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Time Travel Bernd 08/04/2017 (Fri) 16:28:49 [Preview] No. 9411
I wrote in the vidya thread about how I found Anno 1602 on PC mag's CD and that gave me an idea. I tried to look for my few CD's acquired the same way but I couldn't find mine however I found others I got some buddy of mine once. Actually he gave me a roll of 50 CD's, these are partly PC mag's appendices, partly pirated material, partly other stuff, like GNU/Linux distributions or Nero disks.
I found for example Baldur's Gate II pirated from somewhere also an original factory made Shadows of Amn expansion disk beside it. Pirated NHL 2002 but original Alone in the Dark 3. Nice. I went through all of these once long ago, I can see my scribbled notes on the CD's what works what not, but never took the time to use any of these. I'm not intend to. At least not now.

Right now the more interesting stuff is on the PC mag CDs. I'm gonna review one here with you, Bernd.
If you'd like please post your findings if you own such CD's or DVD's. I'm sure Bernd has some secretly in the corned of his basement.

Bernd 08/04/2017 (Fri) 16:30:09 [Preview] No. 9412 del
PC GURU 2000/1

The PC GURU started in 1992 simply with the name of Guru and at first it was only a paper based magazine. Their topics included all kinds of gaming platforms. It's not clear when they started PC Guru, but it seems it was a quarterly appendix of the mag in CD form and it's only focused on the PC. Later they changed and used the whole mag for similar contents and it's still going up to this day. Here's a link to their site:
...exclusively in Hungarian as far as I can tell.
Since 1999 they append full games beside the CD mag. Here's a full list:
Yes, I have Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics thanks to them.

Now let's focus on this particular issue, the first one published in the 2000th year of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. As far as I can tell they wrote the articles back in 1999 tho.
The mag runs with an .exe which is interesting as I could find a few .htm files here and there. I would think it would be easier to make an html based mag but different times different views.
All the articles are stored in .txt format, images are .bmps and .jpgs. For videos they used .mpg and .avi. Archives are stored in .zips. Easy and simple.

Let's run this stuff. I have to use wine of course.

Bernd 08/04/2017 (Fri) 16:32:43 [Preview] No. 9413 del
Here's the Main Menu. A bit small and crowded for my eyes of our day. In the middle we can find the table of contents, every option is a button opening further windows.
Upper-left corner "INFO INFO PC GURU" gives a list on the gametic contents of the paper mag and what one can find about those games on the CD. Animáció = Animation, Kézikönyv = Manual.
On the left is the manual of the free game of this issue: Imperium Galactica. This stuff was great I dunno if you played it, Bernd. It's not just developed by a Hungarian studio, but real (noname) actors played in it's videos, horribly ofc and they were silly and funny for that reason. Nevertheless it had a good, unique gameplay, battles both in space and surface, unit designer interface, research, diplomacy, colony builder, whatever. The manual covers all that it's just like a manual of any other game.

Under the Imperium Galactica icon is the button ("AMI KELL") for the much needed utilities: latest version of DX 7 for running games, the horrendous QuickTime, WinZip because if you put Win as a prefix to the names of programs they will be automatically much better (just like WinRAR and WinAce and Windowns), and of course HMView for viewing HTML files offline and which I've first heard about just now.

All right that's it for now. Next time I'll move on to the actual content of the CD.

Bernd 08/04/2017 (Fri) 16:38:10 [Preview] No. 9415 del
Also how these CD's called properly? I continuously used appendix but I'm not sure.

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Oh, old CDs... I have plenty, most of them are pirated local-made things, but some are pretty rare and couldn't be even found in internet easily.

One day I'll find working drive again (current is broken and I have no more) and rip them all just for history, maybe upload to archive.org (they collecting this now, https://archive.org/details/cd-roms and more).

Not PC mags though, I had none.

Bernd 08/05/2017 (Sat) 07:00:24 [Preview] No. 9422 del
I expected everything in Cyrillic.
I'd only bought few mags because of economic reasons. They were expensive. Especially for a kid.

Cont Bernd 08/06/2017 (Sun) 09:50:23 [Preview] No. 9431 del
What's the main menu offers to us?

Game Demos
Cheats & Trainers
Desktop Themes, Screen Savers
Shareware Games
Shareware Utilities
3D Mania
Extra Offers
Outside World
Virus Defense

Let's start with the demos.

Bernd 08/06/2017 (Sun) 09:51:57 [Preview] No. 9432 del
We get used to the fact that we (I mean people who buy games) can only buy unfinished games which are only playable with community maintained patches or 1488 DLC's. Also we get used to the fact that they don't even lie anymore and simply offer version 0.0000001, pre-alpha, buggy messes with incoherent bits of codes. But there was a time when a game was released after it was finished. Of course later they released a patch or two tops but in general they were finished businesses. But to fuel the hunger of the hordes of gamers they fed them playable demos which were freely accessible. For some at least for example the Hungarian audience mostly could only get these via mags like PC GURU.
Every demo on the CD has a short description with the system requirements like the first one on the list, the B-Hunter:
"The police of the future won't dick around I'm sure. At least this is what all games try to suggest, just like the B-Hunter. If I remember correctly it's about a year we saw a playable demo from this game, but it didn't look so well like now. From behind the cockpit of our hovering vehicle eliminating the bad guys in Detroit of the 21st century is the not so complex task."
It needs about Voodoo2 to run. Wow.
Of course they gave some screenshots of the demos too, and every one of them can be installed via the magazine's interface.

Bernd 08/06/2017 (Sun) 09:53:27 [Preview] No. 9433 del
I think one of the most interesting demo on this disk is Hangsim. The player can control different gliders which are pretty unusual choice for a simulator. The most prestigious one is the Quake 3 Arena of course and I have to mention a real-time strategy, the Theocracy, which was also developed by a Hungarian studio.

Bernd 08/06/2017 (Sun) 10:12:29 [Preview] No. 9434 del
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Next: Animations
Two files for two games: Icewind Dale and Halo. I converted these into webms; see webm related. Yeah that's the resolution.
>real time render
>with openGl
Man. That's like space age or something. Actually that must have been fuckin impressive, I missed out Halo completely.

Bernd 08/06/2017 (Sun) 20:13:39 [Preview] No. 9441 del
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>I expected everything in Cyrillic.

Until late 90s CDs were mostly in English, then it was Cyrillic-English mix and unofficial Russian translations (often hilarious and meme-worthy). There were even official established pirate companies like Fargus (remembered even today) who did translations with actors etc. At some point these companies even had legal disputes between each other, pirate vs pirate in court.

We had culture of collection disks, software (OS with collection of tools) and games (by genre or everything). Software disks actually influenced Russian computer market. For example. Opera was very popular in Russia because every CD included it as browser.

Bernd 08/07/2017 (Mon) 05:16:27 [Preview] No. 9444 del
>official established pirate companies like Fargus
Tell us more about this.

Bernd 08/07/2017 (Mon) 10:57:58 [Preview] No. 9447 del
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90s was pretty interesting period in Russian software business (and not only in software business to be honest). Copyright laws existed, but they were hard to enforce, especially for foreign companies, and foreign companies didn't even care about Russian market at all. It wasn't only copyright thing, for example, finnish Sisu tried to start lease business, sold multiple trucks and they all disappeared somewhere in Urals after first payment, and no one could be found, but this is different story.

First only licensed and imported programs were sold (CDs and floppies), but soon multiple unofficial pirated localization started to appear, especially because common Russian rarely knew English, and no one did Russian translation officially. Some pirates established official companies, like Fargus, had office and registration, mass produced CDs with games on factories etc. Fargus was known for their medium-good quality translations, they were first to do voice translations, sometimes with in-house staff, sometimes even with paid voice actors. Some time later Fargus also splitted to another company, Akella (maybe Akella officially was first, too lazy to google, it is pretty shady story). Other companies also apperead, like 7 Wolf (maybe also Fargus people), Russobit, even 1C did something (largest IT company in Russia who did accounting software).

Fargus became a known trademark and became associated with quality (not best, but better than average). Some of their translations were pretty good, some fun (like that X-COM 3 CD with jokes about Zhirinovsky in Ufopaedia), some bad, but whatever. Then pirates started to do cheap pirate copies with Fargus logo (lol) with bad localization and bugs, so reputation of Fargus suffered. Akella then officially sued someone over Fargus name because of this. So, pirates pirated pirate disks and sued each other. It was fun.

