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[-] NOT_RICK@lemmy.world 94 points 4 months ago

The tech debt is just glaring at this point. They need an actual new engine instead of yet another gamebryo rework.

[-] BlemboTheThird@lemmy.ca 106 points 4 months ago

No, they need a competent dev team. To this day, Valve is using a game engine that is, at its core, the Quake engine from 1996. Goldsrc? Source? Source 2? All increasingly heavily reworked versions of the Quake engine. And they can use it for everything from Alyx to Dota 2! If Valve can do it, why can't Bethesda?

[-] Kolanaki@yiffit.net 37 points 4 months ago* (last edited 4 months ago)

Except that Quake is a good engine.

GameBryo is and has always been shit. There are other games from competent devs on that engine, and they also are full of problems.

Building a house with a solid foundation is still important. Quake is bedrock. GameBryo is sand.

[-] Pseudonaut@lemmy.today 7 points 4 months ago

Why is everyone always saying GamBryo is shit? I hear this over and over again, but I never hear why.

[-] Hossenfeffer@feddit.uk 16 points 4 months ago

I think it's because it was designed to be able to handle hundreds of persistent objects in a scene as a priority over graphical performance. That's why Bethesda games have so much collectable junk - because they can.

[-] CaptainEffort@sh.itjust.works 3 points 4 months ago

I think GameBryo can be good, but it needs some badass people working on it, and loads of time and money poured into it.

And unfortunately I just don’t see Bethesda dedicating the resources needed to truly overhaul it.

[-] Cethin@lemmy.zip -1 points 4 months ago

GameBryo doesn't exist in their engine anymore. I'm reasonably confident that there is hardly anything left in that engine from GameBryo. Their engine has plenty of issue, but they're technically fixable with the right investments. I always disagree that they need to switch engines, and I used to disagree that they should (because it would incur a huge technical lag). They haven't seemed to make the investments that they need to to make it acceptable for a modern engine though, so if they aren't willing to do that they need to change something.

[-] Kolanaki@yiffit.net 6 points 4 months ago

GameBryo doesn't exist in their engine anymore. I'm reasonably confident that there is hardly anything left in that engine from GameBryo.

The bones of it are still very much there, holding everything else together. If you've ever made scripts for mods, you'd know this.

[-] HerbalGamer@sh.itjust.works 3 points 4 months ago* (last edited 4 months ago)

I think the most telling moments are when you pick something up off a table and everything starts floating.

[-] woelkchen@lemmy.world 27 points 4 months ago

To this day, Valve is using a game engine that is, at its core, the Quake engine from 1996. Goldsrc? Source? Source 2? All increasingly heavily reworked versions of the Quake engine.

All Valve statements about the Source2 port of Counter-Strike say Source2 is a completely new engine.

[-] BlemboTheThird@lemmy.ca 58 points 4 months ago

It's new in the sense they have rebuilt large enough parts of it to fully justify giving it a new name. Certainly it's very far removed from Quake. It's not like they've been sitting on their hands for almost 30 years. But it's not like they rebuilt it all from scratch, either; just the parts they needed to. Old code is still being used, and even new code still sometimes uses the old as a base. The most obvious visual example that comes to mind is the pattern they still use for flickering lights which has been around since the Quake days.

It's a bit of a Ship of Theseus situation, but I think my point still stands: Bethesda doesn't need an entirely new engine, they need devs who can (or more likely, need to give their devs time to) properly rebuild the parts that need it.

[-] winterayars@sh.itjust.works 10 points 4 months ago

I mean a huge (really huge) number of game engines ultimately draw lineage from Quake. It's either Quake or Unreal.

[-] woelkchen@lemmy.world 2 points 4 months ago

Nobody is denying that but the claim that Source2 is at its core just Quake 1 is just insane.

[-] Cethin@lemmy.zip -1 points 4 months ago

I agree that is insane. It's also insane to say the Creation Engine is GameBryo. It isn't. They just need to invest more to update it further.

