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May 14, 2000
May 14, 2000, 00:00:00
Hello. I've just uploaded a fixed version of Kyodai 11.55 Beta 1, which was posted yesterday. This fix simply adds a file I had forgotten to include in the original release, which caused a crash when starting the program. I hadn't thought of this problem because this file was in my Windows directory, so Kyodai acted like it had found the file. Sorry for this repost, but apart from that, the user feedback so far is very satisfying. Same URL as yesterday !
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May 13, 2000
May 13, 2000, 00:00:00
A public beta of Kyodai 11.55 should be ready for tomorrow. It will, hopefully, provide the first "real" version of Kyodai that works with Voodoo cards. These last days, I spent a lot of time fixing bugs on this support. I had to make a lot of modifications for this to work, but now it seems to work okay. If you have a Voodoo 2 card, get ready for tomorrow... Wink
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May 9, 2000
May 09, 2000, 00:00:00
Another good news ! The latest build of Kyodai now works on Voodoo and Voodoo 2 cards !! I just played (and won Wink) a game of Solitaire on my Diamond Monster 3D II (a Voodoo 2) at 60 fps. I'm still having some problems with the interface, but hopefully this will be a thing from the past when the new version will be introduced. I've got a lot more to say about Kyodai, but I don't have time for this now... Wink Bye !
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May 4, 2000
May 04, 2000, 00:00:00
Hi ! Another good day today, as I received my favorite movie (from Martin Scorsese) on DVD. It was a pleasure to finally discover it in widescreen ! Smile I also finally watched my girlfriend's own favorite movie, "Les Enfants du Paradis", which is one of the most impressive movies ever in terms of writing. Magnificent, but truly dark.  In the Kyodai world, well, I've replaced the Games poll with another poll about which version of Kyodai you prefer. Just to see. Sorry for insisting ! Wink
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May 1, 2000
May 01, 2000, 00:00:00
Good news overall (the only bad news being about my best friend who doesn't seem to understand me anymore these days, *sob* !!). The first good news is that I took my first REAL day off since last year. Today I went to Paris and had dinner at an Asian restaurant with my girlfriend's family. It was the first time I met members of her family and I think they liked me. Then we came out of the restaurant and I took my girlfriend on a walk through Paris. We started from the Arc de Triomphe, passed through the whole Champs Elysees avenue, crossed the Seine and walked till we saw the Place de la Concorde (and its famous Obelisque de Louxor), then we crossed the Seine again and visited the Jardin des Tuileries till the Louvres museum. Then we took the subway back to the train station and got back home. I'm completely exhausted (plus, I'd slept for only 4 hours before we left this morning), but I'm now back and running.  The other good news is about Kyodai. I got some *cool* ideas about optimization, and managed to accelerate the main games by about twenty percent ! You hear it. I had about 102 fps in the Mahjongg Solitaire (with all options enabled except music), and now I have about 124 fps ! And if I disable all options, I get about 160 fps. Now, even the software mode can be considered as an option to play ! Isn't that great ? I don't know, though, when I'll release that new version. This month, for sure. But I don't know when. Surprise, surprise ! Wink
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April 28, 2000
April 28, 2000, 00:00:00
Argh ! Three updates in a row. This time I was warned about some crash problems in fullscreen mode. As always : I don't play in fullscreen mode. So I couldn't know. It took me about ten hours of work to figure out that the problem was not caused by my own programming but by external problems I had to find a fix for. Well, I really hope it'll be the last update before a couple of weeks, because I'm completely exhausted now (plus, I hate spending hours just to upload files with my 56kbps modem). This version is called 11.42x, and the only changes concern the fullscreen problems. So, if you don't play in fullscreen, you can freely use a prior version. Also, if you find a bug in it, please make sure you read the docs carefully before you send me a report. And make the report detailed, because out of the 5 e-mails reporting the fullscreen mode, no one even mentioned that it was about the fullscreen mode...  Apart from that, I've changed the mirrors. I've put back Download.net (which seems to be back from lethargia ?) and removed 3Dfiles.com, whose "webmasters" insulted me because, out of the 3 links I had to their site, I dared remove the automatic advertisement from one of them. They told me they'd never post a Kyodai update again on their site. I said what about your readers ? They told me they didn't care, they just do that job for the big money. Now that's a site I'll be sure not to visit again in my life...  PS : if you don't want to download the whole package again, here's a patch (677kb) that will upgrade your Kyodai 11.42 or 11.42a version to 11.42x...
