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  Doom (Pacifist run)
Posted by: Dark Jaguar - 12th April 2019, 9:40 AM - Forum: Tendo City - No Replies

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  Testing circuit for hand tracking glove
Posted by: etoven - 5th April 2019, 2:42 AM - Forum: Ramble City - Replies (1)

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  I won the publisher's clearing house!
Posted by: Dark Jaguar - 4th April 2019, 11:26 AM - Forum: Ramble City - Replies (3)


So this was a fun little scam.  Some extremely asian man named John Peterson (Sweet Christmas that's generic) calls to tell me I won.  I have to admit unlike most of these scam calls, this one was persistent.  Normally, all I get is an instant hangup at the slightest hint of my suspicions, but this guy, no this guy was more than willing to answer my questions.  Sure it was all lies, but it was almost charming in comparison.  I told him I don't gamble and never entered that contest, nor was I even aware it was still around.  He tells me that I was "entered automatically for my prompt bill payment".  I suppose this is meant to appeal to some sense that "good behavior is rewarded", which I guess is meant to make it seem like I'm getting my "just reward" for being a good little consumer, rather than raising my suspicions even more than they already were.

I was told to write down all this stuff on a piece of paper:

John Peterson
black Mercedes Benz with a hard top

Let me break that down.  He gave me his obviously fake name, followed by his "badge number", then the amount I "won", then a "ticket number", and then finally had me pick out from a few colors from a list he had for a car, exterior color, interior color (leather only, what a gip, I prefer some sort of fabric upholstry, literally anything BUT leather really) and whether or not it was a convertible.  I honestly had trouble not laughing here.  What a cute and meaningless touch.

What was this scrap of paper with all these things for?  This is the best part. This is what I will give the guy with the novelty check apparently, to prove it's me and so they get me the right car.  That's right, apparently they'll have every single one of those cars parked outside my home and I have to give over this piece of paper to get one.  And apparently I get to decide how much money I won!  Wonderful!

So, then came what I knew was coming, the questions.  At that very first one, I told him it's been fun, but I'm done with this scam and I'll be going.  I hung up, and he called back again.  Seriously, that's dedication!  Of course, I hung up right away.  As of now, the only information he's got is my gender, revealed by my voice.  I never even confirmed my name, in fact he never even asked.  I mean, of course he didn't.  My phone number was randomly generated and he doesn't care who he gets, but it is pretty telling that he'll just accept literally anyone that answered my phone before spouting off all those "confirmation numbers".

And of course my caller ID showed nothing, nor would there be anything the phone company could track if I reported it.  Phone spoofing is pretty much bulletproof, and the FBI has no way to track these calls to their source at all.  I just thought it was entertaining.

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  The "true successor to the 3DS" is a smaller Switch
Posted by: Dark Jaguar - 26th March 2019, 12:58 AM - Forum: Tendo City - Replies (5)

Well, so go the rumors, but to see the report on Ars Technica now, it likely comes from a reliable source.


One is basically a smaller form factor more affordable option, which essentially clinches it as a solid 3DS replacement system.  Literally the only complaint left is "it has one screen", which barely qualifies.  Two screens has always just been a gimic anyway, easily replaced by the power of "just make a bigger screen".  (Case in point: the popularity of ultrawide monitors has kind of defeated the point of getting multi monitor setups for a lot of people.)

Anyway, point is having a cheaper smaller option truly makes it portable.

Next up is the more expensive option, a "Pro" switch.  This is rumored to be much like the New 3DS, or the DSi, or the Gameboy Color (or to a lesser extent the GBA SP, which internally is the same hardware, but the internal light and rechargable battery function as such a radical upgrade most of us snatched them up immediately).  It straddles that middle ground, not quite being a new console, but not quite NOT being that.  Nintendo in the past has stuck to it's usual plan of releasing updated portable remodels, and downgraded console remodels.  Since the Switch is both portable and console, it's going to get both.

There's no real info on it, but if I were to guess, I'd say that it'll probably get a 1080 screen to replace the current 720 (economies of scale have made LCD screens so cheap to mass produce now that I bet it won't even cost Nintendo anything to make that change.  I would also guess they're shrinking the die on that processor and might be upping it's close speed slightly, and as a result we could get a system that runs in "docked mode" at all times, with enough overhead to keep that docked mode running at a solid 60 FPS, at least more often than not anyway.  Since Switch games are already designed around running on flexible hardware speeds, this seems doable without much pain.

These are just guesses on the most likely stuff.  Oh yes, I have a huge list of things I'd fix with the Swith's hardware design, but that's for another time.

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  Sudoku: You Only Live Twice
Posted by: Dark Jaguar - 25th March 2019, 4:52 AM - Forum: Tendo City - Replies (3)

From the maker of Demon's Souls.  Meaning Satan who is the Devil.

