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News Comments > 3D Realms Build Game Beta Testing
21. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 6, 2017, 11:54 Flatline
panbient wrote on Nov 6, 2017, 08:49:
Build / Doom engines were NOT easy to use. Sure it was simple to replace a sprite, but that's about as much of a 'mod' as applying flame stickers to the side of your car and telling yourself it'll move faster. Making a new map in those engines was rough, especially if you found yourself attempting to make legitimate 3d space.

Quake 1,2 (same with Unreal / UT / Lithtech) were the next step and the first really substantive 3d engines available to the public. Still rudimentary but at least you could place player accessible geometry over existing geometry for true 3d.

I remember Unreal editor being a huge step up because it used negative space for it's level design and how quake & doom if you had accidentally left even a minuscule part of your level open to the "outside" you'd crash. Unreal was all "Since you carve space out of an infinite block that doesn't matter any more!" and there was much rejoicing.
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News Comments > Morning Patches
1. Re: Morning Patches Oct 31, 2017, 20:21 Flatline
Holy crap people are *still* modding Redemption? Damn...  
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
14. Re: Morning Interviews Oct 25, 2017, 16:58 Flatline
NKD wrote on Oct 25, 2017, 14:24:
Beamer wrote on Oct 25, 2017, 12:09:
NKD wrote on Oct 25, 2017, 11:30:
"How Zoe Quinn capitalized on Gamergate and lived to take in Patreon bux."

That would more be that Canadian professor Jordan whatever. All he does is whine about identity politics, and makes an estimated $60,000 per month on Patreon to do so. $60,000 per month! I'll whine about whatever people want me to for $60,000 per month.

I think that guy came on the scene long after Gamergate died down. I hadn't heard of him until last year. He's more of an invention of the Trumpian green frog brigade. Makes sense, considering the Trumpsters are the right wing version of SJWs, with all the trimmings. Patreon VictimBux, identity politics, claiming that every accurate depiction of them is a strawman, etc.

That's the worst thing to come out of identity politics: The right discovering that it works better for them than it does for the left. They can make more money, and actually get people elected. There's never going to be some absurd SJW lefty who is going to pull a Trump and get elected despite being completely fucking incompetent. The strategy only works on the right because of the combination of identity politics AND majority voting power.

Sociologists recently have shown that conservative politics is almost directly related to fear and anger levels. Like liberals who are frightened swing right, conservatives who have their fear dissipated swing left in experiments. SJW kind of plays right into that.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
13. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 25, 2017, 16:49 Flatline
Beamer wrote on Oct 25, 2017, 11:17:
Bill Borre wrote on Oct 25, 2017, 10:59:
I thought Kinect was interesting technology. I could see how online gamers could use it to record their own combat animations to upload them to fighting games or mmos if games were ever developed to allow such a degree of user customization.

I wonder if the technology really doesn't have broad appeal or it just wasn't marketed adequately?

It didn't have broad appeal in that market in that usage in that manner. Lots of people enjoyed the Kinect on the 360, I know I did. Not frequently, but it made for some really entertaining party games. I still have photos somewhere from when I had it running in the corner of a Halloween party, and there were more than a few Saturday nights that a group of 4 or 6 would end up at my place around 1 am and do the dance competition games.

But Microsoft tried to force it before it was ready, which people resented (the whole launch was an issue, and Kinect was a symptom of the issue, but it got a lot of ill will.) There weren't really any hardcore games for it, and it's hard to imagine ones that could have been made. It was more for casual and party games.

The tech lives on. Microsoft is using it in Hololens and any other VR type headsets they're working on. Apple bought the company that made it and is doing some really cool AR stuff - measuring your room with your phone's camera is pretty badass. We'll see successor technology everywhere within 5 years. But I don't think we'll see a Kinect as it was. I can imagine it being part of VR setups, though.

Offloading the Kinect's calculations onto the 360 was a big mistake and was the death knell for it. They needed to keep the on board processor on it to eliminate the lag and the accuracy issues. The prototypes rocked, the commercial version sucked.

I hacked my 360 Kinect to face track on my PC and used it as a head-tracker alternative. It worked pretty well for that in Elite but was such a pain in the ass that I finally took it apart when I moved and didn't bother with setting it back up.
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
7. Re: Morning Interviews Oct 25, 2017, 12:05 Flatline
"How everyone from gamergate to game designers to game reporters to Zoe Quinn managed to prove that they are horrible examples of humanity and the games industry should be ashamed"

FTFM. The only thing that I got out of Gamergate is that the whole f*cking industry is scum, head to toe. Gamergate included.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
9. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 24, 2017, 14:07 Flatline
Retired wrote on Oct 24, 2017, 13:00:
Retails hitting Amazon through Whole Foods.

