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  1. Personally I always thought of TDM as a game. However, technically, when you absolutelty have to classify it, I guess it is what we always said it is. A toolkit. But this is from a developer perspective. From a player perspective it is a game, because you can download a map and start playing it. For the majority of poeple it may be usefull to think of it as a game, because they wont delve into the details of it anyway. It mostly depends on what you define to be TDM. Is TDM the whole package? Or is it the original mod we started many years ago? Is "Thief" the whole package of each and every map
  2. There seems to be a free version of Shroud as well, so we could add it to TDM. http://www.ogre3d.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=65004
  3. I find it a bit funny if somebody says that game developers should listen to their fans, while at the same time complaining that games tend to become more and more money oriented, because in my opiniont these two are interconnected. You can either develop a game because you have a vision, or because you want to make money. If you have a vision, then you should try to implement it the way you intend it to be. Of course there are certain aspects that you may have to get frmo the outside if you want your game to be enjoyed by lots of poeple. But this is mostly in regard to technical aspects (
  4. If you already know C++, Java is not a big deal to learn. And the C++ skills can benefit using Java because it is really object oriented.
  5. Right! I don't really understand why devs want to control every aspect of our gaming experience. I consider it a well designed game, if a game can handle those type of things that the devs did NOT anticpate and still as a player getting fun out of it. So why block this like a holy grail? That's one thing I really love with Painkiller. You have really nice architecture and if you see some spot you can try to attack it. If you manage it, you get rewarded with a feeling that you managed something that not everbody can do and the game doesn't stop you. This way you can spend a lot of time even aft
  6. That's SO right. When I played "Alan Wake" there was a scene rather early on, where you had a fantastic view over a mountain lake. I enjoyed it so much, that I didn't even get past the savepoint for quite some time, because you can not go back anymore after that, unless you start a new game of course (did I mention that I ABSOLUTELY hate this kind of savepoints?). Didn't like the game when I continued playing, because I ran into the "deadly savepoint" trap later on and this was a killer for me.
  7. In the january issue of Gamestar (German PC game magazine) TDM is on the DVD. There is a short article on the very first page as well praising it. They have articles on their website as well (all in german of course): Screenshots http://www.gamestar.de/spiele/thief/bilder/themengalerie/the_dark_mod,44861,97323.html Video: http://www.gamestar.de/videos/specials,20/the-dark-mod,72463.html Article: http://www.gamestar.de/spiele/thief/artikel/the_dark_mod,44861,3029213.html
  8. If you want to play a really tough game, then give "Dark Souls" a try. It's the first game I EVER played, where I don't even manage to get out of the "Introl" level, which is customarily an easy walkthrough to make learn the basics.
  9. That's a community project though, right?
  10. USB 3.0 is fast only if you use a whole USB 3.0 interface chain. If you have an USB 2.0 interface with an USB 3.0 HDD attached, then .... it is USB 2.0 speed.
  11. Can't say that I agree. Personally I like T4 better than TDS, which doesn't mean that I really like T4 in the context of Thief. I guess if I would have never seen T1/T2 I might like T4. Not compleltly, but still could enjoy it on it's own (provided the bugs are removed).
  12. Do I need this? Because I'm runing the 32Bit exe anyway, as I only have a 32bit system. I check it out anyway and see what this is.
  13. Looking at the game on it's own, I can see to what audience it appeals to. Unfortuantely that is probably not the audience we are having here mostly. I played now through the first level and reached the Clocktower. Well, the graphics looks nice. That "1920" looks seems to be mostly on the loading screens, which is not reall good, but well... Unfortunately my gaming experience is rather bad, because my machine seems to be lacking enough memory (4GB), so I have constantly lockups and have to wait until the machine can continue. Not sure if this is really a fault of the program, because on G
  14. I usually help all the AI to get a good nights sleep. Sometimes I try ghosting bust somehow I seem to lack the patience, especially if I have to get back and forth again. I don't kill if I can avoid it though, the guards don't get paid enough to deserve that. And who knows? If I have to come back in a later mission, maybe the remember that I don't kill them if they don't force it.
  15. I have played for complete loot occassionally, but most of the time I only play up to the limit, then try to find some extra, but usually not neccessarily hunt down ever last bit. Makes me happy though if I collect everything without having to search for hours for that missing bit.
  16. I finally managed to play the intro, and I thought I'm doing something wrong, because I immediately experienced this lack of control. The surrounding looks good enough, even though I don't really like this modern look. Makes me feel like I'm playing in some setting in the twenties, but the lack of control is really frustrating. I climbed on that beam outside the window and tried to fall off. Wow! I can't fall to my death.
  17. Well, I started out as a programmer, but my work has now shifted to project management (trying to get back to programming because I don't really like that so much). So my workday is only about computers. In fact, with our new office since last year I don't even have officially a desk anymore. Just a laptop...
  18. Can anyone explain what that shroud thingy is, you are talking about? I'm about to install thief right now, but I'm not sure if I can play it. The installer says I don't have enough RAM having only 3GB, while I have 4GB installed. So the minimum requirement of 4GB, means 4GB left free, which would mean the minimum specs require more than 4GB installed?
  19. If you want to take a look of T4 for the sake of modding it, why would you need assembly? You have to look first and foremost at the files that are there like INI files, maps etc.. No need to delve into the code unless you really don't get any further with what is there. If you would really take a look on the assembly level, then you have to be prepared to spend a GREAT deal of time understanding it and how it relates to the maps.
  20. Until recent, such a trivial fix would have been filed as optimization. No sane person would even get the idea that this could be made into a patent. I guess it has to be the twisted mind of a laywer or money grubber to file a patent for such "innvations".
  21. Will the downloadlink be put into our wiki as well? Woul dbe nice. I'm looking for the source and can't find it.
  22. YEAH! Finally it's there. I guess Carmack was just waiting for my birthday to release it. Thanks John, appreciate it! (German news site) http://www.heise.de/...-3-1383468.html
  23. I can only second that! That's why I allways prefer "real room" missions (aka Mansion) like the bank or the thieves highway, as opposed to "cave" or horror missions. I like to play a good horror mission as well, but on the total I prefer the non-horror ones.
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