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Group Buys and Preorders / Re: [GB] CNC Alum. Cooler Master TKL cases r2, SHIPPING
« Last post by nineleveno on Wed, 20 September 2017, 22:22:41 »
I recently bought a Tactical Gray case on mechmarket and finally got around to taking some photos:




This case really exceeded my expectations (which were already pretty high), and now I can't wait for the ones I ordered in R2.5 to come in. Excellent work, Ryan.

I also made some vinyl "washers" for the riser feet -- they seem to do a good job at preventing any scratches that could occur from tightening the riser feet against the case, and are basically undetectable once the feet are on:

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Off Topic / Re: The humble yet über-useful em dash
« Last post by Zobeid Zuma on Wed, 20 September 2017, 22:22:05 »
And if you do use them, and you use TKL keebs, how you do enter them without a numpad?

BTW, I can also feel a bit smug since I'm using a Mac Pro and my Matias Mini Tactile Pro actually has those symbols printed on the key caps.

dash: -
option-dash: –
shift-option-dash:  —

Likewise if I want Æ or Œ or ® or © or … or those wretched “smart quotes” that cause so many headaches, all I have to do is squint down at the keycaps and find the symbol.  More exotic symbols and emojis require hitting ctrl-cmd-space to bring up the whole catalog of them.
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Keyboards / Re: SSKanoly!
« Last post by kokokoy on Wed, 20 September 2017, 22:17:09 »
Wow what a find. Congrats mate!
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Interest Checks / Re: [IC] Noxary 268
« Last post by ihalatch on Wed, 20 September 2017, 22:14:37 »
Is it possible to put a very thin acrylic diffuser in the seam between the tot and bottom parts for those who wishe?  In my opinion it looks better, somehow masking the tiny gap.
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Artisan Services / Re: Polymer Salon: Falling . . .
« Last post by superdoedoe on Wed, 20 September 2017, 22:13:26 »
Out of all the Murrays I've been able to get, I still love the debut Murrays the most.
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Interest Checks / Re: [IC] GMK 9009
« Last post by superdoedoe on Wed, 20 September 2017, 22:11:47 »
Soooo, is the group buy already over? Or is it not open yet?

Still in IC phase.
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Input Devices / Re: Gaming input? Xbox One elite?
« Last post by NamelessPFG on Wed, 20 September 2017, 22:04:39 »
I've seen internal shots of the Xbox One Elite pad, and it looks like their analog sticks still use conventional potentiometers instead of the contactless Hall sensors Sony used for the majority of the DualShock 3's production run (or, for that matter, what Sega used on the Saturn and Dreamcast pads).

Not what I expect on a $100+ gamepad, but given that even the DualShock 4 reverted to potentiometers and the Xbox One uses Hall effect triggers like the Saturn and Dreamcast, it may simply be a matter of being unable to source parts from a supplier in any significant quantity.

I do have a standard Xbox One pad that came with my Oculus Rift, though, and it's a nice piece of kit. It displaced the Xbox 360 wireless pad I was using pretty much instantly because the D-Pad was actually pretty good this time, the analog sticks are noticeably less sloppy around center (but still not as tight as a DualShock 3's), and it's overall just much more ergonomic. Oh, and since it's second-revision with the headset jack (but no Bluetooth), the LB/RB bumpers aren't awkward to engage. All in all, an ideal gamepad for XInput games.

That said, one gamepad does NOT fit all, and there are several reasons for me to bring up alternative pads.
-2D games are still best played on a Neo-Geo CD pad, if the mini-stick's microswitches are still clicky and responsive. There's also PS2 and PS3 variations that change it to a 6-face-button layout and add shoulder buttons, making it a serious contender for the rounded/Japanese-style Sega Saturn pad for "best 2D gamepad of all time", but those are rather obscure and expensive when you do find them for sale.

Also continuing along those lines, sometimes you just want six face buttons, not four. Most fighting games are asking for it (barring the ones that use four buttons or less), and Radiant Silvergun would just feel wrong on a 4-face-button pad regardless of that XBLA port.

-If you have any interest in PCSX2 or GTA III/VC/SA, the DualShock 3's analog buttons make it by far the best choice. The PC versions of the GTA games have an input plugin for harnessing the DS3 natively (yes, with the SCP drivers, no MotioninJoy needed) that makes them handle just like the PS2 versions, analog gas/brake, rudder, cheat codes and all, and several PS2 games that you can play in PCSX2 (most notably the Ace Combat titles and MGS2/3) also make extensive use of analog buttons for fine control.

Funnily enough, the original Xbox's face buttons were analog, but I think only MGS2 and the GTA ports used that particular bit of functionality.

-Older DirectInput API games may leave you wanting for an option that lets you remap the analog triggers as split axes (ideal for racing games) or emulated buttons (for games that don't let you map certain actions to an axis), as well as swapping inputs around (for example, making the right stick X and Y so you can use it for arm movements in Die By The Sword VSIM mode). The XBCD drivers for original Xbox pads are the only decent option here, and MotioninJoy could've been up there for DS3 pads if the interface wasn't a completely ass-backwards security hole.
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Off Topic / Re: Did ya'll play the Marvel vs Capcom on the PC ?
« Last post by noisyturtle on Wed, 20 September 2017, 21:59:22 »
who playing dat infinite  :thumb:

**** that garbage - looks like a mobile game, no Xmen(how can you have an MVC with no Wolvie?) all the characters are basically shills for upcoming movie or tv tie-ins, and the garbage-ass last boss with the mcguffin spirit bomb and thanos bull****.

No thanks - I'm good on this one.
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Off Topic / Re: Did ya'll play the Marvel vs Capcom on the PC ?
« Last post by tp4tissue on Wed, 20 September 2017, 21:56:12 »
who playing dat infinite  :thumb:

hurd it uses a new engine, don't think my pc can keep up

it runs the last one real well.
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Off Topic / Re: The humble yet über-useful em dash
« Last post by SpAmRaY on Wed, 20 September 2017, 21:53:09 »
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