Description

Coma Moonlight is an experimental gothic-style map created as part of the Refracted Reality project. Quite difficult development passed through couple of reworks, lasted about 4 months and ended in August 2020. Map was expected to be released as part of RC2, but went to free floating.

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Infraworld - Coma Moonlight
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KP_SapphireMK2
KP_SapphireMK2

What is this music from? (I know its moonlight.xm found in WinRAR) Also i like it ^.^

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StormCatcher.77 Author
StormCatcher.77

This is Moonlight by Darkhalo. And yes, its a great track. Leodoom85 advised it to me and it fits map atmosphere perfectly.

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Hereticnic
Hereticnic

Aw man, it breaks my heart a bit, I keep seeing these incredible intricate maps and most of them would be much more fitting if done directly in the Quake engine (instead of all the manual labor involved in the process of "simulating" fake-3D inside gzdoom engine)
It's bad because not only it takes MORE LABOR from the map maker, but it also impacts performance to such extent that lots of people can't even enjoy your map (lag, slowdowns)

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Hereticnic
Hereticnic

Divide this map into sections and you would get a BANGER Hexen hub to explore.
Hexen Hub format is also nice because it auto-saves the game for the player, no risk of dying forgetting about saving after a while, the Hub teleports do it for you. So it's objectively better from a purely consumer standpoint as well.

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Hereticnic
Hereticnic

Wow just finished actually playing the map, it plays really nice, very good flow overall.

- white dynamic lights (quake software renderer vibes, highlights the natural colors of the textures, instead of mushing the colors in a blob of Coloured Lighting everywhere... coloured lighting has been a pet peeve of mine for quite a while, it just mushes all the texture work, can't notice individual textures as much... so well done!)

- brilliant use of small enemies (too many Doom mappers fall for the mistake of using big enemies from Doom 2 everywhere, ends up making their maps feel like a chore to play... no one likes Circle Strafing Barons of Hell in tiny corridors until you're out of ammo, ******* snoozefest Zzzzzzzzzzzz.....)

I made footage of how the game runs in my 8-core CPU. It's able to keep no less than 12 FPS which it's just fine to keep playing, nothing game-breaking really (people with older computers will be ****** however) This with a brand new 2021 hardware have in mind, not optimal. But it's more on fault of gzdoom engine which barely uses GPU at all and mostly relies on a single-core for rendering, instead of splitting the load across cores, they're lagging behind in this regard.
I should have recorded footage of the game running with a GPU overlay in the corner to demonstrate how gzdoom never uses beyond 20% GPU and never more than 20% CPU, despite lagging hardcore. It claims to be "hardware accelerated", not really. It's more than a decade that people complain about this.

Maybe if you designed this map in a way where each floor is a different area of the map (just keeping the illusion that it's all a single piece) and making use of teleports to travel across floors, then maybe it would run a bit smoother. How does it run in your machine?

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Hereticnic
Hereticnic

Why was this map not used in Refracted Reality?
Did you quit the project voluntarily or did they find an "excuse" to get you off of it?
This map is brilliant, and I find impressive that it is just below 5 Megabytes, I've seen maps in Refracted that take 20 Megs just for the map itself, not even talking about textures etc.
I will upload my modified version of Refracted soon, I was able to reduce the file size from 150MB to 75MB... 20 Megs shelved off merely by compressing the skyboxes, another 20 Megs or so in the music, some more in the textures (uncompressed PNG)

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