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- [Anonymous], Blue Bolt
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- rec98 th02 th03 th04 th05 animation tcc shinki ex-alice
… and just as I explained 📝 in the last post
how decompilation is typically more sensible and efficient than ASM-level
reverse-engineering, we have this push demonstrating a counter-example.
The reason why the background particles and lines in the Shinki and
EX-Alice battles contributed so much to position dependence was simply
because they're accessed in a relatively large amount of functions, one
for each different animation. Too many to spend the remaining precious
crowdfunded time on reverse-engineering or even decompiling them all,
especially now that everyone anticipates 100% PI for TH05's
Therefore, I only decompiled the two functions of the line structure that
also demonstrate best how it works, which in turn also helped with RE.
Sadly, this revealed that we actually can't
operator =() to get
that nice assignment syntax for 12.4 fixed-point values, because one of
those new functions relies on Turbo C++'s built-in optimizations for
trivially copyable structures. Still, impressive that this abstraction
caused no other issues for almost one year.
As for the structures themselves… nope, nothing to criticize this time!
Sure, one good particle system would have been awesome, instead of having
separate structures for the Stage 2 "starfield" particles and the one used
in Shinki's battle, with hardcoded animations for both. But given the
game's short development time, that was quite an acceptable compromise,
And as for the lines, there just has to be a reason why the game reserves 20 lines per set, but only renders lines #0, #6, #12, and #18. We'll probably see once we get to look at those animation functions more closely.
This was quite a 📝 TH03-style RE push,
which yielded way more PI% than RE%. But now that that's done, I can
finally not get distracted by all that stuff when looking at the
list of remaining memory references. Next up: The last few missing
structures in TH05's