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|Shishka's HaloPC Pre-Release FAQ 2.0|
|Posted By: Shishka||Date: 8/17/03 6:57 p.m.|
In Response To: Shishka's HaloPC Pre-Release FAQ 1.0 (Shishka)
Shishka's HaloPC Pre-Release FAQ 2.0
Disclaimer: This is merely another long Shishka post in which he adds anchor tags to commonly asked questions in the hopes that he can merely link directly to them when the question is inevitably repeated. Shishka is not Bungie, nor Gearbox, nor an admin at H.B.O. He really just talks a lot. He does know people, though, so his word can generally be trusted. He has powers. He's kinda the John Constantine of the Internet. He likes Ninjas and Dragons.
Updates noted with ***
Table of Contents
***Impatient Little Buggers...
***About that port...
***Co-op, or the lack thereof
***A little about the mod scene
***The Technical side of things
I thought Halo was XBox only?
In reference to Halo, "Only for XBox" means "Not for Playstation 2 or Gamecube." It's quite common for remarks made in the console industry to not apply to the computer game industry.
But won't Halo PC take sales away from Halo XBox?
This is why rumors that "Halo PC was held back by Microsoft so they could sell the XBox" is false. Had Halo PC and Halo XBox been released at the same time, the XBox version would have quickly outsold the PC version, and still would have sold 3 million copies.
Impatient Little Buggers...
Will there be a playable demo for Halo PC?
Will there be a public beta test?
About that port...
Is Bungie doing the port to PC? What about Mac users?
Bungie has chosen Gearbox Software to write the PC port of Halo. As pieces of the XBox-to-PC rewrite are completed, they are passed on to Westlake Interactive, who are working feverishly on the Mac version of Halo.
***Due to the nature of the project, Halo for Mac will be released after Halo PC.***
Why doesn't Bungie do the port?
And just because Bungie isn't directly doing the port does not mean they're not involved. Bungie is keeping a close eye on everything, making sure that the PC version meets their high standards.
What changes are being made to Halo in general for the PC version?
The weapons are also being rebalanced.
Halo for PC is as close as it gets to "per-pixel everything," meaning everything is bumpmapped and other special effects are being used.
What changes are being made to the single player campaign?
Halo PC's single player campaign is also seeing a significant speed increase. The loading screen between levels is gone, as it's no longer needed.***
What changes are being made to multiplayer?
Co-op has been removed from the game, at least for the time being.
Co-op, or the lack thereof
No co-op? Will modders be able to add co-op in as a feature?
***Even if modders ARE given a means with which to modify the network code, and are given the chance to put co-op back into Halo, it probably will not happen. If Gearbox, who is being paid to make HaloPC, cannot make a working co-op mode, it's highly doubtful that guys that mod for fun will be able to do so either. Making a networkable co-op mode is very, very difficult.***
Yes, but co-op existed only in split screen mode. No actual "networking" was involved in the original co-op mode. The best way to describe it is that a second camera and Master Chief model was put into the single player game, and the view was split so each person could control a 'Chief.
A split screen style first person shooter multiplayer game does not have the same kind of appeal that it does on the console. PC gamers are used to the freedom of having their comptuer themselves. Further, split screen on Halo PC would mean sharing the keyboard, or using two keyboards. Either way, two mice would be needed for looking controls.
The issue lies in the amount of information that has to be passed between each person on the network. With your average multiplayer game of Halo, the server needs to concern itself only with player locations, weapon locations, vehicle locations, flag locations, and the movement thereof. The server relays information between each machine, so that the players remain in synch with each other.
In a co-op setting, the server also has to keep track of other events, such as the locations and decision making (known as pathfinding) of AI controlled units. It has to make sure the AI controlled characters move the same way across every machine. Aside from that, it's also imperative that the server makes sure events are synchronized for players, and that players remain within the same loading zones. A number of smaller subtle things lie within co-op that cause it to be a lag-inducing monster when it comes to networked play. Obviously, keeping track of this kind of thing is a lot of work, even if a server is synchronizing two machines together. Essentially, the server would be keeping track of two single player games going on at the same time, and making sure they're synchronized. Sounds like a lot of work, don't it?
Imagine what that'd do to a 16 player game. One machine, playing single player, 16 times, at the same time, making sure all 16 look exactly the same? Not bloody likely. Even over a LAN, you're talking about a LOT of lag issues.
A little about the mod scene
Speaking of modding, I heard modding Halo is hard, does that mean there won't be very many mods?
***After the release of the game, the modding tools will be soon to follow. With them, gamers will have the opportunity to add levels, vehicles, weapons, creatures, even entire campaigns into Halo. However, it will not be an easy task. Halo is a very complex game, and making content for it requires a lot of time and patience.***
If you're thinking about Halo mods from the perspective of someone who has little to no experience with game modification, modding in general will seem like a very difficult task. To be true, making a good mod that people will enjoy is never easy. Mods are not weekend jobs, they often spend months if not years in the making before being released.
Even simple additions, like a new weapon, require lots of work, such as the modeling of the weapon several times (for each level of detail, and for the player view while the player is wielding the weapon), the ammo the weapon fires, and at what rate, how many bullets to a clip, rate of fire, what the shot actually "looks like," the bullet hole, the speed of the bullet, the pose you need Master Chief to be in as he holds the weapon, the reload animation, the firing animation, the model for ammo containters, textures for the bullets, casings (if applicable), the weapon and the clips... Here, I'll give you a moment to uncross your eyes. Now, think about levels... Wait, there go your eyes again!
Shishka plans to pester Louis until something is arranged. If HBO and its mirrors are unable to host mods and mod-related information, you can always turn to Polycount.
***Gearbox plans on hosting a Halo mod community, complete with tutorials.***
The Technical side of things
Will my computer be able to play Halo? It's got...
A finalized spec requirement sheet has not been released by Gearbox yet. The following are UNNOFFICIAL system requirements, as suggested by me (Shishka).
***To play Halo:***
To play Halo well
To play Halo so nicely your mother will want to cry:
To play Halo so incredibly well the Pope will want to have a turn:
A note about GeForce cards: The GeForce 4 MX is a misnomer; it is actually more like a GeForce 2 MX than it is like a GeForce 4. The actual order of quality in GeForce cards goes as follows (from worst to best):
What kind of graphics card/RAM/hard drive/*insert computer thing here* should I buy?
Thus, another FAQ comes to close. If you have anything to add or update please do so by replying to this thread, and naming your specific change/addition in the subject of your reply. Thanks!
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|Nice FAQ! *NM*||SketchFactor||8/8/03 5:13 p.m.|
|Thanks!||Shishka||8/8/03 5:22 p.m.|
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