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by BlackAura
Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:23 am
Forum: Front Page News and Forum Guidelines
Topic: Little Ninja: Terrains and Tilesets
Replies: 6
Views: 2392

Re: Little Ninja: Terrains and Tilesets

Hmm... Those spambots are getting pretty sophisticated. Not only was this post almost on-topic (even if it didn't make a lot of sense), but one of the others was as well. It's almost difficult to tell the difference between the bot and someone who can't form sentences properly. Back on topic... This...
by BlackAura
Mon Jul 27, 2009 9:20 am
Forum: Programming Discussion
Topic: 2D Tile Editors
Replies: 18
Views: 3316

Re: 2D Tile Editors

Can you explain what you mean by objects? Ever tried, for example, a Quake level editor? Basically, you can place down markers that tell the game where to create various in-game objects. The player's start location is an obvious one. Enemies, collectible items, hazards, doors, moving platforms. The...
by BlackAura
Sun Jul 26, 2009 11:43 am
Forum: Programming Discussion
Topic: 2D Tile Editors
Replies: 18
Views: 3316

2D Tile Editors

I've been looking into these recently, and so far I've not been able to find any that don't suck. Basically, I'm looking for something that could be used on multiple platforms (the most restrictive of which are the DS, and the Dreamcast), supports colour palettes, multiple layers, and can be used as...
by BlackAura
Sun Jul 26, 2009 10:16 am
Forum: Off-Topic Forum
Topic: Poll: What OS will you be on next year?
Replies: 47
Views: 2963

Re: Poll: What OS will you be on next year?

Despite typing that last post on my Macbook, from Mac OS X, I completely forgot about it. This thing will probably be running Mac OS X 10.6 next year as well. I've been using Windows 7 for a few days, trying to get some work done, and it's actually really starting to irritate me. Specifically, the n...
by BlackAura
Thu Jul 23, 2009 10:14 am
Forum: Off-Topic Forum
Topic: Ireland masters time travel, leaps back to Middle Ages
Replies: 13
Views: 897

Re: Ireland masters time travel, leaps back to Middle Ages

It might be worth noting that this is in Europe Technically, yes. It is in Europe. However, the phenomenon you're noting is basically a side-effect of the Nazi's influence, and a strong desire by populations affected to ensure that something like that never happens again. The Nazi regime was charac...
by BlackAura
Mon Jul 20, 2009 9:48 am
Forum: Off-Topic Forum
Topic: other than DCemu
Replies: 33
Views: 3001

Re: other than DCemu

Dreamcast4life wrote:I don't come here much anymore because it's a waste of time. Whinge, whine, moan, complain. Gibber gibber rant. Rant rant rant. Blah blah blah blah blah. Blah. Wibble. Thank you and hope you take what I said into consideration.
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OK... Then why are you still here?
by BlackAura
Sat Jul 18, 2009 12:51 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Forum
Topic: other than DCemu
Replies: 33
Views: 3001

Re: other than DCemu

Does Stack Overflow count?

Other than that... I tend to read a few forums (the other DCEmu, a couple of other retro-game development forums), and I have an account at a couple (Ubuntu forums, for example), but don't really post much.
by BlackAura
Wed Jul 15, 2009 7:50 am
Forum: Programming Discussion
Topic: ADPCM
Replies: 6
Views: 2829

Re: ADPCM

In response to BlackAura's comment on whether the ADPCM wav files generated by wav2adpcm are totally correct... is this the same ADPCM format as ADX audio? If so, the code that does the conversion in bero's wav2adx/adx2wav is similar but different. I've no idea. If you run it through a round-trip (...
by BlackAura
Tue Jul 14, 2009 9:09 am
Forum: Programming Discussion
Topic: ADPCM
Replies: 6
Views: 2829

Re: ADPCM

If space is a bigger concern that CPU time, something like MP3 or Ogg Vorbis is better. If CPU time is a bigger concern than space, you might has well just use CD-quality .WAV files and stream those - at least they'll sound better. There is an ADPCM encoder in KOS. It works reasonably well (nxDoom u...
by BlackAura
Mon Jul 13, 2009 10:28 am
Forum: Off-Topic Forum
Topic: Poll: What OS will you be on next year?
Replies: 47
Views: 2963

Re: Poll: What OS will you be on next year?

