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# 111
08-22-2013, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by wazzagiow View Post
having just logged in to this new patch. I can see an instant fail in my inventory. some of the armour consoles now look almost identical. to me they used to be distinctively different. now they are close to identical, can hardly tell them apart. to me that's an epic fail!

I've now seen more consoles now. who on earth thought this was good idea? making them all look the same ?? I can only imagine a colour blind person or any one with sight difficulties having a total nightmare now.
^^^ 100% exactly what he said. They all look the SAME. Why on earth would anyone think that this is a good idea is beyond me. The old art wasn't broke so why waste time and resources on replacing it. Time would have been better spent fixing the tons of other artwork and costume bugs you already have in the game. I can live with some of them, but the armor, alloy and hull plating are too similar.
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Join Date: Oct 2012
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# 112
08-22-2013, 10:10 AM
Why on earth would they waste time changing icons when there are so many bugs that need to be addressed. I know cryptic have never been any good at prioritising but this is just a waste of time.

Also...where as before i could just look in my inventory and know exactly what i have.....now i have to mouse over everything.........way to go Cryptic!!
Captain
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# 113
08-22-2013, 10:11 AM
I think they look great !

colored backgrounds seem intuitive. yellow for engineering, blue for science, red for tactical. easy to recognize..... look good, and a nice refreshing change-up !


and... I 'read' the descriptions anyway before making decisions on using items, how do you all determine stat numbers from the color of an icon anyway ?????

Last edited by cgta1967; 08-22-2013 at 10:18 AM.
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Join Date: Aug 2012
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# 114
08-22-2013, 10:20 AM
Yellow ?????? mine are just purple,,,,
Captain
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# 115
08-22-2013, 10:23 AM
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Originally Posted by quickdraw74 View Post
I can live with some of them, but the armor, alloy and hull plating are too similar.
Agreed.

That said, now that they've gone and done this, they should update all the other item icons too.
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# 116
08-22-2013, 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by cgta1967 View Post
I think they look great !

colored backgrounds seem intuitive. yellow for engineering, blue for science, red for tactical. easy to recognize..... look good, and a nice refreshing change-up !


and... I 'read' the descriptions anyway before making decisions on using items, how do you all determine stat numbers from the color of an icon anyway ?????


I think you missed my point. I know the stats of my consoles and its not hard to work out that a purple MKXII gives you more than a blue MK XI.....my point was that i now need to mouse over to identify them...(not having a pop at you bud)


I guess i will have to get used to them!
Captain
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# 117
08-22-2013, 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by captainpugwash1 View Post
Yellow ?????? mine are just purple,,,,
only the passive consoles got the color change Einstein....
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Join Date: Jun 2012
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# 118
08-22-2013, 10:27 AM
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Originally Posted by cgta1967 View Post
so that explains the avatar color....


JK...that was uncalled for


(slinks off in shame)
LOL it's cool. I can take a joke about it, hell I make fun of myself about it now and then. It also gets me out of having to answer questions like "What color do you think looks better on me?" Hell if I know, I can't tell the difference.

And believe it or not, you aren't entirely off base. One of the things I love about manga (of which my avatar comes from one) is that the vast, vast majority of it is in gray scale. I don't have to deal with pesky color issues there haha.

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Anyways time to log in and see how this business works now.

-Lantesh
Since Feb. 2009
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Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 349
# 119
08-22-2013, 10:41 AM
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Originally Posted by cgta1967 View Post
only the passive consoles got the color change Einstein....
A so everything purple is purple and every thing that is not purple is yellow blue or red,,,mmmm,,,
Captain
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 1,346
# 120
08-22-2013, 10:44 AM
Hey Cryptic -

Nice new artwork for consoles 'icons'. Given that it's taken me two years to memorize all the old ones, the new art is frustrating to say the least.

(insert joke referencing my age)

Do they look similar to the old icons - no. Missed opportunity there to transition your players and build confidence for the user.

Updating the artwork was part of your production schedule, and YES I understand the difference between bug fixes and producing artwork. Many players chatting right now don't.

Another missed opportunity: Hey guys - we're running a contest for user-design icons for our consoles. Community feedback, votes and best of all - an updated game where the players feel invested in its success.

So what happened?

In marketing parlance it's called LGIP or 'looks good in plastic'. People who work closely on projects often get myopic; and the urge to change and update go hand in hand with 'we want to make it better'. Visual changes, if nothing else seem to make executives happy. If it looks old, put a new cover on it. In this case, remove artwork we 'get' and add cartoonish, garish artwork from World of ********.

Ok, that was perhaps harsh. But I have avoided the 'Lipstick on a....'. We're all thinking it.

You've done great work in the past - the reskin was awesome. LoR is awesome.

But it's a shame you've lost another opportunity to make an already great game better.

See you in Seattle

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