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Written By: Keith "Farrel" McClellan
In the sound options menu there are a bunch of different sound API's to choose from. If you have some 2D only sound card (Soundblaster AWE64?), choose the Miles Fast 2D sound option. If you have a no-name 3D sound accelerator card that doesn't support EAX or A3D, choose the DirectSound3D API, otherwise choose the best proprietary sound API your card supports (for my card that would be A3D 2.0). Right below that you have the option for choosing your current speaker setup. For your information, the difference between a four-speaker setup and a surround sound speaker setup, to my knowledge, is the inclusion of a front center channel.
Other Ways to Tweak the Game
All of the in game settings are included in a file called masquerade.ini in the programs directory. If you feel so inclined so as to tweak your game settings by hand rather than tweaking them from within the game - this is the place to do it. I warn you, however, many of the settings that rely on sliders within the game are coded in Hex in the .ini file so don't count on being able to change them unless you have a decimal to hexadecimal converter on hand.
The Save Game Trick
This really isn't a tweak but the way saves are handled in the game can be a real pain in the ass. If you want to convert one of your autosaves into a saved game, go into the games save subdirectory and find the sp0 subdirectory. Copy and paste it into the same directory and then rename it to the format spx where x is a number that isn't in use (ex: sp5). This way if you accidentally screw up and lose your autosave you won't have to go back three hours into the game and start again.
That's pretty much it for tweaking Vampire the Masquerade. It's a pretty cool game and you should get a bunch of enjoyment out of it. If you are still yearning for more speed for your system, check out our general system tweaks. If you are playing the game on multiplayer (sadly, I have not found any tweaks for multiplayer), make sure you have tweaked out your modem and/or LAN settings. As always, feel free to email me with your comments and questions.
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