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February 18, 2020 by Frogboy
One of the options in the game is to simulate the election cycle.  The player just chooses two candidates and sees how they do.  Now, you won’t get the exact result every time, but it’s fun to see how a given candidate will do if run by the AI. This mode helps us test against any unintentional biases in the issues. Since no one knows how the election will go, it can be difficult to draw the line between when candidate A is simply more viable than candidate B.  In th...
February 17, 2020 by Frogboy
The Political Machine is a strategy/simulation game.  What has made it so popular over the years is that while it is a game, it has a pretty serious and robust simulation running behind it.  Most of the data is collected from a wide array census results, surveys and demographic research.  Every four years when we update the data, we are constantly surprised on the changes we see in different states.  The opioid epidemic is one example.  This issue wasn’t on ...
January 15, 2020 by Frogboy
As I mentioned yesterday, there is a really good use-case for the Surface Pro X as a device that uses Remote Desktop to your "main machine" when doing heavy lifting provided that it is sufficiently powerful enough to do light tasks on its own relative to say a Surface Pro 7. Now, this is for my purposes.  YMMV.    As you can see, for me, the Surface Pro X hardware has the edge over the Surface Pro 7.    It's on the software support -- from Microsoft -- where...
January 14, 2020 by Frogboy
This is my work station area at Stardock when I'm working in the Object Desktop area of the company which is located on the third floor of the building. As you can see, I have 3 monitors connected to a Surface Pro.  The reason I'm up here is so that I can collaborate in person with the rest of my team.  And the reason for the Surface Pro is that I frequently use it as a tablet for sketching on screenshots and designs. The only downside is that the Surface Pro 7, while quite power...
January 6, 2020 by Frogboy
So I still play quite a bit of StarCraft online.  I am not great at it (low Diamond league) but I am good enough at it to know when I'm playing a Smurf. A Smurf is someone who is deliberately playing in a league far lower than what they should be in and they really ruin the game experience.   Smurfing isn't specific to StarCraft and there really isn't much that can be done about it that I can think of.  But it is one of those things that helps remind me as to why I don'...
December 9, 2019 by Frogboy
With screen resolutions getting higher and higher there are many people who would like to have a bit more control over their mouse cursor. If you don't already have CursorFX, try it out. www.cursorfx.com.  Stardock is currently working on a major new version of it but it will be compatible with the existing cursors here. Here are a few of the most popular cursors here on WinCustomize: Visit https://www.wincustomize.com/explore/cursorfx to check out the CursorF...
November 27, 2019 by Frogboy
I just got the Surface Pro 7 and I'm loving the power of USB 3.1 gen 2 (the USB-C port on the side). I have everything connected via a single USB-C dock including two more monitors. My main workstation is in the lower level.
November 18, 2019 by Frogboy
We are looking for some volunteers to help improve WinCustomize's news delivery. Our mission is to bring you the latest, greatest news on everything related to the Windows user experience.   Back when we were starting, what we now call "UX designers" were called "skinners" (not surprising that as what we do here got more respectable a more refined name would be used). What are the kind of things we want to cover? Here are 3 examples. Interesting designs created around the n...
November 18, 2019 by Frogboy
If you're interested in UX design, you will definitely want to keep up with what Microsoft is update to. https://www.microsoft.com/design/fluent/#/  Fluent is the name of Microsoft's new design language for Windows. Here is an example of Fluent design in action. As we get up for a major WinCustomize revamp, we are going to be taking cues from this design language to make the site more accessible, faster (much faster) and more modern.  Stay tuned.
November 18, 2019 by Frogboy
If you like animated backgrounds we have good news for you.  Stardock is in the process of updating its DeskScapes dream files to support MP4 (previously MPEG2) which should result in far lower CPU use and no additional codec downloading for Windows 10. You will be able to see the updates here: https://www.wincustomize.com/explore/dream/search/Stardock+Design  
November 13, 2019 by Frogboy
This past year we've been recruiting developers to begin doing some major updates to Object Desktop over the next year.   First, I'm going to post what our thoughts are on what to focus on but then we want to hear what you would like to see updated.  As always, our choices are determined by a combination of factors including technical challenge and market demand. Definitely getting big updates next year Fences CursorFX SoundPackager Keyboard LaunchPad Desk...
November 13, 2019 by Frogboy
Version 2.9 of the award-winning massive-scale RTS, Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation goes out this week. This version is the biggest AI update since the original release.  It also has numerous visual improvements including higher resolution textures. Let’s take a look… This is one of the Hunter / Prey expansion turrets.  In v2.9 you can rapidly drop down Emergency Turrets.  They can now be upgraded into a Machine Gun Turret (pictured here) or a Shotgu...
November 13, 2019 by Frogboy
Version 2.9 of the award-winning massive-scale RTS, Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation goes out this week. This version is the biggest AI update since the original release.  It also has numerous visual improvements including higher resolution textures. Let’s take a look… This is one of the Hunter / Prey expansion turrets.  In v2.9 you can rapidly drop down Emergency Turrets.  They can now be upgraded into a Machine Gun Turret (pictured here) or a Shotgu...
October 29, 2019 by Frogboy
Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes is getting an update. Changes include: Unit movement engine optimizationsAI update to be more greedy about getting goodie hutsEarly game technology costs reducedDefault unit movement increased from 2 to 3 tiles.Sovereign default combat speed increased from 22 to 32Sovereign default HP increased from 20 to 28.Several bug fixes to late game instabilityRelease date: Now! Screenshots (at 5K)
October 26, 2019 by Frogboy
The first impression of gameplay in a 4X strategy game tends to be what the opening choices are.  And this is something we have tried our best to optimize in GalCiv III. In version 3.96, we are giving players the shipyard again by default (which we used to have back in 1.0).   The presence of the starting shipyard has everything to do with having meaningful starting decisions. For example, here is v3.96 without the shipyard as an option now: We added a new ...