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avatar Archie 22 comments | 2nd February 2015, 11:40 AM

Does anyone have any experience with 1440p displays? I'm in the market and would love some recommendations.
I've been looking at the Asus PB278Q, but it's not massively spec'd towards gaming whereas the PG278Q seems to be far more geared towards it. I'm just wondering if the massive price difference is actually going to amount to a big enough difference in image quality for a casual gamer to justify the cost.

Thoughts?

avatar zeeba-G 15 comments | 1st February 2015, 19:11 PM

I'm twenty six today! Thanks TWHL for being so 4w350m3! ! ! Such a warm and cozy community. TWHL is like a cardboard box with a bunch of fuzzy kittens in it.

avatar DiscoStu 14 comments | 26th January 2015, 04:34 AM

I keep coming up with all these ideas on how a certain game could be so much better. Game mechanics, GUI, anything. I kept thinking there had to be a way to somehow hack the game and throw in all that stuff. Then I realised it was almost like a new version of the game, rather than just a handful of fixes. Then I realised I never did anything resembling game coding and I have no idea how to actually do any of it.

How lame.

avatar DoktorAmazing 1 comment | 26th January 2015, 04:12 AM

Doctor Amazing here, coming back for one time to say...
RIP kitty0706
So much talent, passed away from leukemia last night. Source Machinima will never be the same again

Bye all

avatar Dr. Orange 20 comments | 25th January 2015, 10:08 AM

Light, without it we wouldn't be able to see. And so it is in videogames. Lights are fundamental, every game have some sort of light, if ever so simple. In todays 3D games, there need to be some way to compute lighting data within 3D space, as volumetricaly most of the light eixst outside of a 2D face where the light is visible. How does the lighting really work in the GoldSrc engine? Does anyone know except for Valve themselves?
This is my theory on how it works:

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Of course I can't be sure... But anyone should know.

avatar Dimbeak 12 comments | 17th January 2015, 16:48 PM

So at my school's drama club, I made lead role! We've got 3 months to rehearse, so wish me luck!

The show we're doing is the Music Man. I'm Professor Harold Hill!

avatar Jessie 10 comments | 16th January 2015, 04:08 AM

I don't really know why I'm doing this.

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If you can't figure out what I'm doing from that, its a WIP texture pack using various sprites from NES games.

For those curious:
Kid Icarus - dirt, iron door (the one on the right)
Super Mario Bros. - granite, daisies, mushrooms, andesite
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link - grass (and tall grass), oak logs + leaves (those closest trees), sand (not pictured)
Faxanadu - oak door (the one on the left), potions (not pictured)
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest - stone (+ ores)

And a bunch others not yet significant enough to be pictured.
Faxanadu especially will get more. It's too good not to.

EDIT: Caves are a lot more colourful now =3

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Not happy with iron ore (the purple-blue blocks at the back), but Simon's Quest doesn't have any blocks with a colour quite fitting enough.

EDIT: Liquids! I was tinkering with water, trying to get it to look any good and accidentally made it look cool.

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That's the water from the overworld of Zelda II and the lava from the Heat Man stage of Mega Man 2, with the palettes altered to match. Lava is much the same.

avatar ninja defuse 2 comments | 11th January 2015, 14:40 PM

Mega64: Papers, Please
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMuULPDw-JI

avatar Elliot Lucak 8 comments | 10th January 2015, 17:18 PM

i will not let you to cut me!

avatar TJB 15 comments | 9th January 2015, 23:08 PM

I have a new little friend:

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She doesn't have a name yet. Unfortunately my family don't seem enthusiastic about my idea to call her Reginald.

avatar supersonikyouth 9 comments | 9th January 2015, 19:28 PM

I'm five years old today!

avatar Archie 19 comments | 3rd January 2015, 18:14 PM

I MADE A THING. LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THE THING!

(click on the poster)

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avatar Alberto309 44 comments | 23rd December 2014, 14:55 PM

So, yeah. I've just made a gaming build on a famous italian website, and I would like to have some feedback from you guys, because this could be my future PC.
For your info, I want it to be good for both gaming and 3D rendering.

Here we go:

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The price isn't that much imho. But anyway, leave your thoughts and suggestions please. :3

avatar Stojke 5 comments | 22nd December 2014, 11:44 AM

Its interesting how well this song goes with mapping:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNUwMrWeV9o

avatar Elliot Lucak 11 comments | 18th December 2014, 03:42 AM

Now currently an owner of a corsair H80i waterblock.

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Again, pretty late to the party but I am slowly getting there. Hopefully I can get some more overclocking headroom than 0.5GHZ now on my dated dual core Athlon.

avatar AJ 13 comments | 18th December 2014, 01:41 AM

So Invert-x is properly back, which means an obligatory journal entry to advertise that fact.

Invert-x, if you don't know, is a joint project between Penguinboy and myself in the form of a op-ed website for games and gaming concepts. We write articles about games and concepts we're interested in.

Until recently, we concentrated purely on the gaming world with our 'duelling article' layout (in which we posted an article each on the same topic, which would display on the same page, side by side). Since the redesign, we are expanding the types of articles we post and also expanding into films.

This redesign was a very, very long time coming. It necessitated the move to a new platform (we built the theme from scratch on Wordpress - nothing was salvaged from the previous version, aside from article content) and also introduced a complete overhaul for the Invert-x brand.

We're still working through some kinks and bugs (Wordpress can be mind-boggling at times), but we're pretty pleased at what we've got going so far. Pebs and I have a pile of new content in planning that we're itching to get going.

We're not gaming or film journalists and we never will be: we just write about things we find interesting.

