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Postby Cooper42 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 2:02 am

Gonna give this a new thread. As, just, wow...

For anyone who loves the Darwinia aesthetics (neon polygon worlds!) and electronic music, this is an absolute must.

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Trailer: http://www.vimeo.com/18548118

An adventure game that is reminiscent of Myst, but please don't let that put you off! Most of the puzzles are easy and rely primarily upon exploration in the beautiful visual and sound scapes.

No save function currently. Can be beaten though. I'm just having fun with the music sequencer in the second section...
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Postby xander » Wed Jan 12, 2011 5:13 am

Before I spend an hour downloading that monster file, how well is it going to run on my POS MacBook Air? I can't seem to find any min specs anywhere (though I freely admit that I am probably just not seeing them).

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Postby Seitaro » Wed Jan 12, 2011 6:25 am

Since when is 100MB a monster file. :P

I guess I'll try it on my netbook.. That doesn't run Multiwinia.

Edit: Fail!
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Postby elexis » Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:59 am

@xander the changelog refers several times to features that should "improve performance on slow computers" as well as "could still use some heavy optimizations for slower systems". Thats probably as close as you will get to system requirements for a beta release.
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Postby elDiablo » Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:09 am

I would like to point out that while those screenshots look pretty, they do no justice to the game. That second screenshot especially. The animations of objects in the game are pretty damn lovely.
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Postby xander » Wed Jan 12, 2011 6:40 pm

Seitaro wrote:Since when is 100MB a monster file. :P

I guess I'll try it on my netbook.. That doesn't run Multiwinia.

Edit: Fail!

Since when isn't 100 MB a monster file?

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Postby Cooper42 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 6:43 pm

It uses the Unity engine. So, if you've had any experience running Unity games on your Mac, that might be an indication. But Unity games do seem to vary quite a bit in performance...
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Postby Yrael » Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:44 pm

Since when isn't 100 MB a monster file?


Since we have 1To+ hard disks :lol:
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Postby xander » Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:55 pm

Yrael wrote:
Since when isn't 100 MB a monster file?


Since we have 1To+ hard disks :lol:

It isn't a question of storage space (at least, not in this context). It is a question of how long it takes to copy a file across the interwebs. I recognize that broadband changes the equation a bit, but most of the US isn't really that fast by first world standards. Until I can get better than 700 kb/s, 100 MB is a monster file.

Now, having download the file and tried it out: it runs very poorly, even at 640x480 at the lowest graphics setting. I really need a new machine. :(

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Postby Yrael » Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:22 pm

Yes, that's true, in France 1Mo/s is quite rare too, even if it's becoming something common with cable and optic wires. (going easily above 1Mo/s)

But in comparison of other files, 100Mo is quite small. Depends how you look at it.
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Postby Mas Tnega » Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:45 pm

Sure, you could look at it in a "I could fit this on my HDD a good few thousand times" perspective, but "This takes quarter of an hour with my download speed maxed out" can't be readily ignored.
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Postby Xocrates » Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:58 pm

Mas Tnega wrote:"This takes quarter of an hour with my download speed maxed out" can't be readily ignored.

Having grown taking that long to do download a couple mb, as well as nowadays making downloads that take several hours regularly, I find anything that takes 15 minutes to be a small download :P
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Postby Montyphy » Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:08 pm

Yrael wrote:Yes, that's true, in France 1Mo/s is quite rare too, even if it's becoming something common with cable and optic wires. (going easily above 1Mo/s)

But in comparison of other files, 100Mo is quite small. Depends how you look at it.



Mo and To? Silly French notation. Megabytes (MB), megabits (Mb), mebibytes (MiB), and terabytes (TB) all the way. :P
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Postby Yrael » Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:26 pm

Not so silly actually, there's a difference between a byte and a bit. So i'm standing up for "octet" ! (even the name is a clue to it's nature :P )
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Postby Montyphy » Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:33 pm

Yrael wrote:Not so silly actually, there's a difference between a byte and a bit. So i'm standing up for "octet" ! (even the name is a clue to it's nature :P )


Montyphy wrote:Megabytes (MB), megabits (Mb), mebibytes (MiB)
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