In 2000s copyright laws became stricter and more enforced, and companies like 1C, Russobit, Nival and others started to make official licensed localization with cheap prices, so pirate market slowly died, first in games, then in software. Some, like Fargus, died completely (it was more like trademark than company at this time), some, like Akella, jumped in licensed bandwagon and even started own development (Sea Dogs series).

Bernd 08/07/2017 (Mon) 17:39:12 [Preview] No. 9449 del
That's pretty neat actually. They saw an opportunity and they grabbed it.
Some Rotschild or other told something along these lines: "I give you an account on every penny I made but don't ask me about the first million."

>sold multiple trucks and they all disappeared somewhere in Urals after first payment
The wild east. Rustling trucks.

Bernd 08/07/2017 (Mon) 19:13:05 [Preview] No. 9450 del
OP I had to stop by and say your thread is a egm. I myself treasure my old bard's tale two dungeon maps and feel these will come in handy. Will post scans later. My scanner doesn't talk to this new shit.

Bernd 08/07/2017 (Mon) 19:15:51 [Preview] No. 9451 del

Such bad ass comment. I give you truck from this era, to thank you. If only truck tech and computer tech could get together, and for families. It would be good my friend. If I can call you that.

Bernd 08/07/2017 (Mon) 19:49:23 [Preview] No. 9452 del
Thank you. I planned to go on today but I'm still not entirely done with my stuff. We're waiting for the scans curiously.

Bernd 08/07/2017 (Mon) 20:05:45 [Preview] No. 9453 del

Yeah like where you said Baldur's Gate II and I mean honestly, at that time, games were so much fun, so much what was new and real, in terms of training or amusing ourselves, that hell, every kid would have done anything to play BGII it's a fun game. Keep us posted, this thread matters big time in terms of future archaeological digs done which uncover endchan servers.

Bernd 08/07/2017 (Mon) 21:01:56 [Preview] No. 9454 del
What is the Gamer without Cheats? Well, probably a Gamer because with cheats he's a Cheater. Hmm. Anyway every computer mag ever that had topics on games had a short column devoted to cheats and cheating. Unfair ways of beating games were born with the games themselves.
The editors of the mag gave a palette of helpful directions for those who stuck at some point and cannot advance - as it was worded in a more gentle way decades before this CD.
Three types of help was written on the disk:
1. Trainer programs which had to run with the game simultaneously.
2. Savegames with some useful advantage
3. Cheatcodes and key combinations and other ways of cheating

The first two is pretty straightforward they need to be extracted from archives on the CD to the proper folders of the games. The cheats come with a few page long html file: CheatZone, a quasi-magazine in a magazine. It contains all the cheats from the mag published in every months in '99 and a catalog which lists these since March of '98.
Good list my head spins from these titles.
They even gave contact infos of the editor of CheatZone and people could send them cheats.

Bernd 08/07/2017 (Mon) 21:09:53 [Preview] No. 9455 del
We all now game developers are complete retards who can't write a line of code without a dozen bugs. So after they sold you their piece of crap they give you patches as a correction of their mistakes.
It's like you buy a knife, blade broken by design, then the factory sends you a piece of duct tape to fix it.
Here's the list of shame for the first month of 2000.

Bernd 08/07/2017 (Mon) 22:54:48 [Preview] No. 9456 del

Nice analogy, Windows would be hobbled in this way forever as its base conception. "Fix it in the field" ...Some modern games like HOI3 still never got fixed in the field. I get to 1949 or so and the thing crashes. *nixer software is kinda like the same thing but it's a blade without a handle so no manual and no protection if you fuck up root through wrong installs. This thread is great thanks

Bernd 08/07/2017 (Mon) 23:41:58 [Preview] No. 9457 del
we had fallout with relatively rare but somewhat awesome translation

this made the game 50% more hilarious and mysterious at times but it was nearly unreadable... but it wasn't stupid like other localizations

its decent but totally broken in many places and it becomes just illogical because of this

here's the funny comparison of all "pirate" localization (one is non-pirate tho)

https://youtube.com/watch?v=-zB9eIqwFFY [Embed] [the most orhodox]
https://youtube.com/watch?v=Ee-F-F3Nm-0 [Embed] [unbelivable shit-tier]
https://youtube.com/watch?v=0OLxQjasIas [Embed] [ours, awesome!]
https://youtube.com/watch?v=qmswjHwg-bs [Embed] [fucking gay, not even pirate, uses voice actors from federal channels]

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Heh, I have one

Bernd 08/08/2017 (Tue) 00:00:33 [Preview] No. 9460 del
hmm, your front cover is different, is it also by РУССКИЙ ПРОЕКТ?

i don't remember our cover tbh, the CD was lost (but i have an ISO anyway)

Bernd 08/08/2017 (Tue) 00:11:38 [Preview] No. 9461 del
I don't know, there is nothing written here, and I couldn't remember translation. I mentioned before that I have no working CD drive now, so I can't check.

But looks like it is that translation, although you can expect anything from pirates of these era.

Bernd 08/08/2017 (Tue) 00:18:51 [Preview] No. 9462 del
here you can find almost all pirate versions:

my version is this (judging by the ISO)

Bernd 08/08/2017 (Tue) 00:20:16 [Preview] No. 9463 del
This is a pretty cool thread.

Bernd 08/08/2017 (Tue) 05:57:39 [Preview] No. 9465 del
These pirated stuffs reminded me:
The biggest torrent site of Hungary has about 750 000 registered users. Now I don't have an acc but I've two pals whose acc I can use if I want and both of them allowed several (around 3-3) other people to use theirs. So I'm pretty sure the actual number of users is much higher, let's say double the amount of registered. That means 1 500 000 user and with them 1 500 000 household with access to that torrent site and all kinds of pirated materials. Lot's of retired old people live alone without internet some of them most likely don't even know if internet has to be eaten or drunk so their household not really counts when I say about half of the households in Hungary has access to that site, included the families of policemen of all ranks, politicians (parliamentarians, ministers), judges, prosecutors and the members of copyright law firms and organizations.
At Uni students learn to use softwares they have no money for still they get a copy from somewhere and use them on daily basis. They have to otherwise they can't fulfill their assignments. A lowly Photoshop costs €480 for a year (which is over the minimum wage), a 3dsMax is about $1500 which is unimaginable high for an average uni student.
Sometimes even state owned companies (or government offices) use pirated materials. I think most people aren't really aware of copyright.

Bernd 08/08/2017 (Tue) 15:22:15 [Preview] No. 9466 del
Ooo, that's a Serball. I just assumed it's Slovenia.

Bernd 08/08/2017 (Tue) 16:04:27 [Preview] No. 9467 del
Desktop Themes & Screen Savers
How our desktop looks is an important subject. Who could do his everyday stuff be it work or fun when his desktop looks awful. De gustibus non est disputandum, everyone has different preference so customization is necessary. The CD offers some options as back then not everyone had internet.
Sadly I can't give you examples of the screen savers just a list but some screenshots were appended on the desktop themes I will post four of them. The themes can be installed via the navigation system of the mag. The stuff are archived in self extracting files so I can look inside, there's really everything: sounds, icons, cursors, wallpapers.
Interesting thing: when I click on the Teutonic Knight theme I get an error message that the file cannot be found and if I click ok, then the mag ctd. The CD has the files of course, something else must be the problem). Oh, well.

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Sample of themes.

Bernd 08/08/2017 (Tue) 17:10:11 [Preview] No. 9469 del
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i always liked the way IRIX desktop looks
even had similar theme

btw, here's an archive with pretty old (since 1999) linux desktops, some interesting but mostly its garbage https://www.linux.org.ru/gallery/archive/

Bernd 08/08/2017 (Tue) 18:04:25 [Preview] No. 9470 del
>watching Fallout 2 in Russian
Feels cheeki breeki man.

Also I've never realized the War, War never changes voice is that ugly dude from The Name of the Rose.

Bernd 08/08/2017 (Tue) 18:11:45 [Preview] No. 9471 del
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That take me back than Bernd. I know Germans are paying attention. We got both major OS, Fallout, and Baldur's Gate in thread already, not to mention the names like mentioned, on that list above.

