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In-game wad loader - has this been tried yet?

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I tried Jimmy's Jukebox and thought, why not make an in-game wad loader? There have been many, many times I've wanted to load a wad without having to exit and restart.

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The problem is that many parts of the game need to be initialized from wad data at startup, such as the texture manager for example.

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Doomsday introduced runtime add-on loading (and game switching) via the Ringzero CLI back in 2012. Since then we've added a graphical Home Screen (and task bar) UI for switching games, joining networked games and managing saved games.

The next step is to implement a graphical UI on top of the CLI for runtime add-on management. The plan is to introduce this in the version which follows the upcoming 1.15

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It would probably require a whole new source port, with modified startup procedure and the launcher being built-in. (uneducated guess)
EDIT: I wrote this before I saw DaniJ's post.

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Odamex features wad loading on the fly, just by using the console. It works exactly as you describe.

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Eternity has been able to load wads at runtime since 2001, and *mostly* everything will work normally. Even advanced features such as EDF have been designed to support it.

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The only port I know of that does this with zero hassle is Odamex, which is especially convenient online. Having 10+ wads to pick from on one server is a feature I really wish Zan and ZD would pick up, as well as in built wad downloading.

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Thats right, Doom Legacy 1.42 had this all along! (That's what SRB2 is)

Splitscreen + Wad loading on the fly = 1.42 is still a solid as fuck port. Come at me bros.

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It's not just in-game wad loading that I'd like. The wad I linked to in the original post has you in a room where you throw switches to choose a midi playlist. Imagine if you could walk into alphabetized rooms and throw a switch to choose your wad?

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Doomkid said:

Thats right, Doom Legacy 1.42 had this all along! (That's what SRB2 is)
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Oh yeah i forgot this point, maybe because i didn't fully try Doom Legacy ,Started by SRB2 .

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Doomkid said:

Thats right, Doom Legacy 1.42 had this all along! (That's what SRB2 is)

Splitscreen + Wad loading on the fly = 1.42 is still a solid as fuck port. Come at me bros.


The splitscreen is a pain in the but to set up with modern controllers. :(

It would be nice to have splitscreen or even dual window support in a ZDoom like port with the plug and play features with the controllers and the mod support.

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BlackFish said:

The splitscreen is a pain in the but to set up with modern controllers. :(

It would be nice to have splitscreen or even dual window support in a ZDoom like port with the plug and play features with the controllers and the mod support.


I agree completely, but I wouldn't dare to voice this opinion anywhere outside of DW. (Went through many hoops before giving up)

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