The Light mapping stage.
It doesnt really matter anymore it looks like the entire project is on a permanent hiatus, my GF was on holiday all wekk so I was using the time to move the build over to the Win7 machine because of the issues on my XP machine (I say win 7 its a Samsung RV511 laptop which I got for 50 pounds off craigslist cos the screen was busted) I was running it through a hdmi to my tv so that wasnt so bad but the build times were horrendous, upwards of an hour to build a test game level.
And last night it just went poof... Lightmapping a tiny area (4 medium detailed rooms 2x2 each) the graphics card just gave up the ghost, now all the work, all the updates, the complete rebuild of the game is now lost in there Internals.
I cant move it back to the XP machine, well I could, but it builds an inferior version, I compared two Identical builds one built using the XP machine the other compiled on the Win7 machine, ran both the compiled games on the win7 machine and there was an average of 10-15fps difference in favour of the win 7 built version.
So clearly something isnt right in the xp machines version of fpsc, it states v1.13 with black ice when it loads on that machine and v1.17 on the win 7 machine (Well used to
Its the machine I started the project on so it will always have the assets and stuff it just isnt powerful enough to continue.
So there you go. RIP the game as far as I can tell, I simply cant afford to continue the build, the good pc I had was a second hand broken laptop and the pc I have left is a 2gb single cored xp machine with 2gb of ram and a 1.9ghz cpu and it just cant cope, even that PC I found outside, someone had left it for the binmen so I reappropriated it. Im a carer for a disabled person and I just simply dont get paid well enough to go out and spend on a new setup.
I was hoping with the changes black ice added and the fact I had managed to coax the laptop back into life after months of it refusing to boot, that I could get onto kickstarter or patreon and if enough people wanted to see the finished game then maybe they'd support me into doing it but looks like that will never come.
I really enjoyed everyones comments and the enthusiasm people showed for the project, I thought finally my time had come and that I could create something that people would enjoy and want to see more of and in all honesty I feel like breaking down and crying and I know that sounds stupid but I been working almost 12 hours a day on this project for months and to see it snatched away with nothing I can do about it just breaks me in a way ive never experienced before.
I cant thank everyone enough for their Kind words and support but for the time being I cant see anyway forward from this. I'll try and continue with the XP machine but in my heart I know this is probably the end. That laptop was my last hope for having access to a computer powerful enough to continue working on the game and including the things I wanted to include and with it gone it feels like everythings over, like the end of a holiday, it was great time, sun, sea, new people and friends, a corner of the internet where people club together and share ideas, and help each other out, finding new ways of doing things and new approaches to the game or the engine. I think thats what Im going to miss the most.
Im going to spend a day or so trying to reorganise and rebuild the game in a more efficient way but some hidden fault is getting built into the finished exe's that come out of this xp machine, limiting the frame rate and a seeming memory leak that acts as a random time bomb, dropping the frame rate to 1 fps without warning after a seemingly arbitrary amount of time and rendering anything compiled through that machine essentially useless.
I was so excited on monday, access to new machine, new possibilities, but after a week of rewriting, rebuilding, remodelling and waiting hours and hours for things to compile only to lose all that work in one fell swoop. I just cant.
Hopefully this wont be the end but its going to be a huge setback and one from which I cant see anyway of recovering
Again thanks for the support everyone. Take care
smoke em if you got em