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Gaming Discussion / Re: In A Goddess of Wisdom Fog
« on: January 23, 2016, 03:49:14 am »
NTSC and PAL refer to the analog television broadcasting formats used in analog televisions. NTSC was used in the US and PAL in the EU. (There are maps on Wikipedia for usage in other areas if one cares about what a specific place used).

From what I recall PAL games run at 50 frames per second while NTSC runs at 60 fps. I don't remember any of the other differences.

The framerate difference come from the alignment with the power nets, in NTSC countries the AC voltage frequency is 50Hz and in PAL countries it's 60Hz. Making the television signals run at a different frequency than the power source would have required much more complicated circuitry.

Also PAL has a higher vertical resolution. 720x576 vs. 720x480. In badly converted PAL games ported from NTSC territories this often lead to black bars at the top and bottom of the screen in PAL versions... During the PSX days this sadly was a common occurence.

General Discussion / Re: What is your favourite folklore?
« on: January 18, 2016, 02:59:03 pm »


A good audio player will also support normalization which adjusts all songs to an even max volume level (it's linear scaling, not dynamics compression, there is no loss of quality). It'll make everything an even loudness level, regardless if it's overproduced and compressed to hell like most pop and newer metal albums or very dynamic 70s prog rock. Annoying volume levels is a problem that has been solved ages ago.

General Discussion / Re: What is your favourite folklore?
« on: January 17, 2016, 04:57:51 pm »
That does sound interesting. Do you have any particular examples of that sort which you could link me to?

I didn't mean it so much in the sense that they directly adapted a certain piece and more that the lyrics in general are focused thematically on some folklore.

Rebellion had a great trilogy of albums centered around the viking sagas (and started one about the Saxons). Arkona from Russia is deeply rooted in Russian folklore (though the lyrics are also in Russian), Nile is all about ancient egypt. Hell, Pagan/Folk is considered its own subgenre with over 2500 entries at Metal-Archives nowadays (http://www.metal-archives.com/lists/folk - of course like with all things, 95% of those are generic shit, but there's still a ton of good 5% left :P). It's hard for me to point to specific things because for me it's more about the theme than the specific folklore being referenced. My favourite band is Summoning and all their songs are about Lord of the Rings. In some ways, the lore of LotR is as richly documented than from actual historical folklores, so for me that counts. It's what they do with it that warps you right onto imaginary battlefields of ancient times.

General Discussion / Re: What is your favourite folklore?
« on: January 17, 2016, 04:18:07 pm »
My goto music is heavy metal, a genre in which various northern european folklore is often a very prominent part. I don't have a preference for a particular one I suppose, but I love listening to those old sagas being turned into battle hymns. Of course often times it gets really silly (some bands take their 2000 year old dead folklore way too seriously), but usually it's good fun. For a layman it can be difficult to seperate the various folklores too though.

General Discussion / Re: "Progress" & "Progressive"
« on: January 17, 2016, 03:39:29 pm »
I think it's more that every thread you open is a rant about something being wrong in the world. How about a nice topic for a change, like... some favourite sports? Great TV shows, music, something non-poltical, religious or otherwise tense that people can read and think to themselves "Hey look, Tharthan is a cool dude who likes things and isn't just frothing at the mouth all day"


General Discussion / Re: Politicians playing hardball
« on: January 08, 2016, 04:30:52 pm »
I don't want people to be wishy-washy, but I don't want them to be extreme either. I want them to be reasonable in their beliefs.

You are wishy washy yourself.

You complain that people have a "with us or against us attitude", yet at the same time, you want simple "yes" or "no" answers. You don't want extremists but moderate stances are too undecisive for you. You want simple answers to complex problems. You sir, are the problem. American politics are what they are because of people like you. Congratulations ;D

General Discussion / Re: Politicians playing hardball
« on: January 08, 2016, 03:24:29 pm »
So in the end, one is stuck with mediocre candidates who aren't very good. What gives?

People who are too extreme will never get majorities, hence the people who get elected tend to be middle of the road-ish, or as you put it, mediocre. (I know the word means something different, but it's cause and effect, interchange the two words in this context as you please, you get the same outcome).

It would help if you suckers didn't have a two party system. Managing coalitions in a 4 or 5 party system leads to much more interesting politics.

Gaming Discussion / Re: SRW-related inquiry
« on: January 08, 2016, 02:50:35 am »
Aliens invade earth.

Site Talk / Re: Outdated Social Media/ Messaging on Forum Profiles
« on: January 03, 2016, 01:46:25 pm »
Google+ is extremely retarded and Facebook is very retarded.

Twitter is oftentimes retarded, and Skype was ruined by Microsoft.