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  Arcade Machine
Posted by: etoven - 20th March 2019, 9:21 PM - Forum: Ramble City - Replies (1)

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  Google Stadia
Posted by: A Black Falcon - 20th March 2019, 8:53 PM - Forum: Tendo City - Replies (14)

Google announced a new streaming games platform, Google Stadia, Tuesday.

I watched it, and have seen mixed reactions.  I am concerned about this as well. On the positive side, there is an appeal to it -- you can play games at very high graphical detail, without spending anything on hardware.    A lot of tech companies think streaming is the future of games, and it's easy to see why, if they can solve the biggest immediate problem streaming has, input lag -- it takes time for that data to get from your device to the data center where the processors are, and any game where quick reaction times are important will be very hard to get running as well streaming as they do on a local box, if it is indeed possible.  A lot of people may not care about that and streaming may well take off in a big way eventually, but you do need good internet in a way a lot of places still don't have, no data caps (unlike a lot of ISPs today), but those are big issues Google will be dealing with for at least the near future that probably will limit Stadia adaptation.  Maybe in ten years internet speeds, routers, and such will have made major strides forward, to the point where more kinds of games will run great remotely... though again there are limitations they will probably have a problem with -- games which require frame-perfect timing, are they ever popular remotely given the limits of the speed of light?  A lot of kinds of games should work and zero hardware costs is a nice thing for Google to mention because it does save people money and increase access... if people don't mind a probably laggier experience that will make some kinds of games worse.  Oh, and Youtube integration, since Google owns Youtube, is also something which should make it easy for them to push Stadia pretty hard.

Of course, there are other reasons to be worried about Stadia that aren't about the technology and hardware itself.  First, it's that this is being made by Google, one of the largest tech companies and one definitely not exactly known for caring about people or rights or anything of the sort.  For example, as I've seen mentioned repeatedly, Google's controller for the Stadia connects to your wi-fi itself, and then from there directly to Google's servers.  This controller has a microphone in it, which Google is sure to be listening to in order to sell you advertising and such at minimum.  The presentation claims that Stadia will also be usable with other controllers, but will voice be required or something?  We'll have to see.  Regardless, Google is definitely not a trustworthy company with private or personal data, and 100% of your data in Stadia is stored in Google servers.  I don't know that I'd want that...

And beyond that, as someone who loves classic gaming as well as modern, there are very obvious major issues with an all-streaming future -- in this future, there are no used games.  There is no classic game market beyond what companies allow you to play.  Once a game is removed from sale, it vanishes, permanently, unless someone on the developer side saved a copy themselves and leaks it... which would probably be unlikely for legal reasons.  So you want to play a great sports game from five years ago?  Sorry, the licensed expired, it's gone forever now.  Company went bankrupt?  All their games no one else wants to pick up go away forever!  This is the corporate-first, people-last future we are heading towards, and it is a very bad thing.

So yeah, I guess I think that this might be cool for some kinds of games, but I do not trust Google and am sad for a future of games where companies can choose what games remain in existence, and not game players.  A whole lot of the older games I like would not be able to be played, at all, ever, in the streaming future and that is horrible.

We'll see, though.  Fortunately for now physical media and local copies of games on a box you have yourself still exist.  I'm not opposed to streaming at all, but the rights and future-playablility issues are huge for me, and companies most definitely do NOT want them to be solved -- they don't make much money from people playing their old games, after all, only their newer ones!

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  PacMan 256
Posted by: etoven - 17th March 2019, 8:48 AM - Forum: Ramble City - Replies (3)

Anyone own it and is it worth $5?

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  Faces ...Tris III
Posted by: Dark Jaguar - 11th March 2019, 4:52 AM - Forum: Tendo City - Replies (4)

Somehow, I had missed this game.  It is literally called that.  The nerve!

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  I made a Mario Maker level
Posted by: A Black Falcon - 8th March 2019, 9:34 PM - Forum: Tendo City - Replies (2)

Yes I know, it's a very timely time to make levels for Mario Maker 1 for Wii U... yeah...

Anyway, I made this level a while ago (2017 or so? I bought the 3DS version right when it came out.) for the 3DS version of the game, and finished it but of course you can't upload from that version. After buying a Wii U I played that version some, but mostly just other peoples' levels; I didn't go into the creator until recently, after the Mario Maker 2 announcement inspired me to finally try to upload my level. I had to unlock all the parts in the game first, which isn't too hard when you look up how to do it quickly, then recreate the level carefully by making it from scratch on Wii U while looking at it on 3DS, because I don't think there is a way to transfer levels between versions, only from one 3DS to another. That's pretty unfortunate, but I got it exactly the same, then tried to upload it... but it's moderately challenging, so I didn't get it at first. I tried again today, finally, and finished it! So yeah, the level is uploaded. It's a moderate challenge but not one of those insane stages.


(It's not uploaded under my Mii named for me because I didn't remember to switch back from this one, but oh well, that's fine.)

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