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Pseudolonewolf`s Avatar MARDEK 3 Battle GUI Sat 4th Apr 2009 2:43pm

Category: MARDEK

While I wait for Raider to get a response from sponsors, I've decided to work on other projects; currently MARDEK 3. I thought I wouldn't be able to and that I'd want to focus wholly on Raider, but it seems best to wait to see what people THINK of Raider Level 1 before doing anything on the second.

I'm a perfectionist when it comes to aesthetics, and I'm forever changing and tweaking little things to make things look JUST RIGHT, and this applies to the new design of MARDEK's GUI quite strongly... Every time I playtest it or work on it, I'm not content with the GUI and want to CHANGE it...

I've been working on the battle GUI, and I think I'm getting it close to being acceptable to myself... But I want to see what other people think. Here are some screenshots from chapter 2 and chapter 1 using the new engine (click for a bigger view):


This is the screenshot that you can find on the MARDEK game page currently. It has the status displays floating over the top of the background, as in the previous make of the engine.
This is all good and fine and creates a nice 'open' feel, but their legibility depends massively on the background. Some lighter backgrounds make the GUI irritating to read - or, at least, aesthetically 'sloppy' - whereas on darker backgrounds, they stand out TOO much...


This is what I've done recently, just for the sake of experimentation. I've added brown bars to the top and bottom so that the battle scene is a strip between them. It makes the status displays look a lot sleeker and readable regardless of the background, but it gives a confined, 'closed-in' sort of feel, perhaps...
I've also shrunk the characters and added changes to the bars, glyphs, text, etc to give them a snazzier look.

Here's the same scenario as the first screenshot, with the new bars (though the background isn't quite as big as it should be, and there are brown bars at the right and left which shouldn't be there):


Which do you prefer? And, importantly, WHY?
Even if you don't care about the look of things and would likely advise me to do as I prefer, I'd still like to hear your individual thoughts on each one.
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Fig Hunter Nick`s Avatar
Rating Orb Fig Hunter Nick 12 Lithuania 1C 0F
7 years ago | (4)
Hey pepel does enione now of guys that hack games for prehacks.com if you do then ask him to hack mardek 3!
Figureout`s Avatar
Rating Orb Figureout 10 United States MelancholicCholeric 2C 0F
8 years ago | (1)
I like this better because it just is :) and why does this have to be a certain length?
Raider Zero fan`s Avatar
Rating Orb Raider Zero fan 15 United States CholericSanguine 498C 371F
8 years ago | (1)
I like the original much better, because the others seem to "hem in" the background a bit too much. Also, it seems to enhance the graphics a lot more.
Raider Zero fan`s Avatar
Rating Orb Raider Zero fan 15 United States CholericSanguine 498C 371F
8 years ago | (0)
Gah! I wish I could edit my comment! Anyway, what I wanted to add is that the new display is a whole lot cooler then the 1 and 2 ones, because of the sleekness.
Dragonheart`s Avatar
Rating Orb Dragonheart 13 PhlegmaticMelancholic 12C 1F
8 years ago | (2)
Is it almost done Please message me if it is because i want to play it badly.
LordRider1`s Avatar
Rating Orb LordRider1 12 Uruguay CholericSanguine 2C 0F
8 years ago | (0)
firs of all the new engine is really good i is more original than the others see weapon and everything ( u know what im alking 'bout) its great that Mardek 3 is almost maded i cant wait! also a suggestion u should put some more pickable quests :)
Nanopizza`s Avatar
Rating Orb Nanopizza 13 New Zealand 8C 0F
8 years ago | (0)
i like first best and bla bla blaa bla bla cos i have to make it long enough
Pseudolonewolf`s Avatar
Rating Orb A β Pseudolonewolf 23 United Kingdom MelancholicPhlegmatic 2257C 559F
8 years ago | (0)
If you have to write rubbish like that to make a comment long enough, then don't bother posting anything at all.
Especially in this case, where you could have explained *why* you like the first one best... even though this is an ancient article anyway so I don't know why you felt the need to comment on it.
majohnson8`s Avatar
Rating Orb majohnson8 14 Canada 13C 0F
8 years ago | (6)
this is not a real reply but i hope deaugan lives because there was a nother escape pod and the gaurd dog robot thing was allredy weak in chapter two can you tell me if deaugan lives really want to know
vin angel`s Avatar
Rating Orb vin angel 14 United States SanguineMelancholic 3C 6F
8 years ago | (0)
i would like to say that both are amazing really your doing a good job you really got alot of ideas
turbotowns`s Avatar
Rating Orb turbotowns 16 United States CholericPhlegmatic 216C 3F
8 years ago | (0)
Ewolf i think its cute AND funny how you phrased it: The DREADED mouse.
deaprince`s Avatar
Rating Orb deaprince 15 United States Choleric 8C 3F
8 years ago | (0)
i like the attack choosing menu with the characters picture.. love that :D
Ewolf`s Avatar
Rating Orb Ewolf 16 United Kingdom SanguineCholeric 88C 2F
8 years ago | (0)
First and formost, I 'LOVE' the attack choosing menu, the charicters picture, top half of element and glow of elemental colour. I realy hope you keep that feacher as I think over 90% of people her like it, especialy me!
I'm not so sure about the bars, If there not there and i can't see the stats, I'll just click on them and open up the detailed version of the stats. If they are there I'll just think "Very sleeek" but not realy notice. If The look is realy that important to you, make sure *you* are happy with it.

One more thing... PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let the attack menu use arrow keys. I hate having to use the moue. With laptops it's just so hard to use the mouse, and so slow. I tryed playing mardek 1 again and the lack of arrowkeyability almost make me commite suicide!

So, I like
---New menu
---New element and charicter pics

I dislike
---The dreaded mouse!!!!!!!!!!
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