[-] woelkchen@lemmy.world 0 points 4 months ago* (last edited 4 months ago)

Starfield contains much idTech7 code, so by the logic of certain individuals Starfield is basically Quake1 just because there is some heritage...

[-] woelkchen@lemmy.world 1 points 4 months ago

The most obvious visual example that comes to mind is the pattern they still use for flickering lights which has been around since the Quake days.

But you wrote "To this day, Valve is using a game engine that is, at its core, the Quake engine from 1996" and that's just untrue. Just because nobody ever saw the need to change the light flickering pattern for no reason other than to make it new, doesn't mean that Source2 is "at its core" still Quake1. Even the community-maintained wiki (not a officially sanctioned Valve document, btw) you've linked only speaks about "some residual Quake code".

[-] azertyfun@sh.itjust.works 18 points 4 months ago

Semantics.

Another to look at it is that if Valve properly managed their VCS, you could do git ls-files HEAD^10000 and see Quake/goldsrc code building the foundation for everything that came after. Every subsequent rewrite and refactor was shaped and constrained by what came before and what hadn't been rewritten yet. If they had started with another engine, they wouldn't have ended up here.

Beyond semantics, Source 2's lineage is still very apparent. While the engine is very good at what it does, it's without question much better suited to a rather specific class of semi-realistic 3D games. It has a look, a feel, strengths and weaknesses. It can't be Unity or Unreal Engine, and it would have been a ridiculous mistake to use it as a base for Elite Dangerous or Assassin's Creed Valhalla or Terraria.

[-] Cethin@lemmy.zip 2 points 4 months ago

Ship of Theseus.

When does the ship change from the ship of Theseus into something else?

[-] woelkchen@lemmy.world 2 points 4 months ago

When does the ship change from the ship of Theseus into something else?

When they decide to build a completely new ship with a steam engine and bring the lamps from the old ship because why not. They're good lamps.

[-] Cethin@lemmy.zip 0 points 4 months ago

Surprisingly, that isn't what the thought experiment has in mind. It was created before any kind of engine for a ship, so clearly they had other ideas. Generally it's asked if it's still the same shop when only one board from the original ship remains? If so, is it suddenly a different ship when that board is replaced? Before then all other boards were part of the Ship of Theseus, so why does that one board matter? If it doesn't matter though, what does it mean to be The ship of Theseus?

[-] woelkchen@lemmy.world 1 points 4 months ago

I know the original thought experiment but it doesn't apply here because Source2 is a completely new engine with some residual stuff brought over like light flickering pattern.

[-] Cethin@lemmy.zip 0 points 4 months ago

It is not a "completely new engine". That's an insane statement. The renderer is mostly new, but the way it handles entities is pretty much the same. An engine is a large collection of tools. Some of those tools being changed out doesn't mean you have a whole new toolbox.

[-] woelkchen@lemmy.world 0 points 4 months ago

Please talk to the Valve developers who said this in interviews about the Source2 Counter-Strike port that they make insane statements. I'm simply believing the actual creators over random guys on the internet.

[-] Cethin@lemmy.zip 0 points 4 months ago

And the creators of The Creation Engine 2 said the same thing, but we don't believe them around here do we...

I doubt they said that it's totally new. Give me a source for that. I believe the renderer is mostly new, but there's still many components that inherit from the existing tech stack.

[-] woelkchen@lemmy.world 0 points 4 months ago

Give me a source for that.

Your camp: "At its core Source2 is still just Quake1!!!!"

Me: "I've read different in interviews."

Your camp: "Haha! Here is proof: https://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/Quake/en and don't forget the light flickering, oh god, the light flickering!!!!"

Me: "It literally just says 'some residual Quake code'."

You: *Fuck, he got us. Quick, be needlessly aggressive!!!!*. "Give me a source for that."

Me: "I don't make an archive of transcripts of every interview I've ever encounter. Despite that, your camp made the initial claim, so if anything it's your side that needs to produce the proof and you didn't..."

You: "Haha! Gotcha! While neither me not my friends have produced any evidence for our initial claim except the four words 'some residual Quake code' on a wiki literally everyone can edit and light flickering on Imgur, we are victorious via the old tactic of making baseless claims and then aggressively demanding evidence from THEM!!!"

