OK, so the prospects for emulation look good then.
Normally I wouldn't touch any such consoles with a 10 foot pole, and my stance regarding console-only games is best portrayed by HK-47's "Prejudice set to maximum!"
taunt - but an exception is clearly
in order here
I even went and bought a decent gamepad because of TAG.
UCyborg: Interesting results without the shaders - I never thought about testing it that way.
On my current (old) hardware, in the unmodified game, I'm getting around 120-130FPS in roughly that location with fog distance @ 100%, but if I turn around, it drops to 70-80ish FPS. (hmm, this is strange, because I think I had VSync turned on, shouldn't it cap the framerate?)
I never went any further with the 10th Mod than the beginning of Ruined Village, but IIRC it was around 18FPS right at the spot where you start the game, and 6-12FPS walking around the starting area.
Now, as far as OOTF goes, I have 2 important questions regarding the 10th Anniversary Mod:
1. Does it affect multiplayer capability?
Or is that just a function of the version of AiO patch used?
2. OK, so the mod is poorly optimized. Actually, I have long since suspected that this might be the case. But, what to do now? I have a bad feeling about this.
Even my new hardware might not be capable to "brute forcing" it to 60FPS.
Is there a way to get some visual improvements, similar to the 10th Mod, by other means?
Preferably something that doesn't entail highly involved stuff, such as recompiling the game files, etc.
On a somewhat unrelated note:
is the Steam event calendar actually totally empty, or is it just some sort of problem with my browser? (also, I wasn't logged into Steam, but that should not matter in any case?)
BTW: the flashing title bar is an odd glitch. Rare (for most users) and not reliably reproducible; a very nasty combination.
From what I've read, a few people have encountered it, but no solution is known.
Interestingly, I have tested it on 3 different computers, each with totally different hardware, from different eras (years apart) - and it was present on ALL 3 of them.
Yet the only thing they had in common was the 32-bit XP Pro + some of the installed software. And also maybe the blasted Realtek onboard audio chip, these damned buggy things are everywhere. Never could get any microphone input working on any of them. Ever. Broken drivers, apparently. Bloody rubbish.