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  1. Would be cool if we got a 44KHz edition of the sounds in this game. It was tough for machines to do in 1998 but less than nothing now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjDkRpDMuwk
  2. Question: How many capacitors can ypu pry out of a running computer and have it still work? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHzaDzwIl1E Answer, a lot more than you'd think!
  3. Shout out to the developers of Blender, it is one of the last few programs today that isn't out to trick me into things I don't want, Blender is not loaded with telemetry to be disabled in ten different places, and it doesn't install random extensions behind the scenes without my permission! It's like, the way software should be designed! You might think that this is a dig at Microsoft, but it's not. Even popular FOSS applications today are shamelessly doing all of the above. https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/16/16784628/mozilla-mr-robot-arg-plugin-firefox-looking-glass Somehow Blender has managed to become big and successful while still respecting the user! Now, they're even getting big donations from big game development studios! I myself am proud to have supported them by buying some material on disk!
  4. This topic reminds me of the other one I made. Anyway, how to actually make games better. * cut-scenes should be used sparingly, not every five minutes. Most of the time I should be interacting with the world and the characters in it, in real-time. My actions should actually impact things, which is harder to pull off with cut-scenes. * Come up with more genuine, innovative game ideas. Doom was innovative. Thief was innovative. They did something new, and they did it well. I like the idea of a game where you are a police officer and you have to figure out who to apprehend. That would work well in the Grand Theft Auto world/engine. And it would be more interesting than just another mission where the player has to clear out a building. * also think there should be fewer remakes. I mean, Tomb Raider has been remade like 3 times now. Doom has been remade 3 times as well, although Doom 3 was certainly very different from classic Doom. But just upping the visual quality and republishing a game from fifteen years ago is not... exciting
  5. Microsoft confirms users unable to switch out of Windows 10 in S Mode https://www.windowslatest.com/2019/08/02/microsoft-confirms-users-unable-to-switch-out-of-windows-10-in-s-mode/ Man, am I sick and fuckin' tired of features being passed off as bugs in proprietary, corporate software. They just always seem to line up with the business interests of the one who's pushing the agenda.
  6. You can also pop open the game files and listen to them at your leisure. They're in the tdm_sound_vocals.pk4 files, and a pk4 file is just a zip archive. You might need an Ogg Vorbis player, as support for it isn't built into Windows I think, so here's a good, free, small, no-nonsense one. https://www.un4seen.com/ Won't hijack your system and install other crap you don't want, won't serve you ads, and won't modify your file associations without you explicitly choosing to do so. In contrast to this, some big, well known media players will not only add themselves to your system startup, but put themselves back in there if you disable them!
  7. Dutch cheesed off at Microsoft, call for Rexit from Office Online, Mobile apps over Redmond data slurping https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/07/30/dutch_office_online_mobile/ "From at least three of the mobile apps on iOS, data about the use of the apps is sent to a US-American marketing company that specializes in predictive profiling." No, no, and NO some more!
  8. Would Archive.org host the game? I'm not as concerned about rapid downloads as I am about the game being around forever, long after the game site shuts down. And yes, I have a HUGE collection of Thief missions, 800 of them.
  9. This is great. My only complaint is that exploding barrels do less damage than they do in Brutal Doom. In BD, they were room clearers. You could especially kick them into a cluster of enemies and then detonate them. lol This project is what happens when you take all the cool and innovative features introduced in every game series and mash them all together. Dodging from UT, melee attacks and grenade tossing without needing to switch weapons from Halo, mantling from Thief (in next version), weapons with multiple functions/modes from... whatever game pioneered that feature first. And they do it all without slowing the player down one bit. Monsters are much faster and more aggressive now. It really is a completely different game from Doom.
  10. If TDM runs badly on the laptop, are you sure you are using the discrete GPU to play it (if applicable?). Getting Nvidia Optimus to work is a pain in the ass, but on my thrift store AMD+Intel laptop, I just run DRI_PRIME=1 ./thedarkmod.x64 and it runs on the AMD gpu rather than the Intel one, which indeed, struggles to play the game. Thief 1 and 2 run wonderfully under Wine. Thief 3 does run pretty well too, I think. But I don't spend much time with that game because of the severe bugs that were left in it, for example you get stuck floating and can't jump. That happens on Windows too.
