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Off Topic / Dumped $150 into guitar parts here
« on: July 13, 2014, 02:37:11 AM »
So I took he plunge into the VASTLY unknown to me by spending a (personally) obscene amount of money for this guitar:

My beater Peavy 6 string. I bought a new humbucker (DiMarzio Titan Bridge), and pots for it (and knobs :3). I'm going to set up the tone in a push-pull configuration for series and parallel switching. I have no experience with soldering, but I understand the mechanics of guitar wiring enough to try, at least. The worst I could do is have a guitar that doesn't output, but that's like "I have no idea how to wire even with this goddamn diagram." This is kind of a toe-in-the-water for me in terms of my future career, since I really want to become a luthier. So it should be fun. I should be getting the parts and pickup around Thursday. I also plan on replacing the machine heads and nut for better tuning, and POSSIBLY the bridge saddles. Will definitely be putting a pickguard on though, to give it a vintage-contemporary blend look.

This is the specific pickup I got:

Off Topic / Vigil's European Endeavour
« on: June 13, 2014, 11:45:59 PM »
I'm leaving for London tomorrow, where me n my fam will stay until Wednesday, where we will depart to Paris. We will stay there for a few days then head over to Spain, where we'll hit various cities there. Should be lots of fun, the total stay time being around 2 and a half weeks. And we'll be back on the 3rd of July, before 'Murica day. :^)

Games / The Master Chief Collection - Doing everything right
« on: June 09, 2014, 01:13:56 PM »
One Disc

In a single disc, 343 has managed to package Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4 all rendered in 60 frames per second and running at 1080p resolution on Xbox One. Each game will run on its own engine, meaning you'll get to play all those multiplayer experiences pretty much as they were when they released, but under a higher fidelity and optimization. This includes some of those loved exploits, button combinations (like the BXR) and other glitches as they were when their respective games came out.

During a presentation in Los Angeles last month, 343's Frank O'Conner touched on this topic. "Any quirks or tricks that you had learned over the years, they're still going to be in there," he said. "It should feel almost verbatim. There'll be some tiny little changes, render changes or some weird jump bug. But we're trying to really recapture the exact verbatim experience."

Halo 2

Since it is Halo 2's anniversary, that campaign is the focus of the HD collection. Part of that anniversary treatment includes six complete remakes of maps from Halo 2, built from scratch for the Xbox One. In that case, it will not run on the original Halo 2 engine. It's considered a bonus experience. Similar to Halo: Combat Evolved's anniversary edition, you'll be able to switch between New and Classic modes in Halo 2's HD campaign. That means that with the click of a button, you can instantaneously see what Halo 2 used to look like ten years ago. And then with another click, you can switch right back. The team showed this feature off in the Cairo Station in Halo 2. Doing so showed off more lighting effects and reflections, more detail on enemies' armor—all the things you'd expect out of an HD edition.

At this point the 343 team flashed a rebuilt Ascension map on screen as an example.

As for the rest, rather than slapping all four campaigns and their multiplayers onto one disc and letting you have at it, 343 has created a master UI system that'll let you sort through each mission and mode in each campaign and multiplayer, respectively, as you wish. You can select specific campaign missions, or hop into matchmaking (supported by dedicated servers) to vote on which map you want to play out of the one hundred options (including all original DLC maps) spanning all four games.

Mission Playlists

You can also opt to sort through 343's curated playlists, which are known as mission setlists. There are playlists for each Halo game that's in the HD collection, as well as cross-title playlists that mix and match missions from different titles. O'Connor explained the reasoning behind this: "A lot of people simply aren't going to play 70 hours of legendary gameplay, but they wanna sample it and relive whatever experience they want."

Some examples the team provided included things like "Me and My Hog," which gathers all campaign missions across all four games that include warthog missions. Or there's "Final Four," which runs you through the four last missions of each game. These playlists are currently being curated by 343, but they're considering opening it up to users to create their own.


