4x speed the fastest game engie can handle?


#1

More of a question for cliffski, but i am wondering if the game is able to handle faster than 4x speed. I would personally love it to be faster. Id pay for a dlc that was just more speed.

Has anyone tried one of those programs that speeds of applications? Even at 2x speed normal game, that would be nice. I could imagine it gets unstable, quick, and if you dont have a brilliant computer, it may well be too much to handle.

Just wondering if its at all possible.


#2

I think the issue there, is that some of the game logic is done per frame drawn. So when you ramp up the game speed too much, you’d get more severe changes in the performance of different fleets. So I doubt this’ll get unlocked.

Perhaps a game speed might be coded that is not speed locked, but fps locked (i.e. play the game as fast as it can, without dropping below 20fps… This would result in the ‘stop-start’ sort of visuals I know this game was written to avoid, but still… I’d imagine you’d get a more consistent battle result, in a short space of time.) Something like this is pretty low-priority fluff to me though - as I love to mention so often, I want minimum range orders more than anything :stuck_out_tongue:


#3

technically the maxspeed is just a single number I could trivially change, but its the simulation stuff that makes it tricky. I like the idea of running the simulation at 4x and just dropping drawn frames to speed it up. I might investigate how doable that is.


#4

Well as long as missiles do actually hit it would be not bad to speed up the game, but because you have a crucial advantage when running the game at 0,2 I see no point in making it faster :wink: Or am I wrong when I’m thinking that missiles just never hit when the game runs faster?


#5

I can just imagine the game at 4X speed, with the little men/space hippies/insects/ whatever the hell the empire are (I’m assuming that the feds are human) moving at 4X. maybe at 4.0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001X their bodies break apart?