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We follow up on the test of 2009-10-16. As usual, a podcast, a video file and what's left to be done.

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Catching up, we have reached the test session from 2009-10-16:


We talked about our TODO list, the Enterprise map (Guus, the author of the map is quite surprised as how well the map plays), how the size of a map influences its playability.
We also talked about Linux servers, and why Linux is not yet a strong competition for Windows.On the development side of things, we have an update mechanism in place. The functionality is:

  • When choosing 'Multiplayer Internet' from the main menu, the local avp2tfversion.txt file is checked against a remote version of it, on Avp2fortress.lithfaq.com
  • There are three outcomes possible from this comparison:
  • The files are the same. Nothing to be done here. The 'Host Internet Game' and 'Join Internet Game' are enabled.
  • There is a difference in the micro version. A dialog mentioning an optional update is presented. If the user declines, nothing happens, the 'Host Internet Game' and 'Join Internet Game' are enabled.
  • There is a difference in the major or minor version number. A dialog mentioning a mandatory update is presented. If the user declines, the 'Host Internet Game' and 'Join Internet Game' are disabled.
  • When the user agrees to update, the game closes and the Internet Explorer browser is launched, with this URL: Avp2fortress.lithfaq.com. And guess what, next week our testers will get the new beta through this mechanism.

And to conclude, the test videos recorded on 2009-10-16:

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