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the_miano
Black Sabbath Concert - NJ August 23, 2016, 10:52 pm
I attended the show in NJ at the PNC Arts Center. They sounded amazing and the drummer Brad Wilk from Rage Against The Machine played with them which was cool.

I'm going to upload a few videos to youtube. I'll probably have them posted here in a day or two.
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Linguica
Finished replaying RAGE August 21, 2016, 11:57 pm
Thoughts:

* The beginning of the game is better than I remembered, but the end of the game is worse. This is the opposite from when I played Doom 3 recently, where the beginning of the game was worse than I remembered but the end was better.

* The megatextures generally look TERRIBLE. I can see a lot of artistry went into the world but everything looks like a blurry low-resolution overcompressed JPEG. Carmack's reach clearly exceeded his grasp with it. Too bad we'll never get a "high resolution pack" - even a texture pack that just made all the textures less compressed, even without a resolution boost, would probably help a lot.

* The further you play, the more clear it is how desperate they were to reuse content. Basically every "side mission" in the game has you go back to an already-played level that has been repopulated with enemies and you play through it backwards. After a few instances, it gets real obvious what they were up to.

* The car combat stuff is so fucking tacked-on and pointless. I'm glad I could basically ignore it for the most part.

* Several levels are almost exclusively populated with "mutants" which are melee-only and go down with one shotgun blast. Playing through those levels is the worst sort of generic shooting-gallery garbage.

* That said, the actual physical level design is probably the best aspect of the game. It's all 100% linear but it's done very tightly and organically with lots of looping around and seeing areas behind / ahead of you as you go.

* I saved up a bunch of money and bought the materials to craft literally 500 pop rockets, which are explosive grenade rounds for your shotgun that kill every normal endgame enemy in one direct hit, which made the last level hilariously trivial. In general, the ability to purchase 999 rounds for a weapon makes the weapons super unbalanced and many of them largely pointless. Why use weapon XYZ when I have effectively unlimited sniper rifle rounds and can just creep through a level killing everything from a distance?

* The BFG SUCKS.

* I had forgotten just how hilariously sudden the ending of the game is. It's super clear that the game must have originally had a three-act structure, where Wellspring was Act 1, Subway Town was Act 2, and then... something else... was Act 3. But then they realized they were running low on time / resources and so they decided to cut all of Act 3 and just sort of graft the final level onto the Subway Town world map. It's like if you were playing Half-Life 2, and at the end of Nova Prospekt where you and Alyx go through a teleporter, that was just the ending.
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Zerthex
I have a crippling depression.. August 19, 2016, 8:49 pm
I won't be making anymore wads for a couple of months. My computer just blew up and I lost ALL my files,spritesheets,games, and many other beta/alpha versions of games that are SUPER hard to find.

So good by for my wads for now. I might still reply to some posts and I might make some threads but. No more wads.
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the_miano
Colecovision maintenance August 18, 2016, 5:43 pm


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I'm relieved that after 30+ years, my father's Colecovison is still functional. This console hasn't been played in a few years and it's been collecting a lot of dust in my basement. I figured it wouldn't hurt to disassemble the unit and give it a good cleaning. I sprayed some computer duster on the motherboard, controller ports, and the port where the RCA cable plugs into. A heatsync also broke apart from the motherboard. Fortunately, that was an easy fix thanks to the wonders of crazy glue.

There is one issue that I can't seem to resolve. The audio is a bit screwed up. I have to crank my TV volume up higher than usual to hear the game and there is a bit of static that drowns out the game sounds. I cleaned the power switch with a little bit of rubbing alcohol. A dirty switch is usually a sign of audio / video issues. I know for a fact that the RCA cable is fine because it works like a charm with my Atari 2600 and Nintendo Entertainment System. I use an RCA Female to F-Type Coax Male Adapter instead of the traditional TV to Game switch. The only thing I can think of that is causing this issue is a bad AV module (I think that's the correct term for it). There are a couple things that I think could be done: 1) Remove the faulty AV module by desoldering and replacing it with a good AV module. 2) Optional: Replacing the faulty AV module (with RF output) with a composite AV modification that will enhance the sound and diminishing the excessive static.

