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Total Convert Into An Audience For Your Maps
Desktop: Windows, Mac, Linux
Consoles: PSP, Wii, Nintendo DS
Phones: iPhone, maybe others
Web Plug-Ins: Flash, Silverlight
Most Quake maps get an audience of maybe 50-400 because someone has to buy Quake. A no strings attached free download would get a far larger audience and a Flash version would increase the ease of access substantially.
If it were a standalone download, a great map could have an audience far higher (think Mac OS X alone which severely lacks in game choices to begin with).
Example of a near total conversion (has a couple of Quake sounds remaining) was Kurok:
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You bitches need to get on this like niggaz getting on a ho.
For once Baker is right, this could be a really significant event, for the obvious reasons of accessibility. Get this p1mped out right and you've got a lot bigger audience.
I don't know any of the technical nor legal details about utilising the rest of Quake, nor about custom content for that / for shareware alone but I think this is worth following up a lot. This Rennie guy should be welcomed with open arms and worked with.
P.S. Control remapping doesn't work for mouse buttons but surely that shit can be ironed out.
P.P.S. Spirit I hated flash for years too and still think it's often used pointlessly - but NOT for in-browser games, this is a perfect use. There's a world of difference between a site that's been made user-inimical by pointless flash, and using flash to play a game. BTW where did you find some of the choads on your comments page?? Jeez...
with Shambler, the cock whore. This is an awesome achievement, and what is most surprising is how well this performs - my laptop's fans didn't even spin up during the demo. Great stuff! Now once Flash supports 3D acceleration, hopefully though OpenGL, we can port Fitzquake to Flash as well!
I'm working through the very rough grunt work here ...
Very Cool Tech Demo
That was awesome, I seriously did not think flash could do 3D applications very well. My only problem is having to press down LMB all the time to move around, otherwise I like!
It does load the whole chunk at once, right?
Streaming gamedata on demand would be needed to make this useful (and not killing the host). I had the biggest german game mag make a tiny hidden link and got 50GB traffic on that day.
Also, you cannot store much data locally, correct? Everything would be needed to be downloaded each time.
How big are savegames? Could you store them as those stupid Flash objects?
Last but not least, Flash performance on Linux is laughable.
Save Games And Config.cfg Saves
I had messaged Michael Rennie and he emailed me back and told me that in fact save games DO save and config.cfg does save as a "flash cookie".
That's Pretty Wild
it just sucks that it takes a couple of minutes for the thing to load each time (i'm guess it's downloading the whole game? iirc, stock quake with nothing else is like 50-60mb?)
If you save it locally, it loads very quickly. It is more a measure of your bandwidth.
For a moment, pretend that there is no shareware license agreement prohibiting this ...
Imagine opening pak0.pak and stripping out E1M1 thru E1M8 plus start. And then putting a single map or maybe 2 in there.
It would load rather quickly.
Now imagine mouselook not requiring you to hold the mouse down but rather moving you in the direction the mouse is placed.
Or imagine the top-down perspective DarkPlaces games (about 10 of them have been made or partially made), like the side scroller Quake.
That's an easy engine modification.
I personally believe the potential implications of what Michael Rennie has done is huge. And this port is 10/10 on a quality scale -- it's not like it is some perma-beta with dozens of non-working features.
It isn't immediately obvious to most people the possibilities to this because most people are going to compare it to playing Quake on the desktop.
But there is 11+ years of Quake modding history ... the engine, the QuakeC, the mapping.
This is like a lump of clay. If you have an imagination, it can be molded and shaped.
I'm not claiming I have an imagination, but I can envision someone having one.
Attack Of The Killer Trees!
of course it's just openquartz, but the concept is now proven. Are there any (true) Total Conversions out there that are good quality? Xmen was decent from what I remember, though it is (or was) commercial. What about QuakeRally? Was that a TC or did it use some quake assets?
might be worthwhile to try using one of the improved engines that has a software renderer. Aguirre's quake is one, tyrquake is another i think, and maybe there is a frikquake?
X-Men: The Ravages Of Apocalypse
Quake Rally wasn't a total conversion. Actually X-Men: The Ravages of Apocalypse wasn't quite either but I null.wav'd out the id1 Quake sounds for the Flash compile.
aguirRe Quake has .pcx skybox support, enhanced capacity, and can deal with rendering more surfaces.
Aside from that I can't really think of any interesting software renderer engines, but no doubt I'll add some niceties in (cvarlist / cmdlist / etc).
Truely what needs to happen is an "OpenGL" Flash Quake engine. Of course it wouldn't be "OpenGL" but using a Flash 3D API (there seem to be multiple ones).
Which I don't really know much about at this point, but here is one:
Oh, you got to check out Makaqu. It is a fantastic software engine (without no raised limits I guess).
I tried it once. Couldn't figure out what was so great about it, but maybe my memory is wrong and it was some other engine.
I'll peek around in www.quaddicted.com/engines and try it sometime.
Makaqu Cont ...
Was that the engine that used to be hosted at quakesrc.org/hell's kitchen or something like that. I'm thinking I'm wrong on the engine name and it was something else.
Actually, I don't think I tried Makaqu but had tried another software renderer engine with interesting ideas.
Nah, Makaqu is "the Dreamcast engine". It's got nice shadows on models and usability things.
Anyway... this thing is fairly useless imho.
Just a little rant against flash. I installed flash block for firefox, and it's great to block out the hoards of obnoxious ads.
It's useless because you don't like flash? Doesn't sound logical.
Its Not Very Good IMO Because
there seems to be input and sound delay.
Which kinda sucks! Apart from that I love it, and when I finally get round to making my "Uber Quake Maps" website for my portfolio I would love to embed a playable version of a couple of them into the site :)
But the input delay on my sys is a bit of a bummer :( And the sound delay :((
Flash is great really. I bought machinarium the other day (bloody bloody tricky thing&^%$), first linux game i've paid for in years.
It's the constant ads everywhere i don't like. And when it's slowing down your almost-light-speed hardware because it's such a resource hog.
instead of flash-block, try ad-block. I have the same problem with multiple flash ads slowing down my computer, and the blame is squarely on the people making the ads. There's no incentive to optimize your ad when it's going to go on someone elses's website alongside 3 other flash ads from other companies.
@Ricky: Sound Delay = Gone
Michael Rennie made a change a couple of days ago to either reduce or eliminate the sound delay:
He also added volume control (volume cvar, in other words the volume slider works).
Can't tell you about the input delay, but I'm trying to think of ways that the mouse input can be improved.
Furthermore, although there isn't a Flash 3D API version of this, I may end up trying to port Spike's 24-bit color software renderer in FTEQW to Flash. This would mean that, among other things, a Half-Life type of map could be utilized. (FTEQW's software render is neat, it can even do decals, heh).
That Seems A Lot Better, But
I have to hold mouse 1 down all of the time to get the mouselook to work. So I cant fire with the mouse. And when I press Ctrl+one of the w,s,a or d keys, it closes my browser!
Not sure the exact combo that does that.
If I could get past the mouse problem it would be perfect! The sound + input delay has gone :D
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