Did you guys ever remember a odd little EA game for the C64 called "Monster Construction Set" where you could build monsters and then fight with them, they had like godzilla parts and oh scorpion parts. Also "Racing Destruction Set" I think it was called. Epyx Games of that early hmm 1985 era, oh so many great sprites and soundtracks. I check this thread daily, thanks mateys.

Bernd 08/08/2017 (Tue) 18:22:53 [Preview] No. 9472 del
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I mean for example if like me you grew up during USA 1980 era as a teenager you had a C64 maybe a PC or Apple too or one of each if you were rich. Most kids like me, were given games by Jack Tramiel, who worked hard (Polish dude) to let the software speak for itself. To me, he seems almost like an American engine designer, like, let us get the max horsepower out of the motor, and let the design and interior teams do their thing for the customer. This gave us so many great games of the 1980s, "Wasteland" of course, was an offshoot of Bard's Tale, one could say kids like me grew up floating in a breakfast cereal bowl of EA games around late eighties early nineties, when titles like California Games came out with their halfpipe skateboarded dude, we knew the physics of the games were getting pretty sophisticated. I am really sad to see a lot of the potential has gone to shit. anyway this thread can heal the world.

Did Germany or Poland get much penetration in terms of Commodore64 and the games that came with it?

Of course C64 faded because humans needed peripherals like scanners, mouse, printer. Seems like other corporations that made the peripherals kinda chose Microsoft and Apple and ran with them. I enjoyed the pure video game era of the 1980s and early 1990, which took a right jab and left hook to the noggin when OKC and WTC1st bombing happened (91 and 93 respectively).

Funny how at 2017 the Wasteland > Fallout > ? sequence seems alomost like a path we walk. But perhaps this thread can help us see through that path, back to the days of simple and pure joy?

Bernd 08/08/2017 (Tue) 18:26:14 [Preview] No. 9473 del
I don't know hose games, I've never had C64. I kinda inherited a Spectrum, learned brogramming BASIC.

Bernd 08/08/2017 (Tue) 18:26:52 [Preview] No. 9474 del
*those games

Bernd 08/08/2017 (Tue) 18:28:23 [Preview] No. 9475 del
Also I remember Jack the Nipper and Tank Trax.

Bernd 08/08/2017 (Tue) 18:30:47 [Preview] No. 9476 del
>Did Germany or Poland get much penetration in terms of Commodore64 and the games that came with it?
I dunno about those two countries but C64 was kinda big in the early '90s here so I guess Poland was the same. Germany is a bit different with their partitioned state.

Bernd 08/08/2017 (Tue) 18:31:33 [Preview] No. 9477 del
Fuck I forgot the säge.

Bernd 08/08/2017 (Tue) 19:48:12 [Preview] No. 9481 del
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>Did Germany or Poland get much penetration in terms of Commodore64 and the games that came with it?

Can't say anything about these rich westerners, but in Russia we had pretty small C64 community. We had large group of Spectrum users though ("large" compared to other computers). Some people even write games now.

But mass market has no computers until 90s because of reasons, and it started with IBM PCs and NES. Soviet computers of 80s were used mostly in schools or industry.

I had some strange Atari 2600 copy (it collects dust now in some box), dendy (NES clone) and then 386. I born in late 80s though.

Bernd 08/08/2017 (Tue) 20:50:33 [Preview] No. 9485 del
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Your words made me weep with joy. I offer a chop fresh off the block of the mind. Also that is a sweet Jeep from the time of sweet games. Excelsior!

Bernd 08/08/2017 (Tue) 21:57:26 [Preview] No. 9486 del
I think C64 was more of a legit market item, so only rich kids who actually have stores had it. It was too expensive to get on the friend of a friend distribution cycle where yuropoors got most of their stuff.

Bernd 08/08/2017 (Tue) 22:17:35 [Preview] No. 9487 del

Yes, but as an American with street level 'rent, they bought me a C64 well after they were cool, at a "garage sale" as we call them. when they brought it to me it was accompanied by a shitload of hacked games. Since they did it out of the blue, it was like 10k Christmases for me. Thanks buddy. Before that I had Time Sinclair 1000. Certainly OP thread title of "Time Travel" is working here because I myself do believe time is cyclical and we affect the past by meditating properly on the best parts of it, which is, human nature.

Bernd 08/09/2017 (Wed) 05:15:10 [Preview] No. 9488 del
>it was accompanied by a shitload of hacked games
Here - no matter of the platform - people hoarded games. A cassette for a Spectrum or a Commodore could hold like 10-20 games. And everyone made copies like no tomorrow. People don't even know most of them how to play English wasn't anyone's strong side still they hoarded them by dozen and explored them with trial and error. And when I say people I mean 20 and 30 somethings, computers become the amusement of kids only in the '90s.
Then came floppies and 3,5 which had smaller capacity. I remember a classmate with C64 and then a PC he had hundreds of disks of all kind with all kinds of shit he could gather (he wasn't even rich, just obsessed).

>NES, Atari
Consoles were more rare. I only met one person with Nintendo I think these were more for rich kids but Atari was widespread - well, 'widespread' - and it was more for the bydlo commieblock dwellers' kids who had the mind for it.

>friend of a friend distribution cycle

Bernd 08/09/2017 (Wed) 07:16:10 [Preview] No. 9490 del
>Consoles were more rare. I only met one person with Nintendo I think these were more for rich kids but Atari was widespread - well,

Looks very different compared to Russia. We had almost no Atari, but NES clone called Dendy became a local culture icon, millions of copies were sold. While PCs were pretty expensive for average poor Russian in times of crisis, Dendy was relatively common. Later Sega became popular also.


We even had TV show with very popular TV presenter.

Bernd 08/09/2017 (Wed) 16:33:08 [Preview] No. 9492 del
That's my experience at least.
I remember some tv-show where you could apply for a game of Mario. The crew took a Nintendo to the address of the player and he had to play live on tv while talking with the anchorman on the phone. I'm not sure about the technical details.

Cont. Bernd 08/09/2017 (Wed) 17:14:01 [Preview] No. 9493 del
They give us a handful of shareware games too. Those can be fairly decent. 3D Blocks is a Tetris type of game, Billionare is a board game similar to Monopoly. In Bubble Puzzle you have to shoot colorful bubbles to rows colorful bubbles descending from the top. Crazy Balls is the type when a ball bounces around in a field and you have to chop down parts of the field with a snake forcing the ball into smaller and smaller fields. MahJongg is MahJongg, Swarm Assault is an rts with bugs.
Cell Block A is a mystery. No screenshots maybe I'll test it out if I find a way. It's supposed to be a boxing or wrestling game.
Orbit is the one which seems interesting from this selection. It's a spaceship simulator, similar to elite. I chose this one to share screenshots of.
Meanwhile I wrote this I tried to run Cell Block A without success. It crashes as soon as I run the executable.

Bernd 08/09/2017 (Wed) 17:14:38 [Preview] No. 9494 del
>rts with bugs
I mean actual animal bugs, insects and such.

Bernd 08/09/2017 (Wed) 17:57:44 [Preview] No. 9495 del
Shareware Utilities
The first thing I want to draw your attention is at the end of the list. Year 2000 Test. Back in late '99 everyone was freaked out that the computers couldn't handle the 99-00 change and they thought bank accounts will be deleted, nuclear missiles will be launched and all the accumulated porn will vanish from the computers. In one word: Apocalypse was nigh. The media inflated the hysteria a bit (a lot) because you know how it is, it's good for business. Then the exberts came and reassured everyone things are in good hands only certain types of computers are susceptible for the error and there are several ways to make sure your porn is safe. This program is that kind of a Y2K checker thingy.

On other note: I dunno why some of my screens are a bit blurry.

Bernd 08/09/2017 (Wed) 18:26:25 [Preview] No. 9496 del
I don't have to introduce RAR to you of course, T-racks is a funky audio editor for WAV and AIF files. Paste and Save saves your copypasted texts to you hard drive for easier accessibility if you need something later. PCI List isn't only lists PCI devices but AGP, IDE and USB's too and their properties. Also we can check on them how they work. I would call it a benchmark tool.
Who don't know Napster? Me. I've never had the luck however I heard about it later after it's demise. PC Guru - a mag which helps mateys to pirate their audio treasures, arrr.

