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  08:23:27  12 July 2014
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Nite
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Extracting All Dabase Files for Easier Modding on 13002

since dezodor decided to think it was easier to keep the game in db files for easier modding in the game data folder I kinda disagreed

It's just easier extract all the DB files to the gamedata folder to have quick access to all the files so thats what I did

entire game runs off the gamedata folder now, none of the DB files needed The loading time of the game is actually improved by having it this way too.

http://i.imgur.com/wDfALri.png

I used this tool to extract all the archives. (use the EN version in the zip file)

http://www.moddb.com/mods/old-good-stalker-evolution/downloads/stalker-game-archives-unpacker
  11:26:24  12 July 2014
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Thx for the link
  15:12:39  12 July 2014
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keeping the game in db files is actually the best for players. we just got too many unnecessary requests and questions in mails and on forums too about "how to remove a mod".

why? because if all is unpacked, a player will not know which files to revert, or they don't want to reinstall the whole game just to remove a mod. they just want to play! so thats why
  19:35:39  12 July 2014
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keeping the game in db files is actually the best for players. we just got too many unnecessary requests and questions in mails and on forums too about "how to remove a mod".

why? because if all is unpacked, a player will not know which files to revert, or they don't want to reinstall the whole game just to remove a mod. they just want to play! so thats why
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Thats what backups are for, I made a backup of the entire gamedata folder after extracting all the DB files to it, whatever files I modify I can replace it with the originals if something messes up.

also as you can see from around the forum many others prefer the game data folder method as well.

I appreciate all the hard work you did on this though thanks for a great revised version of shadow of chernobyl
  07:23:54  13 July 2014
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Hegel
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Using the unpacker I found many file conflicts between *.dba,dbb,dbc and *db0-db9.

Is this the way it should be?
  07:53:37  13 July 2014
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Thats what backups are for, I made a backup of the entire gamedata folder after extracting all the DB files to it, whatever files I modify I can replace it with the originals if something messes up.
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Clueless players that don't know how to remove a mod they installed are much less unlikely to have made a game backup before installing the mod. So from the point of view of the team making Lost Alpha, it's less time for them having to deal with this kind of players.

Those that do know about these things can unpack the db files.

This decision makes perfect sense to me.


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also as you can see from around the forum many others prefer the game data folder method as well.
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That's just the percentage of players that indeed want to modify something in their gamedata folder, we only hear their voices. There are countless more that don't care/want this and we don't see any posts from them.
  08:19:26  13 July 2014
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Using the unpacker I found many file conflicts between *.dba,dbb,dbc and *db0-db9.

Is this the way it should be?
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They aren't conflicts, they are just merging them together. yes its normal it will work fine. Just choose the replace all checkbox for the duplicate files and it will overwrite.
  13:57:03  13 July 2014
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Don Reba
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My old unpacker (this one: http://1drv.ms/1y7Jjmt ) takes a directory with the database files instead of individual databases and takes care to extract the latest versions of all the files.
  14:21:53  13 July 2014
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My old unpacker (this one: http://1drv.ms/1y7Jjmt ) takes a directory with the database files instead of individual databases and takes care to extract the latest versions of all the files.
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Great - thanks - nabbed it!
  06:43:57  14 July 2014
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007vsMagua
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Extracting All Dabase Files for Easier Modding on 13002

since dezodor decided to think it was easier to keep the game in db files for easier modding in the game data folder I kinda disagreed

It's just easier extract all the DB files to the gamedata folder to have quick access to all the files so thats what I did

entire game runs off the gamedata folder now, none of the DB files needed The loading time of the game is actually improved by having it this way too.

http://i.imgur.com/wDfALri.png

I used this tool to extract all the archives. (use the EN version in the zip file)

http://www.moddb.com/mods/old-good-stalker-evolution/downloads/stalker-game-archives-unpacker
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I agree, unpacking the db files and putting them in a "gamedata" folder in the directory, makes it easier to change the simple things. Like: FoV; Height; Weight; Flashlight; Sun Flares; etc.. I'm not interested in adding mods at this time, but it's always nice to have some control over a game.

After unpacking maybe 14 db files into my gamedata folder, the game started fine with no crashes. Don's extractor looked a little to complicated to deal with.

I haven't made any changes yet, but will stay in touch.
 
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