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April 27, 2000
April 27, 2000, 00:00:00
Hi ! I've just uploaded an update to Kyodai. This is version 11.42a, which fixes two minor problems found in v11.42, and adds the ability to remove the Kyo.ini file without having to use the Explorer (useful if you're having trouble with Kyodai). That's it, bye !
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April 26, 2000
April 26, 2000, 00:00:00
Hello. As you may have seen on the main page, version 11.42 is out. I hope you'll like it. It fixes a lot of the small problems introduced while switching to the DirectX engines. It also brings back the 2D and 3D animations in Rivers, Clicks and Slider. Plus, it has the help files translated to French, and a new tileset as well as a new background ^_^... What are you waiting for ? Wink  If you're waiting for the Original Soundtrack, well, it's not going to be on sale before next month at least. Sorry about that (if you want to complain, do it to Miguel, not to me ! Wink)... Oh, yes, the polls. I've removed two of them. The result was that 93-94% of you seem to appreciate the new design. I'm glad to hear that ! Also, the 2D engine poll seems to indicate that you prefer the new DirectX engine. That's why I'm trying to make sure it's more and more stable. I'm sorry for the lack of stability in 32-bit color mode, but it doesn't seem to be my fault. And finally, the "bonus" poll shows that you all prefer the Mahjongg Solitaire game (which seems obvious, since Kyodai is advertised as a Mahjongg Solitaire game), followed by Clicks and Rivers, then Hashira, Slider and Memory. Funny fact : it's exactly my preference order !  Well, I think that's all for tonight. I hope you'll enjoy the new version !
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April 22, 2000
April 22, 2000, 00:00:00
I've changed the site design even more... Smile This time I've decided to remove the frames (I hate that anyway). I replaced them with a double column on each page. I just love that new style ! Unfortunately, after several tests, I realized it doesn't work correctly on Netscape browsers at a resolution of 640x480. If you're using this combination, my advice would be to switch to 800x600 or use Internet Explorer. Anyway, Kyodai itself doesn't look very good at 640x480, so I guess most of my users are at least in 800x600. Aren't you ? Wink  Also, I forgot to tell you something yesterday. Miguel Samiez, my composer and friend, came to see me last thursday, and he brought me the long-awaited Soundtrack CD of Kyodai Mahjongg ! The cover is beautiful and the music, well, you know the music and what I think about it... Smile Miguel is moving to Switzerland to get married to his girlfriend Marielle, but hopefully it won't slow down the process of putting the CDs for sale online. Oh, and I got my name three times on the CD Smile Twice as "co-produced by Rene-Gilles Deberdt", and once as "Thanks to Naoki Haga". Eheh. I like that ! Wink  PS : I've added two new polls on the main page, and updated the OST page with the quasi-final version of the CD cover (I don't have a scanner so I can't send you the final version, and Miguel is busy moving to Switzerland)
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April 22, 2000
April 22, 2000, 00:00:00
For those of you who are eager to see the next version of Kyodai, here's a first Beta version available. You'll need to install Kyodai 11.25 before unzipping the Kyo1133.exe file into the Kyodai directory. This is only for experienced users, as always. Your opinion about this beta is welcome, but don't forget it's a beta. As for the patch previously posted, the main changes and fixes are listed in the readme.txt file. That's all folks !
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