Bernd 08/09/2017 (Wed) 19:06:50 [Preview] No. 9497 del
Lock Mouse locks the screen not just the mouse and protects it with a password you set. GrooveMaker is another entirely different audio editor for creating groovy beats for you to become the composer all the top hits.
FontTrax is a font managing application also a registry checker because
>The Font Section of your Registry can be a source of trouble
you know.
Of course if you want your PC safe from those pesky font troubles we all suffered from, you definitely shoudl purchase the Disk Diagnostic tool for this great and essential program.
CDMaster not just bator but plays audio cd's and capable of MP3 grabbing too.

Bernd 08/09/2017 (Wed) 19:19:47 [Preview] No. 9498 del
Only one left, then that's it for today.
ASPack. It's a Windows based clone of PKlite which is an executable compressing utility for MS-DOS. The exe still remains executable and decrompresses if you start it. ASPack compresses dll's and OCX files too. It supposedly makes our PC even more faster then format c: as these compressed, therefor smaller files loaded faster in their memory. They also use less disk space. It's like magic.
It's very efficient it compresses files to 40-70% of their original size. It can compress that bloatware Photoshop from 6 MB to 2,5 MB!

Bernd 08/09/2017 (Wed) 19:20:52 [Preview] No. 9499 del
I fucked up that meme. Sue me.

Bernd 08/09/2017 (Wed) 20:43:41 [Preview] No. 9501 del
>back to the days of simple and pure joy?
I think it's lot to do with the mindset of how you start a game.
I was great fan of Fallout 2. I didn't play much with 1 and while I played more with Tactics that's an entirely different thing. But Fallout 2 was awesome, I spent many days on that. I introduced a friend to it and he became addicted too. We even bet a few times who can get the purple robe of the guardian of the bridge first. Me.
Many people wanted a sequel. The death of the van Buren project was a catastrophe to many. I didn't even knew it was under development at that time and when I got the news it didn't really mattered, I always felt that games are whole in themselves. If they make one more it's kind of an unexpected blessing or some such.
So when finally after 1488 years gap Fallout 3 arrived the hardcore fans of the Fallout series were devastated and up to this day they get butthurt at every mention of that installment. Bethesda raped their expectations. On the other hand I hadn't any and I pretty much enjoyed my first playthrough. It felt great to explore the Capital Wasteland, the metro tunnels and the tiny surprises like a skeleton in a tub with a toaster. It was very different from F2 but it doesn't mattered to me that much. I even enjoyed my second playthrough with a bunch of mods and the DLC's. It left me with a good overall experience and my complaints on the game are nothing to do with it not being the sequel everyone waited for. I see bugs and tons of missed opportunities. It could have been huge, a slice of the world of Fallout with many details but they dun goofed.

Bernd 08/10/2017 (Thu) 05:15:17 [Preview] No. 9502 del
What the shit people?! I tried to throw in some controversial opinion and no replies. Wow.

When I leave the CD in the tray and start my comp it makes weird noises I'm not accustomed to. When was the last time I had to use a CD/DVD? I think it's years.

Bernd 08/10/2017 (Thu) 05:34:18 [Preview] No. 9503 del

Relax man I really liked what you wrote. And yes you were right about Fallout 3 and it is good that you were able to play it. People respond slowly or not at all. I personally do not have ADD tho I think "time" and "attention" are subject tangentially related perhaps to OPs thread. Your post made me think about how actually, OP's title "time travel" is totally related to Wasteland>Fallout game progression, because we all will (presumably if no action taken correctly) end up, in that future. A destroyed world. So yeah buddy your words made me think. Personally also I think Fallout was one of the best therapeutic games ever because literally it's trying to talk to us from that destroyed future. If it done in a capitalistic silly way with goofy frosting on it? Yes, but the core programming is real.. I need only point to the Star Trek official timeline, which says that nuke war has to happen in 2125 or so and only THEN (as per the film first contact) will the "elven history keepers" to use the LOTR analogy descend to show us the higher techs and so forth. I feel we could, if we understand the dawn of tech better, on all nations and lands, prevent that Fallout world. So I am summing up my interest and participation in this thread. But I don't post much so don't require a response, just write what you feel and if it was good content, maybe someone out there feels the same way. Thanks for what you wrote.

Bernd 08/10/2017 (Thu) 07:11:33 [Preview] No. 9506 del
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>controversial opinion

Not really. People pretty often experiencing thing that unofficially called "baby duck syndrome", especially talking about games, and liking/disliking of F3 or any modern game (especially a sequel or something) often related to it. Same with videos and music.


So, there is nothing wrong in liking new games even if masses think that it is ruined series etc.

Personally I couldn't say if games became much worse or better overall, although mass producing and orientation to stupid user made some of them worse I guess.

Bernd 08/10/2017 (Thu) 09:40:36 [Preview] No. 9510 del
Waaait, so they had their magazine entirely on cd? That's an interesting approach, espiecially from 2000.
Also I had been going through all my old CDs yesterday but I can't show them as they are now packed and will be moving to my new home.

>We get used to the fact that we (I mean people who buy games) can only buy unfinished games which are only playable with community maintained patches or 1488 DLC's. Also we get used to the fact that they don't even lie anymore and simply offer version 0.0000001, pre-alpha, buggy messes with incoherent bits of codes.

Now is that really true? I mean it is true certainly for some indie games, and maybe even for some AAA+ games, but I haven't got any trouble recently playing any game I bought. On the other hand I often buy games that are couple years old as my computor can't handle modern productions, sooo...

>then it was Cyrillic-English mix and unofficial Russian translations (often hilarious and meme-worthy)
My man, you brought to me wonderful memories. I remember when there was popular pirate copy of age of empires 2 here, and popular legend tells that it was translated by russians from english to polish. The names of units were both hilarious and completely incomprehensible despite looking something like proper polish words. Also there were some leftover cyrillic writings included in them. Too bad I don't have it or any screenshots saved.

Bernd 08/10/2017 (Thu) 09:56:51 [Preview] No. 9511 del
>Did Germany or Poland get much penetration in terms of Commodore64 and the games that came with it?
Can't say for myself because I had Amiga, but I spoke with few friends who used to have C64 when they were kids. We also had Pegasus console, which was a polish clone of some eastern asian console but unfortunately incompatibile with catridges from NES, thus old popular games you see on imageboards never got popular here.

Bernd 08/10/2017 (Thu) 09:59:45 [Preview] No. 9512 del
>What the shit people?! I tried to throw in some controversial opinion and no replies. Wow.
Okay. Fallout 3 was fun at the beginning despite being a completely different game then 2 and 1, then I lost interest after couple days. Literally same thing happened when I played Oblivion and Skyrim. Bethesda can't into open world games me thinks.

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I used to have about a couple dozen of these discs. They came as supplements of magazine "PC Actual", a Spanish publication about computers in general, not just games. However, often times game-related things (demos mostly) were the main content of the discs.

I can't remember very well but I think I bought it (not necessarily every month) maybe from 2001 to 2004.

Every magazine was upwards of 300 pages (of which maybe the last 80 were nothing but advertisements). I used to read them from front to back. I enjoyed the (small) linux/bsd coverage, the dude covering mac and other apple faggotry was quite amusing. It came with 1 and sometimes 2 CDs; the last couple of issues I bought they were replaced by a DVD. Almost all windos crap except some issues which had linux distros and some compilable source code.

The discs came in their own "jewel case" (is that the name?) plastic boxes. I got rid of them many years ago when I needed the boxes for something else. The magazines might still exist, forgotten in the corner of a dusty attic, at my parent's house.

