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Re: TEW2013 Announced

New Database and Event Names

#40: New Database Software

Following Comic Book Hero's lead, TEW2013 will be switching to using Microsoft Access as its database. This has several benefits to the user, the four main ones being:

1 - Anywhere in game that involves searching, retrieving, writing or sorting of data is now exponentially faster than it used to be. This means faster response times, faster navigation, and less waiting overall. (NB: To avoid misunderstandings, please note that while the game is considerably faster now, between-days load times are still almost identical to TEW2010 - this is because TEW2013 is so much bigger and deeper than the previous game that all the extra processing needed negates the amount of time that was saved by being faster. You'll see the speed benefits better in all the other areas of the game, such as when reading profiles, histories, etc.)

2 - Performance degradation on long-term games is far less severe; i.e. whereas in previous games the load times would get noticeably and significantly larger with every year that you completed, TEW2013 handles it in a much more graceful manner.

3 - Everything is now contained within one single file, making distribution easier.

4 - Data corruption is now virtually impossible.

#41: Event Name Generator

As with worker names, TEW2013 will allow the user to edit the previously in-built event name generator. 'Events' refers to any show that is not TV.

Each potential name has two sets of options to make sure it is correctly used; gender (whether it is available for male-only companies, female-only, or mixed gender) and area (whether it is available for US companies, Canadian companies, etc).

By default, every database will start with the same set of names that TEW2010 had in-built, so for those mod makers who have no interest in this, there's no need to do anything at all.

#42: Suggest An Event Name

Related to the above, some of the event-related screens now come equipped with a Suggest A Name button which uses the generator to randomly give you inspiration.
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