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Reply 3661 of 4094, by Shagittarius

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clueless1 wrote on 2021-12-23, 18:26:
Shagittarius wrote on 2021-12-23, 18:13:

I just noticed something I'm suspicious about from another conversation on here and I'm curious If I can tell if you are anything younger than Gen. X by how you answer this question. No cheating.

What do you call the sounds a modem makes when connecting to another modem?

Cacophony. 🤣. I'm not actually sure what answer you're looking for, but it's the audible representation of a handshake (hello).

Handshake is the correct answer, I had seen some other non-joking ways to describe it, which struck me as someone who didn't live through the introduction of modems and therefore didn't learn the terminology. I was all about the tech at the time of BBSs and I think anyone that used BBSs would know the correct term and be a certain age. That is my theory anyways.

Though I would also accept Link Negotiation.

Reply 3662 of 4094, by appiah4

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Shagittarius wrote on 2021-12-23, 18:13:

I just noticed something I'm suspicious about from another conversation on here and I'm curious If I can tell if you are anything younger than Gen. X by how you answer this question. No cheating.

What do you call the sounds a modem makes when connecting to another modem?

Music.

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Reply 3664 of 4094, by badmojo

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Joakim wrote on 2021-12-23, 21:10:

I just realized the game is called the Pandora Directive. 😀

Lolz I've been reading that as Detective this whole time too!

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Reply 3665 of 4094, by appiah4

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Wait what? My whole life I thought the game was called Pandora Detective 🤣!

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Reply 3668 of 4094, by clueless1

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Joakim wrote on 2021-12-23, 21:10:
clueless1 wrote on 2021-12-18, 17:54:
Joakim wrote on 2021-12-16, 20:12:

Pandora Detective

😀

I just realized the game is called the Pandora Directive. 😀

I was wondering if you'd get my hint. 😉

I wouldn't be a bit surprised if CGW used that pun in its review of the game. They did stuff like that a lot.

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Reply 3669 of 4094, by clueless1

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Realms of Arkania: Shadows over Riva

After completing a major part of the plot yesterday, my score is now about 700/1000. The next part involves finding a sunken ship in Riva Harbour, looking for a magical item crucial to the plot quest that was lost when the ship went down. Here is an example of how well-written this game is (despite being translated from German!):

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IMO, it says a lot, and says it well, in very few words. It gets my imagination working and excites me for what's next. Well done, writers and translators.

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Reply 3670 of 4094, by robertmo

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appiah4 wrote on 2021-12-24, 08:25:
badmojo wrote on 2021-12-24, 02:57:
Joakim wrote on 2021-12-23, 21:10:

I just realized the game is called the Pandora Directive. 😀

Lolz I've been reading that as Detective this whole time too!

Wait what? My whole life I thought the game was called Pandora Detective 🤣!

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Reply 3671 of 4094, by Joakim

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appiah4 wrote on 2021-12-24, 08:25:

Wait what? My whole life I thought the game was called Pandora Detective 🤣!

It is probably one of those Mandela effect things... 😉

Oh and sorry to say this game comes on 6 cds and it is making me crazy. It was fun and retro to change cds once every minute in the beginning but this is getting silly. At least the devs put the fast travel function in there..

Reply 3673 of 4094, by Shreddoc

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xcomcmdr wrote on 2021-12-24, 22:48:

If you use a real machine, well...

SHSUCD(X) can do up to 10 drives I believe. I don't know offhand how well it operates in practice for the above scenario. But the option is there to explore for those who wish.

Reply 3675 of 4094, by Bondi

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xcomcmdr wrote on 2021-12-25, 05:37:

I was more concerned about the physical side of things. Can one really install 4 or 6 CD-ROM drives in any retro machine ?

There were CD changers for up to 6 or 7 disks back in the day. It would assign a drive letter for each disk.
As for 4 separate drives, guess it's possible with additional IDE controllers. Not sure about 6, though.

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Reply 3676 of 4094, by Joseph_Joestar

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Finished replaying Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Short and sweet, just as I had it in my memory.

The only thing that bothered me was that very last bit, right before the finale, when the Prince loses his time manipulation powers due to plot reasons. You are forced to perform some insanely complex platforming sequences without the ability to rewind time. Therefore, every mistake means restarting from the last checkpoint, which is super tedious. Excellent game otherwise.

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Reply 3677 of 4094, by Desomondo

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Hey Joseph_Joestar,

Did you play Sands of Time with a controller or M/KB? I only ask because I've tried playing this game multiple times on different systems over the years and have always found the mouse handling in this game to be terrible no matter what mouse I used. It's like the game doesn't register very small mouse movements, similar to mouse acceleration or the dead-zone on a joystick or something. I haven't tried any of the sequels but Beyond Good & Evil uses the same engine (I think) and doesn't have the same issue.

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Reply 3678 of 4094, by dr_st

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Joseph_Joestar wrote on 2021-12-26, 17:00:

The only thing that bothered me was that very last bit, right before the finale, when the Prince loses his time manipulation powers due to plot reasons. You are forced to perform some insanely complex platforming sequences without the ability to rewind time. Therefore, every mistake means restarting from the last checkpoint, which is super tedious. Excellent game otherwise.

Yeah, it's tedious. But there has to be something challenging to the last segment. 😜

Desomondo wrote on 2021-12-27, 19:14:

Did you play Sands of Time with a controller or M/KB? I only ask because I've tried playing this game multiple times on different systems over the years and have always found the mouse handling in this game to be terrible no matter what mouse I used. It's like the game doesn't register very small mouse movements, similar to mouse acceleration or the dead-zone on a joystick or something. I haven't tried any of the sequels but Beyond Good & Evil uses the same engine (I think) and doesn't have the same issue.

I recently played BG&E and I can attest that it's mouse handling is top-notch (it has other problems, but they don't have to do with control).

In fact BG&E is probably the first 3D platformer game ever that I played mouse&keyboard. Most of them I just do keyboard only, including all The Sands of Time and all subsequent Prince of Persia games.

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Reply 3679 of 4094, by Joseph_Joestar

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Desomondo wrote on 2021-12-27, 19:14:

Hey Joseph_Joestar,

Did you play Sands of Time with a controller or M/KB?

I used a mouse and keyboard and didn't notice any issues with the controls.

For reference, I played the GOG version on the Athlon64 system from my signature. No special tweaks or anything.

PC#1: Pentium MMX 166 / Soyo SY-5BT / S3 Trio64V+ / Voodoo1 / OPTi 82C930 / AWE64 Gold / SC-155
PC#2: AthlonXP 1700+ / Abit KT7A / Voodoo3 / SBLive / Vortex2
PC#3: Athlon64 3000+ / Asus K8V-MX / GeForce4 / Audigy1
PC#4: i5-3550P / MSI Z77A-G43 / GTX 650Ti / X-Fi