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  1. I finished the game now with an epic finale. Truly, an exceptional mod. Here are some screenshots I took while playing Enderal with a shipload of graphics mods. Spoiler-free https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pn3bwukgpr9pcqs/AAC3qv5iID_eOQ5NCh0utn_Sa?dl=0 Very mild spoilers https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qeezdnchqo962fr/AACm_gvYfCsY0Y_qArSMxNgva?dl=0 Spoilers https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qwh1l0q3w8w8l5q/AABVRIqctUBTDY_T9_88v8B1a?dl=0
  2. Consider it a special challenge for those who want it. The others can just pick an easier difficulty, so what's the problem here? Dark Souls would not have worked as well as it did if it was easier and allowed for quicksaves. It is the tension of being able to lose "everything" within seconds when you're not careful enough that makes players come back to the game again and again. It is exhilarating! Catering not only to casual players, but also to the hardcore-stealth players (like most Thief players think they are), who want a bit of a challenge, is a commendable thing to do in my book. So @kingsal, thank you for that! Please don't get discouraged by this minor backlash.
  3. Not being able to save at will creates a lot of tension, which might be desired by the mission author. As for me personally, I love the tension created by that. Every action you perform just carries that much more weight if you cannot reload right away and try again. Because of that, I always play with a very low "save game frequency" and only reload when I die. Not everyone thinks this way, obviously. Still, I would leave this decision up to the intend of the author.
  4. I finally gave Enderal a shot and this game is absolutely incredible. As a native german speaker, I use the original German version ofcourse, which features some really good voice acting. Almost all quest are actually quest-chains and very interestingly written. And the game has more in common with Morrowind than with Skyrim, which is a good thing to me. It could have been the perfect game, if they had described where you have to go in the quest text rather than relying on quest pointers, so that you could completely disable HUD and quest tracking, giving you that ultimate Morrowind feeling. It is an astonishingly good game regardless! As far as graphics are concerned, I modded the hell out of this game, as per usual with Skyrim. Right now, I have 60 mods installed About 10 of those mods relate to gameplay / quality of life improvements, but the rest is just graphics mods, which take my 3060 Ti down to 40 fps in some rather unoptimized scenes. Usually, I get 70-80 fps, 'though. It looks almost as good as some next-gen titles. Might post some screenies soon, if you want.
  5. I agree. Whenever I have questions about a game and cannot find a quick answer via google, my first instinct is to search for a Discord server. You usually get an answer in no time. Being able to interact with the devs and give feedback is also way more common via Discord than via some forums.
  6. I decisively reject to do any iOS support! Everytime I touched her phone when she had any problems with it, I got so angry about how stupidly closed-shut the whole system is, so that I decided I am not gonna do it anymore. If she wants technical support on her phone, she'll have to get an Android phone and that's just it!
  7. Yeah, she was really concerned about the watch 3 not working on her (hypothetical) future phone, so we ended up compromising on the Watch SE for 280€ and it made her really happy, so I guess the money was worth it. Anyway, I now realized, the fact that I don't understand the need for a smart watch, especially not one from Apple, has no relevance in this regard. If she wishes for one, I'll have to accept that, just like she has to accept that I spend tons of money on PC-stuff and games! I just hope it's not another gimmic that will be used for a few weaks and lands in the drawer afterwards.
  8. I profoundly dislike everything about Apple and their over-expensive products. That being said, my gf does not share that sentiment and she now wants to get an apple watch. You can get the old watch series 3 for a (barely) acceptable amount of money, but she argues that update-support might end soon, like it already did for series 1 and 2. So my question is, does that even matter? Will the Apple watch magically stop working with a more modern iPhone? I couldn't find any answers to this question via googling, as I kept landing on general troubleshooting threads.
  9. That is not entirely correct. When we started, we had two goals and two separate methods to achieve them: One, we wanted to move the surface-frobhighlight to GLSL in order to get rid of that damn material definition clutter, and two, we wanted to solve the brightness-issue (not seeing highlighted objects in brightly lit areas) with the frob-outline. Let's have a look at each of methods/goals separately now: Our new GLSL-surface-highlight allows us to remove the material definition, yay, but it does not work for all types of materials, because some materials require customization to work well! The dark outline-frob-highlight solves the brightness-issue, as the dark outline is perfectly visible in brightly lit areas, but a proper surface highlight is required so our frob-highlight also works in dark areas. So, to me, there is only one logical conclusion: We need a proper surface-highlight for all materials! That means, we have to retain material-based customization in some form, as I already suggested a few months ago. Yes, the implementation might be a little messier in our engine, but it would be the best solution for the player and that's would we should focus on, shouldn't we? The combination dark-outline and regular surface-highlight is objectively the best solution.
  10. I am excited for that game as well. Let's hope the recent controversy regarding a school shooting level will be resolved.
  11. STiFU

    Free games

    I have a key to give away for the "The Surge 2 - The Kraken Expansion", as I only used that DLC to press down the price of my "Focus Home Build Your Own Bundle" and I have no intention of playing that DLC. https://www.humblebundle.com/gift?key=sWmM5V4CG3ZrHRYd By the way, there are some nice titles to choose from, for your bundle: https://www.humblebundle.com/store/promo/focus-home-byob/
  12. I started skateboarding again after a 20 year hiatus. Whish me luck I don't break anything. πŸ˜„

  13. FYI: That 90% for the fist bump actually seems to be legit, according to this paper... ^^ https://safetec.com/blog/hand-hygiene/the-fist-bump-a-more-hygienic-alternative-to-the-handshake/?fbclid=IwAR3PzDEmgVEXJX8uDPR1VLvE5TJkzCeWR1rY_Il6TJx4RPAdLJPn2p76eKI
  14. There are a lot of really bad Corona rapid tests out there. As the virus is on the rise once again in Europe, I wanted to share this table of good tests with you. Stay safe people! https://www.eurosurveillance.org/content/table/10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2021.26.44.2100441.t1
  15. I finally got around to play Prey and I truly loved it. It is an incredible homage to System Shock and Deus Ex. While the gameplay is not en par with those two titles, the game makes up for that with its well written lore and story. The whole "world" just feells so authentic and it features a ton of really god environmental story-telling. Recommended for every immersive sim fan, i.e., everyone on this forum.

