Opened 7 years ago

Last modified 22 months ago

#9593 new defect

SCI: LSL5 (and others): port drawing issues

Reported by: m-kiewitz Owned by:
Priority: normal Component: Engine: SCI
Version: Keywords:
Cc: Game: Leisure Suit Larry 5


The current port code seems to have quite a few issues. It's not pixel perfect and in case of for example Larry 5, some left-overs stay on screen, when credits windows were shown.

It has to do with ScummVM's Common::Rect not working as rectangles in original SCI and the current code not always adjusting for it.

In this case the main problem is kNewWindow, but other code is problematic too.

It's not a trivial bug to fix, because there is quite a lot of code that doesn't adjust and it also seems there are a few inaccuracies as well.

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Change History (6)

comment:1 by csnover, 6 years ago

Keywords: sci removed

by bluegr, 22 months ago

Attachment: image-20220428-012016.png added

by bluegr, 22 months ago

Attachment: image-20220428-012031.png added

comment:2 by bluegr, 22 months ago

Just to clarify: This bug only occurs in one textbox in LSL5 that is drawn off-screen. The off-screen part is not cleared properly. I'm attaching screenshots of the textbox in question

comment:3 by m-kiewitz, 22 months ago

If I remember correctly, I found some more off by one errors when compared to the original interpreter. I think it was QfG 1. It's simply not 100% accurate.
Just make screen shots in Dosbox as well as ScummVM and you will see when you flip between them.
It's not a big problem, because the overall behavior is indeed accurate, but it's still not good and there can be issues, especially in fan games.

comment:4 by sluicebox, 22 months ago

Hi Martin, it's been a while, great to hear from you! =)

I messed up and failed to comment here last year, but this ticket caused me to compare QFG1 EGA screenshots and fix some off-by-one horizontal port discrepancies, especially in the character screen:

There are definitely still some mild discrepancies in ScummVM. The QFG1 EGA character creation screen still draws a one pixel vertical line on the right edge that isn't in the original. But i also suspect that may be a bug in the original, because that line is on the left and the symmetry looks nice. Someone also recently showed me a message box in QFG1 EGA PC-98 (or maybe it was SQ3?) that's drawn one pixel higher in ScummVM than the original. My shallow investigation showed that not only is this likely due to the differences between Sierra's and ScummVM's Rect classes, which we all know of, but also that Sierra's own code had its own off-by-one bugs that would be difficult and confusing to replicate, though not impossible.

I propose that we limit the scope of this ticket, or close it, since many things have been fixed since it was created, and open specific tickets as they come up for remaining individual issues and include screenshots. I'm not suggesting we dismiss port issues as "good enough", but at the same time I also think they *are* pretty good and we should investigate remaining individual discrepancies to see if there's anything we can reasonably do.

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