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N.A.N.Y. 2022 / Re: NANY 2022 Release: Progress Bar and Jam (PB&J)
« on: November 26, 2021, 12:04 PM »
I've updated the original post with downloads and I reformatted it to more closely follow the submission template.

N.A.N.Y. 2022 / Re: NANY 2022 Pledge: Something Stupid This Way Comes
« on: November 24, 2021, 03:59 PM »
It seems so obvious now!

PB&J - Progress Bar and Jam

N.A.N.Y. 2022 / Re: NANY 2022 Pledge: Something Stupid This Way Comes
« on: November 24, 2021, 03:43 PM »
DEAttH - Deadlines Eventually Acquiesce to the Hourglass

N.A.N.Y. 2022 / Re: NANY 2022 Pledge: Something Stupid This Way Comes
« on: November 24, 2021, 02:30 PM »
Original post has been updated with details.

N.A.N.Y. 2022 / Re: NANY 2022 Pledge: Something Stupid This Way Comes
« on: November 24, 2021, 11:48 AM »
Speak of the devil...

Wicked Beast.png

N.A.N.Y. 2022 / NANY 2022 Release: Progress Bar and Jam (PB&J)
« on: November 24, 2021, 03:38 AM »
NANY 2022 Entry Information

Application Name Progress Bar and Jam (PB&J)
Version 1.211126.0
Short Description A countdown timer and progress bar for game jams
Supported OSes Windows, Linux, Mac
Web Page This is it
Download Link Download on Keybase
System Requirements
  • Modern Windows, Linux, or MacOS
  • x86_64 architecture CPU
Version History
  • v1.211126.0
    - Add custom icon
  • v1.211124.0
    - Use event name for window title
  • v1.211123.0
    - Initial release
    - Set event name, start and end times
    - Precision settings
    - Font settings
Author Deozaan

I have been using mouser's Progress Bars of Life (PBOL) for many years as a good visual indicator for how much time I have left while doing game jams. I have also been nagging mouser to fix PBOL's docked mode (and weird precision issues) for years, to better suit my wants/needs for game jams.

Here's what PBOL looks like:

Progress Bars Of Life - Large.png

Here's what I want it to look like:

Progress Bars Of Life - Minimal.png

But after years of not getting what I want from mouser, I finally went full Thanos.

I'll do it myself.jpg

  • Displays a customizable title for the event
  • Displays a progress bar showing how far into the event you are
  • Displays a countdown timer showing how long until the event starts/ends or how long it has been over
  • Configurable amount of precision (how many units of time to display)
  • Optional monospace font
  • Optional dyslexic font

Planned Features
No other features planned

PBOD - Roboto.png PBOD - RobotoMono.png PBOD - Dyslexic.png PBOD - DyslexicMono.png

Unzip and run.

Using the Application
Launch the app once to generate the config file.
Edit the config file as you see fit.
Re-launch the app to load the new configuration.
Panic as your deadline approaches.

It should be mostly "portable" so you can just delete the files wherever you unzipped it to, but it might write some logs to your user path under Deozaan/PB&J (or PBandJ).

Don't actually panic.

Known Issues

Living Room / Re: Exploiting Glitches to Win Games Quickly (Speedruns)
« on: November 18, 2021, 05:00 PM »
Okay, so while this person does exploit glitches for their speedrun, that's not really what this one is about, but I think it's really cool and deserves to be shared anyway.

Over 1 year to create - this video combines 5162 attempts to speedrun Super Mario Bros. I recorded 193 hours of attempts (and practice) on an original 1985 Nintendo Entertainment System - then I wrote a custom computer program to process those videos and combine them via machine learning and conventional image processing techniques.

Watch it here:

And here's the "behind the scenes" on how the video was made:

And finally, the technology built for the above video was used and adapted and built upon to combine all 275 speedruns from that got a time of less than 5:00 into a single video.

Living Room / Re: Wordle: simple web word game
« on: November 18, 2021, 02:01 PM »
My strategy (by the end) was to guess words I knew were wrong, but used letters I hadn't yet tried. Then I used the clues given to piece together the solution.

I definitely would have failed if I had to use the given clues in subsequent guesses. And in my opinion, only being able to make 6 guesses and play once every 24 hours, I think that's too difficult of a restriction while keeping things fun. It would just make me feel frustrated.

But I am curious. Is it the same word for everyone every day? Those who have played it today, check the spoiler below to see how I did, and tell me if you got the same word:

SPOILER: Today's Solution
Wordle 2021-11-18.png

DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest Game Giveaway
« on: November 18, 2021, 01:47 PM »
I haven't announced many of the Epic Games Store giveaways, but this week is a bit unique, so I figure it's worth mentioning. This week there are 3 freebies on Epic Games, including one called Kid A Mnesia Exhibition, which is an exploration of the art and music of Radiohead.

The other two freebies are more traditional games. One of them is a card game called Guild of Dungeoneering. And the other is a kind of platformer called Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna or Innitchuna... Not sure. The artwork appears to spell it "Innitchuna" but all the text descriptors spell it "Ingitchuna").