[-] Cethin@lemmy.zip 0 points 4 months ago

Your camp: "At its core Source2 is still just Quake1!!!!"

Find where I said this. I'll wait. I said it's not Quake, and the Creation Engine is equally not GameBryo. They both contain heritage from their past. I've only pointed out that's the people saying "the Creation Engine is GameBryo" also tend to say Source, Unreal, etc. aren't what they used to be. You can't have it both ways. Source 2 still has components of Quake, so either it isn't Quake (which it isn't) and CE isn't GameBryo, or it is Quake and upgrading an engine can never fundamentally change things.

I'm not a part of any camp. Please stop trying to throw everyone into a box so you can argue against outrageous claims. Your strawman is recognized and not appreciated.

[-] woelkchen@lemmy.world 0 points 4 months ago

You with your aggressive and childish choice of words are in no position to make any demands towards me. In fact, if you were confident that you had any leg to stand on, you'd be more relaxed and would not act like that.

I'm not engaging with that any longer. You're not baiting me.

[-] Cethin@lemmy.zip 0 points 4 months ago

Didn't even read my comment I assume. You stopped when I called you out for making up something I said, and then you say I'm the one using "aggressive language" and baiting you. Sure buddy.

[-] Kolanaki@yiffit.net 9 points 4 months ago* (last edited 4 months ago)

All statements Bethesda has made about Creation say the same thing. Doesn't mean it's true.

[-] echodot@feddit.uk 6 points 4 months ago

I think that's the point though, they rework the engine. I eat it's not the same engine as it was back in Half Life days.

[-] owen@lemmy.ca 5 points 4 months ago

I got a lol out of "I eat" as "i.e." :')

[-] echodot@feddit.uk 2 points 4 months ago

This voice dictations fault that is, I hadn't noticed that.

[-] Cethin@lemmy.zip -1 points 4 months ago

I agree, and the same logic applies to the creation engine. However, so many people still, when complaining, say it's GameBryo, which is just stupid. It shows their lack of understanding of how game development functions.

[-] CaptainEffort@sh.itjust.works 3 points 4 months ago

The problem is that the Creation Engine 2 is, in a lot of ways, still the Gamebryo engine. It has all the same advantages, as well as all the same issues. Hell, there are literally bugs shared between Morrowind, Skyrim, Fallout 4, and even Starfield.

You can’t compared CE to something like, let’s say, the Unreal Engine. The Unreal Engine has actually had absurd amounts of resources poured into it, effectively making it a new thing. But the Creation Engine simply hasn’t been - it desperately needs more time and money put into it.

[-] Cethin@lemmy.zip -3 points 4 months ago

I'm confident there isn't much, if any, GameBryo left in the creation engine. Sure, they may share some bugs, but that doesn't mean much. They could be caused by things Bethesda introduced.

I do agree that UE has had a lot more development, and that's the issue with the Creation Engine, like I said. They haven't invested in it like they needed to. They've done the bare minimum to keep the renderer looking modern (though I'd argue Starfield totally failed, specifically with faces), but not updating the core engine. UE is a commercial product on its own though, and it's designed to be a lot more versatile than CE. CE is meant to make Bethesda games and that's it. CE shouldn't ever be expected to compare to UE on everything.

[-] woelkchen@lemmy.world 3 points 4 months ago

They need an actual new engine instead of yet another gamebryo rework.

The Starfield engine is already half idTech7 anyway.

[-] NOT_RICK@lemmy.world 4 points 4 months ago

Didn’t know that, what parts?

[-] woelkchen@lemmy.world 7 points 4 months ago

Didn’t know that, what parts?

At least the parts that are mentioned in performance tweaking guides that instruct users to edit config files and the parameters are all named bTemporalAA_idTech7=0 etc.

[-] nitefox@sh.itjust.works 0 points 4 months ago

I wish people would stop saying “it’s the engine” when they don’t know what they are talking about

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