Menu Rearangement

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BryanFRitt
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Menu Rearangement

Post by BryanFRitt »

The menus could use some rearrangements. Mainly the multiplayer/network stuff moved out from the GAME AND MENU.

Some ideas:

MAIN MENU > SETUP >

GAME AND MENU could be split up, with NETWORK stuff moved into it's own directory in SETUP. (split GAME and MENU too?)
CUSTOM GRAPHICS it's OVERRIDE could go under GRAPHICS.
CUSTOM SOUNDS, CUSTOM MUSIC and their OVERRIDE could go under SOUND AND MUSIC
TOUCH CONTROLS, INPUT DEVICES, and KEY SHORTCUTS could be merged together.
GAME ENGINES put in GAME & MENU (?split into two menus GAME, and MENU?)

MAIN MENU >
INFO SCREEN option moved to top of LEVELS list above where it says .. (PARENT DIRECTORY).
LEVEL CREATOR renamed LEVEL EDITOR

Add an option to change the menu font. (like for those that are having visions problems)

Is there an easy way to play around with this, If someone wanted to?
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Holger
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Re: Menu Rearangement

Post by Holger »

Yes, parts of the setup menu are probably a bit confusing and could indeed be reorganized.

There are several possible approaches to do this that I could think of. For example, one way would be to only have the more common options in the normal setup menu, while moving the more "esoteric" options to an "advanced setup" menu.

Another approach would be to strictly sort things by topic (that's more or less what you suggested, I think).

However, it's not so easy in some cases. For example, I'm not sure if it is a good idea to split the "custom artwork" options into the "graphics" and "sound and music" sub-menus. Although it seems likely to do that, I am not sure if this will make things better or worse in this case (especially as the custom graphics options may get a bit lost between all those other graphics settings, and because it may be more desirable to keep that custom artwork stuff together).

Regarding "Game" and "Game Engines", the latter should probably be put into a sub-menu of the former.

Regarding the main menu:
INFO SCREEN option moved to top of LEVELS list above where it says .. (PARENT DIRECTORY).
I did not understand this. Do you really mean that the "info screen" menu should be moved inside the "levels" menu? Why?!
LEVEL CREATOR renamed LEVEL EDITOR
Yes, this was already mentioned by some other people in the past! It's a relic from the past, and maybe I should change it.
Add an option to change the menu font. (like for those that are having visions problems)
I assume that you thought about the classic (light blue) "Emerald Mine" font heavily used in the EMC collection that really is not very readable. :-|

As the menu font is part of the currently active custom artwork, it is nearly impossible to change just this font without destroying the layout of that custom artwork. It may work (especially for older sets like "BD2K3"), but it may also horribly fail -- just think about the custom artwork of nearly all level sets of Jürgen Bonhagen.

For sets like the EMC collection, just switching to the "classic" (R'n'D) graphics would improve readability of the menus a lot.

Maybe one day I could add an option to change game graphics and menu graphics (that is, all other graphics) separately.
Algebroot
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Re: Menu Rearangement

Post by Algebroot »

Add an option to change the menu font. (like for those that are having visions problems)
I kind of have a similar idea. Only it's not because of visions problems. It's because the ability to use lowercase in player names does exist (as it is shown in the high score server; I didn't know it's possible to use lowercase in player names), but the game itself can't display that because it's graphically only capable of ALL-CAPS due to how its menu graphics function.
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