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

    1. Linguica


      Did you get any good D?

    2. 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.

  2. MS bans emulators on Windows Store; gamers rage as they load up Steam instead.


    Oh wait.

    1. Edward850


      Technically Steam does have an emulator. Although a commercially licensed one for all of Sega's genesis games, rather than just something to chuck ROMs at.

    2. HavoX


      People use the Windows Store?

  3. GooberMan

    New Forum

    I think it's been mentioned elsewhere in here already, but the DW news page was essentially "Weekly multiplayer digest" with occasional /newstuff updates for months on end. The news page needs to be far more dynamic than that. We have the hot topics panel on the forum index page now. I wonder how that would fare as a stand-in for a front page, with "promoted" content mixed in, ie things that actually are news. Something along the lines of reddit but far more formalised.
  4. GooberMan

    New Forum

    I've had cases on WADs I've released where it's required me to converse with players on the idgames frontend. At which point, I've had to supply a rating to maintain the current rating when really I'd rather not dick with the rating at all and let the public sort the rating out.
  5. GooberMan

    New Forum

    I also use a different email address to what I give people in WAD releases.
  6. GooberMan

    New Forum

    I think the best part of this entire thing is that authentication is likely done using, you know, an open standard. And with such a system, your identity is only as secure as the weakest authentication provider you use. Ling's essentially lampshading that Doomworld is that weakest authentication provider here. If you're worried that the external authenticators in use here are vulnerable, well, the short answer is "yes" while the longer answer is "far less vulnerable than a website using off-the-shelf software". But hey. Maybe checking if your accounts have been pwned every now and then is a good idea. Your Doomworld account isn't still using the same password that was used on the VBulletin system... is it? You're putting a lot of faith in 15 year old software that doesn't have the luxury of professional security researchers constantly poking for flaws in it.
  7. GooberMan

    Post a picture of yourself!

    I had this in an old blogs post. Might as well stick it here. My talk was on at the same time as Romero's. Whenever we chatted, it was always about heavy metal. Good times. Never got the chance to speak to him as one map designer to another though, given that we'd both released Doom maps within the prior year at the time that photo was taken I was going to ask him more in depth about the design decisions he was going for with his new FPS.
  8. GooberMan

    New Forum

    People who still remember how to use a proper computer don't multitask.
  9. GooberMan

    Why do people still mod Doom?

    Partially, sure. And Sunlust is certainly a good example there. I'm talking more of a long-term view overall. Doom was groundbreaking in 1993, which led to a community dissecting it and seeing how far they could push it. Mapping envelopes were being pushed alongside things like DeHackEd. The source release was a natural extension to both, resulting in limit-removing ports and new ways of not just reusing Doom's internal logic but creating entirely new logic sets. Both were continuing well along that path when I dropped out of mapping around 2003/2004. While I was away, the retro backlash happened. A large part of the Doom community is now dedicated to seeing what they can do with the blocks that are already there. Something like Valiant does some great architectural things, but only implements logic changes through a DeHackEd patch. ZDoom mods are not worth talking about for the most part. It's difficult to find a mod or a mapset that isn't "old game <x> in Doom". Essentially my point is that, for the most part, the community is happy to use and refine what has come before rather than see what other new experiences can be pulled out of the Doom framework. I'm guilty of this to some degree too - Prime Directive is explicitly a Doom mod and sits on top of the Doom mechanics, thus fulfilling the conservative part. But it also adds and remixes mechanics to provide a play experience that turns purists off. I've got another mod I put a week or two of work in to last year that will also fulfill the conservative-but-purist-unfriendly category I find myself in which will further illustrate that point... just need to find some time and inspiration to buff it up a bit.
  10. GooberMan

    Why do people still mod Doom?

