without any large study??? That's such a contradiction!!" "Is it because the PRESIDENT is for it, that you were against it?" holy. fucking. shit.
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"Excuse me, but it seems you at one point were supportive of a study into hydroxychloroquine" said like 5 speakers after someone accused him of immediately being skeptical of the drug. They contradict themselves constantly, holy shit.
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He's going to talk about how important it is to "not waste tax payer money" when he began by using his limited time paid for by tax payers to thank someone for "thoughts and prayers"?? Fucking hypocrite.
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Comes just a few questions after that other dude was like "What's the hold up? Why will a vaccine take over a year to develop?" IDK, maybe because you're asking the federal government to investigate drugs that don't pass initial, basic review processes?????
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what a fucking idiot. "safety is important." "So why don't we just try stuff without testing it? For example, this doctor did this, and it didn't work, but why don't we just try??" didn't work = got people killed "Sure, scientists believe there was no merit to the claims of effectiveness of this drug and were unclear on the side effects, but I just don't get why we didn't order a bunch of it and start giving it out to people who wanted it???" like, fucking SERIOUSLY?? You're arguing snake oil????
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Thread LIVE: Whistleblower Rick Bright testifies before House panel
I tire so, so fucking much of how, every single senate hearing, the republicans play sports team politics. It's so, so fucking annoying and transparent. Every. Fucking. Time. The point of senate hearings is to gather information. it's not to go to bat for your political party. You serve the country, not the fucking party. The very base who voted you in were supposedly tired of "illuminati" and other bullshit. Sports Team Politics is emblematic of just that. Party over people. God fucking dammit I hate it.
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Thread DanceDanceRevolution V is coming to PC, open alpha now available in Japanese
I'd immediately bust out my mat, but I haven't played in over a decade now, and I live on a second story of a building lol. Still got it put away though. Never got rid of my DDR mat. Man I loved DDR.
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Thread Anyone else feel there isn't a "need" for next-gen just yet?
The things that are being pushed as "next gen" this time around, as opposed to the jump from PS3 to PS4 and Xbox 360 to Xbox One, are things I've been dying for, for . This new generation can't start soon enough, I cannot wait for raytracing to become proliferated. It will have a massive effect going forward on how games are built. Not just in terms of production, but also . Things which have largely been static will now become much, much more dynamic. I compare raytracing to the difference between pre-rendered things, and realtime applications. We're finally moving away from the "donkey kong country" of light physics, and towards the "virtua fighter" of light physics. Can't. Freaking. Wait.
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Thread UE5 demo didn't support Ray Tracing because AMD didn't want to?
when you do graphics programming, you speak with a specific language to talk to your GPU. To make games interoperable between GPU manufacturers, they support a common, agreed upon set of standard features, called a "core profile." In order to be, for example, Vulkan or DirectX 12 compliant, a GPU must adhere to a set of core standards regarding what kind of language features their card supports. Beyond this core profile are what are known as extensions. These are specific additional features that cards have specific to their build. Not only are there vendor-specific extensions, like extensions that only exist on Nvidia or AMD, but there are even architecture-specific extensions, features that only exist on certain ranges of cards from those GPU makers. Example, many Nvidia architectures can support DirectX 12, but only turing cards can access their RTX extensions which handle raytracing in hardware. What they said in their reply, is that the demo was built to ignore everything except the base standard. So no Nvidia or no AMD specific extensions, to give a better example of what the tech will look like across all hardware, instead of targeting specific extensions that (largely) get ignored in larger applications anyways. By using those specific extensions, they could push things even harder, and those extensions are inevitably exposed to the programmer, but the demo was built to explicitly ignore them.
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Thread UE5 demo didn't support Ray Tracing because AMD didn't want to?
yes, there is. There are different cores inside of the GPU to handle different tasks, like RT cores, Tensor Cores, etc. These cores are application-specific integrated circuits (ASIC) built to handle tasks through electrical engineering. When they talk about RT cores, they're talking about hardware specifically built to handle the specific kinds of math needed for speedier raytracing. Relying on general purpose cores doesn't gain the advantage using RT cores does.
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Thread UE5 demo didn't support Ray Tracing because AMD didn't want to?
IMO, the term "raymarching" should be used these days for GPGPU software based solutions, while "ray tracing" should be used for implementations specifically using RT ASICs to avoid confusion. Raymarching is the technique, ray is the hardware-based implementation. Here's a good cheat sheet of raymarching algorithms from shader toy:
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Thread UE5 demo didn't support Ray Tracing because AMD didn't want to?
It's not just as simple as Nvidia vs AMD (it's also Intel) but also about supporting standards so that cards with proprietary techs aren't also left out. You don't want to pigeonhole your technology.
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Thread UE5 demo didn't support Ray Tracing because AMD didn't want to?
They mean it's not demonstrating vendor specific raytracing extensions, not that it doesn't utilize raymarching. Different GPU manufacturers have different extensions in their drivers, this is why you'll sometimes see things like "better on Nvidia." What they are saying is they ignored all of those, and did raymarching through GPGPU. In other words, using a core profile, so to speak in GL terms. Without a doubt UE5 will support vendor specific extensions.
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Thread UE5 demo didn't support Ray Tracing because AMD didn't want to?
Because the demo already feaures raymarching, there is dynamic global illumination happening all over the demo. Those aren't being done with the hardware specifically in place yet to speed up those calculations. Using dedicated RT hardware will speed up the things already being done in the demo. They're showing off the stuff RT cores are built for, being brute forced with non-RT hardware. Lumen is, essentially, software-based simplified raymarching.
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Thread Sega was founded by Americans.. am I alone in not having known this?
Sega was an American company in the 1940's. It was founded by a Jewish-American family in the 1940's. Sega themselves consider this to be a different company history, however, as they consider the offiical start of their current company 1960 with the formation of what became Sega Enterprises. The Sega of the 1940's is known as "Service Games of Japan" which changed their name to SEGA in 1954. Sega has actually changed hands many, many times. When most people know sega from the 90's, they were owned by CSK corporation, which bought them in 1984. Obviously, today Sega is owned by Sega-Sammy Holdings, a holdings group formed from the merger of Sega and Sammy. Their logo:
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Thread Sega was founded by Americans.. am I alone in not having known this?
Sega has been a japanese company for over 60 years now. That said, depending on when you knew Sega as a child, and where you were in the world, the early Sega you know, wasn't actually Sega. In the USA, until just before the Sega Genesis released, Sega actually didn't publish their stuff in the US. The Sega Master System days, they actually were published by , the toy truck people, who licensed Sega's brand. In the UK, it was Virgin Mastertronic who did this for Sega: In Brazil, Tec Toy: In Korea, it was Samsung: There are also sega variants from Hitachi, Pioneer, and JVC.
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Thread Sega was founded by Americans.. am I alone in not having known this?
Here's another thing people probably don't realize: Sega is a publisher in Japan, much more so than they are in the West. In japan, when western companies release their games, they rely on Japanese companies to publish to break into that market. As such, many, many western companies use Sega to publish their games in Japan, like EA and Activision. Best recent examples:
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Thread Sega was founded by Americans.. am I alone in not having known this?
Lots of them. There are entirely dedicated shadow companies for this. Along the same lines as Donkey Kong/Congo Bongo, Nintendo's first arcade game, Radar Scope, was also made by Ikegami: Who, in the same style, went to Sega and made an isometric spiritual successor in Zaxxon:
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Thread Sega was founded by Americans.. am I alone in not having known this?
Sega, as a games maker, predates video games. They were making electromachanical arcade games, before computer monitors were around. Their earliest games influenced later games, like this game that later influenced Hang-On: This game predates Pong: Sega, as a company, is over 75 years old, although the current company counts only the time they transitioned to japan (hence it being their 60th anniversary). Sega is the undisputed all-time king of arcade games. Their closest competition would have been Bally, but they ceased to be back in 1996. Sega, by far, has been the company in electronic gaming the longest -- Nintendo predates them as a toy maker, but didn't enter electronic games until well after sega did.
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Thread Sega was founded by Americans.. am I alone in not having known this?
And the japanese subsidiary of Atari that Warner Communications sold off was bought by Namco, which used it to sue Nintendo. That subsidiary was named Tengen, as a nod to Atari's name being a reference to Go. The history of arcade gaming is very incestuous.
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Thread Sega was founded by Americans.. am I alone in not having known this?
Sega will still occasionally reference their pre-video game arcade days in modern games. Their best known is probably periscope, which get occasionally referenced as mini games in their modern titles. Periscope dates back to It is included in Die Hard Arcade. The vast, vast majority of Sega's pre-video game arcade titles are forever lost to time. There are many games of theirs which no cabinets are known to exist anymore, and documentation on much of their pre-1973 output is non-existent. In the 1960's, Sega was pretty much synonymous with bars. Another thing people don't realize: Sega manufactures most of the slot machines in the world. Go to like a gas station and see a video slot machine? That's probably from Sega.
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Thread Sega was founded by Americans.. am I alone in not having known this?
Here's another one people might not realize: Sega published Frogger In fact, the famous scene in seinfeld, where george pushes the cabinet? That was sega's iconic cabinet of the 1980's, they used it for multiple games. that was THE sega cabinet. Off the top of my head, Wonder Boy and Carnival games both use it. I have one of these very cabinets. My 19-year long restoration of the cabinet: Cabinet in carnival games configuration:
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Thread Really how hard is it to build a PC?
I'd say building a computer is somewhere between building ikea furniture, and building a model car from a kit like this: Leaning more towards the "ikea furniture" side of things than the "model car" side. If you can follow directions step by step, and use basic tools, you should be fine.
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Thread Which game has the better music: Super Mario World, or Sonic the Hedgehog?
I mean, as a series? Absolutely no contest. No other series really has the range and depth of Sonic games. Sonic music spans everything from blue grass to rap to house music to hard rock to pop to jazz to industrial to emo to orchestral music and so forth. And it has really, really good songs in all those genres. Like, what other series has this range:
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Thread Which game has the better music: Super Mario World, or Sonic the Hedgehog?
In fact, Sega doesn't even own the OST to Sonic 1 and Sonic 2, they are owned by Dreams Come True. Sonic 2's ending was actually a hit single in japan. It was for Sonic 2: They even gave it an international release: remade it in 2006: Like, watch that second video, how nuts is that? The Sonic 2 ending theme, being played to an entire stadium of cheering people. And it's a video game concert.
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Thread Which game has the better music: Super Mario World, or Sonic the Hedgehog?
LOL, Sonic the Hedgehog was advertised in Japan by being composed by one of the members of Dreams Come True, one of the biggest pop groups at the time. The very first time Sonic the Hedgehog was ever unveiled, period, was on the side of a tour bus for the band. The original story for the game was about Sonic being a singer for the band. The music was an selling point for Sonic. Several of Sonic's songs are actually renditions of DCT's hit songs from Japan.
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Thread Is it just me, or do people trash VR a little too much?
Alien Isolation is also AAA. The VR mode is actually baked into the game, the Mother VR project isn't adding VR to the game like we did with Half Life 2 VR. Alien Isolation actually has a VR mode inside. The only reason it doesn't work out of the box, is because it was built with the pre-SDK 7 Oculus Runtime. Oculus Runtimes 6 and prior were radically different, the SDK 7 runtime broke compatibility. It's a simple fix, all you have to do is recompile a game with the latest SDK, and it'll work, but CA explained that they were never allowed to do so with AI after they had finished the project. So that's what MotherVR does. It (originally) simply updated the runtime to the latest version, so all the VR stuff worked again. The latest Mother VR updates also do things like map the controls to modern VR controllers like the Oculus Touch or HTC Vive (although not positionally tracked, rather, it makes them emulate the Xbox controller).