Living Room / Exploiting Glitches to Win Games Quickly (Speedruns)
« on: November 16, 2021, 02:07 AM »
There have been a couple of similar posts on this subject already, see the one about beating Castlevania: Symphony of the Night with assembly code here (along with a couple other videos about Super Mario World) or the one about the race to conquer Mario Kart's Choco Mountain in seconds here, but I'm creating a more generic thread here which any future similar video (or article) can be posted to.

To start off the thread, here's a video of how speedrunners beat a trial version of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time which would automatically reset after 5 minutes had elapsed. The methods used in this one is similar to the above linked Castlevania video, where the speedrunner performs certain actions in the game to rewrite parts of system/game memory to get the desired result.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl contains a timed demo of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, with only 5 minutes of playtime. Defeating Ganon and beating the game sounds completely impossible in the demo! However, speedrunners have found a way. Here's how they did it.

How Speedrunners Beat the Brawl Ocarina of Time Demo

Living Room / Re: Youtube will hide dislike counts under all videos
« on: November 13, 2021, 09:25 PM »
It's the same old story. Petty tyrants who cannot abide dissent also can't abide the idea that others are aware that any dissent exists.

Take a look at the #1 top disliked video on YouTube (and see #6, too). Then consider how many other powerful and well-funded organizations have posted videos announcing some new program or policy that met with widespread disapproval from "the unwashed masses."

DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest Game Giveaway
« on: November 12, 2021, 03:58 PM »
In celebration of THQ Nordic's 10th anniversary (again?), Outcast 1.1 is free on GOG for about 64 more hours at the time of posting.

Yeah. Either way, I'm not in a big rush for the Deck. And this delay gives me more time to set aside the money for it. Especially because after I placed my pre-order, I basically blew my Deck budget on an Oculus Quest 2 + accessories. :-[

"Your expected order availability: After Q2 2022"

It looks like I'm back to where I started. I'm pretty sure that when I placed my pre-order, it told me "after Q2" or maybe it just said Q3. But then after things settled it told me the ETA was Q2. So I'm still not really disappointed.

Well, so much for my optimism! I got an email saying Deck is delayed by 2 months, and they expect it will start shipping in February.

Yeah, I've given up on the idea of publishing anything on Google Play. It's just too annoying having to constantly update and configure things to keep up with their ever-changing requirements.

And it's pretty sad that Apple is even worse.

This is why I've only recently-ish given up on Google Play, whereas publishing apps in Apple's walled garden was never an option for me.

I was thinking December and planning for it as my Christmas gift. And given the logistics nightmare we're in the middle of right now, I think April is optimistic if they have enough to scheudle it out until then. At least it will give an adequate time to see what kind of reviews it garners.

When I made my pre-order, it told me it would be arriving approx. Q3. So I wasn't expecting mine until at least July. And right now if you look, for new pre-orders it says they won't be arriving until after Q2, which sounds a lot like Q3 to me.

Obviously, Q2 could mean anything between April and June inclusive. A lot of it depends on how they're handling it. I don't know if they're just making a single batch as large as possible per quarter or if they've got factories working to construct these things around the clock as fast as possible with daily or weekly or monthly fulfillment. If it's the former, then yeah, I suppose I would expect it to be toward the end of the quarter. But if it's the latter, who knows when it will be?

But really, I think it's just my brain playing tricks on me. Even though there's still two full months left of this year, I have the feeling that the year is pretty much over already. So January feels "like next week" to me right now. And similarly, feeling like January is so close also makes April feel pretty close. And though it may be unlikely to receive a unit that "soon" it just feels not far off for me.

Maybe I'm just getting to be really old, and it is starting to feel like I'm watching the years whiz by. 😬

Yeah, I've given up on the idea of publishing anything on Google Play. It's just too annoying having to constantly update and configure things to keep up with their ever-changing requirements.

Good luck on the re-approval process!

Mine isn't until Q2 2022


But that could be as soon as April, which doesn't seem very far away to me.

General Software Discussion / Re: BitTorrent Sync 2.0 Sucks!
« on: October 23, 2021, 04:36 PM »

do you still have a copy of BTSync 1.4.110 lying around, that you could share?

Yes. I kept a copy backed up just in case the link went down.

As I was in need of transferring a rather large file (about 400 GByte) from a remote location a problem was encountered. None of the computers I normally use for file transfer is able to cope with such a large file. So, I was tempted to try out croc to transfer the file directly to my workstation.

The remote computer is not a "weakling" by any stretch of imagination (16 GByte RAM, 3 year old Intel Xeon CPU, fast drive), but waiting 7+ hours now for a code to be generated by croc (to actually start the transfer) is rather long. Even when the file is about 400 GByte.

It sounds like it uploads the file to the proxy before generating the code.

If both PCs are running Windows, I would still recommend an older version (1.x) of BitTorrent Sync (BT Sync) for transferring large files. It's direct peer-2-peer with no intermediary server, and does it in little parts using BitTorrent. So transfers can start almost immediately and if the connection gets interrupted partway through, it can resume without issue once the connection is re-established.

I used Croc for the first time today. It worked perfectly. Thanks again for mentioning it! :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor
« on: October 10, 2021, 02:37 AM »
Creepy, spooky, booleans...


General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 11 Announced
« on: October 07, 2021, 03:13 AM »
The Verge reviews Windows 11

Major props to Valve for their consumer-friendly attitude!

They just released a video greatly discouraging disassembling the Deck, while showing how to do it as safely as possible.

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