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Video Game Optimization by Ben Garney, Eric Preisz

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Chapter 3. The Tools

All the techniques in the world of optimization are useless if you cannot see the results of your actions. Imagine trying to make fine jewelry without a magnifying glass, or build a complex piece of electronics without a logic probe. Bach can compose brilliant music without hearing what he is playing, but the rest of us have to be able to tell what we are doing.

Feedback loops are crucial to any process of improvement. In many natural endeavors, the feedback is automatic. If you don’t walk correctly, you will fall over and hurt yourself. If you don’t stay on the road, you will crash. Corrective action is obvious.

In the world of performance, what’s going on is anything but obvious. Without the right tools, everything is invisible ...

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