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Thread Trends and creative decisions driven by technical limitations
In the mid 90's, FPS games became huge on the back of DOOM, and it's commonly said that this is what killed the Amiga computing platform. The reason FPS games killed the Amiga owes to the way the Amiga handles graphics in memory. Like the 32X, the Amiga exposes what is essentially a frame buffer in memory that it can arbitrarily plot pixels to (unlike the 32X, these buffers are many times larger than the viewable screen and have thick scrolling registers, so the problem I described above doesn't exist). What the 32X uses is known as a chunky pixel format, meaning a pixel is a solid chunk of memory. Unlike the 32X, however, where each pixel is defined as a contiguous byte of memory, the Amiga uses what is known as planar pixel formats. What a planar pixel format is, is where individual bits on a frame buffer define pixels, one bit at a time, in groups of 8. This is to say, on a single plane, each byte (8-bits) defines 8 pixels, where the pixel can either be on or off. There exists a register that defines the palette for that plane. For example, take the following byte: 0010-0010. This byte in memory would define 8 pixels in a row, with the first two being off, the third being on, the next three being off, the seventh being on, and the eighth being off. The amiga let you define multiple planes to make up a screen's worth of graphics. These planes are, using boolean logic, blended together to give the resultant color of the output pixel on the screen. You can define, depending on the type of Amiga hardware, up to 7 planes for one screen planemap. You can sort of think of this as like a 3D representation of memory, like so: The amiga stores a full screen's worth of pixels for an entire plane in one group, then a full screen's worth of pixels for an entire plane in a next group, and so forth. instead of grouping the bits that define a single output pixel on the screen in one chunk together, the bits that define a single output pixel's color are separated by hundreds of bytes in memory. This is a good thing for the amiga, normally, because it lets programmers do all sorts of tricks, and can save memory. If you only need 3-bit color depth, you can make it so each pixel is exactly 3 bits long (3 planes) as opposed to a chunky format, where you are required to adhere to the minimum size of the chunk (4 bits per pixel on the genesis, 8 bits on the 32X). Additionally, you can simulate things like transparency this way, or crazy amounts of parallax scrolling. The outline of the person in this demo, for example, is a single bitplane: The moon in Shadow of the Beast, for example, is just a single bit plane. An example of the cool tricks programmers used on the Amiga: Now, this is great for 2D games, but it's awful for 3D games like doom. To do 3D games, you need to be able to plot pixels in any location on the screen incredibly fast. The Amiga is slow at plotting pixels, because it has to jump around memory so much to access all the planes to do so. It gets around this by having scrolling hardware and lots of sprites. But if it needs to draw 3D graphics, it chokes. Because of this, programmers came up with some brilliant work arounds. Doofuses like the AVGN in his Amiga CD32 review bitched about how poor the programmers were who worked on games like Gloom, but those are actually coding miracles. There were typically two modes of thoughts about how to get around the planar graphics of the Amiga to produce 3D games: First, ignore all other planes, and just use a single mono-color bitplane as a frame buffer (in other words, 1bpp color) and color things carefully using the gradient features of the copper processor to make things look nicer. This is how stuff like Behind the Iron Gate works: The alternate method is much, much cooler. I mentioned something called "copper" earlier, copper is the name of a co-processor that the amiga uses. It is synced to the output of the TV, and you can write programs and run code on it entirely separate from the CPU. It is like a tiny GPU inside of the Amiga. To put it in modern terms, it's like a per-scanline shader on a modern graphics card. What it does is it has the ability to change certain registers in the amiga on it's own. Registers can control lots of parts of the Amiga's video output. There exists, for example, registers that control the output palette of the amiga. Using the method I described above, where programmers ignore the other bitplanes and concentrate on 1bpp planes for output graphics, they could write very complex programs for Copper that would, per pixel, change the output color of the framebuffer. By changing the output color of the framebuffer for every single pixel on screen, they could turn a 1bpp plane into a 256 color plane, making the single plane's memory act like chunky memory. This is known as . It is what Gloom uses:' Making Chunky Copper work takes extreme mastery of the entire amiga hardware, it's one of the most complex graphical tricks the system can do. Now, the resolution of the output image takes a huge nose dive, because the copper actually isn't fast enough to change the palette register per every single pixel on the screen. It takes a couple of cycles to update the palette, hence the "fat pixels." But despite this, they managed to complete transform the way the Amiga produces graphics in a way never intended, to let it create true FPS games with full color on the machine. This is why FPS games on the Amiga tend to look fat like that. Alien Breed 3D is another game that uses Chunky Copper: John Carmack once said it was impossible for the Amiga to produce chunky pixel formats at any real speed. Crafty programmers proved him wrong.
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Thread Trends and creative decisions driven by technical limitations
The way the Sega Saturn created it's graphics work is that it composited 3D objects created on VDP2 onto a tiled background layer in VDP1. In this regard, the Saturn's 3D mode was basically a super charged version of the way old 2D hardware worked. The VDP1 background layers were more like mode 7 on steroids. As such, most 3D levels in Saturn games tended to have flat playing fields, like in Last Bronx: Sonic Jam's 3D worlds high camera angles are a result of this: You might ask, how does the water work then? The water is 3D geometry that is over layed on top of the rotozoomed background layer:
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Thread Trends and creative decisions driven by technical limitations
The way the 32X worked is that the output of the Genesis could be composited as a layer, like photoshop, over the output of the 32X, either entirely behind the 32X's output, or entirely in front of the 32X's output, but could not mix. As such, the most common use of the Genesis in 32X games is to display tiled backgrounds while the 32X outputs either 3D polygons or high color sprites on top. It is commonly reported that the 32X lacked scrolling hardware, but this isn't actually true. The reason this is done is due to how the 32X works itself. The 32X, from the perspective of graphics programmers, is a large frame buffer in memory, exactly two screens big. A frame buffer can be thought of like a painter's canvas, it's where you "paint" images on to. There are a few different color modes on the 32X, but the main color mode used is 8 bits per pixel, where you have a palette of 256 colors one can display at once, and a single byte (8-bits) represents 1 pixel on screen. However, you cannot write a single byte to the frame buffer on the 32X, the 32X only allows access to the framebuffer in word size. A word is two bytes, 16 bits. Every time you write to the frame buffer on the 32X, you do it two pixels at a time, packed as a single word. Because of this, there exists a scroll register which will offset the output of the frame buffer by one pixel to the right if set, which allows for smooth, single pixel scrolling in left or right directions. However, because you can only offset the frame buffer by 1 single pixel, as opposed to multiple pixels like on the genesis or SNES or any other common hardware of the time, that means you have to basically redraw the entire frame buffer every 2 frames. On conventional 2D hardware, you can usually scroll 8 or more pixels with a register, which allows you to only have to update a single strip of 8x8 tiles off screen (or more) so most of the image doesn't refresh constantly. Drawing to the frame buffer takes time, and thus the 32X is actually too slow to quickly update an entire screen's worth of graphics fast enough, so they rely on the scrolling hardware of the genesis to handle backgrounds speedily instead. This is why certain games which do solely rely on the 32X for high color backgrounds, like pitfall, run at 30 frames per second. This gives more vblank time to draw the frame buffer, but if you miss the interrupt to return to normal execution at the end of vblank, you have to wait for the end of the next entire frame before you can return. Since the 32X is synced to the tv at 60 frames per second, taking two frames to draw the screen is 60/2 = 30 fps.
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Thread I Really Hope UE5 Makes High Quality Movie Tie-in Games Possible
The Houston Rockets used standard OBJ formats for all their in-house production stuff. Thing is, none of that stuff is suitable for game development. They gave me a model of the toyota center, and I thought I had a beefy computer at the time, and it brought it to it's knees. They showed me a model of James Harden that was, in the most literal sense, photorealistic. As in, people quite literally don't know they're using models in many of the videos they produce. It took me a long time to work everything down to a level of quality that could run in real time in a game, and by that point, it was no where near the stuff I had been shown prior: So, to your point, to a degree, these kinds of things are already done, but it's not just plug and play. They require quite a bit of refactoring over everything else.
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Thread I Really Hope UE5 Makes High Quality Movie Tie-in Games Possible
Never. There's no real benefit of this. The nature of film is already to exploit the benefit of infinite offline time for touching up things. Everything they do in real time, they can go a step forward afterwards with a render farm. Films already use lower quality real-time components for much of their tech. This is, for example, James Cameron's camera tech in Avatar, which was really just a positionally tracked 3D mouse ala the HTC vive wand strapped to a camera. They still go through and use render farms after the initial on-site edit.
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Thread I Really Hope UE5 Makes High Quality Movie Tie-in Games Possible
It's pretty much hyperbole. I mean, you can import anything anywhere, but you can't really use those assets in real time. You'd have to bake lighting, even with modern raytracing cards, even with insanely powerful computers. Film assets can have the benefit of days in a renderfarm. Things like materials you'll be using for games are not the same as the materials you'd cover film assets in. This is not to say that some studios won't do this, though. I know small independent film makers who do use UE4 and blender and things like that for film projects. It comes down to what you're doing and when. For some things, using UE4 is super useful because you can do really neat levels of compositing. These tools are all over the place in production. The thing is: video game tools, and film tools, are kind of the same these days. Maya and Blender are quite literally industry standard tools, for both film and games.
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Thread Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath - Official Gameplay Trailer
Not specifically, but one of Johnny Cage and Kung Lao's prefight dialogs reference Kung Lao's MK2 friendship: "Stop trying to grab my hat, Johnny Cage!" "I can't help it, I need to know if you have a rabbit under there or something." "That's something only my friends know!"
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Thread Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath - Official Gameplay Trailer
I don't just mean his visual design, I used to always think Fujin was lame to play as. He looks like the best playing character in the game now. His new play style looks incredible. That move where he sweeps the enemy up in the cyclone then back hands them without looking. He looks so smooth. His diagonal dive kick... oh man. He reminds me of Smoke from MK9 in some ways, and Smoke was my favorite character to play as in MK9.
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Thread crying myself to sleep (12:43am)
I burned up my work computer last night. I had been pushing it towards the edge, my CPU has been routinely pushing above 95 degrees under 100% load for days now, it kept shutting off as I would compile my projects. I already had ordered an entirely new machine, but it's in the mail, so in the meantime I just kept pushing it until it wore out. Magic smoke eventually came out. It was a very, very good computer, all things considered. I put it together in 2014 for VR development, and it lasted me till now. I used the shit out of it until it literally couldn't go any more. RIP ol' girl. So now I'm stuck for a week or two until my new parts arrive, can't go further on my project. Also, it's wednesday morning, but still monday for me, because I haven't slept since sunday night.
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Thread The source code for Disney's The Little Mermaid II: Pinball Frenzy for Game Boy Color was released by its sole developer
most of that is just a rote SDL application, though. that's what tool development is like. That's not really GBC stuff, that's a PC application. The most gnarly part of that is just bitshifting and bitwise operations, because you're working on byte sized data on a retro machine like the GBC. EDIT: Here's the good stuff, this is the actual game:
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Thread The source code for Disney's The Little Mermaid II: Pinball Frenzy for Game Boy Color was released by its sole developer
yes, install z80-asm on your machine. You'll need to set up some environment variables in your linux distro to match his setup, then run the makefile. mimicing his toolchain would be the most annoying part, but not impossible. EDIT: Oh, durr, he includes a specific assembler: just run make and put it in the appropriate directory, then run make in the usamerm folder and it'll generate a binary called merm.gb
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Thread Unreal Engine royalties waived on first $1 million in game revenue
Even with everything equal, I use UE4 over unity. In fact, on the project I'm doing right now, Oculus' hand tracking is officially supported on Unity while I have to build UE4 from source to use an unofficial plug in to do the same thing in UE4, . UE4 has a lot of legitimate advantages over Unity, even ignoring the now more open licensing fees. I fully expect Unity to match the pricing terms. Back around 2014, Epic granted us indefinite free use of UE4 for a medical project, and I was close with Robert Brackenridge of the Unity group at the time. When they found out, they pretty much matched Epic's terms. They've been ping ponging back and forth with licensing for over half a decade now. Each pushes the other, everyone wins. EDIT: This isn't to shit on unity, mind you. I'm just more familiar with the things UE4 and now UE5 does than how Unity handles stuff. All the way down to using C++ over C#.
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Thread Unreal Engine royalties waived on first $1 million in game revenue
Comes down the memory model and how they serve objects. Neither is "better" than each other, they are tools for the job. Unreal engine uses Object Oriented Event Driven design, where Unity uses a very weird bastardized version of Entity Component System design. Unity has a big problem, IMO, with it's method of ECS that thrashes your cache due to non-contiguous memory usage. It's easier for me wring performance out of UE4, because the memory model it employs makes more sense to me. There are drawbacks with it's OOP design, though, just as everything has draw backs. A hierarchical OOP system can be restrictive as well, but I've been dealing with that model for decades now, so I'm most familiar with that. The hybrid-ECS model (unity calls it something different now, actually) is easier for beginners to pick up, though. It works like... uh, to give a comparison, like materia in FFVII. You slot attributes into an entity. It's actually a design choice that is really popular these days. UE4's model goes all the way back to event-driven callback function design of things like DOOM. So if you've been working with that stuff all your life, it fits like a glove. I can write an event handler from scratch, so it's much easier to work with UE4 for me.
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Thread After Voting To Repeal The Affordable Care Act, Texas Senator Tells Constituents They Can Sign Up Via The Affordable Care Act If They Lose Their Job
People in Texas turned on John McCain. They won't think this is trumpcare. They absolutely would start brandishing Cornyn a "liberal at heart."
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Thread After Voting To Repeal The Affordable Care Act, Texas Senator Tells Constituents They Can Sign Up Via The Affordable Care Act If They Lose Their Job
Run this shit on TV ads here in Texas. Seriously, anything to get people to vote this piece of shit out. I guarantee you the dumb republican base here would be livid if they heard him talking about Obamacare being a good thing on repeat.
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Thread The Mortal Kombat series has the best pre-fight dialog in gaming
It's been several years since fighting games started having unique dialog for every fight, and no games do it better than the Mortal Kombat games. The MK lore is so delicious, and going through and seeing every combination of pre-fight dialog for every character adds to it a whole bunch. I love how just a few lines of dialog can be alternatively epic or outright hilarious. My favorite dialog by far belongs to the Cage clan: Part of the reason I can't wait for the new Story-mode DLC for Mortal Kombat is for the inevitably awesome Robocop vs Terminator dialog. Feel free to post your favorite MK pre-fight dialogs here, there are seriously hundreds of them by now.
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Thread How long until we have a 1 terabyte install for a game?
I had a 1 GB HDD in 1998, 1GB hasn't been huge for a very long time, I would buy like 100 CDRs in a spindle at microcenter at the same time and fill them up quickly. Perception of size has been slowing down. I went from thinking a 25 MB HDD was huge in 1991, to feeling like 1 GB wasn't adequate in 1999. Meanwhile, I got my first TB of space in 2005, and here I am, 15 years later, and I only have 20 TB of total space on my server.