For a long time after that I unsuccessfully tried to remember the name of one particular game demo I had briefly played back then. I found that someone actually put dumps of some of these discs on the kademlia/ed2k network (aMule), but seemingly not of the one I was looking for. I even searched lists of games produced around those years to no avail. I gave up years ago, it was probably shit anyway. But just in case, this is what little I remember:

I think it was a 3D action/RPG thing (though probably light on RPG), 3rd person view (maybe also 1st person?), set in medieval times, gloomy ambience. I believe the game had 3 playable character or so: a barbarian, a knight, and I can't remember what else. However, the demo would only let you go in game with the barbarian. I can't remember details about the characters, only that the barbarian was mostly dark-yellowish-brown (I mean the palette of colours used to paint the character) and had a very large weapon (maybe a hammer?), and the knight middle-aged, in silver armour, and with one of those roughly triangular shields (the character selection screen, itself a 3D scene, showed him in a mostly-empty but large room, badly lit by candles or torches or a small fire, flagons and other trinkets strewn about, him standing to the side, the shield prominent). I think the demo only offered 1 playable scene (or "map"): parts of a run-down castle, large gray stones, cloudy gray skies. I remember wanting to play with the knight, but like I said, the demo did not allow it. I don't even know if the game was ever released or completed; it's possible that the demo was an in-development teaser. For a time I believed that the game was produced by a Spanish company, but that might be wrong: I went through lists of games produced in Spain and nothing rang a bell. I also used to hold that the name was a single word, stylised in all-caps, maybe an English word, but this also might have been mistaken.

Cont. Bernd 08/10/2017 (Thu) 16:58:14 [Preview] No. 9516 del
3D Mania
Wtf is this? We won't be much smarter as the columnist was too busy to make an actual article. Too bad I was actually curious. They give us the freshest drivers of the freshest 3D cards instead. Does Bernd know how to change the driver of his graphix? An editor called Chris gave a how to in .doc format:
1. right click on My Computer, then choose properties
2. choose Device Manager, then inside that the graphics controller card, double click or choose it and Properties button
3. click on Update Driver
4. click Next then choose the lowest option i.e. which says that we can choose and install the driver ourselves
5. now Show All Hardware and Have Disk buttons are next
6. here you have to give the unzipped Driver's location, do that then Finish button. That's all.
Thank you Chris!

Bernd 08/10/2017 (Thu) 16:59:05 [Preview] No. 9517 del
I bet there are plethora of interesting things here.
These are the options:
PC Guru CDs - In case you look for something
PC Guru Online - Recent issue
Summoner - Showcase
Experience - Animations
Chaos Ultra 23-24 - Disk Magazine

The first option gives a short description what's going on: it's a catalog in a form of an installable program of the contents of the CD's issues up to that day with handy search function. Useful stuff if you want to find something but don't want to manually check every CD. Nice.

Bernd 08/10/2017 (Thu) 17:00:24 [Preview] No. 9518 del
>Waaait, so they had their magazine entirely on cd?
And not just one mag!
PC Guru Online is PC Guru Online. Lot's of people didn't have internet back then so they were so nice and made a self extracting version of the OL mag. Let's take a peek. Oh: Lucas Arts hinted a new online RPG of the Star War universe is coming. The columnist, Mocsy (pronounce: Mochi), wonders probably it would be a good idea for him to get internet. He meant the reader really should get internet. Online Gamez: two pages typical and a bit effusive rpg writing on EverQuest to incite us to call the nearest ISP. MMOs are on the rise. Fanatik Pagez adds with a shovel or two on this pile but on the single player rpg front. These are all reviews, MnM VII and Darkstone are quite similar written in the same conventional style like the on on EverQuest, a short pseudo-literary into then listing of skills and attributes and races and classes and all these crap follows. But the one on BG is more curious. It's like a fanfic or a journal told in first person. Stuff liek this:
"I rushed to the inn might be some ranger showed up who can help to find me the path. But I didn't see unknown faces in neither corner not one. My instinct however didn't left me rest I bought my gear from Winthrop I spent my hard earned money for the joy of this large bellied one."'
And it goes on through 15 pages. This is a whole walkthrough in this style. You can rarely fing such gem on the whole internet.
All right this online mag could be a whole topic in itself so I stop.

Bernd 08/10/2017 (Thu) 17:36:35 [Preview] No. 9519 del
Wow, you are really setting a fine pace. It's full of STAAARS as the Nemesis due from RE might say.

Bernd 08/10/2017 (Thu) 17:48:37 [Preview] No. 9521 del
>written in the same conventional style like the one on EverQuest, a short pseudo-literary intro

Bernd 08/10/2017 (Thu) 19:56:08 [Preview] No. 9528 del
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OP your thread is awesome thus I must do original chop for you that seems to me to kinda represent some feelings as to these decades and how they have made us all kinda borglike, if you see what I mean. God bless the people who save shit.

Bernd 08/11/2017 (Fri) 05:44:25 [Preview] No. 9530 del
>Relax man
>People respond slowly or not at all
Without facial expression, intonation and smileys it can be misleading what I wrote and it's easy to read more in it what I intended to communicate.
However it's true that since our little community or rather "community", nowadays it's fairly common calling something this without actually being that was born it was clear it is destined to disappear. It's not just in the nature of imageboards and in, well, everything existing but also we're too small to generate enough traffic so it'll slowly dwindle as people goes on with their life or find better things to do. We saw this right at the beginning on 8 after KC main was back and we discussed this fairly thoroughly.
However these days seen the worst of it. And there only so much what one otherwise busy and tired poster can do. What's gonna happen when I get my not very well deserved vacation and leave for a week? It's a bit disappointing to experience this. But that's that.
I won't start a tirade on the nature of Bernd or dishing blame around because the circumstances were set and clear.

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Summoner - Showcase
What the hack is that? It seems this Summoner is an rpg by Volition I've never tried. It even has a sequel. This stuff on the CD is a preview with lots of images and seven animation I share with you some. Hm 640x480 is just too darn small.

Bernd 08/11/2017 (Fri) 16:24:22 [Preview] No. 9532 del
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Another animation block: Experience.
These are more beefy, longer with sound. But I've no idea what are these.

Bernd 08/11/2017 (Fri) 16:56:09 [Preview] No. 9533 del
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Oh, the next ... Is ... The ... Bomb. Chaos Ultra 23-24. - Disk Mag
This is a double issue Hungary's first (and most probably only and last) role playing disk magazine. And not faggy pc role playing but real goddam faggy pen and paper tabletop role playing! Genius!
Now Hungary is a relatively small country from the late Eastern Block. Back then most people had never heard of rpgs here. And even today people would rather connect it to computer gaming. There were a small fierce hardcore rpg fanatics base who not just followed the western games but created their own first sets, worlds and games in the early '90s. Their enthusiasm rooted in the old sci-fi and fantasy literature and even the first Hungarian rpg system was driven by novels. But this is starting to get off topic.
With mostly the friend of a friend distribution system, and with the help of collage, uni and army years younger generations started to get to know rpg's and they passed it along to their younger brothers who introduced their peers and so on. Then with vidyas others met with rpgs those who previously could never hear of those irl for some reason. Then these could read first about them in the magazine, called Chaos Ultra which was distributed on the CD appendix of several PC magazines and was made by hobbists who gave their work away for free. Then came the internet.

I've no screenshots just yet. These are made as MS-Dos programs but later they got their own website. I'll browse that and see what I could present to you.
Generally it was written in funny sometimes edgy style which was something entirely different one could read elsewhere so unique. Most of the time they wrote short stories, reviews on rpg systems (foreign and home made) and rpg contests, about how they play certain systems (anecdotes), some meta articles about the mag itself, they wrote about books, both reviews and criticism, about anything related to rpgs (sometimes even about crpgs), about music and concerts and about much else.

Bernd 08/11/2017 (Fri) 18:36:52 [Preview] No. 9534 del
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Oh, I played this few hours. It looked good but my PC couldn't play it properly at that time because it was old and slow.

>Back then most people had never heard of rpgs here. And even today people would rather connect it to computer gaming

You saying like pen-and-paper RPGs are popular today, but this is different - no one knows about them right now because computers killed them for masses.

Bernd 08/11/2017 (Fri) 18:45:46 [Preview] No. 9535 del
No not popular, but more widely known. Crpgs reach very wide audience and from these people lots have some kind of source of information on rpgs (DnD, Vampire and Shadowrun got their own games, also Fallout has pnp version, I think it's GURPS based). The Big Bang Theory with it's ridiculous DnD sessions... also in other tv shows it gets mentioned time to times.
I don't think less people play these

Bernd 08/11/2017 (Fri) 18:46:25 [Preview] No. 9536 del
*I don't think less people play these nowadays.

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Also muh hand carved d6.

