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  2. The_First_Attempt

    Videochat May 2019

    I may have missed it in the video, but is there any news on getting a new title screen for Game Dungeon?
  3. BTGBullseye

    General American Politics Thread

    You do know how few in number those protesters actually are in regards to both the christian population and the general population, right? They are the noisy few. The squeaky wheel. The nail that's sticking out just a little too far. The abject morons that occur in every single group ever.
  4. BTGBullseye

    Post your setup!

    Unless you're viewing it at 150° or more of an angle, the curve won't significantly affect your viewing on any modern curved monitor. That would be the equivalent of a 1:2 screen ratio when viewing. Just a question... What do you consider "tacky" about the MSI screen? It's is very similar to those in appearance, but without the giant bezels. It also has a higher brightness (300 cd/m2 vs 280 cd/m2) and better color range (95% NTSC vs 80% NTSC) than both for a similar price. (though it is a 1500R display instead of 1800R) As for having the correct perspective, you're going to get a LOT more accurate with a curved display, unless you're designing for a flat sign of some sort. Curved panels are very much more popular than flat for digital use apart from phones. Since you're looking for graphics work, color accuracy is much higher on the list of "mandatory things that you must have" than perfect perspective during creation. Look for an HDR monitor for that kind of work, not a low-end gaming monitor. If it doesn't have a native 10-bit panel, you're hindered for graphics work. Graphics work also doesn't need 144Hz or fast response times, so unless you're looking for an all-rounder, (very expensive) you don't need to worry about those aspects at all. Something like this would be a good starting point for graphic design... (but I wouldn't recommend gaming on it) https://www.newegg.com/axm-2768-27-qhd/p/15Z-00MH-00006
  5. Kraken

    General American Politics Thread

    God I wish it were that easy. But Alabamans are losing their shit about a gay wedding in a kids cartoon. So my bar isn't set very high about religious people.
  6. BTGBullseye

    General American Politics Thread

    While I feel it still isn't right to commit murder (it is murder, as it's the intentional ending of a sapient being's life) as a response to rape, there are many out there that feel it is an appropriate response. Can we at least agree that that is such a rare occurrence, that it really shouldn't be legislated for as if it happens daily? Consent should be in all things, but reality kinda shits all over that. Still, there should be severe punishments (like prison) for humans intentionally violating another human. That is a remarkably small minority of assholes that call themselves "christian". Homosexuality itself isn't even a sin, only the act of sexual intercourse outside of marriage is. (marriage is 1 man, 1 woman, according to Christ's teachings) I have nothing against people that feel that way for people of the same sex, but please don't pretend it's even as "normal" as crippling anxiety and depression. (they have a much higher incidence than homosexuality)
  7. qptain Nemo

    Linux gaming technical discussion

    I've done some tests I can confirm that libstrangle indeed unlocks the adaptive fps. Seeing as the compilation instructions provided by cgalves are very straightforward I absolutely second that solution. I'm thinking if there is an elegant way to invoke strangle from Lutris though to easily "attach" it to games... [DX 7] using force AA option of Lutris with Nocturne (in DX 7 mode) freezes the game [DX 7] using dgvoodoo + DXVK allows forcing of antialising and anisotropic filtering in Nocturne and Messiah [DX 7] running Messiah with the Lutris AA options has no effect [DX 7] running Messiah and Nocturne with the enable FXAA option in the NVidia settings had no effect [DX 9] Regarding D9VK: The developer states this: "Please do not use wine's d3d9x or d3dcompiler with d9vk. They make invalid API calls and generate bad shaders. I cannot stress this enough." This means that in the wine prefix used with D9VK the following command should be ran This also means that it's better to make a separate Wine prefix for the usage of D9VK to avoid switching between the native and built in versions of these components, or worse still forget to switch and get bad results. Although I'm not entirely sure if the way Lutris invokes DXVK actually takes care of this or not?
  8. Kraken

