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  1. Install folder is not particularly useful. If it's a retail or DRM-free game you most likely got a choice of where to install/extract it to, and if it's a digital game there is an easy UI option in that store's client for jumping right to the install folder. The install path also varies greatly between stores. As for your captures, if you really can't find that you could use Everything (or the Windows search in a pinch) to track down wherever it got saved to.
  2. I have now updated the Audio template to support the new row. As always, let me know if there are any problems with this.
  3. Games referred to this as "Red Book" quite a lot back in the day, often using both terms interchangeably (some like Descent II actually call it Red Book most of the time). The template text has both terms, so even if a reader has never heard of Red Book its meaning can be easily inferred (and is then confirmed by the tooltip). Putting this term in the template will hopefully also reduce situations where this is set incorrectly (e.g. for games that stream audio files from the CD rather than playing actual tracks). Based on a few test searches, internet search engines do not appear to know that Red Book is another term for CD audio in the context of gaming (search results are completely different unless pages happen to mention both terms), so search keyword accessibility is another strong reason for putting both terms in the displayed text. As I said there are implementations that don't use APIs at all, so handling this with an API focus would inevitably involve ambiguity (which can already occur with some parts of the API table, e.g. being able to set "OpenGL versions" to unknown) and therefore should be avoided when less ambiguous options are also available.
  4. Going by the documentation, $wgPageImagesLeadSectionOnly should be enabled to ensure only images above the first section (in this case Availability) will be considered. It might also be necessary to change the resolution values to ensure any valid image will qualify (the extension page is a bit vague regarding the non-Wikimedia default values). A ParserFunction-style way of tagging the exact image to use would still be preferable to trusting any sort of algorithm, but with a bit of tinkering this should work reliably for at least game pages and probably the company and engine pages as well. The PageImages extension added OpenGraph support in MediaWiki 1.29, so this feature probably didn't exist at that time.
  5. I have renamed Video, Input, and Audio and updated the documentation etc. where applicable. Existing links to the old section names within and between pages will continue working normally. I have not changed VR support at this time; it is probably due for an overhaul anyway to clear up/split stereoscopic 3D vs actual VR headsets (but that's a separate topic). Note that I have not renamed the Cargo tables at this time because there are some other things to change or finalise there as well such as the CD audio row. Cargo table naming doesn't have to match the actual template name and is mostly invisible, so this isn't a big deal. Using the term without any additional words brings it into line with other sections like Availability and Network (with VR support being the exception as I mentioned above). "Features" would also not be the most applicable term for some of the rows (e.g. "touchscreen optimized"). Video settings is almost too long already, so it would make more sense to introduce an additional table for less universal features rather than bloating the main one. Some time ago I made a working example of this. This is definitely something to revisit (in a separate topic), particularly with things like ray tracing becoming more common in the near future.
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    Shareware version of Karkoth's Keep. Run using DOSBox (or similar) on modern systems.
  7. There was a previous discussion about removing "settings" from the headings. Some of the templates already have information which is a feature rather than an actual setting (e.g. input settings has "Steam Input API support"), so a row for CD audio would not be the first case like that. Listing it under API would lead to implementation problems and some vague/incorrect data. There is no such thing as an API for this under DOS, for instance, and even under Windows some games might have chosen to read the data with some built-in method for whatever reason rather than relying on the OS. There is also the problem of what an unknown state would mean (does this mean it's not known whether the game uses CD audio at all, or it definitely does but it's just not known how it is handled?)
  8. From time to time I've thought about the possibility of having some form of a quick visual overview of a handful of the most common features that would then link to those sections, perhaps something like how the old GOG.com browser extension worked (at least in terms of selection if not actual appearance):
  9. Putting achievements (or cloud support) into the actual availability rows is not a workable solution--that would make it impossible to track support for that feature for versions of the game that are no longer sold.
  10. Discussions on forums/reddit/etc. invariably mention skipping intro videos as one of the great things about the wiki, so I'd be hesitant to demote it so significantly, especially now that the table of contents is collapsed by default--the average visitor might think there isn't a fix at all. As @Antrad mentioned above, the best approach might be to change "essential" to something else for this. One solution would be to have "essential improvements" only for fixes that are absolutely crucial (e.g. the game won't work correctly without this fix) and then just below that have "recommended improvements" (or something) for fixes that are nice to have but not crucial to the experience (add widescreen support, skip intros, and anything else you probably want but don't need). This would separate things nicely without pushing popular fixes down the page, and a lot of pages already have the most crucial fixes first.
