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Ideal Game Length 

Postby Psychii » Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:10 pm

So I thought I saw a post that mentioned something like this briefly before but I really couldn't find it again, so apologies if this is a repeated topic. I was wondering what the ideal length (in frames) each game/part of a series should be. I've always thought it would have to be less than 1000 frames to run properly.

I've seen many different ways of going about this. Some people tend to break up their cases into individual investigation and trial sections of each day. Then of course there's incorporating both into the same game by day. Then you get some truly bold people who say screw it and put an entire case, if not multiple cases into singular game.

I get it. Few people want to copy all of their assets from one game into another but when exactly does ending a chapter/game and moving on to another become a must? What's realistically the ideal place to aim for here?
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Re: Ideal Game Length 

Postby Enthalpy » Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:19 pm

As far as I've observed, the length of a trial has no impact on performance in the player, but longer trials do slow down the editor. How severe the slowdown is depends on your browser and your computer. So there is no point at which breaking a trial becomes "a must" for anybody. It depends on how much you're willing to tolerate slow loadtimes and just how slow the loadtimes are given your machine.

Personally, if a single part goes above 3500 frames, I would break it up. Trials above 5000 frames are extremely difficult for me to edit.
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Re: Ideal Game Length 

Postby Jofe » Fri Jul 31, 2020 12:56 am

In French section I have published a trial with 4900 frames and at least one player has experienced multiples crashes of his navigator (Firefox, more precisely). So even there is no problem on your side, it is better to think of those who have less efficient PCs.

My PC is an entry-level PC, and loadtimes become longer above 2700 frames in the editor. I think you can go up to 2000 frames without issues for everyone.
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Re: Ideal Game Length 

Postby Enthalpy » Fri Jul 31, 2020 2:09 am

Ooh, crashes of Firefox are bad.

I'll keep an eye out for performance issues in the player, then.
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