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Change: Disable AI and Game Script when loading the title game #9608

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@nielsmh nielsmh commented Oct 5, 2021

Motivation / Problem

AI players and game scripts can be valuable tools for producing a title screen game, but having to take them out/disable them before shipping the title game is a big hassle. Let's just pretend the AI/GS isn't there when loading the game instead.


Don't load the Game Script data, don't load AI data, and turn AI players into "human" players, when loading a save game and the game mode is menu.


I hope this doesn't break detection of missing AI/GS in the Load Game window... as far as I can tell there isn't anything to break there, so it doesn't.

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Some things are not automated, and forgotten often. This list is a reminder for the reviewers.

  • The bug fix is important enough to be backported? (label: 'backport requested')
  • This PR touches english.txt or translations? Check the guidelines
  • This PR affects the save game format? (label 'savegame upgrade')
  • This PR affects the GS/AI API? (label 'needs review: Script API')
    • ai_changelog.hpp, gs_changelog.hpp need updating.
    • The compatibility wrappers (compat_*.nut) need updating.
  • This PR affects the NewGRF API? (label 'needs review: NewGRF')

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glx22 commented Oct 5, 2021

Load Game window uses LoadCheck() so indeed nothing to break here.

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In my opinion it is very little effort to do this manually once or twice a year. For 12.0 this turned out to be unneeded, as the savegame had no AIs nor GS. But these kind of PRs add technical debt that can also be avoided via other ways. Just my 2 cents, I have no issues if this gets approved and merged :)

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nielsmh commented Oct 17, 2021

I suppose a branch/patch/script that can be broken out when necessary to take out/disable the scripts in a save file may solve the same problem yes.

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