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6-10-2007 @ 8:23PM
"Other unnecessary information that clutters up the screen is only distracting and slows down performance."I won't argue the distraction part, but a well written addon will ALWAYS take performance into heavy consideration, especially in combat. One of the main things fubar modules need to watch for is only updating when the really need to. Some thing (like durability) are both costly to update and change very frequently (every time you get hit!) So addons like DurabilityFu have to consider when the player will actually LOOK at the plugin. There's no reason to waste time updating in combat if the player doesn't care, so DuraFu waits until you drop out of combat and refreshes the value once, instead of every time your durability changes by 1 point in-combat.It's also very easy to get too many plugins installed. One that tracks ammo? Neat idea, but I found that I never consulted it. It was simply engrained into my brain to pop open my bags and see visually how empty they were... looking at that number and then trying to remember the max ammo I carry... it just wasn't helpful. If you get in a Fubar plugin frenzy make sure to sit back every now and then and consider if you really need each plugin.
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