    General American Politics Thread

    So is no one going to bring up the obvious use of abortion if it's a case of rape? Or is that a (in my opinion completely legitimate) motive for abortion that also applies to basically mean "Carry your rapists' baby and give it up for adoption"? Cause I don't know, it feels like having a constant reminder every day for 9 months that you got raped is pretty mentally unhealthy. Like sure we can argue about the morality of it all we want but I would say having to babysit for someone because they're an asshole you had interaction with is a pretty universally disliked idea. Also I feel like having it open as an option is fine? Let people have that option because in all honesty it really doesn't concern you unless you're actually the one carrying the baby. I would also say the father gets a say in it but if he really wants a baby that bad he should probably look somewhere else or actually discuss it with the person beforehand rather than doing some evil shit like poking holes in the condom behind their partner's back. At that point when they do shit like that they should immediately lose any say in the matter. (Sarcasm) God, to think it would matter to actually have consent in relationships. How unthinkable. (/Sarcasm) Also I think we should drag in the fact that religious conservatives lose their shit whenever they see homosexuality depicted normally, despite the fact that a big part of Christianity is not judging other people. Like I haven't been to church since I was 9, but I think it's a pretty well understood idea that Jesus and God aren't assholes that are going to smite you on sight or some shit as soon as you diverge from what you assume God wants you to do. Cause the whole point of Christianity is FORGIVENESS, which a few people seem to lose out on. Though I feel like part of this is something we can blame on the 200 sects of Christianity where they focus more on one part of the Bible than the other, instead of taking it all in in one go. That and apparently the Bible has always been really questionably translated, so I'm wondering how much more has been lost in translation from Hebrew. I just feel like it's a massive failure on Religion's part to actually... say the message it's supposed to be.
  9. Yesterday
  10. Annie

    General American Politics Thread

    This is why nobody likes you, mate. You cop out and insult the other person when the pressure of an argument sets in. Don't you think that's more indicative of someone who isn't willing to listen? Why can't you just concede instead of being a condescending hypocrite?
  11. RaTcHeT302

    Post your setup!

    I looked into VA monitors, but I can only find curved ones. I just like flat screens more to be honest, I understand the potential benefits, but I'm not always in front of my monitor, so having it being curved would actually be a huge downside for me. I have a strange setup, which works better with flat monitors either way. I guess I could give this one a shot. I need to do some more research on it though. https://www.amazon.it/Viewsonic-VX2758-C-mh-monitor-piatto-Curvo/dp/B078ZJHD25 This one is a bit cheaper, seems tempting. https://www.amazon.it/Viewsonic-VX2458-C-MHD-pannello-FreeSync-altoparlante/dp/B07H5GNR18/ I think they both have the 1800 radius. Anyway I'd be willing to give one of these a shot, the design is less tacky than the MSI one at least. I need to check if the color are okay first though. Apparently these might have some brightness issues, honestly I might just give up and get that MSI at this point, if it has no problems. I need to do some more research, but I guess I should consider curved monitors, if flats won't be made anymore I guess. I'm really worried about graphics work though, if I can find a good flat monitor, I would rather go for that instead. I need things to have the correct perspective. I have mixed feelings, but I'll consider the options. I would rather go for the safer option though. Edit: Okay, apparently VA flats, don't really exist, because VAs just work better with curved monitors? With flat surfaces, there are some problems? I'm not really sure about this. I've started to notice a pattern, so maybe there's some truth to it. I guess my only options are a TN or an IPS, as far as flat screens goes. Feel free to prove me wrong though, I don't really have any basis for this claim, it's just what I'm finding on the internet, and I've noticed a few things while looking around.
  12. BTGBullseye

    Post your setup!

    Here's a rundown of a few different things you may not be considering, and some explanations for some of your questions. 1. Curved screens. They are increasingly common for computer monitors because they significantly reduce eye strain, don't cost more than a flat screen, and with very few exceptions, are servicing a single person seated at the ideal distance centered on the screen. I myself was opposed to using a curved screen until I actually got one, and realized just how much easier it is on the eyes, and how non-distracting it is. The curves used are so slight that the sharpest is a 1500R, meaning the curve aligns with that of a circle with a radius of 1500mm. (just under 60 inches radius, or 10 feet diameter) If that's just too sharp for you, try the 1800R panels. (about 71 inches radius, or 12 foot diameter) Something to think about. 2. TN panels. TN, or Twisted Nematic, has the fastest natural response and refresh times available. Of course, that is irrelevant when the other panel types can match it closely enough that no human can ever tell the difference. TN also sucks at literally everything else except for being cheap. Washed out colors, and backlighting bleed plagues this technology. Only use this if you need an ultra cheap FPS competitive screen for e-sports. 3. VA panels. VA, or Vertical Alignment, has the absolute best color reproduction of any LCD panel. With the newer technologies, can easily get to 144Hz refresh and 1ms response times. (both are at the limits of human perception) It slightly more expensive than TN, but far superior in every way. Minimal backlight bleed, very dark blacks, viewing from an angle does bleach the colors, but almost imperceptibly. This is considered to be the ideal between price and performance, as you get the best of TN's performance with almost none of its drawbacks, plus an image quality on-par or superior to the cheap IPS panels. ***If using for anything but industry-specific professional scenarios, this is the panel to get.*** 4. IPS panels. IPS, or In-Plane Switching, right now has 2 things going for it... The best black colors, and the least viewing angle color distortion of LCD displays. They suck at performance, their colors are better than TN, but worse than VA, and they're very expensive for a decent panel. IPS is for if you absolutely need an HDR display, and aren't all that concerned about cost, color accuracy, or response times. (the worst ghosting will happen with IPS) 5. LED panels. These displays are very rare in computer displays, but are common in phones with organic LEDs. (OLED/AMOLED) These are the only screen that has perfect blacks, no color distortion at any angle, and can have perfect color reproduction. The downside is, the blues fade in about 2 years, the screen is extremely prone to burn-in, (when an item like the start button stays in the same spot, it'll leave a ghost image of it there forever after just a few months) and the response/refresh rates are atrocious. QLEDs (LEDs using inorganic metal instead of organic compounds) are aiming to solve the burn-in problem somewhat, but so far have merely pushed it back to about 5 years before the blues fade too much. These displays are expensive beyond belief, especially for as low of a lifespan as they have. Unless you're wanting to spend several thousand dollars every 2 years, and don't care about response times or refresh rates, don't bother with these. I hope this was informative. Newer technologies may change this info, but for right now and the foreseeable future, this is the state of display technology.
  13. BTGBullseye