    I might be biased considering my career, but making Prime Directive was frustrating from an architectural perspective since I could not just lay out my levels in true 3D. Of course, that's ZDoom specific. Having said that, I find that going back to Doom every now and then to be a natural vent, where I try and do something interesting with severe limitations. I also find it rather odd that a community once dedicated to pushing the envelope has become increasingly conservative over the years.
  11. GooberMan

    New Forum

    They're not dead. They're just resting. That's a serious response. I asked Ling about it on IRC, and it's on his list of things to restore. But it's understandably lower priority than some other functionality he's working on.
  12. DW April Fools suggestion - turn the site in to a storefront selling salt.

    1. GooberMan


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


      No regrets.

    2. Voros



  13. GooberMan

    New Forum

    Here's a case of #firstworldproblems - this is what your post looks like on a 4K monitor without any scaling. My normal setting here is to set Chrome to scale the site up by 150% and either browse on my 1080p secondary or only browse with the window docked to either the left or right side of the 4K screen. Any CSS that can scale up automagically to provide a consistent experience across physical monitor sizes, resolutions, and DPI settings would be a a good CSS. EDIT: Also, I just noticed my avatar is being squished vertically in to a square.
  14. There has been none.

    Right now my programming focus is on Binderoo, the open-sourced rapid iteration framework using D that I'm developing at work.

    Once it's up to a minimum level of functionality, I'm going to port everything I've done in Calamity so far to D. The reasons I stated for using C++ originally, eh, I'm over it. I've wasted far too much time in C++ doing stuff that's simple in D lately. It's time to move on.

    More about my rationale for leaving C++ behind can be found in the presentation I made at GDC Europe last month.

    Calamity will be a good testbed for expanding Binderoo to handle COM interfaces since the current implementation is DX11 based. This further helps out for UWP apps, as secretly UWP handles are just COM interfaces that the compiler manages for you.

    Once the porting work is done, I can get on to the meat of the implementation.

  15. 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.

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    2. Linguica


      Hey Gooberman, the video of the talk we were all waiting for is finally uploaded!

    3. Chezza


      Interesting Question & Answer.

      Question: Say, in an alternative universe where you had a hand in the making of Doom 2 and 4, how would of you approached it?

      Answer: I always like to work on new IPs, so basically I wouldn't of made Doom 3 or 4. However if I did, I wouldn't of rebooted the series. I would of created a continuation of Doom 3.

    4. 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.

  16. GooberMan

    The Metal / Rock Music Discussion Thread

    It has a pretty clear lineage back to rock music. Which itself has a pretty clear lineage back to blues, effectively meaning that rock is a form of blues.
  17. GooberMan

    The Metal / Rock Music Discussion Thread

    Aw shit son, how did I miss that Dawnbringer dropped a digital EP a couple of months ago?
  18. GooberMan

    The Metal / Rock Music Discussion Thread

    I am. I believe I saw Sleep at Hellfest in 2013, but I have no real recollection of it right now. Could probably browse through photos to confirm. (Tiny edit: Confirmed, found some photos.) Highlighting that Acid Bath needs more attention. So anyone reading this that likes High on Fire, Sleep, Om, even Kyuss - stop reading and load up When The Kite String Pops.
  19. GooberMan

