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  1. There are too many downsides to using Steam. The worst downside is that instead of funding Steam, we could encourage more people to donate to projects such as 0AD (I know the fundraiser wasn't as good as people had hoped, but in my opinion it's worth trying it again) Anyway - things I personally dislike regarding Steam: It's too slow and it updates all the time I don't need built-in rubbish such as 'friends' or pop-up advertising It's possible that Steam causes Linux to freeze 75% sales - they are not a reason to buy games Command & Conquer 3 doesn't work
  2. I think that these monopolies will continue, they will suddenly do something nice to draw people back, if they feel at risk of losing everyone. That's why we must persuade people with principles, not "nice things". 0 A.D. is the type of project that will keep people on Linux. So far, the Linux community is fragmented and so is support. I tried to install a .DEB package to get Steam on Debian, but it was actually an Ubuntu package. I think they also offer RPM for Fedora and a few other distros, but typically only 1-2 distros get support for commercial games. It's better if people make their own
  3. Hahaha I heard that if you get mum-and-dad's credit card you can get some cool cheats in Call Of Duty! Some companies offer a fair price and a good product/service, sadly not all do this. Certainly not companies with a comfortable presence and guaranteed business (ie. they have you by the balls, so-to-speak!) Gaming is pretty bad these days. Companies know that their audience is teenagers and guys who live with their parents LMAO. I'm ready to withdraw my money as soon as something annoys me. Best not to spend anything in the first place, at least don't spend so much that you have to
  4. Hi folks, It seems I have passed my course. I expect to get the diploma, then I'll be off to get a job (not a programming one though, I had something else in mind). So anyway I just posted on Steam regarding fatal lag problems that I've always experienced (with games in general). Someone told me that you can host Steam yourself so long as you own the game in question. It seems many people host off their personal PC, though it is also possible to get a dedicated server. My worst multiplayer experience was a few years ago on PS4. I played Drive Club which has a challenge feature (do a
  5. @vladislavbelov I have a book titled The Black Art Of Multiplatform Game Programming. That guy uses a pattern but I'm not sure which pattern it is. The later chapters in that book are really confusing.
  6. In the future I'd like to re-write this again and make a full feature game under the GPL-3 license, using proper graphics. https://github.com/jeffkiwi/cplusplus If someone here is really nice then please take a look and tell me what the ugliest part is! I'd ask on gamedev.net but I don't like the spirit of that place, it's about commercial games. I intend to release under GPL, not make money! The games industry is too competitive these days and it's controlled by lawyers and investors. I'm the opposite to them, so I post here So anyway, in my opinion the worst aspect of my prog
  7. I've tried OBS and it isn't working. First I had a problem that was easily fixed - it wasn't recording video. Now it does record video but with very odd results. I tried to record 8 bit armies and there was no movement on the screen. I could see the mouse pointer and in the game I was clicking on the mini map and I was moving the mouse to the screen edge to scroll. Somehow, the OBS recorded stuff did not render the scrolling of the map. Also I could hear shooting and the voices of my units, but in the recorded video the units are not moving or shooting. They are stuck still.
  8. Nvidia seems to think that my graphics card is junk and doesn't want to install the recording tool. I'll buy another PC next year and try this out.
  9. I've got a budget card worth only $50 so I am guessing that this feature only exists on more expensive cards?
  10. So these things pickup the HDMI data that goes through the system and it records to the hard drive? How does it link with other PC components?
  11. Sup folks, I'm probably going to buy a new PC next year and I want to make promotional material for games. I want to record footage then edit out the boring parts, and then upload. On Playstation 4 (when I had one) there was a record feature and you could upload directly to Youtube, but only in really bad quality "HD" which wasn't true HD. Is it better to record with hardware instead of software? I believe there is a way to record the data from the HDMI cable and maybe this would be the best way. Next year I'd like to make videos of 8-bit Armies and 0 AD. Also what video editing pack
  12. I have an ASUS wired mouse and next year I'd like to get another wired mouse - one which is comfortable. The current mouse is not very good because my ring finger and pinky are often on the side of the mouse and this odd posture doesn't feel good. I think that what I need is an "ergonomic" mouse. I have a Logitech Orion G610 keyboard with "brown" switches and this has been excellent. Now I just need to replace the mouse. I think my left-click is dead anyway, so it's nearly time to throw it away. For a new mouse, it must be wired, must work on Linux and it must be good for RTS games!
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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 & Co
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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!
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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
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