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  1. Got back from Reboot Develop yesterday. What a conference.

    1. GooberMan

      GooberMan

      Andrew Stine, ladies and gentlemen! He does childrens parties and funerals.

       

      I did speak to Jonathan Blow at length about Jai and D stuff. Jai's coming along well.

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  2. Does anyone know about any decently powerful video editing software for Windows with a UI that isn't utter ass? I find Adobe Premiere dreadful to use, and while Final Cut actually looks pretty straight-forward it's also for Mac.

     

    Anyone have any ideas, or am I just stuck with struggling through Premiere?

  3. It's too damn hot too damn soon

    1. GooberMan

      GooberMan

      Southerners. In Finnish winter, ice cream is a snack you eat to warm yourself up.

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  4. DW April Fools suggestion - turn the site in to a storefront selling salt.

    1. GooberMan

      GooberMan

      Hah, and the feed on the sidebar makes it look like clickbait by dropping the last word off.

       

      No regrets.

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  5. So as the subject says, I want to begin to learn C or C++ but am unsure where to begin. I've downloaded Microsoft Visual Studio Express and have the most basic tutorial I could find which is basically having it display a text in a command prompt. I'm not sure where to begin learning why it works, but I'm very interested in learning. Any advice on how to start? Should I just copy YouTube tutorials to begin with? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

    Edit: I guess I should say why I want to learn. I've been messing around with PC hardware and building for many years. I'm fairly knowledgeable in the hardware area but not so much in software. Eventually I want to get myself into developing small programs and little games to play with friends/my daughter in the future. Possibly even get into the IT field which I have an internship in at the school I work at right now. Problem is the IT department is a mess with a director who was basically bumped up into the position when the original director left to work from home. He was awesome. Very very good with coding and programming. A shame I couldn't get in while he was the director, but it is what it is and I'm still dying to learn and will do so regardless. Thanks for your advice in advance :)

    1. GooberMan

      GooberMan

      I'm essentially an expert-level C++ programmer.

      Death to C++.

      There has been nothing added to the language over the last 15-20 years that can't be expressed better in more modern languages. Template metaprogramming was C++'s last - and best - trick. But it's time to move on.

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  6. I was a bit skeptical about using Spotify, because it turns out I'm a stupid bitch that even having my Iron Maiden, Metallica, Blitzkrieg, Beatles, Judas Priest CD's I still use(d) youtube to listen to them, knowing that the audio quality is worse, and without wi-fi I couldn't listen to them, refused to play on CD because... I dunno?
    Until one crucial day I downloaded Spotify in both my laptop and iPhone...
    Knowing that every Beatles album (even the anthology ones) were avaiable to listen, even the LOVE album is there, blew my mind.

    The only thing that I disliked about Spotify Free is that you can only play songs randomly, this often sucks when you have 2 songs that blend together, for example: Sgt peppers lonely hearts club band - With a little help from my friends, or The Hellion - Electric eye.
    Luckily there is a sale that gives Premium Spotify for 3 months charging you only like 500 CLP (less than a dollar). However, I don't have a credit card so it's game over for me ;( tehee.

    oh, and The Beatles' "1" 2015 remaster album has an amazing sound quality my god.

    1. GooberMan

      GooberMan

      Fonze said:

      How much money do you all spend in data per month on programs like Spotify? Also how much listening time does that give you? (Mobile questions)

      I live in Finland. This question is meaningless for me. I pay €20 a month for an unlimited 4G connection, €10 for Spotify, €10 for Netflix, and €10 for HBO Nordic.

      I still spend less than I used to on just a landline internet connection of worse speed in Australia.

      Still, when I go travelling across the continent, roaming laws aren't fab just yet (still have to pay €0.006 per megabyte) so I cache some stuff for the flights/commutes and cache more when I'm back on WiFi at the hotel. Which has been very handy checking out new albums while on the move too (unless you decide torrenting on a public WiFi connection is a great idea).