    The Metal / Rock Music Discussion Thread

    There's a whole lot of "Get off mah lawn" in this thread. So I'm just going to copy wholesale a post I made on my Facebook in early December last year. Inside this following is mentions of albums that are not metal, alongside all the metal stuff. I regret nothing. In fact, I wish I had a better way to hear new non-metal music than I currently do. The best new albums I listened to in 2015 (and others of varying quality) My Year in Spotify page tells me I listened to 55,000 minutes of music this year. Sounds about right. There’s lots of talk these days about how streaming services aren’t paying the artists enough, but for my €10 a month a good 2/3 of that has to be paid out in artist royalties using the €0.004 per stream standard model (with the other 1/3 going to administrative costs at Spotify). Maybe they should bump that up to €0.008 and increase the subscription fee. But that still won’t solve a shitty record company giving shitty rates to their artists for digital streams. Given that I’m in the increasing minority that still buys physical releases, I have to say - having immediate access to new releases on Spotify has increased the number of albums I actually buy. Back in Straya, it was pretty much bands I already knew and back catalogue purchases when I walked in to a store. These days, it’s queuing up purchases on Amazon and buying a bunch in bulk every month. I still haven’t bought every album I want to this year. There’s been a number of fantastic releases... If you’re in to metal. Again, I face the problem where I know how to get good metal recommendations, but for any other genre I’d have better luck performing a vasectomy on a rabid bear. So. With that rambling out of the way, here’s my usual unsorted list of Good Shit(TM) and other honors of assorted quality for some of the new albums I listened to this year. There’s still plenty that I just haven’t gotten around to listening. 2015 really has been a solid year. Other bands, keep trying until your albums are as good as these John Carpenter - Lost Themes - Yeah, the movie director teamed up with his kid and made a very solid album of music that could have been the soundtrack to any given Carpenter flick. Good stuff. Damian Cowell’s Disco Machine - Humphrey B. Flaubert goes completely unmasked and drops an album that stands right next to TISM’s best. I backed this one when he was crowdfunding it (likewise with his previous DC3 album), but I wasn’t expecting it to come out as good as it did. Marilyn Manson - The Pale Emperor - Manson remembered what mood does to his music. By hiring a completely different songwriter. Easily the best Manson album since Holy Wood. The Gentle Storm - The Diary - Arjen Lucassen + Anneke van Giersbergen. I’d say “nuff said” but that means nothing to a good 90% of my friends list. Symphonic progressive metal at its best. Alkaloid - The Malkuth Grimoire - Technical death metal supergroup. The song “From A Hadron Machinist” might be my favourite of the year. Barren Earth - On Lonely Towers - The Amorphis heritage really comes through, but that’s not a bad thing. Quality melancholic death/doom metal. Leprous - The Congregation - This one was actually a bit of a grower for me, I had to switch right off and listen to it on a ride from Helsinki to my home for it to click. Very rewarding prog album that sounds like nothing else out there. Failure - The Heart is a Monster - Killer crowd-funded alt-rock album from a band that used to hang around with Tool back in the day (I believe Maynard encouraged them to reform and make another album). They don’t make music like this any more, mostly because it’s not the mid-to-late 90’s these days. High On Fire - Luminiferous - Ball-stomping sludge. Get it up ya! This album will increase your testosterone levels to He-Man proportions. If you don’t immediately want to drink beer and get in to fights when you press play on this one, you’re doing it wrong. Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss - Electro-metal thing that just happens to be rather fucking good. My Dying Bride - Feel The Misery - There’s a pattern of old trailblazers releasing solid albums this year. And this one is no exception. Unleash your inner teenaged goth girl and get depressed to this one. Gloryhammer - Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards - This should realistically be in the Blue Ribbon Cheese category, but quite simply I have not heard a power metal album as enjoyable, solid, and just plain fun as this in a very long time. Eagles of Death Metal - Zipper Down - Sure, now you all know them. Yeah, I would have been at that concert in Paris if I lived there. They do put on a good live show (even though I’ve never seen Josh Homme perform live with them once). And this album is much better than their previous one. Between the Buried and Me - Coma Ecliptic - Almost a break in style for them, but still sticking to prog. Worth listening to if you weren’t too pleased with their older work. Satan - Atom by Atom - Holy shitsnacks. That’s all I can say. If you like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, these