Very few people have played The Fancy Pants Adventures at full speed. No, really. It doesn’t matter how fast your computer is, or what operating system you run, I set FPA to 30 frames a second, and if you’re playing the game in a browser window, it will run at an unsteady 20 – 25 FPS. The only way to get World 1 to run at a solid 30 frames like God intended was to run the swf file in the Flash Standalone Player, offline.
There’s some good news for World 2, however, as long as my plan ends up working correctly (and I’ll definitely be testing that during the beta). See, some time over the summer, Adobe multithreaded Flash so that it could play HD video, yeah, big freaking deal, like we need yet another streaming video player on the Internet, right? Well, it looks like that allowed Flash to run full tilt, even on single core computers… under certain conditions. Yeah, I basically have to time every frame manually because Flash is overfilled with suck because it will never be optimized for anything better than obnoxious web advertisements.
Anyways, all this means is that there will be more than just a few people who play FPA like it’s meant to be played, despite Adobe not having the slightest idea what the hell they want to do with Flash *shakes fist*