Well Tom, I'm a litle surprised people can't follow a basic set of clear
instructions, especially when it just comes down to running install wizards,
and even more especially when it comes down to things which are needed for
several games not just yours.
I remember when I first started playing audio games and the user accounts
issue was preventing me from installing net. There were several games i
COULDN'T PLAY, INCLUDINg treasurehunt and the version of final conflict you
had at that stage, pluss some other game related applications which wouldn't
work, ---- thus when the net issue was fixed, it freed me to do a number of
things, not just play one persons' games, ---- ditto with direct X and
probably even more so sinse it's a basic windows component required by other
programs (I'm looking at upgrading my rather old version of power dvd at the
moment so that I can use full dolby 3D sound, ---- and that will certainly
take a direct X upgrade).
Thus, my reply to people not willing to install extra components, especially
very standard ones like direct X would be "hard cheese!" ---- though of
course sinse your also looking at selling games that requires taking into
account public feeling, even when that feeling isn't particularly logical.
Then again though, the case you just described of creating unique sounds at
random on the fly just reinforces my opinion (uninformed by technical
knolidge as it may be), that dsaudio2 sounds like a good idea. The amount of
times I've wanted different audio tocans to distinguish the same event and
add variety to the sound scape of a game have been many, and the idea of
having final conflict with a range of different explosion sounds which could
be created without having to have a hole bunch more recorded sound files
(which, as has often been said aren't easy to come by), strikes me as in
fact a really fantastic thought, and well worth the inconvenience of
downloading an extra upgrade which probably will be needed for a number of
other things anyway.
This is of course though, very much my opinion, and it's not particularly
supported by either extensive technical knowhow, or indeed too much concern
for public opinion, ---- which are obviously things that must also be
Beware the grue!
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