Bernd 08/11/2017 (Fri) 19:20:59 [Preview] No. 9538 del
One player of our group (we played AD&D and Mechwarrior RPG) liked to discuss kc-tier properties of dices. He often said that dices must be ideally symmetrical and have smooth sides without notches that indicate number, because it is related to weight and changes outcome. Side with six is "lighter" than others, for example, etc.

He would be mad if he'd seen your dice.

Bernd 08/11/2017 (Fri) 21:11:39 [Preview] No. 9540 del
Only one? I was mad seeing that abomination.

However the notch autism is a silly meme. Obviously, according to Equivalence Principle, the mass of the dice surrounding its center of gravity will roll around itself equally regardless of where the notches are in relation to each other. Otherwise you couldn't even mark the sides, because drag from the shape of the paint would affect the outcome!

Bernd 08/11/2017 (Fri) 21:18:17 [Preview] No. 9541 del
The solution is the corners must each have a mass dense enough to offset the drag they cause by being flaws to a perfect spherical shape, so the die rolls naturally between the weight equivalence of the corners. The problem is ensuring an equal spin to the throw so that the die will not settle into polar corners and equator corners.

Bernd 08/12/2017 (Sat) 08:04:06 [Preview] No. 9542 del
You both fell victim of optical illusion. Thanks to the wonky numbering the cube looks more wonky than actually it is.
First all the irregularities are within 0,2 mm which hardly noticeable with naked eye. Second the optical illusion created by the numbers this discrepancy comes apparent but still in the wrong way. For example, the side Five in the direction of Six and One seems shorter then the Three and Four, however in reality it's the other way around: the direction of Three-Four is shorter then Six-One by 0,1 mm.

>He would be mad if he'd seen your dice.
I hope so.

>I was mad seeing that abomination.
Your welcome.

Now the corners are the parts of my dice I would call incorrect it's fairly obvious with naked eyes. I made these the last of course (well I made the numbering last, but they are negligible) after I realized I won't use this dice ever to play. It's just too lightweight to feel comfortable to me.
It rolls fine btw, random as much as one can expect. I cannot replicate the same result with same throws while it's true I've even never held loaded dice. Btw loaded dices are fairly precise dices which were tempered in a way to give same results with a certain throwing technique. They has just one inaccuracy (like wrong balance due misplaced center of gravity) which can be exploited. My dice has too much tiny inaccuracies to function as loaded dice. Conclusion: mine are perfectly usable (for someone who can cope with it's weight).

By the way dices are made for thousands of years now by hand without precision manufacturing. One is wonkier then the other.

Bernd 08/13/2017 (Sun) 10:42:05 [Preview] No. 9554 del
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All right, so I'll install DosBox to run Chaos Ultra but only after I finished with the CD.

We're done with the extras, now comes Columnes.
"Machine" Music
Car simulators
Sci-Fi.Hu - News
Audio editing
Pascal programming

"Machine" Music
This is a long text. Awfully written about Korn, System of a Down and Limp Bizkit. It's like this: "The new Korn album is out, sadly I haven't heard it yet." or "System of a Down was the opening band on the concert of Slayer, sadly I wasn't there." or "Johnathan Davis now is a very good father and loving husband. He's already eaten the poo and drunk the pee all the band members except the drummer."
This is fun, I'll try and translate as close to the original as I can:
"Few words about the albums [Korn]: on the first disk a track can be found titled Dady [sic!] in which he sings about his father. You can imagine it's lyrics and the state he was in meanwhile [viz. when J.D. was a kid his father raped him]. For those who don't have good imagination I will write it. I'd rather not write the lyrics verbatim but he doesn't sing that how he loves his father and it's so bad I don't see you nowadays. On his psychical condition I'd only mention that supposedly he sang this song only two times in his life: first during the recording of the album which ends with him getting a fit of crying and cries about two minutes. The second time was a concert when he didn't just start to cry but he got an epileptic seizure despite he isn't sick and the concert had to be interrupted and they had to call ambulance."
Oh, I forgot to mention: this columnist calls himself 4077.

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Car simulators
It seems like a collection of a bunch of different things which can be found in a self extracting archive. Mostly images, screenshots and textures, but tons of other stuff: statistics (on irl competitions, F1, rally, Nascar and bunch of other things I've no knowledge about) in html format, some news, sounds and patches for vidya, probably some mods, other audio and some utility applications to deal with certain file formats. These all centered around cars, racing and simulators.
I'm not even sure what to share.

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This is supposed to be humour.

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Wives and gfs of F1 pilots.

Bernd 08/13/2017 (Sun) 19:07:37 [Preview] No. 9563 del
Huh those animations don't wörk for me. Anyone has the same?

Bernd 08/13/2017 (Sun) 21:28:04 [Preview] No. 9564 del
Both webms work

Bernd 08/14/2017 (Mon) 16:42:36 [Preview] No. 9567 del
I forgot this shit. F1 pilots and their points in '99.

Bernd 08/14/2017 (Mon) 16:44:03 [Preview] No. 9568 del
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Patch, OpenGl support, Win 9* support, multiplayer support and gamespy for Quake, also some demos. I suspect I'd need to install Quake if I wanted to watch those. I'll try to tinker with this today.

Bernd 08/14/2017 (Mon) 17:22:16 [Preview] No. 9569 del
Also: any tips?

Bernd 08/14/2017 (Mon) 18:18:24 [Preview] No. 9570 del
All right it runs with native engine and game files. But how do I demo?

Bernd 08/14/2017 (Mon) 18:31:13 [Preview] No. 9571 del
I play Quake on occasion on a dedicated DOS machine but honestly I cannot remember how to load demos. Here is a list of console commands in case you need them though: http://www.gamers.org/dEngine/quake/QDP/qconcmds.html

Bernd 08/14/2017 (Mon) 18:41:24 [Preview] No. 9572 del
I recently dug up my old burned cds from high school. No pictures since my camera took a shit but I found all sorts of video game emulators and roms a friend gave me back then. This was back when just about everyone still had dialup, so we would usually trade things we had downloaded over the weekend at school. I have a bunch of other stuff on cds from back then, but I am yet to locate them.

Also I found a cd with a pirated counterstrike, one of the pre-steam versions, not sure which yet that we used to play at LAN parties. I have other games somewhere too, but still have not found them either.

Bernd 08/14/2017 (Mon) 18:46:03 [Preview] No. 9573 del
Thanks. I found a list it seems it start to run demos on the command: demos. Now I'm lamenting on where to put the demo files as the originals are probably resides in the *.pak files which I can't open with archive manager. I'll try just to put them beside those.
On linux one can install a quake engine and copy the id1 directory from an existing windows installation (wine) into /usr/share/games/quake then just run the quake command in terminal (or from the tray's menu).

Bernd 08/14/2017 (Mon) 19:40:14 [Preview] No. 9574 del
It goes well like shitting in the bed. The demo files are needed to be placed into the id1 folder (in this case /usr/share/games/quake/id1). Then run from ingame console with 'playedemo demoname' command where demoname is the name of the demo file without extension.
Now I only need to record that shit then convert the video into webm. Not today...

Bernd 08/15/2017 (Tue) 16:50:41 [Preview] No. 9583 del
It's not that easy to make these videos it seems. I needs some experimenting to create one with acceptable quality and size. I'm not ready to give up yet and I bet your only wish in life to see some fast paced Quake 1 deathmatches.

