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Posted bymetallik
Posted on05/11/01 08:46 AM

> Increase the flipper speed to 0.11 and reduce flipper power to 2. The control
> becomes just like the real deal. Someone posted this in

Well, those settings help (they're a LOT better than the defaults) .. but it's still a far cry from the "real deal." I've spent hours tweaking with the flippers, and have come to the conclusion it's impossible to improve the accuracy much past how AFM is, due to VP's inability to handle fast flippers.

Here's the problem in a nutshell: On a real machine, when the flipper is activated, the bat snaps to the up position almost immediately. You can't see the rotation around the base.. the movement is so fast. If the ball is feeding from the inlane at anything close to a normal speed, the player can flip early and send a good, strong shot directly up the playfield. If the ball is cradled and then immediately flipped, it's even possible to shoot apprx 5 degrees "backhand" of staight up (although usually not strong enough to make a ramp). The aiming area of the flipper should range from straight up the playfield, to about 60-70 degrees off-horizontal. Shots such as Dr Who's "collision," Monster Bash's swamp creature, MM's catapult, etc. have to be made as the ball is rolling off the tip.. these represent the low end of the range.

The problem is, if you set the flippers in VP fast enough to make shots from the base accurate, it really screws things up. Shots from the middle of the bat have a strange tendancy to come off as ultra-backhands, and shots from the tip oftentimes are so fast, they "break" the virtual table by flying off ramps, etc. It appears VP doesn't take the weight of the ball into consideration... on a real machine, shots from the end of the bat don't come off at mach 5 because the furthur down the bat the ball is, the more power is needed just to propel it since it's furthur from the fulcrum. The bat still snaps to position, but the shot power is reduced. Even if this was fixed, the problem with VP being unable to accurately simulate a very snappy flipper still remains.. On a VP-only table, with little overhead, one can make faster flippers (up to a point), but with PinMame running, fast flippers more often than not equal wierd physics.

The best setings I've found are apprx 0.135 speed (this starts to push things a bit), and a strength of 1.85 - 2.0. The best "feeling" flippers I've been able to make are the ones on AFM .. I think since they're smaller than most, they tax the engine less and therefore are more realistic. Angles are important also.. currently the angle of the flipper at rest and in the up position need to be a few degres "higher" than normal to help up the middle.

Hopefully, Randy will introduce a newer VP with a bit more robust flipper support, although I'm not sure how doable that will be.. VP+PinMame requires a lot of CPU.. and there's a lot of calculations that need to be done VERY quickly when a player flips the ball. It'd be great if more CPU could be devoted to the flippers though.. basically, it doesn't matter how nice the playfield art is, or how accurate the table was recreated, or what cool tricks one employed to simulate the playfield toys.. if the flippers suck, the game's no fun. Just like the real thing.

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*For y'all who have problems w/center shots  VeggieH8R05/11/01 01:10 AM
..Re: For y'all who have problems w/center shots  metallik05/11/01 08:46 AM
..*Possible Solution?  crazypablo10005/11/01 03:01 PM
..*Re: For y'all who have problems w/center shots  sellenoff05/11/01 11:49 AM
...*Re: For y'all who have problems w/center shots  metallik05/12/01 01:14 PM
...*Re: For y'all who have problems w/center shots  deep205/11/01 12:00 PM
....*Re: For y'all who have problems w/center shots  VeggieH8R05/11/01 04:20 PM