The HD collection will also include more story elements than the original games included. They're doing this in three forms: terminals in Halo 2's campaign, bookend cinematics with a new epilogue and prologue, and an episodic digital series called Nightfall that will release weekly, starting with the November 11 release of the collection. Some of this information will contextualize and set the course of Halo 5: Guardians, so we're sure to see some teasers for what's to come in that future storyline. Altogether, the Nightfall series should add up to about the length of a standard feature film, though they haven't determined how many episodes there will be.

This digital series, Halo: Nightfall, is in collaboration with executive producer Ridley Scott and director Sergio Mimica-Gezzan. It'll introduce some new characters that will supposedly play interesting roles in the next chapter of the Halo universe.

As part of the "extras" menu in the master UI, which includes these cinematics, the HD collection will also come with access to the Halo 5 multiplayer beta that will run for a limited time.

Master UI

343 executive producer Dan Ayoub followed up the presentation to showcase Halo 2's shiny new campaign in this HD package. "We can do more than just give you four Halo games," he said, "We can give you a brand new way to play it." He referenced "Netflix binging," which seems like an incredibly accurate way to describe it. While flipping through the master UI, he explains that everything—campaign and multiplayer—is unlocked from the start, giving you the ability to skip around as you see fit. "You can set your difficulty level, you can activate skulls, it lets you customize your gameplay quite a bit before you just jump into it and start going," Ayoub said.

Multiplayer in this master UI is broken down by gameplay type. They showed Team Slayer up on the screen, and how you can choose from a variety of Team Slayer options from here. On this selection, there are a couple from Halo 2 and one from Halo 3. When you, or your lobby of fellow players, makes a decision, the game will launch the original engine of whichever one you picked.

Though you can't pick your own mission setlists, you can still set up custom multiplayer matches for any of the Halo titles available.

The Halo: Master Chief Collection will be out for Xbox One on November 11 for $60.

But you may still have questions. So here are some miscellaneous answers:

•343 still plans to support Halo 4 on the Xbox 360, but they are not planning any new Halo first-person shooter for that platform.
•Though the team considered ODST and Reach for the HD collection, they both wanted to ensure they could meet the scale of fitting all of these games on one disc as well as stick to Master Chief's main storyline.
•Blur Studios is doing all of the cinematics—including those bookend epilogue and prologue clips—and redoing the cinematics on Halo 2
•343 is still working on what the backend and web support for the collection will look like.
•The team is currently constructing a stats/leveling system to match across all four games that will be similar to Halo 2.
•Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary's Kinect voice commands will be supported on the Xbox One.
•There will be 4,000 total achievements—1,000 per game—most of which are being redone for the HD collection.
•The current plan is to launch with a set of curated playlists, and they will probably create new ones post-launch.
•343 is still evaluating certain features from the original games—like the Forge map editor and Saved Films—and if/how they will incorporate them.
•There are playlists for online co-op, but they work through invites, not matchmaking. Halo 2 will support online co-op, as well, for two people.
•Saber Interactive and Certain Affinity—the two studios that helped with Halo: Combat Evolved's Anniversary edition—are both involved in this HD collection.

Basically a fanboys wet dream. I absolutely love the series and it's story. I love being able to play the single player and it's multiplayer again, in lovey definition.

Off Topic / Anyone have experience with a Microsoft tablet?
« on: June 05, 2014, 01:53:28 PM »
I was looking at some of the Surface Pros. They are really nifty because they are essentially laptops but far easier to carry around, as a tablet with a full Windows 8 OS. I wanted to know more about them from any of you guys if you had any experience with them, and direct me towards other brands if need be. I AM looking for the whole Windows 8 Pro in a tablet thing, that's what I'm most interested in.

Off Topic / I'm done with state compulsory education
« on: June 04, 2014, 10:27:54 AM »
I graduated last night, hooray now I am reel adult.

