I still receive flak for not being a social network butterfly type of person who likes to talk about where I live/graduated/work etc. After watching this video I’m gonna just continue to do what I do best.
That looks like quite the fun experiment.
Damn you TF2 for keeping me up late! Actually, it helped me get out some aggression. I found out tonight that two of our co-workers are getting laid off due to lack of hours to give. According to our boss the company is allowing 700 hours for the whole department, but our store manager says that’s too many and that we can only use 500. Which means for some reason we have to lose two extra people and become even more horribly understaffed.
On top of that a long time co-worker is retiring soon. She was originally going to stay longer because our boss said she was needed, but then she changed her mind again when her hours were cut too. Obviously she wasn’t needed that much…
I talked with her a bit during my lunch tonight. Since I’m going to be on the national healthcare plan I’m contemplating looking for other places to work. Since I don’t depend on them for insurance anymore and I wouldn’t even be able to qualify due to the lack of hours given to me (I have to have 24 or more in a work week or it gets lost. Lately I’m lucky if I can even get 20), so I’m thinking if things don’t get better (which they probably won’t) I’ll look for other places in town to work. I just need to keep an eye out for openings.
Haven’t posted in a few days, been a bit melancholy about a couple things I’d rather not talk about. So mainly I’ve been sorting through my things, playing some games trying to bury it in the back of my head.
During my cleanup session in Source Filmmaker I unearthed a mocap test animation that I never used. It was one where I experimented with locking items (a hat in this case) to a model before adding the animation.
Here it is:
I’ll need to setup some time to do some serious animations… well, as serious as my personality will allow.
So I decided to upgrade from Fedora 19 to Fedora 20, so far the only problem seems to be related to my video drivers (everything else works exactly as before), I had to uninstall my beta drivers under windows to make the random black screening go away (fun!) and for the icing on the cake I had to ram my head against the MvM server because now it doesn’t seem to startup in quickplay mode anymore despite having all of the convars correctly placed.
I was all for the new update in the beginning, but this is turning into a royal pain in the ass. I wish Valve could put some straight forward guidelines on how to get setup, and what you can and can’t use in quickplay. The current list they provide leaves too many questions unanswered.
Not much to report. Been working, experimenting with streaming/linux/hardware/etc. I’m planning to also upgrade to Fedora 20 for the hell of it since reinstalling Linux is a breeze compared to reinstalling and reconfiguring Windows. Oh, and the updates are better. I don’t have to restart Linux a bajillion times to get all the updates to install.
On the bright side of hardware, the R9 290 works perfectly under Linux. I can max out all of my 3D Linux games and still have frames to spare.
I’m just gonna leave this here…
Got the streaming to work under Linux finally. I’ll be doing more experiments soon.
I got into the steam streaming beta. Been testing streaming between my desktop and laptop. So far it seems to be handling well between two windows OS’s with lag only on a couple games. I think the next test will be streaming windows games to my Linux side. See how well that handles.
This will be very beneficial for people wanting to build their own htpc’s and also dedicated streaming systems to play games in the comfort of the living room.
My projects during my weekend included finishing Bioshock Infinite and srcds server attention. Basically that consisted of checking in on the servers I haven’t been on in awhile. I also changed the spawn rate on the special infected in L4D2 to match L4D1′s since it always annoyed me how they sped up the specials in the later game while grouping them all so close together, instead of spreading them out a bit like in the original.
Then of course I saw that realMyst Masterpiece Edition released on Steam today. I decided to purchase it to see what it would look like and well, I have mixed emotions.
First, the game crashed 3 times before finally loading it in 1920 x 1080, anti aliasing doesn’t seem to be working right, and the game isn’t properly optimized. I was getting a framerate of 30 to 45, which doesn’t make any sense on something like the unity engine. I hate to be brutally honest but games like Shadow Warrior and Tomb Raider have a better framerate with more objects being thrown around PLUS better graphic detail (I laughed at those who said this version of realMyst has the best graphics compared to any game out on the market… HA!) Then of course there was that confounded random hangup that took place about every 3 to 5 steps. At first I thought it was due to the autosave feature but sadly that wasn’t the case. Oh, and there was some sort of strange glitch when walking towards the book room where Sirus and Achenar’s books were kept. The room went from being dim, to moving over slightly and brightening up. YOU ARE RUINING MY IMMERSION!!!!!!111111111
But it wasn’t all terrible. I did like the flashlight feature, that was pretty cool. The return of the day/night cycle was excellent, I laughed at the night time butterflies, the water looked nice, although these days it’s pretty easy to make nice looking water as well as adding bloom and shine. But then it is a rerererere?make of a classic game on a newer engine with newer textures so…
Hopefully they fix the optimization soon. It’s really annoying to play it with that constant pausing.
Not much to report about. Decided to experiment with new AMD drivers under Linux, failed, and rolled back to a previous version. Updated Steam to fix a bug that didn’t run 64 bit games on launch, played Painkiller Hell and Damnation almost perfectly (there was a bit of jitter that I could probably get rid of when I find time to play with the graphics settings) and then found out Toki Tori 2 can now be run under linux!
I also upgraded my drivers under Windows to the latest beta release. Hopefully it resolves some bugs that I’ve been seeing from time to time (random flickers once a blue moon). I’ll probably experiment with a few more things then head off to sleep. I finally have a semi-good schedule this week so I won’t be staying up as late as I have been the past couple weeks.
Oh well. I’m sure it’ll make some people happy. I may even give it a shot at some point. But yes, Duke Nukem 3D Megatron Edition got an update on Steam yesterday that allows people to play multiplayer together.
Again, not a bad thing. But methinks 3D Realms reeeealy seems to be scraping the bottom of the barrel.