I drink the Amazon koolaid. That being said, I refuse to buy anything from Whole Foods. I will go to a coop before I spend money on overpriced crap at WF. I also don't shop at Lunds or Byerlys. Time and time again it is proven you are paying a premium for having carpet on the floor and them bagging your groceries for you. Even their produce in some stores as well as their meat was linked to the same places as Cub and Rainbow. Derp. (There was a huge lawsuit here in MN)

You're better off going to co-ops, carnicerias, and latino food markets. Better produce, usually better meat, and the co-ops have better prices on the staples the other two don't have.

WinCo for the win!
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News Comments > Destiny 2 Season Details
23. Re: Destiny 2 Season Details Oct 22, 2017, 17:57 Flatline
heroin wrote on Oct 22, 2017, 02:04:
Technically Marathon made Bungie. Their roots are in computer gaming not console trash

LOLOL I've never seen anyone defend PC Master Race with Mac gaming arguments. This is pretty good.
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News Comments > Op Ed
17. Re: Op Ed Oct 19, 2017, 19:00 Flatline
Creston wrote on Oct 19, 2017, 16:43:
jdreyer wrote on Oct 19, 2017, 16:02:
Also, don't forget that certain genres are almost always single player or primarily so like strategy. Civ, Stellaris, Cities: Skylines, Offworld TC, Total Warhammer, XCom, Endless Space, Homeworld: Deserts, all AAA games released over the past couple of years.

It's dead. DEAD I TELL YA.

There was a time when Gamasutra wrote decent articles. Now it's IGN level clickbait trash.

Back when I first encountered Gamasutra, it's focus was on the game creation industry, by industry workers. It felt like a trade publication instead of a general gaming site.

It's slid downhill over the years I agree with that.
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News Comments > Another Star Citizen: Squadron 42 Delay?
83. Re: Another Star Citizen: Squadron 42 Delay? Oct 19, 2017, 12:25 Flatline
Kxmode wrote on Oct 17, 2017, 14:46:
In other words, it is somewhat nihilistic and arrogant to put a great deal of faith into believing people who, with average lifespans of 70 years, say the sun will turn into a red giant and destroy the earth in 5 billion years. In contrast, I choose the Bible's positive message of a future where our planet remains forever powered by the indefinitely lasting power of the sun.

Compared to the arrogance of choosing to believe people who, when they wrote the bible, had an average lifespan of around 40-50 years, were basically sheep herders, and drilled holes in peoples heads to let the demons out when they had headaches and thought that illness caused by germs were acts of God or demons?

We just saw two neutron stars smack into each other using multiple detection techniques, proving part of Einstein's theories, and ushered in a new era of astrophysics.

It doesn't take faith to know what will happen to our sun, it just takes attention because we see it happening in the rest of our universe. If you're not looking, that doesn't make you right.
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News Comments > Another Star Citizen: Squadron 42 Delay?
44. Re: Another Star Citizen: Squadron 42 Delay? Oct 16, 2017, 17:42 Flatline
CJ_Parker wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 15:52:
HorrorScope wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 14:16:
So who gets there first?

This games promise or Elite Dangerous w/Expansions?

Seems like they are headed to roughly the same place. Elite has a working model in the wild, just needs to keep adding.

Get where first?

The games are conceptually completely different. Elite Dangerous is as sandbox as it gets. Take 100cr and do whatever you want in the (modeled after the) milky way galaxy with 400 billion (mostly) procedurally generated star systems.
It's also technologically completely different, relying a lot on peer to peer connections rather than everything being client/server driven.

It's apples vs. oranges or actually it's almost apples vs. cucumbers since both games have mighty little in common as soon as you start looking beyond the superficial similarities like the space setting.

A lot of the selling points for Star Citizen are already in Elite.

Sure, we're never going to get AAA+ FPS burrito shack management modules in Elite but they already implemented Multi Crew.
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News Comments > Another Star Citizen: Squadron 42 Delay?
31. Re: Another Star Citizen: Squadron 42 Delay? Oct 16, 2017, 13:59 Flatline
Porn-O-Matic wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 13:19:
Star what? Star Citizen? Never heard of it. [Gives zero fucks, then turns back to his No Man's Sky game already in progress.]

Meanwhile in Elite the Thargoids are invading and people are going apeshit.

And apparently they've hit a nice middle ground with cosmetic add-ons vs paid expansion packs, since we haven't seen a new expansion since 2015 but have seen new content.
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News Comments > CD Projekt RED on Cyberpunk 2077 Progress and Employee Dissent
8. Re: CD Projekt RED on Cyberpunk 2077 Progress and Employee Dissent Oct 16, 2017, 13:12 Flatline
Creston wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 12:27:
Witcher 3 is already kind of TOO big. Every time I play through it, I make up my mind that THIS TIME I'm going to do everything, and I never do. It's just too much. I'm kind of dreading a game that's even bigger.