So let's move on for now.
Sci-Fi.Hu - News
Wide range of news, reviews, recommendations from the world of science (kind of) and science-fiction.
At the beginning of the third millennia the top three popular movies in Hungary were:
1. Star Wars -2: The Phantom Penis
2. The Mummy
3. Matrix
Btw, Bernd, you could have applied for a try out for the role of Anakin Skywalker at Rubin Gurland. At least this article gives a PO Box address of that dude for this purpose.
The columnist writes that the Hungarian dubbed DVD version of Matrix and The Fifth Element will be released soon. I mean back in 2000.
New tv show: Quantum Leap! It was old in 1999 already. Not for us tho.
The article tells us a certain publisher re-released Neuromancer by William Gibson in hardcover. Nice.
A Tornado of the RAF crashed into the sea near Torness Nuclear Power Station back in November 1999. The pilot missed the power plant by 800 metres. Two years later they will be much successful in the US I'm sure.
Japan imports prairie dogs in growing number from the US as pets. However during a random check it turned out their parasites can spread bubonic plague. I bet Japan will be uninhabited by 2010.
Honduras builds a floating town for 115 000 people. It will have every kind of luxuries you can imagine and will cost 8,5 billion dollars. They plan the town mobile so it will float around the world. I'm waiting impatiently it's opening.
Inspired by the movie Aliens Australian engineers build a robotic exoskeleton called Robolift which will be able to move cargo up to 500 kgs.
Twelve great scientific publishers will join to the internet together with the publishing of 3 million scientific articles over the nets.
The American Museum of Natural History shatters our hopes on cloning a mammoth. The DNA of the ice cube animal of Siberia is too fragmented to be used to this purpose.
American bacteriologist found the cure of cancer!
Egyptologists found the oldest alphabet of the world! The wondrous finding was uncovered near Luxor it was probably invented about 1900-1800 BC.
Geologists of China are planning to drill into the Earth to 5000 m deep. Their budget is somewhere 168 million yuan.
Russian nuclear power plants are ready for the challanfe of Y2K. An American team of experts traveled Moscow and Pidorsburg and were very satisfied with the demonstration they got: Russian equipment is so old they have nothing that can be corrupted by the change of date.
And now, some music.

Bernd 08/15/2017 (Tue) 17:44:57 [Preview] No. 9584 del
>A Tornado of the RAF crashed into the sea near Torness Nuclear Power Station back in November 1999. The pilot missed the power plant by 800 metres.

Even if he'd hit, nothing would happen.

Bernd 08/15/2017 (Tue) 18:40:33 [Preview] No. 9586 del
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Not every building has that kind of protection there. Could have killed few person of the staff. Would have been some great old mess: everyone questioning the security of such facilities, maybe some mass protest against nuclear plants and of course campaign for renewable energy.

Bernd 08/15/2017 (Tue) 19:41:08 [Preview] No. 9589 del
That's kernel?

>a Spanish publication about computers in general, not just games
We too have other media about not game centered IT.

>300 pages
That's a lot.
>80 were nothing but advertisement
That's even more, lel.

That rpg char selection scene sounds like Diablo. I'm sure it's not it's too famous but maybe some clone.

Bernd 08/16/2017 (Wed) 15:39:15 [Preview] No. 9591 del
>Not really.
But it is controversial. Just make a thread about F3 on KC main. You'll get angry replies how shit it is and everyone who has other opinion gets shamed into silence with "pleb", "millennial" and "IQ89" exclamations. Then hours of ravings on how older games are far superior.
Some people there are easily triggerable. And they supposed to be older dudes they should know better by now.

Cont. Bernd 08/16/2017 (Wed) 18:19:11 [Preview] No. 9600 del
This sci-fi column has a second article, the #100 celebratory issue. The editor announces that SF NEWS will cease in this form and become a webpage. It seems they merged with solaria.hu (which is now galaktika.hu). I'm not sure entirely a bit hazy their phrasing some background knowledge would be needed.
I'm gonna make a selection of the contents, trying to highlight the more interesting tidbits.
Battletech Days was organized by the Hungarian BattleTech Alliance with a board, card and computer game competition. I haven't known BT was this popular.
New Dune tv-show or moar liek a miniseries was made with six episodes. Director: John Harrison; Prince Leto: William Hurt; Paul Atreides: Alec Newman. Was this completed? I've not seen it. Oh, yes it was, just checked imdb.
Wings of Tomorrow. Again a new tv program, in this case on Spectrum. From the times when documentaries weren't reality tv-shows. It's about the present and future of aeroplane manufacturing. They present us such examples as Edwards and Zhukovsky air bases or B-2 and Su-37 aircrafts and give voice people concerned such as Yevgeny Frolov and Paul Metz test pilots.
New dangers are lurking in the cyberspace: certain websites use information gathering "web bugs" to collect data on the users then they sell it to advertising companies. Now Advertisers, government bureaucrats and lawyers specialized in data privacy are looking into the case because it's very concerning and problematic. I'm sure they just sensationalize this and errything will be just fine.
Exoplanets are real, third of the human DNA is decoded and new dinosaur was found in Oklahoma.

Audio editing
It's an html document (picrel is the whole article) about Rebirth 2.0.1 which is an emulation of two Roland TB-303 analog synthesizer, a TR-808 and a TR-909 drum machines. It seems it's the end of a series on this topic. The columnist (called dr Rigor Mortis) gives us a demo and a patch of this application, also some pattern editor and mods and conversion programs.
It seems like a review on the rhythm section.

Pascal programming
I'm not sure I want to go deep in this. Here's the contents:
- Intro
- Trigonometric functions
- Radians or degrees?
- The Theory of the Program
- In the End
No actual practice in this issue only theory on 3D programming. So I made a screenshot on a graphical help I found in "The Theory of the Program" option.

Bernd 08/17/2017 (Thu) 07:46:10 [Preview] No. 9602 del
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Because that duck syndrome is common thing and people fell for basically every time. I can easily find situation when me is acting like this.

Then add additional edgyness of imageboard to it and get result.

Bernd 08/17/2017 (Thu) 15:19:05 [Preview] No. 9607 del
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Whatever the explanation might be it's still causing heated debate i.e. controversy hence the opinion that F3 is good is controversial.

Cont. Bernd 08/17/2017 (Thu) 18:15:35 [Preview] No. 9614 del
What's the word on Linux in early 2000?
- Linux for beginners
- Igloo FTP Pro 1.0
- News from the World

They are nice to start with some advice how a beginner should start his adventure with Linux. That's how:
1. get a book
2. if you are a masochist then start installing a Linux without help
3. no Debian or Slackware
4. recommended: COREL Linux or WinLinux2000 (don't forget: even Ubuntu needs 4 more years to it's release)
5. use KPPP after the installation of KDE as connecting failure with PPP is a frequent problem
6. if browsing the nets only works with typing the IP into the browser but fails with domains then you forgot to set DNS, edit /etc/resolv.conf in this matter set the nameservers
7. don't worry, Linux is Y2K compatible...
8. problematic packages: PINE pre-4.0 (but everyone uses MUTT anyway) and pre 8.0 TCL/TK

Igloo FTP Pro 1.0 is here soon. It will be a shareware that can be used for 30 days without restrictions. (Except that time limit...) It do everything an FTP program can moreover it's comfy and nice. Also it has FTX support for mirroring stuff between FTP servers without dling to our machine (or some such).
You can convert rpms to debs with ALIEN as an Igloo 0.9.8 was enclosed in the Linux dir of the CD.

KDE2 alpha comes on December 15 with the KOffice package which contains everything except Katabase and Kimageshop apps. The Alpha isn't stable (who could guess that???) so it's not for everyday use.
Magellan: will be released with KDE2 alpha and it's based entirely on QT2 and KDE2. This is the most expected application of all.
KVIRC: IRC chat program, nice and has a bunch of useful utilities. Based on QT2 but don't need KDE2. Next year is it's likely release (which is 2000 as this stuff was written still in '99).
Kernel 2.4 is nigh! In January.

Bernd 08/17/2017 (Thu) 18:18:29 [Preview] No. 9615 del
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That's all for the Columns. Next: Outside World
Turned out it's just a fancy name for movie reviews. Some good stuff tho: Fight Club, Sixth Sense, Go, The Messenger: the Story of Joan of Arc (we like Milla, don't we), End of Days and Brokedown Palace. Not really reviews rather recommendations I suppose. It's time for some bloody business on the Seven Seas. Arr.

Virus Defense
They start with a "Good to Know" where they lay stress on prevention. Also they appended a trial version of McAfee which starts up with boot and resides in the RAM. They recommend to get one full copy of that prog. However the CD comes with a new Dat_File every month which can be copied into the trial version's folder and used indefinitely.
They also offer another application: Sophos Anti-Virus for Windows 95/98. Which one was better I wonder.

This is all for this disk. Bernd, I'm still owe you with the Quake demos and the some screens of Chaos Ultra and maybe some review on it too.
I decided to record only parts of the demos as a full 10 min video is just too large. And boring actually. It's just for giving some taste of the stuff so that long is unnecessary also.

