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  1. LexiMax

    thoughts on The Doom Awards™

    This is kind of funny, but in a sad way. If you're going to write your own awards - it helps if you actually WRITE your own awards.
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    GTA VI Trailer

    GTA 5's writing had been going on for literal decades in other forms of media. Irony and cynicism were very common in the zeitgeist at the time, and still are today. The problem with leaning too hard into that style of writing like GTA5 did is that it doesn't really have anything to say. It just satirizes and deconstructs things into oblivion, and then shrugs in the wreckage of its destruction, as if it was some inevitable part of the human condition. David Foster Wallace called that style of writing corrosive to the soul, and I agree with him. Why does everything have to suck all the time? What's wrong with a teachable moment or a light at the end of the tunnel or a real human emotion every so often?
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    GTA VI Trailer

    As was CJ from GTA: San Andreas. And the playable cast of both Red Dead games. I don't remember Tommy Vercetti or the voiceless protagonist from GTA3 having enough character depth to register either positively or negatively - they felt like player self-inserts. GTA5 on the other hand had by far the most unlikable protagonists in a Rockstar game I can remember, and the entire game was full of such poisonous, nihilistic irony that it was tough to find anybody to root for.
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    How is your control (keys+mouse) setup?

    WASD for moving around, E for use. Number keys 1-5 are weapons, Q and R are the Plasma and BFG. Left mouse is fire, right mouse is strafe on.
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    Talking to people you don't like

    I've heard it put another way - it's really difficult to reason someone out of something they didn't reason themselves into in the first place. People don't become Nazis because there's any basis to the ideology. They do it because they're sociopaths, opportunists, or at the very least have unjustified grievances towards others. You don't fight that with reasoned debate, you fight it by upending the source of their underlying grievances or just straight up ostracism.
  6. I always thought that the frontpage was a good feature. Besides /newstuff, it was nice to be able to follow major releases and breakthroughs in speed-running all in one spot.
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    What's your favorite armor system in games?

    I actually really liked the armor and shield system in Overwatch. Instead of having a separate bar for each, they're all a part of the same health bar, and the makeup of the bar is unique to the character. If you get hit by something, it will eat away at the bar from right to left following these rules: White bars are HP and act like normal hit points Yellow bars are armor, and applies damage reduction to incoming damage before taking the hit. Each attack it absorbs is reduced by 5HP, or half, whichever is lower. This is more effective against multi-hit attacks, and weak against single-target burst damage. Blue bars are shield, and will regenerate at 20 HP per second if you avoid damage for 3 seconds. There are a lot of interesting ramifications to this system, and it accomplishes this without introducing damage types.
  8. Note that SLADE has a few bugs when it comes to extracting some ROTT resources - some formats are guessed incorrectly, some are correctly read, but flipped the wrong way around. Let me know if there's something you want but can't find, and I'll try to figure something out for you. Also, DARKWAR.WAD in Ludicrous Edition is a 100% reproduction of the 1.3 Site License version. LE adds new assets, which are located in RottEX.kpf, and can be extracted with anything that can read a ZIP file.
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    Alex Jones has a video game.

    All of those people that you listed above were desperately trying to be taken seriously. Levity and humor at their expense is intended to rob their message of power, though doing so at least still runs the risk of glossing over the very real atrocities these people committed. Alex Jones is the opposite. He knows he is perceived as a buffoon and deliberately plays into it in order to attract people to his platform, hoping that at least some portion of the people he attracts to point and laugh start to agree with him.
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    Alex Jones has a video game.

    It was not an isolated joke that stepped over the line. Each one of women and children existed, and Alex Jones claimed otherwise not as a joke, but for political expediency. Knowing the depths of depravity that he was capable of, I would have a difficult time stomaching looking at the man, let alone laughing at one of his absurdist rants. But again, maybe there's a subtlety to his humor that I'm not getting. So can you please explain to me how Alex Jones is funny?
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    Alex Jones has a video game.

    Can you explain to me the humor in having a base that harasses grieving parents of murdered kids because of the words he spouts? I'm not sure what's funny about that.
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    Source Ports personal deal breakers

    SDL_Mixer has two ways of playing MIDI on Windows - either by using Windows MIDI directly via WinMM, or by using a software synthesizer that it has built-in called Timidity. Windows MIDI sounds like how you remember it, but it has largely sat untouched since the 90's, has had broken volume control since Vista, and only works on Windows. Software synthesis will sound exactly the same across all supported platforms - it's in the name, a synthesizer implemented in software - but requires the use of a soundfont and people tend to complain when their MIDI's don't sound like how they remember it playing on Windows XP.
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    Source Ports personal deal breakers

    One "mistake" that used to be quite common in ports is using the default SDL_Mixer implementation of playing MIDI music. SDL_Mixer's MIDI music player has been broken on Windows for quite some time. Using it prevents a user from being able to set the MIDI music volume separately from sound effects on anything newer than Windows Vista, which was released over 15 years ago. Most modern source ports have a workaround of one flavor or another, but you can't simply throw a MIDI file at SDL_Mixer and expect music to work properly. EDIT: If you're curious, it seems like ceski's winmusic is the least-intrusive way of accomplishing this. It looks a little gnarly because it's essentially injecting and rewriting volume events into the MIDI stream, but it's a fair bit less intrusive than bringing in a library. Other alternatives include. ZMusic is a very capable alternative that allows you to have the music-playing feature-set of GZDoom. Odamex uses PortMidi to help with the MIDI rewriting, and to ease playing with external MIDI synthesizers, but it's a bit overkill for all the work you will have to do just to do what ceski's code does out of the box. Standalone FluidSynth exists, but from what I understand it can be tricky to integrate into a project from scratch, and it won't sound quite like Windows MIDI. ZMusic includes it in-tree. Playing MIDI in an external process was something that was done previously by many Chocolate forks and Eternity engine, but the setup turned out to be a bit brittle and as far as I'm aware no port that is actively in development uses it anymore.
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    So, GZDoom has replaced its sector light options...

    I don't think this is an unpopular opinion so far as it is probably a pain in the neck to implement. Counter-strike 2 actually does it like this, with a special "graphics settings" level that renders to the side: I don't think GZDoom has the ability to render multiple levels at once like Source 2, so I wonder if it could simply render the current viewport off to the side.
  15. Aphex Twin has a song on his Windowlicker EP called...*ahem*....