I was playing Frenzy, (which is a rare game to find nowadays) in my youtube video. The color was a bit messed up, but that was because I was adjusting the RCA cable. It's so sensitive that even the slightest movement can distort the video output. After a few adjustments, I got the output looking perfect.

This is an example of the sound difference between the original AV module (with RF output) and the composite output modification. The static from my Colecovision is much louder though.

I know how to use a soldering iron, but I don't want to risk potentially damaging the motherboard. I've accidentally damaged an N64 motherboard in the past with a soldering iron. I've never done a composite output modification before and if I damage it... then RIP Colecovision. The consoles aren't as common as Atari 2600s. Matter of fact, only about 2 million Colecovision units were sold. I'd feel like a real dunce if I render this console to be even more scarce. I'll probably look into purchasing another Colecovision motherboard with the composite AV modification and swap it with the old board.

By the way, if you don't have a Colecovision and you are interested in starting a retro gaming collection, I strongly recommend you to purchase the Colecovison. There are so many good games that are easily worth buying a Colecovision for.
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TraceOfSpades
I need ideas to stick it to the man August 16, 2016, 1:27 pm
[s]So the bastards that run the gym I go to told me today that I can no longer wear my workout shirt to their gym anymore.

Shirt here: [spoiler]
Left: Front
Right: Back
[/spoiler]

I asked the owner which part of the dress code I was breaking, and he couldn't say which because I wasn't. Then he just said, "I'm the owner and I can revoke your membership for whatever reason I want. You agreed to that when you signed the contract. Someone got offended by your shirt. Don't wear it here again."

Sadly he's right. And I don't want to lose my membership.

So I want to design a shirt that isn't outright offensive, but plants an offensive idea into someone's head.

I was thinking of a shirt that says, "This is not the F-Word" on the back.

Do you guys have any funny ideas for a shirt that I could have made? Winner will have their doomworld name included on the design.[/s]

Eh, this was dumb.
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Sgt Ender
Honestly living near a military base is good and bad August 14, 2016, 9:42 pm
Good:

You feel more secure, knowing that a few miles down, there's a small army that can respond quickly to high danger situations, such as attempted mass shootings possibly. It gives you a good feeling there are people close to protect you and others alike

Bad:

Lot's of planes fly above your house, which causes a lot of noise, even a night. And it always sounds like one's gonna crash right into your home with how close to the ground they're flying.
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Sgt Ender
None of my Skype friends are active anymore August 11, 2016, 4:36 pm
It's kinda sad that I might not ever talk to these people again.
There's the ZDoom group but that's pretty empty too.
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Voros
School August 10, 2016, 4:38 am
Well summer vacation is over.

    * I missed the first day of school
    * Grade 10's classroom is so much nicer (well it was made during the vacation)
    * There was a Mock Exam, and i didnt bring the book required for it... And two friends offered to give their's for me.
    * The security has gone up increasingly. (Bag checking, those handheld metal detectors, parents arent allowed to enter...parents have to give this ID to staff, staff finds student, student takes ID, student goes out of the school by showing the ID)
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Ape Hex
IT'S ALIVE!!!! August 7, 2016, 11:41 am
(MrGlide here) ok well they had to do an emergency csection yeterday morning as my wife's liver quit working (scoliosis of the liver). So Laid (my mewbourn son) came out at almost ten pounds. He's healthy so far. My wife has the skin tone of a cadaver right now due to all the junk in her system from her liver. Its going away but is/was alarming. If been running on about an hour a sleep per day for the past four days. Feel pretty good honestly. Its so ducking wild when the paternal/birthing instincts kick in. Strange phenomenon it is. If been pretty busy. Sorting my mtg cards and then this is why I'v not been on.
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Sgt Ender
Okay I have two wallpapers I made August 6, 2016, 7:32 pm
They're both Icon of Sin parodies, and I'd like to share them with you guys to use if you want.

Surprised Patrick version


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