I would love to hear what people's preferences are for mods they publish and/or use, regarding things like file size, poly count, swatches, etc.
For me, I play on really low rendering settings, and even then my game was almost unplayably slow when I had both Island Living and Cottage Living installed at the same time. (I up the settings for screenshots and testing, and wow it makes my computer unhappy.) I haven't noticed any gameplay issues with individual mods, but especially since I tend to add a bunch at a time, I'm not sure if I'd know if a particular mod was causing my game to lag? But I know that there's a big range of player equipment, so I'd like to build with that in mind.
Is it possible to have a package with a reasonable file size but still add game lag because of a high swatch count or high poly mesh?
I've seen some comments around about meshes having too high a poly count, or too many swatches, and I wanted to get a feel for what people like? Can ppl reply with their personal preferences?
Hi. The logic behind making any 3d content for games is that its file size has to be as small as possible. This way the game will have an easier time rendering it. Polycount: as low as you can go while preserving those details that cannot be preserved through textures. Maxis meshes do not go above 10k tris, so you should try to not go above that as well, especially for objects, otherwise there will be shading issues. Textures: there is no reason to give 2048 textures to furniture that has no patterns. No reason to give them to a small decor object no one will be looking at up close. Makes sense to give it to a food stall or anything else that is complex. Color options: the more textures there is, the higher the file size, the longer it takes for the game to load. Choose practical colors and color combinations. For example, if you’re making furniture, always choose the same colors for wood so that all your cc works with each other. If someone needs your bathtub to be purple, they will simply recolor it themselves, so go for common choice of colors for bathtubs. But if you’re making something very commonly used (say, a rug or curtains), it is reasonable to add more than 10 swatches
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