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VP9 Support File VPinball990a 2020-01-28

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VPinball990a
by Toxie

Standalone EXE, all needed DLLs, changelog, command reference and registry keys for Visual Pinball 9.9.0

Installation:
Simply copy all of the files in the ZIP into your already existing Visual Pinball directory. Overwrite already existing files there when asked.

In case your setup cannot handle VP 9.9.0 properly for whatever reason, please download VP 9.2.1 instead, which was the last release still based on DirectX 7.

What's New in Version 9.9.0 (See full changelog)
- rendering engine has been ported to DirectX 9 and now takes much better advantage of 3D hardware
- Region Updates, Region Optimization, Alternate Render are not needed anymore due to the new graphics pipeline and have been removed
- true fullscreen setting has been removed due to incompatibility with VPinMAME. Instead, a windowed fullscreen option has been added to the list of video modes
- add options for wire ramps (define diameter and distance x/y of wires)
- add sphere mapping to wired ramps if an image was assigned to a wired ramp
- add CurrentAngle function to spinner
- add depth bias option to flasher, light, primitive and ramp to fine tune depth sorting
- enable NVIDIA Optimus cards by default
- new video setting: Force anisotropic texture filtering. This results in higher quality results, but can affect performance on lower end cards
- stereo 3D AA is now basically for free and can always be enabled if stereo 3D output is used (currently stereo 3D is limited to NVIDIA only though)
Note that the depth/parameters of stereo had to be changed. As a positive side effect, the two stereo parameters are the same for most tables now,
so there is now a global setting in the video preferences. These can still be overwritten per table though.
- FXAA now has two modes: Fast (similar to old setting) and Quality
- new FPS limiter field in Video Options:
0: disable frame limiting
1: enable vsync
If set to anything higher than the monitor refresh rate, the engine will limit the FPS to this rate (but of course without using real hardware vsync).
Adaptive vsync had to be disabled for now for compatibility with Windows XP.
- new field "Maximum prerendered frames" in Video Options:
Lowering this value will reduce input lag and sometimes also stutter, but may come at a performance cost.
- running as administrator is no longer required (except for tables which write high scores to system directories). UAC setting removed from executable.
- updated to latest FreeImage.dll (3.16.0)
- script editor updated to use latest scintilla (3.4.1)
- technical note: the minimum version to compile VP is now visual studio 2008 (incl. feature pack)
General chit-chat
Help Users
You can interact with the ChatGPT Bot in any Chat Room and there is a dedicated room. The command is /ai followed by a space and then your ? or inquiry.
ie: /ai What is a EM Pinball Machine?
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  • ChatGPT @ ChatGPT:
    @Free Bally!, Pirates are often depicted with eye patches in popular culture, but the reasons for this vary. Here are a few possible explanations:

    1. **Injury**: The most straightforward reason a pirate might wear an eye patch is that they lost an eye due to injury. Pirate battles, sword fights, and the general hazards of seafaring life could easily lead to eye injuries, necessitating an eye patch.

    2. **Myth and Stereotype**: The image of a pirate with an eye patch has become a stereotype perpetuated by movies, books, and other forms of media. It's part of the romanticized pirate image that includes peg legs, hooks for hands, and parrots on shoulders.

    3. **Preserving Night Vision**: A more interesting and practical theory suggests that pirates wore eye patches to keep one eye adapted to the dark. When moving between the bright deck and the dark below decks, a pirate could switch the patch from one eye to the other. The eye that was covered
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  • Free Bally! @ Free Bally!:
    nope... it was because a seagul shit in his eye the day after he got the new hook fitted
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  • JonPurpleHaze @ JonPurpleHaze:
    He couldn't scratch his eye, or tried and had to get the patch because of the hook...:pirat:🏴‍☠️🪝
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  • Free Bally! @ Free Bally!:
    ahh well, back to work tomorrow
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  • Free Bally! @ Free Bally!:
    Looking at Tuesday for a real day off, ahhh
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  • JonPurpleHaze @ JonPurpleHaze:
    Hope you find your keys!
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  • Free Bally! @ Free Bally!:
    But working long every darned day has (Finally!) cleared up pain in my hip that has plagued me since April
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  • Free Bally! @ Free Bally!:
    haha, naw the keys are long gone. HAVE to get a new pair of pants... Without A Hole In The Pocket!
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  • JonPurpleHaze @ JonPurpleHaze:
    Get AC 4! you :pirat:
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  • Free Bally! @ Free Bally!:
    Got AC, weather-liars say i'll need an umbrella all weekend
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  • Free Bally! @ Free Bally!:
    ohh oops
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  • Free Bally! @ Free Bally!:
    you mean the pirate game!
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  • JonPurpleHaze @ JonPurpleHaze:
    AC = Assasin's Creed...4...Black Flag.
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  • Free Bally! @ Free Bally!:
    heh, they all look like pirate queens, instead of a gig on the beach, the Law Of The Sea says they have to fight until there's only one
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  • Free Bally! @ Free Bally!:
    ahoy, have to go make some salad of fish chunks flavored to taste like crab, have a salty Friday ya scallawag!
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