28 Feb 2004

I know, I know. Long time ago since the last news. But I have an excuse. I moved to

†another country, 10000 kms far again from my home. And my actual job is very

†time consuming. So I must manage my time wisely.

 

27 Nov 2003

I have been profiling the game, and detecting where I lost most of the CPU time. Also

I improved a lot the loading process. Now it takes from 3 to 6 seconds to load (it mainly

depends on how old is your 3D Card). I probably can reduce on 1 second more, but I

think itís enough.

 I also started to design an external config tool, itís in an advanced stage, check a screen:

TVStation Configuration Tool

 

21 Nov 2003

I'll try another Sound Library. OpenAL gives me exceptions without reason (or at

least I don't found any). FMOD seems a good one.

I have added some new screens.

17 Nov 2003

OpenAL

Iím working on the replacement of SDL sound libraries to OpenAL. OpenAL allows

an easy 3D sound positioning. But itís giving me many headaches. I usually have

runtime errors, and some things work fine on Delphi, but fail on FreePascal.

 

11 Nov 2003

We continue working on the game.

The news room is almost complete. It left constants adjustement and better graphics.

News are created using MetaNews. That allows us have up to several millions of news on a

 small group of text files.

The MD3 to SMD conversion was succesful. As a colateral effect, the rendering speed

 was increased (vertex arrays instead of inmediate mode). And the new model looks better

on game.

Static SMD objects are cached. Only one model is loaded, and from that we create instantes.

 That reduces the memory usage and time load.

The ZIP file system was improved. Now filenames inside ZIP's are cached. On some computers

that means a time reduction of more than 900% (from 2min 45 sec to only 15 sec).

Now I'm working on the Main Menu. New Game, load, options, etc...

 

26 Oct 2003

After many changes to the SMD unit I found, now we are able

 to use SMD files. Here you can see an example of a new model:

Screenshots

 

24 Oct 2003

I'm trying to change the model format from MD3 (Quake 3) to

SMD (Half - Life). SMD files use skeletal animation, which

simplifies the animation process. So unfortunately Sarge will

be fired from our TV Channel ASAP :)

23 Oct 2003

I finally finished my career (now I'm a Telecommunications engineer ^_^).

So now I have time to spend on the game. We are creating the news room.

I'll try to keep the daylog up to date (see TVStation Status).

26 Sep 2003

I'll be back soon!

28 Jun 2003

That will be my last program update for a while.

I must finish my Final Degree Project, and I start working on a few days.

We made that webpage in order to get new members that continue the

project meanwhile I was out, but we didn't get any help :(

So the executable will remain stable until December or so.

Nevertheless, Tente will continue growing the game Database.

Changes on this version 0.05:

-Added 4 Archives Rooms. Now you can move programs to your briefcase. Useful to sell old films.
-Bug fix when press space.
-Added TV Info. When the cursor is placed over the TV screen, a new popup appears.
-Programmer now shows the total programs per subgenre.
-When you place an advertising on programmer, now a copy of the advertising remains on your cursor.
-TV buttons now bright.

I forgot to post here the 0.04 changes:

-Fixed many bugs.
-Added Load/Save feature. With keys F5-F8 you can save 4 states.
-With keys F1-F4 you load one of the 4 states.
-Test program database translated to english.

 

10 May 2003

Lots of things today :)

I almost finished the Content Agency Room. It will need some tweaks and

 better graphics, but now is operative.

In addition to that, I also finished the Advertising Agency, where you can

take new advertisements, and earn fresh money $$$.

But that's not all. I've done heavy changes on the internal structure of the

 game. Among others, I introduced four concurrent players. With keys 1-4

you change between them. That features is more important that you can

 think: Without lag, differences between that and a multiplayer game are

minimal.

And finally, AainaalyaA AA has joined to our project. He will make some

2D graphic content for the game.

 I uploaded some screenies that show some of these changes.

 

7 May 2003

Working on the Content Agency Room. In that room you can buy and

sell films, series and special events. Programming stuff on that room

is 90% done, but it lacks of good artwork yet (see the latest screenshot).