I simply disagree. I wasn't quoting - do you see quotes? Just cut the b.s. eh.
I see you referring to Enjay's posts instead of copying/pasting. Quote was the best word that came to mind, and yes it isn't exactly the right word but it gets my point across
I don't care how many ways you want to twist this around, it's MORE steps and NOT simpler.
Refer to my post about thinking from a different perspective. Also notice how Enjay posted the exact same amount of steps to make a WAD and to make a ZIP. Same amount of work, different program used for the last step (or if incorporated in to WAD managers, it can even be the same program).
Just because some people use a certain set of antique methods doesn't mean everyone does.
And there's the perfect argument as to why ZIPs should be implemented. Sure, ZIP has been around longer than WAD, but what's the standard worldwide archive format today? Should be a no brainer to answer that one.
Markers have nothing to do with this. One has to make EQUAL comparisons. If one makes an effort for zips, then the same effort can be done with PWADS.
Or you could provide a set of functions that act as a common interface for WADs and ZIPs. Quite easy to do, and saves trying to make a ZIP act exactly as a WAD and vice versa.
As far as "newbies", do you really think all those tutorials are going to be rewritten? Of course not. So life gets to be even more complex for those starting out. MORE complex, not less.
As Fredrik pointed out, people already know how to ZIP. If not, there's probably a ZIPs for dummies book out there. Learning a new format makes it more complex for newbies. With ZIP, they have the option of learning a standard archive format, or a format specifically designed for a near 10 year old game. Which do you think an absolute newbie would choose?
Everything stated is NEW and just as much work. Just because it can be done, does not mean it's a good idea. Period. If you want to debate, give the exact steps (including all the mods that have to be made - including zdoom and including all editing requirements) for setting up this supposedly easier method.
It would require some design thought on my part for that common interface I mentioned. If you really are interested I can write up something when I get home, or are you just trying to make your own point and don't really care about it?
For sure it's not as clean and elegant a package as a PWAD.
You crack me up. I sure do miss reading a deep/everyone else thread on Doomworld
Oh, Fredrik pretty much stated my thoughts on why that statement is flawed, so refer to that post if you must.
Anything else you think needs adressing?
EDIT: I remember an old util back in the PKZip days called PKZIPFIX, which reparied archives 99% of the time. I'm not sure if WinZip or other ZIP tools have that these days, but other compression formats like RAR and ACE come with those build in to the archiver.