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Incline My Wife's Mod for Arcanum

Discussion in 'General RPG Discussion' started by Bester, Aug 23, 2020.

  1. Bester ⚰️☠️⚱️ Patron Vatnik

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    My wife's favorite RPGs are Icewind Dale and Arcanum. I never understood why that is, mine are Fallout and Baldur's Gate.
    She often nudges me to play those games, and sometimes you just feel that it's time to replay one of those classics. I felt the call about Arcanum two weeks ago.

    But before I got into it, I explained to her my position on the early 00s isometric RPGs. I have a bone to pick with their resolution situation we're in right now.

    Before '95, games used pixelated graphics, so it's very simple with them - you just upscale them through Nearest Neighbor and you're good to go. Lossless Scaling allows just that.
    Modern games are fine, too.
    But there is a period between '97 and 2003 that saw isometric games with a realistic graphics. They can't be upscaled using nearest neighbor, they'd look jagged.

    For them, we have "high resolution" mods that shoot the camera into the sky. Everything becomes minuscule, but displayed at its true resolution.
    The downside of that approach is you can see too much of the area.
    The camera becomes less intimate, you can see shit you have no business seeing. You also concentrate on a tiny rectangle on your monitor where you characters are. It's bad.
    Some people even keep their old monitors just for those games.

    Those of us who aren't lucky enough to own a CRT, we can render the game at a compromise resolution of 1366*768 or 1600*900 and play in full screen.
    This technique upscales the image to 1920*1080 through linear texture filtering. This makes the image so blurry, it's like looking through a wet window. It's bad.

    So how do you fix it?

    I explained it to my wife, who decided to write a better upscaler. She spent 2 weeks writing a program that would grab my 1366*768 image and upscale it to 1920*1080 through bicubic interpolation.
    This makes the image look crisper, sharper, the details look amazingly well.
    I'm enjoying the fuck out of it, and decided to show you how I'm currently playing Arcanum.

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    What the mod does is this:
    - Captures the image in Arcanum's window
    - Upscales it to... no, scratch that, it took 100ms for a single frame on the CPU to upscale it
    - Passes the image on to the GPU instead
    - GPU upscales it
    - Renders it gloriously at full screen on another monitor

    Which means I need two monitors for this, but I have them, so I'm good. She says it could be done with one monitor, maybe, but capturing things in an inactive window in older games is very difficult.
    There are libraries for capturing things in DX9-12 games, but Arcanum is based on DDraw, which is like DX7 or less. And maybe if she was Drog or if Drog's High Res mod was open source,
    she could do it, but she's thankfully not Drog, and Drog is a mercantile asshole who keeps mods hostage until payment is sent to his Patreon, never sharing his code.

    Anyway, that's how I'm playing Arcanum. Wanted to share with you guys.
     
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  2. oldmanpaco Master of Siestas

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    I'm so aroused right now I don't know what to do.

    Goddamn russians.
     
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  3. udm Arcane Patron

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    :shredder: Thank God!
     
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  4. Sweeper Unwanted Zionist Agent

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    Post wife feet pics.
     
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  5. CaffeineConquistador Learned

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    Wow, that bicubic upscale looks really nice.
     
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  6. oldmanpaco Master of Siestas

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    Also fuck you where is the source?
     
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  7. Bester ⚰️☠️⚱️ Patron Vatnik

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    It's not release ready. All values are currently hardcoded for my particular setup, instead of detecting some values automatically and offering a configurable UI for some other stuff. I'm playing it, but nobody else can.
     
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  8. NJClaw OoOoOoOoOoh Patron

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    I'm Ridin' with Biden I'm Ridin' with Biden
    Incredibly hot, is she single?
     
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  9. That's pretty nice! Your wife is amazing!
     
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  10. Darth Canoli Arcane

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    Visit Belle in Bicubic upscale ?
     
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  11. Lurker47 Learned

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    I thought this would be about something cucking you.
     
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  12. The results of bicubic interpolation are pretty good. Did your good wife also try convolution methods, like Lanczos sampling ?
     
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  13. Catacombs Magister Patron

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    :shredder:
     
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  14. TheImplodingVoice Dumbfuck! Dumbfuck

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    Is your wife's boyfriend doing a mod for TOEE?
     
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    I always thought Bester was just a smelly weirdo from Russia but it turns out he is actually a smelly weirdo from Russia who has a wife!
     
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  16. mk0 Educated

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    Assuming the image is 800x600, first you do a 2X integer scale to 1600x1200 and then you downscale with bilinear interpolation to 1080p.
     
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  17. Chippy Arcane Patron

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    It's even better than that. It seems to me that Bester not only got a wife who likes to play computer games, but specifically likes RPGs, and then on top of that is prepared to mod those games. Certainly at least a roll of at least 18 in in INT, WIS, CHA stats there.

    + the Russian racial bonus of 1 for each (maybe 3 or more for CHA).

    I did say in that incel thread that there are cool women out there. I believe it.

    Lucky bastard. :argh:
     
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  18. Kainan Learned

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    Nice but it would be better if she fixed the combat.
     
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  19. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    Why isn't she using the modesty mod though?
     
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  20. zaper Yes. Developer

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    Sure, it's your wife, but what about the mod?
     
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  21. Absinthe Arcane

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    If you open source it other people can help chip in the remaining work to make it work with any setup.
     
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  22. Jacob All Men Are King Kong Patron

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    Grab the Codex by the pussy
    Sure, you're the only one who can play the mod, but I'm pretty sure you're not the only one who can play with your wife.
     
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  23. CaffeineConquistador Learned

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    ^Ah, man, really? The wife herself? OP’s got a vatnick tag, man, he can’t fight back, it’s like kicking new born kittens.
     
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  24. jackofshadows Magister

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    You sure know how to fucking show off. Respect.

    Regarding game itself - dunno, just replayed it after a while, was fine with native resolution on a usual modern display, nothing too blurry. Would be nice to use the wide screen but cba, it's alrite as is. The game's looks are not the prettiest anyway.
     
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  25. PompiPompi Man with forever hair Patron Developer

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    Now tell her to run it with DLSS 2.0.

    I am not sure how the mod works though, is it in the same process of the game? Are you screen grabbing from one screen and display it scaled on the other?
     
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