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Despite some personal interest I didn't spend much (and nearly enough) time playing with Crysis, Unity or Xenko engine.
One question that came to my mind though.. As I was playing "Torment Tide of Numenera" pre release (made with Unity and very small map), they seam to all come with the concept of a rectangular map / level.
And when you move out of it.. well you are loading the next one... Can be long.. (is painfully slow in Torment, like in those RPG of yore)
So I wonder.. How come in, say, Skyrim, I can see the whole country (If I climb to the tallest mountain first though hey!) or / and in Fallout I can freely move about, never a loading screen!
(well going in / out of town / house seem to trigger it) but I can still wander the wilderness for kilometers and spot things far ahead!
How does that works?
Well, yeah, I suspect They automatically generate a simplified world map for long distance vision and always have the 8 neighboring maps preloaded in the background for smooth transition...
I just wondered if there is more to it.. Otherwise why did it take so long for this to be the norm?
There are different game maps: rectangular, circular (leaving the left side brings you back on the right), circular with dynamic links, generated...and the combination of these
As for the loading - background loading is an old trick, I had games on C64 using it...
Skipper: We'll fix it. Alex: Fix it? How you gonna fix this? Skipper: Grit, spit and a whole lotta duct tape.
Well, I worked in games dev for many years, and as someone mentioned, there are loads of ways to approach this.
The main concepts are "level of detail", which you kind of hinted at, and techniques like SOAR, projective grids etc. The Virtual Terrain Project[^] has loads of resources if you want to dig more into them.
Another commonly used technique is predictive loading, i.e. trying to stay ahead of the player in loading the environment, but that applies more in enclosed environments, and isn't easy to do in large open one.
Days spent at sea are not deducted from one's alloted span - Phoenician proverb
I'm not sure which desktop manager (Unity I think) I logged into Ubuntu with the other day but I needed to search for some files. There was no way to do it. No menu item, nothing. A quick google search gave me lots of articles of how to find files using command lines. No thanks. I finally logged back in using a different desktop manager and it was in the File menu under "Go."
Microsoft may be far from perfect but I don't see any alternative that is anywhere close to as good as Microsoft. And I've been able to have a good career because of Microsoft and don't see any reason why that won't continue.
There are only 10 types of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who don't.
Just click on the folder icon, then enter a search. Or better yet open a terminal and use "find", which is much more capable than anything else.
I never trust searching files in Windows as it utilized plugins for various file types, and if there is no plugin, it sometimes refuses to search inside the file.
3. Instead of spending an hour making a front-end for Find (let's face it: it'd be a piece of piss; it's just that no-one has done it, yet), you'd rather bitch about it and let microsoft pwn your machines.
What the linux community is missing is windows developers, who could turn it into something so much better.
Unless major changes happen, windows is a lost cause, because the average windows users (very much including the "I don't know much about computers"ones) do not want to be treated as mindless apple fanbois are, so get with a program that will make things better -- either by kicking ms' @rse to get it to toe the line, or by helping provide an alternative.
And something to consider is that if you stick with windows, you could miss out on a HUGE market, in the future.
Posted from one of my five -- it was six, but a failing power supply took one out, over the week-end -- windows machines (which, like three of the others, is dual boot with linux distros)
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