Hi Davy,
Agreed. The size of accessible games, even with recorded speech files, is considerably smaller than most mainstream games these days. Mysteries of the Ancients fully installed is only about 110 MB. That is not bad considering the fact the mainstream games I do have installed on this PC are well over 1 GB and one is about 4 GB fully installed. Big difference in size. We aren't eeven close to matching the mainstream markets in terms of game size. As far as XAudio2 and DirectX upgrades goes you will find over time that problem will go away. XAudio2 ships with Windows 7 out of the box so once people begin retiring older Windows versions like XP and upgrade to Windows 7 the number of people who have to upgrade DirectX will start dropping off. It is just one of those things that will get better over time.

Davy Kager wrote:

Well, as I am using XAudio2, I will already get a lot of questions about upgrading DirectX to run the game. And I certainly don't want to keep up with all the SAPI problems as well. Furthermore, I'd like that true punchy voice for my menus, that cool British accented voice for my flight instructor, a nice American voice for the flight command center, and so on. SAPI won't be able to give me all of these features. And it's not that hard to use wave-files. With the modern computers and Internet connections, almost everybody should be able to use the bigger game with pre-recorded speech. The number speaking system was a pain int he rear to write, took me about two days, but it works now. YAY!

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