  11. There is no time like the present. 🙂 I have made a sample implementation which you can see examples of at Development:Audio settings/Sandbox. The row is hidden when false (without a note), unknown, or missing/empty. The row is shown when false if a note is supplied because there can be special cases where this applies (e.g. the game has CD audio tracks but doesn't actually use it in-game). Hackable and limited are supported and require a note (as usual). I have also added a special placeholder note for Windows/Windows 3.x games when the row is true because many (most/all?) Windows games will have problems playing CD audio on modern versions of Windows. As with other placeholder notes this is overridden when a note is provided. I used the "Red Book" naming here because this is the term that seems to be used most often on forums etc. (the tooltip mentions Compact Disc Digital Audio and briefly explains what CD audio is). Anyway, see what you think. EDIT: I used the word "audio" instead of "music" because there are non-music uses (e.g. from memory, Conan the Cimmerian's CD version uses the CD audio tracks for recorded voices whereas the actual music is done just like the non-CD version of the game).
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    Blank intro video file for Streets of Rage 4. Extract to the installation folder (replace the original game_intro.ogv when prompted). After the initial "Loading" window the game will go directly to the "Press Any Button" screen. This fix was tested with the GOG.com release.
  13. Tim Sweeney in 2016: Microsoft wants to monopolise games development on PC. We must fight it. Tim Sweeney in 2019: I want to monopolise games distribution on PC. You must buy it.
  14. My user name is inspired by the Thief series (this was long before Garrett went through that weird goth eyeliner phase).
  15. Yes, data caps will be a big problem (if you're playing at 4K 60 FPS, Stadia will use 1 TB for 65 hours of gameplay).
  16. Blocking the ads in the hosts file or router might work as long as the ads are delivered from a different server or subdomain (otherwise this would break the game's online features). There might be other limitations depending on how this was implemented (the game might still wait a certain length of time for the nonexistent ad to finish playing).
  17. Yes, you'll need the May 2019 Update (1903) for this. If you're not getting it when checking for updates in Windows Update you can download it using the Update Assistant.
  18. Streaming services will be very popular in areas with good internet as long as it provides a "good enough" experience. Those wanting the best experience will still opt for native hardware as usual. Streaming is out of the question in many parts of the world due to data caps or poor internet speed. Microsoft's combination approach (streaming plus downloads) is much more accessible because it doesn't rely on internet speed or special server hardware. If your internet access is really slow you can buy the Xbox One disc and only download the latest patch. If Xbox Live (or your internet) goes down you can still play single player games just fine. Xbox Game Pass was available worldwide on day one whereas streaming services will be limited to specific countries. Microsoft's approach also opens up some appealing possibilities that can't exist with Stadia (start streaming a game instantly to see if you like it, then download the native version while you're away from your device). Project xCloud will probably be publicly available around the time Stadia launches, so Google will be facing immediate competition from a much more established rival.
  19. I'd be in favour of this for the reasons you've outlined. @Andytizer If this change happens it would probably make sense to add "settings" to the site tagline in some way to aid incoming searches using that specific keyword. Yes this would make sense as well for the same reasons (it would also be a good idea to revisit other aspects of the VR template, but that's a subject for a separate topic). Cargo table names do not have to match the associated templates (see Special:CargoTables for several examples).
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  21. Microsoft is running the MixPot promotion again: watch the Xbox E3 stream on Mixer (from the Mixer Xbox channel or through the app) and sign in with a Microsoft account to get free games/DLC. See the Xbox MixPot FAQ for details. Last time it was only games/DLC for consoles, but since they will be talking about the PC this time there might be some PC goodies.
  22. That looks good @Aemony, some of the descriptions may need to be reworded a bit but the concept is solid. Tooltips could change based on the state that has been set (only explaining "always on" surround sound when set to that mode).
  23. The Wikimedia Commons uses UploadWizard, so that would probably be the one to go with.
  24. The new "always on" state is implemented. I have revised the Section Table legend state definitions. This state only applies to specific features in the Video settings, Input settings, and Audio settings tables. I have added the new state to the instructions for the applicable fields. This would be best implemented as two distinct rows since there is no similarity in implementation (a companion app involves a standalone device whereas a secondary display is connected directly to the computer). This could be part of a new "Technical information" sort of table (under Other information) with rows for any other advanced/obscure/obsolete features that don't really fit anywhere else.
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