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Re: Could you do without the achievements?

Postby Gristmill » Mon Sep 08, 2014 2:32 pm

The achievements are essentially free. They're a few lines of text loaded from XML and a 300x500 background image.

The models, however, require quite a bit of working memory. Texture memory (each has its own, probably 512x512), polygons (between 50 and 500, depending on the model). I forget now but I believe they aren't even hardware static, which means we have a separate copy for each one in the game (there was some reason preventing this but it's been a couple years now and I don't remember offhand). Add on top of that the shader swapping we have to do (not a memory concern but does affect frame rates).
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Re: Could you do without the achievements?

Postby still crosshair » Mon Sep 08, 2014 7:00 pm

Gristmill wrote:The achievements are essentially free. They're a few lines of text loaded from XML and a 300x500 background image.

The models, however, require quite a bit of working memory. Texture memory (each has its own, probably 512x512), polygons (between 50 and 500, depending on the model). I forget now but I believe they aren't even hardware static, which means we have a separate copy for each one in the game (there was some reason preventing this but it's been a couple years now and I don't remember offhand). Add on top of that the shader swapping we have to do (not a memory concern but does affect frame rates).


This is what I thought you would say. Perhaps you could have a compromise where you only remove some models like the solar panels and keep others in like the centriforge. Then people can still have their special blocks but we can also gain a small amount of memory back from where the other models were.
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Re: Could you do without the achievements?

Postby Guitarguy1133 » Mon Sep 08, 2014 10:41 pm

My pc has no memory issues. ;)
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Re: Could you do without the achievements?

Postby QWERQY » Mon Sep 08, 2014 10:48 pm

Guitarguy1133 wrote:My pc has no memory issues. ;)

IM SERIOUSLY GONNA FIND YOU IF I HEAR ONE MORE THING ABOUT PC BEING BETTER
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Re: Could you do without the achievements?

Postby still crosshair » Mon Sep 08, 2014 11:03 pm

QWERQY wrote:
Guitarguy1133 wrote:My pc has no memory issues. ;)

IM SERIOUSLY GONNA FIND YOU IF I HEAR ONE MORE THING ABOUT PC BEING BETTER


But... He only speaks the truth at least when it comes to the ability to mod your game :) I like modding my game :P
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Re: Could you do without the achievements?

Postby QWERQY » Mon Sep 08, 2014 11:18 pm

still crosshair wrote:
QWERQY wrote:
Guitarguy1133 wrote:My pc has no memory issues. ;)

IM SERIOUSLY GONNA FIND YOU IF I HEAR ONE MORE THING ABOUT PC BEING BETTER


But... He only speaks the truth at least when it comes to the ability to mod your game :) I like modding my game :P

He does ):
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Re: Could you do without the achievements?

Postby RoadKill » Tue Sep 09, 2014 1:05 am

I guess that clears it up. One won't know if they don't ask. Thanks for the info Grist. But still, I could do without them.... :D
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Re: Could you do without the achievements?

Postby still crosshair » Tue Sep 09, 2014 1:17 am

RoadKill wrote:I guess that clears it up. One won't know if they don't ask. Thanks for the info Grist. But still, I could do without them.... :D


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Re: Could you do without the achievements?

Postby Guitarguy1133 » Tue Sep 09, 2014 8:07 am

QWERQY wrote:
Guitarguy1133 wrote:My pc has no memory issues. ;)

IM SERIOUSLY GONNA FIND YOU IF I HEAR ONE MORE THING ABOUT PC BEING BETTER


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Re: Could you do without the achievements?

Postby QWERQY » Tue Sep 09, 2014 3:21 pm

That's so true XD
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