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John Romero On Reinventing the Shooter

Zembar Re:That was the start (266 comments)

But despite being technically more true 3D than Doom, the effect was less impressive, overall.

Doom, by restricting the view angle, was able skip or precalculate a ton of stuff, enabling it to deliver full screen action with a decent framerate. UW was confined to like 1/4 of the screen. Add to that the tricks Doom pulled with lighting and skyboxes and it was just a lot more impressive.

Perhaps a bigger element of it being a 'revolution' was that Doom ep1 was shareware, so everyone had it. And it was multiplayer. So it was installed in high school computer labs, and in offices etc.

We're in full agreement here. I did play a lot of UW, but nothing compared to the days upon days spent in Doom playing local deathmatches, or the single player maps or TCs, etc etc.

Doom is one of the best games ever made, I just took issue with the "before 3D was even remotely possible" bit :)

5 days ago
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John Romero On Reinventing the Shooter

Zembar Re:That was the start (266 comments)

First off, UO=Ultima Online. But that's not important.

You could definitely walk seamlessly, using the keyboard, in Ultima Underworld, it's not at all grid-based like Dungeon Master. You could also run and swim, you could have platforms you could see above and below at the same time(something not even duke 3d could do when it came out years later). It had 3d objects, not just sprites for everything(but still for most things). It had inclines and leaning walls, also something Doom lacked.

I'll give you that the lighting was better, the sky effects helped a *lot* with the claustrophobia, and the shooting was better since it was a shooter, not an RPG.

various first person in a plainly 2D maze (Wolf3D, Ultima Underworld, Might and Magic 3...)

Ultima Underworld was not a 2D maze. Look at the first screenshot in the wikipedia article for instance.

about a week ago
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John Romero On Reinventing the Shooter

Zembar Re:That was the start (266 comments)

It did convincing pseudo-3D before 3D was even remotely possible though some brilliant use of precompiled BSP trees and sectors.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U...

I'm not saying Doom wasn't revolutionary, but 3D wasn't the reason. And saying it wasn't remotely possible is easily disproved.

about a week ago
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GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

Zembar Re:What? (314 comments)

Seriously, please do some editing before posing.

Posing for what?

about a week ago
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Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

Zembar Re:Pet Peeve (147 comments)

Great idea... Unless, you know, someone on the other side of that artificial mountain needs that water to survive and/or grow food everyone needs to survive.

about a week ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

Zembar Re:how is that supposed to work? (579 comments)

Well, you could RTFA and see that vehicle-to-vehicle collisions increased, not the vehicle/pedestrian incidents that, in fact, decreased.

about 2 months ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

Zembar Re:Not for deaf/hard of hearing... (579 comments)

I can see a few issues with this.

1. Increase of cost. Adding a pole for the near side would add cost.

At least here in Sweden we have poles on both sides as people will be crossing the street in both directions. Yours work differently?

about 2 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

Zembar Re:That will work fine... (1040 comments)

Your math is off, 0x15 = 21

Not hex? What do you mean?

about 3 months ago
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Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

Zembar Re:math? maths? (688 comments)

Mathematics

Etymology of Mathematics on Wikipedia

The apparent plural form in English, like the French plural form les mathématiques (and the less commonly used singular derivative la mathématique), goes back to the Latin neuter plural mathematica (Cicero), based on the Greek plural (ta mathmatiká), used by Aristotle (384–322 BC), and meaning roughly "all things mathematical"; although it is plausible that English borrowed only the adjective mathematic(al) and formed the noun mathematics anew, after the pattern of physics and metaphysics, which were inherited from the Greek. In English, the noun mathematics takes singular verb forms. It is often shortened to maths or, in English-speaking North America, math

HTH, HAND

about 4 months ago
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UK May Kill the EU's Net Neutrality Law

Zembar Re:Poms are weak arseholes (341 comments)

Wow.. I wouldn't want to be a pedestrian walking through that neighbourhood.

about 4 months ago
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UK May Kill the EU's Net Neutrality Law

Zembar Re:Poms are weak arseholes (341 comments)

You couldn't make it up - Foaming mob demanding the death of Pediatricians

I'm pretty sure you're making that bit up though, or the NHS is much worse than I thought.

about 4 months ago
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The Technical Difficulty In Porting a PS3 Game To the PS4

Zembar Re:Shitty code (152 comments)

The PS4 is x86, the PS3... not so much.

Anything assembler-level optimized for the cell architecture would be absolute hell to port.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Back Up Physical Data?

Zembar Well.. (245 comments)

You could start working from home, because then proving your identity will be the coroner's problem, not yours.

about 5 months ago
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3D-Printed UAV Can Go From Atoms to Airborne in 24 Hours

Zembar Re:Knock it off with the word inflation! (77 comments)

technically it is. Anything that flies without a pilot is an Unmanned Arial Vehicle. Be it a fixed wing or helicopter or multi-rotor .

Not completely true though. To count as a vehicle it has to transport something, if we're picking at words.

about 5 months ago
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Gabe Newell Responds: Yes, We're Looking For Cheaters Via DNS

Zembar Re:Still abusive (511 comments)

He specifically says that it doesn't care about what web sites you are visiting, it's the adresses to the cheat DRM servers it looks for, to detect if a cheat has dialed home from that computer. It only checked this if the account was already suspected of using the cheat.

So, in an impressive turn of events, many cheats now include DRM and anti-cheat codes. These phone home to a DRM server that confirms whether or not a cheater has paid to use that particular cheat

Also, he says that since the cheats invented countermeasures to this in just 13 days, they already stopped doing it. The summary is quite misleading. (Not necessarily a big surprise on slashdot...)

about 7 months ago
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EU Commission: Corruption Across EU Costs €120 Billion

Zembar Re:Relation to Debt Crisis? (196 comments)

Saying that everything that you disagree with is corruption does not make it so.

Also, by your definition, promising to lower taxes during an election is also a bribe.

about 7 months ago

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