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  1. Rule your own island! Oppress your subjects! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0J448fXXVFI I'll never be able to run this on my current PC but it will be a great game. It uses Unreal 4 and the publisher has moved the development work to another company, that way the game is fresh. The previous company was good but they made 3 games that were basically all the same - Tropico 3, 4 and 5. Tropico 6 will be good for anyone who likes RTS/simulation. I hope the humour is similar to the previous games.
  2. When I find stable employment I will buy a faster PC and get this AOE game. I think they should make a new AOM too, but do it from scratch even if much of it is similar. First priority on RTS games though, is to donate to 0 a.d. Why do so many people dislike Windows Store? Do they think that it is a conspiracy to block Steam? lmao
  3. In 2010-2012 I played Age Of Mythology on an out-dated machine and I managed to get good at playing the different factions. I am familiar with RTS but I suck at 0 AD. I installed the game (not from source this time) and I managed to advance into the 2nd age, then I was gathering resources and building more stuff when I was attacked, which stalled my progress to the point that I decided to quit. What is the best way to defend? Should I prioritise the blacksmith upgrades, guard towers or should I build a specific mixture of infantry? Different games have different rules. In Command & Conquer 3 buildings cost a lot of money, so it pays to only build one war factory. 8-bit Armies is different, because each additional motorpool (war factory) gives you a 1x bonus, so you can stack the bonus and get 4x unit production. 8-bit Armies relies on unit spam. CnC 3 relies on slow base expansion and units are strongly biased: being anti-infantry or anti-tank ... you cannot mob enemy units because of the strict balance, unit spam is awful in CnC 3 and doesn't work very well. I'm not sure where I'd rank 0 AD on these things.
  4. Earlier in the week I bought a ViewSonic VX2778 which has a 2560x1440 resolution. I found out only after buying it that I also needed an HDMI 2.0 cable http://www.audioholics.com/hdtv-formats/understanding-difference-hdmi-versions whoops! Oh and I needed a new graphics card too. My AMD integrated graphics can only manage 1,200px but the new graphics card (a cheap one) can handle 1,600px maximum (required for 1440p). If I had known this, then I would have bought a cheaper screen but it's too late now. I've got the expensive 27" which weighs 6kg, I don't know if my existing mount would hold the new screen but nevermind, it's so big that you can always see it no matter what viewing angel. Happy coding! I didn't realise there was a dancing banana on this forum. Update: another thing to be aware of is the presence of Display Port cables - if your graphics card doesn't have a socket for Display Port, then you'll need to buy an HDMI cable and use HDMI instead. When I bought this monitor it only came with a Display Port cable, and my existing HDMI cable most likely didn't have the bandwidth for the 1440p! Watch out lads.
  5. I got the SSD installed, I did it myself. I was surprised at how slim and light-weight they are. It seems almost stupid, to try to screw it into a slot. I just left mine hanging - the data cable and power cable were too stiff anyway, I didn't want to muck around. Heaps of people on Tom's Hardware don't put their SSD into the HD bay, they just tape it or shove it somewhere, where it won't cause trouble. Also: the computer store recommended an A-Data drive, though Samsung and San Disk are good brands too
  6. Hello there, I managed to fix my issue by installing the latest source. At the time of this thread (3 months ago) I was attempting to build a "fixed" version, which had a version number. The best way to install is to use the latest source from SVN. If that causes you grief, then wait a few weeks and get the latest source again and hope it works. Nothing beats the latest source in my opinion!
  7. Can't register for new account in-game

    I'm in the pacific/Auckland time zone, PM me if anyone wants to play. I will probably lose but okay Just search on any search engine: what is the time in Auckland and you will see my time zone.
  8. Cannot create multiplayer account