Considering that I write Linux applications for a living, and that I have a good number of applications that only work on Linux (including a rather large collection of scripts and small tools I wrote), probably either Ubuntu (for working), or Mac OS X (for almost everything else). Although a Linux v...
by BlackAura
Wed Jul 08, 2009 9:23 am
Forum: Programming Discussion
Topic: Trying to make a Dreamcast Mappy playback library
Replies: 49
Views: 7076

Re: Trying to make a Dreamcast Mappy playback library

There are probably a few things you could do to make the code shorter (the clipping code in particular), but nothing immediately jumps out as being a performance problem. If you want to optimize it anyway, I suggest trying to come up with a situation in which your code isn't fast enough anyway. Draw...
by BlackAura
Tue Jul 07, 2009 4:54 am
Forum: Homebrew Software and Indie Games Discussion
Topic: Genesis+ Status?
Replies: 45
Views: 10301

Re: Genesis+ Status?

I do not see the point on having to create a rom list. I do not scan rom files either but i sort rom file list. As far as i can see, there is no reason to change this approach. Yeah, I'm not quite sure what the romlist is for either. Unless you have something like NesterDC SE, I'd have thought that...
by BlackAura
Sun Jul 05, 2009 11:21 am
Forum: Off-Topic Forum
Topic: Stimulus
Replies: 11
Views: 991

Re: Stimulus

here's a solution, quit spending money we don't have obama. Basic economic theory - in order for an economy to work, there has to be a continuous flow of money around it. It's reliant on continuous expenditure, by people, companies, and governments. It's also reliant on continuous growth (unrealist...
by BlackAura
Sun Jul 05, 2009 1:00 am
Forum: Off-Topic Forum
Topic: Questions About iTunes HD Video
Replies: 8
Views: 729

Re: Questions About iTunes HD Video

Yeah, but check out the bit rates. A DVD is encoded around 8 Mbps, whereas the iTunes downloads are 4. So while the iTunes file is higher resolution, it's not actually capturing as much detail. Different codec. MPEG-4 AVC is pretty much exactly the same quality as MPEG-2 with half the bitrate (so i...
by BlackAura
Sat Jul 04, 2009 11:33 pm
Forum: Programming Discussion
Topic: Trying to make a Dreamcast Mappy playback library
Replies: 49
Views: 7076

Re: Trying to make a Dreamcast Mappy playback library

How can the PVR handle clipping in hardware if I don't tell it where to clip? My drawing block function will only draw the whole tile. If you're drawing full-screen, the hardware will clip everything to the screen coordinates. It's a side-effect of the tile-based rendering approach the PVR uses - f...
by BlackAura
Sat Jul 04, 2009 4:52 am
Forum: Programming Discussion
Topic: Trying to make a Dreamcast Mappy playback library
Replies: 49
Views: 7076

Re: Trying to make a Dreamcast Mappy playback library

Unless you're doing 3D, don't bother clipping. The PVR can handle that just fine in hardware. Just draw every tile that's even partially on-screen. What you appear to be doing at the moment is only drawing tiles that are completely on-screen. Essentially, instead of looping through by screen coordin...
by BlackAura
Sat Jul 04, 2009 4:43 am
Forum: Homebrew Software and Indie Games Discussion
Topic: Genesis+ Status?
Replies: 45
Views: 10301

Re: Genesis+ Status?

Neoblast wrote:EDIT: the link you gave me blackaura is broken, that mirror seems to have been dead for a very long time...
Yes, it is. That's why it was so difficult to find a copy of the code.

I checked in the source code for that exact version into the Subversion repository. So you can check it out from there.
by BlackAura
Fri Jul 03, 2009 10:38 am
Forum: Homebrew Software and Indie Games Discussion
Topic: Genesis+ Status?
Replies: 45
Views: 10301

Re: Genesis+ Status?

To my knowledge, that was the latest version of my codebase. Specifically, it's the contents of gpdc-src-20060726.tar.bz2 - I believe this corresponds to the binary I released in this post . I'm pretty sure that was the last version I released. Pretty much everything I did since then has been lost, ...
by BlackAura
Wed Jul 01, 2009 11:46 am
Forum: Gaming Forum
Topic: wiikey 2 and gamecube homebrew?
Replies: 9
Views: 1477

Re: wiikey 2 and gamecube homebrew?

The thing that the "not many features that will be interesting to most Wii owners" refers to (I believe) is Bootmii (I feel that the statement isn't exactly correct, because of the NAND backup/restore functionality, but whatever). Yep. I updated the HBC on my Wii the other day. It downloaded the Ha...