  11. That is one hell of a long list. I think I grew a few more grey hairs just reading it. This is not a criticism of this thread, but rather the product/subject in question. And if you haven't seen it and you have a few hours to kill reading, take a look at this, which is the ongoing and updated motherload of everything that's wrong with Windows 10. https://itvision.altervista.org/why-windows-10-sucks.html 3400 comments... lol
  12. Yeah at first I thought it might have just been a reflection off of some infrared censor on the phone (cameras can see IR, humans can't), but you can clearly see that the blinking light in the mirror is stationary while the phone is being shifted around. IR light generally shows up as a purple on camera. They even have cameras that can see in the dark, and I'm pretty sure this is how they do it, unless you go with heat vision, which is way more expensive.
  13. Creepy! (someone discovered a flashing blue light behind the mirror in a public bathroom, and shows it in this video.) https://streamable.com/jp039
  14. These are the up-standing individuals who decide which travelers get thoroughly searched, and which don't. They also have a tendency today to demand peoples' passwords while we travel, something that would make Hitler proud. When you see them openly making crude comments about certain races, it isn't out of the question that those feelings also sway their decisions while they're doing their jobs. It doesn't matter what color the CEO is. When we're talking about a huge company, no individual that works there is ever accountable for their actions. When they get caught doing something bad, they just blame it on some low level guy who "didn't know what he was doing", as demonstrated below, and all is forgiven. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/10/27/accidental_music_monopoly_bid/
  15. German privacy commissioners ban Windows 10 and Office 365 in schools https://mspoweruser.com/german-privacy-commissioners-ban-windows-10-and-office-365-in-schools/ It's really fucked up how the media here in the USA runs stories 24/7 about how Chinese companies are spying on everyone, while we ourselves are simultaneously doing it to the rest of the world via American products. I'm not sure how the logic behind this works, "when someone else does it it is wrong, when we do it it is right?
  16. I already spelled out that companies deliberately mislead people into thinking they are buying a product (by using that very word), and then they hide unconscionable terms in a huge agreement that few have the patience to read and fewer understand. They also generally wait to spring this agreement on you until they have your money! Other things they're fond of, are inserting terms and conditions that they know are illegal and/or unenforceable in order to confuse and mislead the consumer. Examples include forbidding repair by third parties or mandating arbitration in the event of a dispute. I am not here to debate morality, I'm here to say that I'm officially done putting up with, supporting and financing their bullshit, as I have more respect for what dropped out of my behind yesterday than I do for them. On the subject of racism in justice... https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/07/12/cbp_facebook_group/ And on the subject of political satire/humor, another example that really cracked me up was the episode of The Simpsons where they went to military school. The drill instructor said "Well, seeing as you attended public school, we're going to assume you're already proficient with small arms, so we'll start you off with something a little more advanced." We in the US unfortunately outrank every other country in terms of school related attacks. It's so bad that if you added up every other country in the world, there are still more of them occuring here.
  17. kano

    Raspberry Pi 4

    This thing looks cool, but sadly they F'd up the USB-c port, so some USB adapters will not feed it any voltage when plugged in. But I'm guessing we're to the point now that it would run TDM reasonably well, especially the 4GB variant.
  18. One thing that gave me a good laugh was the ISPs demonizing Mozilla for enabling secure DNS queries by default in Firefox. The punchline of this joke is of course that the Edward Snowden disclosures showed ISPs working so closely with clandestine surveillance programs to spy on Internet users. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/07/06/mozilla_ukisp_vallain/ I'm in the US, and we have things like: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Room_641A
  19. Anybody staying in contact with him? If so, how's he doing? What is he doing? Is he still working on Thief/TDM stuff, or did he leave the scene? I did some research and from older posts he made, it seems as though he wasn't a big fan of TTLG, so probably won't be seeing him there either. I do miss seeing him around and his input on various subjects (not necessarily game related subjects), but I understand why he was banned so I do not wish for this to become another thread discussing the ins and outs of that decision. There was already a thread for that, let's not bring it over to this one.