    So when I try to register an account it says error the client does not have sufficient privileges to remove an account. But I'm not removing an account, I'm creating one
  9. In Windows I'm sure that many applications can do that, but in Linux the partitioning would mean that all applications are on one disk, I don't think you can put x application on the SSD and y application on magnetic disk in Linux. Once I sell my car I'll buy the 256GB for peace of mind - an extra $50 isn't much
  10. I'm a programming student and I really like what technology can do to make lives easier. I'm 5 weeks into the course but it's fun to drool over the possibilities. I'm not doing any maths or geographical things on my course so it isn't likely I'd do any transport work, but it's really cool to see what can be done with maps and location services. Most people discovered this stuff years ago but I only got a smartphone last December. My phone is nearly 1/4 the cost of an entry-level iPhone but I can do everything I need when it comes to buses/navigation. I'm curious to know if anyone here has used car pool applications, particularly by Ride Shark. If not, who cares I'm up for a game of 0 AD if anyone is online. I've got next week off so I'll be gaming in between studying.
  11. I think it's normal for applications to install onto C:\ but is it more common now to let the user install on another partition or another drive? That'd be good if you had low value applications - put them on the slow drive.
  12. Isn't that what flash drives are for? Unless you're pirating movies you shouldn't need that much. Plus if you upgrade you can keep your old drive anyway. I could live with 256GB for a few years. I only use 80GB of space on my desktop PC. It has 2 versions of Visual Studio, Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio and a few basic games. My backups take up less than 20GB.
  13. It turns out that the car pool web site for New Zealand is down, they are making a new one. Actually, they are making a whole application with new features. I asked what company had the contract and it's a Canadian company called Ride Shark (see links at the bottom). They specialise in developing car pool software. If you look at the video/animation on the front page you'll see a scene of a convertible driving on an open road. If you look closely at the curvy mirrors and the shield between the headrests you can tell that it's a Mazda Miata 'nc' (2006-2013 model). I thought that was pretty cool because I couldn't think of a more environmentally conscious car, well, unless you include electric or hybrid cars. When I think of the Miata I never imagine bitter old men shaking their fists at other drivers LOL, it's the perfect car for a web site which is all about happy, low-stress commutes. Last year I took a few photos of the new Miata/MX5 (front photo - rear photo). But even if you can buy your dream car (or second-best dream car) it's hardly worth driving where I live. Buses have horrible delays in my city but that's only because too many people drive, falsely thinking that it'll be quicker. I like to drive between 7pm and 7am but it's almost pointless because I don't mind walking 3km in the rain to get to my course. I've got a "dry bag" to protect my laptop, it's camping gear but you can fit a laptop. Also for buying groceries I can buy them online and have them delivered for about $15, I haven't tried it yet. Everywhere is narrow in my city, all the side streets are basically one way because there are cars parked on either side. There's cheaper and smarter ways of doing things - programmers and engineers of every kind know that. One good step is to have car pool systems so we can reduce traffic by eliminating redundant trips. We're approaching the rainy season here in Christchurch so I've already called the council and requested bus shelters where I depart from. Every little bit counts. Try explaining that to the "average" person they will never understand. They're too busy getting ripped off and exploited. They think it's easier to "stay put" In New Zealand there's a big "crisis" at the moment, heaps of people in their 20s and 30s complain that they can't afford to buy even the most basic house. Why compete? I want to move out of New Zealand all-together! I'll go where the work takes me. No-one is being forced to live here http://www.letscarpool.govt.nz/ https://www.rideshark.com
  14. I bought a desktop PC about 2 years ago. At the time solid-state disks were a wee bit expensive so the guys who built my PC didn't put one in. I really want one now because I'm on a programming course and sometimes Windows Update plus other software installation will take (almost) all day to complete! It's really annoying because it causes unnecessary stress and I can't stay on task as much as I'd like to. I have enough distractions already, like walking to the shops to buy ingredients, then cooking, and then later on cleaning the dishes. Windows Update on a mechanical hard drive is infuriating in my opinion, it wastes valuable time. Everything takes longer to install or upgrade. It only costs $180 in my currency to buy a 256GB solid-state drive so I'm going to do that once I've sold my car. The laptop that I bought for my study has a solid-state drive and it's pretty good at not crashing despite only having a petty AMD A-4 CPU. Operations take a while to complete but it's reliable. My desktop PC has an AMD A-10 which is fantastic for everything except graphics capability. I'm going to get a budget ASUS video card so I can play 8 Bit Armies on at least medium settings, probably on full I think! Although the A-10 isn't as good as some of the i-5 processors, I think that the combination of a solid-state disk with a cheap AMD CPU is very, very good for saving money. I strongly disagree with Intel's pricing, especially when the hard drive is usually the culprit responsible for slow speeds. Why waste money? I've used the AMD A-10 for 2 years now and I don't regret it. I'm going to upgrade it with a new hard drive and a graphics card and it'll be useful for another 5 years. I might go full-Linux too, and have Fedora on one PC and Debian on the other. That'd be a lot cooler than running Windows 10. Next year, once I have a programming job I'll no doubt be forced to use Windows, against my will. It'd be stupid to use Windows at home too, when I have the choice not to.
  15. Visual Studio 2013 is getting old

    I made the mistake of opening links on visualstudio.com and it turns out that the build instructions lead there too, only that it redirects you to VS 2017.
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