    General American Politics Thread

    So you're completely unwilling to hear any point of view that opposes your own, and consider it... Got it. Good luck ranting to yourself.
  14. Last week
  15. RaTcHeT302

    ROSS'S GAME DUNGEON: QUARANTINE

    The map is made out of blocks? That looks really tedious to work with. Also I'm getting a StarCraft vibe from the store fronts.
  16. AllTinker

    ROSS'S GAME DUNGEON: QUARANTINE

    Inspired by Ross's episode on it (which rekindled my own memories of the game), I've spent the last couple of weeks reverse engineering the data formats for Quarantine into a little custom (C++/cross-platform) engine I've been working on. I'm not sure what this will amount to, if anything, but I certainly have ideas... I'm essentially done with decoding the audio-visual assets and gameplay data at this point - at least everything useful (by my estimation anyway). Here are some quick shots of the first level: One of the boss vehicles (colour palette isn't set up as it would be in-game): I've also figured out the animation formats - the format used for those quick "plug in/out" animations upon entering/leaving a shop/exit was a real head-scratcher. Especially because it's only used for four animations in the whole game (two of which are just reversed versions of the other two). Here's a sample of decoded passenger text - note the names, which are never seen in-game. An overview visualisation of (part of) the first level: One of the many "blocks" which are used (sans objects) - each map cell seen in the previous image specifies which one of these to use. Figuring out how to decode these took by far the longest...
  17. RaTcHeT302

    Post your setup!

    Is there a flat version of the monitor? My current monitor died, and I've been on the lookout for a similar replacement, and I've been looking at the 144 Hz ones, but all I can find are either awful TN \ VA flat monitors, or ultra expensive IPS curved monitors (by awful I mean, brightness issues, strange colors, no matter what settings you used). Is there no option for a purely, flat, nice looking monitor (with a simple design, no tacky "gamer" crap), with good colors (not TN or VA, if possible?), at 144 Hz? Edit: Nevermind, this monitor is also a VA panel. I'll have to wait for AOC to release their flat IPS lineup, here's hoping they are okay. I'm fine with TN, but I heard horror stories about some monitors having, horrid colors, or horrible brightness issues, and it really scares me a little. I really don't care about the panel type that much, as long as everything else looks fine. My SyncMaster 2343 NW is a TN + Film and it worked just fine with Photoshop, for me at least. If AOC release their IPS monitors for cheap, I would rather wait for those instead though. What are the potential downsides of IPS monitors though? I keep seeing people mentioning something about, some kind of glow, and eye strain, along with ghosting issues, but I don't know what any of that really looks like. Does the glow matter that much, in a decently lit room?
  18. cgalves

    Linux gaming technical discussion

    Alright. I'll run some tests and tag you in a post whenever I've got something.
  19. Ross Scott

    Linux gaming technical discussion

    Unreal engine games are pretty common. Maybe something like one of the Mass Effect games (or Unreal Tournament 3) would be a good test.
  20. cgalves

    Linux gaming technical discussion

    D9VK has mostly focused on Shader Models 2 and 3, IIRC. Newer games (more likely to have built-in AA) are more likely to work better on it, ATM. SM 1 is next in line, though. I can test a variety of games, but can add a known odd-ball or two if you can name them.
  21. Ross Scott

    Linux gaming technical discussion

    Really just anything that runs on D9VK. Well known games might be best since they're more likely to have been tested. It's not essential that you find one, it would just be nice to have a point of reference to ensure it works. EDIT: If you have a game that has in-game options for AA, but that's disabled, however driver-forced AA is on, that can work too (as long as it's in override mode).
  22. cgalves