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  7. I was a bit skeptical about using Spotify, because it turns out I'm a stupid bitch that even having my Iron Maiden, Metallica, Blitzkrieg, Beatles, Judas Priest CD's I still use(d) youtube to listen to them, knowing that the audio quality is worse, and without wi-fi I couldn't listen to them, refused to play on CD because... I dunno?
    Until one crucial day I downloaded Spotify in both my laptop and iPhone...
    Knowing that every Beatles album (even the anthology ones) were avaiable to listen, even the LOVE album is there, blew my mind.

    The only thing that I disliked about Spotify Free is that you can only play songs randomly, this often sucks when you have 2 songs that blend together, for example: Sgt peppers lonely hearts club band - With a little help from my friends, or The Hellion - Electric eye.
    Luckily there is a sale that gives Premium Spotify for 3 months charging you only like 500 CLP (less than a dollar). However, I don't have a credit card so it's game over for me ;( tehee.

    oh, and The Beatles' "1" 2015 remaster album has an amazing sound quality my god.

    1. GooberMan

      GooberMan

      bzzrak said:

      Guys, you are aware that there are 32 or more GB microSD cards, right? In my country these are, like, 30 euros. You know, having your music on your own phone/mp3 player/whatever? Not having to pay anyone for listening to music that you already own?

      > My CD collection is in Australia
      > 500 or so from memory
      > I live in Finland
      > Wat do?

      > Subscribe
      > And you can download music for playback offline too
      > Problem solved

      > Wait, now I can just check recommendations immediately by searching in Spotify instead of dicking around trying to find a good torrent for it?
      > Now I'm listening to more new music than I ever have, and have even bought more physical CDs than I used to due to the new stuff I'm discovering

      > tl;dr - CDs are for archival purposes, subscription services are for everything else

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  8. I'll be presenting there in a week and a bit.

    Who am I scheduled against?

    Take a guess.

    No, really, go on.

    If you guessed John Romero, you'd be spot on.

    1. GooberMan

      GooberMan

      FYI everyone: My talk has been behind a GDC Vault paywall since late August. This one has been 100% public on the GDC website since around the same time, but now it's in a far more convenient Youtube format.

      I want to get my video made public, there's plenty of interest outside of gaming in what I have to say and as such not many people want to subscribe just to watch one video.

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  9. I'll be presenting there in a week and a bit.

    Who am I scheduled against?

    Take a guess.

    No, really, go on.

    If you guessed John Romero, you'd be spot on.

    1. GooberMan

      GooberMan

      We mostly talked about metal every time we chatted. After hearing he went to Download in the UK earlier this year, I suggested he try Hellfest next year.

      And sure, Romero is a rock star of the industry, and of this community, so it's cool and all. But it seems most people are waiting for the video to actually watch my talk. So I guess I'll see the true impact of it when GDCE upload the thing.

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  10. I'll be presenting there in a week and a bit.

    Who am I scheduled against?

    Take a guess.

    No, really, go on.

    If you guessed John Romero, you'd be spot on.

    1. GooberMan

      GooberMan

      bzzrak said:

      So was it?

      Yep. Rolled it in to a Google Slides feature I was trying out, where the audience can ask questions via a web form and vote them up. I pre-baked a question in to there along those lines. Only one person put their hand up.

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  11. I'll be presenting there in a week and a bit.

    Who am I scheduled against?

    Take a guess.

    No, really, go on.

    If you guessed John Romero, you'd be spot on.

    1. GooberMan

      GooberMan

      Talk went well. Estimate of 80-100 people in the audience. Not bad considering.

      Chatted to Romero again briefly this morning. Brenda recognised me because a Remedy co-owner at an industry dinner last night showed them the photo I uploaded to Facebook. John sounded interested in my talk yesterday, but they were probably more interested today as a result. Romero was wearing a high-end metal battle jacket with Judas Priest as the big back patch. Good times.

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  12. I'll be presenting there in a week and a bit.

    Who am I scheduled against?

    Take a guess.

    No, really, go on.

    If you guessed John Romero, you'd be spot on.

    1. GooberMan

      GooberMan

      Linguica said:

      So how did it go??

      Talk is tomorrow.

      Kinda funny though. I tell people that I'm presenting about D and they immediately are interested in my talk. Then I tell them I'm scheduled against Romero and they're immediately disinterested in my talk.

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  13. I'll be presenting there in a week and a bit.

    Who am I scheduled against?