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Thread How long until we have a 1 terabyte install for a game?
vertices aren't pointers, they're numeric data. A vertex is a structure of packed data that programmers define into buffer objects. A model is nothing more than a bunch of numbers that represent things directly. Like, the geometric position of a point in space, or the geometric offsets as a percentage of a texture that represents which texels to draw from, or more abstract things, like a number that represents like a model state. These are data that reside in VRAM that your shaders run programs over. Numbers are tiny to represent, 32-bits (4 bytes) can represent billions of different unique numbers. If you sit and think of all the different attributes you could possibly need to draw a triangle, you don't actually come up with that many, even when you need multiple textures. Even for lots, and lots of verticies in a huge level, that still isn't very much data. 10 MB, 4 bytes at a time, is actually a of attributes and vertices. 10 MB would be like 2.5 million individual data attributes for vertices. It goes further when you realize, for example, that the same vertex can be used for multiple polygons if you use index buffers. Like, two triangles butting up against each other don't necessarily need 6 vertices, they could get away with 4. Things of that sort. Pointers are also numeric data, but they represent memory addresses of other things. Vertex Data aren't normally pointers (although, I guess they could be). Raw numbers are small. It's usually images and sound that take up a lot of space. Videos are just lots of images, and lots of sound, put together. A single image requires a of numeric data to represent. Like, 4 bytes per pixel ideally. Let's take a single frame of 1920x1080 video -- thats 2,073,600 pixels, at 32bpp (4 bytes) = 8,294,400 bytes = 8 MB of space for just 1 frame. At 60 fps, for say, 10 minutes, thats 298,598,400,000 bytes completely uncompressed. Almost 300 GB alone. Now, that's completely uncompressed, video isn't stored that way, but you get the idea of how images and sound take incredible amounts of space. Geometry... not so much.
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Thread How long until we have a 1 terabyte install for a game?
no, they wouldn't be lol. Pre-rendered video is much, much larger than real time models. Polygon data is usually very, very small. Like, there's a hard limit to the amount of attributes one can process in the GPU per vertex, depending on your driver. Even if you have, like, hundreds of attributes per vertex, each are only usually like 4x32-bits big each, so like, maybe a few kilobytes per vertex each.
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Thread What's the craziest/most unbelievable thing that's ever happened to you?
Joe Torre gave me tickets to game 7 of the world series. I don't know joe torre personally. Literally woke up to a phone call being like "Hey, want to go to game 7 of the world series?"
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Thread Half-Life: Alyx has an estimated 1 to 2 million owners (according to SteamSpy)
Parody? There's nothing funny about Valve deceiving players like this. There are barely warnings on this page about needing a VR headset, they should be more clear so they don't trick people into buying a VR game without them knowing. Truly, Alyx is succeeded because people are buying it to not play in VR. Every single download on Nexus of the "non-vr" mod, for example, are coming solely from people without VR headsets.
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Thread Half-Life: Alyx has an estimated 1 to 2 million owners (according to SteamSpy)
I wonder how many of these sales are from grandmas whos grandchildren had installed steam ages ago and thus it starts automatically when the computer starts and are actually just errant clicks that purchased the game and installed it and ran it by accident I also wonder how many of these sales are from people who had constant driver and static bracelet issues with their computers, so they bought an entirely new $5000 PC and thus rebought the game on a new steam account while setting up their new PC not insignificant either number, I'd bet.
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Thread Half-Life: Alyx has an estimated 1 to 2 million owners (according to SteamSpy)
Steam Spy is inaccurate in that its numbers are . The numbers they pull are the ones that opt in, so their numbers are always lower than the actual. Thus, HL:A likely sold than reported.
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Thread It's a tragedy, entire generations who've never played or owned a SEGA console.
I used to play this frequently, the one with the full cockpit you could go into and be surrounded by screens. There is an arcade preservation society down the road from me which has a sit down space harrier cabinet, and a restored Hang-On machine as well. I also used to play the sit-down Afterburner cabinet and the deluxe rad mobile cabinet back in the day, I used to actually be nervous when I'd play it because people would crowd around and watch. Nobody ever made arcade machines like Sega. Their games were half amusement park rides.
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Thread It's a tragedy, entire generations who've never played or owned a SEGA console.
The smell of new Sega hardware. I have the following Sega arcade boards: -Michael Jackson's Moonwalker -Altered Beast -Fantasy Zone -Golden Axe: Revenge of Death Adder -Wonder Boy -Wonder Boy in Monster Land -Wonder Boy III: Monster's Lair -Aurail -Shinobi -SegaSonic Arcade -Virtua Fighter 2 Additionally, I have a Sega STV with: -Die Hard Arcade -Virtua Fighter Remix -Cotton 2 -Radiant Silvergun and a Sega Lindbergh with: -Virtua Fighter 5 -After Burner Climax I want to put together an Outrun cabinet so badly, but don't have the space.
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Thread DF HDR Analysis : RDR2 has Fake HDR (update: new HDR fix update 14th May)
Imagine you're building a house. You draw up some plans for the structure of the house, decide that you're going to use wooden framing material to support a flat roof, calculate the load and weak points of the structure and engineer the frame to support those weak points. You determine the load factor for the foundation needed to support such a structure, pour the concrete for the foundation, and get building going. Creating the framework takes months, everything is nailed together. You are deep into the woods of the project, walls have gone up, the roof has been installed, you are now in the home run stretch, painting walls on the inside. Then the client says cathedral ceilings are the new hotness, can you put one into the house? They know nothing about the work that goes into supporting something like that, so it sounds like just an easy fix. In reality, it involves tearing up the foundation, recalculating all the loads, tearing down months of work, replacing all the wooden framing with steel, re-engineering large portions of the structure, etc. It's a change that requires a fundamental rethinking of lots of parts of the house. It is tantamount, in many ways, to starting over from scratch. It's not that devs need to "figure out how to implement it properly," it's that RDR2 took over half a decade to develop, and during that time period the HDR market literally was created. The change being asked for it a fundamental way the game itself handles color.
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Thread Your favorite " I didn't even know this existed" console
It's just an Amstrad CPC 6128 Plus without the floppy port. Many of the systems listed in this topic are actually just 80's european or japanese micro computers crammed into video game console shells. Here's another one: A commodore 64 that could only play the cartridge games. Yet another: This is basically an atari 800XL in a console shaped box (although, unlike the Amstrad GX4000 or Commodore 64gs, this could pretty easily work as a full Atari 8-bit) That said, the GX4000 is probably the most hastily thrown together of these kinds of consoles. There are several games that outright still include their keyboard title screens, with impossible to access options. Like, the title will say "Press 3 for sound effects/music", and that option is still in the game, but you can't toggle it because there is no keyboard and thus no 3 key. The C64GS is similarly hastily put together, although it has slightly more of an excuse because some of the games released for it were meant only for the normal C64, despite their box advertising. Like, Terminator 2 on the 64gs is advertised as being "64 gs compatible" but it's unplayable on the system for the same reason listed above -- no keyboard, and thus no ability to press 1 to start the game.
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Thread Your favorite " I didn't even know this existed" console
lmfao the demo the guy in the suit seems legitimately depressed when he's like "...they gave you some information." "Well, to the conventional definition of AI, artificial intelligence, it'd be fair to say this doesn't actually satisfy that, wouldn't that be fair to say?" *GLARES AT HOST*
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Thread Remember how absolutely awful the N-Gage advertising was?
no system is truly completely awful or terrible. There are usually some neat or cool things on literally every system I own worth checking out. It's usually the cost involved that makes them not worth investing into, though. Like, to get the good out of the n-gage, you have to spend of money for the actually good games. way more than they're actually worth. But in isolation, ignoring cost? If they had been sold like normal titles? Lots of actually really good games on the system. Even the tiger R-zone, I liked the panzer dragoon game. To a degree, of course.
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Thread Remember how absolutely awful the N-Gage advertising was?
Sorta bump, because I have gotten a bead on a supposed N-Gage software development variant, which blew my mind because I'd always heard N-Gage software was just developed on PCs using standard s60 hardware and an N-Gage emulator. Supposedly this N-Gage SDK has some sort of built in port to interface with a development PC. I think I would very much like to take a stab at writing N-Gage homebrew lol.
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Thread Are there any games where you start as a hero but slowly become the villain?
It's a reoccuring theme in the series. The original boss for the first Fantasy Zone is Opa-Opa's dad who turned evil, and in the original Fantasy Zone II, the evil master mind was Opa-Opa's rage, formed into an evil Opa-Opa.
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Thread Can Studios lose the license to their own IP's?
A license is permission granted to use something an IP holder owns. IPs are things like trademarks or patents. What you describe in the topic title is in a literal sense impossible, as they don't need a license. They own the IP and thus don't need a license to use it. They grant licenses to use their property. If you file or renew a trademark, then you own that IP for the foreseeable future. Sega has surrendered trademarks before, however. They lost the trademark to Wonder Boy for a while. Certain patents regarding Sonic the Hedgehog have also expired, notably the patent for the corkscrews: It expired in 2012. A bunch of patents regarding the SNES and NES also have expired. A patent is not the same as a trademark or copyright, however. That's why clones of these consoles can exist, but not use the name "NES" or "SNES" or any other copyright or trademark nintendo owns. Copyrights, at least in the west, are being eternally pumped indefinitely by Disney. The copyrights to things like Super Mario or Sonic the Hedgehog will not expire in our lifetimes because of this.
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Thread I hate black bars around movies
anything can be "full screen" on any display, if you chop off enough of the image, which is what is happening with the dark knight. It's not "full screen," it's a taller aspect ratio than your screen, so they chop off the tops and bottoms. Alternatively, they could keep the frame, but it'd be pillar boxed, i.e. black bars on the sides. There is no way for the imax version of TDK to fill your tv screen without them either cutting off some of the image or adding black bars unless they stretch it to make everyone look fat.
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Thread I hate black bars around movies
You are asking for them to cut out part of the picture so it fills the screen. You're asking for less video. You can do this yourself in virtually any modern media player application by applying your own crop if you want. There is a reason most people don't do this, though.
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Thread Mortal Kombat 11 has the best character design, as well as art direction, in the entire series.
I actually love Sheeva's entire look in MK11, including her face. Her hair rules, too. I like how she's got depth after being just a random villain in previous games.
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Thread Mortal Kombat 11 has the best character design, as well as art direction, in the entire series.
She has one of the best designs of new mortal kombat by far. Prior to MKX, I always felt the klassic kharacters had better designs than shit like Reiko or Taven or similar. But D'Vorah is right up there with the klassics.
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Thread Mortal Kombat 11 has the best character design, as well as art direction, in the entire series.
I want to see more of Robocop. I want to see how close they get to him being photorealistic from the movies. Considering his design, he should probably get closer than any other character. Oh shit, I wonder what his alternate costumes will be. I hope they have Robo-Terminator as one of his designs, with the metallic skull face. I can't believe this is real.
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Thread Your favorite " I didn't even know this existed" console
Even in a topic about "unknown consoles" people don't know about my favorite handheld ever, the GP32: The GP32 was vastly, vaaaaastly ahead of its time. The very first instance of digital distribution I ever had was with this thing -- I bought both GPlayer (the movie player) and Pinball Dreams through their online store and downloaded them to the memory card. It was also my very first MP3 player, releasing roughly the same time as the ipod (with the added bonus that it worked with windows computers, unlike the first gen ipod at release). I remember watching movies on my GP32 in between classes in college. You could also connect it to the dreamcast.
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Thread Your favorite " I didn't even know this existed" console
I had one of these as well, it shared the same homebrew scene as the GP32. This was the "upgrade" for those in the GP32 scene, although it never had quite as many users as the GP32 (lol, isn't that crazy?) Those scenes are the genesis of the modern chinese cheap android console scene today. I only have 1 game for my zodiac: Doom 2. Shortly after I got it, they released the freeware Doom engine for the GP32, making it a redundant purchase lol.
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Thread Your favorite " I didn't even know this existed" console
I nearly bought one of these back in november at a computer liquidation sale. I had talked to the owner at the place about picking it up, he wanted $100 for it. When I showed up, someone else had walked away with it an hour before I arrived. Wound up getting an Amiga 1000 instead. If we're talking Amiga stuff, how about the SX-1 upgrade for the CD32: I cannot believe how much CD32 stuff has shot up in price since the AVGN did that episode. Used to be you couldn't give this shit away. Now I see completed auctions on ebay for CD32s by themselves for like $600.
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Thread The Wire - Your Top 5 Characters
You might want to give it a rewatch. People keep harping on "invented a serial killer" but I honestly thought he invented that killer wasn't too outlandish. But that really isn't the driving force in that season, it's more about the newspaper and Clay Davis. And the way Clay Davis plays the legal system and gets off by appealing to populist sentiments is fucking , especially in today's environment. Season 5 of the wire has never been more relevant. It's a season that speaks more about today than any other season of the show. Clay Davis is Donald Trump with more eloquence.
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Thread The Wire - Your Top 5 Characters
I enjoyed watching Frank Sabotka take down Valchek in their first scene together. He cut him in a way that truly hurt, in a way that no cop or gangster could, because he knew Valchek's insecurities personally from all the way back when Valchek was a kid. Ziggy is such a piece of shit.
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Thread Mortal Kombat 11 has the best character design, as well as art direction, in the entire series.
all 3 modern mortal kombat games are like that. They all tell one really long story. Each game has a full 2+ hour story campaign, plus loads of other modes. Play them all, they're incredible. They're by far the most content packed fighting games on the market. If you ever saw the mortal kombat movie, you'll know what to expect from the new MK games. The MK movie was extremely faithful to the story from MK1. In fact, MK9's opening chapters are a full retelling of MK1, with much expanded content. The MK movie had to omit the best part of the MK story -- the entire scorpion/sub-zero plotline -- in order to fit it into one movie, but the MK games go gloriously in depth. It just gets better and better as it goes along.
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Thread Mortal Kombat 11 has the best character design, as well as art direction, in the entire series.
last time on this board I said I wanted another stab at MK vs DC, everyone bitched that "the last one was so bad (which it wasn't), the new one would have to be just as awful" I like how they keep referencing how Sub-Zero becomes batman whenever they cross over in injustice. That bit is my favorite part of the alternate universe lore.
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Thread Mortal Kombat 11 has the best character design, as well as art direction, in the entire series.
that might show better character growth, but that moment against Shinnok is Johnny Cage at his most annoyingly best. That insult only works it's so corny. Like, that it's such a crappy insult, is an insult unto itself lol. The way he delivers it, and the arrogant facial expression he has, it's just perfectly johnny cage. Johnny Cage is everything Duke Nukem wishes it was, but isn't.
