Playing full-screen in background: a tale of two games


#1

File this under curiosities. My video card only lets me run both Kudos and Democracy under fullscreen. But while Kudos crashes if I try ALT+TABbing out of it and back again, Democracy (just purchased!) let’s me go back and forth as needed without problems.


#2

very strange, which card is this?


#3

I’m running a Radeon X850. If I try removing the checkmark alongside fullscreen, under the games’ options screen, they attempt to shift mode, then return to fullscreen with the checkmark still in place.


#4

I have never been able to get Kudos to go anything less than full screen either. Ditto on the check mark.
But alt-tab does work for minimizing.


#5

aha
i bet your desktop is 1024 768.
Kudos only runs in a window if your desktop is bigger than that. if it’s not, it auto toggles back to fullscreen.


#6

That’s it, then, because my desktop is set to 1024 x 768. Small monitor, only 17". Not much space at this point to put in anything bigger, though that may change in about half a year, after we move.

Thanks for clearing that up.


#7

Oddly enough, when I tried to set matters for 1280 x 720, Kudos closed on me with a Direct D3D Engine error.


#8

Any possible solution to this?


#9

I’m not sure the game really likes any res except 1024 by 768. It was designed to be fixed to that res, so I guess there may be some issues if it’s forced to a different res ;(


#10

But you just wrote, above:

I may be misunderstanding you, but where you seem to say in the first post that Kudos only likes a res of 1024 x 768, the second post seems to say that Kudos only runs in windowed mode if I’m using a res about 1024 x 768. Those seem to contradict one another. Because I’d love to run the game in windowed mode, if possible.


#11

I’m not explaining it very well. The game is meant to run just in 1024 768. If your windows desktop is larger than this, you can run kudos in a window on your desktop (the window will be fixed at 1024 768). If your windows desktop is 1024x768, the game will refuse to run in a window (because the window would be the same size as the whole screen).

The problem with supporting different resolutions is one of GUI design. not everything will fit in 720 ;(


#12

So when I reset the desktop res to 1280 x 720, shouldn’t Kudos then run in a 1024 x 768 window? Because what happens, now, is that I get the error mentioned above.


#13

I think it’s freaking out because the aspect ratio is different. if its 1280, It expects the height to be over 768. I’ll try and fix that in the next patch.


#14

That would be great–and just in time, too, since we’re planning to upgrade soon to a reasonably-sized LCD display.