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Comment Re: Fans want Sonic to be different things (Score 1) 45

There is one awesome rail shooter FMV game that came out on the PC in 1994 called Novastorm.

Unlike most other FMV games, Novastorm's prerendered environment could actually damage your ship by scraping against it or crashing into it. The gameplay has some similarities with Gradius with the power up system. The visuals are really good for the time but the music is utterly fantastic and worth playing the game for. It's a shame that there isn't a CD quality version available because I'd pay for a clean, lossless copy of the soundtrack.

There was a later PlayStation version (maybe other systems too), but it had horrible music.

Comment Re:comparison (Score 1) 135

This is specifically for compressing JPEG (lossy) with an extra layer of lossless compression to bring file sizes down further. It would only be useful if you have a large collection of JPEG images to archive and not enough disk space. In my own quickie test:

Source image was 2560x1440 TGA at 32MB

PNG (lossless, level 9) took that down to 6,912KB
WebP (lossless) took it down to 5,868KB
JPEG (lossy, quality 100) took it down to 3,402KB
JPEG (lossy, quality 95) took it down to 1,995KB

They are claiming a 22% further reduction in file size on JPEG, so it should be roughly reductions to 2,654KB and 1,557KB for the above two JPEGs respectively. Not a whole lot individually, but it can add up if you're storing a lot of JPEG images.

Still, it's based on a lossy compression method so I don't have any real interest in it. WebP lossless (and PNG when absolutely needed for compatibility) is my preferred format.

Comment Re: alt-f4 (Score 1) 664

I am sure that they will. The same probably applies to all of the software that blocks the Windows 10 spyware, nagware and adware stuff too. It's going to be a constant battle trying to use Windows going forward.

I do use a Linux distro (Korora) on my computers and I'm weaning myself from Windows. I still need Windows for a few programs, mostly for 3D modelling and audio work, but I've found replacements for most of the audio stuff. I'm not too interested in many modern games and most of my favourites can be played under Linux, so that isn't a real concern.

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