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Everything posted by roygato

  1. Agreed. Both Volta-missions are some of the best TDM has. I'm not that big on tomb-raids or underground ruins, certainly not compared to mansions or cities, but Volta 2 was really fucking good. Absolutely, love these big sprawling missions, especially when they're this well designed.
  2. If anything, the tile sounds in Thief are absurd, it's like you're wearing high-heels. Always bothered me a little bit, even if it's exaggerated for clarity. Or what do I know, maybe everyone wears boots made out of literal wood, so it's as loud as humanely possible.
  3. Right. Well, turns out there are about a billion different handpans from other companies, and they are expensive as all hell. I'm just a fan of tuned percussion.
  4. That instrument sounds so fucking good. I almost wish this track didn't have vocals, the handpan alone is so cool. Klaus Schulze wasn't too bad either, the first track in particular was pretty good. May check some of his other discography out, not familiar. Thanks for sharing anyhow.
  5. Boy was I confused when I bought the SOEL 2 album back in the day, only to realize that version of this song only had Fabio on lead vocals. What a waste. Speaking of legends, I've been listening to Susumu Hirasawa lately. This was a pretty funny live show he concocted. I suppose it's like an evolution of a DJ gig, but just waving your hands at laser beams is very amusing to watch.
  6. Had to really pick my brain to figure out what would best fit under "re-adaptation". This is a classic. Basically a re-arrangement of several Mass Effect OST tracks, with original lyrics on-top. Such a great tribute to a great trilogy. This is one of these off-genre covers. I honestly don't believe you can fuck this track up. The melody is so good that you could make a redneck country jazz version and it would probably still be lit. In this case, Astrophysics trades the acoustic instruments and choirs of the original for some 80s synthwave goodness. It would not be that remarkable just off of that, but when the pace picks up at 1:00, it's party time.
  7. I see, that was the impression I was under. Or maybe I came to that conclusion by myself. In that case, sure, if the new one is how the game is meant to be played, then it by definition shouldn't be an "option".
  8. This is it exactly. If it's not in the menus, it might as well not even exist as an option. When I sit down to play a game, I don't start off by searching the internet for what obscure variables I may be able to hack into a different form. I look at the menus and see what the developers have deemed important enough to be customizable.
  9. Yeah? When I played, say, Dishonored and Prey, I sure appreciated having all the HUD customization options in the menus, as opposed to having to hunt down console commands in forums or wiki articles.
  10. Right, sorry. Perhaps this video might be useful. It's precisely about internal leaks, and the map is built using Springheel's modules.
  11. I believe this video by Springheel should answer all of these questions. I'd also recommend the whole series, very informative.
  12. "Bullshit" being these pissing contests. I'm not arguing his knowledge on the topics he knows. I'm arguing he's the only one whose MO it is to insult people, as opposed to letting it go or "being respectful". Again, if the mods choose to be hands-off, I'm more than fine with it, but the messaging is very mixed in this very thread.
  13. I get that, but doing unpleasant things is also part of being an adult. Sometimes you need to punish, when words fall on deaf ears, again and again. I think "everybody" is already doing that. It's just that there is one common denominator to all of these "bullshit" cases.
  14. I would say you do, when the punishment for that behavior is nothing. I've been following the discussion in this thread. Unless you have an example at hand, I'm gonna call bullshit. This is like an excuse a limp school administration will give when they let a bully go unchecked. "Man, if we punish him, his parents might call the papers, and that would be such a headache, so let's just say 'both sides' and call it a day." As little as my opinion even matters, I don't care if anyone in particular runs the gauntlet and insults every member in this forum, myself included, but I do care a little when the mods try and manage it with complete absurdities. Nobody is being mind-controlled to act as they do, we're adults here who can take responsibility for their own actions. Or words.
  15. It's not that hard when it's the same guy every time. Right, so there is no point to talking about spooky silent committees and bans. Either moderate, or let people be, but don't push the onus on us peons to manage someone else's negativity. No he can't, he'll go back and delete his posts if he gets reamed in an argument. The total opposite of "can handle it".
  16. The only one reinforcing anything is the "silent committee" for letting it continue.
  17. In case you want to have a look, here's a screenshot.
  18. Yes, this is the theory. I don't believe it would be the reality. I'd have a little more faith in the mappers than that. Pretty much. I never wanted or needed an automap in the missions that don't have it, but when it does appear, I don't mind.
  19. Indeed, but I was thinking in terms of map design, would the authors have done anything differently if the automap was not available through any means. Yeah, I'm strictly thinking of how Thief 2 did the automap. It's there if the mapper wants to use it, but I don't think it has been a hindrance, seeing T2's FM community.
  20. Talking strictly about the automap, I don't get it either. I checked the thread for The Painter's Wife, and didn't find a single comment from anybody complaining that it has an automap. I very much doubt the mission would be any different without it, although the authors can freely correct me. If TDM players are "intelligent human beings", what are the mappers then? Morons who will do poor work if given the chance? Thief 2 has this feature, it's completely up to the mapper to use it, and it has the best fan missions around.
  21. @Zerg RushYou might enjoy this. There's also a version with Einar Selvik of Wardruna. l'm not really into pagan ritual folk kind of stuff, but I just love this track. The vocal lines are so good, and some parts remind me of Human Revolution.
  22. I think objective markers/hand-holding trails are a tier-above minimaps and GPS-systems. GPS I don't have an issue with, if it's just for knowing my location. Thief 2 used the highlighted maps, which was fine. When playing labyrinthine games like Marathon or System Shock, I never lamented knowing where I am, nor did it kill the immersion. And you had to explore to uncover the maps anyway. That said, a minimap is just visual noise that I don't need or want, and it wouldn't feel thematically good to have in a game like Thief or TDM.
  23. I mean, if it's about clearly disliking something on the first listen, then sure, I almost certainly won't bother spending more time on it. But often I run into cases of uncertainty, where I need more time to evaluate it. Then again, especially in the past, I've had artists and albums that I absolutely hated on the first try, because I didn't enjoy the style at all, but then changed my mind on later. I don't know how that plays into their equations.
  24. I can empathize. During the old, more optimistic days, I was more than happy to buy albums based on one or two songs. These days I'll give the whole thing a few goes at least.
  25. Yeah, I don't have to like everything per se, but I tend to dismiss and forget about artists that only have a few enjoyable songs, even if those happen to be great.
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