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Thread Mortal Kombat 11 has the best character design, as well as art direction, in the entire series.
I also like that MKX finally made Johnny Cage relevant in the MK story line. And the way his special power passed down to Cassie fucking ruled. The Cage family: Shinnok killers.
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Thread Mortal Kombat 11 has the best character design, as well as art direction, in the entire series.
Been following and been a huge fan of Ed Boon's output since MK1. I can't believe how far MK has gone and how it came back with a vengeance.
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Thread Mortal Kombat 11 has the best character design, as well as art direction, in the entire series.
Best story chapter in the entire series Greatest team up in fighting game history, even better than when Iori and Kyo team up in KOF 97.
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Thread Mortal Kombat 11 has the best character design, as well as art direction, in the entire series.
Speaking of Cassie Cage, she is, of the new series, my favorite modern character. Her personality is awesome. Who knew the child of Sonya and Johnny Cage would rule so hard?
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Thread Mortal Kombat 11 has the best character design, as well as art direction, in the entire series.
The best thing about MK11 is them bringing back Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Shang Tsung. Movie Shang Tsung was always awesome. He not only sounds like him, he like him, which is incredible. I can't wait to play as him in the new story DLC. Time Bandit Shang Tsung vs Fire God Liu Kang is going to be incredible.
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Thread Is Mortal Kombat 11 a good jumping on point for the series???
I'll say this about the new trilogy of games and their respective moods: MK9 is pretty much good old fun, lots of twists and turns, a good mix of sci fi and mysticism. It can be taken as a self contained story, mainly, except for a stinger at the end that pushes the story forward. MKX's story is really, really dour. It's the "empire strikes back" in terms of story progression, it ends with a lot of shit in flux, necessitating MK11. MK11's main theme is heroism. IMO it has a satisfying ending to the entire arc. Just my broad views on the new trilogy if you find yourself wondering if it's worth pushing through basically 7+ hours of story.
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Thread Is Mortal Kombat 11 a good jumping on point for the series???
Even if you just play MK9 and X, you'll still miss of the resolutions in MK11, although they're not a huge deal if you don't notice them. Some of the things they resolve are dangling plot lines from the old timeline, like when Also, some of the more dramatic story beats of MK9 reverberate harder if you know the story from the original timeline and thus see how the timeline has changed, especially with regards to the Lin Kuei.
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Thread Is Mortal Kombat 11 a good jumping on point for the series???
Mortal Kombat 11 is the finale to the entire Mortal Kombat story. the modern MK games are very story driven, so you'll be very lost. The new MK games form a trilogy, you need to play or at least watch the story modes from MK9 and MK X to understand what's going on. Most of the story beats in MK11 are about resolving long -- in some cases decades-long -- story plots. MK9 is easiest to get into because it's a soft reboot, it begins at the old ending to MK, but goes back to the first game to change history. As such, it's basically a retelling of MK1-2-3. MKX takes place over the span of 25 years, in the new timeline. Both, cutting out all fighting, have feature length movie plots. You should also at least watch the intro to Mortal Kombat Armageddon, as the beginning of MK9 picks up directly after the intro:
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Thread Jerry Stiller, Comedian and Father of Ben Stiller, Passes Away at 92
Straight up one of the funniest people ever. I loved him in everything i saw him in. IMO, he was the funniest part of Seinfeld. The episode where he grounds George for having sex in his bed, lmao. RIP
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Thread Who is the bigger MK Jobber: Reptile or Baraka?
It sounds very much like you don't quite understand what jobbing is. Jobbing does not mean you don't ever have shining moments. Jobbing means you are most frequently used as mere fodder to lose. Like, hands down, Ermac, Baraka, and Reptile are used most frequently as meaningless fights solely to pad out the wins for the heroes. Like, yeah, Mileena is a loser too. But they don't keep throwing Mileena at the heroes over and over again for meaningless victories. Ermac, Baraka, and Reptile are the "filler" fights in the series, over and over again. Like, by far more than the other characters. Pointing out ending beats from previous games doesn't make sense, because those games .
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Thread Who is the bigger MK Jobber: Reptile or Baraka?
Mileena is a klone of Kitana infused with Tarkatan blood created by Shang Tsung. In MKX, the Xenomorph that kompetes is birthed from a Tarkatan, hence he takes on the Tarkatan kharacteristics: EDIT: Or do you mean you didn't know the Xenomorph is in the MKX? Recent MK games have taken to creating dream match ups of movie characters as guests. Freddy Kruger vs Jason, Xenomorph vs Predator, and now Robocop vs Terminator.
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Thread Who is the bigger MK Jobber: Reptile or Baraka?
You're right thick in the middle of the mortal kombat story, lots of shit is going on, but it's been a while since a fight. They need a meaningless fight thrown in to break up the cutscenes, someone who can be whipped without affecting the story immediately. Inevitably they send in either reptile or baraka. Which is the bigger loser? Reptile is such a loser, that his entire race has been exterminated since before the series began. He's basically a pet to Shang Tsung. Not to be outdone, the tarkatans, while not completely exterminated, are basically roaches of the MK lore. They exist mainly as waves of fodder to be killed enmass. Baraka is technically their king, but functionally they're all the same. Hell, in the latest MK story trailer, you see a group of tarkatans getting their asses kicked with one melting in acid before shang tsung is like "eh, whatever." They are they very first two fights in MK9, to the weakest character story-wise. They are so bad at fighting, Johnny Cage didn't even know it was a real fight. So who jobs harder?
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Thread Who is the bigger MK Jobber: Reptile or Baraka?
How about a 3rd option: Ermac? Ermac comes off as super creepy and like a huge deal in MK9, but turns out he just gets his ass kicked over and over again. And like reptile, in many of Ermac's endings, he also loses, like the one where Shang Tsung comes back and just feeds off of his souls:
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Thread Who is the bigger MK Jobber: Reptile or Baraka?
Ermac, even in the old games, was made of a defeated souls He has always been a bunch of losers combined. Like, Ermac's sole victory in the series was ripping Jax's arms off.She a jobber. In nearly every appearance she's been in, she's done nothing but lost.
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Thread Commodore 64 Appreciation Thread
Actually, clever C64 programmers have access to non-stock hardware that they could reliably expect C64 owners to have, but Meyhem in Monsterland did not use it. The Floppy Disk Drive for the C64 could be used as a general purpose co-processor for C64 games and demos. An example of a demo using the 1541 as a math co-processor:
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Thread Commodore 64 Appreciation Thread
There is a register in the SID chip that affects the volume output. Every time 1 of 4 bits of this register are changed, it produces a staticy audible clicking noise, with 4-bit resolution. By alternating between clicking noises fast enough, you can modulate sample sounds. The effect is similar to when you watch a hubcap on a car's wheel spin: Eventually, the changes are so great that we stop seeing the individual spins and instead the hubcap looks like it's spinning slower (or sometimes backwards) to our eyes. This is because the refresh frequency is so great that we actually see new information. Similarly, the frequency of the audio clicks if produced fast enough sound like different sounds. It's a similar to how they play music on floppy disk drives:
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Thread Which game from Treasure is your favorite and why?
I wonder how many people have played their entire catalog. They were a staple on Sega Channel back in the day. I played so much Dynamite Headdy that way. The first treasure game I played was McDonalds Treasureland Adventure, which I rented from blockbuster. Didn't know their name at the time, but they were immediately one of my favorite developers whether I knew it or not.
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Thread More people with VR headsets need to play Sairento VR
I see people picking up headsets frequently asking what to play, and everyone seems to forget about this game. It's consistently : It's very replayable since it's kind of a score attack game, and it's level based, and there are multiple characters each which play very differently from each other. It was originally pretty janky but has seen nearly continuous updates and is now flat out incredible. Sairento is a game where you take on wave after wave of enemies in arena settings using a variety of ninja-like skills. It is by far the most acrobatic VR game around, employing bullet time to help keep you grounded without feeling disoriented. My favorite weapon loadout is the bow and arrow set, because when you pull back the bow, bullet time kicks in. It makes you feel like legolas, straight up badass. I've been recommending this game for years but people seem to always forget about it. Play Sairento VR, it's awesome.
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Thread it's 2020 and there's still no legal way to play X-Men vs Street Fighter, Marvel vs Street Fighter and Marvel vs Capcom 1-2 on current gen/PC
My PC can play Marvel vs Capcom and Marvel vs Capcom 2 without resorting to emulation
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Thread My Dentist won't stop spamming the Tag function on Facebook, the notifications are mounting like a mofo. What is up with these people?
I can't imagine being friends with my dentist on a social media platform.
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Thread Whole bunch of new Sonic 1 prototype footage found
More videos: Lots of good stuff here. The Jewel Master footage has lots and lots of small differences, but the star of the show is the footage of the never-released Genesis version of Ninja Gaiden (arcade port). The beta floating around is much, much earlier than the footage shown.
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Thread Mortal Kombat 11 has the best character design, as well as art direction, in the entire series.
All the revenants have multiple designs, including non-revenant designs. An aside, the story-mode Kung Lao model is incredible. MK 9, 10, and 11 made me a huge Kung Lao fan, his cocky attitude rules. The bit where Liu Kang jumps through the trap, and Kung Lao smirks and just destroys it, is fucking awesome.
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Thread Whole bunch of new Sonic 1 prototype footage found
They're actually the same patterns, I can spot every tile in the footage, just arranged differently. The entire background is rearranged, waterfalls where there weren't prior and such. The title screen in particular exhibits lots of changes because of this. The part I circled in the beta is just the same couple of tiles mirrored back to back, and you can see them in the same screenshot of the final footage I showed above on the far left, it's just that you never see them mirrored in that pattern in the final. It was known for a long time that they had continously tweaked the background pattern table in GHZ, though.This is almost certainly a mock up and was probably never part of the actual game.
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Thread Whole bunch of new Sonic 1 prototype footage found
there also appears to be a part in spring yard zone after the rotating spikes where there are 3 bumpers overlapping each other, don't think I ever saw that in the final version. The shield in Labyrinth Zone is replaced by a ring monitor.
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Thread Whole bunch of new Sonic 1 prototype footage found
This was actually found a while back, but has been private till now: Whole lot of neat stuff in here, including the rolling balls from GHZ, footage of Sonic's end of level animation, and a very sped up Robotnik boss music, UFOs in marble zone, spinning spikes in Spring Yard Zone, no drowning music, entirely different special stage layouts, etc. Lots of other early Sega prototype footage, too, like Streets of Rage.
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Thread S.D. (R) Gov. refuses to issue stay at home order, so 2 native American tribes set up checkpoints to keep people off their land. Gov. says they can't.
Trying to kill the "original mexicans"
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Thread Anybody ever live out of their car?
Walmart parking lots are explicitly safe places where you can sleep. They encourage people to stay in their parking lots overnight. They won't let you use electricity or anything, but they will let you sleep in your car in a walmart parking lot. I'm pretty sure home Depot lets you do this as well.
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Thread I don’t understand the argument that a controller with a built in battery is superior to a controller that uses AA batteries.
The battery in my Playstation Move navigation controller absolutely did not die before the analog stick in the same controller. today's capacitors last for 23 years or longer, the playstation controllers are only rated for 4-5 years. Source: Someone who very frequently recaps components.
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Thread I don’t understand the argument that a controller with a built in battery is superior to a controller that uses AA batteries.
On top of that, the real secret is that the xbox rechargable battery pack is really just a pair of eneloops in a fancy case with the charger built in. As people have mentioned, 8-bitdo does the same thing. This is exactly how controllers should work going forward. It's the best of both worlds, it is also great for preservation.
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Thread I don’t understand the argument that a controller with a built in battery is superior to a controller that uses AA batteries.
This works to how people are describing the DS4, with the added bonus that I don't have to disassemble the controller to replace the battery when it no longer holds a charge, and I can switch to standard batteries in the future when they stop outright producing the proprietary batteries inside controllers like the HTC Vive controller or DS4.
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Thread I don’t understand the argument that a controller with a built in battery is superior to a controller that uses AA batteries.
This is not a malfunction, it's how rechargeable batteries work. Rechargable batteries experience chemical changes over time, this is why batteries are for a number of charges.
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Thread I don’t understand the argument that a controller with a built in battery is superior to a controller that uses AA batteries.
This reads like the text version of The scenario you describe re: USB cables is .
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Thread I don’t understand the argument that a controller with a built in battery is superior to a controller that uses AA batteries.
two dual shock controllers are more expensive than one xbox controller with 4 eneloops and the recharge kit.
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Thread I don’t understand the argument that a controller with a built in battery is superior to a controller that uses AA batteries.
I'd sooner expect them to just make an EU-only variant of the phone.
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Thread I don’t understand the argument that a controller with a built in battery is superior to a controller that uses AA batteries.
And let me just find that replacement battery for my PSP... In actuality, it's probably the people *cough like me cough* who are aware of how useful having standardized, replaceable parts for things that are volatile are.
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Thread I don’t understand the argument that a controller with a built in battery is superior to a controller that uses AA batteries.
Speaking of which, I had to pull mine out the other day because the rechagable battery in the PSP had become swollen over time. It was nerve wracking because I had to use a screw driver to pry it out, and the entire time I was worried I'd puncture it and start a fire.
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Thread I don’t understand the argument that a controller with a built in battery is superior to a controller that uses AA batteries.
I actually refuse to upgrade my Samsung phone, because they moved towards that model. In my experience, my phones stop holding charges very rapidly, I very much value the ability to easily swap out a battery for a new one. I am actually looking for a newer phone with replaceable batteries for the very reason being discussed. it really sucks.
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Thread I don’t understand the argument that a controller with a built in battery is superior to a controller that uses AA batteries.