Check out Invert-x.

avatar Tetsu0 15 comments | 16th December 2014, 23:55 PM

I now have my Bachelors degree!
Today, 12/16/2014 I took my last final of my Bachelors degree for Electronics Engineering Technology. It was a simple networking course to end it all. A nice relaxing final semester to end a hectic journey.

Through it all I wrote a book, made an automatic beer bottle opener, was one of the youngest inductees into the Adult Education Honor Society, consumed countless gallons of coffee, countless more gallons of beer, and gained valuable years of work experience.

Next stop: who knows.

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avatar Archie 29 comments | 15th December 2014, 03:15 AM

I'm well aware that you guys have been laughing at me behind my back due to my woefully underpowered system, so I've decided to finally do something about it.
You may remember my previous upgrade - the Nvidia GTX 780 Ti which did extremely exciting things to my 3D Mark score. As you can see, the overall score was let down considerably by the lacklustre first-generation i7 CPU.

I have remedied the situation with a new motherboard and CPU combo, bringing my score up to a blistering 9898 on Fire Strike - an achievement-unlocking score that is apparently higher than 93% of all worldwide Fire Strike results. Nailed it.

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So what has powered this ridiculous score?
The main upgrade is of course the CPU - I went for a Haswell Intel Core i7-4790K CPU @ 4.00GHz. It's apparently an overclocker's dream, but the base clock of 4GHz has already blown me away.

Supporting it, I went for the Asus MAXIMUS VI FORMULA Z87 motherboard. It's a real beauty and the upgrade from my previous two USB3 slots to seventeen million (I counted) is invaluable to me as someone who works with video.

I had some teething problems after reinstalling Windows, but thankfully everything has been ironed out and this beast of a machine is ready to splatter games all over the walls.

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Footnote:
I had planned this purchase for months and saved up significantly and specifically for it, waiting for a drop in the price of these components after meticulously researching them. Don't impulse buy components, you'll miss out on great deals!

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avatar Elliot Lucak 5 comments | 14th December 2014, 21:59 PM

I understand Watch dogs was primarily created for console market and was poorly ported to PC, but this is just ridiculous.

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GPU core doesn't even hit 50c under load or even 15% usage ingame. I understand my system is dated, but to say that my system can't run this game is just propaganda.

avatar Instant Mix 10 comments | 11th December 2014, 01:39 AM

So I've set myself a challenge:

From now until mid summer 2015, I'm going to create my own ePOS system.

What is ePOS? It's these piles of shit that every shop and their dog owns:

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Working in a hotel last year, we were stuck with a shittly little till from the early 00's, maybe even 90's. Looking into the cost of how much one of these ePos systems would be, it's fucking ridiculous what they charge. The cheapest they provide for a glorified touchscreen? 500. I spent less money on my bloody beast of a computer.

I've been learning Java as part of my uni course, and being fairly OK with it, i thought i'd learn a bit of SQL and fuck about with that. From my very, very recent proper retail experience I noticed that their system runs on something called retailJ, a java based system that's in fairly wide use - so writing this in Java isn't a far out idea.
I've made similar POS systems on GMOD and made mockups of the UI and systems using Love2d - obviously as Love2D is a game engine and not something that should be run in an actual place of work it'd be useless.

I've got some idea of what I'm doing, and as well as working in retail I know exactly what sort of stuff needs to be kept in databases and retrieved.

My initial plan is to write up the code, get a very basic version working on my computer. Once that's all done, I'll double check whether my previous employer would be interested in the software ( because even if they don't want it, writing a POS system from scratch is pretty good practice ). If they are, I'll grab a raspberry PI, a shitty touchscreen off ebay, polish the thing up and trial it.

If all goes well, hopefully I can earn myself a bit of pocket money.

avatar ninja defuse 1 comment | 10th December 2014, 20:05 PM

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

Saint Augustine

avatar satchmo 9 comments | 5th December 2014, 18:01 PM

I might visit Stockholm next summer.

I've always wanted to visit Sweden, and now I'll take my whole family there.

avatar Rimrook 2 comments | 4th December 2014, 13:34 PM

Oh wow look I still have my christmas icon from last year. Time to switch it to my regular one. It's about time don't ya think? :)

avatar zeeba-G 29 comments | 3rd December 2014, 18:49 PM

It's finally arrived after literally three months. Took me eight hours to assemble.

Now to get it running and make some prints.

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avatar Striker 8 comments | 1st December 2014, 20:35 PM

So I discovered something really cool in the kitchen. Was cleaning the stove of dried cooking oil and what not, and took out the stove grate and burner parts. I thought: "Hmm, I wonder how the flame would burn without those parts...". It's a fucking rocket! Instant bunsen burner.
This is so fun, must try one more ti

avatar ninja defuse 5 comments | 1st December 2014, 19:32 PM

I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light

Helen Keller

avatar Jessie 25 comments | 28th November 2014, 23:58 PM

This is Jessie with her annual word of caution during Steam sales.

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*word of caution may not actually be annual
*may just be that wacky EA

avatar TJB 19 comments | 26th November 2014, 12:20 PM

I was thinking the other day about how Super Sleuths was pretty fun, so I decided to have my own go at it. I have taken one of the Golden Rufees out of my profile, and hidden it somewhere. If you can find it, you can have it for your own, because as we all know imaginary currencies are actually incredibly valuable irl.

This will probably be fairly short because of reasons.

avatar Urby 10 comments | 24th November 2014, 15:58 PM

I'm not a professional voice actor, so I do it in the car on the way to my real job to amuse myself: Look here.