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    2. Xolvix


      It's not really a stealth game, or at least the stealth is only there to help you get a better tactical position to take out enemies. There's no reason NOT to kill the Typhon because it's the primary method of getting raw materials for a rather important item. If you don't like the combat, just level up Combat Focus and you'll be completely unstoppable, it's probably the most broken of the powers. Also I feel the gameplay is in some ways superior to Deus Ex if only because of the wide variety of ways you can tackle objectives and explore the station. Someone else explained it here: https://old.reddit.com/r/truegaming/comments/r5ottl/the_amount_of_ways_you_can_work_your_way_around_a/

    3. STiFU


      Oh boy, you could do things in oh so many ways in Deus Ex 1. Aside from that, you had actual stealth there, you had more melee and ranged weapon options and the levels were very open-world like, with tons of options to achieve your goals. Granted, that's not as much the case with the more recent titles, but I specifically meant Deus Ex 1.

    4. STiFU


      @EpifireΒ the DLC is also excellent, but you should have the mechanics of the main game down before trying it. I'll just quote my Steam-Review:


      The DLC is so different from the main game that it deserves its very own Review. It borrows the gameplay mechanics from Prey and wraps it all in a rogue-lite experience, which somehow works surprisingly well. That is, unless you're looking for a deep story. While each of the 5 playable characters you can unlock has a nice little story quest chain (that you also have to unlock first), there really isn't that much story to tell here. That being said, I still loved the DLC, as the 5 characters with their different skilltrees force you to play the game in other playstyles than what you were used to. The game poses quite a challenge at first, but after some time, you figure out its mechanics and can bend them to your will so that you finally escape with all 5 characters in one run. πŸ™‚


  16. We are taking our son on his very first holiday trip to see the sea for the first time. πŸ™‚ Will be back in a week.

    1. Garreth


      My first time was magical, strangely there where not that many ppl on the beach and we had a cooler with lemonade and sanwiches with cheese, best day ever

    2. jaxa


      It's nice to find a nearly abandoned beach... usually when it's winter.

  17. Shouldn't the old sound slowly fade out, eventually resolving this issue?
  18. I just watched this interesting talk on how an indie studio implemented DevOps processes to increase their software quality and productivity. There's some really good advice in there, so I wanted to share it with whomever interested.
  19. No problem. Just please bear in mind that these "internal backups" won't save you from fire-/water-/lightning-hazards, so you might want to consider some remote backup solution.
  20. I have just played a little bit of Unreal 1 just for the giggles. It's been 23 years or so since my last visit to Na'Pali and that game was the first game I played on my first very own PC. Man, that game looked awesome back in the day. And I have to say, to some degree, it still does. The lightmaps, lensflares and detail textures all work really well to hide the age of the game. The low poly count not so much, however!
  21. Live the idea of the contest!! Very good! Nbohr's posts always look like this these days and I always wonder how he does it. @nbohr1more do you write your posts in some other editor and perform manual linebreaks (and maybe even have different lineendings than what the forum expects)? Edit: I just copy pasted the post to notepad++ and enabled showing of whitespace characters. What are you doing there mate?
  22. I know that feeling. About 15 years ago, I had been working on a TDS map for 3/4 of a year. I lost it all due to a HDD crash, and as young and naive as I was, I did not have any backups. I was devastated! It was so demotivating that I never started mapping again... That tough lesson gave me absolute data paranoia. So nowadays, I do a shitload of backups. The really important stuff, like code, source files and photos, go into the cloud. Less important stuff or files too big for cloud storage (like uncut raw travel video files) are backupped to a separate physical HDD (NOT a separate partition on the same HDD!!). For this, I use the programm "Allway Sync", which can perform automated backups when the PC is idle or whenever file changes were detected. Now I feel fairly confident that I will not lose data again. Every now and then I get an anxious feeling that my software setup might not be working anymore as intended, so I check that everything is working. I really am paranoid in this regard. BTW, for mapping etc. it might also make sense to use some form of version control, like SVN or GIT (with LFS). The latter is a bit more complex to learn, but has the advantage that you don't have to setup a server.
  23. We have too many new frob shader threads. I count 2 public and 2 internal.
  24. STiFU

    Free games

    "Yoku's Island Express" is free on Epic right now and I can totally recommend it. This game is a metroidvania, jump'n'run, pinball-game and this interesting combination of gameplay mechanics is a ton of fun. It is single-player, but it is still enjoyable to play this together by hot-seating. It is also family-friendly, so you could enjoy it with your kids or life partner or whatever. I played it a few years ago with my gf when we were on a holiday trip to Crete. We had some bad-weather-days, so we played this game, and it instantly lightened the mood with it's chill and positive soundtrack and holiday-like athmosphere.
  25. I kind of dislike these supposedly-funny cartoony games and your post now eliminated even the smallest chance of giving this game a shot. Better go play the magnificent Outer Wilds!
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