Back From The Grave

So after a few months, I was finally able to save up enough to get a new computer.  It’s much more powerful than my old laptop, which had effectively died.

  • Intel Core i5 8600 Processor
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM
  • Nvidia GTX 1070 Graphics Card
  • 256GB M.2 SSD
  • 2TB HDD

That means that I can finally resume A Proud Life development.  I should also be able to test any alpha builds using Dolphin on the PC.  Previously I would have to transfer the ISO to a USB drive and play it on my Wii to try it out.

I’ll be creating some more guides on stuff I’ve already learned (e.g. texture replacement, dialogue editing, etc).

I’ll be doing some travelling later this month, but hope to have at least some of these tutorials up by the end of October, with more actual development to be done over the next few months.

As was the case before, the main hurdle will be CLZ (Compressed with a Lempel–Ziv–Welch algorithm) files.  So far, I believe that the character models, face textures, and some of the clothing textures are contained in these CLZ files.

My current goal will to be to have all of the gendered dialogue edited for each game by the end of the year, at which point I’d like to release a new alpha build of the patches.

An Unexpected Interruption

Hello everyone.

Sorry for the lack of updates. I’ve been busy with a lot of personal work and travel lately.

Unfortunately I’ve run into a complication with work on the mod. My laptop seems to have some severe hardware issues (possibly motherboard-related) and is basically unusable at this point.

I’m looking into options for buying (or possibly building) a new computer, and will hopefully be able to resume work on the project within the next month or two.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Update:

Using some diagnostic tools, I was able to determine that the issue was the dedicated graphics card.

I’ve been able to forcefully disable the dedicated graphics through the BIOS/drivers. This means that the laptop is now usable.

However, it severely impacts performance, since now all graphical processes (i.e. rendering anything on screen) are now forced onto the CPU. So it’s not really feasible for anything beyond basic tasks (i.e. web browsing, document editing, etc.). And even those tasks run slower and hotter than they would have previously.

There are also some bugs (e.g. can’t output video to an external screen, can’t adjust brightness, etc.). So I’m still going to be looking into getting a new computer.

Thank you for your patience.