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Gaming Discussion / Re: Is there a game you love but cannot beat or master?
« on: November 30, 2016, 06:22:50 am »
Which is something that must be done to complete the game. I win. :P
No. You said "without a guide". There is 100 ways to learn about it other than a guide.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Is there a game you love but cannot beat or master?
« on: November 30, 2016, 01:49:33 am »
If anyone tells me they beat the English version of that game without a guide I'd either call them a liar or [...]
There's no need for a guide, just someone to tell you about kneeing at specific points with a crystal equipped, which is the only part of the game that cannot be discovered by one's self.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Is there a game you love but cannot beat or master?
« on: November 29, 2016, 06:21:14 am »
There's so many games I couldn't know where to start. I am not particularly skilled with games.

Double Dragon series comes to mind. Arcade games I only beat by cheating using MAME and having virtually infinite money coins, I have to use probably some 60 coins to beat the games ! The NES games are all so hard I can only beat them using save states. Super Double Dragon is easier, but I still end up dying always at the same place I don't remember where exactly but it should be in level 4 or 5. It's also less good then its predecessors.

Then there is the Castlevania series. Actually I didn't beat that many legitimately, I beat Castlevania II, SOTN, the 3 GBA games and the 2 first DS games... and that's it. I never managed to beat the original Castlevania nor Castlevania III legitimately and I always get stuck at the same point, death's stage, in BOTH of those. I of course finished them using save states or easy mode hacks many times, but no matter how much I play them I can never beat death. Super Castlevania IV I got to Dracula legitimately but never beat him without save states. Dracula X... don't even get me started. I am currently stuck in Order of Ecclesia, the boss is so hard I don't think I'll ever manage to beat him.

I cannot conclude without mentionning NES Battletoads. Very great game, I beat the underground tunnel legitimately a lot of time, I think it's difficulty is overrated a lot on the net. However I cannot manage to beat the Rat Race legitimately.

The only game I can beat (legit) is Life Force (Salamander)
Wow, respect !! I beat Life Force many times with the 30 lives code, but I couldn't possibly imagine going further than the 2nd level without it.

And I agree about gradius games being hard but awesome.

Also Contra
Even I managed to beat the NES Contra without the 30 lives code, and I am not particularly good with action games. Super C on the other hand.... is much harder (and for the most part, much better).

General Discussion / Re: The U.S. Politics Thread
« on: November 26, 2016, 03:38:22 am »
P.S. I also answered your previous question as to what is a Hispanic.
Oh thanks, I missed it.

That is not a race but a nativity. Puerto Rico has people of all races. I saw one individual state that they were 65% black and 35% Puerto Rican, which makes absolutely no sense.
Well indeed it doesn't. Except if they mean "native American from the territory that forms today Porto Ricco".

General Discussion / Re: The U.S. Politics Thread
« on: November 25, 2016, 01:47:34 am »
Not Trump, so he has no more power than any other CEO in the U.S.
That's where you're completely wrong. We're not in the 20th century anymore. Any CEO of any large company, in the U.S. or elsewhere, is much much more powerful than any government, let alone it's president. Today's western capitalized world is ruled by companies, government have almost no decisive power exept for minor things.

General Discussion / Re: Guys, I need to talk.
« on: November 24, 2016, 04:08:59 pm »
I'd just add up to what the other said, you should focus on your health and recovery. They are nowadays doing wonders about arificial/fake teeth, so you're in a much better situation that people with broken teeth 40 years (or more) ago.

I'd never stress enough how important it is to make backups, and just as important, to verify that your backup actually works and is recoverable.

General Discussion / Re: The U.S. Politics Thread
« on: November 23, 2016, 03:56:40 pm »
As a Hispanic
I never understand who the Americans are calling hispanic. Supposedly it's a race between "white" and "black" but this makes no sense to me. Here in europe, Spaniards are considered white.

So my conclusion is that black or white American saw some people with mixed native american and spaniard ancestry speaking spanish, and called them "hispanic" as if they were a different goup of people. Is that true ?!?

Front Page News / Re: Utilities: GBAMusRiper released
« on: November 23, 2016, 01:45:02 am »
Ah, thanks for the info before I bashed my head against a wall for a couple hours trying to get it to work...  Maybe someday someone will have enough interest to rip those David Wise tunes, but it might depend on how many games Rare rolled their own sound engine for...
I am not 100% sure, but I believe the program VGMTrans can do a similar treatment to the SNES version of the Donkey Kong Country trilogy, whose music is infinitely superior to the GBA remakes.

General Discussion / wft?!
« on: November 23, 2016, 01:43:32 am »
I use dictonaries all the time when I write in a foreign language, but I rarely do it for my native language.

Front Page News / Re: Utilities: GBAMusRiper released
« on: November 22, 2016, 06:08:55 am »
Has anyone tried this with Donkey Kong Country 3?  It seems like it doesn't use sappy, but I'm not sure if I've 100% confirmed that or not.
None of the Donkey Kong Country remakes use sappy.

General Discussion / Re: The U.S. Politics Thread
« on: November 21, 2016, 02:09:45 pm »
So, did the expression "pussy grabber" already exist before, or was it just invented recently with the Donald Trump scandal ? I somehow cannot figure...

