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Reefa posted a topic in Technology NewsI’ve only had a few hours to play the new Doom since it was released yesterday, but I’m digging it so far. A lot. One of the most surprising and impressive things about it is the SnapMap feature, which allows players to design their own levels, even on consoles. It’s an intuitive editor that lets you sort the layout of a level, arrange objects, place enemies, and even do some simple scripting, triggering certain events when the player reaches a certain point in the level. It’s incredibly easy to use considering how much you can do, and so far I’ve had little trouble uploading, downloading, and browsing for user-made levels. When publisher Bethesda first announced this feature, I was wondering how long it would take before we started seeing players recreate the original Doom levels in the new engine, just as Mario Maker players created levels from the original Super Mario Bros. for the NES. The answer, we now know, is “immediately.” E1 M2 Tribute, which is a kinda sorta recreation of the E1 M2 nuclear plant map from the original Doom. It’s a little hard to tell since the games look so different, but the maps have the same general layout, which recreates similar firefights. This is the SnapMap recreation: The author of the map is listed as “SNAPMAP,” meaning it’s probably one of the levels the developer created to populate the SnapMap community at launch. It’s a great example of just how much you can do with the editor, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what actual players will make in the coming weeks. The original Doom thrived on a strong modding community, and id is supporting that tradition here in a great way. source
Batu69 posted a topic in Software NewsThere have been various numbers thrown around suggesting how many people have downloaded Windows 10 and how many have the operating system installed. Great debates have started about just how accurate these figures may be, but as any statistician will tell you, the more data you have to work with, the more likely it is to give an accurate picture. Microsoft announced that there were 14 million downloads in the first 24 hours after launch, and it has been estimated that this figure now stands at anything from 50 million to 67 million. UK-based data analysis firm GoSquared has put together a tool that shows, in real time, Windows 10 adoption around the world by indicating its share of Windows traffic. It's very hard to pin down an exact number of installations at this stage, but GoSquared's figures make for very interesting reading. The company explains that its analysis draws on tens of thousands of sources, aggregating the data to give as accurate a picture as possible. So where does Windows 10 stand at the moment? As I write this Windows 10 accounts for 12 percent of traffic from Windows machines. As the stats are updated in real time, there is visible fluctuation, and I have watched the number jump from 10 percent to 13 percent and then drop down again. While it's certainly interesting to see what's happening right now, GoSquared's data is more useful for seeing the general trend of Windows 10 adoption -- and that trend is on a definite, steady climb. Since launch, Windows 10 hit a peak in terms of traffic share on 8 August when it hit almost 15 percent. The company admits that the data may not give a completely accurate picture, saying: "In the scheme of things, it's by no means definitive, but we feel the data shows interesting trends". Take a look for yourself and see what you think. Source