Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Game settings. (aka running out of ideas.)

Now this is only targeted for people who play fullscreen games like oblivion, fallout, world of warcraft, and such. When you have situations in the game where during intense action the game slows down but otherwise it runs fine there are some settings that are very very minor but just buildup when the main action builds up.

One of the first settings that can take up a lot of energy is Shadow Quality. Shadow quality is just as it sounds, it's how realistic the shadows are according to light sources. I don't know about you but I only care about the quality of a shadow when I am not being killed by multiple enemies.

The next that i usually turn down is Foliage Density. Foliage is how much grass, weeds, flowers, etc. shows up when you are playing. Yet again this is something your only going to notice when you character is face down in it after you die due to lag.

Though this next one is somewhat nice to have but if you are still having problems with lag then this is the next to go. Texture quality is how detailed the environment is, so this does take up a lot of processing power to keep this up while many other things are happening. This is the first one that I would say turning down would effect game play experience but sometimes you have to take the hit so you can properly play the game.

Now there are some setting that are more important to some games then others. For example in World of Warcraft particle density is a very important setting due to it being the thing that shows where spells are in effect and tell you where you should or should not be. In Fallout 3 it would be Model LOD which tells the game how far away it should first show the other NPCs or enemies and if you want to be able to snipe well this is something you want way up. Now I can't be listing every important game specific setting, but I suggest you keep an eye out and switch the settings you don't need down, and put these settings up. When it comes to game makers they mainly concern themselves with the people having problems when they have the highest setting on since most problems with other people are just hardware problems, so make sure you adjust the settings to your liking.

Please if you have any request on stuff like what I have been posting leave a comment and I will make a post about it (if I am confident enough in the subject).

50 comments:

  1. I used to run WoW on a terrible PC, I'd run everything as low as possible and would max out at 5fps, I still played up until level 70 lol.

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  2. Shadow Quality is the first thing I turn down when I first run a game. I usually turn off/down anti-aliasing as well. I noticed that the Eagle vision in Assassins Creed got noticeably better after I did that.

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  3. Just have to purchase a monster of a system.

    My specs aren't too great, but they seem to want to work when it feels like it.

    BSOD D:

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  4. this does not apply to me, but im posting anyways!

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  5. interesting post, don't really play though

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  6. My thinking with if you cannot run non-intensive games such as WoW or FO3 its time to upgrade the GPU.. That way you can enjoy delicious max settings long as you hold on the AA

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  7. very interessting

    cant stop thinking about it! will follow your post sounds great!

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  8. Try running CIV5 with a huge map.... takes minutes for it to compute turns lol

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  9. Cool post man! I used to play a lot of full screen games, but I don't play too many computer games anymore :/

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  10. i started lowering shadow settings on games myself. the difference in performance is amazing and there's pretty much no real difference in how it looks

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  11. Nice tips man, I already knew this stuff but it's nice for the people who don't

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  12. Can definitely confirm the shadow quality, would sometimes double my fps at certain places in wow... Nice post though, the foliage stuff could serve useful for future games.

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  13. Interesting post. I used to play a lot of full screen games, but i don't do it much anymore. I'm in a lack of time, and i also kinda think, that many new games is boring, and there's nothing new thinking about games today..

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  14. I usually go for the GFX cards with more ram coz then you dont have to sacrifice texture quality

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  15. very helpful post. lengthy read for my short attention span tho

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  16. good tips ... I always have crappy video card and run everything at min..

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  17. hopefully will get fallout new vegas running with tis

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  18. nice info dude, hope you don't mind me copying some of that info :D :D

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  19. awesome info, going to check back daily for more.

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  20. Shadows is first to go for me, usually gives it that extra pinch it needs without really any effect on rest of game.

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  21. too bad that i have a lousy graphic card on my laptop that prevents me from playing most of the games relevant today ://

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  22. Old news, But it's nice to know for those who diden't know allready!

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  23. nice idea but im just fine with my hd5850 :D

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  24. My computer is way to shitty to play any game

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  25. really informative post, handy! keep it up!

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  26. Can you do a post on making a rendering farm?

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  27. i can usually run most games good at high settings so long as i have anti-aliasing turned off

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  28. yo this blog rocks, follow me too man!

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  29. hey you should blog about star craft 2

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  30. Good information , thanks for the tips

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  31. great post, thank you for sharing

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  32. Its always a pain to have to adjust the settings on your games before they work right.

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  33. fantastic post, i normally turn down shadows first, idgaf about a meaningless shadow.. most of the time.

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  34. friggen shadow quality always seems to be that one setting in every game that makes it run badly. i always tend to disable it whenever i see it haha. good post! check my blog if you get the chance, epicmoustacheblog.blogspot.com

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  35. try to disable vsync aswell it gives also a noteable boost

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