Perhaps it was a bundle with some store then, because I never bought a rechargable pack, ever, yet I have one that matches the black controller that came with my 2nd Xbox 360, the one I got with Kinect.
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Thread I don’t understand the argument that a controller with a built in battery is superior to a controller that uses AA batteries.
Except it doesn't work like this in VR. You can't just "plug in" HTC Vive controllers, which is why the oculus touch controllers are much superior.
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Thread I don’t understand the argument that a controller with a built in battery is superior to a controller that uses AA batteries.
These are A) Less than "shit loads" of batteries on amazon B) fit into the AA battery slot on the controller C) charge via the Xbox controller's USB port, I mean, you just told me you are spending "shit loads" on AA batteries for your controller, but when I tell you how to spend your money smarter, you're all "Don't tell me what to do" keep wasting your money then, I guess.
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Thread I don’t understand the argument that a controller with a built in battery is superior to a controller that uses AA batteries.
Sounds like a "you" problem. You should buy rechargable AAs instead.
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Thread I don’t understand the argument that a controller with a built in battery is superior to a controller that uses AA batteries.
The average joe doesn't buy the xbox rechargable packs? LOL wut they were even bundled with Xbox consoles for a long while
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Thread I don’t understand the argument that a controller with a built in battery is superior to a controller that uses AA batteries.
Xbox "rechargeable battery packs" are literally just AA rechargeables in a plastic case:
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Thread I don’t understand the argument that a controller with a built in battery is superior to a controller that uses AA batteries.
The equivalent would be things like the Oculus Touch controllers which use AA batteries. This isn't "Xbox vs playstation" this is "rechargable batteries vs standardized batteries" hth
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Thread I don’t understand the argument that a controller with a built in battery is superior to a controller that uses AA batteries.
Playstation Moves are for their batteries no longer holding a charge.
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Thread I don’t understand the argument that a controller with a built in battery is superior to a controller that uses AA batteries.
AA batteries are not the only type of replaceable batteries. Smart phones have standardized, easily replaceable batteries. It absolutely sucks that they don't, it hurts the consumer in the end.
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Thread I don’t understand the argument that a controller with a built in battery is superior to a controller that uses AA batteries.
I guarantee you this is a lie. You've never had a phone which stops holding a charge for very long? Bull.
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Thread I don’t understand the argument that a controller with a built in battery is superior to a controller that uses AA batteries.
The Xbox controller can work as a wired controller when the batteries die.
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Thread Roy Horn (Siegfried & Roy) Dies of COVID-19
People think they're dead, because Roy got mauled on stage by a tiger and it left him permanently paralyzed and they never performed again. many people remember the mauling and that it ended their show, and thus assume he was killed in the attack.
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Thread Reminder: The Wire is the best TV show of all time
The wire tells a story of baltimore over many chapters, like a book. Season 1 introduces you to the core concept and characters, but doesn't really advance the story. Season 2 shifts focus away from the characters, towards people that only really appear for one season. This is purposeful, because the wire isn't about individual characters, it's about the city. Season 1 is about the drug war that's plaguing the city, season 2 is meant to be pulling you back to examine the wider part of the city, and how outside corruption creates these problems that fuel the drug war. The connection between season 1 and season 2 doesn't really become apparent until the end. Season 3 and 4 and 5 are where you get to the meat of the show. They've introduced you to the war, and to the city, and after that it's time for the wire to say things about what they mean and how they tie into larger politics and corruption. In season 2, it's still laying a lot of ground work. Every detail matters in the end, you can't get into the things it has to say about the war on drugs, education, and corrupt politicians until you lay out the setting as seasons 1 and 2 do. Unlike many shows, the wire doesn't really have self contained seasons. They usually don't wrap up in happy ways, there isn't a "they got him!" moment. It's not supposed to be like that, reality doesn't quite work that way. This is less a story meant to entertain with beats, and more a long form essay on what society in america is. It's ugly, brutal, and rivetting. To clarify, the story of Omar and Bubbles does return and become the central focus in seasons 3, 4, and 5 again. But don't expect a satisfying three-act story regarding them. It's more about following their life, and our lives aren't wrapped in neat packages. Here's a good breakdown which might spoil some things, but the real message of the wire isn't the story, so spoilers don't really matter too much. It's the message it's deliverying through the story. The Wire has to say about education, no child left behind, city politics, corruption, police brutality, post 9/11 federal investigations, the war on drugs, etc. It really needs to be seen to get the message: I wouldn't call The Wire prestige television. When I think of prestige television, I think of high production values, cinematic shots, complex story telling with machiavellian beats, etc. The Wire is more like a docu-drama. It's fiction meant to teach about real problems. It's an examination into the ills of modern America, as honestly as possible. It's not game of thrones, it's David Attenborough's Planet Earth for the War on Drugs, just using a fictional backdrop. Let me give you a taste of The Wire at it's best, when it's speaking it's messages most clearly:
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Thread Reminder: The Wire is the best TV show of all time
Er, no? Read all my posts ITT. Good is very clearly being defined by how important and well told the message is. The Wire isn't meant to entertain. It's much more important than that. When people try to compare The Wire to The Shield, it feels like the entire purpose of the show missed them.
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Thread Reminder: The Wire is the best TV show of all time
Been rewatching the series the last couple of days and it's just as good as ever. Great refresher for how corrupt those who lead us are, how fucked up societies priorities are, and how everyone is pitted against each other. Society failed bubbles so hard. Herc is such a huge piece of shit.
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Thread Reminder: The Wire is the best TV show of all time
What is so incredible to me is that story about Omar surviving the fall? That really happened, except it was many stories higher. They made it only a few stories up, because they thought people would find it too unbelievable.
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Thread Kroger is ending "hero pay" for employees May 17th. It is just a $2 bonus for working during Covid-19.
Sure. But not shopping at kroger doesn't do anything to help the poor people working for them. I already don't shop at kroger. This is still outrageous.
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Thread Kroger is ending "hero pay" for employees May 17th. It is just a $2 bonus for working during Covid-19.
You're european, so I'm sure you get health care and all that. These people don't even get health insurance. They get paid minimum wage, like $7 an hour -- $9 with the "hero pay" -- which isn't enough to buy a meal at McDonalds, let alone cover any sort medical needs that might arise. Like, I get you're saying you'd kill for $2 an hour, but these people are getting way, way less than you get, even with the "hero" pay. EDIT: In case this comes off wrong, I'm not chastising you or playing misery olympics. I'm very sorry your land lord is an asshole.
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Thread Kroger is ending "hero pay" for employees May 17th. It is just a $2 bonus for working during Covid-19.
You can only pay by card through curb side, so there's no risk of impropriety. The first time I did curb side delivery, I asked the young woman who brought my food, who looked like she was maybe 19, how she was doing and if she was ok. She mentioned that people were making the employees cry already, but eagerly said "but at least they're letting us keep tips." I told her right on, and I had come prepared to tip her.
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Thread Kroger is ending "hero pay" for employees May 17th. It is just a $2 bonus for working during Covid-19.
Real talk, all the people working fast food, at grocery stores, etc. are fucking heroes in the literal sense right now. Without them, the country would have crumbled. They deserve permanent raises, and a more respect. I do curb-side delivery at Walmart these days because of Covid, and I give the people bringing me my food a $20 tip every time I go, because I know they're not being taken care of.
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Thread Kroger is ending "hero pay" for employees May 17th. It is just a $2 bonus for working during Covid-19.
So how is Kroger doing financially? ...oh. Well at least the people at top are in this all the same, right?...OH. At least they have their employees health at heart, right? Well, they're just some small time grocery store, right?
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Thread Guy Fieri is an awesome dude
Speaking of Bourdain, one of my friend's fiance was his personal chaperone when he came to Houston for an episode of his show. They don't show it in the episode, but he made her buy him drugs, because "lean" is part of the Houston cuisine. She was originally hesitant, but he said he'd get her fired if she didn't. So, she drove around some rough parts of Houston looking for codeine for him to drink. EDIT: Actually, he tweeted about it despite it not being in the episode: He was drinking lean during this tweet.
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Thread Guy Fieri is an awesome dude
T-Bone Tom's, which is down the street from me, and Lankford's groceries. in truth, T-Bone Tom's has always done well, but him going to Lankford's completely changed their business. I had never heard of Lankfords until it was on DDD, talked to the owner and they said they were on the verge of shutting down until he came. For a couple of years after he'd come, they would have lines to get in because it became so incredibly popular. Kemah is fucking owned by Tillman and his Landry's chains, so it's massive that Fieri came to T-Bone Tom's and gave them enough popularity to compete against the massive boardwalk.
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Thread Guy Fieri is an awesome dude
the internet hate machine has made a target out of him for years because LOL SMASH MOUTH or something, but every time I read about the guy, he's doing something really good. Latest example: He raised his net worth to donate to out-of-work restaurant staffers:While reading about this, I also saw it posted that, to honor his slain lesbian sister, he officiated 101 gay weddings: When the wildfires were raging in California, he set up camp to feed thousands of people displaced and firefighters as well:I know two small restaurants in Houston that he came to. They were both struggling, small hole in the walls prior to his visits. After, they boomed, and prospered, and became city staples. He outright saved those businesses. I know he's a goofy dude, his style is bombastic, his food looks questionable, and his eating habits are hilarious, but damn, this dude is one of the good guys and puts his money where his mouth is. I saw someone on twitter say that, as the mayor of flavortown, they have reported 0 covid-19 cases. True leadership right there. This guy is alright in my book.
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Thread Guy Fieri is an awesome dude
here in Houston, we have a local celebrity known as Mattress Mack. My sister has him for decades, because when she was in college, he was supposed to give a speech to her business class about being a leader, and he ran late, and the speech was basically nothing more than him repeating his catch phrase. He's done much good for Houston over the years, and when Hurricane Harvey happened, he actually came to our neighborhood, which was one of the hardest hit in the city, and rolled up his sleeves and helped out. We got to meet him, and my sister finally brought up how she had disliked him for his speech. He apologized and they talked more about it, and he asked her when it was. They talked some more and figured out the month when that happened. Turns out, his dog had died earlier that day, hence why he was late and despondent. Sometimes, life gets in the way, and we as outside observers don't always know the details. Sometimes it's best not to assume people are being dicks on purpose.
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Thread One of Trump's personal valets has tested positive for coronavirus (UP: Katie Miller, wife of Stephen Miller, tests positive/entire West Wing exposed)
Stephen Miller's wife should probably try injecting herself with bleach, I hear from a very stable genius that doing so is tremendously effective.
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Thread One of Trump's personal valets has tested positive for coronavirus (UP: Katie Miller, wife of Stephen Miller, tests positive/entire West Wing exposed)
Not even tested . She tested "good" lmao
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Thread I wish EA would lean more into their past
EA has a pretty incredible warchest of IPs that they haven't touched in generations. They could lean into them and make some really great stuff. Some properties off the top of my head that I'd love to see EA take another stab at: There has never been a bad Strike game, every single game in the series, on every platform, from Genesis to gameboy to playstation to saturn, has been great. A modern strike game with graphics and budget ala Xcom or Halo wars 2 or similar would be incredible. Mutant League Football should be for football what NBA Jam was for basketball. Yes, I know about NFL Blitz, but midway doesn't exist anymore. Mutant League Football could fill the gap perfectly. The Pinball Dreams/Illusions/Fantasies series is probably the greatest video pinball series ever made. A little while back, the Crush series of pinball games got a spiritual sequel in the form of Demon's Tilt pinball that was excellent. With Epic games seemingly never making another Epic Pinball, it'd be amazing to see EA revive the Dreams series instead. Put DICE back on the franchise that put them on the map. It's been weird how the Need for Speed series got all the sequels, while the Road Rash series has withered and died. Like the Strike games, there really are no bad road rash games. There is Road Redemption today, but it misses a lot of what made Road Rash incredible. i'd love Road Rash to come back and show everyone how it's done. Sort of a swerve, but before there was photoshop, there was Deluxe Paint. Deluxe Paint was, at one time, the industry standard for computer graphics design. A new VR-focused Deluxe Paint would be incredible for productivity. EA should branch out more and go back to what made them really hot in the early days. nostalgia is in, EA has a lot in the vault. I wish so badly they'd tap into it.
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Thread I want a new Ninja Gaiden. And I don't mean the Itagaki series.
there's another one where some level designer was showing him a level he'd worked on, and he was like "Why is there a puzzle here, and hall way here, and a health power up here? Replace them all with more combat and action. Anytime you find a place where you're not in combat, go back and add more combat."
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Thread I want a new Ninja Gaiden. And I don't mean the Itagaki series.
Shadow Dancer is the sequel to Shinobi. Shinobi 3 is the best Shinobi game. Ironically I feel like Itagaki's Ninja Gaiden games felt more like a 3D shinobi than Ninja Gaiden, and similarly, I felt the 3D Shinobi games felt more like Ninja Gaiden than Shinobi. I would kill for Itagaki to do a new Shinobi.
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Thread I want a new Ninja Gaiden. And I don't mean the Itagaki series.
The old Ninja Gaiden games separated the adults from the children. I remember I got drunk at a party once in college, and someone had a modded Xbox with Ninja Gaiden on the TV, and the reflexes kicked in and I made it all the way to Jaquio without dying, and drew a crowd to watch, lol.
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Thread I want a new Ninja Gaiden. And I don't mean the Itagaki series.
This is the best action series on the NES hands down. The awesome gameplay, the incredible art style, the awesome cutscenes, and most importantly, that fucking music: Itagaki once said he included the NES Ninja Gaiden games in the Xbox Ninja Gaiden so everyone could see how bad they were in comparison. He failed. The NES Ninja Gaiden games hold up magnificently. I love the Itagaki Ninja Gaiden, it's probably my favorite 3D action game of all time. But I like the NES Ninja Gaiden games way, way more. They've already tried -- and failed -- to reproduce the 3D Ninja Gaiden game twice. Abandon that model, and go back to the glorious Anime-inspired original.
