dario, on Nov 05 2012 - 09:08 AM, said:
I do not mean to offend anyone I am just telling the truth for the sake of community.
Well you are offensive, but that's ok because it comes from your ignorance.
You are comparing a track built 11 years ago with old tools, very little information but most importantly, computers that struggled to run full fields on VROC. the ease of making a track today is mind blowing compared to what we had to hand, I can compile Road America in seconds to check on a change, I could make a cup of tea 11 years ago while a track it's size compiled. Just the other day I used a very old TRK23Dow to run a function new compilers don't have and at first I thought my system had locked up, it really was that slow. When I want to know something about Road America today, I just Google it and have my answer in moments from a large choice of blogs, devoted websites, forums, Youtube etc, etc .... it was nothing like that 11 years ago.
I made that "other Riverside" as did most track builders at the time so people could run with all their friends and groups on VROC on Friday and Saturday nights when there was a line up of tracks and races to be run without stutters and first corner crashes due to those stutters - totally different times to now.
The, in your opinion, "masterpieces", wouldn't have a show of running a Friday night race 10 years ago and since there's not a lot of Friday night activity anymore along with what was a 1999 NASA Space Program spec computer sitting in many homes now then sure, nice looking 1024 x 526 pixel mips will now run smoothly. Back in the day you had to choose very wisely if you were to use a "big" 256 x 256 mip and that's 200kb's compared to 1.5 meg for a 1024 x 512 - and we're not mentioning the mapping used frequently now, we used very elastic mips back then, stretching them as far as we could to keep FPS good. My computer was a rocket back then, a stunning 750mhz Pentium 111 and 256 meg of ram - others were jealous.
Are you aware that many tracks back then were say 3 to 5 meg in size? That's total track size. 5 meg will barely cover a handful of mips in some of the tracks getting around not to mention some of the upgrade packs kicking around.
Solitude was released in 2002 to much acclaim, it was a stunner in it's day but on the borderline of stuttering online - go run it now and see how basic it looks ....
As I said, you are ignorant of a totally different time and totally different expectations of what a GPL track should be and should do.
I think it's amazing you come here and make comment on a track you haven't even seen, I think that's pretty darn rude actually and I'm pretty sure you are embarrassing Ginetto as well but in your quest to serve yourselves that's something you overlook.