Regardless of your personal opinions about these services, they are much more commonly used by the general population today than the services currently supported by the board. They were all more or less common 10 years ago when RHDN opened, but the op has a point. Personally I wouldn't leave any IM contact info in public profiles anywhere, but those fields aren't mandatory either way so I have no reason to go against the existence of those profile fields.

That said, I dunno if it's feasible to change these things on our codebase at all.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Steam's shit the bed.
« on: January 02, 2016, 03:11:00 pm »
In times when a game that is half a year old is down to 10 bucks or even less reselling becomes a pretty irrelevant thing.

Dude lived harder than almost anybody else on record and made it to 70, that I can respect.


Here is to Lemmy :beer:

Site Talk / Re: Downloads problem?
« on: December 29, 2015, 02:55:03 am »
Wait, logging in to download is a huge hassle, but having to look up a unique password for each file on the site is largely more comfortable? WTF!

Site Talk / Re: Scratchpad Problem?
« on: December 28, 2015, 09:44:05 am »
Maybe the 1.1 in the filename is confusing the extension detection. Try renaming it to 1_1 and look if that fixes it.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Steam's shit the bed.
« on: December 26, 2015, 05:52:30 am »
This wasn't a hack, this was a technical glitch apparently. Aside from some mail addresses you could accidentally see there was no harm either. Elephant out of a molehill.

Site Talk / Re: Isn't today RHDN's 10th anniversary?
« on: December 24, 2015, 03:41:13 am »
I feel SO old right now.

Onwards to the next 10 years :beer:

Gaming Discussion / Re: Super Meat Boy
« on: December 22, 2015, 03:13:00 pm »
Isaac sucks, I'll never understand why people rave about that clunky, random game.

Super Meat Boy on the other hand is evil but insanely polished. You can fail a level 50 times just to get into the perfect flow on the 51th attempt and feel like the king of the world. It's great risk/reward and the shortness of the levels keeps the frustration level manageable. I suck at it, but I did get it to the final 2 or 3 levels of the light world. Hey, I'm proud enough of that, okay? Then the levels get loooong and I can't keep up playing error free for that long a stretch of time. Still, I never regretted playing this, even though I couldn't beat it, much less complete it.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Is Castlevania: Symphony of the Night overrated?
« on: December 20, 2015, 05:15:28 am »
I don't like this game at all. I played it for the very first time this year actually (the PSP port on the Vita). The level design is pretty terrible. Who is supposed to get that you need to wait around in a room for a minute for a door to open for example? Shit like that just requires guides or knowing people who beat it before. I made it to the reverse castle, but then I just couldn't stomach any more of it and quit. I regret that I bought it.

I much prefer the GBA Metroids. Even though people keep saying they are bad for some reason (cutscenes or something). I fully admit I'm generally pretty bad at this genre though. I still haven't played Super Metroid.  :'(

Gaming Discussion / Re: Final fantasy vii new remake footage from kotaku!
« on: December 06, 2015, 03:47:53 am »
You know, there's no guarantee that this is an action game. It's certainly more active, but until we see a live demo of combat, there's no real way to tell; it might just be cinematic.

This, Lightning Returns combat for example also looks like the scenes shown from the trailer and it's still turn based.

I was at least kind of feeling the trailer until the actual gameplay footage--I know there's a stigma around turn-based games for whatever reason, but I'm 100% certain this move is going to dumb things down.

What is there to dumb down? The materia system is fully graspable in 5 minutes.

General Discussion / Re: WHAT U READIN DAWGZ (Books Thread)
« on: December 05, 2015, 03:19:45 am »
Holy shit I hate Prince of Nothing so much. And I hate myself more for putting up with the other two books thinking there must be something redeeming happening later on like magictrufflez. It's well written, but the content in that one is just ugh. The main character is basically Hitler if Hitler could make anyone do whatever he says. And at the end he even gets everything he wanted. Nothing to pay, no redemption, no regret. He is just the biggest dick imaginable for 3 books and then even gets rewarded for it.

If you read the author's blog, it's clear he is one of those stoners who came up with some philosophical thought half-baked at 3 am when he couldn't sleep and thinks he found some profound truth about the human condition he needs to share with the world. The whole series is an attempt at philosophical commentary on how easily manipulatable the human mind is. Only no one cares and it's just no fun to read.

Abercrombie is just good fun fantasy pulp though, I'd recommend making some time for it. It's not heavy reading, but I think that's especially why it's a good fit if you have limited timeslots for it.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Why do some people complain about long RPGs?
« on: November 30, 2015, 03:43:05 pm »
You are talking like the designer in question has no opinions of his own in the matter. What if he wants to move to management? After 15 years it's hard to still come up with new ideas. Especially if you are tied to a specific franchise. A ton of people would be happy at the change of scenary. Maybe this is what the guy wanted and he deserves to be happy after all of his accomplishments.

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