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Thread So apparently Alien Isolation was a cross gen game
Gonna quote myself on my experience playing AI in VR when it first released: The day this came out, me and my buddies played through it in Virtual Reality on twitch for NeoGAF. The opening is really long -- due to switching players and stuff, it actually took us 4 hours to get to the alien, but his introduction to us in VR was one of the most mind blowing VR moments ever, because of how we reacted. See, the alien can actually appear slightly before it's normal cinematic introduction in the game randomly. There is a bit very early on where you have no idea what's going on, other than a lot of chaos, and the alien can appear here before it's proper introduction. So my friend was playing the game, and gets to this part, and he's walking around all cautiously. Up to this point, all we'd seen were murderous androids, so he assumed more were around. He had his eyes open for androids to avoid. While walking through a corridor, he sees a stream of odd water coming down from a vent ahead of him. This is the first time in the game we'd seen something like this, so he's talking to me as I'm watching his VR view cloned on my TV in front of us. He's like "what in the world is this?" and walks under the stream of water and looks up. The moment he looks up, he sees the alien, sprawled out in the vent above, drooling down, hissing, it's jaw hinging open. THUNK -- the alien's mouth thingy kills him instantly. It was the most stereotypical movie death you can imagine. You always think you'd be smarter than people in the movie, and he even had the forehand knowledge that he was playing an alien video game, and still got killed in such a stereotypical way. Amazing moment. Later on, during the first real encounter with the alien, I had put on my haptic feedback vest -- it's a pair of transducers strapped to your chest that mirrors the audio. In many games it works poorly, but the sound design of alien isolation - sparse music, where the alien's walk produces a shitload of bass, makes it perfect for such vests. So the alien is hunting me as I'm in the medical ward. I dove behind a desk with a privacy cover next to a wall, so I'm basically trapped. I can't see out -- the opening to the desk is facing the wall, all I can do is hear the alien walking around the room. And feel him too -- the transducers actually let me feel his footsteps in my chest. I could literally feel him in the room, knew exactly where he was just by the feel of the vibration in my chest. I feel him walk to the left side of the room, then feel him walk to the right side of the room, then feel him walking in the middle of the room. Then I feel the bass getting heavier and heavier. He's moving towards me. In VR, when the game had VR support, they mapped your head tracking to the model's rigging, so that when you moved your head, the model's head moved. The game makes noise when parts of your body knock against items and the alien can hear it. So, IRL, I'm holding my head as still as possible, hoping I don't knock the side of the desk and alert him. I feel him, thud, thud thud, then stop. I slowly looked up, and I can see the bottom of his extended jaw peaking out past the desk. I am directly below the alien. I am looking up at him. He scans left and right but never looks down. It is one of the most tense moments I've ever experienced in a video game. I could feel myself actually holding my breath, making sure not to move. the hairs on my arm stood on end. The alien turns around and walks away. I get my moment to escape and catch my breath. I have never, ever had a game hit me like that. Yes, alien isolation is amazing. I really think it loses something now that VR support is gone, but it's still an amazing game. A few weeks after that, my mother wanted to try some VR, so I threw her into Alien Isolation during a part where I had the alien trapped and ready to come out. I didn't tell her what she was playing. She cursed up a storm, haha. I have to say, some of the deaths in VR felt really, really uncomfortable. Especially the one where the alien, like, mounts you on all fours and pins you down then very slowly opens his mouth in your face. I mean, that's the point, it's an invasive, very awful death. And boy does it feel like it.
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Thread What is the absolute worst racing game you have ever played?
People who say Sonic R plays poorly objectively do not know how to play. You're supposed to use the analog pad. Pressing up and down on the analog stick is your throttle or break, and use the analog triggers to steer left and right. Don't use left or right on the analog pad to steer. Use those instead as a hand break if you need to come to a hard stop. Because, if you turn with the analog pad, you stop pressing up, meaning you stop accelerating, which causes you to turn oddly. If you steer using only the analog triggers, the game plays just fine. You can tell this is the way the game is meant to be played, because when you control like this, your turning radius as you move forward matches the arc of rings on the courses.
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Thread Liu Kang vs Reptile
They broke a rib during that fight. The fight wasn't even supposed to be in the movie. They added it after the first cut because they wanted more fight scenes. Robin Shou directed this fight, he really wanted to try and bring wuxia wirework into american Hollywood film. This fight scene is, no joke, ground breaking, and paved the way for stuff like The Matrix.
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Thread Is it just me, or do people trash VR a little too much?
lol people are running with that? I'm talking about my own business decisions here, regarding the specific market I'm targeting. That came in the middle of some dude talking about "Not knowing anything but that short blurb, that sounds like something that's not going to be successful because it's not how people work."
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Thread I am finding games in general "less bad" the more I get working in Project Management
with the rise of post modernism, the prevalence of hip hop and house music and thus extensive sampling, you would think people would be more receptive to the notion that a palette need not be the most basic unit of color/art/etc to be useful. Andy Worhol explored this decades ago, you can take wholly formed ideas and objects, and remix them into unique art, . I once got into a very, very nasty conversation with a former Mortal Kombat II developer who started going off in my face about how Jeff Minter was a "fucking thief" because he used some pac-man sounds in TxK. I was saying, 'do you think he used those sounds because he couldn't come up with a unique sound effect, or do you think he used those sounds because they convey an idea that he wanted to bathe the aesthetic of the game in, using their cultural cachet?" and he was honestly arguing the former. smh, Now, admittedly, I lean very, very hard into the idea of copyleft. But surely this can't be an alien concept in 2020.
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I literally can't spot the fault in that video, haha. What are people complaining about? That the trees use the same geometry mesh? Who cares, the lighting is all completely different. Do people REALLY care that every tree in the game is unique? In a game based on a film where all the enemies are indistinguishable by choice to "cheat" in editing? Who would even notice that stuff??
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What gets me the most about the term "lazy devs" is how presumptuous it is. Like someone can eyeball an end product that is the result of a massive pipeline of labor and say, "yup, the problem is the developer just didn't want to put in the effort." There are so many cogs in the machine that can result in a bad product, and I promise you it is very, very infrequently because someone just couldn't be bothered. I always mentally replace "lazy devs" with 'heroin junky devs" because they're basically the same type of comment. "This game came out bad, because the developer was a heroin junky, he spent all his time doing heroin instead of working on the game." I'm sure some think that's ridiculous, how could anybody know that about someone they dont know? Well, there is just as much "proof" that the dev was being "lazy" as there is "proof" that they were wasting time shooting up. It's about as accurate, and ridiculous, as either claim. of course, if someone went around blaming all the ills of development on developers being heroin junkies, they'd be rightly called an idiot. Yet some don't see the same problem with calling devs "lazy."
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I write a lot about how stuff works because I like to talk about it. It serves multiple purposes, not least of which to strengthen my own comprehension, as teaching someone something will reveal the holes in your own knowledge. What I rarely talk about his how incredibly time consuming doing that is. Sometimes I'll spend, no joke, a week writing a topic or article or something because figuring out how to break it down is so complex. While I'm doing my development, I keep a diary. It's not for anyone else but me, I do it because my memory is honestly terrible. I forget things quickly, even my own work. So my diary is a way for me to retrace my steps if I get lost. A map so I can remember what I've tried before, even if it didn't work. Keeping that diary, writing my own process, is without hyperbole, just as long as my dev work. Keeping that diary doubles my development load. Breaking down what is going on into something people can follow takes of time. People demand "transparency" and hate how "secretive" the game industry is. Well, talking to people to be "not secretive" is literally an entirely separate job. I did a video with DF Retro on blast processing. The actual program took me like 1 day to write. The video itself took a month to produce. and when it was done, most of the comments were to the effect of "sounds like the guy is just reading from a script." Yeah, .
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along the same line, thinking about forests, relating to the concept of seeds, the stigma "procedural generation" got and the ire they threw at no man's sky. OMFG, picard face palm so hard. Like, I don't even know where to start with the problems I had with all that discourse. Especially when people would turn around and point to things which are also procedural generated as examples of not-procedural generated stuff. Anything interactive, is likely programmatically generated. Anything programmatically generated, is procedurally generated. Procedural generation is a thing, it's what enables vast, vast landscapes. When people would be like, "procedural generation removes auteurism..." fucking WRONG! Procedural generation is not just throwing things into a random number generator and walking away. So, so frustrating. What was even worst is the dummies who would then say things like, 'procedural generation is an instant non-buy for me" afterwards. Who would then bitch about how secretive everything is. Well, if people told you how the sausage was made, you'd learn how prevalent procedural generation is... which you'd then swear off, because you think it's a bad thing despite literally every game you've ever liked having used it! A little knowledge is dangerous sometimes.
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Once, I had a friend over, and I wanted to explain to them what I was working on, so I started explaining how my "simple" 2D rendering module worked on my white board. This was the result of the conversation: This is "basic."
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I remember when VR was still nothing but development kits, having the same circular conversations over, and over again regarding positional tracking. People would be like, "why does the DK2 lose positional tracking? That's been a solved problem for years!" and I'd explain that positional tracking was extremely difficult and largely hadn't been solved. And people would be like "uh, I have GPS in my car for like 10 years now" and I'd explain about sub-millimeter precision and how GPS can't discern orientation, only position. And they'd be like "bullshit, they can do positional tracking of hockey pucks in NHL games on TV broadcasts" and I'd explain about expected linear vectors and predictive curves, and how those are actually usually pretty wrong and how you need some sort of constant, two way communication. And it'd just go back to "what about GPS" all over again. It was so fucking frustrating.
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another example: when people are like "Why don't all games use GGPO" and you try to explain to them the difference between deterministic situations and non-deterministic situations and you just get "lazy devs" responses.
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not talking about games journalism as a creative endevor, or reviews, or whatever. I'm talking about those who write articles about how they could do better, games "journalists." There are some who make it big not because they write good stuff, but because they play into populist sentiments that "lazy devs" and "it's so simple to fix" and what not. That dude Mike Matei has like tens of millions of followers on youtube, but his videos on games are usually sooooo fucking vapid. Meanwhile, something like Digital Foundry has a tiny fraction of the followers and views, but much more nuance and depth.
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I when people say things like "fallout's engine is a buggy mess" and point to minor, persistent bugs across the series, saying "how in the world can these lazy devs not fix these simple problems time and time again," not realizing how interconnected literally everything is, and that those "simple problems" are usually the lesser of two evils for greater design decisions. As in, fixing those minor problems would usually cascade in huge ways elsewhere. They choose those minor problems because those are the trade offs. There are trade offs in EVERYTHING in technology I especially love how many people talk about engines, who can't even define what an engine is (because, protip: the term engine is largely meaningless). I also like when people bitch about things that are diametrically opposites. "I hate how large game installs are these days, can't devs compress everything? Also, I demand NO LOAD TIMES EVER."
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Thread Sega are pretty impressive publishers don't you think?
As far as japanese companies go, Sega's PC output has been pretty incredible. They were, for a very long time, the only major japanese company to have a dedicated PC brand. like, talking all the way back in the 1980's, then again in the early 90's. Their mid 90's PC ports were, for the time, . They even developed their own API to facilitate their PC ports, DirectX was a thing, called DINO. It's what Ecco the Dolphin, Comix Zone, and Sonic CD run off. They also supported dedicated 3D accelerators in games like Virtua Fighter, Virtua Squad, Daytona USA, and Panzer Dragoon games like Quake or even before the Voodoo cards were a thing.
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Also, regarding RTS games, sega owns Technosoft, which was a pioneer in the genre with Herzog Zwei. They should let CA or Relic try their hand at making a new Herzog game IMO. when selling their catelog to sega, the former president of Technosoft said that he decided to sell to Sega because he was most interested in seeing Technosoft continue to exist, and felt that Sega was the only company which would keep their catelog around. Since then, Sega has integrated Thunder Force into their Sega Ages line of games, essentially proving him right.
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Thread 3 McDonald's employees shot in Oklahoma after informing customer the dining area was closed due to COVID-19
I mean in this very instance, i can't throw glass stones, Texas is being regarding lock down, even more so than oklahoma. Like, in texas, there would have been a very good chance right now they would have outright let her eat inside the place if it was a franchised mcdonalds. But on the football field, 62-47-5.
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The best part of this dumb tirade is how nobody mentioned trump or conservatives or racists in the quote tree that you are going off about, but your mind associates "stand your ground" with those things (for very good reason), belying your entire post's premise because there is a very obvious reason why those kinds of nut jobs are associated with far right thinking. FOH.
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When all this is over and things are safe, let's meet in dallas and I'll buy you a corny dog, even if you are a filthy sooner
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Thread Do you get the pun in the name "Contra Hard Corps"?
I'm saying that calling someone an idiot for knowing that an alternative reading of the title that is grammatically correct is harsh. One very well could read it as "Super Mario Bro (plural)" and make a grammatically sound argument.
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people ITT saying "I know how to pronounce corps at a fifth grade level" realizes that "corpse" is an accepted pronunciation for the word, right? It takes on a different meaning when you pronounce it that way. Corps pronounced as "corpse" is the plural of "corp" which is a shortened term for "corporation." As in, "Big Evil Corp," or an "S Corp" or "C Corp."
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Was watching this video from splash wave And I noticed the guy didn't get the pun in the name because he was mispronouncing "corps." It's not pronounced "corpse," it's pronounced "core." as in "Contra: Hardcore" Did you get the pun originally?
