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Signed On May 21, 2000, 15:34
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - FINAL FANTASY VII
21. Re: Steamships Ahoy - FINAL FANTASY VII Jul 4, 2013, 18:05 Tom
 
JeffD wrote on Jul 4, 2013, 15:08:
Its good.. but still not the same. There are custom instrument sounds in the game that didn't carry over well to midi instruments. On the flip side the horns and strings were horrible on the ps1 version. I had a roland sc-55 at the time ff7 came to pc, but these days I have played the midi tracks using high end 100-200 meg soundfonts.

Those MIDI files were specifically designed for Yamaha's proprietary XG standard. Those files were crafted not only to target particular sounds, but also the attack/decay/sustain/release characteristics of those sounds, as well as the way the synth interprets volume changes and other events affecting the sounds of notes in progress. Even the best Roland synth or biggest soundfont can never do justice to the intent contained within those MIDI files.

Unfortunately, hardly anyone ever had a true XG-capable synth. I believe an XG soft-synth was bundled with the original FF7 PC release, but it had limited OS compatibility and was still lower quality than a hardware synth. I think they even compromised on output sample rate because it was so long ago...
 
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News Comments > Independence Day Consolidation
9. Re: Independence Day Consolidation Jul 4, 2013, 12:06 Tom
 
NegaDeath wrote on Jul 4, 2013, 11:22:
Despite all the missteps MS has made these last few months I still can't believe they let an employee utter the words "Xbox One is built for advertising" to a website. They had to have known how badly that will be interpreted right? Or do they not realize? Or don't care? I'm not sure which is worse.

Ok, I RTFA AND the source it links to and I'm having a tough time understanding how "[Xbox One] is going to have advertising in mind" (what they actually said) equals "Xbox One is built for advertising" (what you said they said).

Seriously, I hate the XBONE as much as anyone (never owned an MS console and hope I never will) but I would suggest that folks stop putting words in their mouth. It just makes you look hysterical and reflects poorly on the Internet community. Not that we have much to lose there...
 
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - FINAL FANTASY VII
10. Re: Steamships Ahoy - FINAL FANTASY VII Jul 4, 2013, 11:20 Tom
 
Verno wrote on Jul 4, 2013, 10:20:
Just a PSA, this is the ancient PC release with the shitty midi soundtrack

Played properly by an XG-capable synth, that MIDI soundtrack is legendary.
 
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News Comments > World of Warplanes Open Beta
14. Re: World of Warplanes Open Beta Jul 2, 2013, 18:19 Tom
 
Never heard of either of these before. War Thunder looked promising (great graphics!) until I started reading some of the criticism about using a stick. Apparently it's way unbalanced in favor of mouse users..?

http://forum.warthunder.com/index.php?/topic/43187-joystick-users-disgust/
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
19. Re: Morning Mobilization Jul 1, 2013, 19:08 Tom
 
Been using a Samsung Focus S (Windows Phone 7.5) for almost 2 years now. I still like it. It works great as a phone. As a handheld computer it varies. Some things are great, others are so-so, and there are annoyances. The browser is surprisingly good for being IE-based. It's more stable than say, Firefox on Android, and maybe even faster, but doesn't work with as many desktop versions of web sites. Works great with mobile versions though, and YouTube is fantastic with no app needed. Speaking of apps, you won't find the breadth of apps that exist on Android, but there are still a lot of good apps and they tend to function more consistently than Android apps. APIs on Windows Phone are more restricted, but that seems to have been relaxed some on Windows Phone 8 - for example, access to Bluetooth. And yeah, most apps don't have a quit option and the OS doesn't give you one, except to keep hitting the back button until you're back at the home screen and can't go back anymore. That does work but is kind of annoying.

Overall I'm still happy with the phone and will probably get another Windows Phone when the time is right. I've spent about 10 months so far with Android on the Nexus 7 and it's not bad, but feels primitive and clunky in many ways. This is a bad comparison but I'd say it's a little like using Linux instead of Windows on a desktop PC. More customizable, but more quirky, inconsistent, weird time-wasting stuff going on.

I think Windows Phone is best suited to someone who doesn't mind giving up a little control and flexibility in exchange for something that works quickly, smoothly, and is just generally a pleasure to use. Perhaps a middle ground between iOS and Android in that respect? But I haven't used iOS and have no desire to, so that's a total guess.

By the way, the tile thing is not just a gimmick. I much prefer it over the pages of icons/widgets I get on Android. I think people have to try both and actually live with them for a while to really determine what works best for them, though.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
3. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jun 27, 2013, 18:10 Tom
 
Ratty wrote on Jun 27, 2013, 10:43:
I've always suspected the govt has had a quantum computer for a number for years and can easily crack any common encryption. I'm wondering if some of those unreleased Snowden documents might reveal that.

Unlikely. From Snowden's Greenwald-moderated Q&A session with the public:
Mathius1
17 June 2013 2:54pm

Is encrypting my email any good at defeating the NSA survelielance? Id my data protected by standard encryption?

Answer:

Encryption works. Properly implemented strong crypto systems are one of the few things that you can rely on. Unfortunately, endpoint security is so terrifically weak that NSA can frequently find ways around it.