    Linux gaming technical discussion

    I have a pretty big game library, so it's kind of hard for me to remember what games have what settings. Any outstanding examples you want me to test?
  23. Ross Scott

    Linux gaming technical discussion

    Maybe it's different on Linux, but on Windows, forcing AA has always been a crapshoot on DX9 and above. If you know of any games where it can be forced (in other words, no in-game option to turn on AA, but it does work when forced through drivers), let me know, that could be good to confirm it's working.
  24. Annie

    General American Politics Thread

    Doesn't matter who it counts as murder to, the lack of consensus alone should make one err on the side of "not murder", along with the fact that it's effectively a parasite without the capability to speak or engage in deep or emotional thought. And before you try to argue that fetuses aren't parasites, do realize that I'm not arguing semantics here. Do note the use of the word "effectively". You're intentionally misrepresenting what I said. Very intellectually dishonest. I never said I wasn't talking about the morality of abortion, what I said was that I'm not discussing whether or not abortion is morally okay. I never gave an answer on whether or not it was because it truly depends on circumstance. HOWEVER, it's no skin off my nose who chooses to get an abortion and I find a certain moral hypocrisy in the anti-choice position, at least in the vast majority of cases. If anti-choicers want a seat at the table, maybe they should reconsider their very anti-life perspectives that food and universal healthcare aren't basic human rights. Maybe they should show more compassion to homeless youth rejected by their parents and by society often for being LGBT+. Again: it's not murder and I'm not going to argue from the perspective who draws moral equivalence between abortion and murder. And yes, bodily autonomy is quite literally stripped from you when a legitimate medical procedure whose effects range from ending pregnancy-related health complications to literally saving lives becomes illegal. I get the feeling you haven't been following along at all. We have reached a stage of capitalism where churches are run for profit by TV personalities with private jets, where money is no longer considered the root of all evil, where companies use figures who stood against capitalism in advertising. I promise you Jesus and your average Conservative would've had very different views between a homeless drug addict and Jeff Bezos, but Christians still do tend to be conservative. I don't want to come off as though peoples' faith is any of my business, but peoples' political views have direct impact on people, including me (not abortion laws specifically but conservatives tend to be socially authoritarian which I'm not okay with). When I find out people holding frankly evil political views also worship a figure whose teachings American conservatism directly contradicts, you best believe I'm going to call that shit out.
  25. BTGBullseye

    General American Politics Thread

    First off, it is the same as murder to a LOT of people... Mainly because it is ending the life of a sapient being just for convenience sake. There's a reason why when someone murders a pregnant woman, they are treated to two counts of murder. Second, if that's the wording in the bill (remember, I mentioned that I have not read them) then the bill is moronic. Miscarriages have nothing whatsoever to do with abortion. Third, you just got done talking about the morality of it, and then try to claim you aren't talking about its morality... Pick one and stick to it, don't be a liar. Fourth, "bodily autonomy" is not stripped from someone just because you won't let them legally murder someone. With a rare few exceptions, that person chose to make that life, and they should have to live with the consequences of that decision. Lastly, where did this "worst culture of excess on the planet" stuff come from, and what has it to do with the abortion stuff?
  26. cgalves

    Linux gaming technical discussion

    Short answer: yes. Long answer: D9VK operates similarly to what's already built into Wine, by translated D3D9 calls into Vulkan calls. It doesn't require anything special for setup beyond what I delineated in my previous post. If it doesn't take forced AA, it could likely be a bug as it's still in its early days of development. Assuming you're using Lutris, you don't need to mess with the registry, as you can simply use the Anti-Aliasing option under "Runner options".
  27. Ross Scott

    Linux gaming technical discussion

    Okay, thanks for the advice so far, I'll test it when I get a chance. Question, for D9VK, is the usual method of forcing AA still the same (setting it in the Nvidia control panel + adding the registry setting to the WINE install)?
  28. Annie

    General American Politics Thread

    Also I feel that I should add: Abortion is not a particularly interesting topic of debate, because honestly, I truly feel it's one of those things that just isn't debatable. You can certainly try, you can argue the morality of it for days, but it's honestly futile because there's moral justification both for and against it. What it boils down to is less about morality and ethics and more about pragmatics and how libertarian you are. If you were to look at gun control from a similar standpoint, guns cause more death of fully developed humans than abortion does, and yet conservatives will gladly drop the question of ethics to speak strictly about whether or not gun control is actually effective and what alternative measures could be taken to reduce gun violence (albeit they are rather lazy on this one and typically default to 2nd amendment purism). That same energy simply isn't shared in the abortion debate. If you're anti-choice, you're most likely arguing strictly on ethics and not on whether or not abortion bans are actually effective, and the fact of the matter is, abortion legislation is simply not effective.
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