Personal Projects / Re: Chrono Trigger MSU-1 (with FMV's)
« on: November 19, 2016, 05:55:15 pm »
Oh thanks for the precisions. I am less confused now. I am still not very clear about it, this Blake Robinson guy is actually doing licenced work for Yasunori Mitsuda ?! That's quite surprising, but if it is the case then I'm definitely interested in purchasing them ! I am not used to those kind of medium though, last time I purchased any music was close to 10 years ago and it was on CDs. I legally purchased the Chrono Trigger original soundtrack album, yet I never use it anymore - it is just much simpler to play SPCs on my computer whenever I want to listen to Chono Trigger music. My CD player is still working but is in a corner in my room collecting dust - quite sad but the usefullness/encombrement ratio was just too small for it to continue to stay on my desk anymore.

If there is any need to, I could probably render Chono Trigger music in better quality than the original, although it would not be as good of quality than being done by more professional musicians I guess. I already proposed for Secret of Mana, but it didn't seem anybody was seriously interested. I could even post a sample of 2 if people are interested to how it'd sound.

Personal Projects / Re: Chrono Trigger MSU-1 (with FMV's)
« on: November 19, 2016, 06:25:25 am »
On the linked website for audio "download" (although no free of charge download is available) : http://www.thechronosymphony.com

Personal Projects / Re: Chrono Trigger MSU-1 (with FMV's)
« on: November 19, 2016, 04:34:44 am »
So basically, you're selling Chrono Trigger music ? That sounds, to me, like super illegal.

Even though in the preview, it seems to sound very great, incredible. If only this was legal.

General Discussion / Re: The benefits of using ogg vorbis?
« on: November 18, 2016, 03:40:59 pm »
bitrate is yet another thing
No, bitrate is very related to how much compression artifacts are audible. You just re-said what I already said, that is, mp3 is obsolete and shouldn't be used to encode new audio data anymore.

OGG vorbis on the other hand can have different qualities ranging from 0 to 10, a higher quality means a higher average bitrate, but unlike mp3 bitrate is not a constant number which come with a big advantage : The quality of the compression artifacts do (theoretically) not depend on the song itself, but on the selected quality only. I am not sure whether this is actually true.

Nevertheless, I personally cannot hear any difference between an OGG vorbis coding of quality 3 and a raw sound, perhaps if you have better hearing than me you'll still hear some artifacs and will require 4 or 5, or even 6, this is possible. Nevertheless even an OGG compressed with a quality of 6 is much smaller than anything compressed loslessly and will not sound any different to human ears, even if the waveform itself is of course different. So this is appropriate to store music indeneded to be listened to, but not for further processing nor for data archivage.

People who claim they can hear the different between OGG quality 6 and FLAC are probably indeed hipsters and liars. Just like people who claim they can feel electromagnetism or any other such bullshit.

PS : Before OGG came out, MP3 with maximum bitrate (320 kbps) was pretty much the equivalent of OGG with high quality, so no normal human would be able to tell any difference, exept that the resulting file size was much less interesting.

General Discussion / Re: The benefits of using ogg vorbis?
« on: November 18, 2016, 12:33:53 pm »
and for people with good hearing. :)
FLAC (or any other form of lossless audio compression) is neither for hipsters nor for peopelw with good hearing. You guys should definitely get some technical knowledge instead of just beliving clich├ęs. The point is to code audio loslessly while using less disk space. If you have good hearing, lossy coding with a sufficiently high bitrate will be sufficient so that nobody, no matter how good their hearing is, will ever notice any losses.

Application of FLAC I could think of are :
  • Archiving audio CDs without any losses of data
  • Storing small sound snippsets (such as sound effects in a game) which are so small no lossy coding is required.
  • Used as stages of audio processing before the final rendering, which compress the sound snippset once.

General Discussion / Re: The U.S. Politics Thread
« on: November 15, 2016, 04:52:31 pm »
The idea I got before was that he was wanting to build a 40ft wall all along the border, which IS stupid.
How many people voted for this because they wanted it to be like in Game of Thrones ?

General Discussion / Re: Jews and jewish culture
« on: November 14, 2016, 04:36:40 pm »
The greatest problems in the world stem from organized faith due to the clerical (Any religious leader of high standing be it Rabbi, Priest, Imam, etc.) class calling the shots.
In the case of Christianism, that didn't happen since the middle ages. For other religions I can't and don't want to comment.

General Discussion / Re: Learning Japanese for Entertainment
« on: November 14, 2016, 02:37:03 pm »
So here's a question. If learning Japanese from games isn't a great idea what about learning other languages, namely English, from games?
I couldn't say I learnt English "from games", but games definitely were both a major motivation for learning english (i.e. much more material availalbe than in my native language) and also a way to learn some vocabulary that complemented other more traditional ways.

Where I learnt written english most quickly was probably on the Nesdev forum. There was absolutely no equivalent of it in my native language, so I was forced to join the forum in english language and participate in discussions in that langauge. I was still a teenager back then but I became fluent in written english very quickly after learning the basics of the language that way, maybe in 2 years.

General Discussion / Re: The U.S. Politics Thread
« on: November 14, 2016, 12:17:19 pm »
It's almost unanimously agreed that Iraq was a mistake.  Even among the politicians who sent us there.  Cheney might be the only one who's still convinced it was a good idea.
Then, why do you guys still call french people "surrendering monkeys" ? This whole thing started because G.W. Bush was angry that France refused to help him invade Irak, well obviously France refused because the whole idea was stupid. Yet American have to remember to France their humilitating defeat of 1940 (one of the only 2 humilitating defeats France ever got in history - the other being 1871) and remember us they saved our asses, just to put themselves in a position of absolute supperiority (even though the Britts and French resistance and the soviets were just as significant as America when it came to saving our asses). As if brute force was the only thing that mattered in what makes a country great.

Just trop with the imperialism and let other countries do it their own way. Please. I gladly admit we had our asses saved by America once in recent history, and thank you for that BUT let us live our own way.

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