    Take a guess.

    No, really, go on.

    If you guessed John Romero, you'd be spot on.

  14. I'll be presenting there in a week and a bit.

    Who am I scheduled against?

    Take a guess.

    No, really, go on.

    If you guessed John Romero, you'd be spot on.

    1. GooberMan

      GooberMan

      Linguica said:

      On the plus side, you can say anything you want since the room will be empty...

      My opener will be something along the lines of "So who's in here because they couldn't get in to Romero's talk?"

      And my hand will be raised as well.

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  15. So rather than continue yet another circular argument with Graf, I decided my post-shipping-Quantum-Break holidays would be best spend avoiding the bulk of the internet. Which worked out rather well. My holidays started the day after release, and I very definitely needed to switch off from everything for a while.

    So let's see if I can summarise all the things.

    • I got drunk a lot.
    • Went to London for a few days. Saw The Book of Mormon finally.
    • Finally knocked over The Witcher 3. Fuck that game's mechanically repetitive, but the world building is second-to-none.
    • Getting laid more often now that I have free time.
    • If I tried to talk about the PC release, I'd quickly break every NDA I've ever signed. It's getting better though (not that anyone cares anymore).
    • I actually have no recollection of January through March. Well, I saw Steven Wilson again live, but that's it. I can't even remember what I did with my girlfriend for our two year anniversary.
    • I had a moment where I went in to the supermarket and realised every movie I wanted to see at the theaters was already on Bluray.
    • I presented at DConf in Berlin earlier this month. Video 1, and Video 2 around 1:49:50. This conference had a better effect on restoring my morale than anything else did.
    • I've been designing future-proofed systems and doing SIMD optimisations at work. I'm starting to enjoy work again.
    • Tonight, I opened up Calamity and started tapping away at that once more. But I am considering converting all the code to D. Because fuck C++.
    • On the subject of programming in my spare time, a chunk of it will likely be taken up by some D code once we open source it.
    • I am sure there's some hilarious butthurt threads around about the new Doom. But I rather enjoyed it and I can't be fucked looking through any forum posts for hilarity.
    • Dark Souls 3, I am disappoint.

    1. GooberMan

      GooberMan

      I walked past him in our office once. We were both busy as fuck. I don't think he even noticed me. I felt special anyway.

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  16. So, to unwind after my 12+ hour work days (and because I can't get to sleep straight away), I load up some multiplayer games at home on my Xbox/PS4 and murder some virtual avatars.

    Last night, I grabbed the Win10 update for the Xbox One. Decided to download Doom 360 and give it a bash as a result (fairly smooth, but it's not the most demanding application). I looked for a random game, and joined someone starting up a match on E2M1. Not the best map for deathmatch, all the weapons are in the first 1/3 of the map so if you can control them you control the map. I did spawn right near the mega armor though, so that was a huge leg up for me. So I race back, pick off health with the pea shooter, die a few times, and finally get myself the shotgun.

    That's when the fortunes changed for my opponents.

    The map ended, 20 frags to me. I had only died five times, and the next highest scorer was on 5 frags.

    They left the lobby immediately after, so I looked for another random game and wound up in the same lobby with them. Looked at their gamer cards. Then looked at mine and checked the reputation. Of the 4 people I had met on XB360 Live on the Xbox One, one of them gave me a bad rating.

    Negative rating for being unsporting.

    Did lol.

    1. GooberMan

      GooberMan

      And then if you play like a dipshit in all your games and get rated as a dipshit in all your games, that won't propagate from game to game so you won't get lumped with the dipshits to begin with.

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  17. So, to unwind after my 12+ hour work days (and because I can't get to sleep straight away), I load up some multiplayer games at home on my Xbox/PS4 and murder some virtual avatars.

    Last night, I grabbed the Win10 update for the Xbox One. Decided to download Doom 360 and give it a bash as a result (fairly smooth, but it's not the most demanding application). I looked for a random game, and joined someone starting up a match on E2M1. Not the best map for deathmatch, all the weapons are in the first 1/3 of the map so if you can control them you control the map. I did spawn right near the mega armor though, so that was a huge leg up for me. So I race back, pick off health with the pea shooter, die a few times, and finally get myself the shotgun.

