Opened 15 years ago

Closed 13 years ago

Last modified 13 years ago

#1993 closed defect (fixed)

BASS CD: text shows up and disappear too quickly

Reported by: SF/ketchup_addict Owned by: eriktorbjorn
Priority: normal Component: Engine: Sky
Keywords: Cc:
Game: Beneath a Steel Sky


Tested on version 0.0368 of Beneath a steel sky (CD
version) with ScummVM 0.7.1 and ScummVM
0.8.0CVS 10April, both Win32 builds.

When left clicking on an object in the inventory, the text
is shown too quickly (it disappears nearly as soon as it
appeared). You have to maintain right-click pressed to
be able to read the whole text.

This happens with default language (English US)
enabled as well as any other language, with speech
enabled or disabled.

Ticket imported from: #1181865. Ticket imported from: bugs/1993.

Change History (14)

comment:1 by SF/clemty, 15 years ago

I know this might sound stupid, but could it be that the
game speed is turned all the way up? (vertical slider in the
options menu or maybe that ScummVM keyboard shortcut)


comment:2 by SF/ketchup_addict, 15 years ago

No, I've tried with the slider set to default, then to maximum
speed, and then to slowest speed... to no avail.

Another thing I've noticed that could be related is that most of
the times, right clicking on a character to talk to him won't
make the dialog box appear IF the speed slider is set to
maximum (and yes, I do click on the character, even if he's
moving fast :P ).

comment:3 by eriktorbjorn, 15 years ago

I thought that was how it was supposed to work. I would
guess that it's the fnLookAt() function that is called when
examining an inventory object, and that appears to simply
create a text sprite, draw it and then wait for the user to
release the mouse button, at which point the sprite is
presumably removed.

But I can't verify that this was how the original game
engine behaved.

comment:4 by SF/ketchup_addict, 15 years ago

I can only verify that the original game engine doesn't behave
like this for the floppy version.

Can someone confirm this is the case for the CD version as
well (I only own the freeware CD version and the original
floppy one) ?

comment:5 by SF/clemty, 15 years ago

confirmed with CD version, running in dosbox, the text stays
on for about a second I'd say, even though I'm not sure how
accurate the DOSBox speed ist


comment:6 by fingolfin, 14 years ago

Summary: Sky CD: text shows up and disappear too quicklyBASS CD: text shows up and disappear too quickly

comment:7 by fingolfin, 14 years ago

Component: Engine: Sky
Game: Beneath a Steel Sky

comment:8 by fingolfin, 14 years ago

Owner: set to lavosspawn

comment:9 by fingolfin, 14 years ago

Any news on this? Torbjörn, Robert?

comment:10 by eriktorbjorn, 14 years ago

Well, I can see in the original source - which can be found
at - that
there's some kind of waiting going on in fn_no_human.
Stripping some (I think) unnecessary stuff, it looks like this:

call lock_mouse ;; reset relative timer
clear eax
call wait_relative
call wait_mouse_not_pressed
mov eax,40
call wait_relative
call unlock_mouse

Whereas the corresponding part of our fnLookAt() looks like


I think what the original assembly means is "wait until the
mouse button is released, but at least for 40 ticks, i.e.
800 ms". Is it worth implementing? I don't know. 800 ms is
hardly enough time to read and understand an object
description, but maybe it makes it slightly more obvious
that something's happening.

comment:11 by sev-, 13 years ago

What is the status of this item?

comment:12 by eriktorbjorn, 13 years ago

Fixed in SVN, both trunk and branch.

comment:13 by eriktorbjorn, 13 years ago

Resolution: fixed
Status: newclosed

comment:14 by eriktorbjorn, 13 years ago

Owner: changed from lavosspawn to eriktorbjorn
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