Thursday, July 28, 2005

Rant in C sharp.

Ok, it's been nearly a week & i've only managed to talk about 1 game - & i couldn't get that to work properly. Time for a misplaced rant in the best traditions of an old-fashioned game player. Have you ever noticed that in many games when you enter a building the physical layout inside has nothing to do with the external architecture? I have, and find it really annoying. True i used to use the same trick when creating maps for use as a DM (Dungeon Master) - but what the player's saw was an accurate picture, revised once the interior had been finished.

To give an example of this mis-sizing, consider this building from Neverwinter Nights:

(fig 1)

And the other view:

(fig 2)

Shown on the map as:

As you can see - there are two doors. Go in the first door - shown in fig1 - and it looks like this:

Go in the second (fig2) and this is what you get:

As you can see it clearly doesn't fit which just makes me irritated. When you kick in a door with a scream of "DEATH AND CHAOS!!" i reckon you deserve at least a chance to know what size building you're getting into ... wait a minute, what's that staircase doing there? What do you mean they're on different levels? Well ok, it's a bad example, but i'm not going all the way through now looking for another one. You know what i mean. Things should look right all the time and we shouldn't have to suspend disbeleif at any stage. And that's another thing - why hasn't anyone invented a game console that plugs straight into the brain yet? Lazy game designer's - That's who I blame! Or maybe Russians, or aliens even. Well, i did say it was misplaced.


At 7:14 pm, Blogger Writing idiot said...

this is the second time ive had to write this grrrrr.
you started the rant soo well then realised you had the answer all along. my old house had three levels to it. the top two had the same layout if viewed as a map. but the bottom one would look more like a corridor.the layout does look different then the outside on some places. so stop this silly ranting and find one that worthy of my time reading it.

At 6:21 pm, Blogger simply not edible said...

That's nothing. Haven't you noticed how buildings are always at least thrice the size from the inside? You see, from the outside, a box, you enter, and you're in a large mansion with 6 floors consisting of 29 rooms each...

WTF is that all about?


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