Off Topic / Whoever you are, you damn irresponsible
« on: May 06, 2014, 10:12:22 AM »
I was walking to school, and at the bus stop, I see a silver/white and orangeish colored object in the curb. I thought it was a used cigarette at first, but the profile looked suspicious. I go up to it and confirm my suspicions, it being a gat dang bullet. 40 Smith and Wesson hollow point to be exact (165 grain). Completely unfired and live. It's all marred from being in the street, but it would probably still fire. Gonna take the tip off and dump the propellant, then pop the primer, once I get home.

Who the forget, and how the forget. Like, how did you get into the situation where you'd drop a bullet? My town is a very low crime rate city, a more affluent town. So like, what the forget.

Off Topic / 5 years and 15000 posts
« on: May 04, 2014, 12:25:00 PM »
Just wanna say that you guys are awesome and the best people ever (even the starfishs). You've certainly shaped my childhood and the past half decade has been awesome and amazing, and it's all because of you guys. <3

Huzzah for 15k

Off Topic / The worsts kinds of personal hells
« on: April 19, 2014, 01:47:37 PM »
Post terrible stuff you sometimes have to put up with

For me right now, is some random ass bugbite... on my ass. Sitting is literally pain.

Off Topic / Post regarding Post regarding Ravencroft
« on: March 22, 2014, 11:38:23 AM »
it was all a ruse lel. he actually has just been taking a break from the internet.

Gg betel, you had us all rused.

Raven isn't dead

Off Topic / I saved my computer from near imminent death
« on: March 03, 2014, 06:07:25 PM »
So I had made a topic about how I got a corrupt BIOS Flash and my computer wouldnt go into post. Normally this is game over right? Wrong. My BIOS chip was replaceable, so I went to the ASUS E-store and purchased a new BIOS chip with the latest firmware. Got the FedEx package this afternoon and was able to reunite with my lovely computer, and am posting this topic from it. :)

Moral of the story: if you forget up your BIOS, and the chip is removable, GET A NEW CHIP. Costs a lot less and is a very small hassle.

Off Topic / Probably corrupt BIOS
« on: February 23, 2014, 09:45:29 PM »
Yeah so I tried flashing my BIOS because it was hella old and I was having issues with my computer before hand. The issues intensified and I was getting BSOD's and I figured I gotta update my BIOS. So I get all the (SUPPOSEDLY) correct software and files from ASUS and their website and flash my mobo using their tool on the UEFI BIOS and it says it successfully installed the update and it needed to restart. So it 'restarts' and none of my screens turn on and my keyboard and mouse don't light up. My computer is running and all the fans and stuff work. LED's are going and such, but it's just not going into POST. So yeah. loving corrupted BIOS. I'll be left computerless for at least a week while I sort this stuff out with ASUS, hopefully just need a new BIOS chip.

and yes I've already tried clearing my CMOS, battery, switch and all.

Off Topic / Man of Reason being a richardmunch again
« on: February 03, 2014, 10:48:35 PM »
I'm sure you all know by now that Man of Reason is using his LOIC plaything to target Blockland related things.

His twitter:

Off Topic / Textures - Reaching Home <Guitar & Bass Cover>
« on: January 29, 2014, 10:01:57 PM »

So this is my second full length song cover. I decided to do some pseudo-mixing, where I basically recorded the guitars two times to make it sound like there's two guitarists, plus it gives it a much fuller sound. I was actually able to lower the real song's volume down low enough so it's still obviously audible, but my instruments come through a lot more. My guitar tone is causing some "latency" issues with any of the staccato sections, which makes it seem like its out of beat, but the gate/compression in my signal chain is probably causing the choppiness (gotta fix that up later :\ ). This is also the first time I've recorded bass/done a bass cover.

Games / Steam Greenlight going in the stuffter
« on: January 16, 2014, 01:18:04 PM »

Basically gonna phase it out in favor (probably) for a crowd funded approach. Good thing BL got on Steam beforehand eh?

Off Topic / I'm going to exert my rights as an adult!!1!
« on: January 06, 2014, 02:02:31 PM »
My family and I are going to Europe this summer for vacation, hitting England, France, and Spain. All those countries allow people 18+ to drink alcohol. You're damn right I'm gonna legally drink the hell out of my rights while I'm there. :)

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