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upmultimedia

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Indie dev (Naarm/Melbourne). Liberation is my space adventure game, out now!

Linux/Godot

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Space Rat

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Australia is forever "just a few years away" from cloning a thylacine. The interminable low energy, low stakes of it all!

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Has anyone posted about the Kitsune Tails demo on reddit yet? Cause someone probably should. Not me though because that would be self promotion and cause for shadowbanning

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upmultimedia, to random
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Queer Games Bundle is out!

Lots of fantasy and scifi games. All letters of the rainbow covered. SFW and NSFW. Meditative, political and horror too.

But to me the gold is in the contemporary and autobiographical games. Queer games are doing some of the best ART at the moment.

Bundle is worth it just to play and contrast "He F*cked the Girl Out Me" and "A Memorable Time" . Two interesting semi-autobiographical games about doing sex work.

https://queergamesbundle.itch.io/

upmultimedia, (edited ) to gaming
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I've played a lot of lgbt video games and Queer Quest is shaping up as an important entry in the genre imo. Worth your time if you have an interest in point-and-clicks and/or queer gaming history. Really loving it so far. It's also on steam

https://queermogames.itch.io/queer-quest

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When programming a function to check if something is allowed, is it a better pattern to start with a True variable and negate it or start with a False variable and confirm it?

#c

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Why are people surprised that cassettes are still made?

It should be obvious why they’re still around.

Cassettes are the cheapest form of music media out there. Anyone can buy one blank cassette and start recording. Equipment is cheap: all you need is a boombox.

If you want good analog recording, you can use them on a Tascam Portastudio 4-track machine—and it will sound great.

I went to a music store the other day and saw the same album on vinyl, CD, and cassette. Guess which one I bought?

It was the cassette. It was C$12—thus C$28 cheaper than the vinyl.

Here’s the kicker. If you have a good tape deck, and a quality recording, cassettes can sound better than vinyl. Even a type 1 cassette theoretically has better dynamic range than vinyl.

upmultimedia,
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> If you have a good tape deck, and a quality recording, cassettes can sound better than vinyl. Even a type 1 cassette theoretically has better dynamic range than vinyl.

That's a real stretch! But I like your optimism

upmultimedia,
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@atomicpoet Maybe in pristine lab-like conditions early in their life cycle a cassette tape would sound better than vinyl but cassette tapes seem to have more points of failure (thinner material, moving parts, spooling and unspooling). I'm happily a digital music person so not the best person to comment on physical formats really!

upmultimedia,
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@atomicpoet @imabuddha I find it pretty interesting and I don't mean to be down on cassette aficionados.

I think the "Big 3" of the latter 20th century: vinyl, cassettes and CDs all have wonderful qualities but also entertaining (in hindsight) limitations.

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My wife and I both filled out our ballots today, and then because we live in Oregon (which is a relatively sane state that has vote by mail and dropbox), I went to the nearby city hall to drop off our ballots, only to realize that there is an 8:00 p.m. cutoff and the box was locked.

When I got home, I had my first panic attack in years. This is the first election I haven't participated in since 1980, and I hadn't realized how much I rely emotionally on the perception of control that voting gives me in a world that's dying and falling apart.

Please, friends: protest and rebel and fight back any way you can. Burn everything down if you need to. But please, please, don't abstain from voting.

upmultimedia,
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@msbellows Hopefully one of you or your wife are crazy loons and your unused votes would've cancelled each other out anyway :taps head:

upmultimedia,
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@msbellows oh no! Perhaps hopefully one of you is at least anti-vax!

upmultimedia, to retrogaming
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"Peacekeeper Command-O" (2018), a fun two player homebrew game running on my Odyssey emulator.

It's a bit like Missile Command (1980).

Only five physical copies of Peacekeeper were made but you can play it with Magnavody!

Two bright spots battle it out on a TV screen. One is heading towards four city sprites and one is defending them.

upmultimedia,
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I played this with a friend yesterday and he gave real "older brother" energy by going straight on the attack yelling "good offense is best defense!"

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My Amiga 500 friend was trash talking the ZX Spectrum scene for being too niche and I just nodded along politely

upmultimedia, to music
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There was a band I liked when I was a kid. Was devastated when they broke up as it was the first time a living band I followed split

In hindsight they sang about middle class concerns eg war is bad, we don't need money, let's play hacky sack, etc

Anyway they reformed and every 6 years or so do a new album of varying quality

The 2024 album is really solid. BUT I'm listening to their middle age hippy vibe and I'm llke I can't tell if this is deeply philosophical or just anti-vax 😅😅😅

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If I could remember names I would be unstoppable. What a skill!

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Australia is having an art moment! People debating what makes a painting good. Love it

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Are you even a Planet of the Apes fan if you've never suffered through all 95 minutes of whatever Beneath the Planet of the Apes was?

upmultimedia,
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@kreig Beneath the Planet of the Apes is great! Well, not great but good. Well, it's OK. It's not bad

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Classic Star Treks like Enterprise and Voyager have some pretty cool episodes but then every so often they'll do multi season arcs with mincing aliens in unflattering leotards or wigs

upmultimedia,
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@kwramm The same number of years (29) has passed between now and Voyayer's debut (1995) and Voyager's debut and The Original Series debut (1966)

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Liberation!

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Ground-based telescope

upmultimedia, to gamedev
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So many intellectual property holders think game devs are an opportunity for passive income and not only charge exorbitant license fees but do nothing to promote the resulting game.

If you are a game dev, demand the license holder use their channels to push the game as if it were their own baby. Smart owners will want to do it too as it is win/win. That's what justifies the high fees, not some ephemeral notion of popularity.

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I’ve finally got the MFM emulator working properly so I can relive AT&T’s gigantic misstep in entering the UNIX hardware market. The 3B2 is a dreadful computer, but I have a fondness for it that I can neither explain, nor justify.

upmultimedia,
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@twylo interesting shape!

upmultimedia, to gamedev
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I consider tutorials a failure of design and work hard so people of all skill levels should be able to just pick up and play one of my games.

Obviously I usually fall waaaay short of that lofty goal but just watched someone play Liberation and they did mostly figure it out. Good feeling.

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