Cont. Bernd 08/18/2017 (Fri) 15:07:48 [Preview] No. 9625 del
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So this is Chaos Ultra 23/24 running in Dosbox.
It has mouse, music, and bookmarks. It even has a range of charsets and theme music (with shut up function luckily, on the long run it gets tiring) which are easily accessible from any article. Btw the music was created or stolen by one of the editors of the Chaos Ultra mag.
The text of the main menu always has some kind of theme or at least they name the same options differently (still it's recognizable what's what). For example: in CU23 the words get -us suffix so they sound Latinish or in CU24 the last option (Exit) got the name of "Now you can turn off your computer" (which probably I don't have to explain). Funny guys.

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Every issue has a shorter-longer Introduction, and a credit. Generally has a short stories/novels section (all of them their or the readers' works sent by mail, some fanfiction), a resident DnD (well ADnD at that time) column, other rpg columns under several different options in the menu (WH40K, BattleTech, ShaRun, Rifts, Call of Cthulu, etc, etc... and of course M.A.G.U.S. the most popular Hungarian rpg, some LARP). There's always some adventure or at least adventure ideas for less imaginative DMs. Or for those who run out of ideas. Stuff (NPCs, items, spells etc.) for games. Humour and untranslatable (usually lame) wordplays everywhere. Reviews of books, films, music, rpg systems, and rpg contests. Reader's letters, questions and answers. Interviews. Meta stuffs. Also every page has line counter for reasons.
No reason to make more screenshots, just texts in Hungarian.

Bernd 08/19/2017 (Sat) 13:33:36 [Preview] No. 9634 del
I'm having quite the fun with making the webms of the Quake demos for 4 hours now. Anyone has some suggestions what to look after or some tips before I die of too much fun? I'm using RecordMyDesktop and ffmpeg.

Bernd 08/20/2017 (Sun) 12:32:51 [Preview] No. 9646 del
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Ok. Here's two webms on the Quake demos. These are only 1 min long vids so they end abruptly as the demos go on over 10 mins.
I think the most notable thing on these vids are the rocket jumps which were revolutionary results of the physic of Quake.

Bernd 08/21/2017 (Mon) 19:15:24 [Preview] No. 9653 del
Well this concludes PC Guru 2000/1. I found another disk which woke my interest: a PC-X cd from 1998 with giant E3 logo on it, the second, green one from the right in OP. I wonder what's on it.

Bernd 08/23/2017 (Wed) 19:38:49 [Preview] No. 9668 del
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Checked the E3 disk. Two demos and a bunch of videos on upcoming games (of 1998). I think I'll convert some into webms and upload those.
No CD mag application like on the PC Guru, just a readme file.

Bernd 08/24/2017 (Thu) 18:13:19 [Preview] No. 9677 del
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>real goddam faggy pen and paper tabletop role playing!
Ahh I discovered polish paper about rpgs in my brother's drawer when I was young and I loved reading it. Too bad the magazine died before I got old enough to start buying it myself. They reactivated it few years ago but it's not the same.
It had quite a cult here, although known only to few. Also iirc Witcher's author had his super early stuff published there.
Title of the magazine was "Magia i miecz" which translates to Magic and sword.

wew did they really include such high quality art as in 1st pic?

Bernd 08/24/2017 (Thu) 19:40:47 [Preview] No. 9684 del
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>wew did they really include such high quality art as in 1st pic?
Yup. It's a loading screen at the startup, I think only two pics were included. If you observe that pic more closely you'll notice the artist wrote the issue number very uniquely. Clever.

>"Magia i miecz" which translates to Magic and sword.
Hmm. Fantasy has a subgenre called sword and sorcery I think it's somewhere between high and low fantasy, maybe Conan is an example of that, I'm not sure so the title probably wasn't accidental. I liek the style. It made me remember a paper based mag titled Rúna (=rune) I think I only read a scanned one.

Bernd 08/24/2017 (Thu) 20:05:58 [Preview] No. 9685 del
>I think it's somewhere between high and low fantasy
Well it's not like those subgenres have strict definition. Anyway I just checked wiki and Conan books are mentioned as precursors in both low fantasy and sword and sorcery. It checks out, because in most stories where magic is included it is something as much unnatural for characters as it would be for us in reality.

Bernd 08/25/2017 (Fri) 12:14:01 [Preview] No. 9690 del
Would LoTR count as sword-and-sorcery? Or is it high fantasy because of the whole battle-of-good-vs-evil setting?

Bernd 08/25/2017 (Fri) 16:20:08 [Preview] No. 9692 del
Why not both?

Bernd 08/26/2017 (Sat) 09:38:26 [Preview] No. 9706 del
LotR is usually considered the high-fantasy and Tolkien the father of high-fantasy. It's not just the black-and-white morality that makes a high-fantasy high-fantasy but the personality of the heroes, the epic scale, the existence and potency of magic and magical beings. And probably it has some other criteria too but yes the borders aren't too strict, for example lotsa people think A Song of Ice and Fire is low (since it's full of evil scheming by ordinary people) when it's clearly high.

Bernd 08/26/2017 (Sat) 09:45:35 [Preview] No. 9708 del
Yeah I thought aSoIaF was low fantasy after reading only the first book (that was a while ago), I guess I turned out to be quite wrong.
Also, within Tolkien's legendarium The Hobbit itself reads as sword-and-sorcery, and it was only at breaks of ages when the setting becomes clearly high fantasy. But, Tolkien mostly focused exactly on those events, the rest was more of a footnote.

Bernd 08/26/2017 (Sat) 09:55:18 [Preview] No. 9709 del
The Hobbit felt rather like a children's tale for me and forced me to quit on it just after Bilbo got the ring. I started reading it very late in my life tho, those who are fond of Tolkien's work and I know irl are generally read it (and LotR and Silmarillion) in their childhood, early teenage years with different mindset then I've now. So I dunno if I would count the Hobbit as a full fledged fantasy novel or a tale.
>within Tolkien's legendarium
Are you familiar with Tolkien's whole lifework?

Bernd 08/26/2017 (Sat) 10:05:14 [Preview] No. 9710 del
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Have Bernd known that ASoIaF p'n'p rpg exists? Not even one but two that I know of. One is GUPRS based I think but the other has it's own system. Bretty interesting stuff with lots of background info for the novels.

Bernd 08/26/2017 (Sat) 10:28:00 [Preview] No. 9712 del
You mean, stuff like Farmer Giles of Ham and his version of the Völsungasaga in alliterative verse in modern English, stuff unrelated to Arda?

Bernd 08/26/2017 (Sat) 10:30:40 [Preview] No. 9713 del
The Hobbit, yes, is written more like a children's tale and a within-universe explanation says it was written by Bilbo who told children in The Shire about his adventures; so that after he dies the story didn't get lost.

Bernd 08/26/2017 (Sat) 10:31:59 [Preview] No. 9714 del
Those too and the Middle-Earth stuff.

Bernd 08/26/2017 (Sat) 10:32:53 [Preview] No. 9716 del
Was Bilbo a MarySue for Tolkien?

Bernd 08/26/2017 (Sat) 10:41:34 [Preview] No. 9718 del
Well I studied the appendices to LotR and The Silmarillion quite thoroughly when I was younger, and acquainted myself with Tolkien's letters and influences as well. Didn't read the Lost Tales yet though.

I kinda like how Bilbo's background foretells the Tolkien nerds. He's a virgin bookworm who barely does anything (living in a big house he inherited), who got interested in legends and myths at a young age (he even spoke Sindarin, not common in those parts at that age).

Bernd 08/26/2017 (Sat) 10:46:42 [Preview] No. 9720 del
I've never realised that. Well Bilbo occupies a very, very small part of my thoughts.

Bernd 08/26/2017 (Sat) 11:44:07 [Preview] No. 9723 del
Yes I know it exists thanks to the reactivated "Magia i Miecz" I posted earlier. I'm not a fan of this world tho.

Bernd 09/11/2017 (Mon) 17:22:29 [Preview] No. 10292 del
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I think I promised some vids from the 1998 E3 cd.
Always bet on Duke.

Bernd 09/11/2017 (Mon) 18:14:34 [Preview] No. 10310 del
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Oooo. AvP!

Bernd 09/11/2017 (Mon) 18:41:18 [Preview] No. 10313 del
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Hardwar! Have you played it, Bernd? It's a great Elite like space sim where you have to trade and shoot your way out of a colony on Titan, the moon of Saturn. I might write about it in the vidya thread. I have it somewhere on one of my hdds.

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