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About MrFlibble

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  1. MrFlibble

    What is your favorite book?

    Since childhood I've enjoyed tales about Nasreddin Hodja. There's plenty of good and sometimes wacky humour, but also something very calming about them I guess. Nice to pick the book (I have two different editions) and read from it randomly once in a while.
  2. I may have wrong ideas of "forum culture", but whenever I browse a topic in a forum and come across a user who did exactly this (which is, in my experience, very rare), I can't help but think how... impolite that is, because it somewhat disrupts the conversations that took place. It certainly feels like overreaction, although of course there is usually no way to find out what caused a user to quit in such way, and if there indeed were legit reasons for this kind of behaviour.
  3. No way, or flight sims of an extremely arcade-ish variety, at most. Both games are much closer to Descent or even your regular "on foot" FPS variety than to any real flight simulator.
  4. My very first forum, I still place part of the blame for its falling apart (the forum itself is still online, thankfully, but there is almost no activity whatsoever) on a very untimely engine update. The community already had issues at that point, but the update became the last straw, or one of the last straws at least. Many people were put off by the new design, and also it broke all old links to forum threads -- nullifying the work done by me and several others in an attempt to catalogue interesting discussions on relevant topics. It was certainly not the only factor, as the community had been very active for over 10 years at that point, and many users had overgrown it and gradually moved on to other things. But I remember this as an example of how a forum update put a noticeable dent into confidence and cohesion of an online community. It's interesting though how any kind of change to a familiar software interface is at first sticking out like a sore thumb, and then you grow so used to the new one you barely remember what things looked like before the update.
  5. MrFlibble

    What is your favorite book?

    BTW, I quite often pick a book I like and read a bit from it. Usually, a quote springs up in my mind (by way of random lexical association) and look for the passage it's from, to check if my memory is right and to re-read the passage for enjoyment; or I just open on a random page and read from there. I caught myself doing this fairly often with the first Dune book, and with many of Viktor Pelevin's books -- where abundant memorable quotes come from. As someone of completely secular upbringing who's been reading the Scriptures from time to time in a random fashion since childhood, I can say that for quite some time, if anyone would ask me which book from the Bible was my favourite, I'd say Ecclesiastes. However, as I re-read it somewhat recent-ish, I came to the conclusion that I probably had been reading too much of my own interpretations into it. I suppose I don't really have enough background knowledge to properly understand that text the way it was intended in the context of Judaism. Oh yes, I enjoyed my first reading in translation when I was a university student in the 2000s, and recently I picked the English original from Wikisource. His prose is very fluid, and I loved the diary structure of the narrative, switching between viewpoints of different characters. I'm not sure, but I think he was the first to pioneer this idea of science versus supernatural, which feels like it would be a more natural theme for the 20 century. BTW, I also really enjoyed Lovecraft's The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. Although the main intrigue of the plot was fairly obvious from the start, there's some very good prose there, and the vivid language brings to life the different time periods the story is set in. I also felt that Lovecraft had a lot of love for his home city and its history, which to me is more fascinating than the macabre fantasies of his (although they, too, have some interest and merit). As for non-fiction, another book I'd like to mention is Mirrors in the Brain about the mirror neurons. I think it's the most well-written book on a complex scientific subject that I've ever read.
  6. MrFlibble

    What is your favorite book?

    I, too, am not a fan of committing to any "all-time" favourites, but if by "book" you mean a work of fiction, I've long held Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad as the most emotionally stirring, and the Dune hexalogy as the most intellectually impactful for me. For non-fiction, Into that Darkness by Gitta Sereny is miles above anything else that I've read.
  7. MrFlibble

    I want to learn to make an RTS. Any advice?

    Nice, thanks for sharing! And no, I don't believe you're hijacking anything. Cheers!
  8. MrFlibble

    I want to learn to make an RTS. Any advice?

    Just curious, is your game available somewhere?
  9. I've been actively using forums since 2004, and indeed there's a great potential for building a strong community feeling, or at least there has been one before forums largely got into decline and became more of a niche thing. Back in the 2000s it felt like everybody were using forums, lots of communities bustling with activity. I've got relatively little experience with the more modern social media but it feels that they're not the same thing, although the basic premise of exchanging messages is still there, somehow it does not work. The way forum threads are organized is very conducive for discussions that involve any number of participants, and if there are interesting people around, conversations spring up that are informative and interesting to read, even if you don't want to say something yourself. Thankfully, some communities still keep afloat, but others have been lost for good because the phpBB or whatever accounts have expired, and the Wayback Machine only has very fragmentary snapshots of forums as it seems. Some forums are still maintained but there is almost no activity; I know one that has had a fairly close-knit community with interesting users and interesting discussions, but eventually most of the old-timers have outgrown this and parted ways. But I was lucky to witness some 10 years of life of a very active and friendly forum.
  10. MrFlibble

    Essential stuff for fans of Lee Jackson

    I'm unable to listen to your upload ATM, but Bruckner is very epic indeed, as I recently discovered.
  11. MrFlibble

    Rise of the Triad: Ludicrous Edition is releasing today

    @Edward850, thank you for the explanation!
  12. MrFlibble

    Rise of the Triad: Ludicrous Edition is releasing today

    Guys, a discussion in another forum made me wondering: what exactly does the KEX engine do for Ludicrous Edition? It is still based on the original DOS ROTT source code, right? So what does KEX provide? Is it just the layer that handles video/audio output and controls, or is there more, like replacing the original renderer with the KEX one? Is there a place where this can be looked up?
  13. MrFlibble

    Any other games with demo recording system?

    As usual, MobyGames comes to the rescue: https://www.mobygames.com/group/10071/gameplay-feature-recordable-replays/ Generally, 90s FPS games and more recent RTS games like Warcraft III and StarCraft should be good candidates to include this feature. On a side note, I believe you can also record replays in games created with Chris Jones' Adventure Game Studio (AGS). Also, IIRC, Command & Conquer was supposed to have this, and it is present in the original DOS release in an incomplete way. Nyerguds should know more.
  14. MrFlibble

    Obscure shooters thread

    By the way. From what I can tell, there are a lot of obscure FPS games, many created with various construction kits like 3D GameStudio, FPS Creator and so on. Some were even sold commercially or as shareware. Has anyone ever tried to document the actually good ones, if they exist at all? In my previous post I mentioned the topic about Pie in the Sky's 3D Game Creation System (3DGCS -- which is the official name of the toolkit, not Pie in the Sky engine), which also links to a few sites, some with game ratings and downloads. But I'm unaware of anything similar for other FPS makers out there.
  15. MrFlibble

    Obscure shooters thread

    It was supposed to mean ACK Next Generation or simply ACK Next IIRC. In turn, ACK 3D stands for Animation Construction Kit 3D. Also, since ACKNEX was a German development, the authors likely had a different idea of what's euphonic and perhaps this sounded cool to them.