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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #350 on: January 10, 2019, 05:19:21 pm »
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Yeah, I don't have an real problems with it, but I hate to watch stuff sped up.

I sometimes slow stuff down a bit (we watched parts of Tatami Galaxy while eating.)
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #351 on: January 10, 2019, 06:48:55 pm »
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I've been using VLC for years and have generally been very satisfied. The design is simplistic, it hides its advanced options well, it's straight-forward to install, and it usually works. The apparent fact that it's rather inefficient -- playing stuff faster and introducing big subtitle delays both seem to bring it to its limits -- doesn't matter very often. But, well, in this case it does.

The problem with VLC has never been its design or installation process. The problem is that it has limited customization options, worse quality (especially with subtitles and upscaled video), worse compatibility, as well as the fact that it's rather inefficient.

It's been a while since I last did this comparison, so for the sake of science, here goes. I'm using the most recent version of VLC and the K-Lite Codec Pack and the [Fancutfags] v2 release of Madoka, which is a good test subject because it uses pretty advanced mkv features that VLC has traditionally struggled to support, it uses ASS subtitles, it comes in two different resolutions so I can test both upscaling and regular playback, and I know exactly what it's supposed to look like given that I made it.

Upscaling 720p -> 1080p:

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/jwlwlp4uqcsznv7/mpc-hc%20quality%20test.png
https://dl.dropbox.com/s/9r6dp5639ljz7al/vlc%20quality%20test.png
VLC is blurrier and displays the subtitles slightly incorrectly.

Playing 1080p:

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/mggy35z7m3fhr2g/mpc-hc%20quality%20test%202.png
https://dl.dropbox.com/s/sj7dy0cv9wib83q/vlc%20quality%20test%202.png
The difference is smaller here, but it's still there. The subtitles are actually pretty good looking on VLC this time — as in, they're pretty much identical to how MPC/K-Lite displays them —  which is an improvement over past versions.

Furthermore, MPC-HC is able to perform the chapter jumps seamlessly, and VLC isn't (you get stuttering and it shows you a couple of frames you're not supposed to see) — although, it is noteworthy that VLC is able to perform them at all without causing the subtitles to go out of sync for the rest of the video file, which is an improvement over past versions.

So TL;DR VLC is slowly catching up to how good MPC-HC has been for at least 5 years already but it isn't there yet.
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #352 on: January 11, 2019, 11:25:37 am »
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Of course, you can also just get an actual d100.

I'm generally not fond of the d100, but that's because I'm impatient. I'm happier with rolling two dice without waiting for dice to stop.

But I cannot argue its fairness. It is technically the simplest way to roll 1-100. It's just not my favorite.

Someone asked me if rolling d10000 would blow my theory out of the water. After evaluating the dice, it looks like it still works—provided the smallest die goes from 1 to 10 while the others go rom 0* to 9*. So you get 10k by adding 9000+900+90+10.

But I don't play any games that require a d10000. Not sure I'd want something with that degree of granularity, but I could be persuaded.
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #353 on: January 11, 2019, 12:11:42 pm »
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Of course, you can also just get an actual d100.

I'm generally not fond of the d100, but that's because I'm impatient. I'm happier with rolling two dice without waiting for dice to stop.

But I cannot argue its fairness. It is technically the simplest way to roll 1-100. It's just not my favorite.

Someone asked me if rolling d10000 would blow my theory out of the water. After evaluating the dice, it looks like it still works—provided the smallest die goes from 1 to 10 while the others go rom 0* to 9*. So you get 10k by adding 9000+900+90+10.

But I don't play any games that require a d10000. Not sure I'd want something with that degree of granularity, but I could be persuaded.

I've never heard of any game that requires a d10000, and I doubt I could be persuaded that that degree of granularity could be good.
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #354 on: January 12, 2019, 05:29:57 am »
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Of course, you can also just get an actual d100.

I'm generally not fond of the d100, but that's because I'm impatient. I'm happier with rolling two dice without waiting for dice to stop.

But I cannot argue its fairness. It is technically the simplest way to roll 1-100. It's just not my favorite.

Someone asked me if rolling d10000 would blow my theory out of the water. After evaluating the dice, it looks like it still works—provided the smallest die goes from 1 to 10 while the others go rom 0* to 9*. So you get 10k by adding 9000+900+90+10.

But I don't play any games that require a d10000. Not sure I'd want something with that degree of granularity, but I could be persuaded.

I've never heard of any game that requires a d10000, and I doubt I could be persuaded that that degree of granularity could be good.

May I introduce you to the world's greatest RPG, FATAL?

I don't remember the details, but I know during setup you are instructed to roll a d1,000,000 among other things.
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #355 on: January 12, 2019, 02:56:00 pm »
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I doubt you could persuade anyone that FATAL is good.
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #356 on: January 14, 2019, 08:40:22 am »
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If you recall my quote:
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Not sure I'd want something with that degree of granularity

Nobody wants FATAL. I don't care how many zeroes they put after the d.
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