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Matt Diamond

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In Topic: MacOS 8 virtualised in an Electron app.

29 July 2020 - 08:39 PM

Note that when the instructions tell you to restart to see new files, it means to restart the emulator, NOT use the Finder's Restart menu.

Just for fun I tried out the two shareware games I released in the early 90's. I got one Type 10 crash, and many of the sounds play about 0.5 seconds too late. But they did basically run. It's not good enough to replace SheepShaver but it is a lot easier to set up. A nice start, hope they keep working on it (assuming Apple doesn't tell them to take it down.)

Looking in the source code, it appears to be a Javascript port of the Basilisk II 68K emulator.

In Topic: What games are people playing these days!?

20 July 2020 - 12:43 PM

View Postnick68k, on 20 July 2020 - 10:07 AM, said:

(Also, regarding SubNautica, I suck at these types of games so much I couldn't even get out of the tutorial part of the game - putting the capsule fire out - without dying. So, go figure)
That sounds frustrating. Once the fire is out you can relax as long as you've turned off hunger and thirst. So if you wanted to just swim around in the shallows as I'm doing, you were almost there!

In Topic: What games are people playing these days!?

19 July 2020 - 09:24 PM

Played Bioshock Infinite all the way through again.

Just started Subnautica, which looks *gorgeous* in ultrawide. My mini+Vega can play it (and Bioshock 3) at full resolution.
I turned off hunger and thirst to make it less stressful. I don't think I'm ever going to play it all the way through, but it's certainly good for a few more hours of alien-world scuba exploration.

In Topic: Monitor suggestions?

16 July 2020 - 06:30 AM

Ran through many of the monitor tests at http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/ and the LG UW passed them with flying colors. The white saturation is a tiny bit off: the very last image on the page was not visible. The gradients and color uniformity were stellar.

Something I didn't expect is that using this monitor all day, then gaming on it at night, is fatiguing. Like being blasted by a big movie screen for 10 hours. I may customize one of the presets to be less intense. Also, dark mode seems to help-- I'd never understood why people wanted it before.

Reinstalling Bioshock Infinite onto my boot drive actually fixed the crashes. I had forgotten how strange yet dull the game is early on, but its running well. I have a few more games to try.

In Topic: Monitor suggestions?

15 July 2020 - 01:43 PM

LG 34GK950F (ultrawide) arrived yesterday. Here are some first impressions.

Pros:
  • Really nice color and brightness, even at the default "low" brightness setting.
  • Action movies look great, huge step up from my last monitor.
Cons:
  • Paying for some things like HDR and G-Sync that the Mac won't take advantage of, AFAIK. (But I knew that going in.)
  • I wish the 4-way toggle for monitor settings could be customized. Also, I'm worried it will break in a couple years.
  • Seems less bright at the extreme top and bottom? But I'm starting to think it's an optical illusion. I will try to isolate soon.
Disclaimer: Still testing, and haven't read the manual very carefully yet.

Some things I tried:
Streaming movies:
  • The Old Guard (Netflix) looked spectacular. Filled the entire screen, sharp, bright, detailed, no problems with actions, night or high contrast.
  • Last Jedi (Disney+) looked very good. The problems were Disney's fault: mild streaming artifacts, lower resolution with a black frame around it.
Games:
I tried a few games that are known to work well with ultrawide.
  • Overload: worked great, pew pew
  • X-Plane: having a wider a view is really nice in a flight simulator
  • Bioshock Infinite: heartbreaking- the game now crashes while loading any level. Nothing I tried worked. Close to giving up, which is a shame because I suddenly fond myself wanting to play it again.
Also on my list to try: Subnautica, Obduction, Borderlands 3. (BL3 so I can compare FPS to my old 16:9 monitor.)