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Now what's the difference between ToMI quality settings?

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Dear Telltalians,

I use a fairy old machine (3 Ghz, single core Pentium IV, 2GB RAM) to run ToMI. I used to have an ATI Radeon X850 Pro 256MB but that sucked for my main OS Ubuntu so I swapped it for a GeForce 6600 GT 512 MB (only one with AGP I can still fit into my crummy barebone) just today. I usually don't run Windows at all but every time the new episodes come out I hook up my old windows hard drive (unplug the current OS) and play through the episodes that way.

Now I did some performance testing and while I could play the first four ToMI episodes on 1280x720 Quality 6 with a slight bit of choppiness on the "old" card, my "new" gfx card is a bit slower despite more memory and I have to tone down the quality. Changing resolutions is not really an option because there is no aspect ratio correction and 720p is the lowest widescreen mode there is.

I notice that anything above 3 is barely playable (~15-20 fps) but 3 runs a silky 45-50fps. Now I made some screenshots from the docks and I can't see much of a difference between the settings except for bloom, a few more dynamic lights and what I believe to be anti-aliasing on some edges in the higher settings. To be honest in the higher settings I find the bloom effect extremely annoying because it makes the entire game look blurry as all hell. I know that is what bloom does, but I'd love to activate the features individually to get the best compromise. Dynamic lights yeah, ani-filtering/AA no thanks etc.

Is anyone from the TellTale crew willing to explain what exactly the settings do so I know what I'm missing? It still looks fine even on quality setting 1 but I'm just wondering. Is there any difference in textures at all? I didn't notice any in the few spots I looked at. I'll play through ep 5 on Q3 so I get the best performance but not knowing what the settings actually change is weird. When you turn it up from 3 to 4 the wooden arrow sign in the menu gets shaded differently but I notice little difference in game.

Here the screenshots for comparison:

Q1 - http://i35.tinypic.com/kbogsk.jpg
Q2 - http://i33.tinypic.com/1679hm1.jpg
Q3 - http://i34.tinypic.com/29fdus6.jpg
Q4 - http://i38.tinypic.com/5l0x9i.jpg
Q5 - http://i35.tinypic.com/10sgh75.jpg
Q6 - http://i35.tinypic.com/20k2dfb.jpg
Q7 - http://i34.tinypic.com/2z70mf6.jpg
Q8 - http://i34.tinypic.com/11rb2xl.jpg
Q9 - http://i35.tinypic.com/2m2jtcy.jpg

All taken on 1280x720 resolution. Notice the significant framerate drops between 3 and 4 that's where I get the biggest impact. It just goes downhill from there xD

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  • Really cool to see....my system is even weaker than yours (2 Ghz Athlon, 1 GB RAM, GeForce 5200FX), and I also play on quality level 3; perfectly smooth, but at 4 it is barely playable.

    Now the cool thing for me and my ancient system is that I am not really missing much judging from the screenshots. The shading on Guybrush is better on Q9, but the whole blur is really more a matter of taste than of quality imho.

  • To be honest, Chapter 4 is not the best one to be looking at. If I were, you, I'd look at the intro to the first chapter, and the screaming narwhal in chapters 1-3.

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    Con

    I used to have xpc as well some years ago. I was so damn proud of it when I got the latest bigass radeon 9800 inside purring like a cat ( a tiger actually). However, I found out the psu being just 230w wasn't nearly enough for it so it was rather embarrassing.
    I think your 6600 could do better. Maybe your card has the same case as mine back then. :confused:

  • that’s really a drawback:
    it’s ok to just provide numbers from 1-9 for people not knowing what they do, but i perfectly know what my card is able to do well and therefore don’t need antialiasing slowing it down for about 50%. enhanced settings wold be really nice…

  • @Con said: I used to have xpc as well some years ago. I was so damn proud of it when I got the latest bigass radeon 9800 inside purring like a cat ( a tiger actually). However, I found out the psu being just 230w wasn't nearly enough for it so it was rather embarrassing.
    I think your 6600 could do better. Maybe your card has the same case as mine back then. :confused:

    Yeah it's a Shuttle barebone that. The power supply is a measly 220 Watts and I already had to send back a cpu and another gfx card because the board couldn't handle it. Thing is, in order to upgrade I need to build an entirely new machine and I just don't have the money for that right now (or rather got other plans for it).

    All I really care for is that I can actually play the ToMI episodes and if I have to reduce quality a tad that's the way it is.

  • I'm just glad that I can now play it at 1920x1200 res at quality 9 now that I have my Radeon HD 5850 with 2.something Teraflops of graphics processing power!

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