    That's when the fortunes changed for my opponents.

    The map ended, 20 frags to me. I had only died five times, and the next highest scorer was on 5 frags.

    They left the lobby immediately after, so I looked for another random game and wound up in the same lobby with them. Looked at their gamer cards. Then looked at mine and checked the reputation. Of the 4 people I had met on XB360 Live on the Xbox One, one of them gave me a bad rating.

    Negative rating for being unsporting.

    Did lol.

    1. GooberMan

      GooberMan

      It explains that on the reputation page - if you're not given a negative rating, it's assumed to be positive. Thus, the more people you play against that don't rate you bad, the more the bad ratings will be filtered away by miniscule percentages.

      All of this, of course, is better explained with just five seconds of googling.

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  18. So, to unwind after my 12+ hour work days (and because I can't get to sleep straight away), I load up some multiplayer games at home on my Xbox/PS4 and murder some virtual avatars.

    Last night, I grabbed the Win10 update for the Xbox One. Decided to download Doom 360 and give it a bash as a result (fairly smooth, but it's not the most demanding application). I looked for a random game, and joined someone starting up a match on E2M1. Not the best map for deathmatch, all the weapons are in the first 1/3 of the map so if you can control them you control the map. I did spawn right near the mega armor though, so that was a huge leg up for me. So I race back, pick off health with the pea shooter, die a few times, and finally get myself the shotgun.

    That's when the fortunes changed for my opponents.

    The map ended, 20 frags to me. I had only died five times, and the next highest scorer was on 5 frags.

    They left the lobby immediately after, so I looked for another random game and wound up in the same lobby with them. Looked at their gamer cards. Then looked at mine and checked the reputation. Of the 4 people I had met on XB360 Live on the Xbox One, one of them gave me a bad rating.

    Negative rating for being unsporting.

    Did lol.

    1. GooberMan

      GooberMan

      Not a game. The Xbox Live service. When using matchmaking services, it takes those ratings in to account when matching you up with other players.

      So like any accumulative data system, the more you play and get rated the more noise like "unsporting" gets filtered out.

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    • Sleeping
    • Socialising
    • Enjoying life
    • Working on Calamity
    • Working on Z-Kart
    • Experiencing sobriety
    • Getting laid more than once a week
    • Spending my tax return
    • Maintaining the illusion of being in a good mood

    1. GooberMan

      GooberMan

      Hah, needless to say the CD I was talking about in that post was this one. It contained a bunch of the old editors too. I made many broken maps with DEU 5.21/DEU2 because I didn't understand what two-sided linedefs were back when I first tried editing. Good times.

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    • Sleeping
    • Socialising
    • Enjoying life
    • Working on Calamity
    • Working on Z-Kart
    • Experiencing sobriety
    • Getting laid more than once a week
    • Spending my tax return
    • Maintaining the illusion of being in a good mood

  19. I've been reviewing games as a sort of closure for a long time. Over the years, I've got 500 reviews in a document. Some are lazy, others have bolstered 1,350 words.

    Out of boredom I thought well I'm going to write game developers and get free games. It worked! Within an hour, I had 4 review copies granted out of 5 attempts. 2 of the 4 are awful games, but whatever. If anything its just someone to tell them where they're going wrong.

    I'm just really shocked how easy it is to get a review copy. Even a game with a publisher gave me a review copy. I'm a nobody, unpaid, but my reviews are pretty damn detailed and even if I don't like a game I still give it a fair shake, which confuses a lot of people.

    So wow this is easy, all I had to do was ask and cite 10 reviews, 6 good and 4 bad to show I'm capable of negative reviews. Maybe I can get $60 AAA titles for free.

    1. GooberMan

      GooberMan

      In two years, you'll probably have enough of an audience to support yourself as an actual full time job ;-) Not talking shit is a good way to (slowly) get word of mouth that your reviews are worth checking out.

      I understand it does take some time and effort building connections to get AAA review copies. Having a net presence certainly helps with that these days.

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  20. So my studies took a rather unexpected diversion this semester.

    See, I wanted to take this Fiction class for my last humanities credit. I also needed one more honors-section class to graduate with honors.

