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September 14, 2000
September 14, 2000, 00:00:00
Hmm... Just bought a GeForce 2 MX card today. Installed it, along with the super-fast Detonator3 drivers, launched Kyodai, and compared the results... With my Matrox G400 card I had about 86 frames per second with my favorite options enabled (high-resolution textures, background cube), and with my new card I barely reach 96 frames per second... Which represents an improvement of about 10%. Not much, compared with all the fuss about these GeForce cards... Anyway. It's better than nothing. But I have to admit that I was expecting something better (yes, I know, you can tell me the GeForce 2 GTS is much better, but I don't think it would achieve more than 100 fps on Kyodai). I could start working on using hardware T&L on my game, but I think it would actually lower the framerate (it's a common problem when you don't use a lot of polygons in the scene). If any of you here has a GeForce 2 MX (or GTS) card, could you tell me the framerate you get on Kyodai ? Along with your processor's frequency (mine is a Pentium III 450mhz). Thanks !  Apart from that, my secondary PC broke down after I simply removed its keyboard after a reboot. So I can't test any network code from now on -- and my girlfriend can't go online, which is a shame. Also, we're being invaded by... fleas. Mutant fleas. Never seen anything like that in my life. I spent something like $100 (maybe more) on flea-killing products, but none of them worked -- they actually made things worse. I have over 50 flea pimples on my skin -- can you just imagine that ? I can't even sleep anymore for a straight 6 hours. Well, it's definitely not the best week in my life...
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December 30, 1999
December 30, 1999, 00:00:00
In case I don't update this page tomorrow : Happy new year ! (Wow, year 2000 in only 24 hours... Cool Smile)  Thanks for all your messages about my health Wink My girlfriend has been taking care of me and she bought the medecine for me Wink So I'm glad to be able to tell you that I'm feeling much better now. Actually I now having a simple cold, but apart from my nose (if you see what I mean), everything is okay and I've been able to program extensively these last two days and keep up with my so-called schedule... I've added a lot of minor things, fixed a lot of bugs, etc... I'm very happy with the current situation. Kyodai is now working wonderfully on both the Voodoo 3 and i740 cards. Great. Also, it's now about 20% faster on the Traditional layout. Cool ! Smile Now, I'll have to concentrate on trying to adapt the Clicks, Slider and Hashira games to Direct3D... Considering how long it took me to convert them to OpenGL, I'm afraid it will take some time. But then, I'll be ready to add even more things to Kyodai. I'm planning to have version 11.00 released in January. Or early February, in case there are more bugs than expected. A "real" beta-testing session will start early January, hopefully. Bye !
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December 28, 1999
December 28, 1999, 00:00:00
Don't worry, I'm still alive... Although barely. At the present time, I'm severely ill and I had to fight with myself to get out of bed and go online to check my e-mail... It's terrible because I wanted to release a beta version of Kyodai 11.00 before January 1st, but it will be impossible, considering how much time I'm spending in bed now... Anyway, I managed to finish my DirectMusic implementation. It works much better than the current Midi implementation, so you may rejoyce now... That's all for tonight. Bye !
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December 16, 1999
December 16, 1999, 00:00:00
Hi ! First of all, I just discovered that ZDNet is making a contest about the most influential download of your gaming/computing life. I'm not expecting to win, but I'm really happy to be among the 50 choices they offer. So, if Kyodai is your favorite game, maybe you'll be kind enough to give a vote for Kyodai ? Then please follow this link. If you aren't a registered user of ZDNet, you'll have to register first. It only takes a couple of minutes to register, and you won't have to receive any spam etc., it's just for avoiding cheaters. Plus, you're entering a contest to win a 600mhz PC ! Smile Currently, Kyodai is already in the first 25 entries, and waiting for more !  Apart from that, I'm working hard on 2D. Clicks and Hashira now work correctly. I'm expecting to have Slider up and running later today. I've slightly modified the tile-removal animation for the Classic game. Surprise surprise... Wink Also, I made some benchmarking and I can confirm that the DirectDraw version is indeed faster than its GDI counterpart ! I'm so relieved that my 2D and 3D have nearly all been fixed. After all this work is finished, I can focus the rest of my work on converting Clicks, Slider and Hashira to Direct3D. After that, I'll post a new Alpha version (#8) to see is everything's running fine. Then I'll work on a preliminary DirectPlay engine. Wow, still a lot of work to do ! Gotta go ! Please vote for me ! Wink
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