I was right that the game was doing something really screwy at load time. I searched around and found that if you add -disable3dpreloads to the command line like so:
…the game will stop stalling on the loading screen. The load times went from two minutes to about eight seconds.
Max Payne always had horrendous load times. I wonder if this “feature” was the problem all along? Would this have sped things up in 2001? I no longer have a machine of that vintage so I can’t test.
On Sunday I plowed through the whole game using cheats, just taking in the story and trying to get a feel for the writing style. (Since I needed to mimic it for this series.) I wish I’d done so before I began the series. Part 1 was written in present tense. I could have sworn the game was written in present tense. But it wasn’t. Hopefully the shift isn’t too off-putting. It will probably be more noticeable to people doing an archive binge than to people who are just reading them as they come out.
I will say this series is really fun to work on.
A look back at Star Trek, from the Original Series to the Abrams Reboot.
Steam Summer Blues
This mess of dross, confusion, and terrible UI design is the storefront the big publishers couldn't beat? Amazing.
Good to be the King?
Which would you rather be: A king in the middle ages, or a lower-income laborer in the 21st century?
There's a wonderful way to balance difficulty in RPGs, and designers try to prevent it. For some reason.
What is Piracy?
It seems like a simple question, but it turns out everyone has a different idea of right and wrong in the digital world.