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#68 funniest video you have ever seen in Off Topic

posted 1 week ago
#50 cool album covers/art in Music, Movies, TV

A few favourites in no particular order
Battles - Mirrored
Boris - Pink
Placebo - Without you I'm Nothing
Sonic Youth - Goo
Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
Black Midi - Schlagenheim
milo - so the flies don't come

posted 11 months ago
#18 what's the VR market like these days? in Hardware
JWBVarious_Horsesvideo is fantastic, very well made, clearly scripted with no time wasting, love it.
also while I'm not going to respond to everyone directly i thank you all for your input of course!

Cheers! Hope it was informative / helpful in some way :)

posted about a year ago
#16 what's the VR market like these days? in Hardware

I bought a used Oculus Rift S before Half-Life: Alyx released.
If you look at the used listings you can tell which were impulse buys that are barely touched (you want those) and which are being replaced by new hardware (maybe if the deal is really good, but used VR equipment is gross, buy a new faceplate or something and it might be OK). The headset was good for the price, the controllers really solid, resolution and FOV in the Rift S are fine if you can accept you just won't have that 'I'm really there' feeling VR fans and the industry seem to be chasing. In my opinion you just can't get that feeling with consumer hardware, but that doesn't mean VR is a gimmick either.
You need a pretty beefy PC, but the most important thing is a consistent framerate, not resolution. Dropped frames feel absolutely awful in VR in a way that's hard to describe.

Personally I get sick with continuous movement, so I can only play games with a teleport function (eg HL: Alyx) so games like Boneworks are off the cards for me. Maybe for that reason, or because Half-Life: Alyx is the only beefy, 'real' game that VR has that doesn't make me sick I have barely played anything else. Alyx is great, and I've played it a bunch of times and messed with a couple of mods too, but honestly nothing else is at the same level for me and I think that's worth considering before buying a headset. As others have noted you now have to have a facebook account with Oculus products - I think there are ways around that, but they're more of a use at your own risk sort of deal. Other headsets like the Index and Vive have issues that other people have noted here (physical set-up that takes time and is pretty clunky, huge cost for the Index in particular, massive, clunky controllers for the Vive). The unfortunate reality is that the facebook offerings are sold at or below cost and offer the best value per dollar as a result, I'd recommend looking at some VR gear reviews to see if the tradeoffs with facebook gear is worth it.

If you were considering the Rift S and / or Half-Life: Alyx in particular I made this video at the time that I think gives a fairly balanced look at what really works, and what doesn't, in VR with current hardware and a bit of an overall experience with Half-Life: Alyx. It's also sort of about the pandemic in a way I thought at the time would be dated by now, but sadly that's still quite relevant too. TL;DW - I don't think VR is worh the asking price at the moment, but HL: Alyx is pretty great despite that.

posted about a year ago
#15 World Chess Championship 2021 in TF2 General Discussion
SpaceCadetPhantomyou might be confused space cadet that is not a picture of garry kasparov
a debate for another day :)

It's a moot point really, everyone's going to have their favourites and how can you compare them fairly? Kasparov held the title longer than anyone else and is arguably the most consistently dominant player ever, Fischer could be seen as the most dominant any one player has been, but only for a very short time, but how do you compare them with Morphy, Alekhine, Capablanca, etc. etc. - all of whom would be destroyed by the top players of today, but in their time and at their peak were giants of the game.

The field of players continually gets better, building on the work of players of the past (and now obviously engines). There's just no fair way to compare them.

posted about a year ago
#26 Is Lange OK? in Off Topic
bearodactylI get people being concerned about Lange and make sure he's okay or whatever but can we chill out with the armchair psychiatrist shit? We don't know what's going on with him or what the motivation for this stuff is, doesn't feel right to be saying he has such and such mental illness or not. Sucks he deleted the nodecg repo tho whatever it was that led him to do it.

Agreed, sorry if it sounded like I was diagnosing him, I meant it only to be a basis for my concern.

posted about 2 years ago
#11 Is Lange OK? in Off Topic
dMenaceLange was one of the first people I met irl from tf2, he's always been the 'ahead of the curve' type and on his own wave. I don't detect anything super alarming, think it's just him getting just bored waiting for his job with TOTH to pick back up (I imagine is all on pause) and is entertaining himself. He's been exercising music as long as I can remember, I think I remember the first sample he dropped before making them into videos you're seeing now, he wasn't unhealthy then I don't think now. Is this a mid-life crisis or a break of sanity? Well, he's smart enough I wouldn't dismiss the possibility but I don't think this is a cry for help in any sense of the way from Lange.

I really hope you're right.

To me it sounds a lot like the stuff a Schizophrenic friend of mine said in the months before accusing me of trying to kill him and motioning towards killing himself 'because that was what I wanted' [said friend is on meds now and relatively stable, but for a long while he was in a really bad place that scared the hell out of me as a friend].

I might be overly sensitive to this sort of thing, but the stuff where he's acting like he's revealing this great truth we don't know about and linking all of these different ideas with thoughts that don't follow any kind of logic I understand is really uncomfortable to see.

I really hope he's just bored or messing around.

posted about 2 years ago
#3 Is Lange OK? in Off Topic

I didn't realise that thread changed into one about Lange, but jesus christ some of those comments are awful, I'm genuinely worried about the guy and I hope that thread isn't how people in general are reacting to his recent posts on social media.