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Thread Enormous, blockbuster franchises that you just have zero interest in
call of duty souls games dragon age battle field assassins creed pokemon World of Warcraft borderlands destiny uncharted TLOU Tomb Raider FIFA Fortnite PUBG DOTA/2 League of Legends Mass Effect Madden To counter, some huge franchises/games I DO like: Sonic Yakuza Total War Zelda Mario Metroid Crash Bandicoot Final Fantasy Rocket League Half Life Portal GTA RDR Metal gear Mortal Kombat Street Fighter Tekken Virtua Fighter Doom MLB The Show Halo Gears of War God of War Starcraft Warcraft Age of Empires
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Thread Can we stop blaming Silicon Knights for Twin Snakes?
I like the gameplay changes, don't mind the wacky cutscenes, pretty much enjoy the entire game BUT the soundtrack is way, way worse than the original, and the soundtrack was one of my favorite parts of the original. Hence, I really prefer vanilla MGS over TTS.
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Thread Person tricks resellers who bulk purchased Nintendo Switches to meet up at the same Arby's at the same time
one prevents people from buying a video game the other potentially spreads a fatal disease, not just to scalpers, but also innocent people near by who have nothing to do with the situation at hand BOTH SIDES
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outside of the scalpers, this is dangerous for the employees at arbys or people who may be coming through the drive through as normal customers. A simulation of how coughs can spread and linger in the air from universities in finland related to covid-19 transmission: this is for an indoor environment specifically with a recirculating ventilation system. Outside, it's even worse as the spread can be greater due to winds.
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Thread It is very disappointing that valve doesn't distribute Half life Alyx keys outside of steam
there are many games that are sold on both Steam and the Oculus store. Beyond that, there is nothing stopping 3rd party developers on steam from generating keys and selling them on other stores just like any other steam game. Problem is not a lot of stores are interested in buying keys for VR games. I'm willing to bet Half Life Alyx would drastically change that, though, which would probably also lead to an additional avenue for smaller devs to break into those stores as well. That comes back to valve ultimately, because when developers see more sales opportunities for VR games, they're more inclined to make VR games, which is one of Valve's goals with Steam: to facilitate the sales of VR titles.
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I don't see why at all. I am a consumer, I am not valve or epic or whoever. I don't care if they developed it themselves, the benefit to me as a consumer doesn't stop because it was developed first party. Further, if someone like Sony or Nintendo or Microsoft sold exclusively through Walmart or whatever, that would still be bad for consumers. A primary criticism I have with the EGS is that curation harms developers, open ecosystems are beneficial. Valve should put their games everywhere, and EGS should make getting on their store easier.
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Half Life Alyx works with every PCVR headset. It is not exclusive to their hardware. You can play Alyx without ever touching a single bit of Valve's hardware, and in fact, an enormous percentage of the players of Half Life Alyx did just that. The entire reason Valve created SteamVR, is to make PCVR games hardware agnostic. This is the stated design goal of SteamVR.
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On steam, they keep 100% of the sale, since it's their own store. But, they have also said they're not particularly interested in Alyx as something to turn profit, so who knows why they haven't tried selling keys outside of steam. They really should.
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I've even seen people who normally shit on EGS for their practices excuse this regarding Half Life Alyx. It's not a simple case of "Steam good, everyone else bad." Either you believe in the philosophy or you don't. Anything else is mere platform warring. The arguments about how beneficial selling keys on multiple store fronts is for consumers applies universally, not when it is convenient.
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it's more disappointing because they themselves have made all the arguments I've made above, multiple times, in lectures or interviews. They should know this stuff pretty well. Also, Alyx isn't supposed to be a profit-driven game, their goal is to expand the VR market by bringing new users in. This could be accomplished better by, for example, coming to other VR stores, not just steam. Selling Alyx on the Oculus Store and even the Microsoft VR store would be great, as that's the very decision they (rightfully) encourage other VR devs to do. Lead by example.
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They've said in the past that profits from singular games aren't what matters. Their philosophy is that bringing people into their ecosystem is worth more than a single game's sales. They gave a lecture on this at Steam Dev Days, where they explained the monetary results of an experiment they did where they gave Portal 2 away for free, yet still generated more money. They've openly admitted that they don't expect to turn a profit from HL:A. Their goal is to bring more eyes to VR, which benefits them ultimately as Steam is a platform for selling VR games. Plus, as the developers for HL:A they still see a percentage of sales from other stores.
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Previous games from Valve were sold at many online retailers, like amazon or walmart.com. In fact, at one point, uplay from ubisoft even sold keys for valve games. Selling keys on multiple stores benefits consumers, because it allows those stores to reduce their take on each key sold to consumers to pass on savings to the customer in an attempt to drum up business. with Half Life Alyx, they appear to have stopped doing this. The only legitimate store that sells alyx steam keys, is steam itself. now, this doesn't mean that steam is the only store selling alyx. There are also stores selling stolen or otherwise ill-gotten keys for Alyx at discounted prices. And this is why Valve not selling alyx keys on other stores is really wrong -- it gives the illusion that these stores are legitimate. They are inadvertently directing unknowing customers towards shady sites. This hurts everyone in the long run. Other developers, for example, also have their keys illegally sold on those sites, and by bringing customers to them, they bring eyes upon those keys. All games should be sold everywhere provided no technological hurdle, IMO. I'd very much like for Alyx to go to PSVR2 or an eventual Xbox Series X VR headset. When players have the choice to play their games anywhere, they can simply choose the best ecosystem and hardware for their needs. Valve has been usually good at this practice, but with Alyx, their biggest game in years, they have stumbled. Sadly, there isn't really any outcry urging them to open up to other stores, when, IMO, there should be.
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Thread 1996 court document confirms Tara Reade told of harassment in Biden’s office
I feel like discussing the functional difference between sexual harassment and sexual assault as a test of moral and character is splitting hairs. Either should have been enough to disqualify joe biden as the man to lead the charge in literally the most important election of our generation.
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Thread Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath Announced
Speaking of DLC characters and non-canon endings, The Terminator's ending in MK11 is fucking awesome. It's a mix of war games and T2. The terminator becomes master of time, and endlessly simulates the war between man and machine, trying to come to a solution where the machines win and exterminate humanity. But he keeps coming to a conclusion where both ensure mutual destruction. He learns that "the only way to win, is to not play." So he crafts a future where man and machine don't become enemies, but flourish as a utopia. He then realizes that someone could learn of the hour glass through his own memories, and that his knowledge is dangerous. So he lowers himself into the bottomless sea, so no one can ever find him, giving a T2 style thumbs up as he descends.
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this is quite literally the only time that happens in the series, and a plot point in the game is how quan chi is killed and thus this can never be done again. Which is why the majority of the cast from MK9 remain dead and don't come back for MK11 except scorpion and sub-zero and jax. In the original timeline, they killed Liu Kang after MK4 and left him dead until MK9.
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There are lots of ways MK characters come back, but usually they are actually demons which lets old heroes come back as future villains. Sometimes there are better explanations, though. Like Sub-Zero dies in Mortal Kombat 1, but a big part of the original mystery in Mortal Kombat 2 was that he showed back up alive. Turns out he was his younger brother, the old Sub-Zero was Bi-Han, while the younger is Kuai Liang, who wears his clothes to honor his brother. The story of Sub-Zero, his clan, and the rivalry with Scorpion is the best part of MK. Watch the story to MK9, it's basically a feature length movie. It's a soft reboot that assumes you know virtually none of the lore. It's glorious. Here's a video of it, with the intro to the previous game, Armageddon, which MK9 is a direct follow up to. That said, death in Mortal Kombat's story usually carries big reprecussions, it's not quite like DBZ where death is meaningless. In terms of story, death in MK usually affects alliances and character's personalities permanently. And the series isn't afraid to let someone die for story reasons, then sit out multiple games. Shang Tsung has been dead since MK9, for example. Him popping up here is a big twist.
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Saying "sindel was revived" is stretching it, since she was also in MK3, and sat sidelined as a wraith after MK3 til MK9. And she was "revived" as a mindless slave, solely as a technicality, specifically to break the bond of the Mortal Kombat pact. They basically dug up her body, and stuffed it with mind control. Mileena is a series of imperfect clones of Kitana. Johnny Cage's stuff was non-cannon after MK3 when he died. In his ending, he revealed the entire series of games are just a movie and he's an actor playing a role. etc. I mean, you're not saying anything I didn't say:Traveling to hell to fight a former hero who is now a slave to the ruler of hell as a demon is quite a bit different than saying "everyone comes back to life."
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In a dark funny way, I always liked how they still rushed Murphy's body to the hospital and are giving him CPR like he's gonna survive. He was shot like 50 times with shotguns, his arm was blown off, they put a bullet into his brain... and he still survived long enough to die on the OR table haha.
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Fun fact about the "You have 20 seconds to comply" scene in robocop: when the guy is screaming in agony, that's real, not acting. They loaded him up with an excessive amount of squibs. they wanted it to be way too much. After a while, it actually started to hurt the guy IRL. When he falls back and is smoldering, that's actual smoke from the squibs, his body was slightly burned.
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Robocop is legitimately intelligent media. Ironically, the people who think it's nothing but a dumb action flick, are likely too thick to get most of the commentary. It flies over their head. I, without a shred of irony, think Robocop is a perfect film. My favorite movie of all time.
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Everybody should always watch Robocop. Obviously the original. The remake completely misses the point of the character. Being robocop is supposed to be awful, like a curse. They turned him into a damned super hero, being robocop in the remake was arguably way better than just being human. The entire point of robocop was him finding his humanity despite the awful condition they left him in. They even let the new robocop keep his hand, specifically so he'd know he was human. The exact opposite of what they did in the original. Pissed me off so much.
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you need to rewatch robocop A) it's legitimately one of the smartest movies ever made. Robocop has to say. Robocop is more relevant today than when it was released. It's biting satire about capitalism run rampant. It is way, way more intelligent than other action movies. Critics just were too dumb to get its overt messages in 1987 and took it straight instead of the social commentary it was explicitly meant to be. B) Robocop has legitimate art house chops. C) Robocop is gory.
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It goes so much deeper, too. One bit I like is how all the politicians/CEOs in the movie are actually drug addicts, while the actual drug kingpins drink wine in opulence while wearing nice clothes. I love when Dick Jones is pissed that they ruined his deal for ED 209. "We had millions in repair contracts, who cares if it worked!?"
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2 is written by frank miller, so it has a much meaner, darker edge. It's got less to say than robocop 1 (although it still has a message mainly about drugs), but lots of people still like it. I like it decidedly much, much less than Robocop 1, myself. But I still enjoy it. Everything after Robocop 2 is pretty bad.
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I like the shot where he tries to cut Robocop's mask with the arc welder. The actual visual composition is pretty, the way Robocop's visor turns slightly rainbow at the heat stress. That scene was filmed at the george R brown convention center in Houston, Texas. I used to go to a PC Users club called Hal-PC there in the late 90's. I won a copy of Visual Studio 97 in a computer programming contest at that building and got to go on stage to accept it. While I was there, all i could think about is "this is where robocop's final battle took place!" It still looks 100% the same, even today.
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It helps that Peter Weller's voice is amazing. I also like Weller as the voice of Batman in The Dark Knight Returns, specifically because it reminded me of Robocop. I am so incredibly stoked that he's playing Robocop again. One of the most quotable movies ever.
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not a shoulder cannon, but he gets shoulder-mounted weapons in robocop 3 (and a jet pack). This is the first instance of the shield, but it's pretty in line with the other upgrades from Robocop 3. Also, in Robocop vs Terminator, he gains control of a factory through skynet and builds all sorts of crazy upgrades, including an army of Robocop clones.
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uh, why? Robocop 3 sucked, but it wasn't because of the upgrades. Those were honestly the best parts of the movie. I'm about as big a robocop fan as you can find. If you search "robocop" on this forum, you'll find tons of threads about Robocop from me. I'm thrilled at this direction.
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I really liked it. It has some really cool ideas, like Murphy being the inadvertant brain that powers the Skynet AI. In terms of story, it's a mix of beats from both Robocop and Terminator. Like, the typical story of terminator where there are time traveling saviors, and time traveling assassins, are reversed. In this case, humans go back to the past to murder Robocop to try and stop judgement day, and terminators are sent back as his protector. Then, midway through, they forcibly assimilate robocop into skynet, destroying his body, until he is reborn as Robo-terminator. Good shit.
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The mortal kombat games are super, super story heavy, like some of the most story heavy games around. MK 9-10-11 are a trilogy, and MK 11 is basically the ending to the entire series in terms of story. Most of the beats in MK 11's story revolve around resolving decades old story lines in satisfactory ways. MK11 is one of the absolute best games in the series, both in terms of story and gameplay. MK 9 was a soft reboot that brought everyone up to speed and set up the new new trilogy. Before you play MK11, you need to at least watch the cutscenes from MK9 and MKX otherwise you'll be completely lost in MK11. Ideally, you'd play them both as well, because they're outstanding games. But definitely at least watch MK9 and MKX's story modes, they are basically feature length movies. You should also at least watch the opening cutscene to Mortal Kombat Armageddon because the intro to MK9 is a direct follow up to it. In that sense, MK:A's intro is sort of a small prequel to MK9: At the moment, hands down, Mortal Kombat is my favorite fighting game franchise. Nobody else is coming close. Mortal Kombat has the best lore in gaming, by far. There's a big reason people are hyped about this trailer, and it's not just because of Robocop. It's because, story wise, what they showed in it is hype as fuck.