guys were kicking around at the same time doing a similar thing. And this album is the kind they say “career best” about. Enshine - Singularity - Oh my. Melancholic death metal painted with the kind of cosmic grandeur the album cover suggests. Killing Joke - Pylon - Another one of those genre-defining and ridiculously influential bands from back in the day release a killer album. Prepare to put this one on loop and be just as critical of the world as their lyrics are. Avatarium - Girl with the Raven Mask - Doom metal royalty combined with the kind of female vocal style that shows just how lacking in female vocalists the scene really is. The “I can growl like a bloke” or “I wish I was an opera singer” styles really seem inadequate next to Avatarium. Panopticon - Autumn Eternal - I don’t think this is quite as successful as last year’s Roads to the North, but it’s still a very solid album worthy of looking up to. American progressive bluegrass melodeath metal. Cosmic Psychos - Cum the Raw Prawn - Australian grandfathers of the Seattle grunge scene release a new album. And it kicks quite a lot of ass. The single most Strayan album I’ve listened to in a long time. Fuckwit City should be the anthem of a generation.Token “Nordic Metal Band” Album Amorphis - Under the Red Cloud - If anything, Amorphis have been nothing but consistent over the last decade. Another solid release for their already solid catalogue.Mid Life Crisis of the Year Steven Wilson - Hand. Cannot. Erase. - It’s like he finally realised. And then said to his bandmates, “Well, chaps, I really did rather bollock up Fear of a Blank Planet, didn’t I? Fuck it, let’s go and do it right this time.” This quite honestly might be the best album he’s ever put out.Blue Ribbon Cheese Visigoth - The Revenant King - These guys are about 30 years after their time. Quality mid-80’s style metal. One of the songs literally sings about playing D&D. Creature of Desire ranks as one of my favourite songs of the year though. Sigh - Graveward - Old school Japanese band still killing it. But cheesey? Well, it sounds to me like Finnish-style melodeath mixed with J-Pop. Try the track The Tombfiller.Hail Satan! Ghost - Meliora - Or, as they’re otherwise know, Blue Oyster Cult with Satan. The best songs ABBA have released since, well, Ghost’s Opus Eponymous. Worth seeing live multiple times. They might even pop up in Grammy nominations this year, that’s how mainstream they’re getting.(Note: Ghost did in fact go on to get nominated for a Grammy - and win.) Disappointing, But Not Rubbish Riverside - Love, Fear, and the Time Machine - Its high points are really quite high (Under the Pillow, Time Travellers) but a lot of this album is just okay to me. Infected Mushroom - Converting Vegetarians II - Likewise. There’s some songs I really love on this (Zoan Zound fills me with joy) but a lot of it just gets me from one song to the next. Unlike CV1 which is just plain indispensable and everyone should own a copy of it.Go Home Record, You Are Drunk Iron Maiden - The Book of Souls - Actually, this one is legitimately drunk. I put the album through a tempo increase filter (one that doesn’t increase the pitch, no chipmunks here) and it turned the album from 90 minutes of meh in to 60 minutes of great Maiden. Who the hell told Maiden to slow down? Faith No More - Sol Invictus - I don’t know. This album really didn’t do it for me. There’s a standout moment or two, but it’s far from the best Faith No More have put out. At least it’s still better than Album of the Year.Stuff I still need to listen to properly/at all Tribulation - The Children of the Night Florence + The Machine - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (rather good live too actually) Wilderun - Sleep at the Edge of the Earth Goatsnake - Black Age Blues Myrkur - M Year of the Goat - The Unspeakable Tame Impala - Currents The Chemical Brothers - Born in the Echoes Grift - Syner Duran Duran - Paper Gods Disclosure - Caracal Queensryche - Condition Human The Black Dahlia Murder - Abysmal (which actually sounded more Gothenburg melodeath than their older metalcore style...) Dead to a Dying World - Litany Ares Kingdom - The Unburiable Dead Nechochwen - Heart of Akamon Swallow the Sun - Songs from the North Conjure One - Holoscenic Caligula’s Horse - Bloom (these guys are from Brisbane) Mutoid Man - Bleeder Horrendous - Anareta New Order - Music Complete VHÖl - Deeper than Sky
  20. 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. Jaxxoon R

      Jaxxoon R

      Eh, there's a few D4 complaint threads, but for the most part they're kind of the same old SnapMap, loadout, and Glorykill talk. Other than that, the single player has almost universally been the subject of praise. That crashing-to-desktop-without-an-error-message nonsense just needs to stop, though.

    2. Linguica


      D44M is 2/10 needs more Aidan Gillen

    3. 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.

  21. GooberMan

    SSIMD compiler flags - is it needed?

    ...so that checklist I wrote covered your point? Why did you even reply to it in an argumentative manner then?