I... haven't even finished Blood & Wine.

I keep intending to do a replay of W3 but my god it's a gargantuan game.
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News Comments > South Park: The Fractured But Whole Season Pass Details
2. Re: South Park: The Fractured But Whole Season Pass Details Oct 13, 2017, 22:12 Flatline
Your mom is selling season passes to the fractured but whole.  
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
2. Re: Saturday Metaverse Oct 7, 2017, 15:03 Flatline
Subscriptions are fine, but now you're having to put a monetary value on your content.

If every website I ever go to demands 10 bucks a month for reading a handful of stories, or even one story, a month, it's not going to happen.

I'd almost be willing to buy article read credits... 100 articles from a subscription service for say... 20 bucks. Or whatever. Read a wapo article and it deducts a credit. Read a WSJ article and there goes another credit. They get paid for content. If I want to subscribe to WSJ or Wired or whatever I can. If I read a lot it might pay to subscribe.
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
4. Re: Evening Interviews Oct 6, 2017, 16:26 Flatline
KezClone wrote on Oct 5, 2017, 21:04:
Still one of my favorites of all time though.


Pretty shitty start though. Once you hit Novac though the game starts picking up. Once you hit New Vegas proper the game explodes open and is a blast.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
13. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 6, 2017, 16:23 Flatline
Cutter wrote on Oct 6, 2017, 15:16:
I'm sure they could do it but how long would it take and what would it cost? If another hurricane comes through it'll just destroy all the solar panels anyway. JD has the right of it. In places like that you need to do utilities underground.

Well, the distribution grid probably needs to be underground. Although if it goes wrong it's harder and slower to repair at that point than above-ground apparently. It's not exactly just an upgrade over above-ground power.

Power generation is going to be above ground regardless. And Kauai is running almost entirely off of Tesla/Solar City solar right now so it probably is possible. It dropped the power rates from 30 cents per kw/h down to 11. Massive win all around.

The key with solar is that you can do smaller scale deployments relatively quickly. Instead of 6 months, you could feasibly get a hospital online in weeks let's say.

As for the panels getting blown away, *shrugs*. A warehouse full of them to replace whatever gets blown away is not a huge deal.

Tesla quietly partnered with So Cal Edison to develop something like an 80 Mw/h battery outside of LA to provide backup power for usage spikes and brownouts and stuff. 80Mw/h might be enough of a battery pack for all of Puerto Rico. You just need something, anything, to charge it.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
3. Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 29, 2017, 16:18 Flatline
So Nintento's console system can't handle online gaming worth a fuck.

In other news, water is wet.
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
18. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 26, 2017, 13:04 Flatline
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Sep 26, 2017, 03:00:

He'll spend a couple months behind bars, have some canned statement about going into rehab for his addiction and maybe release a book, and then be back at it, albeit probably a bit more carefully this time. His track record all but proves this outcome.

If this was his first time getting caught thinking with his pecker that would have been a valid path.

Dude has been caught cheating on his wife multiple times (which cost him his congress seat and his run for NYC mayor), sexting pictures of his dick out while calling himself "Carlos Danger", sending dick pics to women that included not just his schlong but his very young son, and now sexting a 15 year old girl.

He's like... several fuckups beyond public redemption.
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
10. Re: etc. Sep 18, 2017, 11:57 Flatline
Creston wrote on Sep 18, 2017, 09:21:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 18, 2017, 05:00:
1. Our election may have been tilted toward one candidate by our arch enemy, and we should just drop it?

I think it's actually pretty hilarious how worked up everyone is getting over it. The US has been interfering in foreign elections for 50+ years. We interfered in the Ukrainian election, directly influencing its relationship with Russia.

Now Russia did it to us, and everyone is all "OMG THATS SO UNFAIR."

What's good for the goose is good for the gander. :-shrug-:

(Of course, the result was terrible, but eh, do onto others etc.)

So.... your suggestion is to just lay back, close your eyes, and think of Ukraine?
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
8. Re: etc. Sep 18, 2017, 11:55 Flatline
deqer wrote on Sep 17, 2017, 16:09:
"Facebook hands Russia-backed ads to election investigators."

Really? ... Are we really pursuing this? My god, Hillary... just drop it. You lost; fair and square.

Yes. We are pursuing this and we should pursue this.

Let me put it this way. There's nothing that promises that Russia will back Trump in 2020. Russia wants chaos.
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