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noclip.website - A website that lets you view famous levels from all kinds of games in 3D

15 comments

  1. [4]
    jtvjan
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    I'm kind of worried about the legality of the site, since it hosts models and textures from games that are still copyrighted. Let's hope they'll let it slide. My favorite model has to be Wuhu...

    I'm kind of worried about the legality of the site, since it hosts models and textures from games that are still copyrighted. Let's hope they'll let it slide.

    My favorite model has to be Wuhu Island. You see bits and pieces of it when playing minigames in Wii Fit and Wii Sports Resort, but you never get to freely explore the full island. Being able to fly around lets you see all the details you'll never get to see with the prebaked camera angles in the games.

    9 votes
    1. hhh
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      it's on github so you could save a local copy for yourself if you're worried about a takedown

      it's on github so you could save a local copy for yourself if you're worried about a takedown

      3 votes
    2. [2]
      tunneljumper
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      There was a flight sim on Wii Sports Resort, wasn't there? I remember flying around the island and trying to not crash the plane when I was in the volcano.

      There was a flight sim on Wii Sports Resort, wasn't there? I remember flying around the island and trying to not crash the plane when I was in the volcano.

      1. jtvjan
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        Yes. I remember playing the "dogfight" mode on that minigame a few months ago, but there's also an "island flyover" mode where you have to find all the points of interest.

        Yes. I remember playing the "dogfight" mode on that minigame a few months ago, but there's also an "island flyover" mode where you have to find all the points of interest.

        1 vote
  2. [9]
    kfwyre
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    What a fantastic site! I hope they're able to set up even more games. There are so many I would love to do freelook tours of! They don't take donations right now, but this is easily something I...

    What a fantastic site! I hope they're able to set up even more games. There are so many I would love to do freelook tours of! They don't take donations right now, but this is easily something I could see myself supporting on Patreon.

    Also, this is a somewhat off-topic question (please label this comment as such), but I've noticed more and more websites straying from the usual .com, .net, .org naming conventions and am seeing more places like this one with full words like .website, .social, or .deals. What's the cause for this change in conventions, and can sites now use any word after the dot? For example, could Tildes be located at tildes.tildes, or could I make a site that was something like home.kfwyre?

    7 votes
    1. anowlcalledjosh
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      fwiw, this is a pretty fast way to get DMCA'd – mostly the copyright holders in these kinds of situations will only let the infringement slide whilst nobody else is making money off their IP.

      They don't take donations right now, but this is easily something I could see myself supporting on Patreon.

      fwiw, this is a pretty fast way to get DMCA'd – mostly the copyright holders in these kinds of situations will only let the infringement slide whilst nobody else is making money off their IP.

      8 votes
    2. [4]
      Deimos
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      I don't know what the current status of it is overall, but as @yobert mentioned, ICANN opened applications for new TLDs a while ago, and many new ones were introduced, which each generally have...

      I don't know what the current status of it is overall, but as @yobert mentioned, ICANN opened applications for new TLDs a while ago, and many new ones were introduced, which each generally have their own registrars that charge different amounts of money.

      There are a lot of more or less public ones like .website that anyone can register a domain name on, but some brands/companies got their own as part of that too, such as Google's blog now being at https://blog.google.

      It's very expensive to apply for and maintain your own TLD though. I believe the application fee is $185,000 USD, and you have to pay $25,000/year to keep it.

      5 votes
      1. [3]
        Elronnd
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        My understanding is that the application fee is $100k, no recurring fee, but the infrastructure to maintain a TLD is also around a $100k initial outlay.

        My understanding is that the application fee is $100k, no recurring fee, but the infrastructure to maintain a TLD is also around a $100k initial outlay.

        3 votes
        1. Deimos
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          I'm not sure if it's up to date or if things have changed, but a couple sections from this FAQ page about the gTLDs:

          I'm not sure if it's up to date or if things have changed, but a couple sections from this FAQ page about the gTLDs:

          2.2 How do I apply for a new gTLD?

          [...] The evaluation fee is US$185,000. Applicants will be required to pay a US$5,000 deposit fee per requested application slot when registering. The deposit will be credited against the evaluation fee. Other fees may apply depending on the specific application path. [...]

          5.7 Are there any ongoing fees once a gTLD is approved by ICANN?

          Yes. Once an application has successfully passed all the evaluation steps, the applicant is required to sign a New gTLD Agreement (also called Registry Agreement) with ICANN. Under the agreement, there are two fees: (a) a fixed fee of US$6,250 per calendar quarter; (b) and a transaction fee of US$0.25. The latter does not apply until and unless more than 50,000 transactions have occurred in the TLD during any calendar quarter or any four calendar quarter period. [...]

          2 votes
        2. teaearlgraycold
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          Does that include wages? If so that's surprisingly cheap.

          but the infrastructure to maintain a TLD is also around a $100k initial outlay.

          Does that include wages? If so that's surprisingly cheap.

    3. yobert
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      Those domains are possible because ICANN has introduced hundreds of new TLDs (top level domains) over the last ten years. You still can't have an arbitrary top level domain though.

      Those domains are possible because ICANN has introduced hundreds of new TLDs (top level domains) over the last ten years. You still can't have an arbitrary top level domain though.

      11 votes
    4. [2]
      Elronnd
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      See tild.es.

      See tild.es.

      1. Bauke
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        That’s just Spain’s country TLD, not really special like the .website, etc. ones.

        That’s just Spain’s country TLD, not really special like the .website, etc. ones.

        3 votes
  3. [2]
    reese
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    This is cool. Dark Souls is listed in the Experimental section. Oh, Anor Londo, how I missed you. Kind of makes me want to replay the game, but I have enough distractions at the moment. Played...

    This is cool. Dark Souls is listed in the Experimental section. Oh, Anor Londo, how I missed you. Kind of makes me want to replay the game, but I have enough distractions at the moment. Played through and beat all the Souls series, including Demon's Souls (my favorite), but I never finished Bloodborne, because, every time I try to play it, I have some pressing thing I have to do instead. Perhaps I'll revisit it in the winter.

    4 votes
    1. Arbybear
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      There's an option for viewing the whole Dark Souls map, but the different skyboxes all clip into each other. Looking at the collision map is much easier, and each area is color coded so you can...

      There's an option for viewing the whole Dark Souls map, but the different skyboxes all clip into each other. Looking at the collision map is much easier, and each area is color coded so you can tell what you're looking at.

      4 votes