  20. So if I sold you something, and then I came back later and just took it away while leaving money on your table as compensation, does that make it okay? Does that make it not theft? Maybe you want what you bought more than a stack of money. If that wasn't the case, maybe you wouldn't have bought the item in the first place. And maybe, just maybe, I have no business doing anything like that without your permission. Just because both political parties' sole mission is to suck off corporations all day long, and they have managed to work the system so that they can arbitrarily revoke something after selling it to the consumer whether he/she likes it or not as a result, that doesn't make the practice any less reprehensible, or any less an example of theft. Stealing someone's car and leaving them the value of the car... is still theft. "I needed that book to finish my school work." or, "The new version has been altered, and I don't want it, I want the version I originally agreed to buy." or, "the author has decided to pull it from circulation, and the only people selling it now are scalpers, charging 5x what it used to be." or, "The ebook industry has been caught in (another) price fixing scandal, and that book is now double what it used to cost." In all of these cases, I don't want a stack of money, I want what I bought. They had no right to arbitrarily take it away from me. References: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/mar/07/apple-450-million-settlement-e-book-price-fixing-supreme-court https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rage_(King_novel) https://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/07/books/07huck.html This problem goes WAY beyond video games, which are just trivial entertainment. Books are used for WAY more than that. But these heavy handed business tactics are manifesting all over the place. Doubtless that you will reply that it is okay that they took content away from customers because the customer only paid for a license to read the book. And I will point out that they happily use misleading terms and phrases all over the marketing material, like "buy it now", "weekend sale" etc etc. The bit about them being "very rich and very white" and getting away with doing this to consumers is called political satire, given that our "justice system" in the US has been shown to be biased, as I referenced before. It's called humor, and poking fun at the system. At the end of the day, opinions differ. We can agree to disagree and that's fine. Mine is that (never-mind the heavy handed and unscrupulous business practices), the stuff they pump out today is so terrible that it isn't even worth downloading for free!
  21. My point is that corporate thugs (and other powerful people) regularly get away with things that would land an average person without billions of dollars in serious trouble. Selling you stuff and then disabling it, deliberately designing user interfaces to deceive or mislead you into doing or accepting things against your interest (there's a proper name for this, it's called a dark pattern), continuing to collect data about you after you have explicitly opted out (this one violates rules regarding wiretapping for sure), yet, the only people who ever get punished for doing any of the above, is the little guy. Consumers are too dependent and obedient like a drug addict to take a stand against bad behavior by ceasing to support huge corporations, because they just have to play the latest installment of Halo or Madden, and thus, the descent to hell in the technology sector is both in full swing and unstoppable.
  22. In the USA, the justice system has a reputation for being racially biased. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/11/16/black-men-sentenced-to-more-time-for-committing-the-exact-same-crime-as-a-white-person-study-finds/ And that is before we bring money and political power into the equation, something that probably sways the justice system in favor of the offender in every part of the world. Thus the above statement.
  23. I don't actually know when this all got started. Companies were doing it ten years ago, at least! https://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/18/technology/companies/18amazon.html If you know of an earlier example of this happening, then do share it, I want to know. Companies do this admittedly very rarely, but they have rigged the system so that they can do it to you whenever they choose, for any reason they desire. And that is not okay.
  24. https://old.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/c7rblr/ebooks_purchased_from_microsoft_will_be_deleted/ Today, some very rich, very white men reserve the right to take content away from me and delete it from my computer after I've paid for it. Here, we see such a practice in action! I am morally opposed to a world that works this way. If you sell me something and then you take it away from me tomorrow without my permission, that is called theft, I don't give a fuck how you justify confiscating what you sold to me, it's still theft plain and simple, you are depriving me of something that I acquired from you up front. That's without getting into the spyware concerns with these games that require an Internet connection to play, not only so that they can take it away from you at any time in the future, but play loose with your privacy and personal information too! https://www.polygon.com/2018/6/20/17485762/red-shell-spyware-pc-games-controversy-steam And then we come to my personal opinion that most games today just suck balls and aren't worth playing. The developers and publishers care less and less about what fans of the franchise want, because they know that millions will still buy the game regardless, which is why you see games with no level editing tools and now in some cases not even a jump button, because jumping means freedom for the player, which means more work for the developer! As the player you are just on rails and it's little more than an interactive movie, sometimes with cut scenes that cannot be skipped. You either can't modify the game, or doing so is extremely limited.
  25. On House of Theo, I knocked out the guard patrolling outside. Then I threw him off the side, down to where you start the mission. This is plenty far enough to kill me (the player) but when I fly down there, he's still alive. Shouldn't knocked out AI's suffer from falling damage too? I don't know if Thief 1/2 did this, but I do know that if you knocked someone out and dumped them in water, the game would credit you with killing them and you would fail if the mission objectives prohibited it. Actually I do think knocked out AI's in that game did suffer falling damage as well. EDIT: Just tested, Thief 1 AI's still do take damage when you drop them while they're unconscious.
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