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[-] 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.

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