[ut2004] missing eyecandy with openGL?

Alex Malinovich demonbane at the-love-shack.net
Fri Mar 26 12:29:44 EST 2004

On Fri, 2004-03-26 at 06:18, Andrew Pilley wrote:
> On Fri, 2004-03-26 at 23:00, Alex Malinovich wrote:
> > On Fri, 2004-03-26 at 03:02, Felix Maibaum wrote:
> > > Hi all!
> > > 
> > > I just saw the game on windows for the first time, and couldn't help but 
> > > notice that it looks a lot nicer. Especially a lot of the lighting effects 
> > > seem to be missing, e.g. shadows and vehicle's headlights.
> > > 
> > > Is there a list of what is misssing, and is there a chance that some of that 
> > > will change? I mean AFAIK the nvidia drivers expose all the capabilities of 
> > > the cards trough OpenGL extensions, so at least theoretically the same stuff 
> > > as with directx should be possible.
> > > I especially miss the shadows, they make everything look so much more real.
> > 
> > I don't see any difference between Linux and Windows personally. It
> > sounds like you might be seeing a driver issue. Are you using an NVidia
> > board? (And, if so, do you have the latest version of the drivers?)
> In reality, there are differences. shadows, in particular, use a feature
> that's very simple, and quite quick under directx, that's just much more
> painful (at least, via normal extensions) under openGL. not sure about
> headlights, may be the same thing, just casting 'light' not 'dark'.
> It's probably not impossible to get them to act the same, but the extra
> effort that daniel vogel would have to put in, vs the amount of benefit
> AND the cpu hit it'd cause are probably leaning in favour of saving
> time, at this point.
> At least, that's how the story went for ut2003, iirc, and i don't think
> it's changed.

Wow. Well, I stand corrected. I only ever installed UT in Windows for a
few minutes, but I didn't remember much of a difference. Then again,
this was a long time ago. Around the time the ut2003 demo came out. I
may have to do a quick install (as quick as it can be with 6 CD's at
least... :) next time I boot into Windows. I'll never give up the
convenience of being able to play it in Linux, but it'll be nice to see
just how much better UT looks than I thought it did. (And I ALREADY
thought it looked incredible. :)
Alex Malinovich
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