Skidmarks staying on the track

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Re: Skidmarks staying on the track

Post by TMarc » 23 Jun 2017, 20:58

Great suggestion, demented :thumbsup:
It owuld be similar to the ghost/opponent key where whe have half transparent, off, on :)
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Re: Skidmarks staying on the track

Post by Demented » 24 Jun 2017, 15:39

Thanks TMarc.
It might depend on how the skidmarks are handled by the software though. There are two ways (that I know of) to handle these in the programming.

1) The skid textures are created as needed and overlaid on the track as a separate texture (like sprite objects or something). This takes extra memory but they could then be faded over time and once fully transparent, removed from memory. The drawback is it could use more memory and processing resources. (my guess is this was the old method minus the fade)

2) The skid textures are blended directly onto the track block textures held in memory and thus take up no extra memory and no real extra load on processing to keep track of them, but they only disappear when the original texture is reloaded into ram (likely by reloading the track)

The second method, or something similar, may be how it's done now and the skid textures look better (more natural) and even lay down better this way. The problem with fading the skids in this method is that you'd probably have to blend a copy of the original texture with a semitransparent value over what you have in ram at regular intervals, and then you are back to using more system resources.

Heck, for all I know they might be using some other new method I've never even heard or thought of. it would be interesting to know.
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Re: Skidmarks staying on the track

Post by Rexine » 30 Oct 2017, 20:31

Any news on this?

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