I do take your point, but there are limitations here. You are right
that Shades of Doom might be updated by adding some third-party map
designing tools and perhaps some sort of multiplayer mode.
Unfortunately, the way the GMA Engine is designed you absolutely have
to have the engine to add levels, edit levels, or expand any existing
game. I've had very little experience with it myself, but when setting
up a level you can not just draw a map and forget it. You have to
initialize every enemy and item on the map, IE script that level from
scratch, and there isn't really any quick fix for this problem.
As for multiplayer I think this might have to do with the developer's
own interests rather than a lack of desire in pushing audio gaming
forward. I can't really speak for David Greenwood, but i can speak for
myself here. In terms of why I haven't added multiplayer support to
something like STFC that certainly could be played over the internet I
don't like playing games over the internet. IE I have no desire to get
involved in multiplayer games, and prefer to play games alone. That
would obviously make me less likely to put that feature at the top of
my list to add in any game I tend to create. If I do add it it would
be totally a commercial venture, and not anything I personally would
need or want to use myself. At heart most VI game developers do it for
fun rather than for money, and as a result certain features you like
might not get added because it isn't something the developer likes or
Finally, as for the Overlord games I haven't heard of them. I don't
keep tabs on what is current in the mainstream world these days. Sure
if there is something that catches my attention I might rent or buy it
if I think I'd like to play it, but for the most part I don't keep up
with mainstream gaming much any more. Talk to me about something that
was released 15 to 20 years ago and I probably heard of it.
On 8/10/11, Michael Gauler <michael.gau...@gmx.de> wrote:
> Hi Thomas,
> I know that developing anything is a process where you get experience by
> doing it and thus you will become better.
> But let's take one example.
> The Sarah game and Shades of Doom were made with the GMA engine.
> Both games already have a 3d audio environment. To get up to par with
> mainstream games like the current Doom or quake titles would "just" need to
> add multiplayer support into SOD and release some map design tools to the
> public (in theory, cause I don't know how the engine works).
> This is just a thought, but we have developers who have come this far and
> could advance to the next step easily without probably not much more to get
> experience in (in the case of you, or David Greenwood as examples), where
> other developers probably would need more training in this field.
> This might be a bit of topic, but do you know the two Overlord games
> (mainstream, pc versions)? Just for a game idea, something like it surely
> has potential for an interesting audio game...
> Back to mainstream Stargate for a moment. I have seen, what Stargate
> Ressistance (the only official licensed SG game) is made of. I had gotten my
> hands on it trough a friend and I was not interested in playing it myself,
> but rather to find out what it contains.
> And when I was able to extract all sounds it became clear that the client of
> the game was rather poor meaning not much game content and the minimum of
> canon sounds. Yes, some staff weapons, a stargate which is being dialed inn
> and the gate opening and closing.
> But that's it.
> Sadly mainstream Stargate gaming is forgive me the swearing, crap.
> The only thing we have are some fan made dialing simulators as only partly
> accessible Flash applications.
> The only other thing we have is a really big fan mega mod to Bridge
> Commander with an optional SG pack, but with poor sound quality.
> But it was more important for mainstream developers to make Star Trek
> online, which might end soon, if rumors are true, than to do a ST Elite
> Force or Bridge Commander like Stargate game with Atlantis and the Destiny
> included, not as announced future expensive expansions never to come...
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