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Crispy last won the day on December 21 2009

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  1. Woah there jdude. I get what you're saying, and to an extent I appreciate it, but please be careful about where this line of thought is leading. Are you saying that intolerance of homosexuality has to be tolerated simply because it's "cultural"? If so, what about a culture that doesn't tolerate black people? Or a culture that doesn't tolerate Jews? Should we tolerate those cultures? Sexuality is an immutable aspect of a person, much like race, or sex. Thus, if you argue for toleration of sexuality-based discrimination, then the same arguments can be used to tolerate racially-based discrimi
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    Alien Swarm

    The Tremulous scene was way too hardcore for newbies like myself, sadly. I loved the mechanics, but there was absolutely no mercy in it. Getting upgrade points for kills is a nice idea in theory, but leaves no room for disparate player skill levels. It really needs a way for new players to involve themselves without feeding the other team and becoming liabilities. Take some lessons from TF2 - if they pick the right classes, new players can always make positive contributions even if they suck. Experienced players are still significantly more effective, of course. And yes, it is a bit too fa
  3. Last time I checked vid_restart was a guaranteed crash, at least on my config (Windows, NVidia).
  4. I read somewhere that there were serious management issues. Every time a shiny new thing came out from another game developer, the head honcho would say "oh! wow! we must have that in DNF!" And the long-suffering development team would have to implement it. Over and over again. I can only imagine how badly that must have sucked. Basically his attitude was that DNF absolutely had to be the best game ever, at any cost. Well, it cost all right... Like any volunteer project, TDM doesn't suffer from management issues because there is no management. Nobody can force anyone to do anything, so th
  5. You realise that every source you try most likely gets their data from the same place, right? The high and the low are forecasts, whereas the actual number is real data from the field. That would explain the discrepancy - the forecast was just off (big surprise, I know). From those results, you could infer that the high might also be lower than predicted. If they sanity-checked the data, you'd lose that cue.
  6. Well, I'm not sure I could write a reference for someone I don't know... Couldn't say, but it certainly didn't hurt. Yep. It's pretty common. My second choice of employer actually had a fully open-plan office; like cubicles, but without the dividing partitions. I don't mind it; makes it easier to talk to people, and I'm up in a corner surrounded by partitions, so there's sufficient privacy for my liking.
  7. That is frickin' awesome. I glanced at Recast a little while ago and it sounded pretty good. How's it treating you? Well, yeah. It's a code library, intended for use by programmers, to be integrated into their own applications. Definitely not designed for end-users directly; not even for very savvy end-users.
  8. LOL, now there's a familiar name. My cubicle is adjacent to Jake's. Good luck! Study hard, build up a great portfolio, and practice practice practice! BTW, it's called "the Canberra, Australia arm of 2K Marin" now, get with the program.
  9. If they manage to connect, and if you've shared the files out, then yes. Note that this is true of all networking technologies. Wired Ethernet networks can still be physically tapped into (and usually aren't encrypted). Best strategies for mitigation are: 1. Don't let people connect: Use WPA2 encryption and strong passwords to prevent attackers from connecting to your network in the first place. Follow all security advice in your wireless router's manual (if any). 2. Don't put sensitive files in folders which are shared over the network: Um, duh. An important corollary is don't share
  10. "By offering 56-bit DES encryption, it is also much secure than other home networking technologies such as wireless Ethernet." LOL. 56-bit DES encryption is hardly secure. Back in the days of WEP this was probably true, but WPA2 is (believed to be) much more secure, if properly configured.
  11. There is probably some truth in that, in general, but that's only if one actually does "abandon" one's rights. Activision could certainly have signed an agreement giving a specific group of people the right to create that single game without harming their legal ownership of the IP. They do that kind of thing all the time with professional development studios, after all. What did that poor straw man ever do to you?
  12. If by "tons" you mean "a few pieces of concept art and one half-finished, untextured model" then sure, most mods do create "tons" of artwork before dying. Let me clarify my meaning: Making lots of good artwork takes a lot of time and effort. If you're willing to compromise on either quantity or quality (or both) then you can get it done a lot faster, but you run the risk of having a game that looks crap and/or repetitive. What greebo said about the code is true as well. You're right that starting from TDM as a base would give you a lot of stuff already. But it does sound like you're und
  13. You lost me after this line. Somebody call up all the game development studios in the world and tell them they can fire all but one of their artists - after all, it's not difficult work!
  14. To be fair, I should admit that there is a potentially legitimate issue for Activision here: Since they don't hold the purse-strings on this one, they have no control - in particular, no quality control. Even though we know it's a fan project, it's quite possible that someone would say to their friends "hey guys, check it out, a new King's Quest game!" Their friends download it, play it, decide that the quality doesn't meet their standards, and decide that the series as a whole sucks. (Stupid thing to do, I know - but have you ever read the comments section on YouTube? ) That damages the brand
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