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  1. Analysis of results is tomorrow; I have a reasonable number of results but not as many as hoped. Any additional surveys would be really useful. No need for extra comments in them either. Thanks for all the help so far. I think this study is going to be very valuable for the future.
  2. You can get it here: Link I've been working on this for ages, and the larger game for over a year now. Mostly completely silently while we prepared. Hunter's Moon is not as far along as I feel it should be before reveal, but the testbed needs exposure and so HM has to be there too. The main push of development is still to come where most of it will be completelt overhauled. That time is only a week or so from starting. Here's the description of the testbed: The plan for this game was to develop a greatly simplified version of the Hunter's Moon (see website for details) hunting mechanics that didn't depend on any of the main game features, and that put the focus on the AI. The first reason for the testbed is to act as a research project for my final year of university by analysing the merits of training a complex Multi-Agent System with a Genetic Algorithm rather than doing it manually, the second reason is to aid the development of Hunter's Moon. The data for analysis is provided by a user study at the end of each play-through of the game. The game will randomly pick an AI configuration at the start of each game (either manually tuned, or computer tuned), that adjusts the behaviour of the wolves. Both attempt to maximise the fun of the game. After this project is concluded more AI development will be done to make it do everything HM requires and to flesh it out, but the basic foundation is here. Details on the big game, Hunter's Moon, can be found here: Link It's based on this ancient Dwarf Fortress mod idea: Here Feedback and survey responses are very much appreciated.
  3. I think that is an appropriate conclusion to this thread.
  4. OK so do you actually just hate old versions of windows then? I love 7/8 but I detest XP and older as most sane people do. You can't judge the quality of a product when you use a 10 year old version.
  5. Checking in here, DF has been a long love of mine.
  6. If you dislike 8 you should still buy it, just spend an extra $10 on some third party utilities to make it usable. You can pretty much make 8 look like 7 for free even, and then you get to enjoy all the enhancements under the hood, like faster boots, better task manager, etc. You'll also get 8.1 free in a few months that will hopefully resolve a lot of the issues.
  7. Buy Dell, and buy IPS, 16:10 if you can afford it, also get two if you can. That quickly sums things up, under no circumstances buy a "gaming" monitor.
  8. I enjoy having a consistent performance across my entire OS no matter what I am doing, that is why I spent a lot on a 500GB SSD. I don't regret that at all, I've spent that much on other components in the past but none of those improved my experience as much as the SSD. Not having to constantly monitor space and shuffle things around between SSD and RAID is fantastic.
  9. I agree with this, it would in fact be so stupid that I do not believe MS intends to do that. Win 8 is a stopgap with some misplaced priorities, 8.1 is a far better test of their intentions which we will see soon enough. Win 8 was cheap precisely because MS knows it is far from ideal, don't criticise them for pricing it low when that was the decent thing to do given the limited scope of the changes. Win 8 has hardly been a dismal failure, it is oriented for tablets, and in tablets it is already above 8% of new sales in less than 6 months. Win 8 was never meant as a true successor to 7, hence the price and the marketing. it is a tablet oriented version of 7 and is doing very well in that area. I would agree that a more balanced approach would have been better overall, but MS is not forcing you to upgrade to it and it's cheap enough that no one is being ripped off here. Metro will never be optional, it's the mobile oriented UX that will be optional. Evidence suggests that the desktop will transition to a Metro design while exceeding the UX of 7. Already, if you ignore the mobile side of Win 8, the desktop UX is superior to 7 in some major ways (new task manager is a great example). Office is following metro design principles very well, and it's not touch friendly; that 100% means metro does not force touch friendliness. Not liking Metro design is completely fine, but not liking it because you think it means inappropriate touch friendliness is very wrong. If you separate the stupid decision to force a mobile UX on desktop users then you get a much clearer picture of how Metro is viewed. Metro is a design language, Win 8 does not implement it very well and people hate that. But when it is implemented well it is very popular. Every version of windows has enforced some form of design language, you can and could tweak almost all of it if you wished though, with third party tools, that has not changed in Win 8. It is tragic that MS has alienated so many people unnecessarily. Not so much by making a bad product, but by not communicating their intentions very well. They have done this many times in the past though, and they regularly win people back in even higher numbers when they get around to cleaning things up, just look at Vista > Win 7.
  10. I would be inclined to agree. Wouldn't be a problem if you were just using them for sports though, it's going to be the long term daily users that see issues if they do happen.
  11. Yeah, shouldn't be a problem. I'd only do it if you are happy with your current OS state though, if you're getting crashes or other weirdness it may be best to start fresh.
  12. You say your main problem with Metro is that it's oriented for touch, Office 2013 is absolutely not oriented for touch. If you don't like Office 2013 then you simple don't like Metro, that's a personal thing and it's not Microsoft's issue. MS has limited resources, it's not guaranteed that they will fix the desktop/mobile transition UX, but then it's also understandable that they haven't yet due to the time constraints and other things they've done. If you just hate Metro as a design language then that's fine, but don't try to pretend that it is fundamentally broken as an idea. Everyone likes different things, Metro as an idea has a lot of fans (it's heavily influencing a lot of new websites, apps, and elements in other OS's), so you are mistaken if you think that your personal dislike of Metro is a major misstep by MS.
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