If the government actually does have such an extraordinary capability, Snowden does not seem to be aware of it.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
4. Re: On Sale Jun 23, 2013, 19:48 Tom
 
Yeah I grabbed the Huey and CA too, spent some time this weekend learning how to fly that thing. Fun stuff! The damage model is spectacular. Tossed a few miniguns and rocket pods on that sucker and went 1-on-1 with a friend on voice who was also flying a Huey. I was surprised to find that there's a flexible sight that gives you a targeting reticle you can freely move around. So you can actually change where the miniguns are pointing using a hat switch.

It sure is a different experience compared to flying the A-10C or P-51D. Nice to try something new and fly around so low to the ground, taking in the lovely sites of... Georgia.

Next up: canyon chase.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
34. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jun 22, 2013, 15:56 Tom
 
Voting in this country only gives the illusion of any sort of control over or participation in the system. One need not be a conspiracy nut or extremist to realize this by now. Only one who observes, reasons, and holds accountable.

There is no good candidate, no change, no hope, no chance to turn things around. Only the gradual waning of a once great country's day in the sun. Another country sunk by the ever more brazen corruption of its bureaucrats and elected officials.

Or is this simply the perspective everyone gains as they get older?
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
14. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jun 22, 2013, 09:46 Tom
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jun 22, 2013, 09:40:
Amazes me everyone just gives Obama a pass on all the shit going on right now.

Please define 'everyone'.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 21, 2013, 17:42 Tom
 
Winamp is the best. Always has been, always will be.  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
2. Re: etc., etc. Jun 19, 2013, 21:46 Tom
 
Seems like EA Spouse was just yesterday. But actually it was almost 9 years ago...  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
5. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jun 18, 2013, 17:41 Tom
 
These stories smearing the TSA are amusing just because of the ever more ridiculous lengths that people will go to do it.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
5. Re: Morning Consolidation Jun 18, 2013, 14:12 Tom
 
Xbox One sucks but Gamestop sucks even more. Screw them.  
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News Comments > It Came from E3 2013, Part Five
8. Re: It Came from E3 2013, Part Five Jun 16, 2013, 15:51 Tom
 
Each generational transition has its own unique circumstances. As the expected lifespan of a generation increases, it is natural for the transition time to also increase. Cross platform infrastructure is stronger this time around. And yes, the "this gen is good enough" mentality, as with PCs, will affect everyone - consumers, developers, and the console makers.

I wouldn't take this as a sign of weakness of the next gen consoles. In time, there will be plenty of exclusively next gen games where the devs didn't want to be bound to the old console constraints that have been holding back PC gaming for years - 256/512MB of RAM, relatively ancient GPU, crazy architecture, etc. For games with simultaneous release on multiple generations, there will be sacrifices made on the weaker hardware, as has always been the case for multi-platform games.

Personally I'm not satisfied by the current gen's effective 720p max for 3D games, and the aliasing and relatively low-detail textures and geometry. The next gen will laugh at 1080p, and with 16 times as much RAM there's serious opportunity for better content. For some games the current gen is good enough, but definitely not all. I'll buy a PS4 in a heartbeat once they release a Ryuu ga Gotoku (Yakuza) game that takes advantage of the system.
 
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News Comments > It Came from E3 2013, Part Five
6. Re: It Came from E3 2013, Part Five Jun 16, 2013, 10:44 Tom
 
Duh, you wanna make $$$, you release to the largest installed bases. Why should they sacrifice their profits to do a "hard push to move everyone to next gen"? Makes no business sense, unless there's some special circumstance like MS paying them boatloads to do it.  
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News Comments > Three Assassin's Creed Games in the Works
3. Re: Three Assassin's Creed Games in the Works Jun 15, 2013, 01:57 Tom
 
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$  
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News Comments > NASCAR The Game 2013 Announced
7. Re: NASCAR The Game 2013 Announced Jun 12, 2013, 23:42 Tom
 
It's about the difference between racing the other drivers vs. racing the course. Ovals put all the emphasis squarely on racing the other drivers. Believe it or not, this leads to interesting and exciting things. Try actually doing it in a realistic simulation like iRacing if you really want to understand.

Or, you can choose to stay ignorant and post another comment about left turns. But then who's dumber - you or the rednecks?
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
5. Re: Nvidia says Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are great news for gaming PCs. Jun 12, 2013, 23:23 Tom
 
Well, see how Project Shield goes, eh?  
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News Comments > Mirror's Edge Reboot Announced
12. Re: Mirror's Edge Reboot Announced Jun 10, 2013, 19:59 Tom
 
Mikus_Aurelius wrote on Jun 10, 2013, 19:39:
"All footage from game engine"

Congratulations on writing a 3d engine that can render both games and cinematics. Now stop trying to mislead stupid customers into thinking that your game looks like a cinematic.

Congratulations on seeing your first game trailer. Now go watch a gameplay video. Seeing as how there isn't one for this Mirror's Edge game yet, maybe you should try the Titanfall one.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
10. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Jun 10, 2013, 19:19 Tom
 
ITT: jealousy and bitterness.  
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