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Thread Is it just me, or do people trash VR a little too much?
even if it doesn't cure amblyopia, strabismus, or other convergence problems, part of the way we perceive depth is through microsaccades that VR facilitates. Our brains are built to use visual offsets to discern depth, not just through stereoscopy, but also via temporal displacement. It's why this works:
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This is a very good example of people reading in innocuous statements what they want to hear. i've seen this same FUD repeated directly my way many times. An example from the old board: Most of these poor justifications for "push back" are straw men from people who are claiming people have said things they didn't say. Pushing back against something people aren't saying just makes for really, really shitty discussion. Someone being enthusiastic about a technology, does not mean they're going around saying whatever thing you like is doomed to die. And definitely isn't justification for the kind of awful posting that permeates every discussion of VR on this site. "Niche" this and "gimmick" that. like, people are aware that gaming as a whole is "niche" right? The vast, vast majority of the planet doesn't play playstation games. literally everything is a niche.
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VR is already big enough for sales. There are multiple million+ sellers in the VR market. Selling over a million units is big sales to all but the largest developers. I am, in fact, developing a VR/AR applicationr ight now. I know my sales projections and they are indeed "big."VR's popularity has grown every single year. Like, literally, any time you ever talk about VR since 2016, every single day, is the new "most popular VR has ever been." VR sales have increased exponentially every single year they've been on the market.
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Let's just say there's a big, big, BIIIIIIG announcement that is upcoming in the sector that perhaps people like I would be privy to, that is informing my business decisions, that many on this board would not be privy to.
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Thread Is it just me, or do people trash VR a little too much?
Published by , Mar 3, 2020 Virtual reality (VR) is a simulated experience that can be similar to or completely different from the real world. The aim of VR is to create a sensory experience for the user sometimes including sight, touch, hearing, smell, or even taste. The VR industry as a whole is growing at a fast pace, with the hardware and software projected to increase from 6.2 billion U.S. dollars in 2019 to more than 16 billion U.S. dollars by 2022. Oculus Quest, in less than 1/5 the time, has nearly matched the LTD sales of PSVR: headsets have been completely sold out for the last 5 months since Alyx was released. LOL at "it's not gaining traction."
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Thread Is it just me, or do people trash VR a little too much?
$400 isn't the price I think many people are pointing to as the tipping point. Rather, it's just continuing proof of the lowering cost of VR. Just as, once upon a time, things like the PS3 were $600, but now you can have equivalent power in a $100 phone, so too will VR's price drop. It already has, that same type of set up used to be $1000+ just a few years ago (and much clunkier). The $400 quest isn't the end goal, it's a sign of where things are heading.
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Thread Is it just me, or do people trash VR a little too much?
Things like the quest's touch controllers use capacitive sensors to track your fingers as well. Not to the fidelity of the index controllers, but that's the entire point of Steam Skeletal Tracking: to gracefully use as much capabilty as the controller provides for finger tracking. Alyx, with the Oculus touch, can do many of the same finger tracking things the index controllers do.
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Thread Sen. Rand Paul - "I have immunity. I've already had the virus so I can't get it again..."
South Korea: "A high level of antibodies is being shown to be effective against reinfection." Population: "So if I have antibodies, I'm INVINCIBLE" South Korea: "No, wait, antibodies don't last forever, and we don't know the amount of antibodies necessary for immunity, and current mass testing simply detects the presence of antibodies, not the amount" Population: "IN-FUCKING-VINCIBLE."
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Thread Sen. Rand Paul - "I have immunity. I've already had the virus so I can't get it again..."
Ok, so how long does the short term immunity last? Because the country's leading expert in covid-19 says he doesn't know, and thus it shouldn't be assumed: Show me this "Science" and "data" which I totally believe you have which says that "Rand Paul is 100% correct" that he currently cannot become re-infected or spread the virus. The world's experts seriously would love to see that. BTW "I think this virus behaves like previous virii" is hth.
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Thread Sen. Rand Paul - "I have immunity. I've already had the virus so I can't get it again..."
Damn bro, someone should tell Dr. Anthony Fauci that he doesn't know what he's talking about when he says things like, for example, that just because you are immune today, you might not be immune tomorrow because we don't know how long the antibodies last in our system nor do we know the amount of antibodies that need to be present to actually achieve immunity, that the presence of antibodies is not the same as being immune, that getting over the sickness does not mean you are immune, simply that you had antibodies at one point enough to cure your previous infection. Someone tweet to him ASAP, I'm sure he doesn't know "basic science." He'll surely "trip." Doesn't he know how simple it all is, antibodies = invincible?? He should get smart, like Rand Paul. I'm sure when he says things like the of exposure to the virus matters, that there is a difference between brief re-exposure and massive re-exposure is important, he's just anti-science. Surely someone like a senator shouldn't have to worry about getting an abnormally high amount of reexposure compared to the average patient. Nope, absolutely no reason to assume that at all.
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Thread 3 McDonald's employees shot in Oklahoma after informing customer the dining area was closed due to COVID-19
But those countries didn't SINGLE-HANDEDLY win WWII. THey've been scared of freedom their entire lives, they're just too primitive to understand the liberty of shooting a mcdonalds employee. They're slaves, really, when you think about it.
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Thread 3 McDonald's employees shot in Oklahoma after informing customer the dining area was closed due to COVID-19
nobody is laughing about this saying something just made her snap is being way too soft on the issue. Clearly people snap every fucking day, as evidence by the crazy amount of road rage on the streets. Perhaps it's not wise to try and guess who will snap in the future, but just assume that literally anybody can snap at any given moment??????
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Thread 3 McDonald's employees shot in Oklahoma after informing customer the dining area was closed due to COVID-19
It's quite literally road rage applied outside the car. It's just anger and division reaching a boiling point, egged on by the nation that the country is constantly under attack by propaganda outlets like fox news and the NRA. It's seriously simple. The article says there was an altercation before she returned to fire. So here's my guess: she walked in and started eating. They told her she had to leave. She got all karen about it. They forced her to move. She struggled and thus they had to physically remove her. NOBODY TOUCHES ME. She grabs the weapon that right-wing terrorists have been drilling into her head that she needs because every transgression is a culture war, specifically for situations like this. And like pavlov's dog, this drooling idiot does as she's been conditioned to do.
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Thread 3 McDonald's employees shot in Oklahoma after informing customer the dining area was closed due to COVID-19
issue was resolved, buddy. Those damn won't be telling anybody they can't enjoy FREEDOM in their SOCIALIST MCDONALDS anymore.
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Thread 3 McDonald's employees shot in Oklahoma after informing customer the dining area was closed due to COVID-19
look, bringing assault rifles and blowing people away is just part of our god given right to peacefully protest
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Thread 3 McDonald's employees shot in Oklahoma after informing customer the dining area was closed due to COVID-19
I'm sure somewhere a district attorney will decline prosecution because this woman is a third cousin or some shit.
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Thread 3 McDonald's employees shot in Oklahoma after informing customer the dining area was closed due to COVID-19
She was just standing her ground. That gun was for her protection. Those employees were no angels. How DARE they take away her freedoms and liberties like LIFE and JUSTICE.
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Thread How do we feel about the SNL 'Most Evil Invention' skit (Starring Dwayne Johnson)
perpetuates a pretty harmful stereotype that people who are molested become child molesters themselves. No joke, that's a huge part of why lots of men never come forward, because of this assumption that if you were sexually abused, you'll abuse other people.
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Thread Terminator or Robocop?
Not right or wrong answers, obviously, but provide your reasoning. I have to say Robocop all day and night. I think as time has gone by, it's become more apparent that Robocop really had a lot to say. Watching it's transformation from ultra violent schlop to intelligent satire in the zeitgeist has been pretty awesome. I pick robocop, because it works both as a gorey action movie, and as a biting social commentary. You can take it for the action and plot and it's still good. The actual themes of the story -- loss of person and humanity, slave to corporation. I recently had the relevation that it's actually cyberpunk as fuck. Yeah, Robocop is the shit. You?
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Thread What is your dream game for VR?
The Panzer Dragoon games are indeed a continuing story -- the third game is an RPG after all, but the story is told over multiple games and is slow until the RPG. The main driving story in the games is a reoccurring cycle, individual games are separated by hundreds of years. Long, long ago, society ended in a devastating war which ruined the planet. All old technology was lost, and humanity reduced to nomadic tribes that are on the verge of extinction. Parts of the remaining humans have formed a small empire, which has been digging up ancient artifacts looking for lost technology to rule the world. It's in this setting that a pair of dragons keep re-emerging over the centuries following the same pattern. A blue dragon chooses a "rider" to bond with, with the goal of stopping a black dragon from reaching an enormous tower. The nature of the black and blue dragons, the purpose of the tower, or why the dragon compels you to stop the black dragon from reaching the tower, are the central mystery to the games that get explored over time. Panzer Dragoon comes first, Panzer Dragoon Zwei is technically a prequel, and Panzer Dragoon Saga is the finale to the story. You don't need to pay attention to the story in the SHMUP games at all, though. They're told through cutscenes between levels.
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Thread What is your dream game for VR?
you have two attacks in Panzer Dragoon. You play as the rider, who has a gun, which can target ala Star Fox. But you can also lock on by painting over enemies, which causes you to lock onto them, which makes the dragon attack multiple enemies at once. They haven't said if Panzer Dragoon VR will be first person or third person, but most assume first person because of how the original games worked. The big draw of Panzer Dragoon is the ability to look in 360 degrees, so they're perfect shmups for VR.
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Thread Sega are pretty impressive publishers don't you think?
People don't realize, but they are also prolific publishers in japan. In japan, most western properties tend to be published by Japanese companies to help sales. Sega publishes a lot of things people don't realize, like much of EAs games over the years. Example:
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Thread Was Lemmings not as big as I remember it was?
People keep saying if you had an Amiga, you played lemmings. But really, lemmings was EVERYWHERE. If you had ANYTHING that played games, you played lemmings. It was one of the most widely ported games ever. I remember also playing lemmings quite a bit on my Sega Genesis back in the day. They used to run full page ads in GamePro for lemmings 2 for several months in a row. They even had a promotion with Blockbuster Video in the USA with a huge prize give away.
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Thread Was Lemmings not as big as I remember it was?
I'm american, and I played the shit out of lemmings. Together my dad and I beat Lemmings, and Oh No More Lemmings. We also got really far into Lemmings 2 but never finished it. I also have a huge soft spot in my heart for Lemmings 3D. The little voices are so cute. "Buildah! Bashah!"
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Thread Was Lemmings not as big as I remember it was?
DMA Design are quite literally rockstars. Like, in the most literal sense. They are Rockstar games. The make GTA and red dead and such. Sony owns lemmings, that's why you don't see it ported everywhere anymore. They took the rights when they bought Psygnosis. Like almost all Psygnosis properties, Sony is just sitting on them and never uses them.
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Thread Naughty Dog Deserves To Spring Leaks Forever (The Jimquisition)
This is very dumb. The people he's sticking up for that he claims Naughty Dog deserves leaks for harming, are also harmed by these leaks. Leaks are demoralizing, they make crunch even , because it removes one of the very few uplifiting parts of the job. Proper reveals are exciting for developers. There is nothing good here. Nobody is out there saying, "hooray! The thing I've been literally killing myself over has been spoiled in a text dump on a forum/through youtube/whatever." Nobody.
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Thread Is an understanding of mathematics all that relevant for game development anymore?
I agree that people need encouraging. But I also think part of that is demystifying math. You need math to do computer programming. The trick is that math isn't impossible to grasp, it's just that most people are only ever taught it terribly, in high pressure situations, without purpose. Learning to love math is fun, people just need to be not afraid to try it. I think telling people they can avoid math when doing computer programming is sending the wrong message of encouragement. It's better to be honest, and part of that honesty is that they can pick up any type of mathematics if taught well. Unfortunately, finding a good place to learn is very hard, which is why topics like this are important. When I have trouble understanding a mathematical concept, one trick I use it to soak myself in lots and lots of redundant resources. I'll read a book or article or watch a video on it, and it won't make sense. Then i'll do another, from a different person, and it still won't make sense. Then another. Then another. And over and over, until eventually they all click into one concept. By using lots of resources in concert, it's like I can see further than any single source could teach me. In many ways, I compare it to stereoscopy -- each eye sees things slightly differently, but it's when put together that we perceive depth. So if someone tried learning one concept and it didn't go well once, don't despair. That is very normal for me. It's part of the process, I promise it'll click eventually, you just gotta try.
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Thread Is an understanding of mathematics all that relevant for game development anymore?
When I was much younger, and first learning about rotation, sin, cosine, etc, I wrote a program to rotate a bitmapped image (not quite drawing a circle, but same principle) and accidentally discovered the calculation should be run for every pixel x' and y' on the resultant screen, rather than every texel in the bitmap. My original implementation was to run the length/width of the pixels of the bitmapped image, for every texel, calculate it's resultant end screen position. The problem with doing that was it produced holes in the picture, due to the conversion from continuous representation in floating point, to discrete position on the screen (since you can't have half a pixel). So when I'd calculate out the end spot for each texel, sometimes they'd straddle half a pixel, and rounding errors would mean they would either go in one spot or the other. Occasionally, you'd have two pixels that would be like, just an example off the top of my head, 1.22 by 1.22, with the neighbor pixel being 1.44 by 1.44, and thus they'd both round to the same position. Example from an article I wrote on this long ago: This kind of rotational artifact is known as speckling. By working backwards, essentially sampling which texel should fill each pixel on the screen, I'd produce images without holes. Fun times, that's the kind of stuff you only really grasp if you play with the concepts and see the failure. Failure is a good thing, it'll teach you way more than constantly being right.
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Thread Is an understanding of mathematics all that relevant for game development anymore?
I'm not talking about under the hood, I'm talking pragmatic thinking. Things like scale conversion, "if my character is X units high by Y units wide, how big should a car be in relation to have appropriate scale" or things like "how to evenly bisect a shape into thirds," things like that. Math is inescapable. Even if you're not using pen and paper, you're still using the concepts. You can't avoid them, even if you don't realize you're using them.