Out of the Blue

Today is the 18th anniversary of the release of Doom 3, as the first-person shooter sequel launched on this day in 2004. The logo now adorning our desktop view is Walter "2" Costinak's tribute to the game that eventually taught us the life-saving value of duct-tape. This actually pre-dates the game, as it first appeared here in June 2002. Hats off to Steve for updating it to fit our current format.

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DOOM 3
Aug 7, 2022, 13:51
Ant
 
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DOOM 3 Aug 7, 2022, 13:51
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 Ant
 
I still have my retail purchase!
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Re: How to stay cool without an air conditioner
Aug 4, 2022, 09:13
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Re: How to stay cool without an air conditioner Aug 4, 2022, 09:13
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Nucas wrote on Aug 4, 2022, 08:45:

hahahah dude a friend of mine lives in new mexico and just told me about "swamp coolers". its like an air conditioner or something with a humidifier built in? he was trying to explain it to me and i just wasn't getting it; i've lived on the coast my whole life where 60% is considered low humidity.
Evaporative coolers work great when the humidity is low, with diminishing returns as the humidity rises above 25%.
Out here in the desert it's not uncommon to see a model similar to this hanging outside a window. They come in all designs, shapes and sizes.
Plumb water to them. Lubricate the bearings once a year. And replace the pads as needed, probably once a year. Frequency depending on how hard your water is.
How they work https://youtu.be/6ooAAcsbf_0
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Re: How to stay cool without an air conditioner
Aug 4, 2022, 08:45
Nucas
 
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Re: How to stay cool without an air conditioner Aug 4, 2022, 08:45
Aug 4, 2022, 08:45
 Nucas
 
Simon Says wrote on Aug 3, 2022, 14:55:

Useless tips in a humid climate.

They only work in a dry one.

hahahah dude a friend of mine lives in new mexico and just told me about "swamp coolers". its like an air conditioner or something with a humidifier built in? he was trying to explain it to me and i just wasn't getting it; i've lived on the coast my whole life where 60% is considered low humidity.
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Re: James Webb Space Telescope depicts Cartwheel Galaxy in stunning detail.
Aug 4, 2022, 06:36
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Re: James Webb Space Telescope depicts Cartwheel Galaxy in stunning detail. Aug 4, 2022, 06:36
Aug 4, 2022, 06:36
 
Woot! A new desktop background.
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Re: OotB: Doomed!
Aug 3, 2022, 23:39
Jivaro
 
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Re: OotB: Doomed! Aug 3, 2022, 23:39
Aug 3, 2022, 23:39
 Jivaro
 
RIP Vin Scully. As a lifelong fan of the Bay Area teams, the Dodgers are the most hated team in baseball for me....and yet they had a Top 3 announcer (if not #1) for far longer then my lifetime and he was amazing in every way that he brought the game to the listener/watcher.
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Re: OotB: Doomed!
Aug 3, 2022, 23:00
Jivaro
 
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Re: OotB: Doomed! Aug 3, 2022, 23:00
Aug 3, 2022, 23:00
 Jivaro
 
I read today that MTV turns 41 years old today. That blows my mind until I remember my own age, do the math.....and yeah...that's about right.
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Re: OotB: Doomed!
Aug 3, 2022, 17:25
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El Pit wrote on Aug 3, 2022, 17:06:
18 years ago, they made a game with incredible graphics... and then they turned off the light so that you cannot see the miracle graphics! Also, you could either use a flashlight or your gun. Because on the whole huge station, duct tape had been stolen by the demons. I think this was what annoyed me the most back then about Doom 3.
Exactly !
But that weird choice was forced by engine/hardware problems.

I grabbed one taped flashlight mod that came out, modified its code to 180 degrees ligth cone, *no* darkness anywhere.
So I could see all those locations in their magnificient tech glory, starting in the hangar now entirely revealed with floating spaceship.

Funny thing, in many places I encountered supposedly invisible demons crouching in corners and picked them off like ducks.
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Re: OotB: Doomed!
Aug 3, 2022, 17:12
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Aug 3, 2022, 17:12
 
El Pit wrote on Aug 3, 2022, 17:06:
18 years ago, they made a game with incredible graphics... and then they turned off the light so that you cannot see the miracle graphics! Also, you could either use a flashlight or your gun. Because on the whole huge station, duct tape had been stolen by the demons. I think this was what annoyed me the most back then about Doom 3.