Has anyone that knows him irl reached out to him?

posted about 2 years ago
#1 Is Lange OK? in Off Topic

I've been subscribed to Lange on YouTube for a while, and most of the time he didn't post much and I pretty much forgot about his channel until he started posting a bunch of reuploaded music and videos with 'cryptic' titles and messages and links that give me the impression he's in a bad place.

Videos like this and the comments / descriptions he's left under videos like this one and this one just have me worried he's going to hurt himself.

I'm hoping I just don't 'get' the joke, or that there's some context I've missed, but the stuff he's writing reminds me of the stuff a friend with schizophrenia came up with before he was on meds.

posted about 2 years ago
#274 yomps has passed away. in TF2 General Discussion

Jesus. This is just gutting, I can't imagine how his family and friends are feeling right now.

Rest in peace Yomps, you will be missed.

posted about 2 years ago
#81 Half-Life: Alyx in Other Games

So I'm lucky enough to have had a fair bit of money set aside for a new PC as Alyx was announced (and then spent a lot less on a second-hand PC and bought a second-hand headset with what I saved) and I've got to say from what I've played it's pretty fantastic.

I was previously in the camp that thought VR wasn't there yet, the loss of movement wouldn't make up for the immersion and the hardware was too uncomfortable to really support that immersion anyway and I thought the need to keep a locked 90fps would see impacts on how games were designed (less enemies, particles etc.) that would leave them as less than what they could be were they traditional experiences.

Now though I think I was largely wrong, while there are significant tradeoffs (movement just won't be as well implemented or important in fast-paced games), Alyx is a full-blown game, and the experience VR offers is pretty incredible. Stuff like two handed interactions are really satisfying and demand a certain level of skill that other VR titles I've tried seem to be afraid of. Whether there will be any large amount of games in the future that match Alyx's scope and polish isn't clear yet, and if I weren't totally obsessive about the Half-Life series I would never say it would be worth the entry price, but Alyx is no gimick, even if I still think a lot of other VR titles are. It's like moving from keyboard only FPS games to using a mouse (but admitedly now a worse keyboard) it's a whole new level of input for a game that, while still a little clunky (Alyx is great but outside of Alyx every game I've played has controls and guns in particular that felt a little off), offers something really cool that traditional input just can't.

Do not even look at Alyx footage if you haven't played HL2: E2 though, you have been warned.

posted about 3 years ago
#23 Half-Life: Alyx in Other Games
I'll definitely be going into it with expectations subdued but I'm still excited for the closure from ep2 obviously

Rumors are that it's a prequel, so closure probably isn't going to come for a long time yet (or ever)

posted about 3 years ago
#32 What Genre of Music Do You Play? in Music, Movies, TV

Do you mean double kick drums? Personally I've never liked them, so much added weight and effort for what could be achieved with a double pedal, and personally I've never much liked those either (I took more of a jazz influenced approach with my kit, one up and one down for my toms, kick and snare w/ 4 cymbals my only indulgence (3 would probably work fine or even 2 with a really nice crash / ride).

On the other hand if you were talking about having two down on the toms (maybe 2 floor toms or one mounted via a cymbal stand) I've always quite liked that setup - it leaves you with a lot of room above the kick for cymbals, but it does make you more dependent on your right hand for fills and accents while you're playing a groove, and personally I like to involve my left hand a little more in those situations which is why I prefer a one up one down set up. If I were doing more prog-rock stuff then I'd probably go for a one up, two down set up - still got room for the ride on the right above the kick, but with the extra toms for those big fills.

posted about 3 years ago
#30 What Genre of Music Do You Play? in Music, Movies, TV
MakySee, everyone thinks its fun to play in odd times but unless you have a really good and competent drummer its almost impossible to do right. 90% of music can fit into one of four time signatures, and these usually have their own genres of music. For example most waltz are in 3/4 compound meter, while most music in general falls under 4/4, marches are usually 2/4 and foxtrot is usually 5/4.

Again, each person has their preference,but I feel most musicians would rather play in 3/4 or 4/4 time.
For me, the weirdest time signature I've played in is 9/8 (nine eighth note [3 groups of 3 eighth notes])

I'm by no means an amazing drummer, but what little 9/8 I've played felt more comfortable than for example 5/4, I think because I could divide it into 3s it all felt pretty familiar to 3/4 or 6/8. 5s, to a lesser extent 7s and similar odd times that didn't split into one of the familiar time signatures of 3, 4, 6 or 8 etc. were what really gave me trouble.

The one I had the most trouble with (and we never finished writing this song probably because of my struggles) was in 21 (think that was 21/8 but I can't remember, this was over a year ago and we never finished it) and that had me sweating because there was no way to comfortably divide it into chunks I was comfortable with (I'd played and become reasonably comfortable with 7/8, but counting sevens still felt awful, and counting 3 7s frustrated me). Could be a lot easier when playing original stuff though, I never played many covers.

posted about 3 years ago
#25 What Genre of Music Do You Play? in Music, Movies, TV

I was playing drums in two post-rock, Math-rock and shoegaze inspired bands before they both fell apart, now I'm playing drums and synth in a two piece post-punk / post-rock outfit (the other guy's on bass).

I'm pretty rubbish on the synth (trying to learn, but pretty slowly) but it's a lot of fun trying to keep up a simple melody with a beat on the kit at the same time

[Edit: horrible grammar]

posted about 3 years ago
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