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Gaming Discussion / Re: Victoly!
« on: February 27, 2016, 03:34:57 pm »
XCOM2 was as good as expected. Well at least gameplay wise. In technical terms the game's a disaster. If you liked the first, get the second, once they put out three or four patches...

Also done with Mordheim. I put up a review on steam: http://steamcommunity.com/id/kaioshin62/recommended/276810/
I didn't beat it, but I've got my fill.

Next up I definitely need to find something not turn-based...

General Discussion / Re: #WTFU (Where's the Fair Use?)
« on: February 27, 2016, 02:45:31 am »
How to fix it though? With millions of new videos every day (I'm guessing YT is in such areas of activity now) they'd need thousands of people overseeing copyright notices to weed out the false claims from the proper ones.

The only thing I can think of that might help is if a few big youtubers who were being hit unfairly sue the claimants for a large sum in compensation and win in court. So there is precedence that false claims can get very expensive. Maybe that will convince copyright holders to actually check what they claim instead of just blanket striking every video that comes up related to their search terms.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Which Megami Tensei game is more kid-friendly?
« on: February 26, 2016, 05:11:25 pm »
Just skip through the dialoges, there is only 20 lines of dialoge for every 5 hours of gameplay anyway in those games.

Demikids has terrible gameplay, you can basically walk through the game using autobattle permanently.

Watch that video, and do some research on "machine learning".  This industry is BOOMING right now.  Robots can do so much more than monotone repetitive tasks.  You're thinking of 1990s automation.  2030s automation will be an entirely different beast.

I'm sorry, but I teached courses on machine learning at the university... Machine learning is awesome, but what you are thinking of is still SciFi. It will be something else in 15 years but I'm talking about jobs today. You can make a robot with machine learning do one task very well, but there is still no way to link together several complex tasks to make them do ANY kind of real thinking. By the way, the algorithms used in those fancy breakthrough documentaries and IBM Watson ads they are flooding the airwaves with are all from the 70s. Back in the day there just wasn't the computing power to use them well, because they are basically based on brute force iterating through training datasets millions of times. I.E. they are actually quite stupid and people more or less randomly stumble over new ways to actually use them.

Optimism won't change the fact that most of the good jobs we used to have were replaced by robots

No job that can be done by a robot can be considered "good" by any definition of the word. Robots do monotone, repetetive tasks. Yes, even today. I don't wish such a job on anyone.

General Discussion / Re: Did J.J. Abrams ruin Star Trek?
« on: February 18, 2016, 02:00:40 pm »
If these movies hadn't been so successful they wouldn't have finally greenlit a new Trek TV show. So at the very least fans should be grateful for that. The first movie was a great action movie. The Trek movies after the (almost universally considered one of the worst entries in the franchise) first were all more action oriented than the TV shows. It's cinema, few people would go to see some talking heads debate AI rights for 2 hours or something. The Abrams movies follow in those footsteps. It doesn't diminish TV Trek, it's just another angle at the universe.

I agree that the second movie was a big step down, but mostly because it was too convuluted. Production wise it was top notch again. It wasn't terrible by any means, it just had much more glaring weaknesses than the first.

I also agree that the trailer for the third movie was shit (except for the bit Bones getting left alone to die, that will become a classic scene). But Simon Pegg already said it doesn't represent the movie too well. Let's not assume the worst and put it on a shitty marketing department for now.

Nothing was ruined in any case.

General Discussion / Re: Deadpool: The Movie
« on: February 14, 2016, 03:02:31 am »
I want to go see it but I'm not sure I'll find the time. Not a big Deadpool fan (yet?) but I read very good things.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Victoly!
« on: February 14, 2016, 02:54:00 am »
Victoly down to page 3? What is this outrage!  :'(

I beat Rise of the Tomb Raider yesterday. It's even better than the already great last one. I'm glad the stupid XBone time exclusivity only lasted 3 months or so.

Next up: Mordheim & XCOM 2.

General Discussion / Re: Odd But Charming Television Programmes?
« on: January 30, 2016, 02:05:13 pm »

And if that's the case, what's the value in differentiating between "doom metal"/"black metal"/"death metal" when nobody outside of elitists are going to know what the difference is and you have to explain the difference every time you use the terms?

No one outside elitists? Anyone who actually listens to it will be able to tell the 3 apart easily and will thus gain value from the categorization. Who doesn't gain value from those terms are those who won't listen to it in the first place because they have no interest in it. So they don't have to care either way. Those are super valuable labels, it has nothing to do with elitism.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Anyone feel the PS1 graphics had it's charm?
« on: January 24, 2016, 06:35:04 am »
I think the only one still bothering with CGI intros and outros are Blizzard. But they put a shitton of money into those clips and there are only one or two more during the campaigns (and ironically they look better than the footage from the Warcraft movie). In general CGI movies are rare as hell nowadays. With good reason, the video compression/fixed resolution is enough to make them noticably look worse than ingame footage, regardless of how many detail is put into the scenes.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Anyone feel the PS1 graphics had it's charm?
« on: January 24, 2016, 03:40:31 am »
What? In-engine cutscenes are way more popular nowadays than CGI - especially from big budget titles.

Come on now, don't destroy the preconceptions of the "modern gaming sucks" haters who stopped playing new games in 2005.

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.

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