At least in the later Doom games they had the fucking decency to have some Building Maintenance Demon put candles every fucking where and keep them lit.
"It's like you have a neon sign that just says 'raw dog me! I'm a bottom!'" -Queen Maeve
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Re: OotB: Doomed!
Aug 3, 2022, 17:06
El Pit
 
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Re: OotB: Doomed! Aug 3, 2022, 17:06
Aug 3, 2022, 17:06
 El Pit
 
18 years ago, they made a game with incredible graphics... and then they turned off the light so that you cannot see the miracle graphics! Also, you could either use a flashlight or your gun. Because on the whole huge station, duct tape had been stolen by the demons. I think this was what annoyed me the most back then about Doom 3.
"There is no right life in the wrong one." (Theodor W. Adorno, philosopher)
"Only a Sith deals in absolutes." (Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jedi)
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Re: OotB: Doomed!
Aug 3, 2022, 16:39
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Aug 3, 2022, 16:39
 
Kinda amazing! When I got dressed this morning decided to wear the shirt that was given out at midnight at some locations for DooM3. Something in me was curious so i looked up release date but only read the year as that was all i was interested in.

WOW! So just by chance I wore my Doom 3 shirt on the release date
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Re: How to stay cool without an air conditioner
Aug 3, 2022, 16:00
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Aug 3, 2022, 16:00
 
Doom 3 is one of the games I've most replayed, and I'll keep doing it.

Also absolutely recommend the brilliant Phobos 2 episodes at moddb.com, a full new game really, like a cross of Doom 3 and Half Life (action plus observation and thinking).

There are 2 connected stories, an eerie introspective one and the Phobos campaign.
https://www.moddb.com/mods/phobos/downloads

Beware:
After the ending credits of Episode 1, the EP 2 did *not* begin (at least for me).
To go on to Episode 2, I brought down the console with "~" and input:
map ep1/e1m3_1.map, and "Episode 2 Disruption" began exactly from where EP1 left off.

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Re: How to stay cool without an air conditioner
Aug 3, 2022, 15:55
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Re: How to stay cool without an air conditioner Aug 3, 2022, 15:55
Aug 3, 2022, 15:55
 
Useful and logic tips really.
The only useless tip would be the water cooler thingie you could make yourself, and they clearly say it's for dry climates.

If you can pay for it, reflecting/mirroring films to apply in windows where the sun shines is good (if you can't go for hanging external awnings or somesuch, or internal in a pinch).
Plus in wintertime, reflective mirrored windows also help keep your rooms warmer.
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Re: OotB: Doomed!
Aug 3, 2022, 15:12
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Always liked Doom 3, it was (and still is) a graphical beauty. I remember it's never not been a controversial title, quite a few people still dismiss the game today which I think is rather sad because despite its flaws it's a solid title. That being said, Resurrection of Evil is better than the main game. So happy it's all Open Source nowadays.

This along with Far Cry and Half-Life 2 is why I have such fond memories of 2004

Also thanks Blue for always linking to old newsposts, they're such a nostalgia trip.

Hardline Mike wrote on Aug 3, 2022, 13:54:
I kinda miss the era of huge leaps in graphics quality every few years. Everything is so incremental now, and the popularity of multiplayer and open world games means performance, and in the case of open world games, the ability to display a lot of shit of moderate quality, and a wide install base is more important than graphics.

Yeah as a developer there are some noteworthy engine technology that are exciting, but as a player there isn't a lot to notice in terms of fidelity.

To be honest, the only events that really blew my mind in the last decade was the arrival of Oculus, and playing HL: Alyx in VR. It brought back that feeling of being excited for technology advancement which I've missed dearly.
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Re: OotB: Doomed!
Aug 3, 2022, 15:11
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Kxmode wrote on Aug 3, 2022, 12:45:
18 years since Doom 3? WAD!

I approve of this! lol
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How to stay cool without an air conditioner
Aug 3, 2022, 14:55
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How to stay cool without an air conditioner Aug 3, 2022, 14:55
Aug 3, 2022, 14:55
 

Useless tips in a humid climate.

They only work in a dry one.
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Re: OotB: Doomed!
Aug 3, 2022, 14:17
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Aug 3, 2022, 14:17
 
Unreal Engine 5 games can't get here fast enough.
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Re: OotB: Doomed!
Aug 3, 2022, 13:54
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Aug 3, 2022, 13:54
 
I kinda miss the era of huge leaps in graphics quality every few years. Everything is so incremental now, and the popularity of multiplayer and open world games means performance, and in the case of open world games, the ability to display a lot of shit of moderate quality, and a wide install base is more important than graphics.
"It's like you have a neon sign that just says 'raw dog me! I'm a bottom!'" -Queen Maeve
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Re: OotB: Doomed!
Aug 3, 2022, 13:09
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Bill Borre wrote on Aug 3, 2022, 12:37:
18 years since Doom 3? Wow. I remember it coming out and thinking how much the graphics looked like a step up.
They were an amazing, absolutely spectacular step up... 18 years ago.

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Re: OotB: Doomed!
Aug 3, 2022, 12:45
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 Kxmode
 
18 years since Doom 3? WAD!
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Re: OotB: Doomed!
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18 years since Doom 3? Wow. I remember it coming out and thinking how much the graphics looked like a step up.
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