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  1. Depends. If you're talking about the money saved by passed the QA onto the public via the Windows Insider program and then mainstream use, I think it was the smartest move for Microsoft. If they actually cared about making a solid product and rebuilding their reputation for quality and reliability, then clearly not. But then again they have a locked-up market and for various reasons, there's no sizable movement towards other operating systems due to any of Microsoft's fuckups. At worst, people leave because mobile platforms are doing enough of a good job that it wouldn't matter what MS does with Windows. Basically there's no motivation for them to behave any differently. Anyone who was in a position to leave the Windows world would have probably done so by now.
  2. Not sure where I first heard of them, but there's a British group called Hybrid that does a lot of electronic music that I like. Some stuff of theres I can listen to endlessly...
  3. https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2021/08/31/windows-11-available-on-october-5/ It seems like a mostly incremental upgrade to Windows 10 along with some newer tech like Auto HDR and DirectStorage that wouldn't help me much since I play mostly older games on an older monitor. That said, it's a free upgrade and the plan is to start offering it via Windows Update to eligible machines in mid 2022, so you don't need to worry about waking up one day to find Windows 11 suddenly running after an unexpected update. Maybe worry about it in 2025 once Windows 10 reaches EOL. Anyway, just a news update for anyone who cares. I'm still not sure what to think of Windows 11 so far, based on what I've seen/heard. I use a start menu replacement in Windows 10 anyway so any limitations arising from missed/changed functionality should hopefully not be too bothersome, but we'll see. I have a TPM on my motherboard but it's currently disabled in the BIOS, so it seems like I can probably prevent Windows 11's installation entirely if I want until I'm ready. Then again I might end up moving eventually to Linux, who knows. I've been threatening to do that since Vista, but it's never happened for longer than a week.
  4. Xolvix

    Oh shit.

    BTW, after having a go at the rides and bumper cars, the Taliban then decided that oh yeah, that's entertainment, can't have that. It's all burnt down now: https://www.indiatimes.com/news/world/taliban-militants-have-burnt-down-an-amusement-park-a-day-after-they-were-enjoying-rides-547477.html
  5. It's worth nothing that you'll be able to put Windows on it if that's your thing. If the marketing is to be believed it's a full-blown PC with all the flexibility it affords. In some ways I consider that more interesting than the gaming aspect.
  6. There's also the potential for destroyed or at least damaged reputations. I don't know about anyone else, but in my experience I've found myself disliking people I used to respect, whether that respect came from things they've said in the past, or perhaps things they made and shared on the forum and community. People who normally seem perfectly well adjusted, friendly and welcome can have the absolute worst opinions about certain groups of people that are completely unjustified and extremely hateful, that you wouldn't have even realized they held unless they were provoked into a political discussion. Now I'm not talking about anyone in particular here; this forum is generally one of the better ones, but it's just something I've noticed about political discussion on the Internet - it seems to bring out the worst in people (not always, but often enough).
  7. Hey guys I haven't been here for a few weeks, what's being going o...
  8. I generally dislike TAA/temporal antialiasing because so many games implement it badly. It does do its job pretty well but as mentioned before, it creates a subtle ghosting effect during motion that plays badly with my eyes. In many cases if another antialiasing method isn't available I'd rather go WITHOUT antialiasing than suffer with TAA. That said, implementation is key. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has temporal antialiasing that seems to be reasonably well done and doesn't bother me as much as some other implementations. I suspect it also has a lot to do with the scenery. Far Cry 5 has TAA as an option and it blurs the shit out of grass/foliage in motion and really gets distracting. DXMD doesn't have much in the way of grass and fine scenery and has more suburban, lived-in architecture, so maybe that helps. TDM would be closer to rendering more of the latter so it could be tolerable, but please if you ever do it, keep the classic MSAA that's already there (which I use at 4x with no real problems).
  9. Damn, I remember hearing about Sir Taffsalot's story a while ago as well and how grayman made a mission in his honour. This sucks.
  10. As others have said it is most definitely possible for the AI to relight torches. It is a bit unusual for it to be the mapper's choice whether the AI can relight a torch or not, rather than the player being able to force the AI to do so (or not) under all circumstances with a menu option somewhere. It's certainly a surprise when it happens though, and definitely increases the difficulty if you don't knock out the guards (or are restrained from doing so due to the objectives).
  11. I'm 38, don't feel like it though (feel much younger, but who doesn't I guess). First computer we had was a Commodore 64, then later an Amiga 1000 and then 2000. The Amigas made quite the impression on me in my formative years, but unfortunately it didn't last forever and we finally moved to the PC era in I think 1994-95.
  12. Looks good, can't way to play it! Quick question though - those soft shadows are some of the nicest I've seen in TDM screenshots. Which shadowing settings were they set on (stencil or maps, shadow quality) and is it playable or requires a beefy machine? I've been sticking with hard stencil shadows (i.e. Doom 3-mode) for ever so I'm wondering if it's time to take the leap.
  13. @randomoneh Can you provide any more info about the screenshot? I assume it was saved with a filename somewhere, so maybe the filename is a clue? If you can find out when the screenshot was taken it might help narrow the timeframe as well.
  14. I was bored and tried searching for the image, but an image search using both Google and Bing failed to find anything directly matching it. It could be a developmental image that's on a site that's not being crawled by search engines or blocked because it's only open to donators/fundraisers. I even tried looking at many screenshots of various retro-flavored games but still nothing. There's some similar-looking retro stealth games in development, but not a single one has that distinct lighting icon at the bottom left that would confirm it.
  15. Still rocking my GTX 970. It's old but it certain has legs, and for the stuff I play it's normally quite good since I'm still on 1080p. The only game that's been able to brutalize it even on low settings has been Cyberpunk 2077, but my enthusiasm for that game has gone a bit timid at the moment so it doesn't bother me that much. I will eventually upgrade, but this isn't a good time for such purchases. I just hope it doesn't blow up and I need to purchase something quickly to replace it (knock on wood). That being said, I still run TDM using stencil shadows with no soft shadowing because things will start slowing down if I bump it up. But if I'm honest, the other reason I don't bother with soft shadows is because I can't for the life of me decide whether to use stencil or shadow maps! Stencil + hard shadows is classic Doom 3 which I like. If I'm gonna move to soft shadows though, I may end up waiting until the TDM devs decide which shadowing tech they want to solely rely on.
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