    Imagine my happiness when I got the honors newsletter saying Fiction would run in an honors section in Spring 2015.

    Cool. The letter came at beginning of the Fall 2014 semester, so I dropped my section of Fiction that semester so I could save it for Spring 2015, therefore avoiding a needless honors-section class solely to graduate with honors.

    Then 3 weeks into Fall 2014, and 3 weeks after dropping the regular Fiction, I get the update to the newsletter: "Sorry, we changed honors Fiction from 2PM to 11AM." Wonderful, except I've got on-site training that day from 9AM-1PM.

    Go through a bunch of hassle, come up with one solution: "Study Abroad."

    So I ended up in Paris over spring break.

    Got to see the cool stuff, got to see the ghetto stuff, got to be a Dumb American™, got to meet Julian again (nearly 10 years later), got to have real wine, got to eat real bread... (I have to say, France certainly has the French Toast market cornered.)

    Got my humanities credit, got my honors credit.

    All in all, we had a very French time.

    1. GooberMan

      GooberMan

      I should meet some of you Yourapeeins while I'm here living in Finland. Getting on a plane for a weekend isn't that much of an issue for me.

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  21. I don't blog often. When I do it's usually negative (although I'd like to think it's not quite the pages of unjustifiable/teenaged angst some blogs are) and this one is no exception :D

    I've got an office job. Specifically I'm a Management Information Analyst/Developer (see, it doesn't even sound interesting). I've been here for about 5 months and, before I got made redundant at the start of April, I had an MI Analyst role at a different company for about 15 months before this one. It is mind-numbingly boring. So boring I'm in fact blogging about it just to relieve the boredom for a couple of minutes. So boring, in fact, that I've muddled through some of the hideous crap other people have blogged in the last 2-3 pages, despite being painfully disinterested in what they had to say and actually kind of angry/despairing by turns.

    I'd do something about it if I hadn't just gotten the job this year. In fact, when my contractual obligations dry up (I believe my rather nice studio flat in central Liverpool is anchoring me in place until mid-2014) I intend to get back on the job market and find a job I don't hate. For balance, I like living in Liverpool and being near to my mates in the North West is fantastic, so compared to my previous job (where I lived in a retirement village in the arse-end of nowhere, just outside Cambridge) this is definitely an improvement in overall life. The money is also pretty awesome, given I'm 23, although I think I may actually be slightly poorer in terms of disposable income due to renting a flat rather than sub-letting (like I was in my last job), or mooching off my dad, which I'm loathe to do as he's definitely supported me enough by now!

    So, who else doesn't like their job? What, if given to idle fantasy, would you rather be doing? Personally, I think I just strongly dislike all work, but I kind of want to do something physical... I keep thinking Army, much as my mum would rather I didn't. If I had one of those lottery wins (which would be a shock, given I buy no tickets!) I'd definitely never work another day in my life and embark on a wonderful adventure around the world that would probably end very ignobly.

    1. GooberMan

      GooberMan

      I work in an office.

      I also have an Xbox One devkit on my desk.

      Take that as you will.

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  22. I'm apparently a magnet for them! Every day is full of excitement.

    Today's helping:


    From what I've been previously informed, j4rio and I are actually the same person. This discovery was as surprising to me as it surely will be to all the rest of you, especially j4rio.

    1. GooberMan

      GooberMan

      This thread is just like Doomworld if it hadn't aged but still lost all its old members.

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  23. I've just won one, after I entered a draw at my local university's open day last month. Going to collect it next week. I'm pretty chuffed, and kind of excited, because I haven't used any Apple products besides an iPod Nano, and briefly a Mac computer when I used the one in my school's studio (which did affirm my belief that I'll always prefer PCs :P).

    However, while it opens up a bunch of possibilities in the form of thousands of iOS-exclusive apps I was never able to use before, I already do everything I need with my laptop, so I don't know how useful one would be to me.

    ...Aside from the possible uses listed here.

    ...Anyone use an iPad? At all? Maybe? xP

    1. GooberMan

      GooberMan

      Work gave everyone a Mini for christmas last year.

      Good size, having a tablet is handy. But fuck, iOS is frustrating to use for anything other than web browsing.

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